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Synthesis of Aqueous CdTe/CdS/ZnS Core/shell/shell Quantum Dots by a Chemical Aerosol Flow Method

Chuanmiao Yan13, Fangqiong Tang1*, Linlin Li1, Hongbo Li13, Xinglu Huang13, Dong Chen2, Xianwei Meng1 and Jun Ren1

Author affiliations

1 Laboratory of Controllable Preparation and Application of Nanomaterials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100190, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

2 Beijing Creative Nanophase Hi-Tech Co., Ltd. China, 100086, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

3 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100039, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:189-194  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9464-x

Published: 23 October 2009


This work described a continuous method to synthesize CdTe/CdS/ZnS core/shell/shell quantum dots. In an integrated system by flawlessly combining the chemical aerosol flow system working at high temperature (200–300°C) to generate CdTe/CdS intermediate products and an additional heat-up setup at relatively low temperature to overcoat the ZnS shells, the CdTe/CdS/ZnS multishell structures were realized. The as-synthesized CdTe/CdS/ZnS core/shell/shell quantum dots are characterized by photoluminescence spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Fluorescence and XRD results confirm that the obtained quantum dots have a core/shell/shell structure. It shows the highest quantum yield above 45% when compared to the rhodamine 6G. The core/shell/shell QDs were more stable via the oxidation experiment by H2O2.

Chemical aerosol flow; CdTe/CdS/ZnS; Aqueous; Core–shell; Quantum dot