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Facile synthesis of uniform large-sized InP nanocrystal quantum dots using tris(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)phosphine

SoMyoung Joung12, Sungwoo Yoon2, Chang-Soo Han3, Youngjo Kim2* and Sohee Jeong1*

Author Affiliations

1 Nanomechanical Systems Research Division, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon 305-343, Republic of Korea

2 Department of Chemistry, Chungbuk National University, 52 Naesudong-ro, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju, Chungbuk 361-763, Republic of Korea

3 School of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:93  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-93

Published: 30 January 2012


Colloidal III-V semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots [NQDs] have attracted interest because they have reduced toxicity compared with II-VI compounds. However, the study and application of III-V semiconductor nanocrystals are limited by difficulties in their synthesis. In particular, it is difficult to control nucleation because the molecular bonds in III-V semiconductors are highly covalent. A synthetic approach of InP NQDs was presented using newly synthesized organometallic phosphorus [P] precursors with different functional moieties while preserving the P-Si bond. Introducing bulky side chains in our study improved the stability while facilitating InP formation with strong confinement at a readily low temperature regime (210°C to 300°C). Further shell coating with ZnS resulted in highly luminescent core-shell materials. The design and synthesis of P precursors for high-quality InP NQDs were conducted for the first time, and we were able to control the nucleation by varying the reactivity of P precursors, therefore achieving uniform large-sized InP NQDs. This opens the way for the large-scale production of high-quality Cd-free nanocrystal quantum dots.

phosphorus precursor; indium phosphide nanocrystal quantum dot; colloidal synthesis; nontoxic