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Design of CdS Quantum Dots / Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Hybrid Structures for Photovoltaic Applications

  • Fayna Mammeri (a1), Andrea Ballarin (a1) (a2), Marion Giraud (a1), Lydie Vivet (a1), Frederic Herbst (a1), Carole Connan (a1), Mohamed M. Chehimi (a1), Giovanna Brusatin (a2) and Souad Ammar (a1)...

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This paper presents the preparation of multi-walled carbone nanotubes (CNTs) and CdS nanoparticles based hybrid materials. We aim at comparing two kinds of CNTs’ functionalization by thiol groups in order to demonstrate that the surface chemistry done on the CNTs can direct the morphology of the nanohybrids. Indeed, strong oxidation of CNTs leads to shorter nanotubes opened at their ends, allowing the grafting of mercaptotriethoxysilane whereas the generation of diazonium salts in presence of pristine nanotubes should lead to the functionalization of the whole lateral surface of the nanotubes. CdS nanoparticles can then be anchored to thiol groups, leading to interesting hybrid precursors for photovoltaic applications.

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Design of CdS Quantum Dots / Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Hybrid Structures for Photovoltaic Applications

  • Fayna Mammeri (a1), Andrea Ballarin (a1) (a2), Marion Giraud (a1), Lydie Vivet (a1), Frederic Herbst (a1), Carole Connan (a1), Mohamed M. Chehimi (a1), Giovanna Brusatin (a2) and Souad Ammar (a1)...

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