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Synthesis of Colloidal InP/ZnS Nanocrystals for a Photosensitizer

  • Seungyong Lee (a1), Vanga R. Reddy (a1), Jiang Wu (a1), Rick Eyi (a1) and Omar Manasreh (a1)...

Abstract

Its intrinsic nontoxicity makes the direct band gap InP/ZnS core/shell be one of the most promising semiconductor nanocrystals for optoelectric applications, with the advantage of tuning the optical absorption range in the desired solar spectrum region. Highly luminescent and monodisperse InP/ZnS nanocrystals were synthesized in a non-coordinating solvent under a thorough degassing process. By varying synthesis scheme, different size InP/ZnS nanocrystals were grown. For the purpose of ensuring air stability, ZnS shell was grown. This ZnS shell improves the chemical stability in terms of oxidation prevention. Measurements of absorption and emission were performed on different InP/ZnS nanocrystals with different sizes. As expected, the measurements show a red-shift as the size of the InP/ZnS nanocrystals increased.

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