Viswanatha, Ranjani and Sarma, DD (2006) Study of the Growth of Capped ZnO Nanocrystals: A Route to Rational Synthesis. In: Chemistry - A European Journal, 12 (1). pp. 180-186.
We report the study of complex and unexpected dependencies of nanocrystal size as well as nanocrystal-size distribution on various reaction parameters in the synthesis of ZnO nanocrystals using poly(vinyl pyrollidone) (PVP) as a capping agent. This method establishes a qualitatively different growth mechanism to the anticipated Ostwald ripening behavior. The study of size-distribution kinetics and an understanding of the observed non-monotonic behaviors provides a route to rational synthesis. We used a simple, but accurate, approach to estimate the size-distribution function of nanocrystals from the UV-absorption spectrum. Our results demonstrate the accuracy and generality of this approach, and we also illustrate its application to various semiconducting nanocrystals, such as ZnO, ZnS, and CdSe, over a wide size range (1.8-5.3 nm).
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||The copyright belongs to WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.|
|Keywords:||crystal growth;crystal-size distribution;nanotechnology;semiconductors;time-resolved spectroscopy|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit|
|Date Deposited:||29 Dec 2005|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2010 04:22|
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