Author(s): Zhong X, Han M, Dong Z, White TJ, Knoll W
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Abstract High-quality Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Se nanocrystals have been successfully prepared at high temperature by incorporating stoichiometric amounts of Zn and Se into pre-prepared CdSe nanocrystals. With increasing Zn content, a composition-tunable emission across most of the visible spectrum has been demonstrated by a systematic blue-shift in emission wavelength. The photoluminescence (PL) properties for the obtained Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Se nanocrystals (PL efficiency of 70-85\%, fwhm = 22-30 nm) are comparable to those for the best reported CdSe-based QDs. In particular, they also have good PL properties in the blue spectral range. Moreover, the alloy nanocrystals can retain their high luminescence (PL efficiency of over 40\%) when dispersed in aqueous solutions and maintain a symmetric peak shape and spectral position under rigorous experimental conditions. A rapid alloying process was observed at a temperature higher than "alloying point". The mechanism of the high luminescence efficiency and stability of Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Se nanocrystals is explored.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability