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Direct Determination of Spatial Localization of Carriers in CdSe-CdS Quantum Dots
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Nanomaterials, ISSN 1687-4110, E-ISSN 1687-4129, article id 321354Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) have gained significant attention due to their tunable band gap, simple solution processability, ease of scale-up, and low cost. By carefully choosing the materials, core-shell heterostructure QDs (HQDs) can be further synthesized with a controlled spatial spread of wave functions of the excited electrons and holes for various applications. Many investigations have been done to understand the exciton dynamics by optical characterizations. However, these spectroscopic data demonstrate that the spatial separation of the excitons cannot distinguish the distribution of excited electrons and holes. In this work, we report a simple and directmethod to determine the localized holes and delocalized electrons in HQDs. The quasi-type-II CdSe-CdS core-shell QDs were synthesized via a thermolysis method. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) nanofiber and ZnO nanorods were selected as hole and electron conductor materials, respectively, and were combined with HQDs to form two different nanocomposites. Photoelectrical properties were evaluated under different environments via a quick and facile characterization method, confirming that the electrons in the HQDs were freely accessible at the surface of the nanocrystal, while the holes were confined within the CdSe core.

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2015. article id 321354
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-174001DOI: 10.1155/2015/321354ISI: 000360743400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84941255127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-174001DiVA, id: diva2:858015
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Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research , EM11-0002Swedish Research Council, VR-SRL 2013-6780
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QC 20150930

Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-24 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
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1. Semiconducting Polymer Nanofibers and Quantum Dot based Nanocomposites for Optoelectronic Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Semiconducting Polymer Nanofibers and Quantum Dot based Nanocomposites for Optoelectronic Applications
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Nanostructured materials have attracted a broad interest in various technologies such as optoelectronics. In this thesis, nanostructured semiconductor nanocrystals, including inorganic and organic materials, were fabricated by solution based methods. The reaction conditions were optimized to control the size and morphology of the obtained nanocrystals. The optical and photoelectric properties of nanocrystals were evaluated for potential optoelectronic applications.

Colloidal CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized via thermolysis method and layers of CdS was further grown on the core CdSe QDs to form a core-shell heterostructure quantum dots (HQDs). The optical properties of HQDs were evaluated and showed the characteristics of quasi-type-II alignment of energy levels, which has potential for excitonic solar cell (XSC) application.

Nanofibers of the semiconducting polymer poly-(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) were synthesized via a modified whisker method. In order to control the size (both the length and the diameter) of nanofibers, we systematically studied the ratio between mixture solvents and the solute concentration. In addition, the degradation processes of P3HT nanofibers on different substrates under various environments were investigated. We found that the degradation of P3HT nanofibers can be effectively suppressed by using the substrate of higher conductivity. A nanocomposite consisting of HQDs and P3HT nanofibers was fabricated and its photoelectric properties were evaluated by I-V measurements. A ‘turn-on’ voltage was found and revealed the localization of excited holes within the HQDs, which confirmed the quasi-type-II alignment between core and shell energy levels.

In addition, we aligned the P3HT nanofibers by applying the external electric field. Alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) induced alignments of P3HT nanofibers were investigated respectively to study the effects of different electric fields on the alignment behavior. It was determined that the AC electric field allowed a better alignment of nanofibers. Moreover, two different lengths of P3HT nanofibers were aligned and their absorption spectra were measured. Under polarized light beams, we observed a better aligned pattern in the case of longer nanofibers, shown as a higher dichroic ratio calculated from optical absorption spectra. These aligned nanofibers may find applications in optoelectronic devices.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. p. 57
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Nano Technology
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Physics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187255 (URN)978-91-7595-946-7 (ISBN)
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2016-06-15, Sal C, Electrum, Isafjordsgatan 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20160519

Available from: 2016-05-19 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2016-05-20Bibliographically approved

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