Measurement of ligand coverage on cadmium selenide nanocrystals and its influence on dielectric dependent photoluminescence intermittency

Fisher, Aidan A E, Osborne, Mark A, Day, Iain J and Lucena Alcalde, Guillermo (2019) Measurement of ligand coverage on cadmium selenide nanocrystals and its influence on dielectric dependent photoluminescence intermittency. Communications Chemistry, 2 (63). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2399-3669

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Abstract

Photoluminescent quantum dots are used in a range of applications that exploit the unique size tuneable emission, light harvesting and quantum efficient properties of these semiconductor nanocrystals. However, optical instabilities such as photoluminescence intermittency, the stochastic switching between bright, emitting states and dark states, can hinder quantum dot performance. Correlations between this blinking of emission and the dielectric properties of the nanoenvironment between the quantum dot interface and host medium, suggest surface ligands play a role in modulating on-off switching rates. Here we elucidate the nature of the cadmium selenide nanocrystal surface, by combining magic angle spinning NMR and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to determine ligand surface densities, with molecular dynamics simulation to assess net ligand filling at the nanocrystal interface. Results support a high ligand coverage and are consistent with photoluminescence intermittency measurements that indicate a dominant contribution from surface ligand to the dielectric properties of the local quantum dot environment.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Depositing User: Aidan Fisher
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 13:31
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 12:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/84336

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