Improving nanoparticle dispersion and charge transfer in cadmium telluride tetrapod and conjugated polymer blends

Todd C. Monson, Christopher W. Hollars, Christine A. Orme, Thomas R Huser

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The dispersion of CdTe tetrapods in a conducting polymer and the resulting charge transfer is studied using a combination of confocal fluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results of this work show that both the tetrapod dispersion and charge transfer between the CdTe and conducting polymer (P3HT) are greatly enhanced by exchanging the ligands on the surface of the CdTe and by choosing proper solvent mixtures. The ability to experimentally probe the relationship between particle dispersion and charge transfer through the combination of AFM and fluorescence microscopy provides another avenue to assess the performance of polymer/semiconductor nanoparticle composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1077-1082
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2011



  • AFM
  • confocal fluorescence microscope
  • conjugated polymers
  • fluoresence
  • polymer composites
  • semiconductor nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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