The novel synthesis of silicon and germanium nanocrystallites

Susan M. Kauzlarich, Qi Liu, Shih Chieh Yin, Howard W H Lee, Boyd Taylor

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Interest in the synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles has been generated by their unusual optical and electronic properties arising from quantum confinement effects. We have synthesized silicon and germanium nanoclusters by reacting Zintl phase precursors with either silicon or germanium tetrachloride in various solvents. Strategies have been investigated to stabilize the surface, including reactions with RLi and MgBrR (R = alkyl). This synthetic method produces group IV nanocrystals with passivated surfaces. These nanoparticle emit over a very large range in the visible region. These particles have been characterized using HRTEM, FTIR, UV-Vis, solid state NMR, and fluorescence. The synthesis and characterization of these nanoclusters will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsP Fauchet, J buriak, L Canham, N Koshida, B White JR
StatePublished - 2001
EventMicrocrystalline and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors 2000 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 27 2000Nov 30 2000


OtherMicrocrystalline and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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