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Open Access Chemical Design of Nanocrystal Solids

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This account highlights our recent and present activities dedicated to chemical synthesis and applications of inorganic nanostructures. In particular, we discuss the potential of metal amides as precursors in the synthesis of metallic and semiconductor nanocrystals. We show the importance of surface chemical functionalization for the emergence of collective electronic properties in nanocrystal solids. We also demonstrate a new kind of long-range ordered, crystalline matter comprising colloidal nanocrystals and atomically defined inorganic clusters. Finally, we point the reader's attention to the high potential benefits of size- and shape-tunability of nanocrystals for achieving higher performance of rechargeable Li-ion battery electrodes.
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Keywords: NANOCRYSTALS; SELF-ASSEMBLY; SEMICONDUCTORS; SUPERLATTICES; SYNTHESIS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: ETH Zürich a Institute of Inorganic Chemistry Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences HCI H 123 Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 10 CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland; EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Laboratory for thin films and photovoltaics (Abt. 130) Ueberlandstrasse 129 CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland. [email protected] [email protected]

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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  • International Journal for Chemistry and Official Membership Journal of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) and its Divisions

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