Colloidal quantum dots

Think outside the (particle-in-a-)box

Kathryn E. Knowles, Matthew T. Frederick, Daniel B. Tice, Adam J. Morris-Cohen, Emily A Weiss

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Abstract

This Perspective discusses recent work on mechanisms by which organic ligands affect the electronic structure and exciton dynamics of colloidal quantum dots (QDs). Much of the work described here uses some combination of steady-state absorption, transient absorption, steady-state photoluminescence, and transient photoluminescence spectroscopies to characterize QD-ligand complexes. Ligands affect the ground-state electronic structure of QDs via mixing of the frontier orbitals at the QD-ligand interface and influence the dynamics of excitonic decay by mediating charge trapping or by participating in charge transfer. This Perspective highlights strategies to address the various forms of structural and chemical heterogeneity of QD ensembles in identifying the mechanisms of these ligand-mediated processes. Finally, four-wave mixing techniques are discussed as promising methods for direct measurement of ligand-mediated nonradiative dissipation of the QD exciton.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 5 2012

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Colloidal quantum dots : Think outside the (particle-in-a-)box. / Knowles, Kathryn E.; Frederick, Matthew T.; Tice, Daniel B.; Morris-Cohen, Adam J.; Weiss, Emily A.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 3, No. 1, 05.01.2012, p. 18-26.

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Knowles, Kathryn E. ; Frederick, Matthew T. ; Tice, Daniel B. ; Morris-Cohen, Adam J. ; Weiss, Emily A. / Colloidal quantum dots : Think outside the (particle-in-a-)box. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2012 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 18-26.
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