Chapter 4. Growth of Nanocrystals in Solution

  1. Prof. Dr. C. N. R. Rao2,
  2. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. A Müller3 and
  3. Prof. Dr. A. K. Cheetham4
  1. R. Viswanatha and
  2. D. D. Sarma

Published Online: 31 MAY 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527611362.ch4

Nanomaterials Chemistry: Recent Developments and New Directions

Nanomaterials Chemistry: Recent Developments and New Directions

How to Cite

Viswanatha, R. and Sarma, D. D. (2007) Growth of Nanocrystals in Solution, in Nanomaterials Chemistry: Recent Developments and New Directions (eds C. N. R. Rao, A. Müller and A. K. Cheetham), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527611362.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, CSIR Centre of Excellence in Chemistry and Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064, India

  2. 3

    University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Chemistry, P. O. Box 10 01 31, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany

  3. 4

    University of California, Materials Research Laboratory, Santa Barbara, CA 93106–5130, USA

Author Information

  1. Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAY 2007
  2. Published Print: 6 JUN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527316649

Online ISBN: 9783527611362



  • nanomaterials chemistry;
  • growth of nanocrystals in solution;
  • theoretical aspects;
  • theory of nucleation;
  • mechanism of growth;
  • experimental investigations;
  • Au nanocrystals;
  • ZnO nanocrystals;
  • capping agents;
  • effect on growth kinetics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Theoretical Aspects

    • Theory of Nucleation

    • Mechanism of Growth

      • Diffusion Limited Growth: Lifshitz–Slyozov–Wagner (LSW) Theory and Post-LSW Theory

      • Reaction-limited Growth

      • Mixed Diffusion–Reaction Control

  • Experimental Investigations

    • Au Nanocrystals

    • ZnO Nanocrystals

    • Effect of Capping Agents on Growth Kinetics

      • Effect of Oleic Acid on the Growth of CdSe Nanocrystals

      • PVP as a Capping Agent in the Growth of ZnO Nanocrystals

      • Effect of Adsorption of Thiols on ZnO Growth Kinetics

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References