Synthesis of Semiconducting Functional Materials in Solution: From II-VI Semiconductor to Inorganic–Organic Hybrid Semiconductor Nanomaterials

Authors

  • Wei-Tang Yao,

    1. Division of Nanomaterials & Chemistry Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale University of Science and Technology of China Hefei 230026 (P. R. China)
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  • Shu-Hong Yu

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    1. Division of Nanomaterials & Chemistry Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale University of Science and Technology of China Hefei 230026 (P. R. China)
    • Division of Nanomaterials & Chemistry Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale University of Science and Technology of China Hefei 230026 (P. R. China).
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  • This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 50732006, 20621061, 20671085, 20701035, 20325104), 2005CB623601, and the Partner-Group of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Society. We thank Prof. Jing Li in Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University and Prof. Xiaoying Huang in ujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter for enjoyable collaboration on synthesis of new semiconducting hybrid nanostructures.

Abstract

This Feature Article provides a brief overview of the latest development and emerging new synthesis solution strategies for II–VI semiconducting nanomaterials and inorganic-organic semiconductor hybrid materials. Research on the synthesis of II–VI semiconductor nanomaterials and inorganic–organic hybrid semiconducting materials via solution strategies has made great progress in the past few years. A variety of II–VI semiconductor and a new family of [MQ(L)0.5] (M = Mn, Zn, Cd; Q = S, Se, Te; L = diamine, deta) hybrid nanostructures can be generated using solution synthetic routes. Recent advances have demonstrated that the solution strategies in pure solvent and a mixed solvent can not only determine the crystal size, shape, composition, structure and assembly properties, but also the crystallization pathway, and act as a matrix for the formation of a variety of different II–VI semiconductor and hybrid nanocomposites with diverse morphologies. These II–VI semiconductor nanostructures and their hybrid nanocomposites display obvious quantum size effects, unique and tunable optical properties.

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