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Keywords:

  • CdSe nanocrystals;
  • mesoporosity;
  • microporosity;
  • block copolymer;
  • evaporation-induced self-assembly
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The assembly of ligand-stripped CdSe nanocrystals into hierarchical mesoporous architectures via polymer templating is reported. The nanocrystal-based porous CdSe combines micropores, created at the juncture between nanocrystals, and mesopores, created by the polymer template, to yield a high surface-area material with accessible pores, while preserving the optical and electronic properties of quantum confined CdSe nanocrystals.