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Keywords:

  • photochemistry;
  • quantum dots;
  • semiconductors;
  • silver;
  • zinc oxide
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Head–tail-like nanoheterostructures consisting of ZnO nanorods and silver nanoparticles (see picture) are assembled by site-specific photoreduction of silver ions at the surface of pre-formed ZnO nanorods. Several mechanisms for this process are discussed.