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Keith Linehan and Hugh Doyle Size Controlled Synthesis of Silicon Nanocrystals Using Cationic Surfactant Templates Small 10

Version of Record online: 11 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201301189

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Highly monodisperse Si nanocrystals (2–6 nm) are synthesized by solution-phase reduction of SiCl4 within inverse micelles. Alkyl-terminated nanocrystals with mean diameters from 2 to 6 nm are produced by varying the cationic surfactants used, confirmed by TEM and FTIR. Si nanocrystals exhibit strong blue emission, with a highest quantum yield of 12% for the smallest NCs.

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