Advanced Functional Materials

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18_08/2008Cover Picture: Controlling the Optical Properties of Inorganic Nanoparticles (Adv. Funct. Mater. 8/2008)

The size tunability and close relationship of inorganic nanoparticles to bulk semiconductors have inspired intense study of these materials. Applications, such as diodes and lasers, can take advantage of the light-emitting properties of nanoscale systems, as pictured on the cover. A growing and important area of application for these materials is renewable energy. A challenge for researchers is to elucidate how to design and control the desirable optical properties of nanoparticles by manipulating electronic structure using chemical design, as reported by Greg Scholes on p. 1157.

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