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Hydrothermal synthesis of CdTe QDs: Their luminescence quenching in the presence of bio-molecules and observation of bistable memory effect in CdTe QD/PEDOT:PSS heterostructure

Khatei, Jayakrishna and Rao, Koteswara KSR (2011) Hydrothermal synthesis of CdTe QDs: Their luminescence quenching in the presence of bio-molecules and observation of bistable memory effect in CdTe QD/PEDOT:PSS heterostructure. In: Materials Chemistry and Physics, 130 (1-2). pp. 159-164.

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Abstract

We report one-pot hydrothermal synthesis of nearly mono-disperse 3-mercaptopropionic acid capped water-soluble cadmium telluride (CdTe) quantum dots (QDs) using an air stable Te source. The optical and electrical characteristics were also studied here. It was shown that the hydrothermal synthesis could be tuned to synthesize nano structures of uniform size close to nanometers. The emissions of the CdTe QDs thus synthesized were in the range of 500-700 nm by varying the duration of synthesis. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the emission peaks is relatively narrow (40-90 nm), which indicates a nearly uniform distribution of QD size. The structural and optical properties of the QDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) and Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The photoluminescence quenching of CdTe QDs in the presence of L-cysteine and DNA confirms its biocompatibility and its utility for biosensing applications. The room temperature current-voltage characteristics of QD film on ITO coated glass substrate show an electrically induced switching between states with high and low conductivities. The phenomenon is explained on the basis of charge confinement in quantum dots. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Semiconductors;Nanostructures;Photoluminescence spectroscopy; Electrical properties
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 09:04
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 09:04
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/42068

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