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Probing Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer to TiO2 from CdS Nanocrystals of Varying Crystallographic Phase Content

Mazumdar, Sayantan and Roy, Khokan and Srihari, Velaga and Umapathy, Siva and Bhattacharyya, Aninda J (2015) Probing Ultrafast Photoinduced Electron Transfer to TiO2 from CdS Nanocrystals of Varying Crystallographic Phase Content. In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 119 (30). pp. 17466-17473.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b05607


The photoinduced electron transfer processes in a nanoheterostructured semiconductor assembly are complex and depend on various parameters Of the constituents of the assembly. We present here the ultrafast electron transfer characteristics of an assembly comprised of a Wide band semiconductor, titanium dioxide (TiO2), attached to light-harvesting cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanotrystals of varying crystallographic phase content. Quantitative analysis of Synchrotron high-resolution X-ray. diffraction data of CdS nanocrystals precisely reveals the presence of both wurtzite and zinc blende phases in varying amounts. The,estimated content of crystal phases is observed to be strongly dependent on an important synthesis parameter, viz., the ratio of the two solvents. The biphasit nature of CdS influences directly the shape of the nanocrystal at long reaction times as well as the transfer of the photoexcited electrons from the CdS to TiO2 as obtained from transient absorption spectroscopy. A higher amount of zinc blende Phase is observed to be beneficial for fast electron transfer across the CdS-TiO2 interface. The electron transfer rate constant differs by one order of magnitude between the CdS nanocryStals and varies linearly with the fraction of the phases.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 05:57
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 05:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52289

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