Nano Archive

Synthesis and characterization of ZnxHg1-xSeyS1 quantum dots

Lan, Yang-Wei and Lin, Zong-Hong and Chang, Huan-Tsung (2010) Synthesis and characterization of ZnxHg1-xSeyS1 quantum dots. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (4). pp. 1377-1388.

Full text is not hosted in this archive but may be available via the Official URL, or by requesting a copy from the corresponding author.

Official URL:


This article describes the synthesis of highly water-soluble Zn x Hg1−x Se y S1−y quantum dots (QDs) in aqueous solution through a simple photo-assisted reaction between ZnSe QDs and mercury(I) nitrate dihydrate [Hg2(NO3)2·2H2O]. In order to deduce the optimal synthesis conditions, we varied several parameters, including the concentrations of mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA) and Hg2(NO3)2·2H2O, the illumination time, and the reaction temperature. When irradiated at temperatures below 80 °C, the ZnSe QDs reacted with the S2− ions formed rapidly from MSA and the Hg2+ ions formed from Hg2 2+ ions to form Zn x Hg1−x Se y S1−y QDs through a process of photo-etching and surface combination. Under different conditions, we prepared a series of Zn x Hg1−x Se y S1−y QDs that emit fluorescence at the maximum wavelengths ranging from 405 to 760 nm. Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectrometry revealed that the content of Hg in the Zn x Hg1−x Se y S1−y QDs was greater when the synthesis was conducted at higher temperature. The Zn0.88Hg0.12Se0.44S0.56 QDs exhibit improved photostability than crude ZnSe QDs and possess long lifetimes (τ1 ~ 38 ns and τ2 ~ 158 ns).

Item Type:Article
ID Code:9166
Deposited By:Prof. Alexey Ivanov
Deposited On:13 May 2010 12:54
Last Modified:13 May 2010 13:19

Repository Staff Only: item control page