Epitaxial CdSe-Au nanocrystal heterostructures by thermal annealing

Albert Figuerola, Marijn Van Huis, Marco Zanella, Alessandro Genovese, Sergio Marras, Andrea Falqui, Henny W. Zandbergen, Roberto Cingolani, Liberato Manna*

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The thermal evolution of a collection of heterogeneous CdSe-Au nanosystems (Au-decorated CdSe nanorods, networks, vertical assemblies) prepared by wet-chemical approaches was monitored in situ in the transmission electron microscope. In contrast to interfaces that are formed during kinetically controlled wet chemical synthesis, heating under vacuum conditions results in distinct and well-defined CdSe/Au interfaces, located at the CdSe polar surfaces. The high quality of these interfaces should make the heterostructures more suitable for use in nanoscale electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3028-3036
Number of pages9
JournalNano Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 11 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Nanorods
  • annealing
  • cadmium selenide
  • epitaxy
  • gold
  • hybrid nanocrystals
  • interface
  • nanocrystals
  • orientation relationship
  • self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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