Germanium-Tin/Cadmium Sulfide Core/Shell Nanocrystals with Enhanced Near-Infrared Photoluminescence

Brett W. Boote, Long Men, Himashi P. Andaraarachchi, Ujjal Bhattacharjee, Jacob W. Petrich, Javier Vela, Emily A. Smith

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Ge1-xSnx alloy nanocrystals and Ge1-xSnx/CdS core/shell nanocrystals were prepared via solution phase synthesis, and their size, composition, and optical properties were characterized. The diameter of the nanocrystal samples ranged from 6 to 13 nm. The crystal structure of the Ge1-xSnx materials was consistent with a cubic diamond phase, while the CdS shell was consistent with the zinc blende polytype. Inclusion of Sn alone does not result in enhanced photoluminescence intensity; however, adding an epitaxial CdS shell onto the Ge1-xSnx nanocrystals does enhance the photoluminescence up to 15-fold versus that of Ge/CdS nanocrystals with a pure Ge core. More effective passivation of surface defects, and a consequent decrease in the level of surface oxidation, by the CdS shell as a result of improved epitaxy (smaller lattice mismatch) is the most likely explanation for the increased photoluminescence observed for the Ge1-xSnx/CdS materials. With enhanced photoluminescence in the near-infrared region, Ge1-xSnx core/shell nanocrystals might be useful alternatives to other materials for energy capture and conversion applications and as imaging probes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6012-6021
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 25 2017

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