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Pure Appl. Chem., 2000, Vol. 72, No. 1-2, pp. 179-188

Chemistry and photophysics of thiol-stabilized II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals

Alexander Eychmüller* and Andrey L. Rogach

University of Hamburg, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Bundesstr. 45, D-20146 Hamburg

Abstract: The chemical and physical properties of thiol-stabilized semiconductor nanocrystals are reviewed. The materials prepared include cadmium and mercury chalcogenides with sizes ranging between 1.4 and about 8 nm. In this size regime, the optical properties of the particles are governed by the size-quantization effect. All nanocrystals synthesized belong to the cubic crystal structure. Some applications of this class of materials are outlined.