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Pure Appl. Chem., 2011, Vol. 83, No. 1, pp. 1-8

Published online 2010-10-08

Redox properties of CdSe and CdSe–ZnS quantum dots in solution*

Matteo Amelia1, Tommaso Avellini1, Simone Monaco1, Stefania Impellizzeri2, Ibrahim Yildiz2, Françisco M. Raymo2 and Alberto Credi1*

1 Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, University of Bologna, via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy
2 Department of Chemistry, University of Miami, 1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146-0431, USA

Abstract: Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are inorganic nanoparticles which, because of their unique size-dependent electronic properties, are of high potential interest for the construction of functional nanodevices. Photoinduced electron transfer is a versatile mechanism used to implement light-induced functionalities in multicomponent (supra)molecular assemblies. Indeed, QDs can be employed as active components in new generations of these systems. The rational design of the latter, however, requires prior knowledge of the photo-physical properties and redox potentials of the nanocrystals. Here we discuss the results of recent systematic electrochemical investigations aimed at understanding the structural factors that regulate the redox properties of CdSe core and CdSe–ZnS core–shell QDs.
*Pure Appl. Chem. 83, 1–252 (2011). A collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles by former winners of the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.