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Pure Appl. Chem., 2012, Vol. 84, No. 12, pp. 2549-2558

Published online 2012-09-25

Synthesis and applications of CdSe nano‑tetrapods in hybrid photovoltaic devices

Lijuan Zhao1* and Linfeng Hu2*

1 Department of Physics, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
2 Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China

Abstract: Tetrapod-shaped nanocrystals have attracted increasing interest for optoelectronic applications in recent years due to their rich morphologies. With unique properties such as a direct band-gap and excellent photoelectrical characteristics, CdSe nano-tetrapods are promising nanostructures for applications in such fields as photodetectors, field emitters, and photovoltaic devices. This review mainly describes the remarkable progress made in synthesis and hybrid photovoltaic applications of CdSe nano-tetrapods over the last few years. In particular, the “blinking” effect observed from these nano-tetrapods in chloroform solution is highlighted. This overview covers the current state of the art as well as an outlook on possibilities and limitations.