Synthesis of size-selected, surface-passivated InP nanocrystals

A. A. Guzelian, J. E.B. Katari, A. V. Kadavanich, U. Banin, K. Hamad, E. Juban, A. P. Alivisatos*, R. H. Wolters, C. C. Arnold, J. R. Heath

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Quantum-confined InP nanocrystals from 20 to 50 Å in diameter have been synthesized via the reaction of InCl3 and P(Si(CH3)3)3 in trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) at elevated temperatures. The nanocrystals are highly crystalline, monodisperse, and soluble in various organic solvents. Improved size distributions have been obtained by size-selectively reprecipitating the nanocrystals. The UV/vis absorption spectra of the particles show the characteristic blue shift of the band gap of up to 1 eV due to quantum confinement, a moderately well-resolved first excitonic excited state, and, in some cases, the resolution of a higher excited state. Structurally, the nanocrystals are characterized with powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Raman spectroscopy reveals TO and LO modes near the characteristic bulk InP positions as well a surface mode resulting from finite size. The Raman line widths, line positions, and relative intensities are all size-dependent . X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) shows the nanocrystals have a nearly stoichiometric ratio of indium to phosphorus with TOPO surface coverages ranging from 30% to 100%. We have also used XPS to correlate the oxidation of the nanocrystal surface with photoluminescence intensity. Photoluminescence is observed as both band edge and deep trap emission with both features shifting with nanocrystal size. The luminescence is highly dependent on the surface of the nanocrystal with oxidation being a necessary condition for emission.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)7212-7219
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number17
StatePublished - 25 Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


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