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Recent advances in germanium nanocrystals: Synthesis, optical properties and applications

Carolan, Darragh (2017) Recent advances in germanium nanocrystals: Synthesis, optical properties and applications. Progress in Materials Science, 90 . pp. 128-158. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S007964251730097X?_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_origin=gateway&_docanchor=&md5=b8429449ccfc9c30159a5f9aeaa92ffb

DOI: 10.1016/j.pmatsci.2017.07.005


Germanium nanocrystals (Ge NCs) have recently attracted renewed scientific interest as environmentally friendlier alternatives to classical II–VI and IV–VI QDs containing toxic elements such as Hg, Cd and Pb. Importantly, Ge NCs are nontoxic, biocompatible, and electrochemically stable. An essential requirement is the ability to prepare Ge NCs with narrow size distributions and well characterized surface chemistry, as these define many of their photophysical properties. However, a thorough discussion on these criteria has not been achieved to date. Here, size, surface control, and mechanisms for light emission in Ge NCs are discussed and their exciting recent applications are highlighted. The beneficial properties of Ge NCs suggest that this material can improve the performance of numerous devices like solar cells, photodetectors, and lithium ion batteries.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Germanium, Nanocrystal, Surface chemistry, Photophysical properties, Toxicity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:38640
Deposited By: Dr Darragh Carolan
Deposited On:19 Sep 2017 13:54
Last Modified:03 Oct 2017 12:03

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