Charge separation and recombination in CdTe/CdSe core/shell nanocrystals as a function of shell coverage: Probing the onset of the quasi type-II regime

Chi Hung Chuang, Shun S. Lo, Gregory D. Scholes, Clemens Burda

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Abstract

Femtosecond transient absorption (TA) is used to investigate population dynamics of electronic states in CdTe/CdSe core/shell nanocrystals (NCs) with varying CdSe shell coverage. Upon CdSe shell growth, the CdTe/CdSe NCs show a gradual evolution of surface passivation toward a quasi-type-II charge separation regime. Our results indicate that ultrafast electron transfer (ET) through the interface of CdTe/CdSe NCs becomes measurable as the CdSe shell approaches the quasi-type-II regime which we experimentally determined to be at 0.4 nm (shell) for a 3.4 nm CdTe core. This work reports the first measurement using femtosecond TA to study the electronic states in CdTe/CdSe NCs and spectroscopically observe the evolution of an ultrafast charge transfer (CT) in such a core/shell system. Time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy is used to study the radiative lifetimes of the CdTe/CdSe NCs. One monolayer CdSe coverage leads to longer-lived PL, which is red-shifted by 140 nm compared to the CdTe core PL. It is concluded that this is due to greater electron-hole separation providing a longer-lived CT state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2530-2535
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume1
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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