Nanocrystal Synthesis

H. Zhong, T. Mirkovic, G. D. Scholes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

39 Scopus citations


Nanocrystals exhibit interesting optical, electrical, and chemical properties that are not found in their bulk counterparts. Quantum-confinement effects mean that small changes in their size and shape can have significant effects on physical properties and spectroscopy of nanocrystals. Size and shape control has been a hot topic during the development of the field of nanocrystal synthesis. Current success in colloidal chemistry has produced a great variety of nanocrystals with controlled size and shape, which could be used as functional materials for numerous applications. In addition to size and shape control, phase and composition control also provides additional space to tune the properties of nanocrystals. Further exploration on nanocrystal synthesis has led to the preparation of new-generation nanocrystals, including nanocrystal heterostructures and doped nanocrystals. In this chapter, we present an overview of nanocrystal synthesis with an emphasis on the solution synthesis of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComprehensive Nanoscience and Technology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)9780123743909
ISBN (Print)9780123743961
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


  • Colloidal chemistry
  • Composition control
  • Core-shell dots
  • Doped nanocrystals
  • Nanocrystal growth
  • Nanocrystal heterostructures
  • Nanocrystal synthesis
  • Phase control
  • Quantum dots
  • Semiconductor nanocrystals
  • Shape control
  • Size control


Dive into the research topics of 'Nanocrystal Synthesis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this