CdS nanoclusters stabilized by thiolate ligands: A mini-review

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One of the most exciting frontiers in materials chemistry in recent years is the optoelectronics of "quantum-confined" semiconductor nanoclusters. These nanoclusters arc ∼ 10-200 A in diameter, and in this size regime exhibit extraordinarily interesting quantum mechanical effects. Cadmium sulfide is a popular semiconductor lor these studies, and reviewed here is the synthesis and characterization of such CdS nanoclusters, with emphasis on how chemical control of the surface by thiolatcs influences product formation and properties. Also described are the syntheses and structures of true molecular clusters of CdS capped with thiolate ligands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-350
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Cadmium sulfide
  • Colloidal particles
  • Nanocluster
  • Quantum dot
  • Thiolate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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