CuGaS 2 -CuInE 2 (E = S, Se) Colloidal Nanorod Heterostructures

Nuri Oh, Logan P. Keating, Gryphon A. Drake, Moonsub Shim

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Colloidal nanorod heterostructures of I-III-VI 2 semiconductors have been synthesized in a solution starting from wurtzite-like CuGaS 2 nanorods. Growth of CuInS 2 or CuInSe 2 on CuGaS 2 nanorods results in interesting sawtooth structures with larger lattice strain leading to sharper, more pronounced teeth. A final inorganic shell of ZnSe or ZnS grown on the CuGaS 2 /CuInSe 2 nanorod heterostructures enhances photoluminescence. Unusual brush-like structures arise with prolonged ZnSe growth. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements on CuGaS 2 /CuInSe 2 /ZnS nanorod heterostructures reveal a lifetime approaching one microsecond, suggesting charge separation within the nanorods. The results shown here provide previously unknown nanorod heterostructures exhibiting interesting and potentially useful optical properties along with insights into heterostructure formation in colloidal I-III-VI 2 nanorods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1973-1980
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 26 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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