Inorganic quantum dot - organic dendrimer nanocomposite materials

K. Sooklal, J. Huang, C. J. Murphy, L. Hanus, H. J. Ploehn

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Semiconductor quantum dots are of great current interest for their optical properties. We have developed a method for preparing CdS quantum dots in commercially available PAMAM Starburst dendrimers. The resulting CdS-dendrimer nanocomposites are exceptionally stable and emit brightly in the blue. The size of the dendrimer (its `generation') has a surprisingly small effect on the optical properties of the resulting nanocomposites. The dot-dendrimer nanocomposites can be captured in a silica sol-gel matrix to yield a stable, bright blue-emitting glass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-444
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 MRS Spring Meeting - Symposium DD, 'Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials' - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 5 1999Apr 9 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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