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Inorganic Chemistry

2015

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Understanding The Reactivity Of Molecular Precursors To Colloidal Nanocrystals, Samuel Ralph Alvarado Jan 2015

Understanding The Reactivity Of Molecular Precursors To Colloidal Nanocrystals, Samuel Ralph Alvarado

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Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals are materials with intriguing properties that make them useful for a diverse array of applications such as photocatalysts, light-absorbing materials in solar cells, light emitting diodes and luminescent biological tags, to name only a few. Performance of nanomaterials in these applications is directly related to the size, shape and stoichiometry of the nanocrystals. Strategies exist to control these characteristics during colloidal synthesis, but they tend to rely on certain surfactants, additives, or multi-step procedures to achieve desirable properties. This thesis describes new directions in the synthesis of colloidal nanomaterials that use computational chemistry as a guide. Using ...