Nano Research

, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp 685–693

Efficient synthesis of PbTe nanoparticle networks

Authors

  • Qiangfeng Xiao
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering DepartmentUniversity of California
  • Ding Weng
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering DepartmentUniversity of California
  • Zhenglong Yang
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering DepartmentUniversity of California
  • Javier Garay
    • Mechanical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of California
    • Materials Research DepartmentToyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering DepartmentUniversity of California
Open AccessResearch Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12274-010-0030-8

Cite this article as:
Xiao, Q., Weng, D., Yang, Z. et al. Nano Res. (2010) 3: 685. doi:10.1007/s12274-010-0030-8

Abstract

The synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystalline networks using weak capping ligands in aqueous media has been demonstrated. Carbohydrates, including ?-cyclodextrin, D-(+)-glucose, D-glucosamine, lactobionic acid, sucrose, and starch were chosen as weak ligands to facilitate the formation of PbTe nanoparticle networks. The nanoparticle size, ranging from 5 nm to 30 nm, can be tuned by manipulating the temperature and concentration. Through a similar strategy, more complicated nanostructures including carbohydrate spheres@PbTe core-shell structures and Te@carbohydrate@PbTe multilayered submicron cables have been fabricated. This is a general approach which can be easily extended to the fabrication of other semiconductor networks, including PbSe and Bi2Te3 using carbohydrates and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), respectively, as ligands.

Keywords

Lead telluride nanoparticle network core shell structures thermoelectric carbohydrate

Supplementary material

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