Journal of Fluorescence

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 59–69 | Cite as

Procedures for Controlling the Size, Structure and Optical Properties of CdS Quantum Dots during Synthesis in Aqueous Solution

  • María-Jesús Almendral-ParraEmail author
  • Ángel Alonso-Mateos
  • Sara Sánchez-Paradinas
  • Juán F. Boyero-Benito
  • Emilio Rodríguez-Fernández
  • Julio J. Criado-Talavera
Original Paper


We report an easy approach for the synthesis of CdS Quantum Dots (CdS QDs) with high luminescence and temporal stability through the reaction of Cd2+ and S2- in the presence of mercaptoacetic acid (MAA) as a capping reagent in aqueous medium, under normal pressure and room temperature. The influence of several experimental variables, including temperature, pH, the Cd/S ratio and the Cd/MAA ratio, on the optical properties of the QDs obtained was studied systematically. The experimental results indicate that these variables play an important role in determining the size and state of the surface of the nanoparticles, and hence their luminescent properties and temporal stability. The general aspects of nanocrystal nucleation and growth in the synthesis of nanocrystals were studied. The best conditions for the synthesis of nanoparticles of high quality are also reported. The CdS nanocrystals obtained exhibited a narrow PL band, with reproducible room-temperature quantum yields.


CdS quantum dots, Nanoparticles Synthesis Quantum yield Photoluminescence enhancement 



We thank the Council for Education and Culture of the Regional Government of Castilla y León for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María-Jesús Almendral-Parra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ángel Alonso-Mateos
    • 1
  • Sara Sánchez-Paradinas
    • 1
  • Juán F. Boyero-Benito
    • 1
  • Emilio Rodríguez-Fernández
    • 2
  • Julio J. Criado-Talavera
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Analytical ChemistryUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Inorganic ChemistryUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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