Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 1367–1375 | Cite as

Electrical properties of surface functionalized silicon nanoparticles

  • Jürgen Nelles
  • Dorota Sendor
  • Frank-Martin Petrat
  • Ulrich Simon
Research Paper


The present study relates to the applicability of silicon nanoparticles as basic component in printing inks for the fabrication of printable electronic devices. It is systematically investigated, how the surface functionalization of silicon nanoparticles with 1-alkenes affects the electrical properties of thin films made of them. Therefore, films of as-prepared silicon nanoparticles with a size of 42 nm as well as freshly etched ones, both terminated with hydrogen, are compared with films of silicon nanoparticles functionalized with n-octene, n-dodecene, allylmercaptan, and allylamine, respectively. It is found, that the activation energy of the electron transport through the films is in the range of 0.5 eV and scales with the polarity of the functionalization.


Silicon nanoparticles Electrical properties Charge transport Hydrosilylation Impedance spectroscopy 



This project is co-financed by the European Union and is financially supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Nelles
    • 1
  • Dorota Sendor
    • 1
  • Frank-Martin Petrat
    • 2
  • Ulrich Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityInstitute of Inorganic ChemistryAachenGermany
  2. 2.Evonik Industries AGCreavis Technologies & InnovationMarlGermany

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