Synthesis and Application of Solution-Based II–VI and IV–VI Semiconductor Nanowires

  • Pornthip Tongying
  • Maksym Zhukovskyi
  • Masaru Kuno
Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)


Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) possess unique optical and electrical properties due to their anisotropic shape as well as their size-tunable electronic structure. In this chapter, we discuss the solution phase synthesis of II–VI and IV–VI semiconductor nanowires (e.g. ZnSe, CdS, CdSe, CdTe, PbS, PbSe, and PbSexS1−x) as well as NW-based heterostructures involving core/shell and metal nanoparticle-decorated morphologies. We subsequently discuss the application of these materials within the context of nanowire yarns, nanowire-functionalized cotton textiles, and renewable energy applications involving nanostructured solar cells and photocatalytic hydrogen generation.


CdSe Core Single Source Precursor Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation Open Circuit Voltage Decay 
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PT thanks the Royal Thai Government Scholarship for financial support. MZ thanks the Notre Dame Innovation Postdoc Fund and ND Energy for financial support. MK thanks the NSF (CHE1208091) for financial support. We thank Rusha Chatterjee for assistance in editing this chapter.


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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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