Phosphonic acids aid composition adjustment in the synthesis of Cu2+xZn1−xSnSe4−y nanoparticles

Maria Ibáñez, Taisiia Berestok, Oleksandr Dobrozhan, Aaron LaLonde, Victor Izquierdo-Roca, Alexey Shavel, Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez, Gerald Jeffrey Snyder, Andreu Cabot*

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The functional properties of quaternary I2–II–IV–VI4 nanomaterials, with potential interest in various technological fields, are highly sensitive to compositional variations, which is a challenging parameter to adjust. Here we demonstrate the presence of phosphonic acids to aid controlling the reactivity of the II element monomer to be incorporated in quaternary Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanoparticles and thus to provide a more reliable way to adjust the final nanoparticle metal ratios. Furthermore, we demonstrate the composition control in such multivalence nanoparticles to allow modifying charge carrier concentrations in nanomaterials produced from the assembly of these building blocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number226
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Colloidal synthesis
  • Composition control
  • CZTSe
  • Electrical transport
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Thermoelectric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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