Regioselective magnetization in semiconducting nanorods

Tao Tao Zhuang, Yi Li, Xiaoqing Gao, Mingyang Wei, F. Pelayo García de Arquer, Petar Todorović, Jie Tian, Gongpu Li, Chong Zhang, Xiyan Li, Liang Dong, Yonghong Song, Yang Lu, Xuekang Yang, Libing Zhang, Fengjia Fan, Shana O. Kelley, Shu Hong Yu*, Zhiyong Tang, Edward H. Sargent

*Corresponding author for this work

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Chirality—the property of an object wherein it is distinguishable from its mirror image—is of widespread interest in chemistry and biology1–6. Regioselective magnetization of one-dimensional semiconductors enables anisotropic magnetism at room temperature, as well as the manipulation of spin polarization—the properties essential for spintronics and quantum computing technology7. To enable oriented magneto-optical functionalities, the growth of magnetic units has to be achieved at targeted locations on a parent nanorod. However, this challenge is yet to be addressed in the case of materials with a large lattice mismatch. Here, we report the regioselective magnetization of nanorods independent of lattice mismatch via buffer intermediate catalytic layers that modify interfacial energetics and promote regioselective growth of otherwise incompatible materials. Using this strategy, we combine materials with distinct lattices, chemical compositions and magnetic properties, that is, a magnetic component (Fe3O4) and a series of semiconducting nanorods absorbing across the ultraviolet and visible spectrum at specific locations. The resulting heteronanorods exhibit optical activity as induced by the location-specific magnetic field. The regioselective magnetization strategy presented here enables a path to designing optically active nanomaterials for chirality and spintronics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-197
Number of pages6
JournalNature nanotechnology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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