Shape-Controlled Narrow-Gap SnTe Nanostructures: From Nanocubes to Nanorods and Nanowires

Shaojun Guo*, Andrew F. Fidler, Kai He, Dong Su, Gen Chen, Qianglu Lin, Jeffrey M. Pietryga, Victor I. Klimov

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The rational design and synthesis of narrow-gap colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) is an important step toward the next generation of solution-processable photovoltaics, photodetectors, and thermoelectric devices. SnTe NCs are particularly attractive as a Pb-free alternative to NCs of narrow-gap lead chalcogenides. Previous synthetic efforts on SnTe NCs have focused on spherical nanoparticles. Here we report new strategies for synthesis of SnTe NCs with shapes tunable from highly monodisperse nanocubes, to nanorods (NRs) with variable aspect ratios, and finally to long, straight nanowires (NWs). Reaction at high temperature quickly forms thermodynamically favored nanocubes, but low temperatures lead to elongated particles. Transmission electron microscopy studies of reaction products at various stages of the synthesis reveal that the growth and shape-focusing of monodisperse SnTe nanocubes likely involves interparticle ripening, while directional growth of NRs and NWs may be initiated by particle dimerization via oriented attachment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15074-15077
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number48
StatePublished - Dec 9 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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