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Effects of a Lead Chloride Shell on Lead Sulfide Quantum Dots.

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The size of a quantum-confined nanocrystal determines the energies of its excitonic transitions. Previous work has correlated the diameters of PbS nanocrystals to their excitonic absorption; however, we observe that PbS quantum dots synthesized in saturated dispersions of PbCl can deviate from the previous 1S-1S energy vs. diameter curve by 0.8 nm. In addition, their surface differs chemically from that of PbS quantum dots produced via other syntheses. We find that these nanocrystals are coated in a shell that is measurable in transmission electron micrographs and contains lead and chlorine, beyond the monoatomic chlorine termination previously proposed. This finding has implications for understanding the growth mechanism of this reaction, the linewidth of these quantum dots' photoluminescence, and electronic transport within films of these nanocrystals. Such fundamental knowledge is critical to applications of PbS quantum dots such as single-photon sources, photodetectors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, lasers, and biological labels.

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Name: The journal of physical chemistry letters
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