Brice Nadal

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CONSPECTUS: Semiconductors are at the basis of electronics. Up to now, most devices that contain semiconductors use materials obtained from a top down approach with semiconductors grown by molecular beam epitaxy or chemical vapor deposition. Colloidal semiconductor nanoparticles have been synthesized for more than 30 years now, and their synthesis is(More)
Free standing two-dimensional materials appear as a novel class of structures. Recently, the first colloidal two-dimensional heterostructures have been synthesized. These core/shell nanoplatelets are the first step toward colloidal quantum wells. Here, we study in detail the spectroscopic properties of this novel generation of colloidal nanoparticles. We(More)
We have recently synthesized atomically flat semiconductor colloidal nanoplatelets with quasi 2D geometry. Here, we show that core/shell nanoplatelets can be obtained with a 2D geometry that is conserved. The epitaxial growth of the shell semiconductor is performed at room temperature. We report the detailed synthesis of CdSe/CdS and CdSe/CdZnS structures(More)
Functionalization of quantum dots (QDs) with a single biomolecular tag using traditional approaches in bulk solution has met with limited success. DNA polyhedra consist of an internal void bounded by a well-defined three-dimensional structured surface. The void can house cargo and the surface can be functionalized with stoichiometric and spatial precision.(More)
The optical and optoelectronic properties of colloidal quantum dots strongly depend on the passivation of their surface. Surface states are however difficult to quantify using optical spectroscopy and techniques based on back gated field effect transistors are limited in the range of carrier density that can be probed, usually significantly below one charge(More)
A novel method for covalent conjugation of DNA to polymer coated quantum dots (QDs) is investigated in detail. This method is fast and efficient: up to 12 DNA strands can be covalently conjugated per QD in optimized reaction conditions. The QD-DNA conjugates can be purified using size exclusion chromatography and the QDs retain high quantum yield and(More)
We describe current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of alkyl-ligated gold nanocrystals ~5 nm arrays in a long screening length limit. Arrays with different alkyl ligand lengths have been prepared to tune the electronic tunnel coupling between the nanocrystals. For long ligands, electronic diffusion occurs through sequential tunneling and follows activated(More)
Infrared thermal imaging devices rely on narrow band gap semiconductors grown by physical methods such as molecular beam epitaxy and chemical vapor deposition. These technologies are expensive, and infrared detectors remain limited to defense and scientific applications. Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) offer a low cost alternative to infrared detector by(More)