Colin M. Hessel

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Ligand-stabilized copper selenide (Cu(2-x)Se) nanocrystals, approximately 16 nm in diameter, were synthesized by a colloidal hot injection method and coated with amphiphilic polymer. The nanocrystals readily disperse in water and exhibit strong near-infrared (NIR) optical absorption with a high molar extinction coefficient of 7.7 × 10(7) cm(-1) M(-1) at 980(More)
We report the preparation of luminescent oxide-embedded germanium nanocrystals (Ge-NC/GeO2) by the reductive thermal processing of polymers derived from phenyl trichlorogermane (PTG, C6H5GeCl3). Sol-gel processing of PTG yields air-stable polymers with a Ge:O ratio of 1:1.5, (C6H5GeO1.5)n, that thermally decompose to yield a germanium rich oxide (GRO)(More)
To investigate the potential for enantioselective transformation and accumulation, the enantiomer distributions of seven polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) atropisomers were measured in the sediment and biota from a sub-tropical estuary heavily contaminated with Aroclor 1268, a technical mixture of highly chlorinated PCB congeners. Enantiomer fractions (EFs) of(More)
Quintuple-shelled SnO2 hollow microspheres are prepared by a hard-template method. DSSCs constructed with SnO2 multi-shell photoanodes show a record photoconversion efficiency of 7.18% due to enhanced light scattering. SnO2 hollow microspheres that are utilized as a scattering layer on top of P25 films increase the DSSC photoconversion efficiency from 7.29%(More)
The colloidal synthesis of crystalline silicon (Si) nanorods with diameters of 5 to 10 nm and lengths of 15 to 75 nm is demonstrated. Trisilane was decomposed in a hot solvent in the presence of dodecylamine and gold (Au) nanocrystals. Nanorods form by Au-seeded solution-liquid-solid growth with dodecylamine serving as capping ligands that stabilize the(More)
Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) data reveal that superlattices of organic ligand-stabilized gold (Au) nanocrystals can undergo a series of ordered structure transitions at elevated temperature. An example is presented of a body-centered cubic superlattice that evolves into a hexagonal close-packed structure, followed by the formation of binary simple(More)
Silicon nanorods are grown by trisilane decomposition in hot squalane in the presence of tin (Sn) nanocrystals and dodecylamine. Sn induces solution-liquid-solid nanorod growth with dodecylamine serving as a stabilizing ligand. As-prepared nanorods do not luminesce, but etching with hydrofluoric acid to remove residual surface oxide followed by thermal(More)
Oxide-embedded and oxide-free alkyl-terminated silicon (Si) nanocrystals with diameters ranging from 3 nm to greater than 10 nm were studied by Raman spectroscopy. For ligand-passivated nanocrystals, the zone center Raman-active mode of diamond cubic Si shifted to lower frequency with decreasing size, accompanied by asymmetric peak broadening, as(More)
A method to produce biocompatible polymer-coated silicon nanocrystals for medical imaging is shown. Silica-embedded Si nanocrystals are formed by HSQ thermolysis. The nanocrystals are then liberated from the oxide and terminated with Si-H bonds by HF etching, followed by alkyl monolayer passivation by thermal hydrosilylation. The Si nanocrystals have an(More)