Iwan Moreels

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We quantitatively investigate the size-dependent optical properties of colloidal PbS nanocrystals or quantum dots (Qdots), by combining the Qdot absorbance spectra with detailed elemental analysis of the Qdot suspensions. At high energies, the molar extinction coefficient epsilon increases with the Qdot volume d(3) and agrees with theoretical calculations(More)
Solution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) is used to identify and quantify the organic capping of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals (Q-PbSe). We find that the capping consists primarily of tightly bound oleic acid ligands. Only a minor part of the ligand shell (0-5% with respect to the number of oleic acid ligands) is composed of tri-(More)
Solution-processed inorganic and organic materials have been pursued for more than a decade as low-threshold, high-gain lasing media, motivated in large part by their tunable optoelectronic properties and ease of synthesis and processing. Although both have demonstrated stimulated emission and lasing, they have not yet approached the continuous-wave pumping(More)
Colloidal semiconductor quantum structures allow controlling the strong confinement of charge carriers through material composition and geometry. Besides being a unique platform to study fundamental effects, these materials attracted considerable interest due to their potential in opto-electronic and quantum communication applications. Heteronanostructures(More)
Recently, solution NMR-based approaches have been developed that represent useful new tools for the in situ characterization of the capping ligand in colloidal nanocrystal dispersions. So far, this development has focused mainly on tightly bound ligands (no exchange) or ligands in slow exchange with the nanocrystal surface. In such systems, the ligand can(More)
We present an approach for the synthesis of ternary copper indium sulfide (CIS) and quaternary copper indium zinc sulfide (CIZS) nanocrystals (NCs) by means of partial cation exchange with In(3+) and Zn(2+). The approach consists of a sequential three-step synthesis: first, binary Cu2S NCs were synthesized, followed by the homogeneous incorporation of(More)
PbS Qdots are synthesized using PbCl2 and elemental sulfur as precursors. The available size range is significantly expanded using tri-n-octylphosphine (TOP), enabling the synthesis of monodisperse suspensions of Qdots with a mean size varying between 3 and 10 nm. The ligand composition and dynamics are investigated with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)(More)
The effect of short-chain alcohols and acetonitrile on the ligand shell composition and the photoluminescence quantum yield of purified PbSe and CdSe quantum dots is analyzed by solution NMR and photoluminescence spectroscopy. We find that short-chain alcohols induce the release of X-type carboxylate ligands with a concurrent reduction of the(More)
We present the synthesis of novel disk-shaped hexagonal Cu2Te nanocrystals with a well-defined stoichiometric composition and tunable diameter and thickness. Subsequent cation exchange of Cu to Cd at high temperature (180 °C) results in highly fluorescent CdTe nanocrystals, with less than 1 mol % of residual Cu remaining in the lattice. The procedure(More)
We present a quantitative analysis of the absorption and luminescence of colloidal PbSe/CdSe core/shell quantum dots (QDs). In absorption, both the energy and the oscillator strength of the first exciton transition coincide with that of plain PbSe QDs. In contrast, luminescence lifetime measurements indicate that the oscillator strength of the emitting(More)