Transition‐Metal‐Doped NIR‐Emitting Silicon Nanocrystals


Impurity-doping in nanocrystals significantly affects their electronic properties and diversifies their applications. Herein, we report the synthesis of transition metal (Mn, Ni, Co, Cu)-doped oleophilic silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) through hydrolysis/polymerization of triethoxysilane with acidic aqueous metal salt solutions, followed by thermal disproportionation of the resulting gel into a doped-Si/SiO2 composite that, upon HF etching and hydrosilylation with 1-n-octadecene, produces free-standing octadecyl-capped doped SiNCs (diameter≈3 to 8 nm; dopant <0.2 atom %). Metal-doping triggers a red-shift of the SiNC photoluminescence (PL) of up to 270 nm, while maintaining high PL quantum yield (26 % for Co doping).

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201700436

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@inproceedings{Chandra2017TransitionMetalDopedNS, title={Transition‐Metal‐Doped NIR‐Emitting Silicon Nanocrystals}, author={Sourov Chandra and Yoshitake Masuda and Naoto Shirahata and Françoise M Winnik}, booktitle={Angewandte Chemie}, year={2017} }