Synthesis and characterization of wurtzite ZnTe nanorods with controllable aspect ratios

Jun Zhang, Shengye Jin, H. Christopher Fry, Sheng Peng, Elena Shevchenko, Gary P. Wiederrecht, Tijana Rajh

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ZnTe nanorods with controllable aspect ratios were synthesized using polytellurides a tellurium precursor. The use of polytellurides which allow nucleation and growth at relatively low temperature is the key to formation of wurtzite phase and controlled anisotropic growth along c-axis. The aspect ratio of the resulting ZnTe nanorods was controlled by tuning the temperature that in turn controls the kinetics of the nanocrystal growth. A diameter dependent quantum confinement effect in ZnTe nanorods was observed by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. Transient absorption measurements show ultrafast charge injection dynamics from ZnTe nanorods, suggesting their strong potential for applications in photocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15324-15327
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
StatePublished - Oct 5 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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