Chemoselective Surface Trap-Mediated Metal Growth on Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Abstract "We present a highly chemoselective deposition of precious metals on semiconductor nanoheterostructures with a strong preference for cadmium and zinc telluride over the lighter chalcogenides. The selectivity is explained by p-type surface traps on the tellurides, compared to n-type defects of the homologous sulfides and selenides, and can be turned off by passivating the particle su... » read more