Domain and network aggregation of CdTe quantum rods within Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers

Dmitry Zimnitsky, Jun Xu, Zhiqun Lin, Vladimir V. Tsukruk

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Control over the organization of quantum rods was demonstrated by changing the surface area at the air-liquid interface by means of the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The LB isotherm of CdTe quantum rods capped with a mixture of alkylphosphines shows a transition point in the liquid-solid state, which is caused by the inter-rod reorganization. As we observed, at low surface pressure the quantum rods are assembled into round-shaped aggregates composed of a monolayer of nanorods packed in limited-size clusters with random orientation. The increase of the surface pressure leads to the rearrangement of these aggregates into elongated bundles composed of uniformly oriented nanorod clusters. Further compression results in denser packing of nanorods aggregates and in the transformation of monolayered domains into a continuous network of locally ordered quantum rods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number215606
Issue number21
StatePublished - 28 May 2008


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