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Semiconductor nanoparticles with concave morphologies for sensory key-lock applications.

Semiconductor nanoparticles with concave morphologies for sensory key-lock applications.

Leitung:  D. Dorfs, N. Bigall
Team:  D. Hinrichs
Jahr:  2013

The properties of nanoparticles are not just influenced by their composition, size and surface functionalization but also by their shape. In general crystals grow in a convex morphology but new synthetic strategies opened access to concave structures. These concave structures show promising features for e. g. sensory key-lock applications.

We want to transfer the so called “cast mold” approach to a variety of materials. In this approach a semiconductor is grown on a nanoparticle e. g. a metal nanoparticle. Afterwards the latter is etched to receive a concave shaped semiconductor nanoparticle.

 

 The so obtained cave can interact size-sensitive with other nanoparticles, which could be exploited for sensory applications.