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Shape-controlled synthesis of PbS nanocrystals via a simple one-step process.

Authors
  • Wang, Yu
  • Tang, Aiwei
  • Li, Kai
  • Yang, Chunhe
  • Wang, Miao
  • Ye, Haihang
  • Hou, Yanbing
  • Teng, Feng
Type
Published Article
Journal
Langmuir
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
Nov 27, 2012
Volume
28
Issue
47
Pages
16436–16443
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1021/la303738u
PMID: 23126602
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A one-step colloidal process was adopted to prepare face-centered-cubic PbS nanocrystals with different shapes such as octahedral, starlike, cubic, truncated octahedral, and truncated cubic. The features of this approach avoid the presynthesis of any organometallic precursor and the injection of a toxic phosphine agent. A layered intermediate compound (lead thiolate) forms in the initial stage of the reaction, which effectively acts as the precursor to decompose into the PbS nanocrystals. The size and shape of the PbS nanocrystals can be easily controlled by varying the reaction time, the reactant concentrations, the reaction temperatures, and the amount of surfactants. In particular, additional surfactants other than dodecanethiol, such as oleylamine, oleic acid, and octadecene, play an important role in the shape control of the products. The possible formation mechanism for the PbS nanocrystals with various shapes is presented on the basis of the different growth directions of the nanocrystals with the assistance of the different surfactants. This method provides a facile, low-cost, highly reproducible process for the synthesis of PbS nanocrystals that may have potential applications in the fabrication of photovoltaic devices and photodetectors.

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