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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2017, 5(4), 120-127
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-5-4-1
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Quantum Dots, Part 1: Optical and Electrochemical Properties of CdTe Quantum Dots

A. Habekost1,

1University of Education Ludwigsburg, Department of Chemistry, Reuteallee 46, D-71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany

Pub. Date: June 12, 2017

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A. Habekost. Quantum Dots, Part 1: Optical and Electrochemical Properties of CdTe Quantum Dots. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2017; 5(4):120-127. doi: 10.12691/wjce-5-4-1


Quantum dots (QDs) are colloidal semiconductor clusters with physical dimensions in the range of several nanometers. Since the discovery of QDs in 1983, there has been a wide variety of research interest and activity. In particular, the mechanisms behind photoluminescence (PL) and electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) and the applications of QDs have been extensively investigated. Bright fluorescence effect many analytical and technical applications: QDs have found promising applications as fluorescent biolabels [1,2], in optoelectronic and photovoltaic devices [3,4], and in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) [5,6]. This paper outlines some straightforward electrochemical and spectroscopic experiments with commercial CdTe QDs to explain their background mechanisms (e.g., electron-hole separation and recombination).

three-year undergraduate quantum dots electrochemistry electrochemiluminescence UV-VIS-spectrometry hands-on learning/manipulatives

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