Coalescence and Interface Diffusion in Linear CdTe/CdSe/CdTe Heterojunction Nanorods

2008-08-13T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Bonil Koo Brian A. Korgel
Colloidal nanorods with linear CdTe/CdSe/CdTe heterojunctions were synthesized by sequential reactant injection. After CdTe deposition at the ends of initially formed CdSe nanorods, continued heating in solution leads to Se−Te interdiffusion across the heterojunctions and coalescence to decreased aspect ratio. The Se−Te interdiffusion rates were measured by mapping the composition profile using nanobeam energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) along the lengths of individual nanorods aged in hot solvent for different amounts of time. The rate of nanorod coalescence was also measured and compared to model predictions using a continuum viscous flow model, which appears to provide a reasonable estimate of the coalescence rate.