Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 764–771 | Cite as

Accessing HgSe x S 1−x Nanoparticles Using the Single-Source Reagent Me3Si–SeS–SiMe3

  • Elizabeth A. Turner
  • Harald Rösner
  • Yining Huang
  • John F. Corrigan
Original Papers


Mercury-selenosulfide (HgSe x S 1-x ) nanoparticles have been synthesized using the single-source reagent Me3Si–SeS–SiMe3. The reagent distributes Se2− and S2− to the metal core as the reaction between Me3Si–SeS–SiMe3 and mercury acetate occurs via a redox pathway, ultimately giving rise to Se–S bond cleavage. Particles are characterized by EDX, TEM and powder X-ray diffraction analysis in conjunction with UV–Visible absorption spectroscopy.


Nanoparticles Selenosulfide Mercury Phosphine 



We gratefully acknowledge the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada for financial support of this research, equipment funding and for a postgraduate scholarship (E. A. T.). The Government of Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Awards (PREA) program is also acknowledged for financial support and The University of Western Ontario and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are thanked for equipment funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Institut für Nanotechnologie, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbHEggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany

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