Nanotechnologies in Russia

, Volume 8, Issue 5–6, pp 409–422 | Cite as

Current methods of the synthesis of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals for biomedical applications

  • P. S. Samokhvalov
  • M. V. Artemyev
  • I. R. Nabiev


The most widespread methods for the colloidal synthesis of highly luminescent CdSe, CdS, ZnSe and other AIIBVI core-shell colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are reviewed. Advantages and disadvantages of the currently developed one-pot QD synthesis as compared to the classical multistage approaches are discussed. The noninjection one-pot method starts with the growth of metastable magic-size seeds; their subsequent recrystallization ensures slow, controllable growth of highly monodisperse, defect-free core nanocrystals of desired sizes and shapes. Subsequent formation of a shell out of a semiconductor with a wider bandgap yields gradient core-shell QDs with a smooth potential barrier for electrons and holes, without strains or interfacial defects, and, as a consequence, a luminescence quantum yield (QY) approaching 100%. This approach can also be applied to other semiconductor systems to cover the broad spectral range from the near-ultraviolet (UV) to infrared (IR) regions of the optical spectrum. These nanocrystals may replace fluorescent organic dyes and rare-earth luminophores in their current applications.


quantum dots one-pot synthesis magic-size seeds alloyed nanocrystals gradient core-shell structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. S. Samokhvalov
    • 1
  • M. V. Artemyev
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. R. Nabiev
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Nano-BioengineeringMoscow Engineering Physics InstituteMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute for Physico-Chemical ProblemsBelarusian State UniversityMinskBelarus
  3. 3.European Technological Platform Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Institute of Molecular MedicineTrinity College DublinDublin 8Ireland

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