Chemistry Events

See a list of this year’s seminar speakers, along with summaries of past seminars, on the Chemistry Department Seminars page.

Apr 26

Chemistry Department Seminar: Prof. Cherie Kagan

"Designing Solid State Materials from Quantum Dots: Artificial Atomic Building Blocks" Official/Unofficial Story

Friday, April 26th, 2019
3:30 – 4:30 pm / Old Music Hall 103

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry

Quantum dots (QDs) are nanoscale, typically 2-20 nm diameter, fragments of bulk semiconductors. They are also known as “artificial atoms” since electrons, holes, and excitons are quantum-mechanically confined and occupy discrete electronic states in QDs, akin to those in atoms. Advances in wet-chemical synthetic methods enable the preparation of QDs tailorable in size, shape, and composition. As-synthetized, these QDs are typically capped by organic ligands and behave like colloids as they are readily dispersed in solvents. QDs may be assembled or deposited from colloidal dispersion to forms glassy or crystalline solids. Just as in atomic solids, the size and composition of the QDs, the average interparticle distance, and the number of nearest neighbors govern their physical properties. In this talk, I will build on the analogy between QDs and atoms and describe the design of solid state QD electronic materials. In particular, I will focus on routes to manipulate the surface chemistry of QDs to strengthen electronic coupling, by exchanging the ligands used in synthesis for more compact chemistries that decrease interparticle distance; and to dope QD solids, by introducing atoms and ions that serve as impurities or modify stoichiometry. Ultimately, I will connect QD material design to the physical properties of these artificial solids that are being explored in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Sponsored by Carleton's Distinguished Women Visitors Fund and the Chemistry department.

Trish's comps group hosts.

Sponsored by Carleton's Distinguished Women Visitors Fund, Chemistry. Contact: Tami Little, x5769