Platelet-in-Box Colloidal Quantum Wells: CdSe/CdS@CdS Core/Crown@Shell Heteronanoplatelets

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Kelestemur Y., Guzelturk B., Erdem O., Olutas M., Gungor K., Demir H. V.

ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, vol.26, no.21, pp.3570-3579, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 21
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/adfm.201600588
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3570-3579
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


Here, the CdSe/CdS@CdS core/crown@shell heterostructured nanoplatelets (NPLs) resembling a platelet-in-box structure are developed and successfully synthesized. It is found that the core/crown@shell NPLs exhibit consistently substantially improved photoluminescence quantum yield compared to the core@shell NPLs regardless of their CdSe-core size, CdS-crown size, and CdS-shell thickness. This enhancement in quantum yield is attributed to the passivation of trap sites resulting from the critical peripheral growth with laterally extending CdS-crown layer before the vertical shell growth. This is also verified with the disappearance of the fast nonradiative decay component in the core/crown NPLs from the time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. When compared to the core@shell NPLs, the core/crown@shell NPLs exhibit relatively symmetric emission behavior, accompanied with suppressed lifetime broadening at cryogenic temperatures, further suggesting the suppression of trap sites. Moreover, constructing both the CdS-crown and CdS-shell regions, significantly enhanced absorption cross-section is achieved. This, together with the suppressed Auger recombination, enables the achievement of the lowest threshold amplified spontaneous emission (approximate to 20 mu J cm(-2)) from the core/crown@shell NPLs among all different architectures of NPLs. These findings indicate that carefully heterostructured NPLs will play a critical role in building high-performance colloidal optoelectronic devices, which may even possibly challenge their traditional epitaxially grown thin-film based counterparts.