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E-mail: tlian@emory.edu


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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Science Foundation (CHE-1309817).

Ultrafast exciton quenching by energy and electron transfer in colloidal CdSe nanosheet–Pt heterostructures†


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Chemical Science


Volume 6, Number 2


, Pages 1049-1054

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Two-dimensional (2-D) semiconductor nanomaterials are receiving tremendous research interests due in part to their attractive light absorption and charge transport properties. Integration of catalytic metal nanoparticles with these 2-D semiconductors can potentially lead to new photocatalytic nanoheterostructures for efficient solar-to-fuel conversion. Here we report the synthesis and transient absorption study of colloidal quantum confined CdSe nanosheets with a Pt nanoparticle at the edge or vertex. Due to the large in-plane exciton mobility, ∼86.6 ± 0.5% of excitons generated in CdSe sheets can be transported to NS-Pt interface and quenched by energy transfer to Pt (with a half-life < 150 fs). The remaining excitons (13.4 ± 0.5%) become localized due to fast hole trapping and can be dissociated by interfacial electron transfer to Pt (with a half life of ∼9.4 ± 0.7 ps). The resulting charge-separated states (with electrons in Pt and trapped holes in CdSe) are long-lived (half life of ∼75 ± 14 ns), suggesting possible applications for solar driven H 2 generation.

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