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Sol–gel precursors for group 14 nanocrystals

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The synthesis of Group 14 nanocrystals with controlled size dispersity and composition is an area of considerable interest due to their size-dependent optical and electronic properties, thought to enable their use in a wide range of applications such as fluorophores for biological imaging and photovoltaics. In this review, the use of sol–gel derived polymers as precursors for oxide-embedded Group 14 nanocrystals is presented. This versatile approach can yield tangible quantities of both oxide-embedded and freestanding materials with controllable size, narrow size distributions, and tailorable composition.

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The article was received on 16 Jul 2010, accepted on 11 Oct 2010 and first published on 02 Nov 2010

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0CC02609C
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 8704-8718
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    Sol–gel precursors for group 14 nanocrystals

    J. A. Kelly, E. J. Henderson and J. G. C. Veinot, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 8704
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CC02609C

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