The 1,2,3,4-thiatriazole-5-thiolate anion (TTT−) was found to be a strongly binding ligand for CdSe nanocrystals, quantitatively exchanging various long-chain ligands to yield stable colloidal suspensions in common polar solvents. The TTT− ligand thermolyzes at <100 °C to produce thiocyanate in situ, resulting in reduced quantum confinement in nanocrystal films. CdSe(TTT) possesses far higher colloidal stability than CdSe(SCN), and that, together with the facile synthesis of TTT−, implies that this is a useful ligand for nanocrystal applications as a masked thiocyanate.
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