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Issue 44, 2018

Electrostatically regulated photoinduced electron transfer in “cationic” eco-friendly CuInS2/ZnS quantum dots in water

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Abstract

The potency of eco-friendly copper indium sulfide/zinc sulfide core/shell quantum dots (CIS/ZnS QDs) as efficient light harvesters in water is presented. A place exchange protocol is developed to prepare the much demanded cationic ([+]) CIS/ZnS QDs carrying a permanent positive charge, with ∼60% retention of the QD photoluminescence (PL) in water. Both steady-state and time-resolved photophysical studies confirm efficient electron transfer from the photoexcited CIS/ZnS QDs to indocyanine green (ICG) dye. The electrostatic attraction between the oppositely charged [+] CIS/ZnS QDs and [−] ICG dye is responsible for the formation of a strong ground state complex, which is vital for achieving an efficient electron transfer process in water. The successful demonstration of the efficient light harvesting properties using [+] CIS/ZnS QDs will be decisive in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems based on eco-friendly quantum dots.

Graphical abstract: Electrostatically regulated photoinduced electron transfer in “cationic” eco-friendly CuInS2/ZnS quantum dots in water

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Submitted
04 Jun 2018
Accepted
12 Sep 2018
First published
12 Sep 2018

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 22248-22255
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Paper

Electrostatically regulated photoinduced electron transfer in “cationic” eco-friendly CuInS2/ZnS quantum dots in water

J. Ann Maria Xavier, G. Devatha, S. Roy, A. Rao and P. P. Pillai, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 22248 DOI: 10.1039/C8TA05269G

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