Ligand engineering of mid-infrared Ag2Se colloidal quantum dots

Shihab Bin Hafiz, Mohammad M. Al Mahfuz, Michael R. Scimeca, Sunghwan Lee, Soong Ju Oh, Ayaskanta Sahu, Dong Kyun Ko

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Silver selenide colloidal quantum dots exhibit distinct optical absorption in the mid-wavelength infrared spectral region, which arises from the intraband transition between the first and the second quantum-confined energy levels. The optical absorption coefficient, carrier mobility, and carrier lifetime, which are the three primary parameters that determine the ultimate performance of a photodetector, are expected to be heavily dependent on the surface capping ligands. Herein, we characterize these parameters on silver selenide colloidal quantum dots films chemically treated with ligands selected from literatures that report high-performance quantum dot-based solar cells, photodetectors, transistors, and thermoelectrics. We correlate these results with the mid-infrared responsivities measured from photoconductive photodetectors fabricated from respective ligand-exchanged films. The insights gained from this study may serve as a foundation for enabling future intraband CQD-based MWIR sensing and imaging technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114223
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
StatePublished - Oct 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • Colloidal quantum dots
  • Mid-infrared
  • Photodetectors
  • Responsivity
  • Surface ligands


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