Property engineering through nanomaterial chemical transformation of colloidal nanocrystal thin films

Md Ashraf Hossain, Sanghyun Jeon, Junhyuk Ahn, Junsung Bang, Ho Kun Woo, Shihab B. Hafiz, Dong Kyun Ko, Soong Ju Oh

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Herein, we introduce a unique nanomaterial chemical transformation (NCT) process whereby selenium (Se) anion is introduced to colloidal silver (Ag) nanocrystals (NCs) to create nanostructured silver selenide (Ag2Se). We present a complete suite of material characterizations, including chemical, structural, optical, and electrical characterizations to understand the details of the transformation process. The Ag2Se thin-films obtained through the NCT process exhibit degenerately-doped n-type semiconductor characteristics with high carrier mobility. We discuss the chemical mechanism that drives the material transformation and elucidates the origin of doping in these semiconducting thin-films. We also demonstrate the robustness of Ag2Se thin-films toward mechanical strain and temperature cycling stress for flexible device applications. We believed that the NCT process demonstrated here is of wide applicability to other material systems which can open up new avenues for solid-state chemistry and device engineering research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number145721
JournalApplied Surface Science
StatePublished - May 30 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


  • Chemical transformation
  • Metal chalcogenides
  • N-type semiconductor
  • Silver selenide
  • Transport


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