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DOTUBE: Interactions between semiconductor nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (DOTUBE)
Start date: 01 Jul 2009, End date: 30 Jun 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Many applications in Nanotechnology require the complete understanding of the material`s surface in order to control further interactions against specific targets. The goal of the proposal is to understand the interaction between CdSe nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (or graphene) as well as the chemical reactivity of such composites. We will investigate the ligand environment of the CdSe nanoparticles attached to carbon nanotubes by means of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as main investigation technique. We expect to obtain evidences of the structural properties (composition of the connected facet), type of interaction (coordinative or ionic) and to evaluate the strength of the bond. Once we understand the cited information, we also expect to improve the carrier injection into the tube by proper chemical functionalization. The results of the chemical studies will be applied to understand the interaction between nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes and to optimize the photoelectrical response."
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