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J Am Chem Soc. 2006 Mar 29;128(12):3910-1.

Stable photogenerated carriers in magnetic semiconductor nanocrystals.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-1700, USA.


We report the preparation and investigation of charged colloidal Co2+:ZnO and Mn2+:ZnO nanocrystals. Although both charged and magnetically doped colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals have been reported previously, colloidal charged and magnetically doped semiconductor nanocrystals as described herein have not. Conduction band electrons were introduced into colloidal ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) nanocrystals photochemically, and the resulting TM2+-e-CB interactions were observed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (TM2+ = Co2+ or Mn2+). This new motif of colloidal charged magnetic semiconductor nanocrystals reveals attractive new opportunities for studying spin effects in DMS nanostructures relevant to proposed spintronics technologies.


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