Interface Engineering of Mn-Doped ZnSe-Based Core/Shell Nanowires for Tunable Host-Dopant Coupling

Zhi Jun Li, Elan Hofman, Amanda Blaker, Andrew Hunter Davis, Boris Dzikovski, De Kun Ma, Weiwei Zheng

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Transition metal ion doped one-dimensional (1-D) nanocrystals (NCs) have advantages of larger absorption cross sections and polarized absorption and emissions in comparison to 0-D NCs. However, direct synthesis of doped 1-D nanorods (NRs) or nanowires (NWs) has proven challenging. In this study, we report the synthesis of 1-D Mn-doped ZnSe NWs using a colloidal hot-injection method and shell passivation for core/shell NWs with tunable optical properties. Experimental results show optical properties of the NWs are controlled by the composition and thickness of the shell lattice. It was found that both the host-Mn energy transfer and Mn-Mn coupling are strongly dependent on the type of alloy at the interface of doped core/shell NWs. For Mn-doped type I ZnSe/ZnS core/shell NWs, the ZnS shell passivation can enhance florescence quantum yield with little effect on the location of the incorporated Mn dopant due to the identical cationic Zn2+ site available for Mn dopants throughout the core/shell NWs. However, for Mn-doped quasi type II ZnSe/CdS NWs and ZnSe/CdS/ZnS core/shell NWs, the cation alloying (Zn1-xCdxS(e)) can lead to metal dopant migration from the core to the alloyed interface and tunable host-dopant energy transfer efficiencies and Mn-Mn coupling. As a result, a tunable dual-band emission can be achieved for the doped NWs with the cation-alloyed interface. The interfacial alloying mediated energy transfer and Mn-Mn coupling provides a method to control the optical properties of the doped 1-D core/shell NWs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12591-12600
Number of pages10
JournalACS nano
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 26 2017


  • dopant migration
  • doped nanowires
  • energy transfer
  • host-dopant coupling
  • interface engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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