|Title||Assembling quantum dots via critical Casimir forces|
|Author(s)||Marino, Emanuele; Kodger, T.E.; Hove, Jan Bart ten; Velders, A.H.; Schall, Peter|
|Source||Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 158 (2016). - ISSN 0927-0248 - p. 154 - 159.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Assembly - Casimir force - Nanocrystals - Nanomanipulation - Quantum dots|
Programmed assembly of colloidal inorganic nanocrystal superstructures is crucial for the realization of future artificial solids as well as present optoelectronic applications. Here, we present a new way to assemble quantum dots reversibly using binary solvents. By tuning the temperature and composition of the binary solvent mixture, we achieve reversible aggregation of nanocrystals in solution induced by critical Casimir forces. We study the temperature-sensitive quantum-dot assembly with dynamic light scattering. We show that careful screening of the electrostatic repulsion by adding salt provides a further parameter to tune the reversible assembly.