ETH Zurich, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, CH-8093, Zurich, Switzerland
and EMPA-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, CH-8600, Duebendorf, Switzerland
Chemically synthesized inorganic nanocrystals are considered to be promising building blocks for a broad spectrum of applications including electronic, thermoelectric, and photovoltaic devices. To achieve high degree of electronic coupling, the nanocrystal packing, surface chemistry and surrounding medium need to be properly designed.
This talk will provide an overview of the most recent developments towards functional inorganic materials built from nanoscale building blocks. Special attention will be paid to rational combinations of inorganic molecules, clusters and nanocrystals – from synthesis strategies to device applications. Several examples will include nanocrystal-based materials for Li-ion batteries, infrared-active nanostructures, and hybrid molecular-nanocrystal superlattices.