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Conference Papers in Energy
Volume 2013, Article ID 194638, 3 pages
Conference Paper

Synthesis and Efficient Phase Transfer of CdSe Nanoparticles for Hybrid Solar Cell Applications

Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai 25, India

Received 6 January 2013; Accepted 30 April 2013

Academic Editors: B. Bhattacharya and U. P. Singh

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by S. Ananthakumar at “International Conference on Solar Energy Photovoltaics” held from 19 December 2012 to 21 December 2012 in Bhubaneswar, India.

Copyright © 2013 S. Ananthakumar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Colloidal cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles capped by a short chain thiol ligand thioglycolic acid (TGA) were prepared in aqueous medium at using sodium selenite as the selenium source. The prepared particles were efficiently transferred into organic phases through the partial ligand exchange process using 1-dodecanethiol (1-DDT). The FT-IR spectrum analysis shows the existence of the ligands on the surface of the nanoparticles in aqueous and organic phase through their characteristic modes. TEM analysis of the prepared samples reveals the size and crystalline nature of the particles. EDX analysis indicates the presence of respective elements in the resultant powdered sample. The possible mechanism of the phase transfer process was analysed. The resultant phase-transferred particles can efficiently be blended with a low band gap semiconducting polymer in a common solvent for active layer in hybrid solar cell fabrication. The results are discussed in detail.