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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 907562, 6 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and Use of [Cd(Detu)2(OOCCH3)2]·H2O as Single Molecule Precursor for Cds Nanoparticles

Department of Chemistry, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa

Received 17 June 2013; Accepted 15 July 2013

Academic Editors: A. I. Matesanz, A. Souldozi, and W.-Y. Wong

Copyright © 2013 Peter A. Ajibade. 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.


Substituted thiourea ligands are of interest because they possess various donor sites for metal ions and their application in separation of metal ions and as antimicrobial agents. The coordination of the sulfur donor atom led to interest in them as precursor for semiconductor nanoparticles. In this study, cadmium(II) complex of diethylthiourea was synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, FTIR, and X-ray crystallography. Single crystal X-ray structure of the complex showed that the octahedral geometry around the Cd ion consists of two molecules of diethylthiourea acting as monodentate ligands and two chelating acetate ions. The thermal decomposition of the compound showed that it decomposed to give CdS. The compound was thermolysed in hexadecylamine (HDA) to prepare HDA-capped CdS nanoparticles. The absorption spectrum showed blue shifts in its absorption band edges which clearly indicated quantum confinement effect, and the emission spectrum showed characteristic band edge luminescence. The broad diffraction peaks of the XRD pattern showed the materials to be of the nanometric size.