Biaxially oriented CdSe nanorods

D.W. Breiby, P.T.K. Chin, J.W. Andreasen, K.A. Grimsrud, Z. Di, R.A.J. Janssen

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The shape, structure, and orientation of rubbing-aligned cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanorods on polymer coated glass substrates have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and grazing incidence X-ray scattering combined with computer simulations. The nanorods are found to be of wurtzite structure and highly monodisperse, and have an essentially ellipsoidal shape with short axes of ~8 nm and long axis of ~22 nm. The nanorods exhibit preferred biaxial orientation with the hexagonal a-c-plane parallel to the sample surface and the c-axis oriented along the rubbing direction of the sample. Some tendency of smectic-A ordering is observed. A quantitative model incorporating atomic structure, rod shape, and preferred orientation was developed for numerically simulating the diffraction peak positions, widths, and intensities, giving good correlation with the experimental observations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10970-10974
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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