Disclosed is a process for making surfactant capped nanocrystals of metal oxides which are dispersable in organic solvents. The process comprises decomposing a metal cupferron complex of the formula M.sup.XCup.sub.X, wherein M is a metal, and Cup is a N-substituted N-Nitroso hydroxylamine, in the presence of a coordinating surfactant, the reaction being conducted at a temperature ranging from about 150 to about 400.degree. C., for a period of time sufficient to complete the reaction. Also disclosed are compounds made by the process.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL SPONSORSHIP
The invention described herein arose in the course of, or under, contract No. DE-AC03-SF00098 between the United States Department of Energy and the Regents, University of California for the operation of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.