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Group IV nanocrystals with ion-exchangeable surface ligands and methods of making the same

United States Patent

9,862,841
January 9, 2018
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Methods are described that include reacting a starting nanocrystal that includes a starting nanocrystal core and a covalently bound surface species to create an ion-exchangeable (IE) nanocrystal that includes a surface charge and a first ion-exchangeable (IE) surface ligand ionically bound to the surface charge, where the starting nanocrystal core includes a group IV element.
Wheeler; Lance M. (Wheat Ridge, CO), Nichols; Asa W. (Charlottesville, VA), Chernomordik; Boris D. (Denver, CO), Anderson; Nicholas C. (Wheat Ridge, CO), Beard; Matthew C. (Arvada, CO), Neale; Nathan R. (Denver, CO)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
15/ 388,415
20170183511
December 22, 2016
The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.