Colloidal nanocrystal shape and size control: the case of cobalt

Victor F. Puntes, Kannan M. Krishnan, A. Paul Alivisatos

Science  16 Mar 2001: Vol. 291, Issue 5511, pp. 2115-2117

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/291/5511/2115

Abstract

We show that a relatively simple approach for controlling the colloidal synthesis of anisotropic cadmium selenide semiconductor nanorods can be extended to the size-controlled preparation of magnetic cobalt nanorods as well as spherically shaped nanocrystals. This approach helps define a minimum feature set needed to separately control the sizes and shapes of nanocrystals. The resulting cobalt nanocrystals produce interesting two- and three-dimensional superstructures, including ribbons of nanorods