About the book
Quantum dots (QDs) are luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals and have unique chemical and physical properties due to their size and highly compact structure. It is possible to achieve highly tunable electrical and optical properties by adjusting the shape, size and composition of a QD, and in doing so facilitate the use of QDs in a broad range of applications. QDs are particularly promising in optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes, photovoltaics, photodetectors, lasers and field-effect transistors. This book reviews the theoretical background and experimental results in the rapidly developing field of semiconductor quantum dots. The chapters are structured so that the reader is introduced to the methods used to produce and control quantum dots, followed by discussions on their structural, electronic and optical properties. Applications of quantum dots often require assembly processes for the formation of polymer hybrids or thin films. For this, as well as for the use in biomedical applications, new ligand chemistry needed to be developed during the recent past. This book will serve not only as an introductory textbook for graduate students but also as a concise guide for active researchers.