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Bachelor / Master Project - Analysis of Elemental Distribution in CdSe Nanowires upon Cation-Exchange
Colloidally grown CdSe nanowires (NWs) may serve as templates for the synthesis of metallic Ag2Se NWs via cation exchange. A detailed knowledge of the exchange kinetics and the spatial distribution of the silver ions is essential when designing opto-electronic devices. Thus, Ag2xCd1-xSe NWs were investigated after sequential exchange steps using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) at the scanning X-ray microscope P06 at DESY. The preliminary visualization of the elemental distribution rendered promising results: for the first time, we could detect all involved ions.
However, a comprehensive analysis comprising a sophisticated fitting procedure is still lacking. Especially the analysis of the silver dopant introduced during the initial exchange steps requires customized algorithms for a quantitative analysis of the chemical processes at the nanoscale.
Analysis of pre-existing data with respect to the elemental distribution in Ag2xCd1-xSe NWs upon cation exchange
Comparison of different fitting methods and development / refinement of a Python-based procedure
Correlation of the X-ray microscopy data with supplementary data from laboratory-based measurements (SEM, AFM)
Participation at synchrotron beamtimes
Scientific presentation of the results
If you are interested in the project, don't hesitate to write us an email or talk to us after lectures.
Program: Physics, CiS, Nanoscience
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Language: German, English