Nonmonotonic size-dependent carrier mobility in PbSe nanocrystal arrays

Jihye Lee, One Choi, Eunji Sim

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On the basis of a tight binding system-bath model, we investigated carrier mobility of PbSe nanocrystal (NC) arrays as a function of NC size and inter-NC separation. The size-dependent trend of calculated carrier mobilities are in excellent agreement with recent experimental measurements: electron mobility increased up to NC diameter of ∼6 nm and then decreased for larger NCs, whereas hole mobility showed a monotonic size-dependency. Carrier mobility increase was associated with reduced activation energy that governs charge-transfer processes. In contrast, the decrease in electron mobility for large NCs was found to be due to smaller electronic coupling. Control of inter-NC separation is crucial for mobility enhancement: the mobility may change by an order of magnitude when inter-NC separation varies by as little as 1 to 2 Å. We anticipate similar size-dependency of the mobility in other semiconductor NC arrays, although crossover diameter in which mobility reaches its maximum depends on the material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)714-719
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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