Orientational ordering of faceted nanocrystals arrays has been directly observed for the first time, by use of transmission electron microscopy imaging and diffraction to resolve the structure of thin molecular-crystalline films of silver nanocrystals passivated by alkylthiolate self-assembled monolayers. The type of ordering found is determined by the nanocrystal's faceted morphology, as mediated by the interactions of surfactant groups tethered to the facets on neighboring nanocrystals. Orientational ordering is crucial for the understanding of the fundamental properties of quantum-dot arrays, as well as for their optimal utilization in optical and electronic applications.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry