Quantum drops, polymer nanoparticles with excess electrons, can be produced in a monodispersed aerosol from solution. The electronic properties of excess charges on the polymer nanoparticles are predicted to be analogous to those of semiconductor quantum dots and hence these structures are referred to as quantum drops. Quantum drops have controllable physical properties including radius, composition, chemical potential and magnetic properties and can be obtained in the gas phase. We consider the chemical potential and symmetry point groups of electrons confined on the surface of these spherical polymer nanoparticles, using a model Hamiltonian and semiclassical quantization.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chemical Physics Letters|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 11 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics