Cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots have low conductivity upon
synthesis with the original capping ligands. The conductivity can be
altered by the addition of other ligands. Thiols, amines, and carboxylic
acids, as well as other functional groups, have been shown to improve
conductivity in quantum dot films. This investigation describes the
synthesis of alternate dithiocarbamate cross-linking ligands and
determines their ability to either improve or inhibit the conductivity
of CdSe quantum dot films.