Exposure to excessive ionizing radiation is harmful because it can cause mutations in DNA and cell damage, subsequently increasing the risk of severe illness or even death. A higher risk of overexposure on the battlefield means a convenient, reliable, and compact ionizing radiation detector that can be integrated into a soldier’s uniform would be highly beneficial. Current radiation-detecting materials are either too expensive, inefficient, or troublesome to deploy. Since wearability, cost, and efficiency are emphasized, lead (II) selenide (PbSe) is being investigated as an alternative detector material. PbSe has a large Bohr exciton radius, allowing for tunable electronic properties in quantum dots with sizes of ~ nm. In this project, PbSe nanocrystals are synthesized via microwave reaction and characterized using various methods. They are subsequently incorporated into devices via spin coating or dropcasting onto a substrate. The synthesis, characterization, and device fabrication portions of the project will be presented upon.