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To optimize colloidal nanocrystals/Si hybrid structures, nanopillars are prepared and organized via microparticle patterning and Si etching. A monolayer of CdSe nanocrystals is then grafted on the passivated oxide-free nanopillar surfaces, functionalized with carboxy-alkyl chain linkers. This process results to a negligible number of non-radiative surface state defects with a tightly controlled separation between the nanocrystals and Si. Steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements confirm the close-packing nanocrystal arrangement and the dominance of non-radiative energy transfer from nanocrystals to Si. We suggest that radially doped p-n junction devices based on energy transfer offer a viable approach for thin film photovoltaic devices.