Synergistic synthesis of quasi-monocrystal CdS nanoboxes with high-energy facets


Hollow nanostructures with a highly oriented lattice structure and active facets are promising for catalytic applications, while their preparation via traditional approaches contains multiple steps and is time and energy consuming. Here, we demonstrate a new one-step strategy involving two complementary reactions which promote each other; it is capable of producing unique hollow nanoparticles. Specifically, we apply synergic cooperation of cation exchange and chemical etching to attack PbS nanosized cubes (NCs) and produce CdS quasi-monocrystal nanoboxes (QMNBs) which possess the smallest dimensions reported so far, a metastable zinc-blende phase, a large specific surface area, and particularly high-energy {100} facets directly visualized by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. These properties in combination allow the nanoboxes to acquire exceptional photocatalytic activities. As an extension of the approach, we use the same strategy to prepare Co9S8 and Cu7.2S4 single-crystal hollow nanooctahedrons (SCHNOs) successfully. Hence, the synergic reaction synthesis strategy exhibits great potential in engineering unique nanostructures with superior properties.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
Additional Information: Electronic supplementary information: Detailed synthetic procedures, characterization methods, calculation and additional experimental results. See DOI: 10.1039/c5ta05472a
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry(all),Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Materials Science(all)
Publication ISSN: 2050-7496
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:13
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 14:20
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Published Date: 2015-12-14
Published Online Date: 2015-09-09
Authors: Han, Li-Li
Kulinich, Sergei A. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1365-9221)
Zhang, Yang-Yang
Zou, Jin
Liu, Hui
Wang, Wei-Hua
Liu, Hui
Li, Hao-Bo
Yang, Jing
Xin, Huolin L.
Qiao, Shi-Zhang
Du, Xi-Wen



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