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Issue 14, 2011
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Generalized synthesis of metal sulfide nanocrystals from single-source precursors: size, shape and chemical composition control and their properties

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Abstract

A general and facile method is reported for the synthesis of a wide range of metal sulfide nanocrystals including silver sulfide, zinc sulfide, cadmium sulfide, lead sulfide, bismuth sulfide, tin sulfide, iron sulfide and copper sulfide, etc. This method is based on the thermal decomposition of single-source precursors composed of metal-diethyldithiocarbamate in solution phase. By this method, not only the size and shape but also the chemical composition of the products can be easily controlled. Furthermore, these as-synthesized metal sulfides with different sizes, shapes and chemical compositions exhibit novel optical, electronic and magnetic properties, such as near-infrared (NIR) photoluminescence (PL), strong ferromagnetism and excellent electrochemical properties. We expect that this facile methodology for metal sulfides synthesis can be generalized to other nanocrystals synthesis, and be of high importance to explore the new properties.

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The article was received on 27 Dec 2010, accepted on 06 Apr 2011 and first published on 09 May 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0CE00982B
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2011,13, 4572-4579
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    Generalized synthesis of metal sulfide nanocrystals from single-source precursors: size, shape and chemical composition control and their properties

    S. Shen, Y. Zhang, L. Peng, B. Xu, Y. Du, M. Deng, H. Xu and Q. Wang, CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 4572
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CE00982B

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