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Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, P. R. China
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Nanoscale, 2012,4, 4900-4915
12 Mar 2012,
19 Apr 2012
First published online
24 Apr 2012
Nanoscale nitrides, borides and carbides are a fascinating type of materials, which have aroused tremendous and continuous research interest for decades owing to their special mechanical, electrical, optical, photoelectronic, catalytic properties and widespread uses. In this feature article, recent developments and breakthroughs in the synthesis, properties and applications of nanometre scale nitrides (BN, Si3N4, GaN, noble nitrides), borides (LnB6, LnB2, Fe3BO5, LiMBO3) and carbides (carbon, SiC, TiC, NbC, WC) were briefly reviewed in sequence of their different dimensions (1D, 2D and 3D). In particular, our latest advances in the “autoclave route” fabrication of nanoscale nitrides, borides, and carbides were highlighted. The challenges, issues and perspectives of the synthetic methodologies and potential applications concerning the above-mentioned materials were also briefly discussed.
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