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From solid-state metal alkoxides to nanostructured oxides: a precursor-directed synthetic route to functional inorganic nanomaterials

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Functional nanostructured oxides are important inorganic materials for various energy- and environment-related applications, such as photocatalysis and lithium ion batteries. To optimize their properties/functions, synthetic methods that can lead to nanomaterials with unique composition, morphology and size are highly desirable. In this review, we summarize recent research efforts towards the construction of nanostructured solid-state metal alkoxides-a family of inorganic–organic hybrid compounds and their conversion into functional inorganic nanomaterials. The chemical transformation from metal alkoxides to nanostructured oxides represents a novel precursor-directed synthetic route to functional inorganic nanomaterials. The uniqueness of this method mainly lies in: (i) the crystal/molecular structure of metal alkoxides which plays a crucial role in their nanosized structures; (ii) the use of metal alkoxides as precursor materials which determines the composition and (micro)structure of the finally-obtained oxide nanomaterials; and (iii) that this method can be employed to synthesize nanomaterials that cannot be readily achieved using other approaches.

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The article was received on 30 Oct 2014, accepted on 11 Dec 2014 and first published on 12 Dec 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4QI00191E
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015,2, 198-212
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    From solid-state metal alkoxides to nanostructured oxides: a precursor-directed synthetic route to functional inorganic nanomaterials

    J. Zhao, Y. Liu, M. Fan, L. Yuan and X. Zou, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015, 2, 198
    DOI: 10.1039/C4QI00191E

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