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Organometallic chemistry: an alternative approach towards metal oxide nanoparticles

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Abstract

The synthesis of nanoparticles of controlled size, shape, size distribution and surface state is nowadays recognized to be of prime importance both from a fundamental point of view and for applications. Among all nanomaterials, nanoparticles of metal oxides are very attractive as their unique characteristics make them the most diverse class of materials with properties covering almost all aspect of solid-state physics, materials science and catalysis. In this feature article, we present our efforts toward the synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles of controlled size and shape using organometallic chemistry. We show that this approach is versatile and can be generalized to several metal oxides from semiconducting to magnetic materials as well as from monometallic to mixed-metal-oxide nanomaterials. We point out that the control over the size, the shape, and the surface state of such materials is of prime importance for understanding and controlling their physical properties. We also report the use of such semiconducting nanoparticles for two different applications, highlighting the importance of the implementation of the nanoparticles in the fabrication of devices.

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The article was received on 24 Oct 2008, accepted on 13 Jan 2009 and first published on 05 Mar 2009


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B818935H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2009,19, 4044-4060
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    Organometallic chemistry: an alternative approach towards metal oxide nanoparticles

    M. L. Kahn, A. Glaria, C. Pages, M. Monge, L. Saint Macary, A. Maisonnat and B. Chaudret, J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 4044
    DOI: 10.1039/B818935H

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