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Metal nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes—synthesis, functionalization and potential applications towards electrochemistry

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Abstract

This review focuses on the synthesis, assembly, surface functionalization, as well as application of inorganic nanostructures. Electrochemical and wet-chemical methods are demonstrated to be effective approaches to make metal nanostructures under control without addition of a reducing agent or protecting agent. Owing to the unique physical and chemical properties of the nano-sized materials, novel applications are introduced using inorganic nanomaterials, such as electrocatalysis, photoelectricity, spectrochemistry, and analytical chemistry. This feature article provides detailed illustrations about the synthesis and assembly of metal nanostructures, surface modification of carbon nanotubes, as well as novel applications of inorganic nanomaterials, with an emphasis on metal nanostructures and carbon nanotubes derived from studies in the authors' laboratories.

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Submitted
29 Aug 2007
Accepted
13 Nov 2007
First published
11 Jan 2008

J. Mater. Chem., 2008,18, 1279-1295
Article type
Feature Article

Metal nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes—synthesis, functionalization and potential applications towards electrochemistry

X. Hu and S. Dong, J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 1279
DOI: 10.1039/B713255G

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