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Shape-controlled iron oxide nanocrystals: synthesis, magnetic properties and energy conversion applications

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Iron oxide nanocrystals (IONCs) with various geometric morphologies show excellent physical and chemical properties and have received extensive attention in recent years. The various shape-induced magnetic and electrochemical properties of the IONCs make them suitable for diverse applications. Understanding the correlation between the physicochemical properties and morphology of IONCs is a prerequisite for their widespread applications. Hence, this review focuses on current research progress regarding shape-controlled IONCs in different dimensions, and the corresponding shape-dependent magnetic, catalytic and gas-sensor properties are discussed. Furthermore, the general preparation methods, shape-guided growth mechanisms and energy conversion applications in photoelectrochemical water splitting, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) of these IONCs (α-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3, Fe3O4) are also discussed. Finally, the perspectives of IONCs in promising research directions are proposed.

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The article was received on 07 Jun 2016, accepted on 28 Jul 2016 and first published on 28 Jul 2016


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C6CE01307D
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CrystEngComm, 2016,18, 6303-6326

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    Shape-controlled iron oxide nanocrystals: synthesis, magnetic properties and energy conversion applications

    J. Liu, Z. Wu, Q. Tian, W. Wu and X. Xiao, CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 6303
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CE01307D

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