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Facile polyol synthesis of CuS nanocrystals with a hierarchical nanoplate structure and their application for electrocatalysis and photocatalysis

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The article describes a robust method for the facile polyol synthesis of high-quality CuS nanocrystals with a controlled hierarchical nanoplate structure. The success of this method relies on manipulating the reaction kinetics with different sulfur precursors. In particular, with a medium releasing rate of S2−, we are able to produce CdS hierarchical spherical nanoflowers composed with multi-layered nanoplates, while a slow or fast release of S2− gives the monodispersed hexagonal nanoplates or disordered nanoplate complexes, respectively. Benefitting from its large surface area and the hierarchical structure for light reflection, the CuS nanoflower with a hierarchical plate structure showed the best electrocatalytic and photocatalytic performances when benchmarking its activity with the well-shaped nanoplate and the disordered nanoplate complex.

Graphical abstract: Facile polyol synthesis of CuS nanocrystals with a hierarchical nanoplate structure and their application for electrocatalysis and photocatalysis

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The article was received on 05 Jul 2016, accepted on 15 Aug 2016 and first published on 16 Aug 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA17221K
Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 80361-80367
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    Facile polyol synthesis of CuS nanocrystals with a hierarchical nanoplate structure and their application for electrocatalysis and photocatalysis

    W. Fu, M. Liu, F. Xue, X. Wang, Z. Diao and L. Guo, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 80361
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA17221K

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