CdS nanorod-based structures: From two- and three-dimensional leaves to flowers

Feng Gao, Qingyi Lu, Xiangkang Meng, Sridhar Komarneni

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A simple biomolecule-mediated process has been used to direct the growth and assembly of CdS nanorods. Many kinds of biomolecules such as amino acids (glycine, serine), peptides (glycyl-glycine, glutathione), protein (gelatin, lysozyme), protein metabolism product (guanidine), RNA base (uracil), and pyrimidine (uridine) have been utilized. A series of complex CdS nanorod-based structures have been first synthesized in high yields, including three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) leaflike structures and flower-like structures by assembly of CdS nanorods. The products' morphology and structure have been confirmed to correspond to the used biomolecules' type and structure. This directed-assembly method using biomolecules may facilitate the assembly of complex nanostructures and would theoretically lead to more and more complicated and useful nanostructures in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13359-13365
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 4 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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