Tunable intraparticle frameworks for creating complex heterostructured nanoparticle libraries

Julie L. Fenton, Benjamin C. Steimle, Raymond E. Schaak

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Complex heterostructured nanoparticles with precisely defined materials and interfaces are important for many applications. However, rationally incorporating such features into nanoparticles with rigorous morphology control remains a synthetic bottleneck. We define a modular divergent synthesis strategy that progressively transforms simple nanoparticle synthons into increasingly sophisticated products. We introduce a series of tunable interfaces into zero-, one-, and two-dimensional copper sulfide nanoparticles using cation exchange reactions. Subsequent manipulation of these intraparticle frameworks yielded a library of 47 distinct heterostructured metal sulfide derivatives, including particles that contain asymmetric, patchy, porous, and sculpted nanoarchitectures. This generalizable mix-and-match strategy provides predictable retrosynthetic pathways to complex nanoparticle features that are otherwise inaccessible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-517
Number of pages5
Issue number6388
StatePublished - May 4 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General

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