Supramolecular precursors for the synthesis of anisotropic Cu2S nanocrystals

Whitney Bryks, Melissa Wette, Nathan Velez, Su Wen Hsu, Andrea R. Tao

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Copper alkanethiolates are organometallic precursors that have been used to form Cu2S nanodisks upon thermal decomposition. Here, we demonstrate that molecular assembly of Cu alkanethiolates into an ordered liquid crystalline mesophase plays an essential role in templating the disk morphology of the solid-state product. To examine this templating effect, we synthesize Cu alkanethiolate precursors with alkane tails of varying chain length and sterics. We demonstrate that short chain precursors produce two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets of Cu2S, while longer-chained variants produce Cu 2S nanodisks exclusively. This work provides new insights into the use of liquid crystalline phases as templates for nanocrystal synthesis and as a potential route for achieving highly anisotropic inorganic nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6175-6178
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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