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Colloidal chemical synthesis and formation kinetics of uniformly sized nanocrystals of metals, oxides, and chalcogenides

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Authors
Kwon, Soon Gu; Hyeon, Taeghwan
Issue Date
2008-12
Citation
Accounts of Chemical Research, Vol.41 No.12, pp.1696-1709
Abstract
Nanocrystals exhibit interesting electrical, optical, magnetic, and chemical properties not achieved by their bulk counterparts. Consequently, to fully exploit the potential of nanocrystals, the synthesis of nanocrystals must focus on producing materials with uniform size and shape. Top-down physical processes can produce large quantities of nanocrystals, but controlling the size is difficult with these methods. On the other hand, colloidal chemical synthetic methods can produce uniform nanocrystals with a controlled particle size. In this Account, we present our synthesis of uniform nanocrystals of various shapes and materials, and we discuss the kinetics of nanocrystal formation. We employed four different synthetic approaches including thermal decomposition, nonhydrolytic sol-gel reactions, thermal reduction, and use of reactive chalcogen reagents. We synthesized uniform oxide nanocrystals via heat-up methods. This method involved slowly heat-up reaction mixtures composed of metal precursors, surfactants, and solvents from room temperature to high temperature. We then held reaction mixtures at an aging temperature for a few minutes to a few hours. Kinetics studies revealed a three-step mechanism for the synthesis of nanocrystals through the heat-up method with size distribution control. First, as metal precursors thermally decompose, monomers accumulate. At the aging temperature, burst nucleation occurs rapidly; at the end of this second phase, nucleation stops, but continued diffusion-controlled growth leads to size focusing to produce uniform nanocrystals. We used nonhydrolytic sol-gel reactions to synthesize various transition metal oxide nanocrystals. We employed ester elimination reactions for the synthesis of ZnO and TiO(2) nanocrystals. Uniform Pd nanoparticles were synthesized via a thermal reduction reaction induced by heating up a mixture of Pd(acac)(2), tri-n-octylphosphine, and oleylamine to the aging temperature. Similarly, we synthesized nanoparticles of copper and nickel using metal(II) acetylacetonates. Ni/Pd core/shell nanoparticles were synthesized by simply heating the reaction mixture composed of acetylacetonates of nickel and palladium. Using alternative chalcogen reagents, we synthesized uniform nanocrystals of various metal chalcogenides. Uniform nanocrystals of PbS, ZnS, CdS, and MnS were obtained by heating reaction mixtures composed of metal chlorides and sulfur dissolved in oleylamine. In the future, a detailed understanding of nanocrystal formation kinetics and synthetic chemistry will lead to the synthesis of uniform nanocrystals with controlled size, shape, and composition. In particular, the synthesis of uniform nanocrystals of doped materials, core/shell materials, and multicomponent materials is still a challenge. We expect that these uniformly sized nanocrystals will find important applications in areas including information technology, biomedicine, and energy/environmental technology.
ISSN
0001-4842
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/165860
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1021/ar8000537
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