Fabrication of inorganic molybdenum disulfide fullerenes by arc in water

Noriaki Sano, Haolan Wang, Manish Manish Chhowalla, Ioannis Alexandrou, Gehan A.J. Amaratunga, Masakazu Naito, Tatsuo Kanki

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Closed caged fullerene-like molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nano-particles were obtained via an arc discharge between a graphite cathode and a molybdenum anode filled with microscopic MoS2 powder submerged in de-ionized water. A statistical study of over 150 polyhedral fullerene-like MoS2 nano-particles in plan view transmission electron microscopy revealed that the majority consisted of 2-3 layers with diameters of 5-15 nm. We show that the nano-particles are formed by seamless folding of MoS2 sheets. A model based on the agglomeration of MoS2 fragments over an extreme temperature gradient around a plasma ball in water is proposed to explain the formation of nano-particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-337
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 17 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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