Solid-state chemistry on a surface and in a beaker: Unconventional routes to transition metal chalcogenide nanomaterials

Christopher L. Stender, Perumal Sekar, Teri W Odom

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This article focuses on two different approaches to create nanoscale transition metal chalcogenide materials. First, we used chemical nanofabrication, a combination of top-down patterning and bottom-up solid-state synthesis, to achieve control over the shape, size, and ordering of the patterned nanomaterials. We demonstrated orientational control over nanocrystals within sub-300 nm patterns of MoS2 and formed free-standing nanostructures of crystalline NiS2. In addition, crossed line arrays of mixed metal chalcogenide nanostructures were achieved, and TaS2 nanopatterns were made by the chemical transformation of tantalum oxide templates. Second, we developed a one-pot procedure using molecular precursors to synthesize two-dimensional NbSe2, TaS2 and TaSe2 nanoplates and one-dimensional NbSe2 wires depending on the relative amount of surfactants in the reaction mixture. Prospects for these transition metal chalcogenide nanomaterials with controlled shapes and morphologies will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1621-1627
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008



  • Chemical nanofabrication
  • Nanomaterials
  • Refractory metals
  • Transition metal chalcogenides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry

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