Carbon-metal nanosheets from the water-hexane interface

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This report describes a new approach to prepare atom thick metal-sulfide-graphene nanosheets produced by the subsequent annealing of crosslinked carbon-metal film formed at the water-hexane interface. A bipyridine dithiol (BPD) layer self-assembled in the water-hexane hydrophilic/hydrophobic biphasic medium was used to encapsulate metal ions (M2+) (M = Co or Ni). Subsequently, the BPD-M2+ film was crosslinked using UV-light. Then the resultant carbon-metal nanosheets were annealed at high temperature under N2, transforming these molecular sheets into a homogeneous nano-crystalline metal-sulfide-graphene hybrids (MSGH). This approach can produce semi-transparent conducting films having marked conductivity dependence on the number of nanosheets in a stack. The suggested strategy opens up broad prospects toward the MSGH architecture using a simple process with new properties for new applications such as energy conversion/storage and electronics. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3636-3644
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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