Templated synthesis of plate-like MoS2 nanosheets assisted with HNTs and their tribological performance in oil

  • Pei-Rong Wu
  • Zhi-Lin Cheng
  • Ying-Chao Kong
  • Zhan-Sheng Ma
  • Zan Liu
Research Paper


Two-dimensional MoS2 nanosheets were synthesized by using halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) as template under the hydrothermal synthesis. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized MoS2 nanosheets were determined by a series of characterizations. The results showed that the as-synthesized MoS2 nanosheets were of the plate-like structure with about five layers, and the basal spacing was about 0.63 nm. It was demonstrated that HNTs played a crucial template role in the formation of the plate-like MoS2 nanosheets. The formation mechanism was proposed. Furthermore, the tribological performance of the as-prepared MoS2 nanosheets in oil was intensively examined on the ball-on-ball wear tester. The testing results verified that the as-prepared MoS2 nanosheets as additive could significantly improve the friction performance of oil, which exhibited the good antifriction, antiwear, and load-carrying properties.


Nanosheets Tribological MoS2 HNTs Template Oil Colloids Surface science 



The authors also acknowledge the Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions. The data of this paper originated from the Test Center of Yangzhou University.

Funding information

This work was funded by Key Research Project-Industry Foresight and General Key Technology of Yangzhou (YZ2015020), Innovative Talent Program of Green Yang Golden Phoenix (yzlyjfjh2015CX073), Yangzhou Social Development Project (YZ2016072), Jiangsu Province Six Talent Peaks Project (2014-XCL-013), and Jiangsu Industrial-academic-research Prospective Joint Project (BY2016069-02).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pei-Rong Wu
    • 1
  • Zhi-Lin Cheng
    • 1
  • Ying-Chao Kong
    • 1
  • Zhan-Sheng Ma
    • 1
  • Zan Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringYangzhou UniversityYangzhouChina

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