Nano Research

, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp 416–424 | Cite as

Synthesis of WS2 and MoS2 fullerene-like nanoparticles from solid precursors

  • Inna Wiesel
  • Hamutal Arbel
  • Ana Albu-Yaron
  • Ronit Popovitz-Biro
  • Jeffrey M. Gordon
  • Daniel Feuermann
  • Reshef Tenne
Open Access
Research Article

Abstract

Inorganic fullerene-like WS2 and MoS2 nanoparticles have been synthesized using exclusively solid precursors, by reaction of the corresponding metal oxide nanopowder, sulfur and a hydrogen-releasing agent (NaBH4 or LiAlH4), achieved either by conventional furnace heating up to ∼900 °C or by photothermal ablation at far higher temperatures driven by highly concentrated white light. In contrast to the established syntheses that require toxic and hazardous gases, working solely with solid precursors permits relatively safer reactor conditions conducive to industrial scale-up.

Keywords

Nanoparticles fullerene-like synthesis WS2 MoS2 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inna Wiesel
    • 1
  • Hamutal Arbel
    • 1
  • Ana Albu-Yaron
    • 1
  • Ronit Popovitz-Biro
    • 2
  • Jeffrey M. Gordon
    • 3
    • 4
  • Daniel Feuermann
    • 3
  • Reshef Tenne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials and InterfacesWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.Electron Microscopy UnitWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer Sheva CampusIsrael
  4. 4.The Pearlstone Center for Aeronautical Engineering Studies, Department of Mechanical EngineeringBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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