Synthesis and assembly of CdS nanoparticles in Keggin ion colloidal particles as templates

Saikat Mandal, Debabrata Rautaray, Ambarish Sanyal, Murali Sastry

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We show that reaction of aqueous cadmium cations with phosphotungstate Keggin anions leads to the growth of highly dense and crystalline cadmium phosphotungstate colloidal particles with needlelike morphology of submicron dimensions. Further treatment of the crystalline cadmium phosphotungstate colloidal particles with H2S gas leads to the in-situ growth of CdS nanoparticles of 5-6 nm sizes without disruption to the host Keggin ion colloidal particle morphology. Alkali treatment results in dissolution of the PTA template, leaving behind fused CdS nanoparticles in the form of nanorods. The metal cation directed morphology variation of Keggin ion colloidal particles and their use as a new class of inorganic scaffolds for the synthesis of nanomaterials are salient features of the work with implications in crystal engineering and nanocomposites design for different applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7126-7131
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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