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Existing and emerging strategies for the synthesis of nanoscale heterostructures

Kundu, Paromita and Anumol, EA and Nethravathi, C and Ravishankar, N (2011) Existing and emerging strategies for the synthesis of nanoscale heterostructures. In: PCCP: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13 (43). pp. 19256-19269.

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Development of new multifunctional nanostructures relies on the ability to make new materials at the nanoscale with control over size, shape and composition. While this control is extremely important to tune several properties, an alternative strategy is to create active interfaces between two or more nanostructures to form nanoscale heterostructures. In these heterostructures, the interfaces play a key role in stabilizing and enhancing the efficiency of the individual components for various applications. In this article, we discuss synthesis methods of different types of nanoscale heterostructures and the role of interfaces in various applications. We present the current state-of-the-art in designing heterostructures and possible upcoming synthetic strategies with their advantages and disadvantages. We present how such heterostructures are highly efficient for catalytic, photovoltaic and nanoelectronic applications drawing several examples from our own studies and from the literature.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: PCCP: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Royal Society of Chemistry.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 06:09
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2011 06:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/42303

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