We have developed synthetic strategies for preparing various shape- and size-controllable nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Pd, Pt, etc.) as well as their designable multi-component nanostructures (e.g. core-shell). Good interfacial compatibility and high crystalline quality of nanoparticles allow for their applications in biomolecule (e.g. DNA) functionalization and electrocatalysis. Superstructure with designable function can be achieved by DNA-driven assembly of multi-component nanoparticles. SAXS and EM techniques used for structural characterizations as well as study on the collective optical and electrocatalysis properties from nanostructures promise us to approach a goal of realizing a new generation of energy-conversing and storage materials.
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F. Lu, W. P. Cai and Y. G. Zhang, ZnO hierarchical micro/nanoarchitectures: Solvothermal synthesis and structurally enhanced photocatalytic performance, Advanced Functional Materials 18, 1047, 2008.
F. Lu, W. P. Cai, Y. G. Zhang, Y. Li, F. Q. Sun, S. H. Heo and S. O. Cho, Fabrication and field-emission performance of zinc sulfide nanobelt arrays, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 111,13385, 2007.
F. Lu, W. P. Cai, Y. G. Zhang, Y. Li, F. Q. Sun, S. H. Heo and S. O. Cho, Well-aligned zinc sulfide nanobelt arrays: Excellent field emitters, Applied Physics Letters 89, 231928, 2006.