Shengchun Yang

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This communication describes the preparation of carbon-supported truncated-octahedral Pt(3)Ni nanoparticle catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. Besides the composition, size, and shape controls, this work develops a new butylamine-based surface treatment approach for removing the long-alkane-chain capping agents used in the solution-phase synthesis.(More)
Most synthetic routes to high-quality nanocrystals with tunable morphologies predominantly employ long hydro-carbon molecules as ligands, which are detrimental for electronic and catalytic applications. Here, a rule is found that the adsorption energy of an organic ligand is related to its carbon-chain length. Using the density functional theory method, the(More)
This Review is focused on the recent progresses in the synthetic approaches to the precise control of structure, size, shape, composition and multi-functionality of metal and metal alloy nanoparticles. Many of these strategies have been developed based on colloidal methods, and to limited extent, the galvanic and other methods. The shape, size and(More)
This paper describes a new synthesis and lithium ion charge-discharge property of tin dioxide (SnO(2)) hollow nanocubes. SnO(2) is one of the best-known anode materials for lithium-ion battery application because of its high lithiation-delithiation capacity. Hollow nanostructures with high surface area are preferred, because they accommodate large volume(More)
For the first time, a facile, one-pot water/ethanol solution-phase transformation of Cu2(NO3)(OH)3 precursors into bicomponent CuO hierarchical nanoflowers is demonstrated by a sequential in situ dissolution-precipitation formation mechanism. The first stage produces a precursory crystal (monoclinic Cu2(NO3)(OH)3) that is transformed into monoclinic CuO(More)
We have demonstrated an interesting approach for the one-pot synthesis of cupric oxide (CuO) nanourchins with sub-100 nm through a sequential dissolution-precipitation process in a water/ethanol system. The first stage produces a precursory crystal [Cu7Cl4(OH)10H2O] that is transformed into monoclinic CuO nanourchins during the following stage. Water is a(More)
The morphology, size and composition often govern the physical and chemical properties of noble metal units with a size in the nano or micro scale. Thus, the controlled growth of noble metal crystals would help to tailor their unique properties and this would be followed by their practical application. Mesoporous nano/micro noble metal units are types of(More)
Using three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation, we described a systematic investigation on the electric field enhancement of the silver corrugated nanowires. The enhancement factor (EF) of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for corrugated nanowires can be markedly increased by 1 or 2 orders of magnitude as compared with the(More)