Xuchun Wang

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This Review article provides a report on progress in the synthesis, properties and catalytic applications of noble metal based composite nanomaterials. We begin with a brief discussion on the categories of various composite materials. We then present some important colloidal synthetic approaches to the composite nanostructures; here, major attention has(More)
We demonstrate that noble metal @ RF core-shell nanostructures can be obtained through a facile one-pot synthesis approach in the absence of any additional surfactants. Monodisperse metal@RF core-shell nanostructures can be produced within 1 h on a large scale. Both the core size and shell thickness can be readily tuned by altering the reaction parameters.(More)
In this work, we demonstrate that monodispersed gold nanorods (AuNRs) can be obtained in a large-scale and cost-effective way. By using an industrial grade gemini surfactant (P16-8-16), the cost of the synthesis of high-quality AuNRs can be significantly reduced by 90%. The synthesis can be scaled up to over 4 L. The aspect ratio of AuNRs can be well tuned(More)
We report, for the first time, that an encapsulated silver nanoparticle can be directly converted to a silver nanoshell through a nanoscale localized oxidation and reduction process in the gas phase. Silver can be etched when exposed to a mixture of NH3/O2 gases through a mechanism analogous to the formation of aqueous Tollens' reagent, in which a soluble(More)
Janus nanostructures that possess two or more distinct components and surface functions have attracted more and more attention. Here, we present a seed-shape defined growth mechanism for the preparation of anisotropic Janus nanostructures, in which the shape of periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) is determined by the shape of Au nanoparticles. Various(More)
Exploiting an alternative of the Pt-based counter-electrode materials for the triiodide reduction reaction has become a major interest in the fundamental research of dye-sensitized solar cells. Transition-metal selenides have recently been demonstrated as promising non-precious metal electrocatalysts for the triiodide reduction reaction. Herein, we prepared(More)
Phase change materials, changing from solid to liquid and vice versa, are capable of storing and releasing a large amount of thermal energy during the phase change, and thus hold promise for numerous applications including thermal protection of electronic devices. Shaping these materials into microspheres for additional fascinating properties is efficient(More)
An 'off-on' rhodamine-based fluorescence probe for the selective detection of Cu(II) has been designed, exploiting the guest-induced structure transform mechanism. This system shows a sharp Cu(II)-selective fluorescence enhancement response in an aqueous system under physiological pH, and possesses high selectivity against a background of environmentally(More)
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