Yung-Jung Hsu

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Here we demonstrate that the photoactivity of Au-decorated TiO2 electrodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation can be effectively enhanced in the entire UV-visible region from 300 to 800 nm by manipulating the shape of the decorated Au nanostructures. The samples were prepared by carefully depositing Au nanoparticles (NPs), Au nanorods (NRs), and a(More)
Silver nanoclusters complexed with dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA) exhibit molecular-like excited-state properties with well-defined absorption and emission features. The 1.8 nm diameter Ag nanoparticles capped with Ag8 clusters exhibit fluorescence maximum at 660 nm with a quantum yield of 0.07%. Although the excited state is relatively short-lived (τ 130 ps),(More)
A noncatalytic and template-free vapor transport process was developed to make possible simultaneous growth of single-crystalline tin nanowires, nanosquares, nanodisks, and polycrystalline nanoparticles. The formation of such a rich variety of morphologies in a single growth experiment can be attributed to variations in the growth rate among different(More)
A new approach was developed to prepare coaxial (core-shell) CdS-ZnS nanowires via a one-step metallo-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) process with co-fed single source precursors of CdS and ZnS. Single source precursors of CdS and ZnS with sufficiently different reactivity were prepared and paired up to form the coaxial heterostructure in a(More)
Conjugated polymer/nanocrystal composites have attracted much attention for use in renewable energy applications because of their versatile and synergistic optical and electronic properties. Upon absorbing photons, charge separation occurs in the nanocrystals, generating electrons and holes for photocurrent flow or reduction/oxidation (redox) reactions(More)
A noncatalytic and template-free vapor transport process has been employed to prepare single-crystalline Sn nanowires with diameters of 10-20 nm. The growth of one-dimensional Sn nanowires follows the mechanism similar to the vapor-solid (V-S) mechanism. Two-dimensional square-shaped nanostructures were also found to form in the region of lower deposition(More)
We developed a single-step hot-injection process to synthesize Cd1-xZnxSe quantum dots (QDs) with tunable emission wavelengths. The multiple emission colors of the Cd1-xZnxSe QDs resulted from the variation in their compositions (x value) with the reaction time. Because of the higher reactivity of the Cd precursor, QDs whose composition was rich in CdSe(More)
Hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) composed of multiple components offer new opportunities for next-generation materials. In this study, a paradigm for the noble metal/ternary complex oxide hybrid NPs is reported by adopting pulsed laser ablation in liquids. As model hybrids, gold-spinel heterodimer (Au-CoFe2O4) and gold-pervoskite heterodimer (Au-SrTiO3) NPs are(More)
Au/ZnS core/shell nanocrystals with controllable shell thicknesses were synthesized using a cysteine-assisted hydrothermal method. Incorporating Au/ZnS nanocrystals into the traditional Pt-catalyzed half-cell reaction led to a 43.3% increase in methanol oxidation current under light illumination, demonstrating their promising potential for(More)