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Systematically shape-controlled synthesis of inorganic nanocrystals has attracted increasing attention recently for both fundamental and technological interest. The shape evolution of CdSe nanocrystals with wurtzite structure in a unified method has been previously well studied, while the study on shape evolution of CdSe nanocrystals with zinc blende(More)
The design and synthesis of 3D covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have been considered a challenge, and the demonstrated applications of 3D COFs have so far been limited to gas adsorption. Herein we describe the design and synthesis of two new 3D microporous base-functionalized COFs, termed BF-COF-1 and BF-COF-2, by the use of a tetrahedral alkyl amine,(More)
Highly uniform Cu2S nanocrystals with controllable sizes and shapes (circular and elongated) have been synthesized through a novel water-oil interface confined reaction. They can self-assemble into highly ordered multilayer superlattices. By controlling the size and shape of building block nanocrystals, the packing symmetry of the superlattice can be(More)
Electrochemical water splitting is a clean technology that can store the intermittent renewable wind and solar energy in H2 fuels. However, large-scale H2 production is greatly hindered by the sluggish oxygen evolution reaction (OER) kinetics at the anode of a water electrolyzer. Although many OER electrocatalysts have been developed to negotiate this(More)
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are an emerging class of porous crystalline polymers with a wide variety of applications. They are currently synthesized through only a few chemical reactions, limiting the access and exploitation of new structures and properties. Here we report that the imidization reaction can be used to prepare a series of polyimide(More)
The microstructure (composition, size and shape etc.) of semiconductor nanocrystals determine the electronic density of states of semiconductor nanomaterials and ultimately determine their optical and electrical properties. Semiconductor nanocrystal advanced structures, such as hybrid nanostructures and nanocrystal superlattices, not only integrate the(More)
In this paper, we demonstrate a simple and general "dispersion-decomposition" approach to the synthesis of metal sulfide nanocrystals with the assistance of alkylthiol. This is a direct heating process without precursor injection. By using inorganic metal salts and alkylthiol as the raw materials, high-quality Ag(2)S, Cu(2)S, PbS, Ni(3)S(4), CdS, and ZnS(More)
The development of a low-cost, high-performance platinum-group-metal-free hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell is hindered by the lack of a hydrogen oxidation reaction catalyst at the anode. Here we report that a composite catalyst, nickel nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes, has hydrogen oxidation activity similar to platinum-group(More)
Highly water-soluble ultrathin and fluorescent CdS nanorods are directly synthesized with the assistance of PEI. PEI plays as the passivator to control and induce the growth of the CdS nanorods and also makes the as-obtained nanorods dispersible in water. The as-obtained CdS nanorods are quite thin thus showing the quantum effect in the fluorescence. By(More)