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Prof. Yawen Tang and Dr. Lin Xu’s collaborative work has been published in the journal of SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

PdCo/Pd-Hexacyanocobaltate Hybrid Nanoflowers: Cyanogel-Bridged One-Pot Synthesis and Their Enhanced Catalytic Performance
Liu, ZY (Liu, Zhen-Yuan)[ 1 ] ; Fu, GT (Fu, Geng-Tao)[ 1,2,3 ] ; Zhang, L (Zhang, Lu)[ 4 ] ; Yang, XY (Yang, Xiao-Yu)[ 1 ] ; Liu, ZQ (Liu, Zhen-Qi)[ 1 ] ; Sun, DM (Sun, Dong-Mei)[ 1 ] ; Xu, L (Xu, Lin)[ 1 ]* ; Tang, YW (Tang, Ya-Wen)[ 1 ]*

[ 1 ] Nanjing Normal Univ, Sch Chem & Mat Sci, Jiangsu Collaborat Innovat Ctr Biomed Funct Mat, Jiangsu Key Lab New Power Batteries, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
[ 2 ] Univ Texas Austin, Mat Sci & Engn Program, Austin, TX 78712 USA
[ 3 ] Univ Texas Austin, Texas Mat Inst, Austin, TX 78712 USA
[ 4 ] Hiroshima Univ, Grad Sch Engn, Dept Appl Chem, Hiroshima 7398527, Japan

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Aug.2016, 6

Elaborate architectural manipulation of nanohybrids with multi-components into controllable 3D hierarchical structures is of great significance for both fundamental scientific interest and realization of various functionalities, yet remains a great challenge because different materials with distinct physical/chemical properties could hardly be incorporated simultaneously into the synthesis process. Here, we develop a novel one-pot cyanogel-bridged synthetic approach for the generation of 3D flower-like metal/Prussian blue analogue nanohybrids, namely PdCo/Pd-hexacyanocobaltate for the first time. The judicious introduction of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and the formation of cyanogel are prerequisite for the successful fabrication of such fascinating hierarchical nanostructures. Due to the unique 3D hierarchical structure and the synergistic effect between hybrid components, the as-prepared hybrid nanoflowers exhibit a remarkable catalytic activity and durability toward the reduction of Rhodamine B (RhB) by NaBH4. We expect that the obtained hybrid nanoflowers may hold great promises in water remediation field and beyond. Furthermore, the facile synthetic strategy presented here for synthesizing functional hybrid materials can be extendable for the synthesis of various functional hybrid nanomaterials owing to its versatility and feasibility.

Link:http://www.nature.com/articles/srep32402