A novel heterostructured RuS2-titanate nanohybrid has been prepared by reacting the exfoliated titanate sheets with the monodispersed RuS2 nano-sol particles. At first the stable colloidal nano-sheets could be prepared by intercalating tetrabutylamine into layered protonic titanate, HxTi2-x/4□x/4O4·H2O (x=0.67) with a lepidocrocite-like structure, and by successive exfoliating process in an aqueous solution. And then, the monodispersed RuS2 nano-sol particles capped with 1-thioglycerol were hybridized with the colloidal titanate nanosheets. The final product was then heated at 400 °C for 1 h under N2 gas atmosphere in order to complete the grafting reaction of intercalated RuS2 nano-sol on the interlayer surface of layered titanate. X-ray diffraction indicated that the RuS2-titanate nanohybrid has a pillar height of ∼1 nm. From UV-vis absorption spectra, it was found that the present nanohybrid showed visible light sensitization by RuS2 nanoparticles with narrow band gap.
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This work was supported by the Korean Research Foundation (grant: KRF-2004-041-C00187), and in part by the SRC program of the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) through the Center for Intelligent Nano-Bio Materials at Ewha Womans University (grant: R11-2005-008-01001-0). Authors thank to the Ministry of Education for the Brain Korea 21 fellowship and the Science and Technology Amicable Research (STAR) Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics