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ACS Nano. 2009 May 26;3(5):1249-57. doi: 10.1021/nn900154z.

Highly flexible coaxial nanohybrids made from porous TiO2 nanotubes.

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State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 73000, China.


Anatase TiO(2), an n-type semiconductor, has gained considerable research interest over several decades due to its photocatalytic activity. Most recently, its properties for photoelectrical conversion in solar cells has been explored. Anodized TiO(2) nanotube (NT) arrays have been developed and possess improved photocatalytic, sensing, photoelectrolystic, and photovoltaic properties. The present work describes using TiO(2) as the building block to form ordered heterojunctions via simple electrodeposition with materials of potential interest, including conducting polymers (polypyrrole, poly(3-hexylthiophene)), inorganic semiconducting materials (CdS), and metals (Ni and Au, etc.). A key finding is that the synthesized TiO(2) NT-nanowires(nanotubes) nanohybrids are highly flexible after being peeled off from mother substrates, which is in contrast to more fragile pure TiO(2) NTs. These highly flexible coaxial nanohybrids are expected to have potent applications.

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