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Solvothermal Synthesis of Ternary Sulfides of Sb2 − xBixS3(x = 0.4, 1) with 3D Flower-Like Architectures

Jiquan Sun1, Xiaoping Shen1*, Lijun Guo1, Guoxiu Wang2, Jinsoo Park2 and Kun Wang1

Author Affiliations

1 School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University, 212003, Zhenjiang, China

2 School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:364-369  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9489-1

Published: 13 November 2009

Abstract

Flower-like nanostructures of Sb2 − xBixS3(x = 0.4, 1.0) were successfully prepared using both antimony diethyldithiocarbamate [Sb(DDTC)3] and bismuth diethyldithiocarbamate [Bi(DDTC)3] as precursors under solvothermal conditions at 180 °C. The prepared Sb2 − xBixS3 with flower-like 3D architectures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). The flower-like architectures, with an average diameter of ~4 μm, were composed of single-crystalline nanorods with orthorhombic structures. The optical absorption properties of the Sb2 − xBixS3 nanostructures were investigated by UV–Visible spectroscopy, and the results indicate that the Sb2 − xBixS3 compounds are semiconducting with direct band gaps of 1.32 and 1.30 eV for x = 0.4 and 1.0, respectively. On the basis of the experimental results, a possible growth mechanism for the flower-like Sb2 − xBixS3 nanostructures is suggested.

Keywords:
Nanostructures; Semiconductor; Ternary sulfide; Solvothermal; Optical properties