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Topologically controlled growth of colloidal semiconductor/magnetic nanocrystal heterostructures: site-selective functionalization of TiO2 nanorods with either γ-Fe2O3 or ε-Co spherical domains

Marianna Casavola 1Raffaella Buonsanti 1Vincenzo Grillo 2Elvio Carlino 2Cinzia Giannini 3Miguel Angel Garcia 4Fabia Gozzo 5Liberato Manna 1Roberto Cingolani 1Pantaleo Davide Cozzoli 1

1. National Nanotechnology Laboratory of CNR-INFM (NNL), via per Arnesano Km 5, Lecce 73100, Italy
2. TASC-INFM-CNR National Laboratory, (TASC), Area Science Park, Basovizza, Bld MM, SS 14, Km 163.5, Trieste 34012, Italy
3. CNR-Istituto di Cristallografia (IC), via Amendola 122/O, Bari 70126, Italy
4. Institute of Applied Magnetism and Department of Materials Physics, UCM, P. O. Box 155, Madrid 28230, Spain
5. Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen PSI 5232, Switzerland


The recognition of the dimensionality-dependent physical-chemical properties of nanoscale inorganic matter has stimulated efforts toward the fabrication of nanostructured materials in a systematic and controlled manner. Colloidal routes have now advanced to the point of allowing facile access to a variety of finely size- and shape-tailored nanocrystals (NCs) by adjusting thermodynamically and kinetically-limited growth processes in liquid media. While refinement of this synthetic ability is far from being exhausted, the increasing demand for multi-purpose nano-objects has recently oriented efforts of nanochemistry research to envision first prototypes of multimaterial hybrid nanocrystals (HNCs) with a topologically controlled composition.1 Here, we describe surfactant-assisted seeded-growth approaches to fabricate elaborate noncentrosymmetric HNCs, which comprise semiconductor/magnetic sections fused together through small inorganic interfaces. The nanocrystal heterostructures are fabricated by heterogeneous nucleation of either γ-Fe2O3 or ε-Co domains onto anatase TiO2 nanorod seeds.2-3 The latter can be decorated at either their tips or longitudinal sidewalls, attaining epitaxial heterointerfaces even in the presence of a large lattice mismatch between the connected crystal structures. Our results illustrate how the surfactant-modulated reactivity of the exposed TiO2 seed facets, the interfacial strain induced at the relevant junction regions, and the occurrence of local lattice distortion fields interplay with each other at the nanoscale, ultimately dictating the final HNC topology. These studies suggest useful criteria for the rational design of novel generations of nanocrystal heterostructures with high structural complexity and increased functionality.

[1] P. D. Cozzoli, et al Chem. Soc. Rev. 2006, 35, 1195.

[2] R. Buonsanti et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 16953.

[3] M. Casavola et al. Nano Letters 2007, 7, 1386.


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Presentation: Oral at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007, Symposium A, by Pantaleo Davide Cozzoli
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Submitted: 2007-05-12 19:21
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