We report the dislocation-driven growth of two-dimensional (2D) nanoplates. They are another type of dislocation-driven nanostructure and could find application in energy storage, catalysis, and nanoelectronics. We first focus on nanoplates of zinc hydroxy sulfate (3Zn(OH)(2)·ZnSO(4)·0.5H(2)O) synthesized from aqueous solutions. Both powder X-ray and electron diffraction confirm the zinc hydroxy sulfate (ZHS) crystal structure as well as their conversion to zinc oxide (ZnO). Scanning electron, atomic force, and transmission electron microscopy reveal the presence of screw dislocations in the ZHS nanoplates. We further demonstrate the generality of this mechanism through the growth of 2D nanoplates of α-Co(OH)(2), Ni(OH)(2), and gold that can also follow the dislocation-driven growth mechanism. Finally, we propose a unified scheme general to any crystalline material that explains the growth of nanoplates as well as different dislocation-driven nanomaterial morphologies previously observed through consideration of the relative crystal growth step velocities at the dislocation core versus the outer edges of the growth spiral under various supersaturations.
"Nanoplates such as GS are being found in potential application areas such as in nano-electronic mechanical-systems (NEMS) , nanosensors , nanoactuators , transistor  , solar cells   , biomedical , space elevator lifts in the form of nanoribbons and in nanocomposites. One important technological advancement to the concept of the single or mono nanoplates  is that of the complex-nanoplatesystems . The complex nanoplates can be considered as composite nanostructure. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper reports an analytical study on the buckling of double-nanoplate-system (DNPS) subjected to biaxial compression using nonlocal elasticity theory. The two nanoplates of DNPS are bonded by an elastic medium. Nonlocal plate theory is utilized for deriving the governing equations. An analytical method is used for determining the buckling load of DNPS under biaxial compression. Difference between nonlocal uniaxial and biaxial buckling in DNPS is shown. Both synchronous and asynchronous buckling phenomenon of biaxially compressed DNPS is highlighted. Study shows that the small-scale effects in biaxially compressed DNPS increases with increasing values of nonlocal parameter for the case of synchronous modes of buckling than in the asynchronous modes of buckling. The buckling load decrease with increase of value of nonlocal parameter or scale coefficient. In biaxial compression higher buckling modes are subjected to higher nonlocal effects in DNPS. Further the study shows that the increase of stiffness parameter brings uniaxial and biaxial buckling phenomenon closer while increase of aspect ratio widen uniaxial and biaxial buckling phenomenon.
Composites Part B Engineering 01/2013; 45(1-1):84-94. DOI:10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.07.053 · 2.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Free-standing two-dimensional nanostrucutures, such as graphene and semiconductor nanomembranes (NMs) featuring their integration with flexible polymer substrates, address applications in which electronic devices need to be stretchable or conformally positioned to nonplanar surfaces. We report a surfactant-directed surface assembly approach to producing large-area NMs at the water-air interface. The NMs were produced by employing the surfactants as templates as well as incorporating them in the crystal structures. By using excess amount of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), a tightly packed monolayer of dodecylsulfate (DS) ion was formed and directed the crystallization of submillimeter-sized zinc hydroxy dodecylsulfate (ZHDS) single-crystalline NMs over the entire water surface. This free-standing NM can be readily transferred to an arbitrary substrate and converted to ZnO via heat treatment. A flexible thin-film transistor was also fabricated using the transferred NMs and demonstrated reasonably good n-type transport properties. This approach circumvented the needs of single-crystalline substrates for making large-area NMs from materials that do not possess a laminate structure. It is a low-cost and large-scale synthesis technique and has great potential in developing NMs and flexible devices from various functional materials that are not feasible by conventional selective etching or delamination approaches.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Real-time observations on gold nanorods evolving into spiral or lamellar superlattices are demonstrated. 2D critical nuclei and screw dislocations initiate the crystallization process. Kinetics of the superlattice growth is determined to be similar to that of classical crystal growth, where three basic modes are involved: spiral, layer-by-layer and dendritic.
Chemical Communications 02/2012; 48(15):2128-30. DOI:10.1039/c2cc15989a · 6.83 Impact Factor
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