Metal-containing nanofibers via coordination chemistry

Joseph Ka Ho Hui, Mark J. MacLachlan

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Abstract

One-dimensional fibrous nanostructures may exhibit unique mechanical, optical, magnetic, and electronic properties as a result of their nanoscale dimensions. Various approaches have been used to prepare nanofibers (e.g., electrospinning, vapor deposition), but this review focuses on the research and development of self-assembled nanofibers formed through coordination chemistry. By employing metal-ligand interactions that extend along the backbone of the aggregates, nanofibrous, often gel-forming, materials with appealing properties have been formed. Other fibers formed through electrostatic interactions between charged coordination complexes are also discussed. The optical, electronic, and magnetic properties conferred upon the materials by the embedded coordination complexes render the nanofibers useful for applications in the fields of catalysis, sensors, and gas storage, and potentially for developing nanosized devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2363-2390
Number of pages28
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Volume254
Issue number19-20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Nanofibers
Metals
Coordination Complexes
chemistry
Electronic properties
Magnetic properties
Optical properties
metals
magnetic properties
optical properties
Vapor deposition
Electrospinning
research and development
Coulomb interactions
electronics
Catalysis
catalysis
Nanostructures
Gels
Ligands

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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Metal-containing nanofibers via coordination chemistry. / Hui, Joseph Ka Ho; MacLachlan, Mark J.

In: Coordination Chemistry Reviews, Vol. 254, No. 19-20, 01.10.2010, p. 2363-2390.

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Hui, Joseph Ka Ho ; MacLachlan, Mark J. / Metal-containing nanofibers via coordination chemistry. In: Coordination Chemistry Reviews. 2010 ; Vol. 254, No. 19-20. pp. 2363-2390.
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