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China rose petal as biotemplate to produce two-dimensional ceria nanosheets

Qian, Junchao and Chen, Feng and Zhao, Xiaobing and Chen, Zhigang (2011) China rose petal as biotemplate to produce two-dimensional ceria nanosheets. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13 (12). pp. 7149-7158.

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Abstract

China rose petal was used as robust biotemplate for the facile fabrication of novel ceria nanosheet with a thickness of about 7 nm via a continuous infiltration process. The presence of well-resolved peaks ([111], [200], [220], and [311]) for the products revealed the formation of the fluorite-structured CeO2. The detailed characterization by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), field-emission transmission electron microscope (FETEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) exhibited the biomorphic structure of polycrystalline ceria film with the nanoparticle size of ca. 6.98 nm. Based on the surface chemistry and biochemistry processes, a possible mechanism for the formation of CeO2 nanosheets is proposed. Furthermore, nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurement and photoluminescence spectrum (PL) were employed to characterize the samples. The ceria nanosheet showed the existence of mesopores (pores 2–4 nm diameter) on its surface and a broad emission ranging from 350 to 500 nm in photoluminescence spectrum. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis (XPS) confirmed that the mesoporous nanosheets possessed more surface vacancies than the bulk CeO2; hence these hierarchical CeO2 layers appear to be potential candidates for catalytic applications.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:11411
Deposited By:Prof. Alexey Ivanov
Deposited On:05 Jan 2012 09:29
Last Modified:05 Jan 2012 09:42

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