Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.468, 136-144, 2016
Organic-inorganic hybrid ZnS(butylamine) nanosheets and their transformation to porous ZnS
Two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets possess the very essential features of nanomaterials, including quantum-confinement effects and unconventional reactivity, and are of special interest for a variety of promising applications. Here we report a facile chemical transformation strategy to prepare porous ZnS nanosheets via the organic-inorganic hybrid ZnS(butylamine) nanosheet-like precursor prepared from zinc diethyldithiocarbamate. The hybrid ZnS(butylamine) precursor show unique nanosheet-like structure composed by ZnS nanocluster region and non-crystalline region. The ZnS nanoclusters with crystallized state show the same crystal orientation in the nanosheets. A simple calcination process in nitrogen can induce the transformation of ZnS(butylamine) hybrid precursor to porous ZnS nanosheets. Different calcination temperature will cause the formation of porous ZnS nanosheets with different microstructure. In addition, the photoelectrochemical properties of the ZnS-based products including ZnS(butylamine) and porous ZnS nanosheets were investigated. This organic-inorganic hybrid precursor strategy to porous sulfides would also be suitable for fabricating other metal chalcogenides. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.