Crystal phase-based epitaxial growth of hybrid noble metal nanostructures on 4H/fcc Au nanowires

Qipeng Lu, An Liang Wang, Yue Gong, Wei Hao, Hongfei Cheng, Junze Chen, Bing Li, Nailiang Yang, Wenxin Niu, Jie Wang, Yifu Yu, Xiao Zhang, Ye Chen, Zhanxi Fan, Xue Jun Wu, Jinping Chen, Jun Luo, Shuzhou Li, Lin Gu, Hua Zhang

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Crystal-phase engineering offers opportunities for the rational design and synthesis of noble metal nanomaterials with unusual crystal phases that normally do not exist in bulk materials. However, it remains a challenge to use these materials as seeds to construct heterometallic nanostructures with desired crystal phases and morphologies for promising applications such as catalysis. Here, we report a strategy for the synthesis of binary and ternary hybrid noble metal nanostructures. Our synthesized crystal-phase heterostructured 4H/fcc Au nanowires enable the epitaxial growth of Ru nanorods on the 4H phase and fcc-twin boundary in Au nanowires, resulting in hybrid Au-Ru nanowires. Moreover, the method can be extended to the epitaxial growth of Rh, Ru-Rh and Ru-Pt nanorods on the 4H/fcc Au nanowires to form unique hybrid nanowires. Importantly, the Au-Ru hybrid nanowires with tunable compositions exhibit excellent electrocatalytic performance towards the hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-461
Number of pages6
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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