Nanodots Derived from Layered Materials: Synthesis and Applications

Wei Zhai, Tengfei Xiong, Zhen He, Shiyao Lu, Zhuangchai Lai, Qiyuan He, Chaoliang Tan, Hua Zhang

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Layered 2D materials, such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, transition metal oxides, black phosphorus, graphitic carbon nitride, hexagonal boron nitride, and MXenes, have attracted intensive attention over the past decades owing to their unique properties and wide applications in electronics, catalysis, energy storage, biomedicine, etc. Further reducing the lateral size of layered 2D materials down to less than 10 nm allows for preparing a new class of nanostructures, namely, nanodots derived from layered materials. Nanodots derived from layered materials not only can exhibit the intriguing properties of nanodots due to the size confinement originating from the ultrasmall size, but also can inherit some unique properties of ultrathin layered 2D materials, making them promising candidates in a wide range of applications, especially in biomedicine and catalysis. Here, a comprehensive summary on the materials categories, advantages, synthesis methods, and potential applications of these nanodots derived from layered materials is provided. Finally, personal insights about the challenges and future directions in this promising research field are also given.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2006661
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • 2D materials
  • biomedicine
  • electrocatalysis
  • layered nanodots
  • transition metal dichalcogenides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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