Preparation of transition metal sulfide nanoparticles via hydrothermal route

Fei Ling Pua, Chin Hua Chia, Sarani Zakari, Tze Khong Liew, Mohd Ambar Yarmo, Nay Ming Huang

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Nano sized copper sulfide, iron sulfide and molybdenum sulfide were successfully synthesised via a simple hydrothermal method. Sodium thiosulfate pentahydrate (Na2S2O3×5H2O) and hydroxylamine sulfate ((H3NO)2×H 2SO4) were used as the starting materials and reacted with the transition metal source at 200°C for 90 min. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Spherical shape CuS and FeS2 nanoparticles with high crystallinity were successfully produced. The transmission electron micrographs revealed the well-dispersibility of the produced nanoparticles. Scanning electron micrograph showed the MoS 2 nanoparticles possessed a spherical shape with sheet-like structure covering on the outer surface of the particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalSains Malaysiana
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2010


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Pua, F. L., Chia, C. H., Zakari, S., Liew, T. K., Yarmo, M. A., & Huang, N. M. (2010). Preparation of transition metal sulfide nanoparticles via hydrothermal route. Sains Malaysiana, 39(2), 243-248.