Direct Synthesis of Highly Designable Hybrid Metal Hydroxide Nanosheets by Using Tripodal Ligands as One-Size-Fits-All Modifiers

Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Tatsuyuki Koichi, Keisuke Muramatsu, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Noritaka Mizuno, Atsushi Shimojima, Hiroaki Wada, Kazuyuki Kuroda

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    Brucite-type layered metal hydroxides are prepared from diverse metallic elements and have outstanding functions; however, their poor intercalation ability significantly limits their chemical designability and the use of their potentially ultrahigh surface areas and unique properties as two-dimensional nanosheets. Here, we demonstrate that tripodal ligands (RC(CH2OH)3, R=NH2, CH2OH, or NHC2H4SO3H) are useful as "one-size-fits-all" modifiers for the direct synthesis of hybrid metal hydroxide nanosheets with various constituent metallic elements (M=Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, or Cu) and surface functional groups. The hybrid nanosheets are formed directly from solution phases, and they are stacked into a turbostratic layered structure. The ligands form tridentate Mg-O-C bonds with brucite layers. The hybrid brucite intercalates various molecules and is exfoliated into nanosheets at room temperature, although the non-modified material does not intercalate any molecules. Consequently, both the constituent metallic elements and surface functional groups are freely designed by the direct synthesis.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalChemistry - A European Journal
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017



    • Brucite-type structures
    • Hybrid materials
    • Layered metal hydroxides
    • Nanostructures
    • Tripodal ligands

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    • Chemistry(all)

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