Self-assembled NiWO4 nanoparticles into chain-like aggregates on DNA scaffold with pronounced catalytic and supercapacitor activities

U. Nithiyanantham, Sivasankara Rao Ede, S. Anantharaj, Subrata Kundu*

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We report a new route for the self-assembled NiWO4 nanoparticles (NPs) in chain-like aggregates on a DNA scaffold by the reaction of nickel(II) acetate with sodium tungstate under continuous stirring and heating at 60 °C within 90 min of reaction. The size of the individual NiWO4 particles was found to be ∼20-30 nm and the diameter of the aggregates was in the ∼220 ± 30 nm range. The probable growth mechanisms of DNA-NiWO4 chain-like aggregates were elaborated. The potential of the NiWO4 chain-like aggregates was tested in catalytic reaction and in electrochemical supercapacitor studies. Catalysis study revealed that the NiWO4 aggregated structure acts as a suitable catalyst for the conversion of K3[Fe(CN)6] to K4[Fe(CN)6] in the presence of Na2S2O3 under UV-light illumination within a short time. Supercapacitor study signified that different morphologies of NiWO4 show different specific capacitance (C) values, and the highest C value of 173 F g-1 at a scan rate of 5 mV s-1 was observed while chain diameter was less. The supercapacitor study also revealed an excellent long cycle life along with 90% retention of C value even after 1000 consecutive times of cycling. The exploitation for the synthesis of mixed metal oxide on DNA scaffold might generate a new avenue for the successful formation of other oxides and can be useful for organic catalysis reactions and in future energy storage devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-686
Number of pages14
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 4
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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