Hybrid CuTCNQ/AgTCNQ metal-organic charge transfer complexes via galvanic replacement vs. corrosion recrystallization

Pearson, Andrew, Ramanathan, Rajesh, O'Mullane, Anthony P., & Bansal, Vipul (2014) Hybrid CuTCNQ/AgTCNQ metal-organic charge transfer complexes via galvanic replacement vs. corrosion recrystallization. Advanced Functional Materials, 24(48), pp. 7570-7579.

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Abstract

This study reports a hybrid of two metal-organic semiconductors that are based on organic charge transfer complexes of 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ). It is shown that the spontaneous reaction between semiconducting microrods of CuTCNQ with Ag+ ions leads to the formation of a CuTCNQ/AgTCNQ hybrid, both in aqueous solution and acetonitrile, albeit with completely different reaction mechanisms. In an aqueous environment, the reaction proceeds by a complex galvanic replacement (GR) mechanism, wherein in addition to AgTCNQ nanowires, Ag0 nanoparticles and Cu(OH)2 crystals decorate the surface of CuTCNQ microrods. Conversely, in acetonitrile, a GR mechanism is found to be thermodynamically unfavorable and instead a corrosion-recrystallization mechanism leads to the decoration of CuTCNQ microrods with AgTCNQ nanoplates, resulting in a pure CuTCNQ/AgTCNQ hybrid metal-organic charge transfer complex. While hybrids of two different inorganic semiconductors are regularly reported, this report pioneers the formation of a hybrid involving two metal-organic semiconductors that will expand the scope of TCNQ-based charge transfer complexes for improved catalysis, sensing, electronics and biological applications.

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ID Code: 79594
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Galvanic replacement, Organic semiconductors, Charge transfer complex, CuTCNQ, AgTCNQ
DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201402320
ISSN: 1616-3028
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200) > Solid State Chemistry (030206)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Wiley-VCH Verlag
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2014 01:02
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2015 22:42

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