Shape-Controllable Gold Nanoparticle-MoS2 Hybrids Prepared by Tuning Edge-Active Sites and Surface Structures of MoS2 via Temporally Shaped Femtosecond Pulses

Pei Zuo, Lan Jiang, Xin Li, Bo Li, Yongda Xu, Xuesong Shi, Peng Ran, Tianbao Ma, Dawei Li, Liangti Qu, Yongfeng Lu, Costas P. Grigoropoulos

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Edge-active site control of MoS2 is crucial for applications such as chemical catalysis, synthesis of functional composites, and biochemical sensing. This work presents a novel nonthermal method to simultaneously tune surface chemical (edge-active sites) and physical (surface periodic micro/nano structures) properties of MoS2 using temporally shaped femtosecond pulses, through which shape-controlled gold nanoparticles are in situ and self-assembly grown on MoS2 surfaces to form Au-MoS2 hybrids. The edge-active sites with unbound sulfurs of laser-treated MoS2 drive the reduction of gold nanoparticles, while the surface periodic structures of laser-treated MoS2 assist the shape-controllable growth of gold nanoparticles. The proposed novel method highlights the broad application potential of MoS2; for example, these Au-MoS2 hybrids exhibit tunable and highly sensitive SERS activity with an enhancement factor up to 1.2 × 107, indicating the marked potential of MoS2 in future chemical and biological sensing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7447-7455
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Au-MoS hybrids
  • MoS film
  • edge-active site
  • periodic surface structure
  • shaped femtosecond pulse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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