Imaging Science and Photochemistry ›› 2017, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (5): 642-648.DOI: 10.7517/j.issn.1674-0475.2017.04.024

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Photochemical Synthesis of Inorganic Nanomaterials

CAO Yitao1,2, WU Lizhu1, TONG Zhenhe(TUNG Chenho)1, ZHANG Tierui1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, P. R. China;
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P. R. China
  • Received:2017-05-19 Revised:2017-06-07 Online:2017-09-15 Published:2017-09-15


The synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials is one of the prerequisites and bases for the development of nanoscience. Different from the wet-chemical method at elevated temperature, the photochemical method reveals some unique characteristics in the synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials, and has attracted extensive attention in recent years. This paper reviews the applications of photochemical method in the synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials in recent years in three parts, including photochemical synthesis and loading of noble metal nanomaterials, photochemical synthesis of semiconductor nanomaterials, and plasmon-mediated photochemical synthesis of anisotropic metal nanocrystals. At last, on the basis of summarizing the advantages of photochemical method in the synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and the shortcomings in the present studies, we prospect the possible direction of its development in the future.

Key words: inorganic nanomaterials, photochemical synthesis, noble metal nanomaterials, semiconductor nanomaterials