Hierarchical α-MnS microspheres: Solvothermal synthesis and growth mechanism

Kezhen Qi, Rengaraj Selvaraj, Tharaya Al Fahdi, Salma Al-Kindy, Younghun Kim, Cheuk Wai Tai, Mika Sillanpää

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Hierarchical-like α-MnS microspheres have been successfully synthesized via a simple solvothermal route using L-Cystein as both sulfur source and capping agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed that these hierarchical microspheres were made of α-phase MnS. Morphological studies performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods showed that the α-MnS hierarchical microspheres are obtained from the nanocubes by self-assembly due to the main driving force of the minimization of overall surface energy. It is highly expected this research can provide a useful fundamental understanding of shape-controlled synthesis of the semiconductor material with hierarchical microstructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-120
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Growth mechanism
  • Hierarchical nanostructure
  • Manganese sulfide
  • Solvothermal synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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