Large-scale synthesis and phase transformation of CuSe, CuInSe2, and CuInSe2/CuInS2 core/shell nanowire bundles

ACS Nano. 2010 Apr 27;4(4):1845-50. doi: 10.1021/nn9013627.


Facile chemical approaches for the controllable synthesis of CuSe, CuInSe2 nanowire, and CuInSe2/CuInS2 core/shell nanocable bundles were developed. Hexagonal CuSe nanowire bundles with lengths up to hundreds of micrometers, consisting of many aligned nanowires with a diameter of about 10-15 nm, were prepared by reacting cubic Cu(2-x)Se nanowire bundles with a sodium citrate solution at room temperature. The CuSe nanowire bundles were then used as self-sacrificial templates for making bundles of tetragonal chalcopyrite CuInSe2 nanowires by reacting with InCl3 via a solvothermal process. Furthermore, bundles of CuInSe2/CuInS2 core/shell nanocables were obtained by adding sulfur to the reaction system, and the shell thickness of the polycrystalline CuInS2 in the nanocables increased with increasing S/Se molar ratios. It was found that the small radius of copper ions allows their fast outward diffusion from the interior to the surface of nanowires to react with sulfur atoms/anions and indium ions to form a CuInS2 shell. Enhanced optical absorption in the vis-NIR region of CuInSe2/CuInS2 core/shell nanocable bundles is demonstrated, which is considered beneficial for applications in optoelectronic devices and solar energy conversion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Copper / chemistry*
  • Indium / chemistry*
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Microscopy, Electron, Transmission
  • Nanowires / chemistry*
  • Selenium / chemistry*
  • Selenium Compounds / chemistry*
  • Temperature
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Selenium Compounds
  • copper indium diselenide
  • Indium
  • cupric selenide
  • Copper
  • Selenium