Dye-Mediated Growth of 2D Coppercarbodiimide (CuNCN) Nanostructures and their Metamorphosis into a 3D Cu@CxNy Hybrid


The concept to translate morphological and structural features from a crystalline precursor into a hybrid material is presented. Cationic organic dyes mediate the formation of loosely interconnected, highly anisotropic CuNCN crystals. Their thermal decomposition affords a macroporous CxNy polymer decorated with copper nanoislands. The hybrid is found to be highly active as hydrogenation catalysts.
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