In their recent work published in Nanotechnology, the group describes a microwave-assisted polyol method for synthesizing Sb2Se3 rods with diameters of 100–200 nm in which the antimony colloid reduced by ethylene glycol reacts in situ with selenium powder. Microwave irradiation was shown to greatly promote the reaction. Without microwaves, the production of Sb2Se3 was significantly slower even under solvothermal conditions.

The researchers have also developed a general and template-free "disproportionation and reversal" route to prepare tellurium nanowires, selenium nanowires and Se-Te alloy nanorods directly from the corresponding chalcogen powder.