Large-scale synthesis of antimony nanobelt bundles

Meng Zhang, Zhenghua Wang, Guangcheng Xi, Dekun Ma, Rui Zhang, Yitai Qian

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Abstract

The large-scale synthesis of antimony nanobelt bundles has been facilely realized in existence of polyethylene glycol (PEG) by a hydrothermal reduction method using aluminum powder as reducing agent. These nanobelts have width in the range of 200-600nm and length up to several micrometres, and the width-to-thickness ratio is ca. 10. FESEM images show individual nanobelts have multi-layered structures. The size of nanobelts can be varied by adjusting the molecular weights of PEG. Based on a series of comparative experiments under different reaction conditions, the probable formation mechanism of antimony nanobelt bundles is proposed to be a solid-liquid-solid transformation and surfactant-assisted directional growth process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Volume268
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2004

Keywords

  • A1. Crystal morphology
  • A1. Low dimensional structures
  • A2. Hydrothermal crystal growth
  • B1. Metals
  • B1. Nanomaterials

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