Hierarchical Al2O3 nanobelts and nanowires: Morphology control and growth mechanism

Yong Zhang, Ruying Li, Xiaorong Zhou, Mei Cai, Xueliang Sun

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    We report here a tunable synthesis of single crystalline hierarchical α-Al2O3 nanobelts and nanowires by selectively applying a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) and vapor-solid (VS) strategy in a chemical vapor process. The resultant nanostructures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction. The hierarchical nanobelts were generated by a noncatalytic oriented growth of Al2O3 vertical to the {110} planes enclosed with {001} and {100} planes following a VS mode. The hierarchical nanowires were obtained through a catalytic growth in a VLS process. This well-controlled synthesis strategy is expected to be applicable to fabrication of other hierarchical nanobelts or nanowires. © 2009 American Chemical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4230-4234
    Number of pages4
    JournalCrystal Growth and Design
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2009


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