Synthesis and Growth Mechanism of Iron Oxide Nanowhiskers
journal contributionposted on 09.03.2011, 00:00 by Soubantika Palchoudhury, Wei An, Yaolin Xu, Ying Qin, Zhongtao Zhang, Nitin Chopra, Robert A. Holler, C. Heath Turner, Yuping Bao
Iron oxide nanowhiskers with dimensions of approximately 2 × 20 nm were successfully synthesized by selectively heating an iron oleate complex. Such nanostructures resulted from the difference in the ligand coordination microenvironments of the Fe(III) oleate complex, according to our electronic structure calculations and thermogravimetric analysis. A ligand-directed growth mechanism was subsequently proposed to rationalize the growth process. The formation of the nanowhiskers provides a unique example of shape-controlled nanostructures, offering additional insights into nanoparticle synthesis.