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Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Shuttle-shaped Single-Crystalline Te Nanotubes Decorated with Spherical Particles

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Shuttle-shaped single-crystalline Te nanotubes decorated with spherical particles on outer surface have been successfully synthesized in reaction media of polyol solvent through a simple and rapid microwave-assisted approach. The length, outer diameter and wall thickness of as-synthesized Te nanotubes were roughly measured at 5-15 μm, 300-500 nm and 100-150 nm, respectively. The crystal growth process of Te nanotubes was investigated and discussed as the key issue of this present study, and it was found that the scrollinggrowth- based mechanism would best account for the formation process of the shuttle-shaped Te nanotubes. Photoluminance (PL) measurements displayed that the as-synthesized Te nanotubes can not only give strong violet blue emission but also strong red emission, and such unique optical property could be beneficial for nano-optical applications.

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Keywords: Shuttle-shaped; Spherical Particles; Te nanotubes; X-ray diffraction (XRD); field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM); microwave-assisted; photoluminance; polyol; transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-04-01

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