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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 14858, 7 pages
Research Article

Metal Acetylacetonates as General Precursors for the Synthesis of Early Transition Metal Oxide Nanomaterials

1Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
2Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
3Department of Materials Science, Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY 11973, USA

Received 18 December 2006; Accepted 27 April 2007

Academic Editor: Butrand I. Lee

Copyright © 2007 Amanda L. Willis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A versatile, convenient, and nontoxic solvothermal method for the synthesis of nanocrystalline iron, chromium, and manganese oxides is described. This method employs the reactions of metal acetylacetonate precursors and oxygen-containing solvents in a reaction to prepare metal oxide nanoparticles. Characterization of these nanocrystalline materials was carried out employing transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and elemental analysis.