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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2011, Article ID 197265, 5 pages
Research Article

A Rational Self-Sacrificing Template Route to Nanotubes and Nanowires

1Anhui Key Laboratory of Controllable Chemistry Reaction & Material Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
2Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hefei Normal University, Hefei 230061, China

Received 5 April 2010; Accepted 11 July 2010

Academic Editor: William W. Yu

Copyright © 2011 Baojun Yang 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.


Single-crystalline nanotubes and nanowires have been synthesized via a low-temperature molten salt synthesis method, using the prepared - nanotubes and - nanowires as the precursors and self-sacrificing template. The materials were investigated by a variety of techniques, including X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The results indicate that the prepared nanotube and nanowire samples are both spinel phase, have lengths up to several micrometers and diameters of hundreds and tens of nanometers, respectively.