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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 581486, 5 pages
Research Article

Growth of Semimetals Bismuth and Antimony Films on Reactive Substrate

1State Key Laboratory of Marine Coatings, Marine Chemical Research Institute Co. Ltd., Qingdao 266071, China
2College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao 266042, China

Received 7 July 2014; Accepted 23 August 2014

Academic Editor: Yuanlie Yu

Copyright © 2015 Xiao Wang 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.


Semimetal Bi and Sb thin films with novel hierarchical structures were synthesized on zinc substrate via a hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the formation of pure semimetals Bi and Sb. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that Bi films constructed with microtube arrays and hierarchical microspheres can be obtained selectively by altering the concentration of Bi3+ ions. The synthesized Sb films were constructed with bowl-shaped particles. The growth process of these semimetal architectures was briefly discussed.