Biomolecule-assisted reduction in the synthesis of single-crystalline tellurium nanowires

Qingyi Lu, Feng Gao, Sridhar Komarneni

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Abstract

A biomolecule-assisted reduction method for the synthesis of single-crystalline tellurium nanowires was analyzed under hydrothermal conditions. Alginic acid was used as a biomolecule, which is a straight-chain polyuronic acid, made up of β-D-mannuronic and α-L-guluronic acid residues. The tellurium nanowires, including composition, morphology, and size were obtained by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was observed that commercial H2TeO4 could be reduced to form single-crystalline tellurium nanowires using alginic acid as reducing agent. The results show that the method increases the applicability of biomolecules in synthesis of nanostructures with low dimensionality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1629-1632
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume16
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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