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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering