Gram quantities of titania (TiO 2) nanotubes, with typical outside diameter about 9 nm, wall thickness about 2.5 nm, and length about 600 nm, were synthesized from anatase nano- and micro-powder using the hydrothermal method. The crystallization, structure, and phase stability of the nanotubes at high temperatures were systematically studied. A morphology change from nanotube to nanowire was observed at 650°C. The as-prepared nanotubes were usually contaminated with sodium impurities, other TiO 2-derived phases and were poorly crystallized, but under optimized synthesis conditions the impurity phases was completely removed, resulting in highly crystallized pure nanotubes. The volume filling fraction of the autoclave as well as the concentration of the acid treatment were found to be particularly important for controlling the purity and crystallinity of the resulting nanotubes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering