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Aerosol-Assisted Synthesis of Monodisperse Single-Crystalline α-Cristobalite Nanospheres
Chemical Communications
  • Xingmao Jiang
  • Lihong Bao
  • Yung-Sung Cheng
  • Darren R. Dunphy
  • Xiaodong Li, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • C. Jeffrey Brinker
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Monodisperse single-crystalline α-cristobalite nanospheres have been synthesized by hydrocarbon-pyrolysis-induced carbon deposition on amorphous silica aerosol nanoparticles, devitrification of the coated silica at high temperature, and subsequent carbon removal by oxidation. The nanosphere size can be well controlled by tuning the size of the colloidal silica precursor. Uniform, high-purity nanocrystalline α-cristobalite is important for catalysis, nanocomposites, advanced polishing, and understanding silica nanotoxicology.
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Xingmao Jiang, Lihong Bao, Yung-Sung Cheng, Darren R. Dunphy, et al.. "Aerosol-Assisted Synthesis of Monodisperse Single-Crystalline α-Cristobalite Nanospheres" Chemical Communications Vol. 48 Iss. 9 (2011) p. 1293 - 1295
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