, Volume 11, Issue 7, pp 1767-1775
Date: 19 Feb 2009

One-step flame method for the synthesis of coated composite nanoparticles

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A simple in situ flame coating method has been developed by designing a new type of coflow diffusion flame burner having a sliding unit. The sliding unit was shown to be very effective in finding a right position where the precursor for coating layer should meet with core particles. SiO2-coated TiO2 nanoparticles were first prepared and whether most surfaces of particles were coated was examined by both direct observation of particles through a transmission electron microscope and Zeta potential measurements. Mean core sizes varied from 28 to 109 nm and mean coating thickness was about 2.4 nm for silica-coated titania particles. By simply changing chemical precursors, we demonstrated that SiO2-coated SnO2, SnO2-coated TiO2, SiO2–SnO2-coated TiO2 nanoparticles could be also synthesized.