Nano Research

, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp 373–379 | Cite as

Simple and rapid synthesis of α-Fe2O3 nanowires under ambient conditions

  • Albert G. Nasibulin
  • Simas Rackauskas
  • Hua Jiang
  • Ying Tian
  • Prasantha Reddy Mudimela
  • Sergey D. Shandakov
  • Larisa I. Nasibulina
  • Sainio Jani
  • Esko I. Kauppinen
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Research Article


We propose a simple method for the efficient and rapid synthesis of one-dimensional hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanostructures based on electrical resistive heating of iron wire under ambient conditions. Typically, 1–5 μm long α-Fe2O3 nanowires were synthesized on a time scale of seconds at temperatures of around 700 ° ⊂. The morphology, structure, and mechanism of formation of the nanowires were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopies, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman techniques. A nanowire growth mechanism based on diffusion of iron ions to the surface through grain boundaries and to the growing wire tip through stacking fault defects and due to surface diffusion is proposed.


Fe2O3 hematite mechanism nanowire synthesis Address 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert G. Nasibulin
    • 1
  • Simas Rackauskas
    • 1
  • Hua Jiang
    • 1
  • Ying Tian
    • 1
  • Prasantha Reddy Mudimela
    • 1
  • Sergey D. Shandakov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Larisa I. Nasibulina
    • 1
  • Sainio Jani
    • 3
  • Esko I. Kauppinen
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.NanoMaterials Group, Department of Applied Physics and Center for New MaterialsHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland
  2. 2.Laboratory of Carbon NanoMaterials, Department of PhysicsKemerovo State UniversityKemerovoRussia
  3. 3.Laboratory of PhysicsHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland
  4. 4.VTT BiotechnologyEspooFinland

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