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Issue 4, 2004
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Study of the growth mechanism of WS2 nanotubes produced by a fluidized bed reactor

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Abstract

Metal dichalcogenide nanotubes and in particular those of WS2 were shown to exhibit some unique physical and chemical properties, which offer numerous applications for this kind of nanophase material. Using a fluidized bed reactor (FBR), WS2 nanotubes were obtained in substantial amounts recently, rendering a systematic study of their properties possible. The FBR synthesized nanotubes are multiwalled (5–7 layers); open-ended; long (<0.5 mm), and with diameters of 15–20 nm. They are therefore distinguishable from the previously reported WS2 nanotubes which were shorter, bulkier and with closed ends. Careful analysis by various electron microscopy techniques is used in the present study to shed some light on the growth mechanism of these newly synthesized nanotubes. The proposed growth mechanism model differs markedly from the previously reported mechanisms of formation of both fullerene-like WS2 nanostructures and inorganic nanotubes of WS2.

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The article was received on 03 Sep 2003, accepted on 07 Nov 2003 and first published on 11 Dec 2003


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B310609H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2004,14, 617-624
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    Study of the growth mechanism of WS2 nanotubes produced by a fluidized bed reactor

    A. Margolin, R. Rosentsveig, A. Albu-Yaron, R. Popovitz-Biro and R. Tenne, J. Mater. Chem., 2004, 14, 617
    DOI: 10.1039/B310609H

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