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Lotus-root-like NiO nanosheets and flower-like NiO microspheres: synthesis and magnetic properties

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The synthesis of lotus-root-like NiO nanosheets and flower-like NiO microspheres was realized through a simple hydrothermal method and subsequent calcination. The diameter of the lotus-root-like NiO nanosheets is about 400 nm and the pore size is about 5∼20 nm. The diameter of the flower-like NiO microspheres is about 2.5 μm, and are composed of staggered lotus-root-like nanosheets. During the synthetic procedure, aqueous ammonia was used as an alkaline complexing reagent, and PVP was used as the template. Interestingly, when the pH value of the precursor solution increased from 8.30 to 10.80, the NiO nanosheets gradually assembled into microspheres, indicating that aqueous ammonia plays a key role in controlling the final morphology. Based on the experimental observation and analysis, a possible mechanism is proposed to understand the formation of the NiO nanostructured materials. In addition, the resultant NiO nanostructures present anomalous magnetic properties and display a spin-glass state at low temperature.

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The article was received on 31 Mar 2011, accepted on 27 Apr 2011 and first published on 09 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05389B
CrystEngComm, 2011,13, 4930-4934

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    Lotus-root-like NiO nanosheets and flower-like NiO microspheres: synthesis and magnetic properties

    Y. Cui, C. Wang, S. Wu, G. Liu, F. Zhang and T. Wang, CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 4930
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05389B

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