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Ultrathin tungsten oxide nanowires: oleylamine assisted nonhydrolytic growth, oxygen vacancies and good photocatalytic properties

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Ultrathin tungsten oxide nanowires with diameter of around 1.1 nm have been fabricated through a simple oleylamine (OA) assisted nonhydrolytic process. In the process, the amount of OA, reaction temperature and time impacted on controlling the formation of tungsten oxide ultrathin nanowires. At high W/OA molar ratios (>1 : 1), oriented attachment of OA molecules resulted in the preferential growth of nanowires along the [001] direction. At low W/OA molar ratios, small nanoparticles self-assembled into ultrathin nanowires. The ultrathin tungsten oxide nanowires exhibited a high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light, likely due to their enhanced visible-light absorption and the presence of oxygen vacancies.

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The article was received on 03 Jul 2015, accepted on 07 Sep 2015 and first published on 07 Sep 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA12993A
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RSC Adv., 2015,5, 77423-77428

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    Ultrathin tungsten oxide nanowires: oleylamine assisted nonhydrolytic growth, oxygen vacancies and good photocatalytic properties

    F. Liu, X. Chen, Q. Xia, L. Tian and X. Chen, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 77423
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA12993A

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