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Title: Methods for synthesizing metal oxide nanowires

A method of synthesizing a metal oxide nanowire includes the steps of: combining an amount of a transition metal or a transition metal oxide with an amount of an alkali metal compound to produce a mixture; activating a plasma discharge reactor to create a plasma discharge; exposing the mixture to the plasma discharge for a first predetermined time period such that transition metal oxide nanowires are formed; contacting the transition metal oxide nanowires with an acid solution such that an alkali metal ion is exchanged for a hydrogen ion on each of the transition metal oxide nanowires; and exposing the transition metal oxide nanowires to the plasma discharge for a second predetermined time period to thermally anneal the transition metal oxide nanowires. Transition metal oxide nanowires produced using the synthesis methods described herein are also provided.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1289951
Report Number(s):
9,409,141
13/183,191
DOE Contract Number:
EE0003206; FG36-05GO85013; FG36-05GO85013
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 Jul 14
Research Org:
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Louisville, KY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY