Solution-based growth of monodisperse cube-like BaTiO3 colloidal nanocrystals

Shiva Adireddy, Cuikun Lin, Baobao Cao, Weilie Zhou, Gabriel Caruntu

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The controlled synthesis of free-standing, cubelike BaTiO3 nanocrystals by a soft solution chemical process was reported. The resulting nanocrystals retain oleic acid molecules on their surfaces and can be easily dispersed in nonpolar solvents. The atmosphere used during the preparation of the solutions before their transfer to the autoclave was found to influence the morphology of the BaTiO3 nanocrystals. TEM and SEM images show that the BaTiO3 nanoparticles are well-separated and have the tendency to self-organize into ordered domains on planar surfaces. The XRD pattern of the cubic BaTiO3 nanoparticles exhibits a series of well-defined peaks that can be indexed into a pseudocubic lattice, suggesting that the sample is single-phase and highly crystalline. The SAED image of the nanocubes exhibits a series of concentric rings with a spotted appearance which can be ascribed to either cubic or the tetragonal BaTiO3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1946-1948
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 23 2010


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