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January 8th, 2008

Make nanoparticles while the sun shines

Abstract:
Concentrated sunlight is all you need to make useful nanomaterials, according to Israeli researchers.

Jeffrey Gordon of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev desert, Reshef Tenne of the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, and their collaborators collect solar radiation outdoors and transmit it to an indoor laboratory with optical fibres. Here it is focussed on molybdenum sulfide or quartz powders, transforming them into nanotubes and nanocages. This is the first time that silica nanofibres and nanospheres have been produced from pure quartz, they said.

Wolfgang Tremel, who works on inorganic nanoparticles at the University of Mainz in Germany explained 'A particular problem in the synthesis of fullerene-type nanoparticles and nanotubes is that high temperatures are needed to interconnect the edges of fragments in such a way as to provide curvature to otherwise flat slabs.'

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