Flux growth and characterization of photocatalytic Na 2Ti 6O 13 whiskers

Katsuya Teshima, Kunio Yubuta, Shiori Sugiura, Takaomi Suzuki, Toetsu Shishido, Shuji Oishi

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High quality, hexagonal prismatic Na 2Ti 6O 13 whiskers were easily grown by the slow-cooling of a NaCl flux. Whisker growth was conducted by heating a mixture of solute (Na 2CO 3 + TiO 2) and flux (NaCl) at 1100°C and held at this temperature for 10 h, and then the mixture was cooled at a rate of 5°Ch -1 to 500°C. The Na 2Ti 6O 13 whiskers had average lengths of up to 100 μm and widths of up to 2.0 μm and were transparent and colorless. The whiskers were hexagonal prisms bounded by well-developed {010}, {100}, {001}, and {201} faces. The whiskers exhibited good photocatalytic activity under UV light irradiation. Sodium chloride was found to be a very suitable flux for environmental friendly growth of photocatalytic whiskers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1725-1728
Number of pages4
JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chemistry(all)


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