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A simple additive-free approach for the synthesis of uniform manganese monoxide nanorods with large specific surface area

Mingtao Zheng, Haoran Zhang, Xuebin Gong, Ruchun Xu, Yong Xiao, Hanwu Dong, Xiaotang Liu and Yingliang Liu*

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Department of Applied Chemistry, College of Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, 510642, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:166  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-166

Published: 11 April 2013


A simple additive-free approach is developed to synthesize uniform manganese monoxide (MnO) one-dimensional nanorods, in which only manganese acetate and ethanol were used as reactants. The as-synthesized MnO nanorods were characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) including high-resolution TEM and selected-area electron diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrum, and nitrogen adsorption isotherm measurements. The results indicate that the as-synthesized MnO nanorods present a mesoporous characteristic with large specific surface area (153 m2 g−1), indicating promising applications in catalysis, energy storage, and biomedical image. On the basis of experimental results, the formation mechanism of MnO one-dimensional nanorods in the absence of polymer additives was also discussed.

Manganese monoxide; Nanorods; Additive-free synthesis; Formation mechanism