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One-pot synthesis of α-Fe2O3 nanospheres by solvothermal method

Caihua Wang123, Yumin Cui12 and Kaibin Tang3*

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1 School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuyang Normal College, Fuyang, 236041, People's Republic of China

2 Anhui Province Key Laboratory for Degradation and Monitoring of Pollution of the Environment, Fuyang, 236041, People's Republic of China

3 Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:213  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-213

Published: 6 May 2013


We have successfully prepared α-Fe2O3 nanospheres by solvothermal method using 2-butanone and water mixture solvent for the first time, which were about 100 nm in diameter and composed of very small nanoparticles. The as-prepared samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that the product was α-Fe2O3 nanosphere, and the temperature was an important factor on the formation of α-Fe2O3 nanospheres.

Solvothermal method; Fe2O3; Nanospheres