Synthesis of tin nanorods via a sonochemical method combined with a polyol process

Longhui Qiu, Vilas G. Pol, Jose Calderon-Moreno, Aharon Gedanken

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Metallic tin nanorods were synthesized by a sonochemical method employing the polyol process. In the reaction a solution of SnCl2 in ethylene glycol was exposed to high-intense ultrasound irradiation. The phase and elemental compositions, and thermal properties of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by XRD, EDX, SAED, XPS, DSC, TGA, and BET measurements. The morphologies of the products were further characterized with SEM, TEM, and HRTEM. The results show that crystallized metallic tin nanorods in diameters of 50-100 nm and in lengths of up to 3 μm were synthesized. The nanorods are encapsulated in a thin layer containing Ti and carbon compounds. On the basis of the obtained data, a possible mechanism of the formation of tin nanorods was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Funding Information:
A. Gedanken thanks the EC for a research grant ENK6-CT-2001-00509, awarded through the 5th Program to a consortium entitled NANOBAT. Dr. L.H. Qiu thanks the Fred and Barbara Kort Sino-Israel Postdoctoral Fellowship and the China Scholarship Council for their kind support. Thanks also to Dr. Tova Tamari, Dr. Elea Sominski, Dr. Yossi Gofer and Mr. Yacov for their measurements with TEM, BET, XPS and SEM and to Dr. Yuri Koltypin for his kindly technical support in lab.


  • Nanocrystalline
  • Polyol process
  • Sonochemistry
  • Tin nanorods


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