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One-dimensional nanomaterials synthesized using high-energy ball milling and annealing process
journal contributionposted on 2006-11-01, 00:00 authored by Y Chen, C Li, Hua Chen, Ying (Ian) ChenYing (Ian) Chen
One-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials including nanotubes, nanowires and nanorods have many new properties, functionalities and a large range of promising applications. A major challenge for these future industrial applications is the large-quantity production. We report that the ball milling and annealing process has the potential to achieve the mass production. Several examples including C, BN nanotubes and SiC, Zn nanowires are presented to demonstrate such capability. In addition, both size and structure of 1D nanomaterials can be controlled by varying processing conditions. New growth mechanisms involved in the process have been investigated and the high-energy ball milling has an important role in the formation of these 1D nanomaterials.