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Spontaneous Formation of Micrometer-Size Inorganic Peapods

By S. Roy, M.T. Rijneveld-Ockers, J. Groenewold, B.W.M. Kuipers, J.D. Meeldijk and W.K. Kegel


We show that polyoxometalate (ammonium phosphomolybdate) Keggin in aqueous dispersions upon sonication spontaneously transforms into micrometer-sized, peapod-shaped structures. The formation of these peapods is preceded by the generation of spherical aggregates. The particles have been characterized experimentally by time-resolved dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning TEM with a high-angle annular dark field detector (STEM-HAADF) for energy-dispersive X-ray (STEM/EDX) elemental analyses. A pathway for the phenomenon is proposed

Year: 2007
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