Direct observation of TiO6 octahedron forming titanate nanotube by advanced transmission electron microscopy

K. Yoshida, L. Miao, N. Tanaka, S. Tanemura

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The nanostructure of titanate nanotubes known as a one-dimensional catalytic/electric subject is combinatorially characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman, photoluminescence (PL) and advanced electron microscopy. The micro-Raman and PL spectra prove the successful synthesis of TiO6 octahedron units in macroscopic scale. Cryo-high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF)-STEM and aberration-corrected (AC) TEM visualize in real-space the TiO6 octahedron unit formed as a TiO2-based tubular structure prepared by the alkaline hydrothermal methods. The chirality and scrolling-up mechanism of the TiO6 octahedron nanosheets in relation to an asymmetrical chemical environment and mechanical tensions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number405709
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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