The silica garden: a hierarchical nanostructure

C Collins, Wuzong Zhou, AL Mackay, J Klinowski

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The bulk of thr 'silica garden', made by seeding a solution of sodium silicate with crystals of aluminium nitrate, is an amorphous aluminosilicate. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a hierarchic substructure involving fine tubes (approximate to 44 nm in diameter) composed of amorphous silica rods. It is also possible that the macroscopic fibres seen by scanning electronmicroscopy contain periodic arrays of microtubules approximate to 4.4 mu m in diameter. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-92
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 1998


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