Single crystallization of olivine lithium phosphate nanowires using oriented attachments

Jun Kikkawa*, Eiji Hosono, Masashi Okubo, Koichi Kagesawa, Haoshen Zhou, Takuro Nagai, Koji Kimoto

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Electrospinning enables fabrication of nanowires (NWs) of various materials from a polymer solution. Nevertheless, few reports have described single crystallization of oxide and polyanion NWs. Its mechanism remains unknown. This report presents transmission electron microscopy observations of conversion from electrospun amorphous NWs to single-crystalline olivine lithium phosphate NWs. After nucleation and grain growth, single crystallization is achieved by the attachment of adjacent crystal grains with common crystallographic orientations in an amorphous phase confined to self-forming carbon shells. The present NW axes have no specific orientation. These results imply that self-forming shells play a key role in achieving single-crystalline NWs in electrospinning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7678-7682
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Apr 10
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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