Title: Antimony oxide nanostructures synthesised in water and their possible use in packaging of mineral water

Authors: M.A. Shah

Addresses: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, National Institute of Technology, Electron Microscopy Centre, Srinagar-190006, India; Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah 21589, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Herein, we report a safe, low cost and reproducible approach for the synthesis of antimony oxide (Sb2O3) nanostructures. The organics free approach is based on a simple reaction of antimony powder and de-ionised water at ~270°C without harmful additives. By the morphological investigations using FE-SEM, it was observed that the grown products are nanostructures having well defined faces in the submicron range. The EDS and XRD patterns confirmed the composition and crystallinity of the grown samples. Possible involved mechanism for the growth of Sb2O3 nanostructures has been proposed. The aim of the study is to provide the feasibility of the simple route for the preparation of Sb2O3 nanostructures without additives and their possible use in packaging of water.

Keywords: green synthesis; de-ionised water; nanostructures; structural characterisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBNN.2017.085421

International Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2017 Vol.3 No.4, pp.343 - 349

Published online: 26 Jul 2017 *

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