Low temperature synthesis of NbB2 nanorods by a solid-state reaction route

Peijun Cai, Zeheng Yang, Liang Shi, Luyang Chen, Aiwu Zhao, Yunle Gu, Yitai Qian

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    Niobium diboride (NbB2) nanorods have been successfully synthesized by the reaction of NbCl5 with NaBH4 in the temperature range of 550-650 °C in an autoclave. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron diffraction show that the as-prepared products are NbB2. Transmission electron micrographs shows that the average diameter of samples are in the range of 50-60 nm and the length is up to 600 nm. The mechanism for the formation of crystalline NbB2 is proposed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3550-3552
    Number of pages3
    JournalMaterials Letters
    Issue number28
    Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec


    • Nanorod
    • Niobium diboride
    • Synthesis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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