Formation of whiskers of silicate mesostructures

Hiroaki Imai, Noriko Takahashi, Ryo Tamura, Hiroshi Hirashima

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Whiskers of mesostructured silicate having a sharp top and hexagonal habits were formed on a flat substrate by surfactant-templated synthesis in an acidic solution system. In the initial stage of whisker formation, truncated cones of hexagonal mesosilicate covered the surface through heterogeneous nucleation. Whisker structures were constructed on the truncated cones by surfactant micelles accompanied with silicate through a hexagonal plan. The formation of sharp whiskers is ascribed to instability of the surface of the mesostructured silicate-surfactant composite in a diffusion field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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