Solution-Phase Synthesis of Crystalline Lithium Niobate Nanostructures


  • This research was supported in part by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs Program, and Simon Fraser University (Endowed Research Fellowship and President's Research Grant). This work made use of 4D LABS shared facilities supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), and Simon Fraser University. Supporting Information such as additional TEM images, XRD spectra, FT-IR spectra, and experimental procedures are available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


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A simple solution-phase technique is used to synthesize crystalline lithium niobate nanostructures roughly 7 nm in diameter and up to 100 nm in length. The observed anisotropy is the result of directed aggregation between the exposed 001 facets of the nanoparticles produced.