A rapid microwave synthesis at low temperatures, electron microscopy and raman study of moo 3 and wo x nanostructures

Francis Leonard Deepak, Andrew J. Steveson, C. Vargas-Hernandez, Miguel Jose Yacaman

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Microwave (MW) synthesis of various nanostructures of MoO 3 and WO x have been carried out at low temperatures. MoO 3/WO x nanoparticles and nanobelts/nanorods were obtained starting from the respective Mo(W) chloride and carbonyl precursors. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM and HRTEM) and TEM-EDAX have been carried out in great detail to investigate the nature and the composition of the nanostructures that have been obtained. The nanostructures of molybdenum and tungsten oxides synthesized by the present method and characterized using electron microscopy have been found to be single-crystalline in nature and have large aspect ratios. A detailed Raman spectroscopic study of the synthesized nanostructures were carried out to ascertain the individual and distinct Raman characteristics. The Raman Spectrum of MoO 3 in the range 600-1000 cm -1, displays three well-defined peaks located at 996.0, 819.1 and 664.6 cm -1 which are the fingerprints of the orthorhombic α-MoOKeywords: MoO 3, WOx , Microwave Synthesis, Nanoparticles, Nanobelts, Nanorods crystalline phase. The peaks of the Raman spectrum in the sample of the MoO 3 nanoparticles shift towards lower wavenumbers in comparison to that of the MoO3 nanobelts. In the case of the Raman spectrum of the WO 3 nanoparticles the peaks broaden with respect to the full width at half-maximum (FWHM), which may be due to the scattering and the size effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Advanced Microscopy Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Microwave Synthesis
  • MoO
  • Nanobelts
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanorods
  • WO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation


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