TiO2 Nanoparticles with Tetra-pad Shape Prepared by an Economical and Safe Route at very Low Temperature

  •  L.M. AL-Harbi    
  •  E. H. El-Mossalamy    
  •  H.M. Arafa    
  •  A. Al-Owais    
  •  M. A. Shah    


We report an organics free and safe route for the preparation of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles having tetrapad shape. The approach is based on a very simple reaction of titanium powder and de-ionized water at very low temperatures of ~140oC without using any organics or surfactants. By the morphological investigations using FESEM and HRTEM, it was observed that the grown products are having tetrapad shape with the diameters in the range of 10-50nm. The EDS and XRD pattern confirmed the composition and crystallinity of the grown nanoparticles and revealed that the grown products are pure TiO2 with the tetragonal anatase phase. Since only water, which is regarded as a benign solvent is used during the preparation of nanoparticles, we believe that the product so produced is biocompatible and bio-safe and can be readily used for food and medicine. Besides other advantages, the present method is economical, fast, low temperature, free of pollution and environmentally benign which will make it suitable for large scale production.

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