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  • V2O3 nanocrystals can be synthesized through hydrothermal reduction of VO(OH)2 using hydrazine as a reducing agent. Addition of different ligands to the reaction produces nanoparticles, nanorods and nanoplatelets of different sizes. Small nanoparticles synthesized in this manner show suppression of the magnetic phase transition to lower temperatures. Using muon spin relaxation spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction, it is determined that the volume fraction of the high-temperature phase, characterized by a rhombohedral structure and paramagnetism, gradually declines with decreasing temperature, in contrast to the sharp transition observed in bulk V2O3.


  • Blagojevic, VA
  • Carlo, JP
  • Brus, LE
  • Steigerwald, ML
  • Uemura, YJ
  • Billinge, SJL
  • Zhou, W
  • Stephens, PW
  • Aczel, AA
  • Luke, Graeme

publication date

  • September 30, 2010