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A layer of silica is grown on agglomerates/networks of 1D templates in a sol-gel process. These 1D templates can be of both natural and synthetic moieties. The characteristics of the silica can be controlled by adjusting the composition and amount of silica precursor, composition of chemicals/solvents in solution, pH level of solution, and duration of silica growth process. Pores can be created by using porogen material. Silica is converted into silicon through a low-temperature reduction process followed by purification. The resulting Si particles retain the morphology of initial silica and are called Si nano-quills (SiNQs).
• The preparation of silica nano-quills and Si nano-quills using this technology requires a low-cost and simple setup and is economical and easy to scale up
• The technology can employ a variety of templates from synthetic 1D particles such as carbon nanotubes and metal oxide nanowires to naturally available 1D particles such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs)
• Larger companies are actively seeking partners to carry out research to gain the profit potential of the smart nanomaterial market
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