Single crystalline strontium borate (SrB2O4) nanorods were synthesized for the first time via a facile sol–gel route at low temperature. The SrB2O4 nanorods have a good crystalline nature with the growth direction along the  orientation and they are transparent from the ultraviolet to the visible regimes. Nanoscale three-point bending tests were performed directly on individual nanorods to probe their mechanical properties using an atomic force microscope. The elastic modulus of SrB2O4 nanorods was measured to be 158.2 ± 2.8 GPa, exhibiting a significant increase compared with other borate nanostructures and bulk borates.
Published in CrystEngComm, Volume 13, Issue 19, 2011, pages 5858-5862.
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Li, R., Bao, L., & Li, X. (7 October 2011). Synthesis, Structural, Optical and Mechanical Characterization of SrB2O4 Nanorods. CrystEngComm, 13 (19), 5858 – 5862. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C1CE05537B