We got a very pleasant Easter surprise yesterday :) Our paper "Non-equilibrium transformation of titanate nanowires to nanotubes upon mechanochemical activation" was accepted for publication in RSC Advances (2013) DOI:10.1039/C3RA40863A. This paper reports an important discovery made by Gábor Kozma: titanate nanowires can be transformed back into titanate nanotubes by applying precisely controlled mechanochemical activation. While the nanotube-to-nanowire conversion is a well-known phenomenon, this reverse reaction (nanowire-to-nanotube) is a new and unexpected finding. The importance of this reaction is that it helps us complete the scientific puzzle of titanate nanostructure interconversion pathways.
Ákos Kukovecz is associate professor of chemistry and Head of the MTA-SZTE Lendület Porous Nanocomposites Research Group. He works at Szeged, Hungary.