Penn State MRSEC DMR-1420620. X. Li and R. E. Schaak.
Vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures that exhibit a switchable metal-insulator transition are difficult to synthesize in solution, in part because there are several closely related VOx compounds with similar structures and compositions.
We circumvented this bottleneck by growing VO2 epitaxially on the tips of nanorods of TiO2, which is structurally similar to the targeted VO2 phase.
Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 49, 15550 - 15554.