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date: 25 July 2021

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This article examines the properties of iron-oxide nanostructures, with particular emphasis on nanowires. It begins with an overview of iron-oxide nanostructures and nanowires, followed by a discussion of the synthesis of aligned ?-Fe2O3 nanowires and nanosheets by a simple thermal oxidation route. It then describes the preferential bending of [110] grown ?-Fe2O3 nanowires about the C-axis and quantitative estimation of nanowire alignment using X-ray diffraction and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. It also considers the growth mechanism of ?-Fe2O3 nanowires and nanosheets, different nanowire morphologies, rotational slip in ?-Fe2O3 nanosheets, and the influence of local environment and substrate microstructure on nanowire growth.

Keywords: iron-oxide nanostructures, nanowires, nanosheets, thermal oxidation, X-ray diffraction, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, rotational slip, substrate microstructure, preferential bending, alignment

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