Marcasite FeTe2 nanorods have been prepared through a hydrothermal method i
n alkaline aqueous solution in the temperature range of 120-170 degreesC. X
RD pattern of the product indicated that the product was orthorhombic FeTe2
with cell constants a = 053 nm, b = 0.63 nm and c = 0.3 nm. Iron (II) comp
lexes instead of iron (II) ion greatly reduced the amount of byproduct. The
mechanism of the formation of iron ditelluride was discussed. (C) 2001 Els
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