The image was created by Zhizhen Ye, Haiping He and colleagues at Zhejiang University from their work in a paper in Issue 19 of CrystEngComm.
Ye and He looked at the formation mechanism to better understand the unusual growth process observed and investigated the photoluminescent properties of the silica.
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Self-catalysis induced three-dimensional SiOx nanostructures
Luwei Sun, Haiping He, Chao Liu and Zhizhen Ye
CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 5807-5812