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Table 1 Summary of the distinctive characteristics of all the as-produced NWs

From: Room temperature single-step synthesis of metal decorated boron-rich nanowires via laser ablation

Pellet composition Decorated Not decorated Average nanoparticle’s diameter (nm) Diameter’s range (nm) Coloration Morphology
Compounds/elements Molecular ratio Fibrous Grainy
B2O3 + MgO 1:0.25   X    White X  
B2O3 + MgO + Au 1:0.24:0.006 X   4.5 1.4–15.4 Pink X  
B2O3 + MgO + Ag 1:0.24:0.006 X   3.9 2.0–8.6 Yellow X  
B2O3 + MgO + Pd 1:0.24:0.006 X   5 1.1–30.8 Pale yellow X  
B2O3 + MgO + Co 1:0.24:0.006 Few NPs   Too few   White X  
B2O3 + MgO + Mo 1:0.24:0.006 Few NPs   5.9 2.1–16.9 White X  
B2O3 + Mg0 + Cu 1:0.24:0.006   X    White X  
B2O3 + ZnO 1:0.18   X    White X  
B2O3 + ZnO + Au 1:0.42:0.0006 X   4.8 0.9–29.9 Pink X  
B203 + ZnO + Ag 1:0.24:0.01 X   4.4 1.1–12.8 Yellow X  
B2O3 + Ge + Au 1:0.24:0.006 X   6.4 1.1–24.2 X  
B2O3 + TiO2 + Au 1:0.24:0.006 X   4.4 1.3–14.4 Purple   X
B2O3 + TiO2 + Ag 1:0.24:0.006 Few NPs   Too few   Grey   X
B2O3 + MoO3 + Au 1:0.24:0.006 X   8.3 1.6–23.6 Purplish blue   X
B2O3 + MoO3 + Ag 1:0.24:0.006 Few NPs   6.8 2.3–11.2 Bluish grey   X
B2O3 + Al2O3 + Au 1:0.24:0.006 Few NPs   2.9 1.1–5.8 Bluish grey   X