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Rhenium (Re) Nanoparticles - Properties, Applications

Nanoparticle research is growing rapidly due to wide variety of potential applications of nanoparticles in biomedical, optical and electronic fields. They are unique because of their large surface area.

Rhenium has good wear resistance and high melting point. Rhenium nanoparticle suspensions can be coated onto a surface and dried at low temperatures to obtain a gas-tight coating.

Chemical Properties

The chemical properties of rhenium nanoparticles are outlined in the following table.

Chemical Data
Chemical symbol Re
CAS No. 7440-15-5
Group 7
Electronic configuration [Xe] 4f14 5d5 6s2

Physical Properties

The physical properties of rhenium nanoparticles are given in the following table.

Properties Metric Imperial
Molar mass 186.21 g/mol -

Thermal Properties

The thermal properties of rhenium nanoparticles are provided in the table below.

Properties Metric Imperial
Melting point 3180°C 5756°F
Boiling point 5627°C 10161°F

Manufacturing Process

Rhenium (Re) nanoparticles can be synthesized by pulsed-laser decomposition of dirhenium decacarbonyl or ammonium perrhenate in the presence of a capping agent such as 3-mercaptopropionic acid, in both organic and aqueous media.


The key applications of rhenium nanoparticles are listed below:

  • Immunotherapy for treating solid tumors
  • Coatings, plastics, nanofibers, nanowires and textiles
  • Polymer membranes
  • Magnetic nanopowders

Source: AZoNano

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