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The growth mechanisms of imogolite-like aluminogermanate nanotubes were examined using a combination of local- (XAS at the Ge-Kedge and 27Al NMR) and semilocal scale techniques (in situ SAXS). A model is proposed for the precursors of the nanotubular structure and consist in rooftile-shaped particles, up to 5 nm in size, with ca. 26% of Ge vacancies and varying curvatures. These precursors assemble to form short nanotubes/nanorings observed during the aging process. The final products are most likely obtained by an edge-edge assembly of these short nanotube segments.
Two structures are revealed by SAXS: at 0.25M of Al the Al-Ge imogolite are double-walled NTs whereas at 0.5 M single-walled NTs are obtained.
First tests to reveal cyto and genotoxicity on various vertebrates cells (human fibroblasts and CHO-K1) are interesting. They show a genotoxicity for concentrations from 8 10-5 g/L and effects decreasing from proto-imogolite to long tubes