In-situ fabrication of AAO template without oxide barrier layer and its applications

Jiewu Cui, Yucheng Wu, Yan Wang, Hongmei Zheng, Guangqing Xu, Xinyi Zhang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


Porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) film is the most widely used template in combination with electrodeposition (ED) method to fabricate one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanorods. However, the existing oxide barrier layer after the anodization blocks the application of AAO template in synthesis of nanostructures via direct electrodeposition. In this paper, AAO template without oxide barrier layer was successfully fabricated by stepwise voltage decrement; influence of two types of stepwise voltage decrement on the removal of oxide barrier layer was introduced. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) images indicated that stepwise voltage decrement could make the oxide layer thin effectively. Meanwhile, highly ordered gold nanowire arrays were fabricated by using direct electrodeposition method based on AAO template with the second anodization process with stepwise voltage decrement of 1 V/min, FESEM image showed that as-prepared gold nanowires are uniform in diameter and the diameter is in accordance with the diameter of AAO template pores. XRD pattern revealed that gold nanowires were indexed as face-centered cubic phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3130-3134
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Anodic aluminum oxide
  • Gold nanowires
  • Oxide barrier layer
  • Step wise voltage decrement

Cite this