Nanowires grown electrochemically in porous templates

C. Schonenberger, B. M I van der Zande, L. G J Fokkink

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Metallic nanowires are synthesized by electrochemical growth in nanopores of either track-etched polycarbonate membranes or anodized aluminum films. The potentiostatic growth is systematically investigated for track-etched membranes with nominal pore diameters dN between 10 and 80 nm. For this model system, the cross-section of the metallic wires is found to vary: the wire diameter, which is argued to directly reflect the pore diameter, is observed to be substantially larger in the middle than at both ends. Therefore, the pores are not cylindrical with constant cross-section, but appear to be `cigar-like'. Inside the membranes, the pores are wider by up to a factor 3. The aluminum oxide template has successfully been used to prepare a colloidal suspension of gold needles (anisotropic metallic colloid) by growing Au wires in the pores, dissolving the aluminum oxide and finally stabilizing and dispersing the `nano-rods' in water. Visible near-infrared absorption spectroscopy reveal two absorption maxima caused by the anisotropy of these scatterers. The maxima can be assigned to a longitudinal and transversal plasma resonance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 2 Dec 19965 Dec 1996

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