Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2004, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (03): 240-243.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20040305

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Fabrication of Sb Single-crystal Nanowire Arrays

Jia Chong;Jin Chuan-Gui;Liu Wei-Feng;Cai Wei-Li;Yao Lian-Zeng;Li Xiao-Guang   

  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026
  • Received:2003-07-28 Revised:2003-10-28 Published:2004-03-15
  • Contact: Cai Wei-Li E-mail:wlcai@ustc.edu.cn

Abstract: Highly uniform Sb nanowire arrays have been fabricated using electrochemical deposition into nanochannels of porous anodic alumina membrane (AAM). X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that the deposited material is hexagonal Sb orientating along the (110) direction. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations demonstrate that the diameter of the nanowires is about 40~50 nm, which is the same as that of the AAM used, and the aspect ratio of the nanowires is over 1000.The selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns show that the Sb nanowires are single crystals. The field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) results indicate that the Sb nanowire arrays are highly uniform, and the filling-rate is almost 100%. Finally, several aspects about how to prepare high-quality metal nanowire arrays are also discussed.

Key words: Sb nanowire arrays, Electrochemical deposition, Anodic alumina membrane (AAM)