We demonstrate a simple method to synthesize silver wires by thermal reduction of aqueous AgNO3 droplet with catalytic anatase TiO2 nanoparticles which were spin-coated on Si wafer. Structural characterization of the silver wires shows that the nanowires grow primarily along the [0 1over(1, -) ] direction. SEM image of the silver wires clearly shows the catalytic TiO2 nano-cluster attached to the end of the each silver wire. Since the process was surfactant-free, the silver nanowires prepared by our method retain the excellent electrical conductivity. The intrinsic resistivity calculated from the current-voltage curve for a wire with 12880.41 nm2 cross-section area was 18.72 μΩ cm, which is about 11.6 times higher than that of bulk silver (1.61 μΩ cm). Our simple method can be also applied to generate CuO with ring-shaped microstructure by using ITO conducting glass as matrix. We have found that the size and reproducibility are well-controllable. A single phase of CuO ring-shaped microstructure with outer diameters ranging from ∼13 to 17 μm and inner diameters ranging from ∼1.4 to 3.3 μm was obtained. The composition of CuO microring was confirmed by thin-film XRD and XPS analyses.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry