Thermally assisted photoreduction of vertical silver nanowires

Hsien Tse Tung, In-Gann Chen, Jenn Ming Song, Cheng Wei Yen

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Abstract

Vertically grown silver nanowires (Ag NWs) 100-150 nm in diameter and 5-10 μm in length have been successfully prepared by thermally assisted photoreduction (TAP) of aqueous silver nitrate (AgNO3) solution on anatase films without using surfactants, templates or seeds. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that the Ag NWs thus produced are single-crystalline with a preferred growth direction along [11̄0]. Investigation of their electrical behavior, using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with a nano-manipulation device, showed that the resistivity of the Ag NWs is about 18.79 μΩ cm, indicating their excellent quality. The nucleation and yield (i.e. number of NWs per 100 μm2) are closely related to the crystallinity, surface morphology, and the photocatalytic ability of the anatase substrates. The length distribution of the Ag NWs is dominated by the temperature of the post-heat treatment, which affects the supply of thermal electrons for NW growth. It is also demonstrated that various face-centered cubic (FCC) metallic NWs, including gold and copper, can also be obtained by the TAP process. The yield of NWs is inversely proportional to the charge number of the metallic cations in aqueous solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2386-2391
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume19
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 15

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Silver
Titanium dioxide
Nanowires
Silver Nitrate
Surface-Active Agents
Gold
Surface morphology
Seed
Cations
Copper
Nitrates
Surface active agents
Nucleation
Electron microscopes
Positive ions
Heat treatment
Crystalline materials
Transmission electron microscopy
Scanning
X ray diffraction

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  • Materials Chemistry

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Tung, Hsien Tse ; Chen, In-Gann ; Song, Jenn Ming ; Yen, Cheng Wei. / Thermally assisted photoreduction of vertical silver nanowires. In: Journal of Materials Chemistry. 2009 ; Vol. 19, No. 16. pp. 2386-2391.
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In: Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 19, No. 16, 15.04.2009, p. 2386-2391.

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