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  1. Magnetic interactions in compositionally modulated nanowire arrays

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    Palmero, Ester M.; Béron, Fanny; Bran, Cristina; del Real, Rafael P.; Vázquez, Manuel

    2016-10-01

    Series of high hexagonally ordered compositionally modulated nanowire arrays, with different Cu layer and FeCoCu segment thicknesses and a constant diameter of 35 nm, were fabricated by electroplating from a single electrolytic bath into anodic aluminum oxide membranes. The objective of the study was to determine the influence of ferromagnetic (FM) segment and non-ferromagnetic (NFM) layer thickness on the magnetic properties, particularly coercivity and magnetic interactions. First-order reversal curve (FORC) measurements and simulations were performed to quantify the effect of the inter-/intra-nanowire magnetostatic interactions on the coercivity and interaction field distributions. The FORC coercivity increases for a thick NFM layer and long FM segments due to decoupling of the the FM segments and the increased shape anisotropy, respectively. On the other hand, the interaction field presents a parallel strong reduction for a thick NFM layer and thin FM segments, which is ascribed to a similar NFM/FM thickness ratio and degree of FM segment decoupling along the nanowire.

  2. Photoluminescence Properties of Silicon Nanowires and Carbon Nanotube-Silicon Nanowire Composite Arrays

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    李梦轲; 陆梅; 孔令斌; 王成伟; 郭新勇; 力虎林

    2002-01-01

    Composite arrays of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and silicon nanowires (SiNWs) are fabricated by means of the chemical vapour deposition method in porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) templates. The results of the scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy have shown that SiNWs are successful nested or filled in the hollow cavities of synthesized MWNT arrays in AAO templates to form MWNT-SiNW composite arrays. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity degradation and a blueshift of PL peak position, usually created from the chemical instability of the SiNW surfaces, are decreased and eliminated clearly in the composite arrays. The composite arrays of MWNTs-SiNWs exhibit more enhanced intensity and stability of PL performance than the SiNW arrays deposited in AAO templates.

  3. Electrochemical oxidation of methanol on Pt nanoparticles composited MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrode

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    Zhao, Guang-Yu; Li, Hu-Lin

    2008-03-01

    By use of the membrane-template synthesis route, MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrodes are successfully synthesized by means of the anodic deposition technique. The Pt nanoparticles composited MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrodes (PME) are obtained through depositing Pt on MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrode by cathode deposition technique. For comparison of electrochemical performance, Pt nanowire arrayed electrodes which have the same amount of Pt with PME are also prepared. The electro-oxidation of methanol on PME and Pt nanowire arrayed electrodes is investigated at room temperature by cyclic voltammetry, which show that about 110 mV decreased overpotential and 2.1-fold enhanced votammetric current are achieved on PME. The chronoamperometry result demonstrates that the resistance to carbon monoxide for PME is improved.

  4. Investigation of surface plasmon resonance in composite nanostructure of silver film and nanowire array

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    Li, Jun; Yang, Junyi; Wu, Xingzhi; Song, Yinglin

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the surface plasmon resonance in a new composite nanostructure (Nanowires array beneath metal film). Computational simulation results exhibit that, for both transverse electric(TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarization, the positions of resonance peaks is extremely sensitive to the change of center distance (Filling ratio of nanowires). When the diameter of Nanowires is 4nm and under TM polarization, the resonance angle increasing with the increase of center distance. In the case of TE polarization, the result is completely the opposite within limits. It is also shown that changes in thickness of Ag film(At the top of the Ag nanowire) has little direct effect on the resonance angle, But the characteritics of SPR intensity is influenced by the thickness of Ag film in the most degree. When the thickness of Ag film is 50 nm, In range of 10nm to 100nm, the minimum value of the reflectance is only 0.05, the result is consistent with the previous studies. Additionally, the nano composite structure material is very sensitive to the refractive index change of the lowest layer when under the TE- polarization. we have done mode analysis of the SPR structure for both simple and practical structures using comsol multiphysics, our approach is intend to show the feasibity and extend the applicability of the plasmonic nanowires, could lead to provide the basis for design the new structure of nanowires array.

  5. Development of multifunctional fiber reinforced polymer composites through ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Patterson, Brendan A.; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-04-01

    Piezoelectric nanowires, in particular zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires, have been vastly used in the fabrication of electromechanical devices to convert wasted mechanical energy into useful electrical energy. Over recent years, the growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowires on various structural fibers has led to the development of fiber-based nanostructured energy harvesting devices. However, the development of more realistic energy harvesters that are capable of continuous power generation requires a sufficient mechanical strength to withstand typical structural loading conditions. Yet, a durable, multifunctional material system has not been developed thoroughly enough to generate electrical power without deteriorating the mechanical performance. Here, a hybrid composite energy harvester is fabricated in a hierarchical design that provides both efficient power generating capabilities while enhancing the structural properties of the fiber reinforced polymer composite. Through a simple and low-cost process, a modified aramid fabric with vertically aligned ZnO nanowires grown on the fiber surface is embedded between woven carbon fabrics, which serve as the structural reinforcement as well as the top and the bottom electrodes of the nanowire arrays. The performance of the developed multifunctional composite is characterized through direct vibration excitation and tensile strength examination.

  6. Morphology-controlled ZnO nanowire arrays for tailored hybrid composites with high damping.

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A

    2015-01-14

    Hybrid fiber reinforced composites using a nanoscale reinforcement of the interface have not reached their optimal performance in practical applications due to their complex design and the challenging assembly of their multiscale components. One promising approach to the fabrication of hybrid composites is the growth of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays on the surface of carbon fibers to provide improved interfacial strength and out of plane reinforcement. However, this approach has been demonstrated mainly on fibers and thus still requires complex processing conditions. Here we demonstrate a simple approach to the fabrication of such composites through the growth of the nanowires on the fabric. The fabricated composites with nanostructured graded interphase not only exhibit remarkable damping enhancement but also stiffness improvement. It is demonstrated that these two extremely important properties of the composite can be controlled by tuning the morphology of the ZnO nanowires at the interface. Higher damping and flexural rigidity of these composites over traditional ones offer practical high-performance composites.

  7. Magnetic behavior of NiCu nanowire arrays: Compositional, geometry and temperature dependence

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    Palmero, E. M.; Bran, C.; del Real, R. P.; Magén, C.; Vázquez, M.

    2014-07-01

    Arrays of Ni100-xCux nanowires ranging in composition 0 ≤ x ≤ 75, diameter from 35 to 80 nm, and length from 150 nm to 28 μm have been fabricated by electrochemical co-deposition of Ni and Cu into self-ordered anodic aluminum oxide membranes. As determined by X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy, the crystalline structure shows fcc cubic symmetry with [111] preferred texture and preferential Ni or Cu lattice depending on the composition. Their magnetic properties such as coercivity and squareness have been determined as a function of composition and geometry in a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer in the temperature range from 10 to 290 K for applied magnetic fields parallel and perpendicular to the nanowires axis. Addition of Cu into the NiCu alloy up to 50% enhances both parallel coercivity and squareness. For the higher Cu content, these properties decrease and the magnetization easy axis becomes oriented perpendicular to the wires. In addition, coercivity and squareness increase by decreasing the diameter of nanowires which is ascribed to the increase of shape anisotropy. The temperature dependent measurements reflect a complex behavior of the magnetic anisotropy as a result of energy contributions with different evolution with temperature.

  8. Magnetic behavior of NiCu nanowire arrays: Compositional, geometry and temperature dependence

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    Palmero, E. M., E-mail: epalmero@icmm.csic.es; Bran, C.; Real, R. P. del; Vázquez, M. [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Magén, C. [Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (LMA), Institute of Nanoscience of Aragón (INA)-ARAID and Department of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50018 (Spain)

    2014-07-21

    Arrays of Ni{sub 100−x}Cu{sub x} nanowires ranging in composition 0 ≤ x ≤ 75, diameter from 35 to 80 nm, and length from 150 nm to 28 μm have been fabricated by electrochemical co-deposition of Ni and Cu into self-ordered anodic aluminum oxide membranes. As determined by X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy, the crystalline structure shows fcc cubic symmetry with [111] preferred texture and preferential Ni or Cu lattice depending on the composition. Their magnetic properties such as coercivity and squareness have been determined as a function of composition and geometry in a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer in the temperature range from 10 to 290 K for applied magnetic fields parallel and perpendicular to the nanowires axis. Addition of Cu into the NiCu alloy up to 50% enhances both parallel coercivity and squareness. For the higher Cu content, these properties decrease and the magnetization easy axis becomes oriented perpendicular to the wires. In addition, coercivity and squareness increase by decreasing the diameter of nanowires which is ascribed to the increase of shape anisotropy. The temperature dependent measurements reflect a complex behavior of the magnetic anisotropy as a result of energy contributions with different evolution with temperature.

  9. Electrochemical Preparation of WO_3 Nanowire Arrays

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    2007-01-01

    1 Results Ordered WO3 nanowires arrays have been fabricated by electrochemical deposition with anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates and annealing the W nanowire arrays in air at 400 ℃. The morphology and the chemical composition of WO3 nanowires arrays were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM),Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that the diameters of the WO3 nanowires are about 90 nm, which is in go...

  10. Layer-by-layer assembly synthesis of ZnO/SnO{sub 2} composite nanowire arrays as high-performance anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Jiazheng, E-mail: zjulawerence@126.com [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Du, Ning; Zhang, Hui; Yu, Jingxue [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Yang, Deren, E-mail: mseyang@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles was deposited on ZnO nanoarrays through layer-by-layer assembly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The composite nanowire arrays show improved performance as anode for Li-ion battery. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Improved performance was attributed to the combining advantages of each ingredient. -- Abstract: A layer-by-layer approach has been developed to synthesize ZnO/SnO{sub 2} composite nanowire arrays on copper substrate. ZnO nanowire arrays have been first prepared on copper substrate through seed-assisted method, and then, the surface of ZnO nanowires have been modified by the polyelectrolyte. After oxidation-reduction reaction, SnO{sub 2} layer has been deposited onto the surface of ZnO nanowires. The as-synthesized ZnO/SnO{sub 2} composite nanowire arrays have been applied as anode for lithium-ion batteries, which show high reversible capacity and good cycling stability compared to pure ZnO nanowire arrays and SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. It is believed that the improved performance may be attributed to the high capacity of SnO{sub 2} and the good cycling stability of the array structure on current collector.

  11. Fabrication of Polypyrrole Nanowire and Nanotube Arrays

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    Hong Wang

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Large area highly uniform and ordered polypyrrole nanowire and nanotubearrays were fabricated by chemical oxidation polymerization with the help of a porousanodic aluminium oxide (AAO template. Under 0.2 moL/L pyrrole (H2O and 0.2 moL/LFeCl3 (H2O pattern, polypyrrole nanowire arrays were obtained after 2.0 hourspolymerization reaction in a two-compartment reaction cell. When the reaction wasstopped after 15 minutes, polypyrrole nanotube arrays have been formed. The diameter,length and density of compositive nanowires and nanotubes could be controlled byparameters of AAO template.

  12. Nanowire sensors and arrays for chemical/biomolecule detection

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    Yun, Minhee; Lee, Choonsup; Vasquez, Richard P.; Ramanathan, K.; Bangar, M. A.; Chen, W.; Mulchandan, A.; Myung, N. V.

    2005-01-01

    We report electrochemical growth of single nanowire based sensors using e-beam patterned electrolyte channels, potentially enabling the controlled fabrication of individually addressable high density arrays. The electrodeposition technique results in nanowires with controlled dimensions, positions, alignments, and chemical compositions. Using this technique, we have fabricated single palladium nanowires with diameters ranging between 75 nm and 300 nm and conducting polymer nanowires (polypyrrole and polyaniline) with diameters between 100 nm and 200 nm. Using these single nanowires, we have successfully demonstrated gas sensing with Pd nanowires and pH sensing with polypirrole nanowires.

  13. ZnO nanowire arrays coating on TiO2 nanoparticles as a composite photoanode for a high efficiency DSSC.

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    Wang, Meili; Wang, Yan; Li, Jingbo

    2011-10-28

    A novel composite photoanode with ZnO nanowire arrays coating on the top of TiO(2) nanoparticles is fabricated, and an efficiency of 4.52% is achieved for the composite cell, far higher than both 0.90% of the ZnO nanowire cell and 3.56% of the TiO(2) nanoparticle cell. The improved efficiency is resulted from the high surface area of nanoparticles, as well as fast electron transport and light scattering effect of nanowires.

  14. Photoelectrochemistry of Semiconductor Nanowire Arrays

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    Mallouk, Thomas E; Redwing, Joan M

    2009-11-10

    This project supported research on the growth and photoelectrochemical characterization of semiconductor nanowire arrays, and on the development of catalytic materials for visible light water splitting to produce hydrogen and oxygen. Silicon nanowires were grown in the pores of anodic aluminum oxide films by the vapor-liquid-solid technique and were characterized electrochemically. Because adventitious doping from the membrane led to high dark currents, silicon nanowire arrays were then grown on silicon substrates. The dependence of the dark current and photovoltage on preparation techniques, wire diameter, and defect density was studied for both p-silicon and p-indium phosphide nanowire arrays. The open circuit photovoltage of liquid junction cells increased with increasing wire diameter, reaching 350 mV for micron-diameter silicon wires. Liquid junction and radial p-n junction solar cells were fabricated from silicon nano- and microwire arrays and tested. Iridium oxide cluster catalysts stabilized by bidentate malonate and succinate ligands were also made and studied for the water oxidation reaction. Highlights of this project included the first papers on silicon and indium phosphide nanowire solar cells, and a new procedure for making ligand-stabilized water oxidation catalysts that can be covalently linked to molecular photosensitizers or electrode surfaces.

  15. Preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotubes/silicon nanowires core-sheath composite structure arrays in porous anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    李梦轲; 陆梅; 王成伟; 力虎林

    2002-01-01

    The well-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) arrays with opened ends were prepared in ordered pores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. After then, silicon nanowires (SiNWs) were deposited in the hollow cavities of CNTs. By using this method, CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure arrays were synthesized successfully. Growing structures and physical properties of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays were analyzed and researched by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectrum (XRD), respectively. The field emission (FE) behavior of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays was studied based on Fowler- Nordheim tunneling mechanism and current-voltage (I -V) curve. And the photoluminescence (PL) was also characterized. Significantly, the CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure nanowire fabricated by AAO template method is characteristic of a metal/semiconductor (M/S) behavior and can be utilized to synthesize nanoscale PN junction or Schottky diode device. This process also could be useful for the fabrication of SiNWs and other nanoscale core-sheath composite structure nanowires with chemically inert interfaces for nanoscale electronic and device applications where surface oxidation is undesirable. The diameters and lengths of nanoscale composite structure arrays can be dominated easily, and the experimental result shows that the curling and twisting structures are fewer than those prepared by other synthesized methods.

  16. Preparation and characterization of graphene-based vanadium oxide composite semiconducting films with horizontally aligned nanowire arrays

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    Jung, Hye-Mi; Um, Sukkee, E-mail: sukkeeum@hanyang.ac.kr

    2016-05-01

    Highly oriented crystalline hybrid thin films primarily consisting of Magnéli-phase VO{sub 2} and conductive graphene nanoplatelets are fabricated by a sol–gel process via dipping pyrolysis. A combination of chemical, microstructural, and electrical analyses reveals that graphene oxide (GO)-templated vanadium oxide (VO{sub x}) nanocomposite films exhibit a vertically stacked multi-lamellar nanostructure consisting of horizontally aligned vanadium oxide nanowire (VNW) arrays along the (hk0) set of planes on a GO template, with an average crystallite size of 41.4 Å and a crystallographic tensile strain of 0.83%. In addition, GO-derived VO{sub x} composite semiconducting films, which have an sp{sup 3}/sp{sup 2} bonding ratio of 0.862, display thermally induced electrical switching properties in the temperature range of − 20 °C to 140 °C, with a transition temperature of approximately 65 °C. We ascribe these results to the use of GO sheets, which serve as a morphological growth template as well as an electrochemically tunable platform for enhancing the charge-carrier mobility. Moreover, the experimental studies demonstrate that graphene-based Magnéli-phase VO{sub x} composite semiconducting films can be used in advanced thermo-sensitive smart sensing/switching applications because of their outstanding thermo-electrodynamic properties and high surface charge density induced by the planar-type VNWs. - Highlights: • VO{sub x}-graphene oxide composite (G/VO{sub x}) films were fabricated by sol–gel process. • The G/VO{sub x} films mainly consisted of Magnéli-phase VO{sub 2} and reduced graphene sheets. • The G/VO{sub x} films exhibited multi-lamellar textures with planar VO{sub x} nanowire arrays. • The G/VO{sub x} films showed the thermo-sensitive electrical switching properties. • Effects of GOs on the electrical characteristics of the G/VO{sub x} films were discussed.

  17. Self-organized magnetic nanowire arrays based on alumina and titania templates.

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    Prida, V M; Pirota, K R; Navas, D; Asenjo, A; Hernández-Vélez, M; Vázquez, M

    2007-01-01

    Densely packed arrays of magnetic nanowires have been synthesized by electrodeposition filling of nanopores in alumina and titania membranes formed by self-assembling during anodization process. Emphasis is made on the control of the production parameters leading to ordering degree and lattice parameter of the array as well as nanowires diameter and length. Structural, morphological and magnetic properties exhibited by nanowire arrays have been studied for several nanowire compositions, different ordering degree and for different nanowire aspect ratios. The magnetic behaviour of nanowires array is governed by the balance between different energy contributions: shape anisotropy of individual nanowires, the magnetostatic interaction of dipolar origin among nanowires, and magnetocrystalline and magnetoelastic anisotropies induced by the pattern templates. These novel nanocomposites, based on ferromagnetic nanowires embedded in anodic nanoporous templates, are becoming promising candidates for technological applications such as functionalised arrays for magnetic sensing, ultrahigh density magnetic storage media or spin-based electronic devices.

  18. Preparation and characterization of haematite nanowire arrays

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    Xue, D S; Liu, Q F; Zhang, L Y

    2003-01-01

    Arrays of alpha-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 nanowires embedded in anodic alumina membranes were obtained after heat-treating beta-FeOOH nanowire arrays fabricated by electrochemical deposition. Haematite polycrystalline nanowires with maximum length of about 7 mu m and average diameter of about 120 nm were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The Morin temperature below 80 K and Neel temperature of about 350 K for the alpha-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 nanowire arrays, far lower than those of bulk material, were measured by Moessbauer spectroscopy and using a Magnetic Property Measurement System.

  19. Preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotubes/silicon nanowires core-sheath composite structure arrays in porous anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    李梦轲; 力虎林; 陆梅; 王成伟

    2002-01-01

    The well-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) arrays with opened ends were prepared in ordered pores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. After then, silicon nanowires (SiNWs) were deposited in the hollow cavities of CNTs. By using this method, CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure arrays were synthesized successfully. Growing structures and physical properties of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays were analyzed and researched by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectrum (XRD), respectively. The field emission (FE) behavior of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays was studied based on Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism and current-voltage (/-V) curve. And the photoluminescence (PL) was also characterized. Significantly, the CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure nanowire fabricated by AAO template method is characteristic of a metal/semiconductor (M/S) behavior and can be

  20. Plasmonic Properties of Vertically Aligned Nanowire Arrays

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    Hua Qi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanowires (NWs/Ag sheath composites were produced to investigate plasmonic coupling between vertically aligned NWs for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS applications. In this investigation, two types of vertical NW arrays were studied; those of ZnO NWs grown on nanosphere lithography patterned sapphire substrate via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS mechanism and Si NW arrays produced by wet chemical etching. Both types of vertical NW arrays were coated with a thin layer of silver by electroless silver plating for SERS enhancement studies. The experimental results show extremely strong SERS signals due to plasmonic coupling between the NWs, which was verified by COMSOL electric field simulations. We also compared the SERS enhancement intensity of aligned and random ZnO NWs, indicating that the aligned NWs show much stronger and repeatable SERS signal than those grown in nonaligned geometries.

  1. Magnetic crossover effect in Nickel nanowire arrays

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    Ghaddar, A. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme de Bretagne, CNRS-FRE 3117, C.S. 93837, 29238 Brest, Cedex (France); Gloaguen, F. [Laboratoire de Chimie, Electrochimie Moleculaire et Chimie Analytique, CNRS-UMR 6521, C. S. 93837 Brest Cedex 3 (France); Gieraltowski, J. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme de Bretagne, CNRS-FRE 3117, C.S. 93837, 29238 Brest, Cedex (France); Tannous, C., E-mail: tannous@univ-brest.f [Laboratoire de Magnetisme de Bretagne, CNRS-FRE 3117, C.S. 93837, 29238 Brest, Cedex (France)

    2011-05-01

    A crossover effect in the magnetic reversal mechanism within arrays of Nickel nanowires whose diameter varies from 15 to 100 nm is observed around 50 nm. Hysteresis loops and FMR measurements confirm that nanowire diameter controls effectively the nanowire easy axis as well as the magnetization reversal mechanism. This might be very interesting for spintronic devices based on current-induced domain motion such as non-volatile magnetic memory elements (MRAM) and low Ohmic loss devices.

  2. High compositional homogeneity in In-rich InGaAs nanowire arrays on nanoimprinted SiO{sub 2}/Si (111)

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    Hertenberger, S.; Vizbaras, K.; Rudolph, D.; Becker, J.; Bolte, S.; Bichler, M.; Finley, J. J.; Amann, M.-C.; Koblmueller, G. [Walter Schottky Institut and Physik Department, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching 85748 (Germany); Funk, S.; Zardo, I.; Abstreiter, G. [Walter Schottky Institut and Physik Department, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching 85748 (Germany); Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching 85748 (Germany); Yadav, A.; Scarpa, G.; Lugli, P. [Institute for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Munich 80333 (Germany); Doeblinger, M. [Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilian Universitaet Muenchen, Munich 81377 (Germany)

    2012-07-23

    We report improved homogeneity control of composition-tuned In{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}As (x < 0.4) nanowire (NW) arrays grown by catalyst-free molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on nanoimprinted SiO{sub 2}/Si (111) substrates. Using very high As/(Ga+In) ratios at growth temperatures of 550 Degree-Sign C enabled uniform incorporation of the respective group-III elements (In,Ga) over the investigated composition range, confirmed by high-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Low-temperature (20 K) photoluminescence of these In-rich In{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}As NW ensembles reveal state-of-the-art linewidths of {approx}29-33 meV. These are independent of Ga content, suggesting an overall low degree of phase separation. In contrast, self-assembled, non-periodic In{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}As NW arrays show larger inhomogeneity with increased peakwidths in 2{theta}-{omega} HRXRD scans as well as broadened Raman modes. These results demonstrate the excellent potential of site-selective MBE growth of high-periodicity non-tapered In{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}As NW arrays with low size and composition dispersion for optimized device integration on Si.

  3. Electroluminescent, polycrystalline cadmium selenide nanowire arrays.

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    Ayvazian, Talin; van der Veer, Wytze E; Xing, Wendong; Yan, Wenbo; Penner, Reginald M

    2013-10-22

    Electroluminescence (EL) from nanocrystalline CdSe (nc-CdSe) nanowire arrays is reported. The n-type, nc-CdSe nanowires, 400-450 nm in width and 60 nm in thickness, were synthesized using lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition, and metal-semiconductor-metal (M-S-M) devices were prepared by the evaporation of two gold contacts spaced by either 0.6 or 5 μm. These M-S-M devices showed symmetrical current voltage curves characterized by currents that increased exponentially with applied voltage bias. As the applied biased was increased, an increasing number of nanowires within the array "turned on", culminating in EL emission from 30 to 50% of these nanowires at applied voltages of 25-30 V. The spectrum of the emitted light was broad and centered at 770 nm, close to the 1.74 eV (712 nm) band gap of CdSe. EL light emission occurred with an external quantum efficiency of 4 × 10(-6) for devices with a 0.60 μm gap between the gold contacts and 0.5 × 10(-6) for a 5 μm gap-values similar to those reported for M-S-M devices constructed from single-crystalline CdSe nanowires. Kelvin probe force microscopy of 5 μm nc-CdSe nanowire arrays showed pronounced electric fields at the gold electrical contacts, coinciding with the location of strongest EL light emission in these devices. This electric field is implicated in the Poole-Frenkel minority carrier emission and recombination mechanism proposed to account for EL light emission in most of the devices that were investigated.

  4. Study of the magnetization behavior of ferromagnetic nanowire array: Existence of growth defects revealed by micromagnetic simulations

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    Nguyen Vien, G., E-mail: gilles.nguyen@univ-brest.fr [Laboratoire de Magnétisme de Bretagne, EA 4522, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, CS 93837, 29238 Brest-Cedex 3 (France); Rioual, S. [Laboratoire de Magnétisme de Bretagne, EA 4522, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, CS 93837, 29238 Brest-Cedex 3 (France); Gloaguen, F. [Chimie, Electrochimie Moléculaires et Chimie Analytique, UMR CNRS 6521, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, CS 93837, 29238 Brest-Cedex 3 (France); Rouvellou, B.; Lescop, B. [Laboratoire de Magnétisme de Bretagne, EA 4522, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, CS 93837, 29238 Brest-Cedex 3 (France)

    2016-03-01

    High aspect ratio nanowires were electrodeposited in nanoporous anodic alumina template by a potentiostatic method. The angular dependence of the coercive field and remanence magnetization extracted from magnetometry measurements are compared with micromagnetic simulations. Inclusion of magnetostatic interactions between Ni nanowires in simulations is required to explain some of the properties of the magnetization reversal. However, it is not sufficient to reproduce fully the angular dependence of the coercive field. Due to the polycrystalline nature of nanowires and thus to the presence of grain boundaries, defects are included in simulations. A good agreement between theory and experiment is then clearly highlighted, in particular in the nanowire easy axis direction. The achieved results allow a description of several experimental data published in the literature and consequently to get a better understanding of reversal mechanisms that operate in such nanowire arrays. A complementary study of composite nanowire array is successfully performed to prove the adequacy of the simulations method to describe the magnetic properties of nanowire array. - Highlights: • High axial squareness nanowire array are synthetized by a potentiostatic method. • Nanowires are modeled as non-ideal magnetic particles. • Segmentation of nanowire is required to describe the angular dependence of coercivity. • Respective role of magnetostatic coupling and nanowire segmentation in nanowire array are studied. • Micromagnetic simulations lead to quantitative agreement for well-defined composite nanowire array.

  5. Tunable EMI noise suppressor based on Ni nanowire arrays

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    Sharma, Monika, E-mail: monikasharma1604@gmail.com [Centre for Applied Research in Electronics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi (India); Kuanr, Bijoy K. [Special Centre for Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India); Sharma, Manish; Basu, Ananjan [Centre for Applied Research in Electronics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi (India)

    2014-09-01

    We designed, fabricated and evaluated noise suppressors based on Ni nanowire arrays embedded in Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) template in microstrip waveguide geometry. The effects of the length of the nanowires and the device dimensions on the microwave properties of noise suppressor are investigated. Ni nanowires with an average diameter of 200 nm and of various lengths (from 7 µm to 30 µm) were electrodeposited in AAO templates. Scanning electron microscope showed growth of highly ordered nanowires and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis confirmed composition of nanowires. Transmission electron microscope verified the diameter and length of the deposited nanowires. The resonance frequency of the noise suppressor can be tuned up to 23 GHz by applying an external magnetic field of 4.5 kOe. This gives a frequency tunability of 66%. Signal attenuation of the device enhances by increasing the bias magnetic field by over 60% and microstrip length by 20%. Therefore such integrated devices are good electromagnetic noise suppressors in wireless communication.

  6. Vertical group III-V nanowires on si, heterostructures, flexible arrays and fabrication

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    Wang, Deli; Soci, Cesare; Bao, Xinyu; Wei, Wei; Jing, Yi; Sun, Ke

    2015-01-13

    Embodiments of the invention provide a method for direct heteroepitaxial growth of vertical III-V semiconductor nanowires on a silicon substrate. The silicon substrate is etched to substantially completely remove native oxide. It is promptly placed in a reaction chamber. The substrate is heated and maintained at a growth temperature. Group III-V precursors are flowed for a growth time. Preferred embodiment vertical Group III-V nanowires on silicon have a core-shell structure, which provides a radial homojunction or heterojunction. A doped nanowire core is surrounded by a shell with complementary doping. Such can provide high optical absorption due to the long optical path in the axial direction of the vertical nanowires, while reducing considerably the distance over which carriers must diffuse before being collected in the radial direction. Alloy composition can also be varied. Radial and axial homojunctions and heterojunctions can be realized. Embodiments provide for flexible Group III-V nanowire structures. An array of Group III-V nanowire structures is embedded in polymer. A fabrication method forms the vertical nanowires on a substrate, e.g., a silicon substrate. Preferably, the nanowires are formed by the preferred methods for fabrication of Group III-V nanowires on silicon. Devices can be formed with core/shell and core/multi-shell nanowires and the devices are released from the substrate upon which the nanowires were formed to create a flexible structure that includes an array of vertical nanowires embedded in polymer.

  7. Vertical group III-V nanowires on si, heterostructures, flexible arrays and fabrication

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    Wang, Deli; Soci, Cesare; Bao, Xinyu; Wei, Wei; Jing, Yi; Sun, Ke

    2015-01-13

    Embodiments of the invention provide a method for direct heteroepitaxial growth of vertical III-V semiconductor nanowires on a silicon substrate. The silicon substrate is etched to substantially completely remove native oxide. It is promptly placed in a reaction chamber. The substrate is heated and maintained at a growth temperature. Group III-V precursors are flowed for a growth time. Preferred embodiment vertical Group III-V nanowires on silicon have a core-shell structure, which provides a radial homojunction or heterojunction. A doped nanowire core is surrounded by a shell with complementary doping. Such can provide high optical absorption due to the long optical path in the axial direction of the vertical nanowires, while reducing considerably the distance over which carriers must diffuse before being collected in the radial direction. Alloy composition can also be varied. Radial and axial homojunctions and heterojunctions can be realized. Embodiments provide for flexible Group III-V nanowire structures. An array of Group III-V nanowire structures is embedded in polymer. A fabrication method forms the vertical nanowires on a substrate, e.g., a silicon substrate. Preferably, the nanowires are formed by the preferred methods for fabrication of Group III-V nanowires on silicon. Devices can be formed with core/shell and core/multi-shell nanowires and the devices are released from the substrate upon which the nanowires were formed to create a flexible structure that includes an array of vertical nanowires embedded in polymer.

  8. Long-range magnetostatic interactions in arrays of nanowires

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    Raposo, V; González, J M; Vázquez, M

    2000-01-01

    Experimental measurements and micromagnetic simulations of the hysteresis loops of arrays of cobalt nanowires are compared here. Arrays of cobalt nanowires (200 nm in diameter) were electrodeposited into the pores of alumina membranes (thickness 60 mu m). Their hysteresis loops along the axial direction of nanowires were measured using vibrating sample magnetometry. Micromagnetic simulations were performed considering dipolar interaction between nanowires leading to similar hysteresis loops as those obtained experimentally.

  9. Bi-based Nanowire and Nanojunction Arrays: Fabrication and Physical Properties

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    Liang LI; Guanghai LI; Xiaosheng FANG

    2007-01-01

    This article reviews the recent developments in the fabrication and properties of one-dimensional (1D) Bi-based nanostructures, including Bi, Sb, BixSb1-x and Bi2Te3 nanowire arrays, and Bi-Bi and Bi-Sb nanojunction arrays. In this article, we present an efiective method to fabricate Bi nanowire arrays with difierent diameters in anodic alumina membrane (AAM) with a single pore size by the pulsed electrodeposition. The fabrication of the high-filling and ordered Bi1-xSbx and Bi2Te3 single crystalline nanowire arrays, the Bi nanowire metalsemiconductor homojunction and Bi-Sb nanowire metal-semiconductor heterojunction arrays by the pulsed electrodeposition are reported. The factors controlling the composition, diameter, growth rate and orientation of the nanowires are analyzed, and the growth mechanism of the nanowire and nanojunction arrays are discussed together with the study of the electrical and thermal properties of Bi-based nanowires and nanojunctions.Finally, this review is concluded with some perspectives on the research directions and focuses in the Bi-based nanomaterials fields.

  10. AC Electrochemical Deposition of CdS Nanowire Arrays

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    QIN; DongHuan

    2001-01-01

    Since the successful growth of carbon nanotubes, one-dimensional materials have been a focused research field both because of their fundamental importance and the wide-ranging potential applications in nano devices. Many approaches are used to fabricate nanowires, such as crystal growth. In order to obtain nanowires whose growth is more easily controlled, electrochemical synthesis in a template is taken as one of the most efficient methods. To date, Co, Fe, Ni, CuCo1-3 and other nanowire arrays have been fabricated successfully by electrodepositing corresponding metal ion into the porous aluminum oxide (PAO) membrane or other non-magnetic materials. Cadmium sulfide(CdS), as one of the most important semiconductor material, is a n-type semiconductor. The ability to fine tune their fundamental electronic and optical properties by simply varying the cruster size, rather than composition, makes them highly attractive for a variety of possible application. In this paper, we report our work of fabricating CdS nanowire arrays based on AC electrolysis into the pores of an anodic aluminum oxide(AAO), the structure and morphology were characterized by XRD and TEM.  ……

  11. Widely tunable alloy composition and crystal structure in catalyst-free InGaAs nanowire arrays grown by selective area molecular beam epitaxy

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    Treu, J., E-mail: Julian.Treu@wsi.tum.de, E-mail: Gregor.Koblmueller@wsi.tum.de; Speckbacher, M.; Saller, K.; Morkötter, S.; Xu, X.; Riedl, H.; Abstreiter, G.; Finley, J. J.; Koblmüller, G., E-mail: Julian.Treu@wsi.tum.de, E-mail: Gregor.Koblmueller@wsi.tum.de [Walter Schottky Institut, Physik Department, Center of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials, Technische Universität München, Am Coulombwall 4, Garching 85748 (Germany); Döblinger, M. [Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Butenandtstr. 5-13, Munich 81377 (Germany)

    2016-02-01

    We delineate the optimized growth parameter space for high-uniformity catalyst-free InGaAs nanowire (NW) arrays on Si over nearly the entire alloy compositional range using selective area molecular beam epitaxy. Under the required high group-V fluxes and V/III ratios, the respective growth windows shift to higher growth temperatures as the Ga-content x(Ga) is tuned from In-rich to Ga-rich InGaAs NWs. Using correlated x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy, we identify structural defects to govern luminescence linewidths in In-rich (x(Ga) < 0.4) and Ga-rich (x(Ga) > 0.6) NWs, whereas limitations at intermediate Ga-content (0.4 < x(Ga) < 0.6) are mainly due to compositional inhomogeneities. Most remarkably, the catalyst-free InGaAs NWs exhibit a characteristic transition in crystal structure from wurtzite to zincblende (ZB) dominated phase near x(Ga) ∼ 0.4 that is further reflected in a cross-over from blue-shifted to red-shifted photoluminescence emission relative to the band edge emission of the bulk ZB InGaAs phase.

  12. Composition-optimized TiO{sub 2}/CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} core/shell nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Ai, Guanjie; Mo, Rong; Xu, Hang; Chen, Qian; Yang, Sui; Li, Hongxing, E-mail: hongxinglee@xtu.edu.cn; Zhong, Jianxin [Hunan Key Laboratory for Micro-Nano Energy Materials and Devices, School of Physics and Optoelectronics, Xiangtan University, Hunan 411105 (China)

    2014-11-07

    Core/shell heterostructured TiO{sub 2}/CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} nanowire arrays (NWAs) were prepared via physical vapor deposition of CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} layer onto the hydrothermal pre-grown TiO{sub 2} NWAs with FTO as conductive substrate. By change the sulfur content (x) in the TiO{sub 2}/CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} nano-composites, it was observed that the light absorption edge can be gradually tuned within a broad wavelength from 540 to 710 nm. When used as photoanodes for hydrogen generation, the as-prepared TiO{sub 2}/CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} NWAs show much higher photoelectroncatalytic activity than the pristine TiO{sub 2} NWAs. Moreover, the TiO{sub 2}/CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} photoelectrode with x = 0.52 exhibited the highest photocurrent level and outstanding stability, which is more suitable for long-time hydrogen generation. This study may be useful in the design of alloy hetrostructure photoelectrodes with optimal chemical composition toward the more efficient solar conversion devices.

  13. Development of nanowire arrays for neural probe

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    Abraham, Jose K.; Xie, Jining; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2005-05-01

    It is already established that functional electrical stimulation is an effective way to restore many functions of the brain in disabled individuals. The electrical stimulation can be done by using an array of electrodes. Neural probes stimulate or sense the biopotentials mainly through the exposed metal sites. These sites should be smaller relative to the spatial potential distribution so that any potential averaging in the sensing area can be avoided. At the same time, the decrease in size of these sensing sites is limited due to the increase in impedance levels and the thermal noise while decreasing its size. It is known that current density in a planar electrode is not uniform and a higher current density can be observer around the perimeter of the electrodes. Electrical measurements conducted on many nanotubes and nanowires have already proved that it could be possible to use for current density applications and the drawbacks of the present design in neural probes can be overcome by incorporating many nanotechnology solutions. In this paper we present the design and development of nanowire arrays for the neural probe for the multisite contact which has the ability to collect and analyze isolated single unit activity. An array of vertically grown nanowires is used as contact site and many of such arrays can be used for stimulating as well as recording sites. The nanolevel interaction and wireless communication solution can extend to applications involving the treatment of many neurological disorders including Parkinson"s disease, Alzheimer"s disease, spinal injuries and the treatment of blindness and paralyzed patients with minimal or no invasive surgical procedures.

  14. Fabrication of patterned polymer nanowire arrays.

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    Fang, Hao; Yuan, Dajun; Guo, Rui; Zhang, Su; Han, Ray P S; Das, Suman; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2011-02-22

    A method for the large-scale fabrication of patterned organic nanowire (NW) arrays is demonstrated by the use of laser interference patterning (LIP) in conjunction with inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. The NW arrays can be fabricated after a short ICP etching of periodic patterns produced through LIP. Arrays of NWs have been fabricated in UV-absorbent polymers, such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and Dura film (76% polyethylene and 24% polycarbonate), through laser interference photon ablation and in UV transparent polymers such as PVA (polyvinyl acetate) and PP (polypropylene) through laser interference lithography of a thin layer of photoresist coated atop the polymer surface. The dependence of the structure and morphology of NWs as a function of initial pattern created by LIP and the laser energy dose in LIP is discussed. The absence of residual photoresist atop the NWs in UV-transparent polymers is confirmed through Raman spectroscopy.

  15. Morphology of Platinum Nanowire Array Electrodeposited Within Anodic Aluminium Oxide Template Characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    孔令斌; 陆梅; 李梦轲; 郭新勇; 力虎林

    2003-01-01

    Uniform platinum nanowires were synthesized by electrodepositing the platinum under a very low altering current frequency (20Hz) and increasing voltage (5-15 V) in the pores of anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template.Atomic force microscopy observation indicates that the template membranes we obtained have hexagonally closepacked nanochannels. The platinum nanowires have highly ordered arrays after partially dissolving the aluminium oxide membrane. With the increasing dissolving time, the platinum nanowire array collapsed. A concave topography of the aluminium substrate was observed after the aluminium oxide membrane was dissolved completely and the platinum nanowires were released from the template. Platinum nanowires were also characterized by transmission electron microscopy and the phase structure of the Al/AAO/Pt composite was proven by x-ray diffraction.

  16. Magnetron sputtering synthesis of large area well-ordered boron nanowire arrays

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    CAO; Limin; ZHANG; Ze; WANG; Wenkui

    2004-01-01

    One-dimensionally nanostructured materials, such as nanowires and nanotubes, are the smallest dimensional structures for efficient transport of electrons and excitons, and are therefore critical building blocks for nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices. In this paper, boron nanowires with uniform diameters from 20 to 80nm were synthesized by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering of pure boron powder and B2O3 powder mixtures in argon atmosphere. The boron nanowires produced stand vertically on the substrate surface to form well-ordered arrays over large areas with selforganized arrangements without involvement of any template and patterned catalyst. The high-density boron nanowires are parallel to each other and well distributed, forming highly ordered and uniform arrays. A more interesting and unique feature of the boron nanowires is that most of their tips are flat rather than hemispherical in morphologies.Detailed studies on its structure and composition indicate that boron nanowires are amorphous. Boron nanowire appears as a new member in the family of one-dimensional nanostructures. Considering the unique properties of boron-rich solids and other nanostructures, it is reasonable to expect that the boron nanowires will display some exceptional and interesting properties. A vapor-cluster-solid (VCS) mechanism was proposed to explain the growth of boron nanowires based on our experimental observations.

  17. Modifying the emission of light from a semiconductor nanowire array

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    Anttu, Nicklas

    2016-07-01

    Semiconductor nanowire arrays have been identified as a promising platform for future light emitting diodes (LEDs), for example, due to the materials science freedom of combining lattice-mismatched materials in them. Furthermore, the emission of light from nanowires can be tailored by designing their geometry. Such tailoring could optimize the emission of light to the top side as well as enhance the emission rate through the Purcell effect. However, the possibility for enhanced light extraction from III-V nanowire arrays over a conventional bulk-like LED has not been investigated systematically. Here, we use electromagnetic modeling to study the emission of light from nanowire arrays. We vary both the diameter of the nanowires and the array period to show the benefit of moving from a bulk-like LED to a nanowire array LED. We study the fraction of light emitted to the top air side and to the substrate at wavelength λ. We find several diameter-dependent resonant peaks for which the emission to the top side is maximized. For the strongest such peak, by increasing the array period, the fraction of emitted light that is extracted at the top air side can be enhanced by a factor of 30 compared to that in a planar bulk LED. By modeling a single nanowire, we confirm that it is beneficial to place the nanowires further apart to enhance the emission to the top side. Furthermore, we predict that for a nanowire diameter D > λ/2, a majority of the emitted power ends up in the substrate. Our results offer direction for the design and optimization of nanowire-array based light emitting diodes.

  18. Generic nano-imprint process for fabrication of nanowire arrays

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    Pierret, Aurelie; Hocevar, Moira; Algra, Rienk E; Timmering, Eugene C; Verschuuren, Marc A; Immink, George W G; Verheijen, Marcel A; Bakkers, Erik P A M [Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, High Tech Campus 11, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Diedenhofen, Silke L [FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics c/o Philips Research Laboratories, High Tech Campus 4, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Vlieg, E, E-mail: e.p.a.m.bakkers@tue.nl [IMM, Solid State Chemistry, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2010-02-10

    A generic process has been developed to grow nearly defect-free arrays of (heterostructured) InP and GaP nanowires. Soft nano-imprint lithography has been used to pattern gold particle arrays on full 2 inch substrates. After lift-off organic residues remain on the surface, which induce the growth of additional undesired nanowires. We show that cleaning of the samples before growth with piranha solution in combination with a thermal anneal at 550 deg. C for InP and 700 deg. C for GaP results in uniform nanowire arrays with 1% variation in nanowire length, and without undesired extra nanowires. Our chemical cleaning procedure is applicable to other lithographic techniques such as e-beam lithography, and therefore represents a generic process.

  19. Energy harvesting from vertically aligned PZT nanowire arrays

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Zhou, Zhi; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a nanostructured piezoelectric beam is fabricated using vertically aligned lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanowire arrays and its capability of continuous power generation is demonstrated through direct vibration tests. The lead zirconate titanate nanowires are grown on a PZT thin film coated titanium foil using a hydrothermal reaction. The PZT thin film serves as a nucleation site while the titanium foil is used as the bottom electrode. Electromechanical frequency response function (FRF) analysis is performed to evaluate the power harvesting efficiency of the fabricated device. Furthermore, the feasibility of the continuous power generation using the nanostructured beam is demonstrated through measuring output voltage from PZT nanowires when beam is subjected to a sinusoidal base excitation. The effect of tip mass on the voltage generation of the PZT nanowire arrays is evaluated experimentally. The final results show the great potential of synthesized piezoelectric nanowire arrays in a wide range of applications, specifically power generation at nanoscale.

  20. Full process for integrating silicon nanowire arrays into solar cells

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    Perraud, Simon; Poncet, Severine; Noel, Sebastien; Levis, Michel; Faucherand, Pascal; Rouviere, Emmanuelle [CEA, LITEN, Laboratoire des Composants pour la Recuperation d' Energie, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Thony, Philippe; Jaussaud, Claude; Delsol, Regis [CEA, LITEN, Laboratoire des Composants Solaires, INES-RDI, Savoie Technolac, 50 avenue du Lac Leman, 73377 Le-Bourget-du-Lac (France)

    2009-09-15

    A novel process was developed for integrating silicon nanowire arrays into solar cells. n-Type silicon nanowires were grown by chemical-vapour deposition via the gold-catalysed vapour-liquid-solid method, on a p-type silicon substrate. After the growth, the nanowire array was planarized, by embedding the nanowires in a spin-on glass matrix and subsequent chemical-mechanical polishing of the front surface. This planarization step allows to deposit a continuous and uniform conductive film on top of the nanowire array, and thus to form a high-quality front electrical contact. For an illumination intensity of 100 mW/cm{sup 2}, our devices exhibit an energy conversion efficiency of 1.9%. The main performance limiting factor is a high pn junction reverse current, due to contamination by the growth catalyst or to a lack of passivation of surface electronic defects. (author)

  1. Functionalized vertical InAs nanowire arrays for gas sensing

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    Offermans, P.; Crego-Calama, M.; Brongersma, S.H.

    2012-01-01

    Vertical InAs nanowires are contacted in situ using an air-bridge construction and functionalized with a metalloporphyrin (Hemin). The response of bare and functionalized vertical InAs nanowire arrays to ppb-level concentrations of NO2 and NO is demonstrated. Hemin enhances the response to NO

  2. Metal nanowire-graphene composite transparent electrodes

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    Mankowski, Trent; Zhu, Zhaozhao; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charlies M.

    2014-10-01

    Silver nanowires with 40 nm diameter and copper nanowires with 150 nm diameter were synthesized using low-temperature routes, and deposited in combination with ultrathin graphene sheets for use as transparent conductors. A systematic and detailed analysis involving nature of capping agent for the metal nanowires, annealing of deposited films, and pre-treatment of substrates revealed critical conditions necessary for preparing high performance transparent conducting electrodes. The best electrodes show ~90% optical transmissivity and sheet resistance of ~10 Ω/□, already comparable to the best available transparent electrodes. The metal nanowire-graphene composite electrodes are therefore well suited for fabrication of opto-electronic and electronic devices.

  3. High-density gold nanowire arrays by lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition.

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    Hujdic, Justin E; Sargisian, Alan P; Shao, Jingru; Ye, Tao; Menke, Erik J

    2011-07-01

    Here we describe a new method for preparing multiple arrays of parallel gold nanowires with dimensions and separation down to 50 nm. This method uses photolithography to prepare an electrode consisting of a patterned nickel film on glass, onto which a gold and nickel nanowire array is sequentially electrodeposited. After the electrodeposition, the nickel is stripped away, leaving behind a gold nanowire array, with dimensions governed by the gold electrodeposition parameters, spacing determined by the nickel electrodeposition parameters, and overall placement and shape dictated by the photolithography.

  4. Magnetic hysteresis in small-grained CoxPd1-x nanowire arrays

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    Viqueira, M. S.; Pozo-López, G.; Urreta, S. E.; Condó, A. M.; Cornejo, D. R.; Fabietti, L. M.

    2015-11-01

    Co-Pd nanowires with small grain size are fabricated by AC electrodeposition into hexagonally ordered alumina pores, 20-35 nm in diameter and about 1 μm long. The effects of the alloy composition, the nanowire diameter and the grain size on the hysteresis properties are considered. X-ray diffraction indicates that the nanowires are single phase, a fcc Co-Pd solid solution; electron microscopy results show that they are polycrystalline, with randomly oriented grains (7-12 nm), smaller than the wire diameter. Nanowire arrays are ferromagnetic, with an easy magnetization axis parallel to the nanowire long axis. Both, the coercive field and the loop squareness monotonously increase with the Co content and with the grain size, but no clear correlation with the wire diameter is found. The Co and Co-rich nanowire arrays exhibit coercive fields and reduced remanence values quite insensitive to temperature in the range 4 K-300 K; on the contrary, in Pd-rich nanowires both magnitudes are smaller and they largely increase during cooling below 100 K. These behaviors are systematized by considering the strong dependences displayed by the magneto-crystalline anisotropy and the saturation magnetostriction on composition and temperature. At low temperatures the effective anisotropy value and the domain-wall width to grain size ratio drastically change, promoting less cooperative and harder nucleation modes.

  5. Field Emission of ITO-Coated Vertically Aligned Nanowire Array.

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    Lee, Changhwa

    2010-04-29

    An indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated vertically aligned nanowire array is fabricated, and the field emission characteristics of the nanowire array are investigated. An array of vertically aligned nanowires is considered an ideal structure for a field emitter because of its parallel orientation to the applied electric field. In this letter, a vertically aligned nanowire array is fabricated by modified conventional UV lithography and coated with 0.1-μm-thick ITO. The turn-on electric field intensity is about 2.0 V/μm, and the field enhancement factor, β, is approximately 3,078 when the gap for field emission is 0.6 μm, as measured with a nanomanipulator in a scanning electron microscope.

  6. Superconductor-insulator transition in nanowires and nanowire arrays

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    Mooij, J.E.; Schön, G.; Shnirman, A.; Fuse, T.; Harmans, C.J.P.M.; Rotzinger, H.; Verbruggen, A.H.

    2015-01-01

    Superconducting nanowires are the dual elements to Josephson junctions, with quantum phase-slip (QPS) processes replacing the tunneling of Cooper pairs. When the QPS amplitude ES is much smaller than the inductive energy EL, the nanowire responds as a superconducting inductor. When the inductive ene

  7. Photovoltaic properties of GaAs:Be nanowire arrays

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    Bouravleuv, A. D.; Beznasyuk, D. V.; Gilstein, E. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (Russian Federation); Tchernycheva, M.; Luna Bugallo, A. De; Rigutti, L. [University Paris Sud 11, Institut d' Electronique Fondamentale UMR CNRS 8622 (France); Yu, L. [CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (LPICM), Ecole Polytechnique (France); Proskuryakov, Yu. [University of Liverpool, Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy (United Kingdom); Shtrom, I. V.; Timofeeva, M. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg Academic University-Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (Russian Federation); Samsonenko, Yu. B.; Khrebtov, A. I.; Cirlin, G. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2013-06-15

    Arrays of GaAs:Be nanowires are synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(111)B substrates. Prototypes of photovoltaic converters in which the grown nanowire arrays are used as active layers are produced by means of successive photolithography, etching, and metallization processes. Studying the photovoltaic properties of the fabricated structures using a solar radiation simulator demonstrates that the solarenergy conversion efficiency is about 0.1%. The value of the efficiency recalculated with the area occupied by the p-type nanowires on the surface of the n-type GaAs substrate taken into account amounts to 1.1%.

  8. Remanence Properties and Magnetization Reversal Mechanism of Fe Nanowire Arrays

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    WANG Jian-Bo; LIU Qing-Fang; XUE De-Sheng; LI Fa-Shen

    2004-01-01

    @@ Remanence properties and magnetization reversal mechanism of Fe nanowire arrays with diameters 16 nm and130nm are studied. Isothermal remanent magnetization curves show that the contribution of irreversible magnetization decreases when the diameter changes from 16nm to 130nm. The remanence coercivities of these nanowires obtained in dc-demagnetization curve are about 2400 Oe and 800 Oe, respectively. The magnetization reversal mechanism is different in these two samples. For the nanowire array with diameter 16nm, both the nucleation and the pinning have effects on magnetization reversal mechanism, and the pinning field (about 2500Oe) is larger than the nucleation field (about 2200 Oe). However, for the nanowire array with diameter 130nm,the magnetization reversal mechanism is dominated by the pinning effect of domain walls.

  9. Laser Modified ZnO/CdSSe Core-Shell Nanowire Arrays for Micro-Steganography and Improved Photoconduction

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    Lu, Junpeng; Liu, Hongwei; Zheng, Minrui; Zhang, Hongji; Lim, Sharon Xiaodai; Tok, Eng Soon; Sow, Chorng Haur

    2014-09-01

    Arrays of ZnO/CdSSe core/shell nanowires with shells of tunable band gaps represent a class of interesting hybrid nanomaterials with unique optical and photoelectrical properties due to their type II heterojunctions and chemical compositions. In this work, we demonstrate that direct focused laser beam irradiation is able to achieve localized modification of the hybrid structure and chemical composition of the nanowire arrays. As a result, the photoresponsivity of the laser modified hybrid is improved by a factor of ~3. A 3D photodetector with improved performance is demonstrated using laser modified nanowire arrays overlaid with monolayer graphene as the top electrode. Finally, by controlling the power of the scanning focused laser beam, micropatterns with different fluorescence emissions are created on a substrate covered with nanowire arrays. Such a pattern is not apparent when imaged under normal optical microscopy but the pattern becomes readily revealed under fluorescence microscopy i.e. a form of Micro-Steganography is achieved.

  10. Solution processed semiconductor alloy nanowire arrays for optoelectronic applications

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    Shimpi, Paresh R.

    In this dissertation, we use ZnO nanowire as a model system to investigate the potential of solution routes for bandgap engineering in semiconductor nanowires. Excitingly, successful Mg-alloying into ZnO nanowire arrays has been achieved using a two-step sequential hydrothermal method at low temperature (green-yellow-red band (˜400-660 nm) increased whereas intensity of NBE UV peak decreased and completely got quenched. This might be due to interface diffusion of oxidized Si (SiOx) and formation of (Zn,Mg)1.7SiO4 epitaxially overcoated around individual ZnMgO nanowire. On the other hand, ambient annealed ZnMgO nanowires grown on quartz showed a ˜6-10 nm blue-shift in NBE UV emission, indicating significantly enhanced inter-diffusion of Mg into ZnO nanowires in this oxygen-rich environment. The successfully developed solution process for semiconductor nanowires alloying has few advantages in low cost, large yield, environmental friendliness and low reaction temperature. This solution processed ZnMgO nanowire arrays could provide a new class of nanoscale building blocks for various optoelectronic devices in UV lighting and visible solar energy harvesting.

  11. Magnetic moment distributions in α-Fe nanowire array

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    LI; Fashen; (李发伸); REN; Liyuan; (任立元); NIU; Ziping; (牛紫平); WANG; Haixin; (王海新); WANG; Tao; (王涛)

    2003-01-01

    α-Fe nanowire array has been electrodeposited into anodic aluminum oxide template. The magnetic moment distributions, in the interior and near the extremities of α-Fe nanowire with 60 nm in diameter, have been studied by means of transmission Mossbauer spectroscopy (MS), conversion electron Mossbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and micromagnetic simulation. Transmission Mossbauer spectrum (MS) shows that the magnetic moments, inside the α-Fe nanowire array, are well parallel to nanowire, while conversion electron Mossbauer spectrum (CEMS) reveals that the magnetic moments, near the extremities of nanowire, diverge from the long axis of wire, and the average diverging angle calculated by the intensity ratio ofthe 2,5 peaks is about 24.0°. Moreover, the magnetic moment distributions of different depths to the top of wire are counted using micromagnetic simulation, which indicates that, the interior magnetic moments are strictly parallel to nanowire, and the closer the magnetic moment to the top of wire, the larger the diverging angle. Magnetic measurement shows that this α-Fe nanowire array represents a strong magnetic anisotropy.

  12. Electrochemical Fabrication of Pd-Ag Alloy Nanowire Arrays in Anodic Alumina Oxide Template

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    Erhong YUE; Gang YU; Yuejun OUYANG; Baicheng WENG; Weiwei SI; Liyuan YE

    2008-01-01

    The synthesis of Pd-Ag alloy nanowires in nanopores of porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by electrochemical deposition technique was reported.Pd-Ag alloy nanowires with 16%-25% Ag content are expected to serve as candidates of useful nanomaterials for the hydrogen sensors.Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersed X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were employed to characterize the morphologies and compositions of the Pd-Ag nanowires.X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the phase properties of the Pd-Ag nanowires.Pd-Ag alloy nanowire arrays with 17.28%-23.76% Ag content have been successfully fabricated by applying potentials ranging from -0.8 to -1.0 V (vs SCE).The sizes of the alloy nanowires are in agreement with the diameter of AAO nanopores.The underpotential deposition of Ag+ on Pd and Au plays an important role in producing an exceptionally high Ag content in the alloy.Alloy compositions can still be controlled by adjusting the ion concentration ratio of Pd2+ and Ag+ and the electrodeposition processes.XRD shows that nanowires obtained are in the form of alloy of Pd and Ag.

  13. Reversal modes in FeCoNi nanowire arrays: Correlation between magnetostatic interactions and nanowires length

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    Samanifar, S. [Department of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan, 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Almasi Kashi, M., E-mail: almac@kashanu.ac.ir [Department of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan, 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan, 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ramazani, A. [Department of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan, 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan, 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Alikhani, M. [Department of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan, 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    FeCoNi nanowire arrays (175 nm in diameter and lengths ranging from 5 to 40 μm) were fabricated into nanopores of hard-anodized aluminum oxide templates using pulsed ac electrodeposition technique. Increasing the length had no considerable effect on the composition and crystalline characteristics of Fe{sub 47}Co{sub 38}Ni{sub 15} nanowires (NWs). By eliminating the dendrites formed at the bottom of the pores, we report a careful investigation on the effect of magnetostatic interactions on magnetic properties and the effect of nanowire length on reversal modes. Hysteresis loop measurements indicated that increasing the length decreases coercivity and squareness values. On the other hand, first-order reversal curve measurements show a linear correlation between the magnetostatic interactions and length of NWs. Comparing reversal modes of the NWs both experimentally and theoretically using angular dependence of coercivity, we find that when L≤22 μm, a vortex domain wall mode is only occurred. When L>22 μm, a non-monotonic behavior indicates a transition from the vortex to transverse domain wall propagation. As a result, a critical length was found above which the transition between the reversal modes is occurred due the enhanced interactions. The transition angle also shifts toward a lower angle as the length increases. Moreover, with increasing length from 22 to 31 μm, the single domain structure of NWs changes to a pseudo single domain state. A multidomain-like behavior is also found for the longest NWs length. - Highlights: • Fabrication of long and uniform FeCoNi NWs into hard-anodized AAO templates. • Investigation of morphology, crystalline and compositional characteristics. • Performing a careful investigation on the magnetic properties of NWs. • Obtaining a linear correlation between magnetostatic interactions and NWs length. • A critical length above which a transition between reversal modes is occurred.

  14. Fabrication and green emission of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2009-01-01

    Well-aligned single-crystalline wurzite zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays were successfully fabricated on a Si substrate by a simple physical vapor-deposition (PVD) method at a relatively low temperature of about 500℃. The as-fabricated nanowires were preferentially arranged along the [001] direction of ZnO. The photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanowire arrays showed two emission bands: a strong green emission at around 500 nm and a weak ultraviolet emission at 380 nm. The strong green light emission was related to the existence of the oxygen vacancies in ZnO crystals. Corresponding growth mecha- nism of the ZnO nanowires was briefly discussed.

  15. Anomalous polarization conversion in arrays of ultrathin ferromagnetic nanowires

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    Stashkevich, Andrey A.; Roussigné, Yves; Poddubny, Alexander N.; Chérif, S.-M.; Zheng, Y.; Vidal, Franck; Yagupov, Ilya V.; Slobozhanyuk, Alexei P.; Belov, Pavel A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2015-12-01

    We study the optical properties of arrays of ultrathin cobalt nanowires by means of the Brillouin scattering of light on magnons. We employ the Stokes/anti-Stokes scattering asymmetry to probe the circular polarization of a local electric field induced inside nanowires by linearly polarized light waves. We observe the anomalous polarization conversion of the opposite sign than that in a bulk medium or thick nanowires with a great enhancement of the degree of circular polarization attributed to the unconventional refraction in a nanowire medium. A rigorous simulation of the electric field polarization as a function of the wire diameter and spacing reveals the reversed polarization for a thin sparse wire array, in full quantitative agreement with experimental results.

  16. Indium antimonide nanowires arrays for promising thermoelectric converters

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    Gorokh G. G.

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The authors have theoretically substantiated the possibility to create promising thermoelectric converters based on quantum wires. The calculations have shown that the use of quantum wires with lateral dimensions smaller than quantum confinement values and high concentration and mobility of electrons, can lead to a substantial cooling of one of the contacts up to tens of degrees and to the heating of the other. The technological methods of manufacturing of indium antimonide nanowires arrays with high aspect ratio of the nanowire diameters to their length in the modified nanoporous anodic alumina matrixes were developed and tested. The microstructure and composition of the formed nanostructures were investigated. The electron microscopy allowed establishing that within each pore nanowires are formed with diameters of 35 nm and a length of 35 microns (equal to the matrix thickness. The electron probe x-ray microanalysis has shown that the atomic ratio of indium and antimony in the semiconductor nanostructures amounted to 38,26% and 61,74%, respectively. The current-voltage measurement between the upper and lower contacts of Cu/InSb/Cu structure (1 mm2 has shown that at 2.82 V negative voltage at the emitter contact, current density is 129,8 A/cм2, and the collector contact is heated up to 75 degrees during 150 sec. Thus, the experimental results confirmed the theoretical findings that the quantum wire systems can be used to create thermoelectric devices, which can be widely applied in electronics, in particular, for cooling integrated circuits (processors, thermal controlling of the electrical circuits by changing voltage value.

  17. Fabrication and optical properties of platinum nanowire arrays on anodic aluminium oxide templates

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    高铁仁; 陈子瑜; 彭勇; 李发伸

    2002-01-01

    Arrays of Pt nanowires, fabricated by electrodepositing Pt metal into nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO)templates, exhibit a preferable optical absorption band in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectra and present a blueshift as the wire aspect ratio increases or its radius decreases. This type of optical property of Pt nanowire/porous alumina composites has been theoretically explored using Maxwell-Garnett (MG) effective medium theory. The MG theory,however, is only applicable to nanowires with an infinitesimally small radius relative to the wavelength of an incident light. The nanowire radius is controlled by the pore radius of the host alumina, which depends on anodizing conditions such as the selected electrolyte, anodizing time, temperature and voltage. The nanowire aspect ratios depend on the amount of Pt deposited into the nanopores of AAO films. The optical absorption properties of the arrays of Pt nanowires with diameters of 24, 55 and 90nm have been investigated by the UV-VIS spectra, which show that the extinction maximum (λmax) shifts to shorter wavelength side as the wire aspect ratio increases or its radius decreases.The results are qualitatively consistent with those calculated based on the MG theory.

  18. Ordered Mesostructured CdS Nanowire Arrays with Rectifying Properties

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    Yuan Na

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Highly ordered mesoporous CdS nanowire arrays were synthesized by using mesoporous silica as hard template and cadmium xanthate (CdR2 as a single precursor. Upon etching silica, mesoporous CdS nanowire arrays were produced with a yield as high as 93 wt%. The nanowire arrays were characterized by XRD, N2adsorption, TEM, and SEM. The results show that the CdS products replicated from the mesoporous silica SBA-15 hard template possess highly ordered hexagonal mesostructure and fiber-like morphology, analogous to the mother template. The current–voltage characteristics of CdS nanoarrays are strongly nonlinear and asymmetrical, showing rectifying diode-like behavior.

  19. Preparation and characterization of fully separated gold nanowire arrays

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    Siegel, Jakub, E-mail: jakub.siegel@vscht.cz [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Heitz, Johannes [Institute of Applied Physics, Johannes Kepler University, 4040 Linz (Austria); Reznickova, Alena; Svorcik, Vaclav [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of laterally ordered separated Au nanowire arrays on PET is presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The process is based on evaporation of Au on PET template in glancing angle geometry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Resulting nanowires are organized in parallel arrays of approximately 2500 wires. - Abstract: We reported on the development of an unconventional approach for the physical synthesis of laterally ordered self-organized arrays of well-separated metallic nanowires supported on nanostructured dielectric templates. The method, combining nanoscale patterning of the polyethylene terephthalate substrate by polarized light of excimer laser with glancing angle deposition of the gold, provides an interesting alternative to lithography-based nanopatterning approaches. Separation of individual nanowires is manifested by anisotropy of their electrical properties. Focused ion beam equipped scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that the resulting nanowires were organized in parallel arrays of approximately 2500 wires with an average length of about 1000 {mu}m and uniform width of about 150 nm.

  20. Optical Sensing with Simultaneous Electrochemical Control in Metal Nanowire Arrays

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    Janos Vörös

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This work explores the alternative use of noble metal nanowire systems in large-scale array configurations to exploit both the nanowires’ conductive nature and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR. The first known nanowire-based system has been constructed, with which optical signals are influenced by the simultaneous application of electrochemical potentials. Optical characterization of nanowire arrays was performed by measuring the bulk refractive index sensitivity and the limit of detection. The formation of an electrical double layer was controlled in NaCl solutions to study the effect of local refractive index changes on the spectral response. Resonance peak shifts of over 4 nm, a bulk refractive index sensitivity up to 115 nm/RIU and a limit of detection as low as 4.5 × 10−4 RIU were obtained for gold nanowire arrays. Simulations with the Multiple Multipole Program (MMP confirm such bulk refractive index sensitivities. Initial experiments demonstrated successful optical biosensing using a novel form of particle-based nanowire arrays. In addition, the formation of an ionic layer (Stern-layer upon applying an electrochemical potential was also monitored by the shift of the plasmon resonance.

  1. Crystallographic alignment of high-density gallium nitride nanowire arrays.

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    Kuykendall, Tevye; Pauzauskie, Peter J; Zhang, Yanfeng; Goldberger, Joshua; Sirbuly, Donald; Denlinger, Jonathan; Yang, Peidong

    2004-08-01

    Single-crystalline, one-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures are considered to be one of the critical building blocks for nanoscale optoelectronics. Elucidation of the vapour-liquid-solid growth mechanism has already enabled precise control over nanowire position and size, yet to date, no reports have demonstrated the ability to choose from different crystallographic growth directions of a nanowire array. Control over the nanowire growth direction is extremely desirable, in that anisotropic parameters such as thermal and electrical conductivity, index of refraction, piezoelectric polarization, and bandgap may be used to tune the physical properties of nanowires made from a given material. Here we demonstrate the use of metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) and appropriate substrate selection to control the crystallographic growth directions of high-density arrays of gallium nitride nanowires with distinct geometric and physical properties. Epitaxial growth of wurtzite gallium nitride on (100) gamma-LiAlO(2) and (111) MgO single-crystal substrates resulted in the selective growth of nanowires in the orthogonal [1\\[Evec]0] and [001] directions, exhibiting triangular and hexagonal cross-sections and drastically different optical emission. The MOCVD process is entirely compatible with the current GaN thin-film technology, which would lead to easy scale-up and device integration.

  2. ZnO nanowire arrays with and without cavity tops

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    Li Hongyu; Quan Baogang; Tang Haoying; Guo Chuanfei [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Jiang Peng, E-mail: pjiang@nanoctr.cn [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Yu Aifang [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Xie Sishen, E-mail: ssxie@aphy.iphy.ac.cn [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100190 (China); Wang Zhonglin, E-mail: zhong.wang@mse.gatech.edu [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245 (United States)

    2011-10-03

    Highlights: {yields} ZnO NW array structure was formed on a ZnO-seed-layer-patterned Si substrate. {yields} Both e-beam lithography and a wet chemical method were employed. {yields} A bubble-assisted method was used for constructing ZnO nanowire arrays with cavity tops. {yields} ZnO NW array structures with different morphologies exhibited different photoluminescence properties. - Abstract: We report a new bubble-assisted growing and etching method for constructing ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with cavity tops. Firstly, a ZnO NW array structure was formed on a ZnO-seed-layer-patterned Si substrate by combining e-beam lithography and a wet chemical method. Secondly, a new kind of ZnO NW array with cavity tops could be formed by a subsequent bubble-assisted growing and etching. These ZnO NW array structures with different morphologies exhibited different photoluminescence properties, showing their potential applications in lasing cavities, stimulated emitters, nanogenerator, photocatalysis and light-emitting diodes. The bubble-assisted etching method will open a new door for morphology design of ZnO and other semiconductor nanowire arrays at special sites.

  3. Smooth Nanowire/Polymer Composite Transparent Electrodes

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    Gaynor, Whitney

    2011-04-29

    Smooth composite transparent electrodes are fabricated via lamination of silver nanowires into the polymer poly-(4,3-ethylene dioxythiophene): poly(styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The surface roughness is dramatically reduced compared to bare nanowires. High-efficiency P3HT:PCBM organic photovoltaic cells can be fabricated using these composites, reproducing the performance of cells on indium tin oxide (ITO) on glass and improving the performance of cells on ITO on plastic. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Phonon spectroscopy in a Bi2Te3 nanowire array

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    Bessas, Dimitrios; Töllner, William; Aabdin, Zainul; Peranio, Nicola; Sergueev, Ilya; Wille, Hans-Christian; Eibl, Oliver; Nielsch, Kornelius; Hermann, Raphaël P.

    2013-10-01

    The lattice dynamics in an array of 56 nm diameter Bi2Te3 nanowires embedded in a self-ordered amorphous alumina membrane were investigated microscopically using 125Te nuclear inelastic scattering. The element specific density of phonon states is measured on nanowires in two perpendicular orientations and the speed of sound is extracted. Combined high energy synchrotron radiation diffraction and transmission electron microscopy was carried out on the same sample and the crystallinity was investigated. The nanowires grow almost perpendicular to the c-axis, partly with twinning. The average speed of sound in the 56 nm diameter Bi2Te3 nanowires is ~7% smaller with respect to bulk Bi2Te3 and a decrease in the macroscopic lattice thermal conductivity by ~13% due to nanostructuration and to the reduced speed of sound is predicted.

  5. Si nanowire arrays as anodes in Li ion batteries

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    Foell, H.; Hartz, H.; Ossei-Wusu, E.; Carstensen, J.; Riemenschneider, O. [Institute for Materials Science, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Germany)

    2010-02-15

    Si nanowires can incorporate large amounts of Li without fracturing and are thus prime candidates for anodes in Li ion batteries. Anodes made from Si nanowires offer a specific capacity per gram more then 10 times larger than the present graphite standard. It is shown how optimized Si nanowire arrays embedded in Cu can be produced in a relatively simple way employing macropore etching in Si followed by chemical etching and Cu galvanic deposition. First tests of these arrays in half-cells and batteries demonstrated a substantially increased capacity, small irreversible losses and cycle stability. In particular more than 60 charge/discharge cycles could be realized without loss of capacity. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Photovoltaic properties of Zr(x)Ti(1-x)O2 solid solution nanowire arrays.

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    Gu, Xuehui; Liu, Guohua; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Haifeng; Zhou, Jingran; Guo, Wenbin; Chen, Yu; Ruan, Shengping

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, Zr(0.05Ti(0.95)O2 solid solution nanowire arrays (NWs) were prepared by a low temperature hydrothermal method. The as-prepared NWs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. With the doping of Zr content, the band gap of the composite can be varied in a wide range and excellent photoelectric properties of the arrays could be obtained. Moreover, a preliminary study on the photoelectric properties was conducted, which indicates potential applications of the arrays for fabricating high performance ultraviolet photodetectors.

  7. Effect of composition and annealing on electrodeposited CoxPt1-X nanowires

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    Khatri, Manvendra Singh; Agarwal, Shivani; Hsu, Jen-Hwa; Chien, Chia-Hua; Chen, Cheng-Lung; Chen, Yang-Yuan

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered CoxPt1-x (x ≤ 0.82) magnetic nanowire arrays of 60 nm diameter have been fabricated successfully by electrodeposition process into the pores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. Electrodeposition process has been used as it is one of the simplest and most inexpensive, easily controlled method for the synthesis of nanowires.It was found that deposition potential is a key factor to control the composition and thus the magnetic properties of the nanowires. The as-deposited CoxPt1-x nanowires were characterized by XRD to have fcc structure with preferred orientation of (111) or (001) along the nanowire. Co-rich nanowires exhibit ferromagnetic behavior in contrast to near superparamagnetic response of the Pt-rich nanowires. Upon annealing the effects of crystallization cause the decrease of anisotropy along the wire axis for Co82Pt18 nanowires due to the increase of magnetocrystalline anisotropy perpendicular to the wire axis. In the next phase of our work segmented CoPtP/Pt multilayers nanowires will be deposited within the AAO template. Such multilayers nanowires are expected to have the high anisotropy due to the formation of ordered Co-Pt alloy phase at the interface.

  8. Magnetically aligned polymer-nanowire composites for solar energy harvesting

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    Majewski, Pawel; Pelligra, Candice; Osuji, Chinedum

    2013-03-01

    We present a solution-based approach of producing aligned arrays of ZnO nanowire-polythiophene composites for photovoltaic applications. We employ a two-step hierarchical self-assembly to maximize the efficiency of electron and hole transport in the system. First, we coat the wires with the polymer utilizing nanowire surface-directed crystallization and alignment of the polymer backbones along the long axes of the wires, then we employ magnetic fields to direct the assembly of the composites into the ordered arrays. We present quantitative SAXS data taken in-situ during the alignment process addressing the influence of paramagnetic doping level of ZnO and the magnetic field strength on the quality of the alignment. We compare the electrical conductivity of the aligned arrays of the composites to non-aligned ones and discuss the possible degree of conductivity enhancement upon the alignment in this and in analogous systems. This work is funded by the NSF under DMR-0847534 and DMR-0934520

  9. Anisotropic Magnetization in Arrays of Coupled Ni Nanowires

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    李涛; 杨绍光; 黄礼胜; 顾本喜; 都有为

    2004-01-01

    Arrays of Ni nanowires with different wire diameters were prepared by electrodepositing the corresponding material into cylindrical pores of anodic alumina templates. A transition of the easy magnetization direction has been observed from the wire axis to the transverse direction when the wire diameter increases. It is analytically obtained that this phenomenon is mainly originated from the competition of shape anisotropy and the magnetostatic coupling among the Ni wires. Based on dipolar interaction model, numerical calculation is performed to study the interaction among the nanowires, and the result is in agreement with the experimental data.

  10. Silicon nanowire arrays as learning chemical vapour classifiers

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    Niskanen, A O; Colli, A; White, R; Li, H W; Spigone, E; Kivioja, J M, E-mail: antti.niskanen@nokia.com [Nokia Research Center, Broers Building, 21 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)

    2011-07-22

    Nanowire field-effect transistors are a promising class of devices for various sensing applications. Apart from detecting individual chemical or biological analytes, it is especially interesting to use multiple selective sensors to look at their collective response in order to perform classification into predetermined categories. We show that non-functionalised silicon nanowire arrays can be used to robustly classify different chemical vapours using simple statistical machine learning methods. We were able to distinguish between acetone, ethanol and water with 100% accuracy while methanol, ethanol and 2-propanol were classified with 96% accuracy in ambient conditions.

  11. New Applications of Electrochemically Produced Porous Semiconductors and Nanowire Arrays

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    Leisner Malte

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The growing demand for electro mobility together with advancing concepts for renewable energy as primary power sources requires sophisticated methods of energy storage. In this work, we present a Li ion battery based on Si nanowires, which can be produced reliable and cheaply and which shows superior properties, such as a largely increased capacity and cycle stability. Sophisticated methods based on electrochemical pore etching allow to produce optimized regular arrays of nanowires, which can be stabilized by intrinsic cross-links, which serve to avoid unwanted stiction effects and allow easy processing.

  12. Composition and bandgap-graded semiconductor alloy nanowires.

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    Zhuang, Xiujuan; Ning, C Z; Pan, Anlian

    2012-01-03

    Semiconductor alloy nanowires with spatially graded compositions (and bandgaps) provide a new material platform for many new multifunctional optoelectronic devices, such as broadly tunable lasers, multispectral photodetectors, broad-band light emitting diodes (LEDs) and high-efficiency solar cells. In this review, we will summarize the recent progress on composition graded semiconductor alloy nanowires with bandgaps graded in a wide range. Depending on different growth methods and material systems, two typical nanowire composition grading approaches will be presented in detail, including composition graded alloy nanowires along a single substrate and those along single nanowires. Furthermore, selected examples of applications of these composition graded semiconductor nanowires will be presented and discussed, including tunable nanolasers, multi-terminal on-nanowire photodetectors, full-spectrum solar cells, and white-light LEDs. Finally, we will make some concluding remarks with future perspectives including opportunities and challenges in this research area.

  13. Angular dependence of the coercivity in arrays of ferromagnetic nanowires

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    Holanda, J. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife 50670-901, PE (Brazil); Silva, D.B.O. [Pós-Graduação em Ciência de Materiais, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife 50670-901, PE (Brazil); Padrón-Hernández, E., E-mail: padron@df.ufpe.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife 50670-901, PE (Brazil); Pós-Graduação em Ciência de Materiais, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife 50670-901, PE (Brazil)

    2015-03-15

    We present a new magnetic model for polycrystalline nanowires arrays in porous anodic aluminum oxide. The principal consideration here is the crystalline structure and the morphology of the wires and them the dipolar interactions between the crystals into the wire. Other aspect here is the direct calculation of the dipolar energy for the interaction of one wire with the others in the array. The free energy density was formulated for polycrystalline nanowires arrays in order to determinate the anisotropy effective field. It was using the microstructure study by scanning and transmission electron microscopy for the estimation of the real structure of the wires. After the structural analysis we used the angular dependences for the coercivity field and for the remnant magnetization to determine the properties of the wires. All analysis were made by the theory treatment proposed by Stoner and Wohlfarth.

  14. Fabrication of Carbon Nanowire Arrays Using Inhomogeneous Dissolution-Diffusion Kinetics and Photoresist Pyrolysis.

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    Gao, Kunpeng; Zhu, Zhuanghui; Yan, Jinyi; Liao, Lingying; Cheng, Ji; Li, Gang; Jin, Qinghui; Zhao, Jianlong

    2015-09-01

    We report a simple and efficient method to fabricate carbon nanowire (CNW) arrays with precise locations and spatial arrangements. This method is based on a phenomenon in photoresist (PR) development that if the exposed posts are close-spaced they are linked by some undissolved resist filaments. Pyrolysis made the residual resist filaments to shrink and form CNWs under an inert atmosphere. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) showed that these nanowires had orderly arrangement and precise location. The formation of the CNWs was studied by simulation and experiment, which indicated the nanowire was influenced by the thickness of PR, the spacing distance between exposed posts, the diameter of posts and the developing time. We also investigated the composition and electrical properties of the resultant CNWs. The results showed that the CNW had characteristics of p type semiconductor.

  15. On-Demand Fabrication of Si/SiO2 Nanowire Arrays by Nanosphere Lithography and Subsequent Thermal Oxidation.

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    Cao, Huaxiang; Li, Xinhua; Zhou, Bukang; Chen, Tao; Shi, Tongfei; Zheng, Jianqiang; Liu, Guangqiang; Wang, Yuqi

    2017-12-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of the large-area arrays of vertically aligned Si/SiO2 nanowires with full tunability of the geometry of the single nanowires by the metal-assisted chemical etching technique and the following thermal oxidation process. To fabricate the geometry controllable Si/SiO2 nanowire (NW) arrays, two critical issues relating with the size control of polystyrene reduction and oxide thickness evolution are investigated. Through analyzing the morphology evolutions of polystyrene particles, we give a quantitative description on the diameter variations of polystyrene particles with the etching time of plasma etching. Based on this, pure Si NW arrays with controllable geometry are generated. Then the oxide dynamic of Si NW is analyzed by the extended Deal-Grove model. By control, the initial Si NWs and the thermal oxidation time, the well-aligned Si/SiO2 composite NW arrays with controllable geometry are obtained.

  16. On-Demand Fabrication of Si/SiO2 Nanowire Arrays by Nanosphere Lithography and Subsequent Thermal Oxidation

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    Cao, Huaxiang; Li, Xinhua; Zhou, Bukang; Chen, Tao; Shi, Tongfei; Zheng, Jianqiang; Liu, Guangqiang; Wang, Yuqi

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of the large-area arrays of vertically aligned Si/SiO2 nanowires with full tunability of the geometry of the single nanowires by the metal-assisted chemical etching technique and the following thermal oxidation process. To fabricate the geometry controllable Si/SiO2 nanowire (NW) arrays, two critical issues relating with the size control of polystyrene reduction and oxide thickness evolution are investigated. Through analyzing the morphology evolutions of polystyrene particles, we give a quantitative description on the diameter variations of polystyrene particles with the etching time of plasma etching. Based on this, pure Si NW arrays with controllable geometry are generated. Then the oxide dynamic of Si NW is analyzed by the extended Deal-Grove model. By control, the initial Si NWs and the thermal oxidation time, the well-aligned Si/SiO2 composite NW arrays with controllable geometry are obtained.

  17. Nanowire array photovoltaics: Radial disorder versus design for optimal efficiency

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    Sturmberg, Björn C P; Botten, Lindsay C; Asatryan, Ara A; Poulton, Christopher G; McPhedran, Ross C; de Sterke, C Martijn

    2014-01-01

    Solar cell designs based on disordered nanostructures tend to have higher efficiencies than structures with uniform absorbers, though the reason is poorly understood. To resolve this, we use a semi-analytic approach to determine the physical mechanism leading to enhanced efficiency in arrays containing nanowires with a variety of radii. We use our findings to systematically design arrays that outperform randomly composed structures. An ultimate efficiency of 23.75% is achieved with an array containing 30% silicon, an increase of almost 10% over a homogeneous film of equal thickness.

  18. A versatile method to grow localized arrays of nanowires for highly sensitive capacitive devices

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    Antohe, V.A.; Radu, A.; Yunus, S.

    2008-01-01

    We propose a new approach to increase the detection efficiency of the capacitive sensing devices, by growing vertically aligned nanowires arrays, localized and confined on small interdigited electrodes structures. The metallic tracks are made using optical lithography, and the nanowires are reali......We propose a new approach to increase the detection efficiency of the capacitive sensing devices, by growing vertically aligned nanowires arrays, localized and confined on small interdigited electrodes structures. The metallic tracks are made using optical lithography, and the nanowires...

  19. Numerical calculation of magnetization behavior for Co nanowire array

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    ZHONG Ke-hua; HUANG Zhi-gao; CHEN Zhi-gao; FENG Qian; YANG Yan-min

    2008-01-01

    Based on Monte Carlo method,the hysteresis loops for both individual Co nanowires and their array were simulated,and the influence of the strength of the dipolar interaction on the macroscopical magnetic properties of Co nanowire array was investigated.The simulated results indicate that the coercivity approximately increases linearly with the increase of the strength coeffcient of the dipolar interaction.The interwire dipole interaction between wires tends to develop a magnetic easy axis perpendicular to the wire axis.In the magnetic reversal process,competition between the interwire dipolar interaction and the shape anisotropy of individual wires which forces the moments to orient along the axis makes the magnetic reversal of the array different from that of individual wire.For applied field parallel to wire axis,the coercivity of nanowire array increases rapidly with the increase of the nearest-neighbor interwire distance,and approximately increases linearly with the increase of the strength coefficient of the dipolar interaction for the fixed diameter and the nearest-neighbor interwire distance.While for applied field perpendicular to wire axis,in contrast,the coercivity decreases with increasing the nearest-neighbor interwire distance,and nearly remains a constant with the increase of the strength coefficient of the dipolar interaction.

  20. Dendritic Heterojunction Nanowire Arrays for High-Performance Supercapacitors

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    Zou, Rujia; Zhang, Zhenyu; Yuen, Muk Fung; Hu, Junqing; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun

    2015-01-01

    Herein, we designed and synthesized for the first time a series of 3D dendritic heterojunction arrays on Ni foam substrates, with NiCo2S4 nanowires as cores and NiCo2O4, NiO, Co3O4, and MnO2 nanowires as branches, and studied systematically their electrochemical performance in comparison with their counterparts in core/shell structure. Attributed to the following reasons: (1) both core and branch are pseudocapacitively active materials, (2) the special dendritic structure with considerable inter-nanowire space enables easy access of electrolyte to the core and branch surfaces, and (3) the highly conductive NiCo2S4 nanowire cores provide ``superhighways'' for charge transition, NiCo2S4-cored dendritic heterojunction electrodes synergistically lead to ultrahigh specific capacitance, good rate capability, and excellent cycling life. These results of core/branch dentritic heterojunction arrays is universially superior to their core/shell conterparts, thus this is a significant improvement of overall electrochemical performance.

  1. Fivefold Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Properties of ZnO Nanowire Arrays Modified with C3N4 Quantum Dots

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    Hao Yang

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A facile and effective growing strategy of graphite-like carbon nitride quantum dots (CNQDs modified on ZnO nanowire array composite electrodes has been successfully designed and prepared for the first time. The remarkable quantum enhanced properties were carefully studied by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS, UV-vis diffuse reflectance, PEC performance, and photocatalytic hydrogen production, and the results were in good agreement. Fivefold enhanced photoelectrochemical performances of this novel hierarchical hetero-array prepared in this paper compared with pure ZnO nanowire arrays were obtained under UV-light. The effect was attributed to the remarkable charge separation between CNQDs and ZnO nanowire arrays. Additional investigations revealed that the particular structure of CNQDs/ZnO composites contributed to the separation of a photon-generation carrier and an enhanced photoelectric current. Moreover, the absorption edge of CNQD-modified ZnO nanowire arrays was slightly broadened, and the diameter was reduced as well. The photoelectrochemistry hydrogen evolution splitting water using simulated solar irradiation exhibited the foreground of a possible application of a mechanism of photoelectrochemistry hydrogen evolution over CNQDs/ZnO composite electrodes.

  2. Vertically aligned WO₃ nanowire arrays grown directly on transparent conducting oxide coated glass: synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Su, Jinzhan; Feng, Xinjian; Sloppy, Jennifer D; Guo, Liejin; Grimes, Craig A

    2011-01-12

    Photocorrosion stable WO(3) nanowire arrays are synthesized by a solvothermal technique on fluorine-doped tin oxide coated glass. WO(3) morphologies of hexagonal and monoclinic structure, ranging from nanowire to nanoflake arrays, are tailored by adjusting solution composition with growth along the (001) direction. Photoelectrochemical measurements of illustrative films show incident photon-to-current conversion efficiencies higher than 60% at 400 nm with a photocurrent of 1.43 mA/cm(2) under AM 1.5G illumination. Our solvothermal film growth technique offers an exciting opportunity for growth of one-dimensional metal oxide nanostructures with practical application in photoelectrochemical energy conversion.

  3. Magnetic hysteresis in small-grained Co{sub x}Pd{sub 1−x} nanowire arrays

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    Viqueira, M.S. [Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba (Argentina); Instituto de Física Enrique Gaviola – CONICET (Argentina); Pozo-López, G. [Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba (Argentina); Instituto de Física Enrique Gaviola – CONICET (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Urreta, S.E., E-mail: urreta@famaf.unc.edu.ar [Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba (Argentina); Condó, A.M. [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica – Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Cornejo, D.R. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, 05508-900 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); and others

    2015-11-15

    Co–Pd nanowires with small grain size are fabricated by AC electrodeposition into hexagonally ordered alumina pores, 20–35 nm in diameter and about 1 µm long. The effects of the alloy composition, the nanowire diameter and the grain size on the hysteresis properties are considered. X-ray diffraction indicates that the nanowires are single phase, a fcc Co–Pd solid solution; electron microscopy results show that they are polycrystalline, with randomly oriented grains (7–12 nm), smaller than the wire diameter. Nanowire arrays are ferromagnetic, with an easy magnetization axis parallel to the nanowire long axis. Both, the coercive field and the loop squareness monotonously increase with the Co content and with the grain size, but no clear correlation with the wire diameter is found. The Co and Co-rich nanowire arrays exhibit coercive fields and reduced remanence values quite insensitive to temperature in the range 4 K–300 K; on the contrary, in Pd-rich nanowires both magnitudes are smaller and they largely increase during cooling below 100 K. These behaviors are systematized by considering the strong dependences displayed by the magneto-crystalline anisotropy and the saturation magnetostriction on composition and temperature. At low temperatures the effective anisotropy value and the domain-wall width to grain size ratio drastically change, promoting less cooperative and harder nucleation modes. - Highlights: • Polycrystalline Co–Pd nanowires, 20–35 nm diameter, 5–12 nm grain size are synthesized. • Coercivity (14–80 mT) and squareness mainly depend on composition and grain size. • Different contributions to the effective anisotropy are considered. • Strong temperature and composition dependence of the nucleation localization is found.

  4. Transport of fast electrons in a nanowire array with collisional effects included

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    Li, Boyuan; Zhang, Zhimeng; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Bo; Zhao, Zongqing; Shan, Lianqiang; Zhou, Weimin; Zhang, Baohan [Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, Laser Fusion Research Center, China Academy of Engineering Physics, 621900 Mianyang (China); Cao, Lihua [Center for Applied physics and Technology, HEDPs, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Gu, Yuqiu, E-mail: yqgu@caep.ac.cn [Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, Laser Fusion Research Center, China Academy of Engineering Physics, 621900 Mianyang (China); Center for Applied physics and Technology, HEDPs, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2015-12-15

    The transport of picosecond laser generated fast electrons in a nanowire array is studied with two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. Our simulations show that a fast electron beam is initially guided and collimated by strong magnetic filaments in the array. Subsequently, after the decomposition of the structure of nanowire array due to plasma expansion, the beam is still collimated by the resistive magnetic field. An analytical model is established to give a criterion for long-term beam collimation in a nanowire array; it indicates that the nanowire cell should be wide enough to keep the beam collimated in picosecond scale.

  5. Near-unity broadband absorption designs for semiconducting nanowire arrays via localized radial mode excitation.

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    Fountaine, Katherine T; Kendall, Christian G; Atwater, Harry A

    2014-05-05

    We report design methods for achieving near-unity broadband light absorption in sparse nanowire arrays, illustrated by results for visible absorption in GaAs nanowires on Si substrates. Sparse (unity absorption at wire resonant wavelengths due to coupling into 'leaky' radial waveguide modes of individual wires and wire-wire scattering processes. From a detailed conceptual development of radial mode resonant absorption, we demonstrate two specific geometric design approaches to achieve near unity broadband light absorption in sparse nanowire arrays: (i) introducing multiple wire radii within a small unit cell array to increase the number of resonant wavelengths, yielding a 15% absorption enhancement relative to a uniform nanowire array and (ii) tapering of nanowires to introduce a continuum of diameters and thus resonant wavelengths excited within a single wire, yielding an 18% absorption enhancement over a uniform nanowire array.

  6. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Properties of Porous Silicon Nanowire Arrays

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    Wang Yan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Herein, we prepare vertical and single crystalline porous silicon nanowires (SiNWs via a two-step metal-assisted electroless etching method. The porosity of the nanowires is restricted by etchant concentration, etching time and doping lever of the silicon wafer. The diffusion of silver ions could lead to the nucleation of silver nanoparticles on the nanowires and open new etching ways. Like porous silicon (PS, these porous nanowires also show excellent photoluminescence (PL properties. The PL intensity increases with porosity, with an enhancement of about 100 times observed in our condition experiments. A “red-shift” of the PL peak is also found. Further studies prove that the PL spectrum should be decomposed into two elementary PL bands. The peak at 850 nm is the emission of the localized excitation in the nanoporous structure, while the 750-nm peak should be attributed to the surface-oxidized nanostructure. It could be confirmed from the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analyses. These porous SiNW arrays may be useful as the nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  7. GaN Nanowire Arrays for High-Output Nanogenerators

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    Huang, Chi-Te

    2010-04-07

    Three-fold symmetrically distributed GaN nanowire (NW) arrays have been epitaxially grown on GaN/sapphire substrates. The GaN NW possesses a triangular cross section enclosed by (0001), (2112), and (2112) planes, and the angle between the GaN NW and the substrate surface is ∼62°. The GaN NW arrays produce negative output voltage pulses when scanned by a conductive atomic force microscope in contact mode. The average of piezoelectric output voltage was about -20 mV, while 5-10% of the NWs had piezoelectric output voltages exceeding -(0.15-0.35) V. The GaN NW arrays are highly stable and highly tolerate to moisture in the atmosphere. The GaN NW arrays demonstrate an outstanding potential to be utilized for piezoelectric energy generation with a performance probably better than that of ZnO NWs. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  8. Toward optimized light utilization in nanowire arrays using scalable nanosphere lithography and selected area growth.

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    Madaria, Anuj R; Yao, Maoqing; Chi, Chunyung; Huang, Ningfeng; Lin, Chenxi; Li, Ruijuan; Povinelli, Michelle L; Dapkus, P Daniel; Zhou, Chongwu

    2012-06-13

    Vertically aligned, catalyst-free semiconducting nanowires hold great potential for photovoltaic applications, in which achieving scalable synthesis and optimized optical absorption simultaneously is critical. Here, we report combining nanosphere lithography (NSL) and selected area metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (SA-MOCVD) for the first time for scalable synthesis of vertically aligned gallium arsenide nanowire arrays, and surprisingly, we show that such nanowire arrays with patterning defects due to NSL can be as good as highly ordered nanowire arrays in terms of optical absorption and reflection. Wafer-scale patterning for nanowire synthesis was done using a polystyrene nanosphere template as a mask. Nanowires grown from substrates patterned by NSL show similar structural features to those patterned using electron beam lithography (EBL). Reflection of photons from the NSL-patterned nanowire array was used as a measure of the effect of defects present in the structure. Experimentally, we show that GaAs nanowires as short as 130 nm show reflection of <10% over the visible range of the solar spectrum. Our results indicate that a highly ordered nanowire structure is not necessary: despite the "defects" present in NSL-patterned nanowire arrays, their optical performance is similar to "defect-free" structures patterned by more costly, time-consuming EBL methods. Our scalable approach for synthesis of vertical semiconducting nanowires can have application in high-throughput and low-cost optoelectronic devices, including solar cells.

  9. Characterization and Optical Properties of the Single Crystalline SnS Nanowire Arrays

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    Yue GH

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The SnS nanowire arrays have been successfully synthesized by the template-assisted pulsed electrochemical deposition in the porous anodized aluminum oxide template. The investigation results showed that the as-synthesized nanowires are single crystalline structures and they have a highly preferential orientation. The ordered SnS nanowire arrays are uniform with a diameter of 50 nm and a length up to several tens of micrometers. The synthesized SnS nanowires exhibit strong absorption in visible and near-infrared spectral region and the direct energy gapE gof SnS nanowires is 1.59 eV.

  10. Synthesis, Magnetic Anisotropy and Optical Properties of Preferred Oriented Zinc Ferrite Nanowire Arrays

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    Xu Yan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Preferred oriented ZnFe2O4 nanowire arrays with an average diameter of 16 nm were fabricated by post-annealing of ZnFe2 nanowires within anodic aluminum oxide templates in atmosphere. Selected area electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction exhibit that the nanowires are in cubic spinel-type structure with a [110] preferred crystallite orientation. Magnetic measurement indicates that the as-prepared ZnFe2O4 nanowire arrays reveal uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, and the easy magnetization direction is parallel to the axis of nanowire. The optical properties show the ZnFe2O4 nanowire arrays give out 370–520 nm blue-violet light, and their UV absorption edge is around 700 nm. The estimated values of direct and indirect band gaps for the nanowires are 2.23 and 1.73 eV, respectively.

  11. Multi-spectral optical absorption in substrate-free nanowire arrays

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    Zhang, Junpeng; Chia, Andrew; Boulanger, Jonathan; LaPierre, Ray, E-mail: lapierr@mcmaster.ca [Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7 (Canada); Dhindsa, Navneet; Khodadad, Iman; Saini, Simarjeet [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2014-09-22

    A method is presented of fabricating gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanowire arrays of controlled diameter and period by reactive ion etching of a GaAs substrate containing an indium gallium arsenide (InGaP) etch stop layer, allowing the precise nanowire length to be controlled. The substrate is subsequently removed by selective etching, using the same InGaP etch stop layer, to create a substrate-free GaAs nanowire array. The optical absorptance of the nanowire array was then directly measured without absorption from a substrate. We directly observe absorptance spectra that can be tuned by the nanowire diameter, as explained with rigorous coupled wave analysis. These results illustrate strong optical absorption suitable for nanowire-based solar cells and multi-spectral absorption for wavelength discriminating photodetectors. The solar-weighted absorptance above the bandgap of GaAs was 94% for a nanowire surface coverage of only 15%.

  12. Mechanical characterization of magnetic nanowire-polydimethylsiloxane composites

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    Keshoju, K.; Sun, L.

    2009-01-01

    One-dimensional magnetic nanowires have been introduced into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to form polymer based nanocomposites. In contrast to the conventional nanofillers such as carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, nanoparticles, and layer-structured materials, these well-defined anisotropic metallic nanowires are highly conductive and have much weaker van der Waals interactions. Moreover, composition modulation can be introduced along the wire axis to achieve multifunctionalities. Incorporation of magnetic segment(s) to the nanowire makes it possible to use external magnetic field to manipulate the distribution and alignment of nanowires when they are suspended in liquids. To characterize the mechanical responses of the nanowire-elastomer composite, an approach using microscale rulers has been developed to improve the resolution of strain measurement. Mechanical strengthening effects in PDMS composites with randomly and aligned nickel nanowires have been investigated.

  13. Controlled Growth of Platinum Nanowire Arrays on Sulfur Doped Graphene as High Performance Electrocatalyst

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    Wang, Rongyue; Higgins, Drew C.; Hoque, Md Ariful; Lee, DongUn; Hassan, Fathy; Chen, Zhongwei

    2013-01-01

    Graphene supported Pt nanostructures have great potential to be used as catalysts in electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies; however the simultaneous control of Pt morphology and dispersion, along with ideally tailoring the physical properties of the catalyst support properties has proven very challenging. Using sulfur doped graphene (SG) as a support material, the heterogeneous dopant atoms could serve as nucleation sites allowing for the preparation of SG supported Pt nanowire arrays with ultra-thin diameters (2–5 nm) and dense surface coverage. Detailed investigation of the preparation technique reveals that the structure of the resulting composite could be readily controlled by fine tuning the Pt nanowire nucleation and growth reaction kinetics and the Pt-support interactions, whereby a mechanistic platinum nanowire array growth model is proposed. Electrochemical characterization demonstrates that the composite materials have 2–3 times higher catalytic activities toward the oxygen reduction and methanol oxidation reaction compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst. PMID:23942256

  14. Subwavelength Plasmonic Lattice Solitons in Arrays of Metallic Nanowires

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    Ye, Fangwei; Hu, Bambi; Panoiu, Nicolae C

    2010-01-01

    We predict theoretically that stable subwavelength plasmonic lattice solitons (PLSs) are formed in arrays of metallic nanowires embedded in a nonlinear medium. The tight confinement of the guiding modes of the metallic nanowires, combined with the strong nonlinearity induced by the enhanced field at the metal surface, provide the main physical mechanisms for balancing the wave diffraction and the formation of PLSs. As the conditions required for the formation of PLSs are satisfied in a variety of plasmonic systems, we expect these nonlinear modes to have important applications to subwavelength nanophotonics. In particular, we show that the subwavelength PLSs can be used to optically manipulate with nanometer accuracy the power flow in ultracompact photonic systems.

  15. The effect of substrate on magnetic properties of Co/Cu multilayer nanowire arrays

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    Ren Yong; Wang Jian-Bo; Liu Qing-Fang; Han Xiang-Hua; Xue De-Sheng

    2009-01-01

    Ordered Co/Cu multilayer nanowire arrays have been fabricated into anodic aluminium oxide templates with Ag and Cu substrate by direct current electrodeposition.This paper studies the morphology,structure and magnetic properties by transmission electron microscopy,selective area electron diffraction,x-ray diffraction,and vibrating sample magnetometer.X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that both as-deposited nanowire arrays films exhibit face-centred cubic structure.Magnetic measurements indicate that the easy magnetization direction of Co/Cu multilayer nanowire arrays films on Ag substrate is perpendicular to the long axis of nanowire,whereas the easy magnetization direction of the sample with Cu substrate is parallel to the long axis of nanowire.The change of easy magnetization direction attributed to different substrates,and the magnetic properties of the nanowire arrays are discussed.

  16. Coordinated organogel templated fabrication of silver/polypyrrole composite nanowires

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    Bo Tian Li; Li Ming Tang; Kai Chen; Yu Xia; Xin Jin

    2011-01-01

    A new method to fabricate metal/conducting polymer composite nanowires is presented by taking silver/polypyrrole composite nanowires as an example.A silver (Ⅰ)-coordinated organogel as template was prepared firstly,and redox-polymerization of pyrrole took place on the gel fiber,giving product of silver/polypyrrole nanowires.The silver/polypyrrole nanowires were characterized by multiple techniques.This strategy could be carried out in one-step procedure at room temperature,and it proves the utility of coordinated organogels in template synthesis of polymer nanostructures.

  17. Preparation and magnetic properties of Fe0.3Co0.7 nanowire array

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    Qin Donghuan; Guo Yun; Li Hulin

    2006-01-01

    Fe0.3Co0.7 nanowire arrays were prepared by electrodeposition into the porous anodic aluminum oxide templates.The change of magnetic characteristic of the array with the diameter and heat treatment was investigated.It was found that the vertical magnetic anisotropy would drop lineally with the increase of the array diameter.Annealing can improve the coercively of the nanowire arrays.Coercivity as high as 3000 Oe was obtained in the sample annealing at 500℃.Magnetic properties of nanowire arrays may be developed to ultra-high-density recording on the quantum disk.

  18. Electrochemical fabrication of CdS/Co nanowire arrays in porous aluminum oxide templates

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    Yoon, C H

    2002-01-01

    A procedure for preparing semiconductor/metal nanowire arrays is described, based on a template method which entails electrochemical deposition into nanometer-wide parallel pores of anodic aluminum oxide films on aluminum. Aligned CdS/Co heterostructured nanowires have been prepared by ac electrodeposition in the anodic aluminum oxide templates. By varying the preparation conditions, a variety of CdS/Co nanowire arrays were fabricated, whose dimensional properties could be adjusted.

  19. Statistical magnetometry on isolated NiCo nanowires and nanowire arrays: a comparative study

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    Sergelius, Philip; Garcia Fernandez, Javier; Martens, Stefan; Zocher, Michael; Böhnert, Tim; Vega Martinez, Victor; de la Prida, Victor Manuel; Görlitz, Detlef; Nielsch, Kornelius

    2016-04-01

    The first-order reversal curve (FORC) method can be used to extract information about the interaction and switching field distribution of ferromagnetic nanowire arrays, yet it remains challenging to acquire reliable values. Within ordered pores of anodic alumina templates we electrochemically synthesize eight different Ni x Co1-x samples with x varying between 0.05 and 1. FORC diagrams are acquired using vibrating sample magnetometry. By dissolving the template and using the magneto-optical Kerr effect, we measure the hysteresis loops of up to 100 different and isolated nanowires for each sample to gain precise information about the intrinsic switching field distribution. Values of the interaction field are extracted from a deshearing of the major hysteresis loop. We present a comparative study between all methods in order to evaluate and reinforce current FORC theory with experimental findings.

  20. 2D and 3D ordered arrays of Co magnetic nanowires

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    Garcia, J. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Prida, V.M., E-mail: vmpp@uniovi.es [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Vega, V. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Rosa, W.O. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud, 150 Urca., 22290-180 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Caballero-Flores, R.; Iglesias, L.; Hernando, B. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Asturias (Spain)

    2015-06-01

    Cobalt nanowire arrays spatially distributed in 2D and 3D arrangements have been performed by pulsed electrodeposition into the pores of planar and cylindrical nanoporous anodic alumina membranes, respectively. Morphological characterization points out the good filling factor reached by electroplated Co nanowires in both kinds of alumina membranes exhibiting hexagonally self-ordered porous structures. Co nanowires grown in both kinds of alumina templates exhibit the same crystalline phases. DC magnetometry and First Order Reversal Curve (FORC) analysis were carried out in order to determine the overall magnetic behavior for both nanowire array geometries. It is found that when the Co nanowires of two kinds of arrays are perpendicularly magnetized, both hysteresis loops are identical, suggesting that neither the intrinsic magnetic behavior of the nanowires nor the collective one depend on the arrays geometry. FORC analysis performed along the radial direction of the Co nanowire arrays embedded in the cylindrical alumina template reveals that the contribution of each nanowire to the magnetization reversal process involves its specific orientation with respect to the applied field direction. Furthermore, the comparison between the magnetic properties for both kinds of Co nanowire arrays allows discussing about the effect of the cylindrical geometry of the template on the magnetostatic interaction among nanowires. - Graphical abstract: Scanning electronic microscope images of cylindrical anodic aluminum membranes (CAAM) electrodeposited with Co nanowires. From top, SEM micrographs of the nanoporous CAAM template at different magnifications, to bottom at the left, a cross-section image showing Co nanowires embedded in the nanopores of the alumina template. On the right at the bottom are shown the radial and axial hysteresis loops together FORC diagram obtained for the Co nanowires array along the radial direction of the CAAM template. - Highlights: • Co nanowire

  1. Monolithic electrically injected nanowire array edge-emitting laser on (001) silicon

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    Frost, Thomas

    2014-08-13

    A silicon-based laser, preferably electrically pumped, has long been a scientific and engineering goal. We demonstrate here, for the first time, an edge-emitting InGaN/GaN disk-in-nanowire array electrically pumped laser emitting in the green (λ = 533 nm) on (001) silicon substrate. The devices display excellent dc and dynamic characteristics with values of threshold current density, differential gain, T0 and small signal modulation bandwidth equal to 1.76 kA/cm2, 3 × 10-17 cm2, 232 K, and 5.8 GHz respectively under continuous wave operation. Preliminary reliability measurements indicate a lifetime of 7000 h. The emission wavelength can be tuned by varying the alloy composition in the quantum disks. The monolithic nanowire laser on (001)Si can therefore address wide-ranging applications such as solid state lighting, displays, plastic fiber communication, medical diagnostics, and silicon photonics. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  2. Combined flame and electrodeposition synthesis of energetic coaxial tungsten-oxide/aluminum nanowire arrays.

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    Dong, Zhizhong; Al-Sharab, Jafar F; Kear, Bernard H; Tse, Stephen D

    2013-09-11

    A nanostructured thermite composite comprising an array of tungsten-oxide (WO2.9) nanowires (diameters of 20-50 nm and lengths of >10 μm) coated with single-crystal aluminum (thickness of ~16 nm) has been fabricated. The method involves combined flame synthesis of tungsten-oxide nanowires and ionic-liquid electrodeposition of aluminum. The geometry not only presents an avenue to tailor heat-release characteristics due to anisotropic arrangement of fuel and oxidizer but also eliminates or minimizes the presence of an interfacial Al2O3 passivation layer. Upon ignition, the energetic nanocomposite exhibits strong exothermicity, thereby being useful for fundamental study of aluminothermic reactions as well as enhancing combustion characteristics.

  3. Struetural and Magnetic Properties of Electrodeposited Ni70Fe30 Nanowire Array

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    XU Jinxia; WANG Keyu

    2008-01-01

    Ordered Ni70Fe30 nanowire array was fabricated in a porous alumina template by altemating current electrodeDositiOn.The structural and magnetic properties of the as-obtained nanowire array were investigated by SEM,TEM,XRD,EDS and VSM.The results indicate that the as-obtained Ni70Fe30 nanowires exhibit a diameter of about 69.9 nm and aspect ratio of more than 60.Meanwhile,a preferred orientation[110]of bcc lattice was observed.The as-obtained nanowire array has an obvious magnetic anisotropy,of which the easy direction is perpendicular to the surface of the array.Moreover,after annealed,the Ni70Fe30 nanowire array exhibits an enhanced magnetic anisotropy.

  4. Cell membrane conformation at vertical nanowire array interface revealed by fluorescence imaging

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    Berthing, Trine; Bonde, Sara; Rostgaard, Katrine R.; Hannibal Madsen, Morten; Sørensen, Claus B.; Nygård, Jesper; Martinez, Karen L.

    2012-10-01

    The perspectives offered by vertical arrays of nanowires for biosensing applications in living cells depend on the access of individual nanowires to the cell interior. Recent results on electrical access and molecular delivery suggest that direct access is not always obtained. Here, we present a generic approach to directly visualize the membrane conformation of living cells interfaced with nanowire arrays, with single nanowire resolution. The method combines confocal z-stack imaging with an optimized cell membrane labelling strategy which was applied to HEK293 cells interfaced with 2-11 μm long and 3-7 μm spaced nanowires with various surface coatings (bare, aminosilane-coated or polyethyleneimine-coated indium arsenide). We demonstrate that, for all commonly used nanowire lengths, spacings and surface coatings, nanowires generally remain enclosed in a membrane compartment, and are thereby not in direct contact with the cell interior.

  5. Synthesis and magnetic properties of Fe100-xMox alloy nanowire arrays

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    Gao Hua; Gao Da-Qiang; Xue De-Sheng

    2011-01-01

    The Fe100-xMox (13≤ x≤ 25) alloy nanowire arrays are synthesized by electrodeposition of Fe2+and Mo2+ with different ionic ratios into the anodic aluminum oxide templates. The crystals of Fe100-xMox alloy nanowires gradually change from polycrystalline phase to amorphous phase with the increase of the Mo content and the nanowires are of amorphous structure when the Mo content reaches 25 at%, which are revealed by the X-ray diffraction and the selected area electron diffraction patterns. As the Mo content increases, the magnetic hysteresis loops of Fe100-xMox alloy nanowires in parallel to the nanowire axis are not rectangular and the slopes of magnetic hysteresis loops increase.Those results indicate that the magnetostatic interactions between nanowires and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy both have significant influences on the magnetization reversal process of the nanowire arrays.

  6. Rapid Synthesis of Thin and Long Mo17O47 Nanowire-Arrays in an Oxygen Deficient Flame

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    Allen, Patrick; Cai, Lili; Zhou, Lite; Zhao, Chenqi; Rao, Pratap M.

    2016-06-01

    Mo17O47 nanowire-arrays are promising active materials and electrically-conductive supports for batteries and other devices. While high surface area resulting from long, thin, densely packed nanowires generally leads to improved performance in a wide variety of applications, the Mo17O47 nanowire-arrays synthesized previously by electrically-heated chemical vapor deposition under vacuum conditions were relatively thick and short. Here, we demonstrate a method to grow significantly thinner and longer, densely packed, high-purity Mo17O47 nanowire-arrays with diameters of 20–60 nm and lengths of 4–6 μm on metal foil substrates using rapid atmospheric flame vapor deposition without any chamber or walls. The atmospheric pressure and 1000 °C evaporation temperature resulted in smaller diameters, longer lengths and order-of-magnitude faster growth rate than previously demonstrated. As explained by kinetic and thermodynamic calculations, the selective synthesis of high-purity Mo17O47 nanowires is achieved due to low oxygen partial pressure in the flame products as a result of the high ratio of fuel to oxidizer supplied to the flame, which enables the correct ratio of MoO2 and MoO3 vapor concentrations for the growth of Mo17O47. This flame synthesis method is therefore a promising route for the growth of composition-controlled one-dimensional metal oxide nanomaterials for many applications.

  7. Ultra-long metal nanowire arrays on solid substrate with strong bonding

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    Chen Lan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Ultra-long metal nanowire arrays with large circular area up to 25 mm in diameter were obtained by direct electrodeposition on metalized Si and glass substrates via a template-based method. Nanowires with uniform length up to 30 μm were obtained. Combining this deposition process with lithography technology, micrometre-sized patterned metal nanowire array pads were successfully fabricated on a glass substrate. Good adhesion between the patterned nanowire array pads and the substrate was confirmed using scanning acoustic microscopy characterization. A pull-off tensile test showed strong bonding between the nanowires and the substrate. Conducting atomic force microscopy (C-AFM measurements showed that approximately 95% of the nanowires were electrically connected with the substrate, demonstrating its viability to use as high-density interconnect.

  8. Spectroscopic investigations of arrays containing vertically and horizontally aligned silicon nanowires

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    Volpati, Diogo; Mårtensson, Niklas; Anttu, Nicklas; Viklund, Per; Sundvall, Christian; Åberg, Ingvar; Bäckström, Joakim; Olin, Håkan; Björk, Mikael T.; Castillo-Leon, Jaime

    2016-12-01

    The properties of nanowire arrays have been investigated mainly in comparison with isolated nanowires or thin films, owing to the difficulty in controlling the nanowire alignment. In this study, we report on arrays containing vertically or horizontally aligned silicon nanowires, whose alignment and structure were determined using x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The Raman spectra of the nanowire arrays differ from those of isolated nanowires because of distinct heat dissipation rates of the absorbed energy from the laser, in agreement with recent theoretical calculations. The tailored alignment of the nanowires on solid substrates up to 1 inch of diameter also enabled the observation of resonance modes associated with light trapped into the nanowires. This was proven by comparing the light absorbed and scattered by the arrays, and may be exploited to enhance light harvesting in tandem solar cells. Significantly, the control of the assembly of nanowire arrays may have a direct impact on bottom-up technologies of high anisotropy nanomaterials.

  9. Alumina Template-Dependant Growth of Cobalt Nanowire Arrays

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    L. Malferrari

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Different electrochemical regimes and porous alumina were applied for template synthesis of cobalt nanowire (nw arrays, revealing several peculiar cases. In contrast to quite uniform filling of sulfuric acid alumina templates by alternating current deposition, nonuniform growth of the Co nw tufts and mushrooms was obtained for the case of oxalic acid templates. We showed herein for the first time that such configurations arise from the spontaneous growth of cobalt nw groups evolving from the cobalt balls at the Al/alumina interface. Nevertheless, the uniform growth of densely packed cobalt nw arrays, up to tens of micrometers in length, was obtained via long-term direct current galvanostatic deposition at low current density using oxalic acid templates one-side coated by conducting layer. The unique point of this regime is the formation of hexagonal lattice Co nws with a preferred (100 growth direction.

  10. Template fabrication of highly ordered arrays of organic semiconductor nanowires

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    Heckel, Christian; Ostendorp, Stefan; Lei, Yong; Wilde, Gerhard [Institut fuer Materialphysik, Muenster (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Porous alumina membrane (PAM) is a widely used template for the fabrication of highly ordered arrays of one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. The structural parameters of the PAMs are adjustable, including the pore diameter and spacing, and the thickness of the membranes. And thus the structures of the 1D nanomaterials prepared using PAMs can be controlled. On the other hand, the investigation of organic semiconductors opens a new field of applications in computer technology like twistable displays or printing integrated circuits. In the current work, these two technologies are combined by depositing organic n-type semiconductors into the pores of PAMs using different synthesizing processes such as molecular evaporation and solution-phase self-assembly. As a result, highly ordered arrays of organic semiconducting wires are obtained within the pores with a diameter of about 50 nm, which indicates that it is possible to fill the pores with organic materials.The properties of these ''filled'' membranes are characterized by measuring the electrical properties of several nanowires pooled together and also of single nanowires by AFM-based methods.

  11. A High-Efficiency Si Nanowire Array/Perovskite Hybrid Solar Cell

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    Yan, Xin; Zhang, Chen; Wang, Jiamin; Zhang, Xia; Ren, Xiaomin

    2017-01-01

    A low-cost Si nanowire array/perovskite hybrid solar cell is proposed and simulated. The solar cell consists of a Si p-i-n nanowire array filled with CH3NH3PbI3, in which both the nanowires and perovskite absorb the incident light while the nanowires act as the channels for transporting photo-generated electrons and holes. The hybrid structure has a high absorption efficiency in a broad wavelength range of 300~800 nm. A large short-circuit current density of 28.8 mA/cm2 and remarkable convers...

  12. Power generation from base excitation of a Kevlar composite beam with ZnO nanowires

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-04-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures such as nanowires, nanorods, and nanotubes with piezoelectric properties have gained interest in the fabrication of small scale power harvesting systems. However, the practical applications of the nanoscale materials in structures with true mechanical strengths have not yet been demonstrated. In this paper, piezoelectric ZnO nanowires are integrated into the fiber reinforced polymer composites serving as an active phase to convert the induced strain energy from ambient vibration into electrical energy. Arrays of ZnO nanowires are grown vertically aligned on aramid fibers through a low-cost hydrothermal process. The modified fabrics with ZnO nanowires whiskers are then placed between two carbon fabrics as the top and the bottom electrodes. Finally, vacuum resin transfer molding technique is utilized to fabricate these multiscale composites. The fabricated composites are subjected to a base excitation using a shaker to generate charge due to the direct piezoelectric effect of ZnO nanowires. Measuring the generated potential difference between the two electrodes showed the energy harvesting application of these multiscale composites in addition to their superior mechanical properties. These results propose a new generation of power harvesting systems with enhanced mechanical properties.

  13. Electrochemical synthesis of highly ordered Ni nanowire arrays through AAO templates

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    LI Mei-jing; LI Xiao-ru; SONG Guo-jun; ZHAO Qing-pei

    2015-01-01

    One-dimensional Ni nanowires arrays were fabricated successfully by the electrochemical deposit in porous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) templates. The microstructure of nanoarrays was respectively observed by scanning electron microscope s (SEM) and transmission electron microscopes (TEM). The results show that the obtained Ni nanowires are arranged orderly and the diameter is about 200nm. Crystallization way was observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that Ni nanowire is face-centered cubic structure.

  14. Polyaniline nanowire array encapsulated in titania nanotubes as a superior electrode for supercapacitors

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    Xie, Keyu; Li, Jie; Lai, Yanqing; Zhang, Zhi'an; Liu, Yexiang; Zhang, Guoge; Huang, Haitao

    2011-05-01

    Conducting polymer with 1D nanostructure exhibits excellent electrochemical performances but a poor cyclability that limits its use in supercapacitors. In this work, a novel composite electrode made of polyaniline nanowire-titania nanotube array was synthesized via a simple and inexpensive electrochemical route by electropolymerizing aniline onto an anodized titania nanotube array. The specific capacitance was as high as 732 F g-1 at 1 A g-1, which remained at 543 F g-1 when the current density was increased by 20 times. 74% of the maximum energy density (36.6 Wh kg-1) was maintained even at a high power density of 6000 W kg-1. An excellent long cycle life of the electrode was observed with a retention of ~86% of the initial specific capacitance after 2000 cycles. The good electrochemical performance was attributed to the unique microstructure of the electrode with disordered PANI nanowire arrays encapsulated inside the TiO2 nanotubes, providing high surface area, fast diffusion path for ions and long-term cycle stability. Such a nanocomposite electrode is attractive for supercapacitor applications.

  15. Resonant absorption in semiconductor nanowires and nanowire arrays: Relating leaky waveguide modes to Bloch photonic crystal modes

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    Fountaine, Katherine T., E-mail: kfountai@caltech.edu [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Whitney, William S. [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Department of Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Atwater, Harry A. [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

    2014-10-21

    We present a unified framework for resonant absorption in periodic arrays of high index semiconductor nanowires that combines a leaky waveguide theory perspective and that of photonic crystals supporting Bloch modes, as array density transitions from sparse to dense. Full dispersion relations are calculated for each mode at varying illumination angles using the eigenvalue equation for leaky waveguide modes of an infinite dielectric cylinder. The dispersion relations along with symmetry arguments explain the selectivity of mode excitation and spectral red-shifting of absorption for illumination parallel to the nanowire axis in comparison to perpendicular illumination. Analysis of photonic crystal band dispersion for varying array density illustrates that the modes responsible for resonant nanowire absorption emerge from the leaky waveguide modes.

  16. Quantum phase-slips in superconducting AlO{sub x} nanowire arrays at microwave frequencies

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    Skacel, Sebastian T.; Pfirrmann, Marco; Voss, Jan N.; Muenzberg, Julian; Radtke, Lucas; Probst, Sebastian; Rotzinger, Hannes [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Weides, Martin [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Mooij, Hans E. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands); Ustinov, Alexey V. [Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Russian Quantum Center, 100 Novaya St., Skolkovo, Moscow region, 143025 (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-01

    Superconducting nanowires in the quantum phase slip (QPS) regime allow to study the flux and phase dynamics in duality to Josephson junction systems. However, due to the vanishing self-capacitance of the nanowires, the microwave response significantly differs. We experimentally study parallel arrays of nanowires which are embedded in a resonant circuit at GHz frequencies. The samples are probed at ultra-low microwave power and applied magnetic field at mK temperatures. The AlO{sub x} nanowires, with a sheet resistance in the kΩ range, are fabricated by sputter deposition of aluminium in a controlled oxygen atmosphere. The wires are defined with conventional electron beam lithography down to a width of approximately 15 nm. We present the fabrication of the nanowire arrays and measurement results for arrays coupled to superconducting microwave resonators.

  17. Fabrication and investigation of regular arrays of Fe, Ni and Co nanowires using template synthesizing technique

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    Winkler, Nina; Lei, Yong; Wilde, Gerhard [Institute of Materials Physics and Center for Nanotechnology, University of Muenster, 48149 Muenster (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Regular arrays of magnetic nanowires with a high aspect ratio have possible applications in high density magnetic recording media. Basic knowledge about magnetism may be obtained from these nanowire arrays as transition of multi-domain to single-domain wires occurs at the nanoscale. Modified Porous Alumina Membranes (PAMs) with pore diameters from 20 to 80 nm are well suited as templates for electrodeposition due to their high pore regularity. The pores of the PAM were filled with nickel, iron, cobalt, and multilayer structures of these metals, resulting in different metallic nanowire arrays. The deposition conditions for growing metallic nanowires are investigated in detail. The homogeneous structure and morphology of the template-prepared nanowire arrays is observed by SEM and TEM. The TEM and X-ray measurements indicate that the crystalline structure is either polycrystalline or amorphous depending on the deposition conditions. The magnetic properties of the nanowire arrays are investigated with vibrating sample magnetometry, which shows a preferential direction of magnetization along the wire axis due to the high aspect ratio of the nanowires. The wire interaction in the array is observed qualitatively with magnetic force microscopy.

  18. Influence of aspect ratio and anisotropy distribution in ordered CoNi nanowire arrays

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    Rosa, W.O., E-mail: wrosa@cbpf.br [Depto. de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007-Oviedo (Spain); Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, R. Dr. Xavier Sigaud, 150 - 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Vivas, L.G. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco 28049-Madrid (Spain); Pirota, K.R. [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 13083-970-Campinas (Brazil); Asenjo, A.; Vazquez, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco 28049-Madrid (Spain)

    2012-11-15

    The size effects on magnetic properties of nanowires arrays were studied varying the nanowires diameter and maintaining the same periodicity among them, for two different nominal compositions of Co and Ni in the alloy form. The competition among magnetocrystalline and shape anisotropies changes drastically from smallest to biggest diameters altering the easy axis direction. In the case of 75% of Co in alloy, experimental values of the effective anisotropy constant (K{sub eff}) vary from positive to negative depending on the diameter, which means a reversal of the easy axis direction. For 50% of Co the shape anisotropy dominates over the magnetocrystalline for all studied diameters. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Highly ordered CoNi nanowire alloys have been produced by electrodeposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrolyte temperature ensures the deposition of CoNi alloys instead of Co and Ni segregated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A competition between shape and magnetocrystalline anisotropies determines the direction of the easy magnetization axis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Analysis of the effective anisotropy gives us information respect to the easy axis modification.

  19. Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays

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    Liu Jian

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondary nanostructures of SiO2 nanowires are highly dense grown on the primary Cd4SiS6 core-SiO2 sheath nanowires and formed hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays which stand vertically on silicon substrates. The possible growth mechanism of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays is proposed. The optical properties of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays are investigated using Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  20. Vertically integrated nanogenerator based on ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Yu, Aifang; Li, Hongyu; Tang, Haoying; Liu, Tengjiao; Jiang, Peng [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, No.11, Beiyitiao Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Zhong Lin [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, No.11, Beiyitiao Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245 (United States)

    2011-04-15

    We report a technique to construct a vertically integrated nanogenerator (VI-NG) based on ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays. The VI-NG consists of nine single NGs connected mixed parallel and serial by a layer-by-layer stacking. For the single layer NG, the peak output voltage and current are 0.045 V and 2.5 nA, respectively. The VI-NG produces an output power density of 2.8 nW/cm{sup 2} with a peak output voltage of 0.15 V and output current of 7.2 nA. The vertical integration of the multi-NG provides a feasible technique for effectively converting mechanical energies to electricity from environment. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. Axially connected nanowire core-shell p-n junctions: a composite structure for high-efficiency solar cells.

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    Wang, Sijia; Yan, Xin; Zhang, Xia; Li, Junshuai; Ren, Xiaomin

    2015-01-01

    A composite nanostructure for high-efficiency solar cells that axially connects nanowire core-shell p-n junctions is proposed. By axially connecting the p-n junctions in one nanowire, the solar spectrum is separated and absorbed in the top and bottom cells with respect to the wavelength. The unique structure of nanowire p-n junctions enables substantial light absorption along the nanowire and efficient radial carrier separation and collection. A coupled three-dimensional optoelectronic simulation is used to evaluate the performance of the structure. With an excellent current matching, a promising efficiency of 19.9% can be achieved at a low filling ratio of 0.283 (the density of the nanowire array), which is much higher than the tandem axial p-n junctions.

  2. Optical meta-films of alumina nanowire arrays for solar evaporation and optoelectronic devices (Conference Presentation)

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    Kim, Kyoungsik; Bae, Kyuyoung; Kang, Gumin; Baek, Seunghwa

    2017-05-01

    Nanowires with metallic or dielectric materials have received considerable interest in many research fields for optical and optoelectronic devices. Metal nanowires have been extensively studied due to the high optical and electrical properties and dielectric nanowires are also investigated owing to the multiple scattering of light. In this research, we report optical meta-films of alumina nanowire arrays with nanometer scale diameters by fabrication method of self-aggregate process. The aluminum oxide nanowires are transparent from ultraviolet to near infrared wavelength regions and array structures have strong diffusive light scattering. We integrate those optical properties from the material and structure, and produce efficient an optical haze meta-film which has high transparency and transmission haze at the same time. The film enhances efficiencies of optical devices by applying on complete products, such as organic solar cells and LEDs, because of an expanded optical path length and light trapping in active layers maintaining high transparency. On the other hands, the meta-film also produces solar steam by sputtering metal on the aluminum oxide nanowire arrays. The nanowire array film with metal coating exhibits ultrabroadband light absorption from ultraviolet to mid-infrared range which is caused by nanofocusing of plasmons. The meta-film efficiently produces water steam under the solar light by metal-coated alumina arrays which have high light-to-heat conversion efficiency. The design, fabrication, and evaluation of our light management platforms and their applications of the meta-films will be introduced.

  3. Field Emission from an Array of Free-standing Metallic Nanowires

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    张耿民; Emmanuel ROY; 刘虹雯; 刘惟敏; 侯士敏; Kui YU-ZHANG; 薛增泉

    2002-01-01

    Arrays of single crystalline gold nanowires were synthesized electrochemically in porous polycarbonate mem-branes. The polycarbonate membrane was then removed to obtain free-standing nanowires for field emissionmeasurements. The turn-on electric field strength for field emission is found to be lower than 2V/μm. The actualelectric field that extracted electrons out of the gold nanowires is estimated to be about 1 03 times higher than thefield directly expected in the model of a parallel plate condenser. The availability of the field emission is thereforeattributed to the strong electric field at the tips resulting from smallcurvature radius of the gold nanowires.

  4. Magnetic optical bifunctional CoPt3/Co multilayered nanowire arrays

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    苏轶坤; 闫志龙; 吴喜明; 刘欢; 任肖; 杨海涛

    2015-01-01

    CoPt3/Co multilayered nanowire (NW) arrays are synthesized by pulsed electrodeposition into nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. The electrochemistry deposition parameters are determined by cyclic voltammetry to realize the well control of the ratio of Co to Pt and the length of every segment. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show that both Co and CoPt3 NWs exhibit face-centered cubic ( f cc) structures. In the UV-visible absorption spectra, CoPt3/Co NW arrays show a red-shift with respect to pure CoPt3NWs. Compared with the pure Co nanowire arrays, the CoPt3/Co multilayered nanowire arrays show a weak shape anisotropy and well-modulated magnetic properties. CoPt3/Co multilayered nanowires are highly encouraging that new families of bimetallic nanosystems may be developed to meet the needs of nanomaterials in emerging multifunctional nanotechnologies.

  5. ZnMgO Nanowire Based Detectors and Detector Arrays Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries (SMI) and partners propose to develop an electrically contacted zinc magnesium oxide (ZnMgO) nanowire array for...

  6. Effect of MWCNT Inclusion in TiO2 Nanowire Array Film on the Photoelectrochemical Performance

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    Menglei Chang; Liangpeng Wu; Xinjun Li; Wei Xu

    2012-01-01

    Rutile TiO2 nanowire array films with multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) inclusion perpendicularly grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. The absorption edges of the TiO2 nanowire array films are blue-shifted with increasing MWCNT content. The resistance of the TiO2 nanowire array film is decreased by MWCNT inclusion. The optimum TiO2/MWCNT molar ratio in the feedstock is 1:0.1. For the TiO2 nanowire array film with MWCNT inclusion served as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), an overall 194% increase of photoelectric conversion efficiency has been achieved.

  7. Application of the anisotropy field distribution method to arrays of magnetic nanowires

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    De La Torre Medina, Joaquin; Darques, Michaël; Piraux, Luc; Encinas, Armando

    2009-01-01

    The applicability of the anisotropy field distribution method and the conditions required for an accurate determination of the effective anisotropy field in arrays of magnetic nanowires have been evaluated. In arrays of magnetic nanowires that behave as ideal uniaxial systems having only magnetostatic contributions to the effective anisotropy field, i.e., shape anisotropy and magnetostatic coupling, the method yields accurate values of the average anisotropy field at low-moderate dipolar coup...

  8. Gravitational level effects on optical properties of electrodeposited ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2008-01-01

    Two types of electrode configurations were employed in order to quantitatively examine the effect of gravitational strength on electrodeposited ZnO nanowire array: (a) a horizontal Cathode surface facing downward over an Anode (C/A) and (b) an Anode over a Cathode (A/C). The former configuration may simulate a quasi-microgravity environment, because macroscopic natural convection is not induced. Free standing ZnO nanowire array was successfully electrodeposited on ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)/FTO (...

  9. Controlled growth of well-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays using the improved hydrothermal method

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    Han Zhitao; Li Sisi; Chu Jinkui; Chen Yong

    2013-01-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanowires were hydrothermally synthesized based on a facile method for preparing the ZnO seed layer which was derived from the combination of a sol-gel process and the spin-coating technique.The effect of the contents of growth solution and the growth duration on the morphology ofZnO nanowires has been investigated.The results indicated that long and vertically aligned ZnO nanowires could be obtained by adjusting the contents of ammonia and polyethyleneimine (PEI) in the growth solution.Under the optimized condition,the length of ZnO nanowires increased fast and almost linearly with the growth duration.After 10 h incubation,ZnO nanowires more than 25μm in length were obtained.By combining the conventional photolithographic method with this hydrothermal approach,long and well-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays were selectively grown on the substrate.In addition,the bottom fusion at the foot of the nanowires has been obviously improved.The results demonstrated that the improved hydrothermal process is favorable to synthesize long and well-aligned ZnO nanowires,and possesses good process compatibility with the conventional photolithographic technique for preparing ZnO nanowire arrays.So it has great potential in applications such as display and field emission devices.

  10. Engineered fabrication of ordered arrays of Au-NiO-Au nanowires

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    Perego, Daniele; Franz, Silvia; Bestetti, Massimiliano; Cattaneo, Laura; Brivio, Stefano; Tallarida, Grazia; Spiga, Sabina

    2013-02-01

    In the present paper, a novel method to fabricate ordered arrays of Au/NiO/Au nanowires is described, with the aim of filling the gap between the fundamental study of the electrical properties of scattered single nanowires and the engineered fabrication of nanowire arrays. This approach mainly consists of the following steps: (a) electrodeposition of Au/Ni/Au nanowires into an ordered porous anodic aluminum oxide template; (b) mechanical polishing of the sample to expose the gold tips of Au/Ni/Au nanowires to the template surface; (c) in situ annealing of the Au/Ni/Au nanowires without removing the template. The resulting structure consists in an ordered array of Au/NiO/Au nanowires slightly protruding out of a flat aluminum oxide template. Unlike current approaches, with the described method it is not necessary to remove the template in order to oxidize the middle metal, thus allowing the availability of an entire set of metal/oxide/metal nanowires ordered in a two-dimensional matrix and where single heterojunctions can be accessed individually.

  11. Engineered fabrication of ordered arrays of Au-NiO-Au nanowires.

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    Perego, Daniele; Franz, Silvia; Bestetti, Massimiliano; Cattaneo, Laura; Brivio, Stefano; Tallarida, Grazia; Spiga, Sabina

    2013-02-01

    In the present paper, a novel method to fabricate ordered arrays of Au/NiO/Au nanowires is described, with the aim of filling the gap between the fundamental study of the electrical properties of scattered single nanowires and the engineered fabrication of nanowire arrays. This approach mainly consists of the following steps: (a) electrodeposition of Au/Ni/Au nanowires into an ordered porous anodic aluminum oxide template; (b) mechanical polishing of the sample to expose the gold tips of Au/Ni/Au nanowires to the template surface; (c) in situ annealing of the Au/Ni/Au nanowires without removing the template. The resulting structure consists in an ordered array of Au/NiO/Au nanowires slightly protruding out of a flat aluminum oxide template. Unlike current approaches, with the described method it is not necessary to remove the template in order to oxidize the middle metal, thus allowing the availability of an entire set of metal/oxide/metal nanowires ordered in a two-dimensional matrix and where single heterojunctions can be accessed individually.

  12. Controlling the Directional Emission of Light by Periodic Arrays of Heterostructured Semiconductor Nanowires

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    Diedenhofen, S.L. [FOM Institute AMOLF, c/o Philips Research, High-Tech Campus 4, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Janssen, O.T.A.; Urbach, H.P. [Optics Research Group, Delft University of Technology, PO Box 5046, 2608 GA Delft (Netherlands); Hocevar, M. [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Quantum Transport, Delft University of Technology, 2600 GA Delft (Netherlands); Pierret, A.; Bakkers, E.P.A.M. [Philips Research Laboratories, High-Tech Campus 4, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Gomez Rivas, J. [Applied Physics, Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2011-07-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the directional emission of light by InAsP segments embedded in InP nanowires. The nanowires are arranged in a periodic array, forming a 2D photonic crystal slab. The directionality of the emission is interpreted in terms of the preferential decay of the photoexcited nanowires and the InAsP segments into Bloch modes of the periodic structure. By simulating the emission of arrays of nanowires with the emitting segments located at different heights, we conclude that the position of this active region strongly influences the directionality and efficiency of the emission. Our results will help to improve the design of nanowire based LEDs and single photon sources.

  13. Controlling the directional emission of light by periodic arrays of heterostructured semiconductor nanowires.

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    Diedenhofen, Silke L; Janssen, Olaf T A; Hocevar, Moïra; Pierret, Aurélie; Bakkers, Erik P A M; Urbach, H Paul; Rivas, Jaime Gómez

    2011-07-26

    We demonstrate experimentally the directional emission of light by InAsP segments embedded in InP nanowires. The nanowires are arranged in a periodic array, forming a 2D photonic crystal slab. The directionality of the emission is interpreted in terms of the preferential decay of the photoexcited nanowires and the InAsP segments into Bloch modes of the periodic structure. By simulating the emission of arrays of nanowires with the emitting segments located at different heights, we conclude that the position of this active region strongly influences the directionality and efficiency of the emission. Our results will help to improve the design of nanowire based LEDs and single photon sources.

  14. A High-Efficiency Si Nanowire Array/Perovskite Hybrid Solar Cell.

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    Yan, Xin; Zhang, Chen; Wang, Jiamin; Zhang, Xia; Ren, Xiaomin

    2017-12-01

    A low-cost Si nanowire array/perovskite hybrid solar cell is proposed and simulated. The solar cell consists of a Si p-i-n nanowire array filled with CH3NH3PbI3, in which both the nanowires and perovskite absorb the incident light while the nanowires act as the channels for transporting photo-generated electrons and holes. The hybrid structure has a high absorption efficiency in a broad wavelength range of 300~800 nm. A large short-circuit current density of 28.8 mA/cm(2) and remarkable conversion efficiency of 13.3% are obtained at a thin absorber thickness of 1.6 μm, which are comparable to the best results of III-V nanowire solar cells.

  15. Investigation on the Tunable-Length Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Shou-Yi Kuo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We had successfully fabricated ZnO-based nanowires by vapor transport method in the furnace tube. ZnO nanowire arrays grown in 600°C for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, and 120 minutes had applied to the dye-sensitized solar cells. The dye loading is proportional to the total equivalent surface area of ZnO nanowire arrays in the cells and plays an important role in improving power conversion efficiency. The highest efficiency was observed in DSSC sample with ZnO nanowires grown for 90 minutes, which had the largest equivalent surface area and also the highest dye loading. According to our experimental results, the enhancement in power conversion efficiency is attributed to the higher light harvesting and reduction of carrier recombination. In addition, ZnO nanowires also contribute to the photocurrent in the UV region.

  16. A High-Efficiency Si Nanowire Array/Perovskite Hybrid Solar Cell

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    Yan, Xin; Zhang, Chen; Wang, Jiamin; Zhang, Xia; Ren, Xiaomin

    2017-01-01

    A low-cost Si nanowire array/perovskite hybrid solar cell is proposed and simulated. The solar cell consists of a Si p-i-n nanowire array filled with CH3NH3PbI3, in which both the nanowires and perovskite absorb the incident light while the nanowires act as the channels for transporting photo-generated electrons and holes. The hybrid structure has a high absorption efficiency in a broad wavelength range of 300 800 nm. A large short-circuit current density of 28.8 mA/cm2 and remarkable conversion efficiency of 13.3% are obtained at a thin absorber thickness of 1.6 μm, which are comparable to the best results of III-V nanowire solar cells.

  17. Development of a zinc oxide nanowire interphase for enhanced structural composites

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    Ehlert, Gregory John

    Continuous fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) form the backbone of the high strength, low density material systems that will be central to the next generation of transportation vehicles. CFRPs, with a compliant matrix between relatively stiff fibers, localize stress at the interface between the two different phases to cause the interface to dominate many bulk material properties. As such, the two phase composite design problem generally has three selections; fiber, matrix and the interface between the two. This work has developed a unique ZnO nanowire interphase to improve the properties of the interface. Whiskerization, the deposition of an array of whiskers on the surface of a fiber, enables enhancement of the interfacial properties by causing fibers to interlock thus allowing the formation of a graded interface to reduce the stress concentration between the two phases. Whiskerization techniques have existed for some time; however ZnO nanowires offer a radical departure from existing technologies because ZnO nanowires can be deposited at low temperatures (90 °C) aqueous solutions. The high performance afforded by ZnO nanowires is documented for the first time in this work. This work will demonstrate the ability of a ZnO nanowire interphase to reinforce the interface of both aramid and carbon fiber composites. The interfacial shear strength of single fiber aramid composites is enhanced by 41% and single carbon fiber composite are improved by 110% with this process. Lamina scale testing on unidirectional carbon fiber composites demonstrates a 37% increase in shear strength and a 38% increase in shear modulus for the affected fibers. Given that ZnO nanowires are grown directly onto the underlying fiber, the interface between the nanowires and fiber will have low surface area and minimal interlocking, which implies that the chemical adhesion of the nanowires is strong. This work develops new functionalization procedures that directly control the interface chemistry

  18. Absorption and transmission of light in III-V nanowire arrays for tandem solar cell applications

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    Anttu, Nicklas; Dagytė, Vilgailė; Zeng, Xulu; Otnes, Gaute; Borgström, Magnus

    2017-05-01

    III-V semiconductor nanowires are a platform for next-generation photovoltaics. An interesting research direction is to embed a nanowire array in a transparent polymer, either to act as a stand-alone flexible solar cell, or to be stacked on top of a conventional Si bottom cell to create a tandem structure. To optimize the tandem cell performance, high energy photons should be absorbed in the nanowires whereas low energy photons should be transmitted to and absorbed in the Si cell. Here, through optical measurements on 1.95 eV bandgap GaInP nanowire arrays embedded in a polymer membrane, we identify two mechanisms that could be detrimental for the performance of the tandem cell. First, the Au particles used in the nanowire synthesis can absorb >50% of the low-energy photons, leading to a 80%. Second, after the removal of the Au particles, a 40% reflectance peak shows up due to resonant back-scattering of light from in-plane waveguide modes. To avoid the excitation of these optical modes in the nanowire array, we propose to limit the pitch of the nanowire array.

  19. A force sensor using nanowire arrays to understand biofilm formation (Conference Presentation)

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    Sahoo, Prasana K.; Cavalli, Alessandro; Pelegati, Vitor B.; Murillo, Duber M.; Souza, Alessandra A.; Cesar, Carlos L.; Bakkers, Erik P. A. M.; Cotta, Monica A.

    2016-03-01

    Understanding the cellular signaling and function at the nano-bio interface can pave the way towards developing next-generation smart diagnostic tools. From this perspective, limited reports detail so far the cellular and subcellular forces exerted by bacterial cells during the interaction with abiotic materials. Nanowire arrays with high aspect ratio have been used to detect such small forces. In this regard, live force measurements were performed ex-vivo during the interaction of Xylella fastidiosa bacterial cells with InP nanowire arrays. The influence of nanowire array topography and surface chemistry on the response and motion of bacterial cells was studied in detail. The nanowire arrays were also functionalized with different cell adhesive promoters, such as amines and XadA1, an afimbrial protein of X.fastidiosa. By employing the well-defined InP nanowire arrays platform, and single cell confocal imaging system, we were able to trace the bacterial growth pattern, and show that their initial attachment locations are strongly influenced by the surface chemistry and nanoscale surface topography. In addition, we measure the cellular forces down to few nanonewton range using these nanowire arrays. In case of nanowire functionalized with XadA1, the force exerted by vertically and horizontally attached single bacteria on the nanowire is in average 14% and 26% higher than for the pristine array, respectively. These results provide an excellent basis for live-cell force measurements as well as unravel the range of forces involved during the early stages of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation.

  20. Sensors and devices containing ultra-small nanowire arrays

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    Xiao, Zhili

    2017-04-11

    A network of nanowires may be used for a sensor. The nanowires are metallic, each nanowire has a thickness of at most 20 nm, and each nanowire has a width of at most 20 nm. The sensor may include nanowires comprising Pd, and the sensor may sense a change in hydrogen concentration from 0 to 100%. A device may include the hydrogen sensor, such as a vehicle, a fuel cell, a hydrogen storage tank, a facility for manufacturing steel, or a facility for refining petroleum products.

  1. Arrays of TiO2 Nanowires as Photoelectrochemical Sensors for Hydrazine Detection

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    Michael Ongaro

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Electrodes based on arrays of TiO2 nanowires were prepared by template sol-gel synthesis with the goal of developing a hydrazine photoelectrochemical sensor. Experimental conditions were chosen so that the gelation reaction occurred inside the nanopores of track-etched polycarbonate membranes, with consequent filling with TiO2 nanowires. Different procedures for the removal of the template were examined, in order to obtain arrays of self-standing TiO2 nanowires. The nanowire arrays were bound to fluorine doped tin oxide substrates to produce handy photoelectrodes. The photocurrent recorded with the photoelectrodes in the presence of hydrazine showed significant dependence on the pollutant concentration. The development of a photoelectrochemical sensor for hydrazine detection in water samples, based on this principle, is presented.

  2. Enhancing four-wave-mixing processes by nanowire arrays coupled to a gold film.

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    Poutrina, Ekaterina; Ciracì, Cristian; Gauthier, Daniel J; Smith, David R

    2012-05-07

    We consider the process of four-wave mixing in an array of gold nanowires strongly coupled to a gold film. Using full-wave simulations, we perform a quantitative comparison of the four-wave mixing efficiency associated with a bare film and films with nanowire arrays. We find that the strongly localized surface plasmon resonances of the coupled nanowires provide an additional local field enhancement that, along with the delocalized surface plasmon of the film, produces an overall four-wave mixing efficiency enhancement of up to six orders of magnitude over that of the bare film. The enhancement occurs over a wide range of excitation angles. The film-coupled nanowire array is easily amenable to nanofabrication, and could find application as an ultra-compact component for integrated photonic and quantum optic systems.

  3. Directed growth of horizontally aligned gallium nitride nanowires for nanoelectromechanical resonator arrays.

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    Henry, Tania; Kim, Kyungkon; Ren, Zaiyuan; Yerino, Christopher; Han, Jung; Tang, Hong X

    2007-11-01

    We report the growth of horizontally aligned arrays and networks of GaN nanowires (NWs) as resonant components in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). A combination of top-down selective area growth (SAG) and bottom-up vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) synthesis enables flexible fabrication of highly ordered nanowire arrays in situ with no postgrowth dispersion. Mechanical resonance of free-standing nanowires are measured, with quality factors (Q) ranging from 400 to 1000. We obtained a Young's modulus (E) of approximately 338 GPa from an array of NWs with varying diameters and lengths. The measurement allows detection of nanowire motion with a rotating frame and reveals dual fundamental resonant modes in two orthogonal planes. A universal ratio between the resonant frequencies of these two fundamental modes, irrespective of their dimensions, is observed and attributed to an isosceles cross section of GaN NWs.

  4. Magnetic properties of ferromagnetic nanowire arrays: Theory and experiment

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    Ghaddar, A; Gieraltowski, J [Laboratoire de Magnetisme de Bretagne, UBO, CNRS-FRE 3117, C. S. 93837 Brest Cedex 3 (France); Gloaguen, F, E-mail: abbas.ghaddar@univ-brest.f [Laboratoire de Chimie, Electrochimie Moleculaire et Chimie Analytique, UBO, CNRS-UMR 6521, C. S. 93837 Brest Cedex 3 (France)

    2010-01-01

    Magnetic nanowires are good candidates for microwave filters, sensors and data storage applications. An investigation of magnetic properties of single-component nanowires as a function of diameter and aspect ratio is performed in this work. Nickel nanowire (with 15 and 100 nm diameter and 6000 nm length) are grown with electrodeposition in polycarbonates templates. Two reversal modes (coherent and curling) are studied versus nanowire diameter. Magnetostatic interaction among wires and its effect on nanowire magnetic properties is also studied. Using vibrating magnetometer (VSM) and X-band ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) experiments at room temperature we infer that the interaction field H{sub c} value may vary significantly and may cause a change of magnetic easy axis orientation along geometrical wire axis (for large diameter) to an easy magnetic plane perpendicular to the nanowire axis (for small diameter).

  5. Controllable synthesis of branched ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical structure.

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    Huang, Shengli; Yang, Qianqian; Yu, Binbin; Li, Dingguo; Zhao, Ruisheng; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2014-01-01

    A rational approach for creating branched ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical structure was developed based on a combination of three simple and cost-effective synthesis pathways. The crucial procedure included growth of crystalline Si nanowire arrays as backbones by chemical etching of Si substrates, deposition of ZnO thin film as a seed layer by magnetron sputtering, and fabrication of ZnO nanowire arrays as branches by hydrothermal growth. The successful synthesis of ZnO/Si heterogeneous nanostructures was confirmed by morphologic, structural, and optical characterizations. The roles of key experimental parameters, such as the etchant solution, the substrate direction, and the seed layer on the hierarchical nanostructure formation, were systematically investigated. It was demonstrated that an etchant solution with an appropriate redox potential of the oxidant was crucial for a moderate etching speed to achieve a well-aligned Si nanowire array with solid and round surface. Meanwhile, the presence of gravity gradient was a key issue for the growth of branched ZnO nanowire arrays. The substrate should be placed vertically or facedown in contrast to the solution surface during the hydrothermal growth. Otherwise, only the condensation of the ZnO nanoparticles took place in a form of film on the substrate surface. The seed layer played another important role in the growth of ZnO nanowire arrays, as it provided nucleation sites and determined the growing direction and density of the nanowire arrays for reducing the thermodynamic barrier. The results of this study might provide insight on the synthesis of hierarchical three-dimensional nanostructure materials and offer an approach for the development of complex devices and advanced applications.

  6. Exploring highly porous Co2P nanowire arrays for electrochemical energy storage

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    Chen, Minghua; Zhou, Weiwei; Qi, Meili; Yin, Jinghua; Xia, Xinhui; Chen, Qingguo

    2017-02-01

    Controllable synthesis of mesoporous conductive metal phosphide nanowire arrays is critical for developing highly-active electrodes of alkaline batteries. Herein we develop a simple combined strategy for rational synthesis of mesoporous Co2P nanowire arrays by hydrothermal-phosphorization method. Free-standing mesoporous Co2P nanowires consisting of interconnected nanoparticles of 10-20 nm grow vertically to the substrate forming arrays. High electrical conductivity and large porosity are obtained in the arrays architecture. When characterized as the cathode of high-rate alkaline batteries, the designed Co2P nanowire arrays are proven with good electrochemical performance with a large capacity (133 mAh g-1 at 1 A g-1), stable cycling life with a capacity retention of almost 100% after 5000 cycles at 10 A g-1 owing to the mesoporous nanowire structure with short ion/electron transport path. Our synthetic approach can be useful for construction of other porous metal phosphide arrays for energy storage and conversion.

  7. Fabrication of electrodeposited Co nanowire arrays with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Ge Shihui E-mail: zhangzz@lzu.edu.cn; Ma Xiao; Li Chao; Li Wei

    2001-05-01

    Co nanowire arrays have been electrodeposited into polycarbonate membranes with nanosized pores at different voltages. By means of X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, vibrating sample magnetometer, their microstructures and magnetic properties were investigated at full length. The sample prepared at -1.2 V, 250 mA/cm{sup 2} shows perpendicular anisotropy, but the one deposited at -1.0V, 125 mA/cm{sup 2} has no perpendicular anisotropy. This different magnetic behavior can be explained from their different microstructures. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction evidence that the former sample is amorphous, and the latter is polycrystalline. In the polycrystalline sample, due to the competition of shape anisotropy and magnetocrystal anisotropy, the sample does not display perpendicular anisotropy. But magnetocrystal anisotropy is very small in amorphous sample, therefore, shape anisotropy plays a dominant role which leads to strong perpendicular anisotropy because of shape anisotropy. Furthermore, applying a magnetic field during deposition, Co grains will preferentially grow with c-axis along the wire axis, which also leads to strong perpendicular anisotropy.

  8. Growth Mechanism and Optimized Parameters to Synthesize Nation-115 Nanowire Arrays with Anodic Aluminium Oxide Membranes as Templates

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    ZHANG Lu; PAN Cao-Feng; ZHU Jing

    2008-01-01

    @@ Nafion-115 nanowire arrays are synthesized with an extrusion method using AAO membranes as templates. It is indicated that the vacuum treating of AAO templates before surface decoration plays an important role in obtaining high filling rate of the Nafion-115 nanowires in the AAO templates, while the concentration of Nafion-115 DMSO solutions does not affect the filling rate greatly. The optimized parameters to synthesize the Nafion-115 nanowire arrays are studied. The filling rate of the Nafion-115 nanowires in the AAO templates synthesized with the optimized parameters is about 95%. The growth mechanism of Nafion-115 nanowires is discussed to qualitatively explain the experimental results.

  9. Synthesis of Fe Doped ZnO Nanowire Arrays that Detect Formaldehyde Gas.

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    Jeon, Yoo Sang; Seo, Hyo Won; Kim, Su Hyo; Kim, Young Keun

    2016-05-01

    Owing to their chemical and thermal stability and doping effects on providing electrons to the conduction band, doped ZnO nanowires have generated interest for use in electronic devices. Here we report hydrothermally grown Fe-doped ZnO nanowires and their gas-sensing properties. The synthesized nanowires have a high crystallinity and are 60 nm in diameter and 1.7 μm in length. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are employed to understand the doping effects on the microstructures and gas sensing properties. When the Fe-doped ZnO nanowire arrays were evaluated for gas sensing, responses were recorded through changes in temperature and gas concentration. Gas sensors consisting of ZnO nanowires doped with 3-5 at.% Fe showed optimum formaldehyde (HCHO) sensing performance at each working temperature.

  10. Fabrication of sub-10 nm metal nanowire arrays with sub-1 nm critical dimension control

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    Pi, Shuang; Lin, Peng; Xia, Qiangfei

    2016-11-01

    Sub-10 nm metal nanowire arrays are important electrodes for building high density emerging ‘beyond CMOS’ devices. We made Pt nanowire arrays with sub-10 nm feature size using nanoimprint lithography on silicon substrates with 100 nm thick thermal oxide. We further studied the critical dimension (CD) evolution in the fabrication procedure and achieved 0.4 nm CD control, providing a viable solution to the imprint lithography CD challenge as specified by the international technology roadmap for semiconductors. Finally, we fabricated Pt/TiO2/Pt memristor crossbar arrays with the 8 nm electrodes, demonstrating great potential in dimension scaling of this emerging device.

  11. A near-infrared 64-pixel superconducting nanowire single photon detector array with integrated multiplexed readout

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    Allman, M. S., E-mail: shane.allman@boulder.nist.gov; Verma, V. B.; Stevens, M.; Gerrits, T.; Horansky, R. D.; Lita, A. E.; Mirin, R.; Nam, S. W. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80305-3328 (United States); Marsili, F.; Beyer, A.; Shaw, M. D. [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, California 91109 (United States); Kumor, D. [Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

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    We demonstrate a 64-pixel free-space-coupled array of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors optimized for high detection efficiency in the near-infrared range. An integrated, readily scalable, multiplexed readout scheme is employed to reduce the number of readout lines to 16. The cryogenic, optical, and electronic packaging to read out the array as well as characterization measurements are discussed.

  12. A Near-Infrared 64-pixel Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector Array with Integrated Multiplexed Readout

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    Allman, M S; Stevens, M; Gerrits, T; Horansky, R D; Lita, A E; Marsili, F; Beyer, A; Shaw, M D; Kumor, D; Mirin, R; Nam, S W

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a 64-pixel free-space-coupled array of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors optimized for high detection efficiency in the near-infrared range. An integrated, readily scalable, multiplexed readout scheme is employed to reduce the number of readout lines to 16. The cryogenic, optical, and electronic packaging to read out the array, as well as characterization measurements are discussed.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of fe Nanowire Arrays by AC Electrodeposition in PAMs

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    Wang, Xuehua; Li, Chengyong; Chen, Gui; Peng, Cai; He, Lei; Yang, Liang

    Fe nanowire arrays were fabricated at lower voltage by alternating current (AC) electrodeposition into the highly ordered nanoholes of the porous alumina membrane (PAM) obtained by two-step anodization in oxalic acid. The morphology, structure and magnetic properties of Fe nanowire arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), respectively. The results indicate that Fe nanowires are about 50 nm in diameter which were accorded with the pores of the PAM, and stabilized in body-centered cubic (bcc) structure with a preferred orientation along (110). The easy magnetization axis is parallel to the axis of the Fe nanowires, while corresponding coercivity and squareness ratio value is 1674.5 Oe and 0.87, respectively.

  14. Micropolarizer of Ordered Ni Nanowire Arrays Embedded in Porous Anodic Alumina Membrane

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    PANG Yan-Tao; MENG Guo-Wen; SHAN Wen-Jun; FANG Qi; ZHANG Li-De

    2003-01-01

    A micropolarizer of nickel nanowire arrays within an anodic alumina membrane (AAM) was fabricated by an-odization of pure Al and electrodeposition of Ni, respectively. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission-electron microscopy reveal that the nanowires are polycrystal and have an average diameter of 70 nm. Spectrophotometer measurements show that the nickel nanowire arrays embedded in the AAM can only transmit polarized light vertical to the wires. An extinction ratio of 25 to 30 dB and an average insertion loss of 1.07dB in the wavelength range of l-2.5fj.rn were obtained, respectively. Thus, Ni nanowire/AAM can be used as a wire grid type micropolarizer.

  15. Fabrication and 8reen emission of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    ZHANG Bin; ZHOU ShaoMin; LIU Bing; GONG HeChun; ZHANG XingTang

    2009-01-01

    Well-aligned single-crystalline wurzite zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays were successfully fabricated on a Si substrate by a simple physical vapor-deposition (PVD) method at a relatively low temperature of about 500℃. The as-fabricated nanowires were preferentially arranged along the [001] direction of ZnO.The photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanowire arrays showed two emission bands: a strong green emission at around 500 nm and a weak ultraviolet emission at 380 nm. The strong green light emission was related to the existence of the oxygen vacancies in ZnO crystals. Corresponding growth mechanism of the ZnO nanowires was briefly discussed.

  16. Fabrication of vertically aligned Pd nanowire array in AAO template by electrodeposition using neutral electrolyte

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    Yüzer Hayrettin

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A vertically aligned Pd nanowire array was successfully fabricated on an Au/Ti substrate using an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO template by a direct voltage electrodeposition method at room temperature using diluted neutral electrolyte. The fabrication of Pd nanowires was controlled by analyzing the current–time transient during electrodeposition using potentiostat. The AAO template and the Pd nanowires were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX methods and X-Ray diffraction (XRD. It was observed that the Pd nanowire array was standing freely on an Au-coated Ti substrate after removing the AAO template in a relatively large area of about 5 cm2, approximately 50 nm in diameter and 2.5 μm in length with a high aspect ratio. The nucleation rate and the number of atoms in the critical nucleus were determined from the analysis of current transients. Pd nuclei density was calculated as 3.55 × 108 cm−2. Usage of diluted neutral electrolyte enables slower growing of Pd nanowires owing to increase in the electrodeposition potential and thus obtained Pd nanowires have higher crystallinity with lower dislocations. In fact, this high crystallinity of Pd nanowires provides them positive effect for sensor performances especially.

  17. Abnormal Photoluminescence Properties of Polycrystalline ZnO Nanowire Arrays Synthesized by Electrodeposition

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    XUE De-Sheng; GONG Yu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Large-scale ZnO nanowire arrays are synthesized by electrodeposition with subsequent heat treatment in atmosphere ambient at 450-650℃. Photoluminescence (PL) is investigated at 295K. Abnormal PL properties of an unusual sharp emission at 485nm and a broad ultraviolet emission which are different from the other works of ZnO PL before are observed. Field emission scanning electronic microscopy and transmission electron microscopy results show that the length of ZnO nanowires is nearly 5μm and their diameter is about 70 nm. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction results reveal that the ZnO nanowires are a polycrystalline structure.

  18. Strain analysis of nanowire interfaces in multiscale composites

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Zhou, Zhi; Spears, John H.; Shankwitz, Timothy J.; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-04-01

    Recently, the reinforcement-matrix interface of fiber reinforced polymers has been modified through grafting nanostructures - particularly carbon nanotubes and ZnO nanowires - on to the fiber surface. This type of interface engineering has made a great impact on the development of multiscale composites that have high stiffness, interfacial strength, toughness, and vibrational damping - qualities that are mutually exclusive to a degree in most raw materials. Although the efficacy of such nanostructured interfaces has been established, the reinforcement mechanisms of these multiscale composites have not been explored. Here, strain transfer across a nanowire interphase is studied in order to gain a heightened understanding of the working principles of physical interface modification and the formation of a functional gradient. This problem is studied using a functionally graded piezoelectric interface composed of vertically aligned lead zirconate titanate nanowires, as their piezoelectric properties can be utilized to precisely control the strain on one side of the interface. The displacement and strain across the nanowire interface is captured using digital image correlation. It is demonstrated that the material gradient created through nanowires cause a smooth strain transfer from reinforcement phase into matrix phase that eliminates the stress concentration between these phases, which have highly mismatched elasticity.

  19. An air gap moderates the performance of nanowire array transistors

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    Yang, Tong; Mehta, Jeremy S.; Mativetsky, Jeffrey M.

    2017-03-01

    Solution-processed nanowires are promising for low-cost and flexible electronics. When depositing nanowires from solution, due to stacking of the nanowires, an air gap exists between the substrate and much of the active material. Here, using confocal Raman spectroscopy, we quantify the thickness of the air gap in transistors comprising organic semiconductor nanowires. The average air gap thickness is found to be unexpectedly large, being at least three times larger than the nanowire diameter, leading to a significant impact on transistor performance. The air gap acts as an additional dielectric layer that reduces the accumulation of charge carriers due to a gate voltage. Conventional determination of the charge carrier mobility ignores the presence of an air gap, resulting in an overestimate of charge carrier accumulation and an underestimate of charge carrier mobility. It is shown that the larger the air gap, the larger the mobility correction (which can be greater than an order of magnitude) and the larger the degradation in on–off current ratio. These results demonstrate the importance of minimizing the air gap and of taking the air gap into consideration when analyzing the electrical performance of transistors consisting of stacked nanowires. This finding is applicable to all types of stacked one-dimensional materials including organic and inorganic nanowires, and carbon nanotubes.

  20. Scalable, epitaxy-free fabrication of super-absorbing sparse III-V nanowire arrays for photovoltaic applications (Conference Presentation)

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    Cheng, Wen-Hui; Fountaine, Katherine T.; Bukowsky, Colton R.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-09-01

    III-V compound semiconductor nanowire arrays are promising candidates for photovoltaics applications due to their high volumetric absorption. Uniform nanowire arrays exhibit high absorption at certain wavelengths due to strong coupling into lossy waveguide modes. Previously, simulations predicted near-unity, broadband absorption in sparse semiconductor nanowire arrays (Polymer-embedded wires are removed from the bulk InP substrate by a mechanical method that facilitates extensive reuse of a single bulk InP wafer to synthesize many polymer-embedded nanowire array thin films. Arrays containing multiple nanowire radii and tapered nanowires were successfully fabricated. For both designs, the polymer-embedded arrays achieved 90% broadband absorption (λ=400-900 nm) in less than 100 nm planar equivalence of InP. The addition of a silver back reflector increased this broadband absorption to 95%. The repeatable process of imprinting, etching and peeling to obtain many nanowire arrays from one single wafer represents an economical manufacturing route for high efficiency III-V photovoltaics. [1] K.T. Fountaine, C.G. Kendall, Harry A. Atwater, "Near-unity broadband absorption designs for semiconducting nanowire arrays via localized radial mode excitation," Opt. Exp. (2014).

  1. Silicon nanowire arrays coupled with cobalt phosphide spheres as low-cost photocathodes for efficient solar hydrogen evolution

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    Bao, Xiao-Qing; Cerqueira, M.F.; Alpuim, P.; Liu, Lifeng

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate the first example of silicon nanowire array photocathodes coupled with hollow spheres of the emerging earth-abundant cobalt phosphide catalysts. Compared to bare silicon nanowire arrays, the hybrid electrodes exhibit significantly improved photoelectrochemical performance toward the solar-driven H2 evolution reaction. L. F. Liu acknowledges the financial support by the FCT Investigator grant (IF/01595/2014).

  2. Silicon nanowire arrays coupled with cobalt phosphide spheres as low-cost photocathodes for efficient solar hydrogen evolution.

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    Bao, Xiao-Qing; Fatima Cerqueira, M; Alpuim, Pedro; Liu, Lifeng

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate the first example of silicon nanowire array photocathodes coupled with hollow spheres of the emerging earth-abundant cobalt phosphide catalysts. Compared to bare silicon nanowire arrays, the hybrid electrodes exhibit significantly improved photoelectrochemical performance toward the solar-driven H2 evolution reaction.

  3. Piezo-Phototronic Enhanced UV Sensing Based on a Nanowire Photodetector Array.

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    Han, Xun; Du, Weiming; Yu, Ruomeng; Pan, Caofeng; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2015-12-22

    A large array of Schottky UV photodetectors (PDs) based on vertical aligned ZnO nanowires is achieved. By introducing the piezo-phototronic effect, the performance of the PD array is enhanced up to seven times in photoreponsivity, six times in sensitivity, and 2.8 times in detection limit. The UV PD array may have applications in optoelectronic systems, adaptive optical computing, and communication.

  4. Morphology-dependent field emission properties and wetting behavior of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Ma Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The fabrication of three kinds of ZnO nanowire arrays with different structural parameters over Au-coated silicon (100 by facile thermal evaporation of ZnS precursor is reported, and the growth mechanism are proposed based on structural analysis. Field emission (FE properties and wetting behavior were revealed to be strongly morphology dependent. The nanowire arrays in small diameter and high aspect ratio exhibited the best FE performance showing a low turn-on field (4.1 V/μm and a high field-enhancement factor (1745.8. The result also confirmed that keeping large air within the films was an effective way to obtain super water-repellent properties. This study indicates that the preparation of ZnO nanowire arrays in an optimum structural model is crucial to FE efficiency and wetting behavior.

  5. Quantitative measurements of C-reactive protein using silicon nanowire arrays

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    Min-Ho Lee

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Min-Ho Lee, Kuk-Nyung Lee, Suk-Won Jung, Won-Hyo Kim, Kyu-Sik Shin, Woo-Kyeong SeongKorea Electronics Technology Institute, Gyeonggi, KoreaAbstract: A silicon nanowire-based sensor for biological application showed highly desirable electrical responses to either pH changes or receptor-ligand interactions such as protein disease markers, viruses, and DNA hybridization. Furthermore, because the silicon nanowire can display results in real-time, it may possess superior characteristics for biosensing than those demonstrated in previously studied methods. However, despite its promising potential and advantages, certain process-related limitations of the device, due to its size and material characteristics, need to be addressed. In this article, we suggest possible solutions. We fabricated silicon nanowire using a top-down and low cost micromachining method, and evaluate the sensing of molecules after transfer and surface modifications. Our newly designed method can be used to attach highly ordered nanowires to various substrates, to form a nanowire array device, which needs to follow a series of repetitive steps in conventional fabrication technology based on a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS method. For evaluation, we demonstrated that our newly fabricated silicon nanowire arrays could detect pH changes as well as streptavidin-biotin binding events. As well as the initial proof-of-principle studies, C-reactive protein binding was measured: electrical signals were changed in a linear fashion with the concentration (1 fM to 1 nM in PBS containing 1.37 mM of salts. Finally, to address the effects of Debye length, silicon nanowires coupled with antigen proteins underwent electrical signal changes as the salt concentration changed.Keywords: silicon nanowire array, C-reactive protein, vapor-liquid-solid method

  6. Growth behavior and field emission property of ZnO nanowire arrays on Au and Ag films

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    Sung Hyun Kim

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We propose a facile method to control the growth and areal density of zinc-oxide (ZnO nanowire arrays using gold or silver films deposited on aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO layers coated on glass substrates. Nanowires exceeding 5 μm in length grew on both the glass/AZO-layer and on the glass/AZO-layer/Au-film where the areal array density was controlled primarily by changing the annealing temperature. In contrast, the nanowire arrays grew only on the AZO surface but not on the Ag film owing to the formation of an Ag-oxide layer. We fabricated field emitter devices with density controlled ZnO nanowire arrays and low turn-on electric field of ∼6 V/μm and a field enhancement factor of up to 1188 were obtained with density controlled ZnO nanowire arrays.

  7. Antibacterial activity of single crystalline silver-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays

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    Zhang, Xiangyu, E-mail: zhangxiangyu@tyut.edu.cn; Li, Meng; He, Xiaojing; Hang, Ruiqiang; Huang, Xiaobo; Wang, Yueyue; Yao, Xiaohong; Tang, Bin, E-mail: tangbin@tyut.edu.cn

    2016-05-30

    Graphical abstract: The silver-doped TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays on titanium foil substrate were synthesized via a two-step process. It includes: deposition of AgTi films on titanium foil by magnetron sputtering; preparation of AgNW arrays on AgTi films via alkali (NaOH) hydrothermal treatment and ion-exchange with HCl, followed by calcinations. - Highlights: • Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays have been prepared by a duplex-treatment. • The duplex-treatment consisted of magnetron sputtering and hydrothermal growth. • Ag-doped nanowire arrays show excellent antibacterial activity against E. coli. - Abstract: Well-ordered, one-dimensional silver-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanowire (AgNW) arrays have been prepared through a hydrothermal growth process on the sputtering-deposited AgTi layers. Electron microscope analyses reveal that the as-synthesized AgNW arrays exhibit a single crystalline phase with highly uniform morphologies, diameters ranging from 85 to 95 nm, and lengths of about 11 μm. Silver is found to be doped into TiO{sub 2} nanowire evenly and mainly exists in the zerovalent state. The AgNW arrays show excellent efficient antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli), and all of the bacteria can be killed within 1 h. Additionally, the AgNW arrays can still kill E. coli after immersion for 60 days, suggesting the long-term antibacterial property. The technique reported here is environmental friendly for formation of silver-containing nanostructure without using any toxic organic solvents.

  8. Optical properties of electrochemically processed ZnO nanowire array in quasi-microgravity condition

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    2007-01-01

    Free standing ZnO (Zinc Oxide) nanowire array was successfully synthesized on ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)/FTO (Fluorine-doped Tin Oxide) substrate by template-free method in Zn(NO3)2 aqueous solutions. Two types of electrode configurations were employed in order to quantitatively examine the effect of gravitational strength on electrodeposited ZnO nanowire array: (a) a horizontal cathode surface facing downward over an anode (C/A) and (b) an anode over a cathode (A/C). The former configuration may...

  9. Double-sided tin nanowire arrays for advanced thermal interface materials

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    Feng, Bo; Faruque, Fardin; Bao, Peng; Chien, An-Ting; Kumar, Satish; Peterson, G. P.

    2013-03-01

    This investigation examines a type of thermal interface material (TIM) based on a double-sided array of tin nanowires (NWs) prepared using a hot-pressing approach with the assistance of anodic aluminum oxide templates. The metal based TIM effectively reduces the contact resistance, while the flexible nanowires show excellent mechanical compliance to increase the actual contact area with the mating rough surfaces. The results indicate that the overall thermal contact resistance of the two rough copper surfaces assisted by the tin NW array, can reduce the overall resistance to 29 mm2KW-1 at 0.25 MPa and 20 mm2KW-1 at 1.0 MPa.

  10. Transparently wrap-gated semiconductor nanowire arrays for studies of gate-controlled photoluminescence

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    Nylund, Gustav; Storm, Kristian; Torstensson, Henrik; Wallentin, Jesper; Borgström, Magnus T.; Hessman, Dan; Samuelson, Lars [Solid State Physics, Nanometer Structure Consortium, Lund University, Box 118, S-221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2013-12-04

    We present a technique to measure gate-controlled photoluminescence (PL) on arrays of semiconductor nanowire (NW) capacitors using a transparent film of Indium-Tin-Oxide (ITO) wrapping around the nanowires as the gate electrode. By tuning the wrap-gate voltage, it is possible to increase the PL peak intensity of an array of undoped InP NWs by more than an order of magnitude. The fine structure of the PL spectrum reveals three subpeaks whose relative peak intensities change with gate voltage. We interpret this as gate-controlled state-filling of luminescing quantum dot segments formed by zincblende stacking faults in the mainly wurtzite NW crystal structure.

  11. Si/PEDOT:PSS core/shell nanowire arrays for efficient hybrid solar cells.

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    Lu, Wenhui; Wang, Chengwei; Yue, Wei; Chen, Liwei

    2011-09-01

    A solution filling and drying method has been demonstrated to fabricate Si/PEDOT:PSS core/shell nanowire arrays for hybrid solar cells. The hybrid core/shell nanowire arrays show excellent broadband anti-reflection, and resulting hybrid solar cells absorb about 88% of AM 1.5G photons in the 300-1100 nm range. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the hybrid solar cell reaches 6.35%, and is primarily limited by direct and indirect interfacial recombination of charge carriers.

  12. Crosstalk analysis of silicon-on-insulator nanowire-arrayed waveguide grating

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    Li, Kai-Li; An, Jun-Ming; Zhang, Jia-Shun; Wang, Yue; Wang, Liang-Liang; Li, Jian-Guang; Wu, Yuan-Da; Yin, Xiao-Jie; Hu, Xiong-Wei

    2016-12-01

    The factors influencing the crosstalk of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) nanowire arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) are analyzed using the transfer function method. The analysis shows that wider and thicker arrayed waveguides, outsider fracture of arrayed waveguide, and larger channel space, could mitigate the deterioration of crosstalk. The SOI nanowire AWGs with different arrayed waveguide widths are fabricated by using deep ultraviolet lithography (DUV) and inductively coupled plasma etching (ICP) technology. The measurement results show that the crosstalk performance is improved by about 7 dB through adopting 800 nm arrayed waveguide width. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2015AA016902), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274047, 61435013, 61307034, and 61405188), and the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFB0402504).

  13. Stable field emission from arrays of vertically aligned free-standing metallic nanowires

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    Xavier, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Ferain, E.

    2008-01-01

    We present a fully elaborated process to grow arrays of metallic nanowires with controlled geometry and density, based on electrochemical filling of nanopores in track-etched templates. Nanowire growth is performed at room temperature, atmospheric pressure and is compatible with low cost fabricat......We present a fully elaborated process to grow arrays of metallic nanowires with controlled geometry and density, based on electrochemical filling of nanopores in track-etched templates. Nanowire growth is performed at room temperature, atmospheric pressure and is compatible with low cost...... and a density of ∼10 cm. The electron field emission measurements and total energy distributions show that the as-grown nanowires exhibit a complex behaviour, first with emission activation under high field, followed by unstable emission. A model taking into account the effect of an oxide layer covering...... the nanowire surface is developed to explain this particular field emission behaviour. Finally, we present an in situ cleaning procedure by ion bombardment that collectively removes this oxide layer, leading to a stable and reproducible emission behaviour. After treatment, the emission current density is ∼1 m...

  14. Finite-size effect on magnetic properties in iron sulfide nanowire arrays.

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    Yue, G H; Yan, P X; Wang, L S; Wang, W; Chen, Y Z; Peng, D L

    2008-05-14

    We report the size effect on the magnetic properties in Fe(7)S(8) nanowire arrays. Samples with diameters in the range of 50-200 nm have been prepared by electrodeposition with AAO films. The Mössbauer measurement results show that four parameters (hyperfine fields, isomer shift, quadrupole splitting, full width at half-maximum) increased with decreasing the diameter of the nanowires. The magnetic properties were investigated. The hysteresis loop shape and the magnetization are dependent on the diameter of the nanowires. The thermomagnetic measurements on the as-synthesized nanowire samples and the corresponding bulk display a mixed-type curve and a Weiss-type curve, respectively.

  15. Effects of Nanowire Length and Surface Roughness on the Electrochemical Sensor Properties of Nafion-Free, Vertically Aligned Pt Nanowire Array Electrodes

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    Zhiyang Li

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, vertically aligned Pt nanowire arrays (PtNWA with different lengths and surface roughnesses were fabricated and their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 detection was studied. The nanowire arrays were synthesized by electroplating Pt in nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO template. Different parameters, such as current density and deposition time, were precisely controlled to synthesize nanowires with different surface roughnesses and various lengths from 3 μm to 12 μm. The PtNWA electrodes showed better performance than the conventional electrodes modified by Pt nanowires randomly dispersed on the electrode surface. The results indicate that both the length and surface roughness can affect the sensing performance of vertically aligned Pt nanowire array electrodes. Generally, longer nanowires with rougher surfaces showed better electrochemical sensing performance. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA presented the largest sensitivity (654 μA·mM−1·cm−2 among all the nanowires studied, and showed a limit of detection of 2.4 μM. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA electrode also showed good anti-interference property from chemicals that are typically present in the biological samples such as ascorbic, uric acid, citric acid, and glucose. The sensing performance in real samples (river water was tested and good recovery was observed. These Nafion-free, vertically aligned Pt nanowires with surface roughness control show great promise as versatile electrochemical sensors and biosensors.

  16. High density near amorphous InSb nanowire arrays and its photo-electric performance

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    Fang, Ming, E-mail: mfang@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructure, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Tan, Xiaoli [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Liu, Mao, E-mail: mliu@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructure, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Gong, Xinxin; Zhang, Lide; Fei, Guangtao [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructure, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2015-03-25

    Highlights: • InSb near amorphous nanowire arrays are successfully fabricated. • The 30 nm diameter nanowire array shows a well infrared photo-electric response, and the reasons are discussed. • The reason for the black color of the InSb semiconductor is discussed. - Abstract: In this paper, we report the fabrication of high density near amorphous InSb nanowire arrays with using 30, 55 and 70 nm diameter anodic alumina oxide (AAO) template by electrodeposition method. The near amorphous structure was proved by combining the results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Different from the bulk material, these nanowires are black and could not be analyzed by the traditional method, and the reason was discussed. By testing of the photo-electric performance, the 30 nm diameter InSb nanowire showed the best performance, which could be used at about 260 K. The formation of the near amorphous structure was also discussed. Such high density nanoarrays may found potential application in the infrared detection field.

  17. Writing and functionalisation of suspended DNA nanowires on superhydrophobic pillar arrays

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    Miele, Ermanno

    2014-08-08

    Nanowire arrays and networks with precisely controlled patterns are very interesting for innovative device concepts in mesoscopic physics. In particular, DNA templates have proven to be versatile for the fabrication of complex structures that obtained functionality via combinations with other materials, for example by functionalisation with molecules or nanoparticles, or by coating with metals. Here, the controlled motion of the a three-phase contact line (TCL) of DNA-loaded drops on superhydrophobic substrates is used to fabricate suspended nanowire arrays. In particular, the deposition of DNA wires is imaged in situ, and different patterns are obtained on hexagonal pillar arrays by controlling the TCL velocity and direction. Robust conductive wires and networks are achieved by coating the wires with a thin layer of gold, and as proof of concept conductivity measurements are performed on single suspended wires. The plastic material of the superhydrophobic pillars ensures electrical isolation from the substrate. The more general versatility of these suspended nanowire networks as functional templates is outlined by fabricating hybrid organic-metal-semiconductor nanowires by growing ZnO nanocrystals onto the metal-coated nanowires.

  18. Origin of luminescence from ZnO/CdS core/shell nanowire arrays

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    Wang, Zhiqiang; Wang, Jian; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Yang, Shaoguang

    2014-07-01

    Chemical imaging, electronic structure and optical properties of ZnO/CdS nano-composites have been investigated using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) spectroscopy. STXM and XANES results confirm that the as-prepared product is ZnO/CdS core/shell nanowires (NWs), and further indicate that ZnS was formed on the surface of ZnO NWs as the interface between ZnO and CdS. The XEOL from ZnO/CdS NW arrays exhibits one weak ultraviolet (UV) emission at 375 nm, one strong green emission at 512 nm, and two broad infrared (IR) emissions at 750 and 900 nm. Combining XANES and XEOL, it is concluded that the UV luminescence is the near band gap emission (BGE) of ZnO; the green luminescence comes from both the BGE of CdS and defect emission (DE, zinc vacancies) of ZnO; the IR luminescence is attributed to the DE (bulk defect related to the S site) of CdS; ZnS contributes little to the luminescence of the ZnO/CdS NW arrays. Interestingly, the BGE and DE from oxygen vacancies of ZnO in the ZnO/CdS nano-composites are almost entirely quenched, while DE from zinc vacancies changes little.Chemical imaging, electronic structure and optical properties of ZnO/CdS nano-composites have been investigated using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) spectroscopy. STXM and XANES results confirm that the as-prepared product is ZnO/CdS core/shell nanowires (NWs), and further indicate that ZnS was formed on the surface of ZnO NWs as the interface between ZnO and CdS. The XEOL from ZnO/CdS NW arrays exhibits one weak ultraviolet (UV) emission at 375 nm, one strong green emission at 512 nm, and two broad infrared (IR) emissions at 750 and 900 nm. Combining XANES and XEOL, it is concluded that the UV luminescence is the near band gap emission (BGE) of ZnO; the green luminescence comes from both the

  19. Static and dynamic magnetic properties of densely packed magnetic nanowire arrays

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    Dmytriiev, O.; Al-Jarah, U.A.S.; Gangmei, P.

    2013-01-01

    and a continuous ferromagnetic thin film. In particular, the competition between anisotropies associated with the shape of the individual nanowires and that of the array as a whole has been studied. Measured and simulated hysteresis loops are largely anhysteretic with zero remanence, and the micromagnetic...... configuration is such that the net magnetization vanishes in directions orthogonal to the applied field. Simulations of the remanent state reveal antiferromagnetic alignment of the magnetization in adjacent nanowires and the formation of vortex flux closure structures at the ends of each nanowire...... and simulation. The resonant frequencies are initially found to decrease as the applied field is increased from remanence. This is the result of a change of mode profile within the plane of the array from nonuniform to uniform as the ground state evolves with increasing applied field. Quantitative differences...

  20. Co/Au multisegmented nanowires: a 3D array of magnetostatically coupled nanopillars

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    Bran, C.; Ivanov, Yu P.; Kosel, J.; Chubykalo-Fesenko, O.; Vazquez, M.

    2017-03-01

    Arrays of multisegmented Co/Au nanowires with designed segment lengths and diameters have been prepared by electrodeposition into aluminum oxide templates. The high quality of the Co/Au interface and the crystallographic structure of Co segments have determined by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurements show larger coercivity and squareness of multisegmented nanowires as compared to single segment Co nanowires. The complementary micromagnetic simulations are in good agreement with the experimental results, confirming that the magnetic behavior is defined mainly by magnetostatic coupling between different segments. The proposed structure constitutes an innovative route towards a 3D array of synchronized magnetic nano-oscillators with large potential in nanoelectronics.

  1. Approach to fabricating Co nanowire arrays with perpendicular anisotropy: Application of a magnetic field during deposition

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    Ge, Shihui; Li, Chao; Ma, Xiao; Li, Wei; Xi, Li; Li, C. X.

    2001-07-01

    Cobalt (Co) nanowire arrays were electrodeposited into the pores of polycarbonate membranes. A magnetic field parallel or perpendicular to the membrane plane was applied during deposition to control the wire growth. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer were employed to investigate the structure as well as the magnetic properties of the nanowire arrays. The results show that the magnetic field applied during deposition strongly influences the growth of Co nanowires, inducing variations in their crystalline structure and magnetic properties. The sample deposited with the field perpendicular to the membrane plane exhibits a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with greatly enhanced coercivity and squareness as a result of the preferred growth of Co grains with the c axis perpendicular to the film plane. In contrast, the deposition in a parallel magnetic field forces Co grains to grow with the c axis parallel to the film plane, resulting in in-plane anisotropy. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  2. Torque magnetometry analysis of magnetic anisotropy distribution in Ni nanowire arrays

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    Vega, Victor; Prida, Victor M.; Garcia, Jose Angel [Dept. Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Asturias (Spain); Vazquez, Manuel [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Madrid (Spain)

    2011-03-15

    Highly ordered arrays of Ni nanowires have been prepared by pulsed electrochemical deposition into nanopores of anodic alumina membranes (NAAMs) used as templates. They have been experimentally characterized by magnetic torque measurements and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques in order to determine the magnetic anisotropy of the hexagonal array of nanowires. A detailed analysis of the experimental data has been performed based on a phenomenological model taking into account the influence of the nanowire shape anisotropy added to the dipolar magnetostatic interactions among them. An overall agreement is obtained between the simulations derived from the model and the experimental magnetic torque anisotropy curves. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. Porous silicon nanowire arrays decorated by Ag nanoparticles for surface enhanced Raman scattering study

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    Su, L.; Xu, H. J.; Chan, Y. F.; Sun, X. M.

    2012-02-01

    A large scale and highly ordered Ag nanoparticle-decorated porous silicon nanowire array was fabricated for a uniform and reproducible surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. The overall process for the proposed structure is simple and reliable with the use of only chemical etching and metal reduction processes. The SERS sensitivity of the novel substrate as low as 10-16 M for rhodamine 6G (R6G) and the Raman enhancement factor as high as 10^14 were obtained. The excellent SERS performances were mainly attributed to the strong local electromagnetic effect which is associated with the formation of large-quantity Ag nanoparticles on porous silicon nanowire array and the existence of semiconductor silicon nanowires. Significantly, the quadratic relation between the logarithmic concentrations and the logarithmic integrated Raman peak intensities provided quantitative detection of R6G. Our results open new possibilities for applying SERS to trace detection of low-concentration biomolecules.

  4. Co/Au multisegmented nanowires: a 3D array of magnetostatically coupled nanopillars

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    Bran, C.

    2017-01-31

    Arrays of multisegmented Co/Au nanowires with designed segment lengths and diameters have been prepared by electrodeposition into aluminum oxide templates. The high quality of the Co/Au interface and the crystallographic structure of Co segments have determined by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurements show larger coercivity and squareness of multisegmented nanowires as compared to single segment Co nanowires. The complementary micromagnetic simulations are in good agreement with the experimental results, confirming that the magnetic behavior is defined mainly by magnetostatic coupling between different segments. The proposed structure constitutes an innovative route towards a 3D array of synchronized magnetic nano-oscillators with large potential in nanoelectronics.

  5. Fabrication and Characterization of ZnO Nanowire Arrays with an Investigation into Electrochemical Sensing Capabilities

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    Jessica Weber

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanowire arrays were grown on a Si (100 substrate using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS method. ZnO nanowires were characterized by XRD, SEM, bright field TEM, and EDS. They were found to have a preferential orientation along the c-axis. The as-prepared sample was functionalized with glucose oxidase by physical adsorption. FTIR was taken before and after functionalization to verify the presence of the attached enzyme. Electrochemical measurements were performed on the nanowire array by differential pulse voltammetry in the range of −0.6 to 0.4 V. The nanoarray sensor displayed high sensitivity to glucose in the range of 1.0 ×10−4 to 1.0 ×10−2 mol L−1.

  6. Antibacterial activity of single crystalline silver-doped anatase TiO2 nanowire arrays

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    Zhang, Xiangyu; Li, Meng; He, Xiaojing; Hang, Ruiqiang; Huang, Xiaobo; Wang, Yueyue; Yao, Xiaohong; Tang, Bin

    2016-05-01

    Well-ordered, one-dimensional silver-doped anatase TiO2 nanowire (AgNW) arrays have been prepared through a hydrothermal growth process on the sputtering-deposited AgTi layers. Electron microscope analyses reveal that the as-synthesized AgNW arrays exhibit a single crystalline phase with highly uniform morphologies, diameters ranging from 85 to 95 nm, and lengths of about 11 μm. Silver is found to be doped into TiO2 nanowire evenly and mainly exists in the zerovalent state. The AgNW arrays show excellent efficient antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli), and all of the bacteria can be killed within 1 h. Additionally, the AgNW arrays can still kill E. coli after immersion for 60 days, suggesting the long-term antibacterial property. The technique reported here is environmental friendly for formation of silver-containing nanostructure without using any toxic organic solvents.

  7. Microstructured Hydrogel Templates for the Formation of Conductive Gold Nanowire Arrays

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    Wuennemann, Patrick; Noyong, Michael; Kreuels, Klaus; Bruex, Roland; Gordiichuk, Pavlo; van Rijn, Patrick; Plamper, Felix A.; Simon, Ulrich; Boeker, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    Microstructured hydrogel allows for a new template-guided method to obtain conductive nanowire arrays on a large scale. To generate the template, an imprinting process is used in order to synthesize the hydrogel directly into the grooves of wrinkled polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The resulting poly(N-

  8. Plasma nitriding induced growth of Pt-nanowire arrays as high performance electrocatalysts for fuel cells

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    Du, S.; Lin, K.; Malladi, S.R.K.; Lu, Y.; Sun, S.; Xu, Q.; Steinberger-Wilckens, R.; Dong, H.

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate an innovative approach, combing a novel active screen plasma (ASP) technique with green chemical synthesis, for a direct fabrication of uniform Pt nanowire arrays on large-area supports. The ASP treatment enables in-situ N-doping and surface modification to the support

  9. Integrated label-free silicon nanowire sensor arrays for (bio)chemical analysis

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    De, Arpita; Nieuwkasteele, van Jan; Carlen, Edwin T.; Berg, van den Albert

    2013-01-01

    We present a label-free (bio)chemical analysis platform that uses all-electrical silicon nanowire sensor arrays integrated with a small volume microfluidic flow-cell for real-time (bio)chemical analysis and detection. The integrated sensing platform contains an automated multi-sample injection syste

  10. MOF Thin Film-Coated Metal Oxide Nanowire Array: Significantly Improved Chemiresistor Sensor Performance.

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    Yao, Ming-Shui; Tang, Wen-Xiang; Wang, Guan-E; Nath, Bhaskar; Xu, Gang

    2016-07-01

    A strategy for combining metal oxides and metal-organic frameworks is proposed to design new materials for sensing volatile organic compounds, for the first time. The prepared ZnO@ZIF-CoZn core-sheath nanowire arrays show greatly enhanced performance not only on its selectivity but also on its response, recovery behavior, and working temperature.

  11. Microstructured Hydrogel Templates for the Formation of Conductive Gold Nanowire Arrays

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    Wuennemann, Patrick; Noyong, Michael; Kreuels, Klaus; Bruex, Roland; Gordiichuk, Pavlo; van Rijn, Patrick; Plamper, Felix A.; Simon, Ulrich; Boeker, Alexander

    Microstructured hydrogel allows for a new template-guided method to obtain conductive nanowire arrays on a large scale. To generate the template, an imprinting process is used in order to synthesize the hydrogel directly into the grooves of wrinkled polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The resulting

  12. Hierarchical Carbon Fibers with ZnO Nanowires for Volatile Sensing in Composite Curing (Postprint)

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    2014-07-01

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2014-0171 HIERARCHICAL CARBON FIBERS WITH ZnO NANOWIRES FOR VOLATILE SENSING IN COMPOSITE CURING (POSTPRINT) Gregory...REPORT TYPE Interim 3. DATES COVERED (From – To) 16 April 2012 – 02 June 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE HIERARCHICAL CARBON FIBERS WITH ZnO NANOWIRES...needed to demonstrate the use of Zinc Oxide ( ZnO ) nanowire coated carbon fibers as a volatile sensor. ZnO nanowires are demonstrated to function as

  13. Fast growth of well-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays by a microwave heating method and their photocatalytic properties

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    Cao, Guangxia; Hong, Kunquan; Wang, Wenda; Liu, Liqing; Xu, Mingxiang

    2016-10-01

    The fast growth of aligned ZnO nanowire arrays with optimized structure is attractive for electrical and optical devices. In this paper, we report a controllable and rapid growth of ZnO nanowire arrays by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. When using different zinc salts as the precursors, the morphology of the samples changes a lot and the length growth rate is several times different. The growth mechanism is also investigated. It is found that the solution near neutral pH value is ideal for fast nanowire growth, in which the length of the nanowires increases linearly with growth time and the growth rate is over ten times faster than that in the traditional hydrothermal method. Therefore, aligned ZnO nanowire arrays can grow up to tens of microns in a few hours, while the density and sizes of these nanowires can be well controlled. The ZnO nanowire arrays used as photocatalysts present good photocatalytic performance to the degradation of methyl orange (MO) due to the large surface area. So this paper provides an effective method to obtain vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays for practical applications.

  14. Nanowire array chips for molecular typing of rare trafficking leukocytes with application to neurodegenerative pathology

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    Kwak, Minsuk; Kim, Dong-Joo; Lee, Mi-Ri; Wu, Yu; Han, Lin; Lee, Sang-Kwon; Fan, Rong

    2014-05-01

    Despite the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) that restricts the entry of immune cells and mediators into the central nervous system (CNS), a small number of peripheral leukocytes can traverse the BBB and infiltrate into the CNS. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is one of the major routes through which trafficking leukocytes migrate into the CNS. Therefore, the number of leukocytes and their phenotypic compositions in the CSF may represent important sources to investigate immune-to-brain interactions or diagnose and monitor neurodegenerative diseases. Due to the paucity of trafficking leucocytes in the CSF, a technology capable of efficient isolation, enumeration, and molecular typing of these cells in the clinical settings has not been achieved. In this study, we report on a biofunctionalized silicon nanowire array chip for highly efficient capture and multiplexed phenotyping of rare trafficking leukocytes in small quantities (50 microliters) of clinical CSF specimens collected from neurodegenerative disease patients. The antibody coated 3D nanostructured materials exhibited vastly improved rare cell capture efficiency due to high-affinity binding and enhanced cell-substrate interactions. Moreover, our platform creates multiple cell capture interfaces, each of which can selectively isolate specific leukocyte phenotypes. A comparison with the traditional immunophenotyping using flow cytometry demonstrated that our novel silicon nanowire-based rare cell analysis platform can perform rapid detection and simultaneous molecular characterization of heterogeneous immune cells. Multiplexed molecular typing of rare leukocytes in CSF samples collected from Alzheimer's disease patients revealed the elevation of white blood cell counts and significant alterations in the distribution of major leukocyte phenotypes. Our technology represents a practical tool for potentially diagnosing and monitoring the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases by allowing an effective

  15. Electrodeposited Co{sub 93.2}P{sub 6.8} nanowire arrays with core-shell microstructure and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Nasirpouri, F.; Peighambari, S. M. [Faculty of Materials Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz 51335-1996 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Samardak, A. S., E-mail: asamardak@gmail.com; Ognev, A. V.; Sukovatitsina, E. V.; Modin, E. B.; Chebotkevich, L. A. [School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Komogortsev, S. V. [Institute of Physics, SB Russian Academy of Sciences, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Bending, S. J. [Department of Physics, University of Bath, Bath (United Kingdom)

    2015-05-07

    We demonstrate the formation of an unusual core-shell microstructure in Co{sub 93.2}P{sub 6.8} nanowires electrodeposited by alternating current (ac) in an alumina template. By means of transmission electron microscopy, it is shown that the coaxial-like nanowires contain amorphous and crystalline phases. Analysis of the magnetization data for Co-P alloy nanowires indicates that a ferromagnetic core is surrounded by a weakly ferromagnetic or non-magnetic phase, depending on the phosphor content. The nanowire arrays exhibit an easy axis of magnetization parallel to the wire axis. For this peculiar composition and structure, the coercivity values are 2380 ± 50 and 1260 ± 35 Oe, parallel and perpendicular to the plane directions of magnetization, respectively. This effect is attributed to the core-shell structure making the properties and applications of these nanowires similar to pure cobalt nanowires with an improved perpendicular anisotropy.

  16. 15% Power Conversion Efficiency from a Gated Nanotube/Silicon Nanowire Array Solar Cell

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    Petterson, Maureen K.; Lemaitre, Maxime G.; Shen, Yu; Wadhwa, Pooja; Hou, Jie; Vasilyeva, Svetlana V.; Kravchenko, Ivan I.; Rinzler, Andrew G.

    2015-03-01

    Despite their enhanced light trapping ability the performance of silicon nanowire array solar cells have, been stagnant with power conversion efficiencies barely breaking 10%. The problem is understood to be the consequence of a high photo-carrier recombination at the large surface area of the Si nanowire sidewalls. Here, by exploiting 1) electronic gating via an ionic liquid electrolyte to induce inversion in the n-type Si nanowires and 2) using a layer of single wall carbon nanotubes engineered to contact each nanowire tip and extract the minority carriers, we demonstrate silicon nanowire array solar cells with power conversion efficiencies of 15%. Our results allow for discrimination between the two principle means of avoiding front surface recombination: surface passivation and the use of local fields. A deleterious electrochemical reaction of the silicon due to the electrolyte gating is shown to be caused by oxygen/water entrained in the ionic liquid electrolyte. While encapsulation can avoid the issue a non-encapsulation based solution is also described. We gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation under ECCS-1232018.

  17. Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays grown by electrodeposition

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    Lupan, O., E-mail: oleg-lupan@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d’Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modélisation pour l’Energie (LECIME), UMR-7575, ENSCP-Chimie Paristech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, UMR 7574, ENSCP, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Department of Microelectronics and Semiconductor Devices, Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Blvd., Chisinau MD-2004, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Pauporté, T., E-mail: thierry-pauporte@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d’Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modélisation pour l’Energie (LECIME), UMR-7575, ENSCP-Chimie Paristech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Viana, B.; Aschehoug, P. [Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, UMR 7574, ENSCP, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Ahmadi, M.; Cuenya, B. Roldan; Rudzevich, Y.; Lin, Y.; Chow, L. [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2013-10-01

    The preparation of efficient light emitting diodes requires active optical layers working at low voltage for light emission. Trivalent lanthanide doped wide-bandgap semiconducting oxide nanostructures are promising active materials in opto-electronic devices. In this work we report on the electrochemical deposition (ECD) of Eu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Eu) nanowire arrays on glass substrates coated with F-doped polycrystalline SnO{sub 2}. The structural, chemical and optical properties of ZnO:Eu nanowires have been systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and photoluminescence. XRD results suggest the substitution of Zn{sup 2+} by Eu ions in the crystalline lattice. High-resolution TEM and associated electron diffraction studies indicate an interplanar spacing of 0.52 nm which corresponds to the (0 0 0 1) crystal plane of the hexagonal ZnO, and a growth along the c-direction. The ZnO:Eu nanowires have a single crystal structure, without noticeable defects. According to EDX, SIMS and XPS studies, cationic Eu species are detected in these samples showing the incorporation of Eu into the ZnO matrix. The oxidation states of europium ions in the nanowires are determined as +3 (74%) and +2 (26%). Photoluminescence studies demonstrated red emission from the Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays. When Eu was incorporated during the nanowire growth, the sharp {sup 5}D{sub 0}–{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of the Eu{sup 3+} ion at around 612 nm was observed. These results suggest that Eu doped ZnO nanowires could pave the way for efficient, multispectral LEDs and optical devices.

  18. Three-dimensional electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells: synthesis of indium-tin-oxide nanowire arrays and ITO/TiO2 core-shell nanowire arrays by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Wang, Hong-Wen; Ting, Chi-Feng; Hung, Miao-Ken; Chiou, Chwei-Huann; Liu, Ying-Ling; Liu, Zongwen; Ratinac, Kyle R; Ringer, Simon P

    2009-02-04

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) show promise as a cheaper alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics for specialized applications, provided conversion efficiency can be maximized and production costs minimized. This study demonstrates that arrays of nanowires can be formed by wet-chemical methods for use as three-dimensional (3D) electrodes in DSSCs, thereby improving photoelectric conversion efficiency. Two approaches were employed to create the arrays of ITO (indium-tin-oxide) nanowires or arrays of ITO/TiO(2) core-shell nanowires; both methods were based on electrophoretic deposition (EPD) within a polycarbonate template. The 3D electrodes for solar cells were constructed by using a doctor-blade for coating TiO(2) layers onto the ITO or ITO/TiO(2) nanowire arrays. A photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as 4.3% was achieved in the DSSCs made from ITO nanowires; this performance was better than that of ITO/TiO(2) core-shell nanowires or pristine TiO(2) films. Cyclic voltammetry confirmed that the reaction current was significantly enhanced when a 3D ITO-nanowire electrode was used. Better separation of charge carriers and improved charge transport, due to the enlarged interfacial area, are thought to be the major advantages of using 3D nanowire electrodes for the optimization of DSSCs.

  19. Preparation and characterization of highly ordered NiO nanowire arrays by sol-gel template method

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    2006-01-01

    Highly ordered nickel monoxide (NiO) nanowire arrays were fabricated by sol-gel synthesis within the pores of anodic alumina membrane (AAM).Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the topography and crystalloid structure of NiO nanowire arrays.The length and diameter of the NiO nanowires depended on the thickness of the AAM and the diameter of the pores.The results indicated that the NiO nanowires were uniformly assembled into the ordered nanopores of the AAM and paralleled to each other.Nickel monoxide nanotubes were also fabricated with the same method by changing the immersing time.This new method to prepare NiO nanowire arrays may be important from gas sensors to various engineering materials.

  20. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties.

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    Kuo, Chin-Guo; Chang, Ho; Wang, Jian-Hao

    2016-03-24

    In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn) into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  1. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties

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    Chin-Guo Kuo

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  2. Fabrication and phase variation in annealed Cu 3Se 2 nanowire arrays

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    Jagminas, Arūnas; Tomašiūnas, Rolandas; Krotkus, Arūnas; Juškėnas, Remigijus; Aleksejenko, Genadijus

    2009-06-01

    We have found for the first time that Cu 3Se 2 nanowired products encased inside the alumina pores by electrodeposition demonstrate the promising nonlinear optical properties in UV-vis-NIR spectra region. Furthermore, the annealing of these products results in the formation of Cu 2- xSe with x depending on the annealing temperature. Optical nonlinearities of as-grown and thermally treated copper selenide nanowire arrays were evidenced using the standard open-aperture Z-scan and laser pump-probe techniques.

  3. Low-power resistive switching in Au/NiO/Au nanowire arrays

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    Brivio, S.; Tallarida, G.; Perego, D.; Franz, S.; Deleruyelle, D.; Muller, C.; Spiga, S.

    2012-11-01

    Arrays of vertical nanowires structured in Au/NiO/Au segments with 50 nm diameter are characterized by conductive atomic force microscopy to investigate unipolar resistive switching in NiO at the nanoscale. The switching cycles are characterized by extremely low power consumption down to 1.3 nW, which constitutes a significant improvement in nanowire-based resistive switching memory devices. The trend of the reset current as a function of the set resistance, typical of unipolar memories, is extended to a much wider current range than what is reported in literature, confirming the role of Joule heating in the reset process for very low reset currents.

  4. Novel physical properties of glancing angle deposited nanowire arrays for spintronics

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    Alouach, Hamid

    Highly oriented perpendicular nanowire arrays with novel structures were fabricated by the technique of glancing angle deposition with substrate rotation. The nanowires are considered as a potential tool for the fundamental study of spin transport, and promising candidates for applications in perpendicular recording media. The detailed spin arrangements and dynamics in such devices have not been explored yet, and can only be understood if the atomic scale structure of the devices is precisely known. The growth and resulting crystallography of self assembled Cu nanowire arrays deposited both on native oxide Si(100) and H-terminated Si(110) substrates, respectively, were studied and compared. On native oxide Si(100), the nanowires exhibited a strong (110) texture for a deposition angle theta = 75° with rotational symmetry of the low energy Cu[111] directions about the wire's long axis. On H-terminated Si(110), the wires have an epitaxial orientation relationship with the substrate up to the critical height limit of 300 nm. Individual nanowires were confirmed to be single crystal by examination by transmission electron microscopy. The critical height for epitaxial growth is maximal (2800 nm) at a deposition angle theta = 35° and decreases rapidly with increasing deposition angle. Atomic self-shadowing and surface diffusion, which depend on the incidence angle, have a strong effect on morphology and texture formation. As the angle of incidence is increased, Cu grows as isolated columns with a spacing that increases as the angle of incidence is increased. Based on these observations, the growth mechanisms in glancing angle deposited materials and the theory of structural transitions in epitaxial overlayers of thin films, a theory for the growth mode in epitaxial nanowire arrays is proposed with a description of the recrystallization process that takes place above the critical height. The epitaxial Cu nanoarrays were used as seed layers to grow Ni 80Fe20 nanowire

  5. Versatile Particle-Based Route to Engineer Vertically Aligned Silicon Nanowire Arrays and Nanoscale Pores.

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    Elnathan, Roey; Isa, Lucio; Brodoceanu, Daniel; Nelson, Adrienne; Harding, Frances J; Delalat, Bahman; Kraus, Tobias; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2015-10-28

    Control over particle self-assembly is a prerequisite for the colloidal templating of lithographical etching masks to define nanostructures. This work integrates and combines for the first time bottom-up and top-down approaches, namely, particle self-assembly at liquid-liquid interfaces and metal-assisted chemical etching, to generate vertically aligned silicon nanowire (VA-SiNW) arrays and, alternatively, arrays of nanoscale pores in a silicon wafer. Of particular importance, and in contrast to current techniques, including conventional colloidal lithography, this approach provides excellent control over the nanowire or pore etching site locations and decouples nanowire or pore diameter and spacing. The spacing between pores or nanowires is tuned by adjusting the specific area of the particles at the liquid-liquid interface before deposition. Hence, the process enables fast and low-cost fabrication of ordered nanostructures in silicon and can be easily scaled up. We demonstrate that the fabricated VA-SiNW arrays can be used as in vitro transfection platforms for transfecting human primary cells.

  6. Fabrication of nanowire arrays over micropyramids for efficient Si solar cell

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    Pant, Namrata; Singh, Prashant; Srivastava, Sanjay Kumar; Shukla, Vivek Kumar

    2016-05-01

    To improve the efficiency of solar cell, trapping the sunlight and using it to its maximum limit has been the area of research for past several decades. In the present work, texturisation of silicon surface has been done to make nanowire arrays over micropyramids. Micropyramids on Si surface increases the surface area, reduce the reflectivity and hence help to enhance the solar cell performance. Additionally, with the aim to further reduce the reflectance of Si surface, nanowire arrays over micro pyramids were fabricated. For this, samples with variation in their nanotexturisation time (etching time) were prepared. Measurements like SEM and UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy were performed on the samples to investigate the changes with etching time. It was observed that the reflectance of planar Si in the spectral range 400 to 1000 nm is ˜35%. The reflectance of microtextured (micropyramid) Si surface is significantly reduced to ˜11%. A further decrease in reflectivity was observed when nanowire arrays were grown over the micropyramids. This may be attributed to the effective light trapping caused by multiple scattering of the incident light from the nanowires over micropyramids. Hence, it may improve silicon solar cell efficiency.

  7. New Insights into the Origins of Sb-Induced Effects on Self-Catalyzed GaAsSb Nanowire Arrays

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    Ren, Dingding; Dheeraj, Dasa L.; Jin, Chengjun

    2016-01-01

    Tertiary semiconductor nanowire arrays enable scalable fabrication of nano-optoelectronic devices with tunable bandgap. However, the lack of insight into the effects of the incorporation of Vy element results in lack of control on the growth of ternary III-V1-yVy nanowires and hinders the develop...

  8. Ultradense, Deep Subwavelength Nanowire Array Photovoltaics As Engineered Optical Thin Films

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    Tham, Douglas

    2010-11-10

    A photovoltaic device comprised of an array of 20 nm wide, 32 nm pitch array of silicon nanowires is modeled as an optical material. The nanowire array (NWA) has characteristic device features that are deep in the subwavelength regime for light, which permits a number of simplifying approximations. Using photocurrent measurements as a probe of the absorptance, we show that the NWA optical properties can be accurately modeled with rigorous coupled-wave analysis. The densely structured NWAs behave as homogeneous birefringent materials into the ultraviolet with effective optical properties that are accurately modeled using the dielectric functions of bulk Si and SiO 2, coupled with a physical model for the NWA derived from ellipsometry and transmission electron microscopy. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  9. Electrochemical fabrication and characterization of lepidocrocite ({gamma}-FeOOH) nanowire arrays

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    Jagminas, A., E-mail: jagmin@ktl.mii.lt [Institute of Chemistry, A. Gostauto 9, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Mazeika, K. [Institute of Physics, Savanoriu 231, LT-02300 Vilnius (Lithuania); Juska, E. [Institute of Chemistry, A. Gostauto 9, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Reklaitis, J.; Baltrunas, D. [Institute of Physics, Savanoriu 231, LT-02300 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2010-04-01

    We report on the fabrication of {gamma}-phase iron oxyhydroxide ({gamma}-FeOOH, lepidocrocite) nanowire (nw) arrays within the alumina pores by electrodeposition. An aqueous solution, friendly to alumina matrix, was generated and applied in this study for uniform deposition of {gamma}-FeOOH nw arrays directly through the alumina barrier layer using an alternating current (ac) mode. As-deposited nanowired products were characterized using {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS), atomic absorption spectrophotometry analysis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis transmission spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The formation of pure lepidocrocite nw arrays in the alumina pores with the average O{sub pore} of 45 and 150 nm was verified by transmission MS at cryogenic temperatures.

  10. Three-dimensional mapping of quantum wells in a GaN/InGaN core-shell nanowire light-emitting diode array.

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    Riley, James R; Padalkar, Sonal; Li, Qiming; Lu, Ping; Koleske, Daniel D; Wierer, Jonathan J; Wang, George T; Lauhon, Lincoln J

    2013-09-11

    Correlated atom probe tomography, cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy, and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy are used to analyze InGaN/GaN multiquantum wells (QWs) in nanowire array light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Tomographic analysis of the In distribution, interface morphology, and dopant clustering reveals material quality comparable to that of planar LED QWs. The position-dependent CL emission wavelength of the nonpolar side-facet QWs and semipolar top QWs is correlated with In composition.

  11. Low temperature magnetoresistance measurements on bismuth nanowire arrays.

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    Kaiser, Ch; Weiss, G; Cornelius, T W; Toimil-Molares, M E; Neumann, R

    2009-05-20

    We present low temperature resistance R(T) and magnetoresistance measurements for Bi nanowires with diameters between 100 and 500 nm, which are close to being single-crystalline. The nanowires were fabricated by electrochemical deposition in pores of polycarbonate membranes. R(T) varies as T(2) in the low temperature range 1.5 Kwire diameter. An unexpected effect is observed in R(T) when a magnetic field is present. It can be related to the temperature dependence of the magnetoresistance. The transverse magnetoresistance of all samples shows a clear B(1.5) variation. Its size depends strongly on the diameter of the wires but only weakly on temperature. Finally, a steplike increase in the magnetoresistance of our sample with a wire diameter of 100 nm was found and this might be attributed to a transition from one-dimensional to three-dimensional localization.

  12. Crystallographically driven magnetic behaviour of arrays of monocrystalline Co nanowires

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    Ivanov, Yu P.

    2014-11-07

    Cobalt nanowires, 40 nm in diameter and several micrometers long, have been grown by controlled electrodeposition into ordered anodic alumina templates. The hcp crystal symmetry is tuned by a suitable choice of the electrolyte pH (between 3.5 and 6.0) during growth. Systematic high resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging and analysis of the electron diffraction patterns reveals a dependence of crystal orientation from electrolyte pH. The tailored modification of the crystalline signature results in the reorientation of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and increasing experimental coercivity and squareness with decreasing polar angle of the \\'c\\' growth axis. Micromagnetic modeling of the demagnetization process and its angular dependence is in agreement with the experiment and allows us to establish the change in the character of the magnetization reversal: from quasi-curling to vortex domain wall propagation modes when the crystal \\'c\\' axis tilts more than 75° in respect to the nanowire axis.

  13. In situ fabrication of inorganic nanowire arrays grown from and aligned on metal substrates.

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    Zhang, Weixin; Yang, Shihe

    2009-10-20

    The full potential of nanotechnology can be unleashed only when one is able not only to synthesize a rich variety of nanoscale building blocks but also assemble them into various patterns at the supramolecular and supracluster levels. In particular, the application of nanoparticle and nanowire materials often requires their assembly in the form of thin films, preferably on conductive surfaces for electrical addressing, control, and detection. Although a dazzling array of nanostructures has been fabricated by bottom-up approaches, one of the contemporary challenges is to assemble these nanostructures so that they introduce and realize functionalities. An alluring avenue is to simultaneously accomplish both the nanostructure synthesis and assembly on a useful substrate in a parallel fashion, affording the advantages of simplicity, low cost, and high throughput. In this Account, we review our recent work on growing inorganic nanowires (for example, metal sulfides, metal oxides, and so forth) directly from and on metal substrates in arrays without using templates and catalysts. This method of engineering nanowire arrays on metal substrates integrates the nanowire synthesis and assembly into a parallel process, both in time and in space, by exploiting in situ chemistry on the metal substrates. Both gas-phase and solution-phase approaches have been developed to synthesize the aligned nanowires; here, full advantage is taken of interfacial kinetics of restricted diffusion and surface-specific reactions, often accompanied by new interfacial growth mechanisms. The setting of nanowire arrays on metal substrates has allowed exploration of their application potentials in areas such as field electron emission and chemical sensing. The approaches described here are general, and we predict that they will be extended to more inorganic materials, such as metal halides. Moreover, as more control is achieved with synthetic methods, inorganic nanowire arrays should provide unusual

  14. Composite nanowire networks for biological sensor platforms

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    Jabal, Jamie Marie Francisco

    The main goal of this research is to design, fabricate, and test a nanomaterial-based platform adequate for the measurement of physiological changes in living cells. The two primary objectives toward this end are (1) the synthesis and selection of a suitable nanomaterial and (2) the demonstration of cellular response to a direct stimulus. Determining a useful nanomaterial morphology and behavior within a sensor configuration presented challenges based on cellular integration and access to electrochemical characterization. The prospect for feasible optimization and eventual scale-up in technology were also significant. Constraining criteria are that the nanomaterial detector must (a) be cheap and relatively easy to fabricate controllably, (b) encourage cell attachment, (c) exhibit consistent wettability over time, and (d) facilitate electrochemical processes. The ultimate goal would be to transfer a proof-of-principle and proof-of-design for a whole-cell sensor technology that is cost effective and has a potential for hand-held packaging. Initial tasks were to determine an effective and highly-functional nanomaterial for biosensors by assessing wettability, morphology and conductivity behavior of several candidate materials: gallium nitride nanowires, silicon dioxide nanosprings and nanowires, and titania nanofibers. Electrospinning poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)-coated titania nano- and microfibers (O20 nm--2 microm) into a pseudo-random network is controllable to a uniformity of 1--2° in contact angle. The final electrode can be prepared with a precise wettability ranging from partial wetting to ultrahydrophobic (170°) on a variety of substrates: glass, indium tin oxide, silicon, and aluminum. Fiber mats exhibit excellent mechanical stability against rinsing, and support the incubation of epithelial (skin) and pancreatic cells. Impedance spectroscopy on the whole-cell sensor shows resistive changes attributed to cell growth as well as complex frequency

  15. Effective piezoelectric response of substrate-integrated ZnO nanowire array devices on galvanized steel.

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    Velazquez, By Jesus M; Baskaran, Sivapalan; Gaikwad, Anil V; Ngo-Duc, Tam-Triet; He, Xiangtong; Oye, Michael M; Meyyappan, M; Rout, Tapan K; Fu, John Y; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2013-11-13

    Harvesting waste energy through electromechanical coupling in practical devices requires combining device design with the development of synthetic strategies for large-area controlled fabrication of active piezoelectric materials. Here, we show a facile route to the large-area fabrication of ZnO nanostructured arrays using commodity galvanized steel as the Zn precursor as well as the substrate. The ZnO nanowires are further integrated within a device construct and the effective piezoelectric response is deduced based on a novel experimental approach involving induction of stress in the nanowires through pressure wave propagation along with phase-selective lock-in detection of the induced current. The robust methodology for measurement of the effective piezoelectric coefficient developed here allows for interrogation of piezoelectric functionality for the entire substrate under bending-type deformation of the ZnO nanowires.

  16. Fe48Co52 Alloy Nanowire Arrays: Effects of Magnetic Field Annealing

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    Hai-lin Sua; Shao-long Tang; Rui-long Wang; Yi-qing Chen; Chong Jia; You-wei Du

    2009-01-01

    The effects of magnetic field annealing on the properties of Fe48Co52 alloy nanowire arrays with various interwire distances (Di=30-60 nm) and wire diameters (Dw=22-46 nm) were investigated in detail. It was found that the array's best annealing temperature and crys-talline structure did not show any apparent dependence on the treatment of applying a 3 kOe magnetic field along the wire during the annealing process. For arrays with small Dw or with large Di, the treatment of magnetic field annealing also had no obvious influence on their magnetic performances. However, such a magnetic field annealing constrained the shift of the easy magnetization direction and improved the coercivity and the squareness obviously for arrays with large Dw or with small Di. The difference in the intensity of the effective anisotropic field within the arrays was believed to be responsible for this different variation of the array's magnetic properties after magnetic field annealing.

  17. Enhanced field emission from ZnO nanowire arrays utilizing MgO buffer between seed layer and silicon substrate

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    Chen, Si [The Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Chen, Jiangtao [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Tianshui Mid. Road, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu, Jianlin [Quantum Structures Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Qi, Jing, E-mail: qijing@lzu.edu.cn [The Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Yuhua, E-mail: wyh@lzu.edu.cn [Department of Material Science, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • We obtained ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer on Si with MgO buffer. • FE properties of ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer on Si with MgO buffer is better than that without MgO buffer. • With MgO buffer, the ZnO seed layer shows lower top-bottom resistance and better electron transport. • The enhanced field emission properties can be attributed to good electron transport in seed layer, good nanowire alignment because of MgO buffer. - Abstract: Field emitters based on ZnO nanowires and other nanomaterials are promising high-brightness electron sources for field emission display, microscopy and other applications. The performance of a ZnO nanowire field emitter is linked to the quality, conductivity and alignment of the nanowires on a substrate, therefore requiring ways to improve these parameters. Here, ZnO nanowire arrays were grown on ZnO seed layer on silicon substrate with MgO buffer between the seed layer and Si. The turn-on field and enhancement factor of these nanowire arrays are 3.79 V/μm and 3754, respectively. These properties are improved greatly compared to those of ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer without MgO buffer, which are 5.06 V/μm and 1697, respectively. The enhanced field emission properties can be attributed to better electron transport in seed layer, and better nanowire alignment because of MgO buffer.

  18. Electro-physical characterization of individual and arrays of ZnO nanowires

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    Mallampati, Bhargav [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas 76203 (United States); Singh, Abhay; Philipose, U. [Department of Physics, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas 76203 (United States); Shik, Alex; Ruda, Harry E. [Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 3E3 (Canada)

    2015-07-21

    Capacitance measurements were made on an array of parallel ZnO nanowires embedded in a polymer matrix and provided with two electrodes perpendicular to the nanowires. The capacitance monotonically increased, and saturated at large negative (depleting) and large positive (accumulating) voltages. A qualitative explanation for this behavior is presented, taking into account specific features of quasi-one-dimensional screening. The increasing or decreasing character of the capacitance-voltage characteristics were determined by the conductivity type of the nanowires, which in our case was n-type. A dispersion of the experimental capacitance was observed over the entire frequency range of 1 kHz to 5 MHz. This phenomenon is explained by the slow discharge of the nanowires through the thin dielectric layer that separates them from the top electrode. Separate measurements on individual identical nanowires in a field effect transistor configuration yielded an electron concentration and mobility of approximately 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3} and 150 cm{sup 2}/Vs, respectively, at room temperature.

  19. Magnetic properties of Ni-Fe nanowire arrays: effect of template material and deposition conditions

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    Singleton, John [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Aravamudhan, Shyan [U OF SOUTH FL; Goddard, Paul A [U OF OXFORD; Bhansali, Shekhar [U OF SOUTH FL

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this work is to study the magnetic properties of arrays of Ni-Fe nanowires electrodeposited in different template materials such as porous silicon, polycarbonate and alumina. Magnetic properties were studied as a function of template material, applied magnetic field (parallel and perpendicular) during deposition, wire length, as well as magnetic field orientation during measurement. The results show that application of magnetic field during deposition strongly influences the c-axis preferred orientation growth of Ni-Fe nanowires. The samples with magnetic field perpendicular to template plane during deposition exhibits strong perpendicular anisotropy with greatly enhanced coercivity and squareness ratio, particularly in Ni-Fe nanowires deposited in polycarbonate templates. In case of polycarbonate template, as magnetic field during deposition increases, both coercivity and squareness ratio also increase. The wire length dependence was also measured for polycarbonate templates. As wire length increases, coercivity and squarness ratio decrease, but saturation field increases. Such magnetic behavior (dependence on template material, magnetic field, wire length) can be qualitatively explained by preferential growth phenomena, dipolar interactions among nanowires, and perpendicular shape anisotropy in individual nanowires.

  20. Disordered array of Au covered Silicon nanowires for SERS biosensing combined with electrochemical detection

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    Convertino, Annalisa; Mussi, Valentina; Maiolo, Luca

    2016-04-01

    We report on highly disordered array of Au coated silicon nanowires (Au/SiNWs) as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probe combined with electrochemical detection for biosensing applications. SiNWs, few microns long, were grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition on common microscope slides and covered by Au evaporated film, 150 nm thick. The capability of the resulting composite structure to act as SERS biosensor was studied via the biotin-avidin interaction: the Raman signal obtained from this structure allowed to follow each surface modification step as well as to detect efficiently avidin molecules over a broad range of concentrations from micromolar down to the nanomolar values. The metallic coverage wrapping SiNWs was exploited also to obtain a dual detection of the same bioanalyte by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Indeed, the SERS signal and impedance modifications induced by the biomolecule perturbations on the metalized surface of the NWs were monitored on the very same three-electrode device with the Au/SiNWs acting as both working electrode and SERS probe.

  1. ZnO nanowire arrays as substrates for cell proliferation and differentiation

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    Ciofani, Gianni, E-mail: g.ciofani@sssup.it [Italian Institute of Technology, Center of MicroBioRobotics c/o Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa) (Italy); Genchi, Giada Graziana [BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa) (Italy); Mattoli, Virgilio [Italian Institute of Technology, Center of MicroBioRobotics c/o Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera, Pisa (Italy)

    2012-02-01

    In the latest years, the use of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures has been proposed in different biomedical applications, however, to date, only a few contrasting results concerning their biocompatibility can be found in the literature. In particular, the application of the extraordinary piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanostructures has poorly been explored for the culture of electrically excitable cells, and, for this reason, systematic investigations of their interactions with these living systems appear to be necessary. In this paper, we report about adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of two mammalian cell lines (PC12, as model of neuronal cells, and H9c2, as model of muscle cells) over ZnO nanowire arrays. We demonstrate suitability of these arrays in sustaining cellular functions, and their potential in applications that range from tissue engineering to minimally invasive sensing and/or stimulation. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanowire arrays were exploited as mammalian cell substrates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two cell lines were investigated: PC12 (neuronal-like) and H9c2 (muscle-like). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An intimate connection between cells and nanostructured substrates was highlighted. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adhesion, proliferation and differentiation was well sustained by ZnO nanowire arrays.

  2. Fully Printed Memristors from Cu-SiO2 Core-Shell Nanowire Composites

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    Catenacci, Matthew J.; Flowers, Patrick F.; Cao, Changyong; Andrews, Joseph B.; Franklin, Aaron D.; Wiley, Benjamin J.

    2017-07-01

    This article describes a fully printed memory in which a composite of Cu-SiO2 nanowires dispersed in ethylcellulose acts as a resistive switch between printed Cu and Au electrodes. A 16-cell crossbar array of these memristors was printed with an aerosol jet. The memristors exhibited moderate operating voltages (˜3 V), no degradation over 104 switching cycles, write speeds of 3 μs, and extrapolated retention times of 10 years. The low operating voltage enabled the programming of a fully printed 4-bit memristor array with an Arduino. The excellent performance of these fully printed memristors could help enable the creation of fully printed RFID tags and sensors with integrated data storage.

  3. Improved photocatalytic activity of highly ordered TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays for methylene blue degradation

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    Lv, Xiaojun, E-mail: xjlv@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials and HKU-CAS Joint Laboratory on New Materials, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhang, Hao; Chang, Haixin [WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan)

    2012-10-15

    Although many efforts have been done on the photocatalytic properties of anodic TiO{sub 2} nanotubes, much less work is done on the photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} nanowires. Self-organized anodic TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays have been fabricated using a simple electrochemical approach and used as photocatalysts in photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) dyes. Here we found for the first time TiO{sub 2} nanowires have better photocatalytic properties and incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) than TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. N doped TiO{sub 2} nanowires showed further enhancement in photodegradation activity and photocurrent response in the visible region. Such TiO{sub 2} nanowires are expected to have great potential in photodegradation of pollutants, photovoltaic solar energy conversion and water splitting for hydrogen generation as well. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays electrode fabricated via anodizing Ti foil. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays have higher photodegradation activity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer N doped TiO{sub 2} nanowires enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

  4. Effects of various hydrogenated treatments on formation and photocatalytic activity of black TiO2 nanowire arrays

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    Wang, Chih-Chieh; Chou, Po-Hsun

    2016-08-01

    The effects of hydrogen thermal and plasma treatment on the formation and photocatalytic activities of black TiO2 nanowire arrays were investigated and discussed. After either the hydrogen thermal or plasma treatment, the TiO2 nanowires remained. However, in contrast to the plasma treated nanowires, the diameter of the thermal treated TiO2 nanowires reduced more significantly, which was attributed to a thicker surface amorphous layer and more oxygen vacancies. A higher photoresponse in both UV and visible light regions and more hydroxide groups were also observed for the thermal treated nanowires. In addition, the black nanowires possessed greater carrier concentration, leading to a more efficient separation of electron-hole pairs. As a consequence, much enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting and photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue were obtained.

  5. Trace detection of dissolved hydrogen gas in oil using a palladium nanowire array.

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    Yang, Fan; Jung, Dongoh; Penner, Reginald M

    2011-12-15

    The electrical resistance, R, of an array of 30 palladium nanowires is used to detect the concentration of dissolved hydrogen gas (H(2)) in transformer oil over the temperature range from 21 to 70 °C. The palladium nanowire array (PdNWA), consisting of Pd nanowires ∼100 nm (width), ∼20 nm (height), and 100 μm (length), was prepared using the lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE) method. The R of the PdNWA increased by up to 8% upon exposure to dissolved H(2) at concentrations above 1.0 ppm and up to 2940 ppm at 21 °C. The measured limit-of-detection for dissolved H(2) was 1.0 ppm at 21 °C and 1.6 ppm at 70 °C. The increase in resistance induced by exposure to H(2) was linear with [H(2)](oil)(1/2) across this concentration range. A PdNWA sensor operating in flowing transformer oil has functioned continuously for 150 days.

  6. Ternary nanocomposite of polyaniline/manganese dioxide/titanium nitride nanowire array for supercapacitor electrode

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    Xia, Chi; Xie, Yibing, E-mail: ybxie@seu.edu.cn; Du, Hongxiu; Wang, Wei [Southeast University, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China)

    2015-01-15

    The electroactive polyaniline (PANI) and manganese oxide (MnO{sub 2}) were integrated with titanium nitride (TiN) nanowire array (NWA) to form PANI/MnO{sub 2}/TiN ternary nanocomposite for supercapacitor application. TiN NWA was prepared via a seed-assisted hydrothermal synthesis and ammonia nitridization process. The electroactive MnO{sub 2} and PANI was layer-by-layer coated on TiN NWA to form heterogeneous coaxial structure through a stepwise electrodeposition process. Scanning electron micrographs revealed that the well-separated TiN NWA was composed of well-distributed nanowires with diameters in the range of 10–30 nm and a total length of 1.5 μm. A villiform MnO{sub 2} layer with a thickness of 10–20 nm covered on TiN NWA to form MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA composite. The coral-like PANI layer with thicknesses in the range of 20–50 nm covered on the above MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA to form PANI/MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA. Electrochemical measurements showed that a high specific capacitance of 674 F g{sup −1} at a current density of 1 A g{sup −1} (based on total mass of PANI/MnO{sub 2}) was obtained for PANI/MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA ternary nanocomposite, which was much higher than that of PANI/MnO{sub 2}/carbon-cloth composites reported previously. This ternary nanocomposite also showed a good rate and cycling stability. Moreover, in comparison with PANI/TiN NWA or MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA, the specific capacitance of PANI/MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA was obviously enhanced due to the extra pseudocapacitance contribution and the effective surface area of coral-like PANI layer, showing the advantage of manipulating the heterogeneous coaxial configuration between PANI and MnO{sub 2} for fundamentally improved capacitive performance. These results demonstrated that PANI/MnO{sub 2}/TiN NWA ternary nanocomposite was a promising candidate electrode material for supercapacitor application.

  7. Wafer-Level Patterned and Aligned Polymer Nanowire/Micro- and Nanotube Arrays on any Substrate

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    Morber, Jenny Ruth

    2009-05-25

    A study was conducted to fabricate wafer-level patterned and aligned polymer nanowire (PNW), micro- and nanotube arrays (PNT), which were created by exposing the polymer material to plasma etching. The approach for producing wafer-level aligned PNWs involved a one-step inductively coupled plasma (ICP) reactive ion etching process. The polymer nanowire array was fabricated in an ICP reactive ion milling chamber with a pressure of 10mTorr. Argon (Ar), O 2, and CF4 gases were released into the chamber as etchants at flow rates of 15 sccm, 10 sccm, and 40 sccm. Inert gasses, such as Ar-form positive ions were incorporated to serve as a physical component to assist in the material degradation process. One power source (400 W) was used to generate dense plasma from the input gases, while another power source applied a voltage of approximately 600V to accelerate the plasma toward the substrate.

  8. High reproducibility and sensitivity of bifacial copper nanowire array for detection of glucose

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    Hanqing Zhang

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The ordered bifacial copper nanowire array (Cu BNWA was synthesized by a template assisted electrochemical deposition method. The morphology and structure of the as-prepared samples were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The results show that the ordered Cu nanowire array with uniform geometrical dimensions covered both side of the Cu substrate. When used as the electrode for glucose detection, the minimum detectable concentration of glucose can be reached as low as 0.2 mM. Impressively, the sample still showed high sensitivity and stability for glucose detection after two months placement in ambient environment. These excellent performances of the Cu BNWA make it a promising non-enzyme glucose detection sensor for various applications.

  9. Large-scale boron nanowire nanojunctions and their highly-oriented arrays

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    CAO Limin; ZHANG Ze; WANG Wenkui

    2004-01-01

    Highly oriented multiple boron nanowire nanojunctions with unilateral feather- like morphology were first successfully prepared using a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method. The branched boron nano-feathers always nucleate and grow on the same sidewall of the stems, and align in parallel to form multiple T- and/or Y-type nanojunctions. The diameters of the branches and the stems are in the range of 20-40 and 60-80 nm, respectively. The thinner branches and thicker stems of the boron nanowires self-assembled into large-scale, highly ordered arrays on various substrates. During the formation and self-assembly of the arrays, no template or catalyst was needed. We believe that the approach presented here can be used to fabricate heterostructures with bottom-up assembly of a wide variety of one-dimensional nanostructures via the rational design of targets and the proper control of the experimental conditions.

  10. Optical absorption enhancement in silicon nanowire arrays with a large lattice constant for photovoltaic applications.

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    Lin, Chenxi; Povinelli, Michelle L

    2009-10-26

    In this paper, we use the transfer matrix method to calculate the optical absorptance of vertically-aligned silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays. For fixed filling ratio, significant optical absorption enhancement occurs when the lattice constant is increased from 100 nm to 600 nm. The enhancement arises from an increase in field concentration within the nanowire as well as excitation of guided resonance modes. We quantify the absorption enhancement in terms of ultimate efficiency. Results show that an optimized SiNW array with lattice constant of 600 nm and wire diameter of 540 nm has a 72.4% higher ultimate efficiency than a Si thin film of equal thickness. The enhancement effect can be maintained over a large range of incidence angles.

  11. Silicon nanowire arrays coated with electroless Ag for increased surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Fan Bai

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The ordered Ag nanorod (AgNR arrays are fabricated through a simple electroless deposition technique using the isolated Si nanowire (SiNW arrays as the Ag-grown scaffold. The AgNR arrays have the single-crystallized structure and the plasmonic crystal feature. It is found that the formation of the AgNR arrays is strongly dependent on the filling ratio of SiNWs. A mechanism is proposed based on the selective nucleation and the synergistic growth of Ag nanoparticles on the top of the SiNWs. Moreover, the special AgNR arrays grown on the substrate of SiNWs exhibit a detection sensitivity of 10−15M for rhodamine 6G molecules, which have the potential application to the highly sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering sensors.

  12. Optimizing Photovoltaic Charge Generation of Nanowire Arrays: A Simple Semi-Analytic Approach

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    Sturmberg, Björn C P; Botten, Lindsay C; Asatryan, Ara A; Poulton, Christopher G; McPhedran, Ross C; de Sterke, C Martijn

    2014-01-01

    Nanowire arrays exhibit efficient light coupling and strong light trapping, making them well suited to solar cell applications. The processes that contribute to their absorption are interrelated and highly dispersive, so the only current method of optimizing the absorption is by intensive numerical calculations. We present an efficient alternative which depends solely on the wavelength-dependent refractive indices of the constituent materials. We choose each array parameter such that the number of modes propagating away from the absorber is minimized while the number of resonant modes within the absorber is maximized. From this we develop a semi-analytic method that quantitatively identifies the small range of parameters where arrays achieve maximum short circuit currents. This provides a fast route to optimizing NW array cell efficiencies by greatly reducing the geometries to study with full device models. Our approach is general and applies to a variety of materials and to a large range of array thicknesses...

  13. Flexible 3D porous CuO nanowire arrays for enzymeless glucose sensing: in situ engineered versus ex situ piled

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    Huang, Jianfei; Zhu, Yihua; Yang, Xiaoling; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Ying; Li, Chunzhong

    2014-12-01

    Convenient determination of glucose in a sensitive, reliable and cost-effective way has aroused sustained research passion, bringing along assiduous investigation of high-performance electroactive nanomaterials to build enzymeless sensors. In addition to the intrinsic electrocatalytic capability of the sensing materials, electrode architecture at the microscale is also crucial for fully enhancing the performance. In this work, free-standing porous CuO nanowire (NW) was taken as a model sensing material to illustrate this point, where an in situ formed 3D CuO nanowire array (NWA) and CuO nanowires pile (NWP) immobilized with polymer binder by conventional drop-casting technique were both studied for enzymeless glucose sensing. The NWA electrode exhibited greatly promoted electrochemistry characterized by decreased overpotential for electro-oxidation of glucose and over 5-fold higher sensitivity compared to the NWP counterpart, benefiting from the binder-free nanoarray structure. Besides, its sensing performance was also satisfying in terms of rapidness, selectivity and durability. Further, the CuO NWA was utilized to fabricate a flexible sensor which showed excellent performance stability against mechanical bending. Thanks to its favorable electrode architecture, the CuO NWA is believed to offer opportunities for building high-efficiency flexible electrochemical devices.Convenient determination of glucose in a sensitive, reliable and cost-effective way has aroused sustained research passion, bringing along assiduous investigation of high-performance electroactive nanomaterials to build enzymeless sensors. In addition to the intrinsic electrocatalytic capability of the sensing materials, electrode architecture at the microscale is also crucial for fully enhancing the performance. In this work, free-standing porous CuO nanowire (NW) was taken as a model sensing material to illustrate this point, where an in situ formed 3D CuO nanowire array (NWA) and CuO nanowires

  14. Ultrahigh density array of vertically aligned small-molecular organic nanowires on arbitrary substrates.

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    Starko-Bowes, Ryan; Pramanik, Sandipan

    2013-06-18

    In recent years π-conjugated organic semiconductors have emerged as the active material in a number of diverse applications including large-area, low-cost displays, photovoltaics, printable and flexible electronics and organic spin valves. Organics allow (a) low-cost, low-temperature processing and (b) molecular-level design of electronic, optical and spin transport characteristics. Such features are not readily available for mainstream inorganic semiconductors, which have enabled organics to carve a niche in the silicon-dominated electronics market. The first generation of organic-based devices has focused on thin film geometries, grown by physical vapor deposition or solution processing. However, it has been realized that organic nanostructures can be used to enhance performance of above-mentioned applications and significant effort has been invested in exploring methods for organic nanostructure fabrication. A particularly interesting class of organic nanostructures is the one in which vertically oriented organic nanowires, nanorods or nanotubes are organized in a well-regimented, high-density array. Such structures are highly versatile and are ideal morphological architectures for various applications such as chemical sensors, split-dipole nanoantennas, photovoltaic devices with radially heterostructured "core-shell" nanowires, and memory devices with a cross-point geometry. Such architecture is generally realized by a template-directed approach. In the past this method has been used to grow metal and inorganic semiconductor nanowire arrays. More recently π-conjugated polymer nanowires have been grown within nanoporous templates. However, these approaches have had limited success in growing nanowires of technologically important π-conjugated small molecular weight organics, such as tris-8-hydroxyquinoline aluminum (Alq3), rubrene and methanofullerenes, which are commonly used in diverse areas including organic displays, photovoltaics, thin film transistors

  15. Carbon-layer-protected cuprous oxide nanowire arrays for efficient water reduction

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    Zhang, Zhonghai

    2013-02-26

    In this work, we propose a solution-based carbon precursor coating and subsequent carbonization strategy to form a thin protective carbon layer on unstable semiconductor nanostructures as a solution to the commonly occurring photocorrosion problem of many semiconductors. A proof-of-concept is provided by using glucose as the carbon precursor to form a protective carbon coating onto cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanowire arrays which were synthesized from copper mesh. The carbon-layer-protected Cu2O nanowire arrays exhibited remarkably improved photostability as well as considerably enhanced photocurrent density. The Cu2O nanowire arrays coated with a carbon layer of 20 nm thickness were found to give an optimal water splitting performance, producing a photocurrent density of -3.95 mA cm-2 and an optimal photocathode efficiency of 0.56% under illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW cm-2). This is the highest value ever reported for a Cu 2O-based electrode coated with a metal/co-catalyst-free protective layer. The photostability, measured as the percentage of the photocurrent density at the end of 20 min measurement period relative to that at the beginning of the measurement, improved from 12.6% on the bare, nonprotected Cu2O nanowire arrays to 80.7% on the continuous carbon coating protected ones, more than a 6-fold increase. We believe that the facile strategy presented in this work is a general approach that can address the stability issue of many nonstable photoelectrodes and thus has the potential to make a meaningful contribution in the general field of energy conversion. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  16. Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Based on Vertical ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    Chu Sheng

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Flexible dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated using vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays that are transferred onto ITO-coated poly(ethylene terephthalate substrates using a simple peel-off process. The solar cells demonstrate an energy conversion efficiency of 0.44% with good bending tolerance. This technique paves a new route for building large-scale cost-effective flexible photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices.

  17. Design and fabrication of ultrasmall arrayed waveguide grating multiplexers based on Si nanowire waveguides

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    DAI Dao-xin; LIU Liu; ZHEN Sheng; HE Sai-ling

    2007-01-01

    The large refractive index difference between Si and SiO2 makes it possible to realize ultrasmall photonic integrated circuits. A 5×5 ultracompact arrayed waveguide grating multiplexer based on 500×250 nm Si nanowire waveguides is designed and fabricated by using the technologies of E-beam writing and amorphous-Si deposition. The measured channel spacing is about 1.5 nm (close to the design value) and the channel crosstalk is about -8 dB.

  18. Fabrication of ordered NiO coated Si nanowire array films as electrodes for a high performance lithium ion battery.

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    Qiu, M C; Yang, L W; Qi, X; Li, Jun; Zhong, J X

    2010-12-01

    Highly ordered NiO coated Si nanowire array films are fabricated as electrodes for a high performance lithium ion battery via depositing Ni on electroless-etched Si nanowires and subsequently annealing. The structures and morphologies of as-prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. When the potential window versus lithium was controlled, the coated NiO can be selected to be electrochemically active to store and release Li+ ions, while highly conductive crystalline Si cores function as nothing more than a stable mechanical support and an efficient electrical conducting pathway. The hybrid nanowire array films exhibit superior cyclic stability and reversible capacity compared to that of NiO nanostructured films. Owing to the ease of large-scale fabrication and superior electrochemical performance, these hybrid nanowire array films will be promising anode materials for high performance lithium-ion batteries.

  19. Experimental demonstration of hyperbolic wave vector surfaces in silver nanowire arrays

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    Schilling, Joerg [ZIK, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Germany); Kanungo, Jyotirmayee [Queen' s University Belfast, Belfast (United Kingdom)

    2010-07-01

    Arrays of metal nanowires represent uniaxial metamaterials, whose principal effective permittivities perpendicular and parallel to the wire axis have opposite sign in the infrared and visible spectral range. This property leads to a hyperbolic equi-frequency surface for the extraordinary rays in wave vector space allowing the propagation of waves with unusually large wave vectors. Here we present an experimental mapping of the hyperbolic equi-frequency surfaces of TM (p-)polarised light propagating within a silver nanowire array. To this purpose we performed angular resolved transmission measurements on a 1.7 micron high alumina film containing the silver nanowire array. From the order of the observed Fabry-Perot resonances the wave vector component k{sub z} is determined, while the lateral wave vector component k{sub x}, is obtained from the angle of incidence. The resulting markings in k{sub x}-k{sub z} wave vector diagram then result in a hyperbolic equi-frequency surface for the TM polarisation. Fitting the relationship between spectral position of the Fabry-Perot peaks and angle of incidence by a simple linear equation, we furthermore determined the values of the principal permittivities for TE and TM polarisation in a wide spectral range. All experimental results agree well with simulations based on the Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory.

  20. A Photocatalytic Rotating Disc Reactor with TiO₂ Nanowire Arrays Deposited for Industrial Wastewater Treatment.

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    Li, Fang; Szeto, Wai; Huang, Haibao; Li, Jiantao; Leung, Dennis Y C

    2017-02-22

    A photocatalytic rotating disc reactor (PRD-reactor) with TiO₂ nanowire arrays deposited on a thin Ti plate is fabricated and tested for industrial wastewater treatment. Results indicate that the PRD-reactor shows excellent decolorization capability when tested with methyl orange (>97.5%). Advanced oxidation processes (AOP), including photocatalytic oxidation and photolytic reaction, occurred during the processing. Efficiency of the AOP increases with reduction in light absorption pathlength, which enhanced the photocatalytic reaction, as well as by increasing oxygen exposure of the wastewater thin film due to the rotating disc design. It is found that, with a small dosage of hydrogen peroxide, the mineralization efficiency of industrial biodegraded wastewater can be enhanced, with a superior mineralization of >75% total organic carbon (TOC) removal. This is due to the fact that the TiO₂ photocatalysis and hydrogen peroxide processes generate powerful oxidants (hydroxyl radicals) that can strongly improve photocatalytic oxidation efficiency. Application of this industrial wastewater treatment system is benefited from the TiO₂ nanowire arrays, which can be fabricated by a mild solvothermal method at 80 °C and under atmospheric pressure. Similar morphologies and microstructures are found for the TiO₂ nanowire arrays deposited on a large metal Ti disc, which makes the wastewater treatment process more practical and economical.

  1. Energy Penetration into Arrays of Aligned Nanowires Irradiated with Relativistic Intensities: Scaling to Terabar Pressures

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    Bargsten, Clayton [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Hollinger, Reed [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Capeluto, Maria Gabriela [Univ. of Buenos Aires (Argentina); Kaymak, Vural [Heinrich Heine Univ., Dusseldorf (Germany); Pukhov, Alexander [Heinrich Heine Univ., Dusseldorf (Germany); Wang, Shoujun [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Rockwood, Alex [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Wang, Yong [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Keiss, David [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Tommasini, Riccardo [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); London, Richard [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Park, Jaebum [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Busquet, Michel [ARTEP Inc., Ellicott City, MD (United States); Klapisch, M [ARTEP Inc., Ellicott City, MD (United States); Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav N. [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States); Rocca, Jorge J. [Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO (United States)

    2016-11-11

    Ultra-high-energy-density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities > 1 x 108 J cm-3 and pressures greater than a gigabar, is encountered in the center of stars and in inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world’s largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultra-high contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto targets composed of aligned nanowire arrays. Here we report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high aspect ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration. By monitoring the x-ray emission from buried Co tracer segments in Ni nanowire arrays irradiated at an intensity of 4 x 1019 W cm-2, we demonstrate energy penetration depths of several μm, leading to UHED plasmas of that size. Relativistic 3D particle-in-cell-simulations, validated by these measurements, predict that irradiation of nanostructures at intensities of > 1 x 1022 W cm-2 will lead to a virtually unexplored extreme UHED plasma regime characterized by energy densities in excess of 8 x 1010 J cm-3, equivalent to a pressure of 0.35 Tbar.

  2. Energy penetration into arrays of aligned nanowires irradiated with relativistic intensities: Scaling to terabar pressures

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    Bargsten, Clayton; Hollinger, Reed; Capeluto, Maria Gabriela; Kaymak, Vural; Pukhov, Alexander; Wang, Shoujun; Rockwood, Alex; Wang, Yong; Keiss, David; Tommasini, Riccardo; London, Richard; Park, Jaebum; Busquet, Michel; Klapisch, Marcel; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav N.; Rocca, Jorge J.

    2017-01-01

    Ultrahigh-energy density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities >1 × 108 J cm−3 and pressures greater than a gigabar, is encountered in the center of stars and inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world’s largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultrahigh contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto targets composed of aligned nanowire arrays. We report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high-aspect-ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration. By monitoring the x-ray emission from buried Co tracer segments in Ni nanowire arrays irradiated at an intensity of 4 × 1019 W cm−2, we demonstrate energy penetration depths of several micrometers, leading to UHED plasmas of that size. Relativistic three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, validated by these measurements, predict that irradiation of nanostructures at intensities of >1 × 1022 W cm−2 will lead to a virtually unexplored extreme UHED plasma regime characterized by energy densities in excess of 8 × 1010 J cm−3, equivalent to a pressure of 0.35 Tbar. PMID:28097218

  3. A vertical tip-tip contact silicon nanowire array for gas sensing.

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    Lin, Leimiao; Liu, Dong; Chen, Qiaofen; Zhou, Hongzhi; Wu, Jianmin

    2016-10-20

    Novel chemiresistive gas sensors based on a vertical tip-tip contact silicon nanowire (TTC-SiNW) array were constructed. The welding of TTC-SiNWs after joule heating treatment was confirmed by a current-voltage curve (I-V curve). The TTC-SiNW structure not only resolved the problem of electrode contact encountered in conventional nanowire sensors, but also elongated the nanowire length to increase the void space for fast gas diffusion. The TTC-SiNW sensor comprising the same two types of SiNW arrays responded to NO2 very sensitively. The LOD for the p-p and n-n contact SiNW arrays is around 150 ppb and 3 ppb (S/N = 3), respectively. Furthermore, the highly oriented nano-junction formed on the TTC structure provided solid evidence to clarify the contribution of the nanojunction to gas sensing behavior. The TTC-SiNW sensor with a p-n junction displays a significant rectification effect. The sensitive response towards NO2 (LOD is about 18 ppb) was observed at a reverse bias voltage, whereas the response at a forward bias voltage was insignificant. Finally, the mechanism of gas sensing behavior on different types of TTC structures was proposed.

  4. Single crystalline cylindrical nanowires – toward dense 3D arrays of magnetic vortices

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    Ivanov, Yurii P.

    2016-03-31

    Magnetic vortex-based media have recently been proposed for several applications of nanotechnology; however, because lithography is typically used for their preparation, their low-cost, large-scale fabrication is a challenge. One solution may be to use arrays of densely packed cobalt nanowires that have been efficiently fabricated by electrodeposition. In this work, we present this type of nanoscale magnetic structures that can hold multiple stable magnetic vortex domains at remanence with different chiralities. The stable vortex state is observed in arrays of monocrystalline cobalt nanowires with diameters as small as 45 nm and lengths longer than 200 nm with vanishing magnetic cross talk between closely packed neighboring wires in the array. Lorentz microscopy, electron holography and magnetic force microscopy, supported by micromagnetic simulations, show that the structure of the vortex state can be adjusted by varying the aspect ratio of the nanowires. The data we present here introduce a route toward the concept of 3-dimensional vortex-based magnetic memories.

  5. Energy penetration into arrays of aligned nanowires irradiated with relativistic intensities: Scaling to terabar pressures.

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    Bargsten, Clayton; Hollinger, Reed; Capeluto, Maria Gabriela; Kaymak, Vural; Pukhov, Alexander; Wang, Shoujun; Rockwood, Alex; Wang, Yong; Keiss, David; Tommasini, Riccardo; London, Richard; Park, Jaebum; Busquet, Michel; Klapisch, Marcel; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav N; Rocca, Jorge J

    2017-01-01

    Ultrahigh-energy density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities >1 × 10(8) J cm(-3) and pressures greater than a gigabar, is encountered in the center of stars and inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world's largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultrahigh contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto targets composed of aligned nanowire arrays. We report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high-aspect-ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration. By monitoring the x-ray emission from buried Co tracer segments in Ni nanowire arrays irradiated at an intensity of 4 × 10(19) W cm(-2), we demonstrate energy penetration depths of several micrometers, leading to UHED plasmas of that size. Relativistic three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, validated by these measurements, predict that irradiation of nanostructures at intensities of >1 × 10(22) W cm(-2) will lead to a virtually unexplored extreme UHED plasma regime characterized by energy densities in excess of 8 × 10(10) J cm(-3), equivalent to a pressure of 0.35 Tbar.

  6. Plasma nitriding induced growth of Pt-nanowire arrays as high performance electrocatalysts for fuel cells.

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    Du, Shangfeng; Lin, Kaijie; Malladi, Sairam K; Lu, Yaxiang; Sun, Shuhui; Xu, Qiang; Steinberger-Wilckens, Robert; Dong, Hanshan

    2014-09-22

    In this work, we demonstrate an innovative approach, combing a novel active screen plasma (ASP) technique with green chemical synthesis, for a direct fabrication of uniform Pt nanowire arrays on large-area supports. The ASP treatment enables in-situ N-doping and surface modification to the support surface, significantly promoting the uniform growth of tiny Pt nuclei which directs the growth of ultrathin single-crystal Pt nanowire (2.5-3 nm in diameter) arrays, forming a three-dimensional (3D) nano-architecture. Pt nanowire arrays in-situ grown on the large-area gas diffusion layer (GDL) (5 cm(2)) can be directly used as the catalyst electrode in fuel cells. The unique design brings in an extremely thin electrocatalyst layer, facilitating the charge transfer and mass transfer properties, leading to over two times higher power density than the conventional Pt nanoparticle catalyst electrode in real fuel cell environment. Due to the similar challenges faced with other nanostructures and the high availability of ASP for other material surfaces, this work will provide valuable insights and guidance towards the development of other new nano-architectures for various practical applications.

  7. Energy Density in Aligned Nanowire Arrays Irradiated with Relativistic Intensities: Path to Terabar Pressure Plasmas

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    Rocca, J.; Bargsten, C.; Hollinger, R.; Shylaptsev, V.; Wang, S.; Rockwood, A.; Wang, Y.; Keiss, D.; Capeluto, M.; Kaymak, V.; Pukhov, A.; Tommasini, R.; London, R.; Park, J.

    2016-10-01

    Ultra-high-energy-density (UHED) plasmas, characterized by energy densities >1 x 108 J cm-3 and pressures greater than a gigabar are encountered in the center of stars and in inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world's largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultra-high contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto aligned nanowire array targets. Here we report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high aspect ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration. By monitoring the x-ray emission from buried Co tracer segments in Ni nanowire arrays irradiated at an intensity of 4 x 1019 W cm-2, we demonstrate energy penetration depths of several μm, leading to UHED plasmas of that size. Relativistic 3D particle-in-cell-simulations validated by these measurements predict that irradiation of nanostructures at increased intensity will lead to a virtually unexplored extreme UHED plasma regime characterized by energy densities in excess of 8 x 1010 J cm-3, equivalent to a pressure of 0.35 Tbar. This work was supported by the Fusion Energy Program, Office of Science of the U.S Department of Energy, and by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

  8. Surface structure and field emission properties of cost effectively synthesized zinc oxide nanowire/multiwalled carbon nanotube heterojunction arrays

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    Dehghan Nayeri, F.; Darbari, S.; Soleimani, E. A.; Mohajerzadeh, S.

    2012-07-01

    A cost-effective and efficient approach for the synthesis of single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires on vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube (CNT) array is presented. ZnO nanowires are grown on the base of individual CNT through the low-temperature wet-chemical batch deposition technique, while the size and interspacing of the nanowires can be controlled by precursor concentration, growth temperature and time duration. The scanning electron microscopy image showed that the ZnO nanostructures are successfully grown on the CNT's surface uniformly. The produced nanostructures are characterized by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Also, field emission characteristics of the fabricated double-stage ZnO nanowire/CNT array are investigated and compared with the emission behaviour of CNT and ZnO nanowire arrays. The ZnO nanowire/CNT heterojunction array resulted in a low turn-on field of 1.5 V µm-1 and a threshold field of 4.5 V µm-1, which were lower than both the vertical CNT and ZnO arrays. The field emission properties and stability of the fabricated nanostructures also demonstrated great potential for field emission applications.

  9. Realization of effective light trapping and omnidirectional antireflection in smooth surface silicon nanowire arrays.

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    Xie, W Q; Oh, J I; Shen, W Z

    2011-02-11

    We have successfully fabricated well-ordered silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays of smooth surface by using a low-cost and facile Ag-assisted chemical etching technique. We have experimentally found that the reflectance can be significantly suppressed (absorption in SiNW arrays, we have obtained a photocurrent enhancement of up to 425% per unit volume of material as compared to crystalline Si, implying that effective light trapping can be realized in the as-grown samples. In addition, we have demonstrated experimentally and theoretically that the as-grown samples have an omnidirectional high-efficiency antireflection property.

  10. CdS/CdSe quantum dot shell decorated vertical ZnO nanowire arrays by spin-coating-based SILAR for photoelectrochemical cells and quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Ran; Luo, Qiu-Ping; Chen, Hong-Yan; Yu, Xiao-Yun; Kuang, Dai-Bin; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2012-04-23

    A CdS/CdSe composite shell is assembled onto the surface of ZnO nanowire arrays with a simple spin-coating-based successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method. The as-prepared photoelectrode exhibit a high photocurrent density in photoelectrochemical cells and also generates good power conversion efficiency in quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells.

  11. Micromagnetic simulation and the angular dependence of coercivity and remanence for array of polycrystalline nickel nanowires

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    Fuentes, G. P.; Holanda, J.; Guerra, Y.; Silva, D. B. O.; Farias, B. V. M.; Padrón-Hernández, E.

    2017-02-01

    We present here our experimental results for the preparation and characterization of nanowires of nickel and the analysis of the angular dependence of coercivity and remanence using experimental data and micromagnetic simulation. The fabrication was made by using aluminum oxide membranes as templates and deposited nickel by an electrochemical route. The magnetic measurements showed that coercivity and remanence are dependent of the angle of application of the external magnetic field. Our results are different than that expected for the coherent, vortex and transversal modes of the reversion for the magnetic moments. According to the transmission electron microscopy analysis we can see that our nanowires have not a perfect cylindrical format. That is why we have used the ellipsoids chain model for better understanding the real structure of wires and its relation with the magnetic behavior. In order to generate theoretical results for this configuration we have made micromagnetic simulation using Nmag code. Our numerical results for the realistic distances are in correspondence with the magnetic measurements and we can see that there are contradictions if we assume the transverse reversal mode. Then, we can conclude that structure of nanowires should be taken into account to understand the discrepancies reported in the literature for the reversion mechanism in arrays of nickel nanowires.

  12. Wire-supported CdSe nanowire array photoelectrochemical solar cells.

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    Zhang, Luhui; Shi, Enzheng; Li, Zhen; Li, Peixu; Jia, Yi; Ji, Chunyan; Wei, Jinquan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei; Wu, Dehai; Cao, Anyuan

    2012-03-14

    Previous fiber-shaped solar cells are based on polymeric materials or dye-sensitized wide band-gap oxides. Here, we show that efficient fiber solar cells can be made from semiconducting nanostructures (e.g. CdSe) with smaller band-gap as the light absorption material. We directly grow a vertical array of CdSe nanowires uniformly around a core metal wire and make the device by covering the top of nanowires with a carbon nanotube (CNT) film as the porous transparent electrode. The CdSe-CNT fiber solar cells show power conversion efficiencies of 1-2% under AM 1.5 illumination after the nanowires are infiltrated with redox electrolyte. We do not use a secondary metal wire (e.g. Pt) as in conventional fiber-shaped devices, instead, the end part of the CNT film is condensed into a conductive yarn to serve as the secondary electrode. In addition, our CdSe nanowire-based photoelectrochemical fiber solar cells maintain good flexibility and stable performance upon rotation and bending to large angles.

  13. Synthesis, structure and photoelectrochemical properties of single crystalline silicon nanowire arrays

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    Dalchiele, E.A., E-mail: dalchiel@fing.edu.u [Instituto de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Herrera y Reissig 565, C.C. 30, 11000 Montevideo (Uruguay); Martin, F.; Leinen, D. [Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficie (Unidad Asociada al CSIC), Departamentos de Fisica Aplicada and Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Malaga, Campus de Teatinos s/n, E29071 Malaga (Spain); Marotti, R.E. [Instituto de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Herrera y Reissig 565, C.C. 30, 11000 Montevideo (Uruguay); Ramos-Barrado, J.R. [Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficie (Unidad Asociada al CSIC), Departamentos de Fisica Aplicada and Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Malaga, Campus de Teatinos s/n, E29071 Malaga (Spain)

    2010-01-31

    In the present work, n-type silicon nanowire (n-SiNW) arrays have been synthesized by self-assembly electroless metal deposition (EMD) nanoelectrochemistry. The synthesized n-SiNW arrays have been submitted to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and optical studies. Initial probes of the solar device conversion properties and the photovoltaic parameters such as short-circuit current, open-circuit potential, and fill factor of the n-SiNW arrays have been explored using a liquid-junction in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) system under white light. Moreover, a direct comparison between the PEC performance of a polished n-Si(100) and the synthesized n-SiNW array photoelectrodes has been done. The PEC performance was significantly enhanced on the n-SiNWs photoelectrodes compared with that on polished n-Si(100).

  14. Self-Assembled Wire Arrays and ITO Contacts for Silicon Nanowire Solar Cell Applications

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    YANG Cheng; ZHANG Gang; LEE Dae-Young; LI Hua-Min; LIM Young-Dae; Y00 Won Jong; PARK Young-Jun; KIM Jong-Min

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembly of silicon nanowire(SiNW)arrays is studied using SF6/02 plasma treatment. The self-assembly method can be applied to single- and poly-crystalline Si substrates. Plasma conditions can control the length and diameter of the SiNW arrays. Lower reflectance of the wire arrays over the wavelength range 200-1100nm is obtained. The conducting transparent indium-tin-oxide(ITO) electrode can be fully coated on the self-assembled SiNW arrays by sputtering. The ITO-coated SiNW solar cells show the same low surface light reflectance and a higher carrier collection efficiency than SiNW solar cells without ITO coating. An efficiency enhancement of around 3 times for ITO coated SiNW solar cells is demonstrated via experiments.

  15. Microstructure and mechanical properties of Ni-P-Si3N4 nanowire electroless composite coatings

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    Wang, Shilong; Huang, Xuefei; Gong, Mengxiao; Huang, Weigang

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a new Ni-P-Si3N4 nanowire composite coating has been successfully prepared on AZ31 Mg substrate through electroless deposition technique. The effect of Si3N4 nanowire concentration in the plating bath on the surface morphology, hardness and wear behavior of the composite coatings have been investigated. The results show that when the concentrations of Si3N4 nanowire is 1.5 g/L, the morphology of composite coating appears the fine nodular structure. Moreover, the Si3N4 nanowire is uniformly dispersed in the coating at the 1.5 g/L concentrations of Si3N4 nanowire. But when the concentrations of Si3N4 nanowire in bath over 1.5 g/L, the coatings surface morphology become roughness and some pores appear on the coating surface because of the agglomeration of Si3N4 nanowire. As seen from the experiments results, the microhardness of the composite coating were significantly increased to about 790HV200 as plating, the friction coefficient and wear weight loss of the composite coating is both decreased to the 1/6 of conventional Ni-P electroless coating. These improvements have been attributed to the dispersion strengthening effect of Si3N4 nanowire.

  16. Stabilization mechanisms for information stored in magnetic nanowire arrays

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    Cisternas, Eduardo; Faúndez, Julián; Vogel, Eugenio E.

    2017-03-01

    The durability of the stored information in magnetic systems is one important feature in firmware applications such as security codes, magnetic keys and other similar products. In the present paper we discuss two different ways of preserving patterns in the set of magnetic wires trapped in the porous membranes used to produce them. One of the techniques is the inscription of an opposite magnetic band of about 1/3 the width of the stored pattern which minimizes the repulsive energy among the ferromagnetic cylinders still leaving a potent magnetic signal to be read. The other technique makes use of segmented nanowires which present a competition of repulsive energy of segments within the same layer while the interaction is attractive with the closer segments of the other layer; such a competition can lead to stabilization if the geometrical parameters are properly controlled. The first technique is cheaper and faster to implement, while the second technique needs a more complete fabrication process but can lead to more durable stored information.

  17. Phosphorus Doped Zn 1- x Mg x O Nanowire Arrays

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    Lin, S. S.

    2009-11-11

    We demonstrate the growth of phosphorus doped Zn 1-xMg xO nanowire (NW) using pulsed laser deposition. For the first time, p-type Zn 0.92Mg 0.08O:P NWs are likely obtained In reference to atomic force microscopy based piezoelectric output measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the transport property between the NWs and a n-type ZnO film. A shallow acceptor level of ∼140 meV Is identified by temperaturedependent photoluminescence. A piezoelectric output of 60 mV on average has been received using the doped NWs. Besides a control on NW aspect ratio and density, band gap engineering has also been achieved by alloying with Mg to a content of x = 0.23. The alloyed NWs with controllable conductivity type have potential application In high-efficiency all-ZnO NWs based LED, high-output ZnO nanogenerator, and other optical or electrical devices. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  18. Wireless Remote Monitoring of Glucose Using a Functionalized ZnO Nanowire Arrays Based Sensor

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    Magnus Willander

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a prototype wireless remote glucose monitoring system interfaced with a ZnO nanowire arrays-based glucose sensor, glucose oxidase enzyme immobilized onto ZnO nanowires in conjunction with a Nafion® membrane coating, which can be effectively applied for the monitoring of glucose levels in diabetics. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM services like General Packet Radio Service (GPRS and Short Message Service (SMS have been proven to be logical and cost effective methods for gathering data from remote locations. A communication protocol that facilitates remote data collection using SMS has been utilized for monitoring a patient’s sugar levels. In this study, we demonstrate the remote monitoring of the glucose levels with existing GPRS/GSM network infra-structures using our proposed functionalized ZnO nanowire arrays sensors integrated with standard readily available mobile phones. The data can be used for centralized monitoring and other purposes. Such applications can reduce health care costs and allow caregivers to monitor and support to their patients remotely, especially those located in rural areas.

  19. Design for strong absorption in a nanowire array tandem solar cell

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    Chen, Yang; Pistol, Mats-Erik; Anttu, Nicklas

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor nanowires are a promising candidate for next-generation solar cells. However, the optical response of nanowires is, due to diffraction effects, complicated to optimize. Here, we optimize through optical modeling the absorption in a dual-junction nanowire-array solar cell in terms of the Shockley-Quessier detailed balance efficiency limit. We identify efficiency maxima that originate from resonant absorption of photons through the HE11 and the HE12 waveguide modes in the top cell. An efficiency limit above 40% is reached in the band gap optimized Al0.10Ga0.90As/In0.34Ga0.66As system when we allow for different diameter for the top and the bottom nanowire subcell. However, for experiments, equal diameter for the top and the bottom cell might be easier to realize. In this case, we find in our modeling a modest 1–2% drop in the efficiency limit. In the Ga0.51In0.49P/InP system, an efficiency limit of η = 37.3% could be reached. These efficiencies, which include reflection losses and sub-optimal absorption, are well above the 31.0% limit of a perfectly-absorbing, idealized single-junction bulk cell, and close to the 42.0% limit of the idealized dual-junction bulk cell. Our results offer guidance in the choice of materials and dimensions for nanowires with potential for high efficiency tandem solar cells. PMID:27574019

  20. Design for strong absorption in a nanowire array tandem solar cell

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    Chen, Yang; Pistol, Mats-Erik; Anttu, Nicklas

    2016-08-01

    Semiconductor nanowires are a promising candidate for next-generation solar cells. However, the optical response of nanowires is, due to diffraction effects, complicated to optimize. Here, we optimize through optical modeling the absorption in a dual-junction nanowire-array solar cell in terms of the Shockley-Quessier detailed balance efficiency limit. We identify efficiency maxima that originate from resonant absorption of photons through the HE11 and the HE12 waveguide modes in the top cell. An efficiency limit above 40% is reached in the band gap optimized Al0.10Ga0.90As/In0.34Ga0.66As system when we allow for different diameter for the top and the bottom nanowire subcell. However, for experiments, equal diameter for the top and the bottom cell might be easier to realize. In this case, we find in our modeling a modest 1–2% drop in the efficiency limit. In the Ga0.51In0.49P/InP system, an efficiency limit of η = 37.3% could be reached. These efficiencies, which include reflection losses and sub-optimal absorption, are well above the 31.0% limit of a perfectly-absorbing, idealized single-junction bulk cell, and close to the 42.0% limit of the idealized dual-junction bulk cell. Our results offer guidance in the choice of materials and dimensions for nanowires with potential for high efficiency tandem solar cells.

  1. Construction of Hierarchical CuO/Cu2O@NiCo2S4 Nanowire Arrays on Copper Foam for High Performance Supercapacitor Electrodes

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    Luoxiao Zhou

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Hierarchical copper oxide @ ternary nickel cobalt sulfide (CuO/Cu2O@NiCo2S4 core-shell nanowire arrays on Cu foam have been successfully constructed by a facile two-step strategy. Vertically aligned CuO/Cu2O nanowire arrays are firstly grown on Cu foam by one-step thermal oxidation of Cu foam, followed by electrodeposition of NiCo2S4 nanosheets on the surface of CuO/Cu2O nanowires to form the CuO/Cu2O@NiCo2S4 core-shell nanostructures. Structural and morphological characterizations indicate that the average thickness of the NiCo2S4 nanosheets is ~20 nm and the diameter of CuO/Cu2O core is ~50 nm. Electrochemical properties of the hierarchical composites as integrated binder-free electrodes for supercapacitor were evaluated by various electrochemical methods. The hierarchical composite electrodes could achieve ultrahigh specific capacitance of 3.186 F cm−2 at 10 mA cm−2, good rate capability (82.06% capacitance retention at the current density from 2 to 50 mA cm−2 and excellent cycling stability, with capacitance retention of 96.73% after 2000 cycles at 10 mA cm−2. These results demonstrate the significance of optimized design and fabrication of electrode materials with more sufficient electrolyte-electrode interface, robust structural integrity and fast ion/electron transfer.

  2. Coating and enhanced photocurrent of vertically aligned zinc oxide nanowire arrays with metal sulfide materials.

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    Volokh, Michael; Diab, Mahmud; Magen, Osnat; Jen-La Plante, Ilan; Flomin, Kobi; Rukenstein, Pazit; Tessler, Nir; Mokari, Taleb

    2014-08-27

    Hybrid nanostructures combining zinc oxide (ZnO) and a metal sulfide (MS) semiconductor are highly important for energy-related applications. Controlled filling and coating of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays with different MS materials was achieved via the thermal decomposition approach of single-source precursors in the gas phase by using a simple atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition system. Using different precursors allowed us to synthesize multicomponent structures such as nanowires coated with alloy shell or multishell structures. Herein, we present the synthesis and structural characterization of the different structures, as well as an electrochemical characterization and a photovoltaic response of the ZnO-CdS system, in which the resulting photocurrent upon illumination indicates charge separation at the interface.

  3. Sensitive and Selective Detection of HIV-1 RRE RNA Using Vertical Silicon Nanowire Electrode Array

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    Lee, Jaehyung; Hong, Min-Ho; Han, Sanghun; Na, Jukwan; Kim, Ilsoo; Kwon, Yong-Joon; Lim, Yong-beom; Choi, Heon-Jin

    2016-07-01

    In this study, HIV-1 Rev response element (RRE) RNA was detected via an Au-coated vertical silicon nanowire electrode array (VSNEA). The VSNEA was fabricated by combining bottom-up and top-down approaches and then immobilized by artificial peptides for the recognition of HIV-1 RRE. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) analysis was used to measure the electrochemical response of the peptide-immobilized VSNEA to the concentration and types of HIV-1 RRE RNA. DPV peaks showed linearity to the concentration of RNA with a detection limit down to 1.513 fM. It also showed the clear different peaks to the mutated HIV-1 RRE RNA. The high sensitivity and selectivity of VSNEA for the detection of HIV-1 RRE RNA may be attributed to the high surface-to-volume ratio and total overlap diffusion mode of ions of the one-dimensional nanowire electrodes.

  4. Field-effect memory transistors based on arrays of nanowires of a ferroelectric polymer

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    Cai, Ronggang; Kassa, Hailu G.; Marrani, Alessio; van Breemen, Albert J. J. M.; Gelinck, Gerwin H.; Nysten, Bernard; Hu, Zhijun; Jonas, Alain M.

    2015-09-01

    Ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene), P(VDF-TrFE), is increasingly used in organic non-volatile memory devices, e.g., in ferroelectric field effect transistors (FeFETs). Here, we report on FeFETs integrating nanoimprinted arrays of P(VDF-TrFE) nanowires. Two previously-unreported architectures are tested, the first one consisting of stacked P(VDF-TrFE) nanowires placed over a continuous semiconducting polymer film; the second one consisting of a nanostriped blend layer wherein the semiconducting and ferroelectric components alternate regularly. The devices exhibit significant reversible memory effects, with operating voltages reduced compared to their continuous film equivalent, and with different possible geometries of the channels of free charge carriers accumulating in the semiconductor.

  5. Nano-scale ultra-dense Z-pinches formation from laser-irradiated nanowire arrays

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    Kaymak, Vural; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav N; Rocca, Jorge J

    2016-01-01

    We show that ulta-dense Z-pinches with nanoscale dimensions can be generated by irradiating aligned nanowires with femtosecond laser pulses of relativistic intensity. Using fully three-dimensional relativistic particle-in-cell simulations we demonstrate that the laser pulse drives a forward electron current in the area around the wires. This forward current induces return current densities of $\\sim$ 0.1 Giga-Amperes per $\\mu$m\\textsuperscript{2} through the wires. The resulting strong, quasi-static, self-generated azimuthal magnetic field pinches the nanowires into hot plasmas with a peak electron density of $> 9\\cdot 10^{24}$ cm\\textsuperscript{-3}, exceeding 1000 times the critical density. Arrays of these new ultra-dense nanopinches can be expected to lead to efficient micro-fusion and other applications.

  6. Controlled in situ nanoscale enhancement of gold nanowire arrays with plasmonics

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    MacKenzie, Robert; Fraschina, Corrado; Sannomiya, Takumi; Voeroes, Janos, E-mail: janos.voros@biomed.ee.ethz.ch [Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, ETH Zurich, Gloriastrasse 35, 8092 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2011-02-04

    The controlled in situ growth of ordered gold nanoparticles and nanowire arrays has been studied by optically tracking changes in the local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectrum. A spectrometer and custom-programmed analysis software track changes in the LSPR spectrum. The peak position, peak height (i.e. extinction intensity) and peak width (e.g. radius of curvature) were tracked over time to quantify the dynamic growth of gold as soon as the system was exposed to a commercial gold enhancement solution. This enables the controlled dynamic growth of nano-objects without the necessity of characterizing the growth and aggregation kinetics of the gold enhancement solution. The result was the successful enhancement of their electrically conductive and plasmonic properties, as well as the controlled growth and transformation of line-patterned nanoparticles into conductive particle-based nanowires.

  7. Semiconductor/dielectric half-coaxial nanowire arrays for large-area nanostructured photovoltaics

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    Hua, X.; Zeng, Y.; Shen, W. Z.

    2014-03-01

    We present a simple assembly strategy of single nanowires (NWs) to form half-coaxial nanowire arrays (NWAs) which can be easily realized in large size by standard pattering and deposition techniques. Through the finite-difference time-domain simulation, we show that the proposed half-coaxial NWAs effectively preserve the leaky modes resonances within single NWs and consequently achieve strong absorption enhancement under optimization of various structural factors. The best half-coaxial NWAs with 100 nm thick absorbing shell offer equivalent light absorption of more than 400 nm thick planar film. Benefiting from the >75% cut of the required thickness of the absorbing layer, the performances of the demonstrated half-coaxial NWAs based a-Si thin film solar cell also gain significant improvement.

  8. Magnetic force microscopy investigation of arrays of nickel nanowires and nanotubes.

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    Tabasum, M R; Zighem, F; De La Torre Medina, J; Encinas, A; Piraux, L; Nysten, B

    2014-06-20

    The magnetic properties of arrays of nanowires (NWs) and nanotubes (NTs), 150 nm in diameter, electrodeposited inside nanoporous polycarbonate membranes are investigated. The comparison of the nanoscopic magnetic force microscopy (MFM) imaging and the macroscopic behavior as measured by alternating gradient force magnetometry (AGFM) is made. It is shown that MFM is a complementary technique that provides an understanding of the magnetization reversal characteristics at the microscopic scale of individual nanostructures. The local hysteresis loops have been extracted by MFM measurements. The influence of the shape of such elongated nanostructures on the dipolar coupling and consequently on the squareness of the hysteresis curves is demonstrated. It is shown that the nanowires exhibit stronger magnetic interactions than nanotubes. The non-uniformity of the magnetization states is also revealed by combining the MFM and AGFM measurements.

  9. Plasmon-Enhanced Light Absorption in GaAs Nanowire Array Solar Cells

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    Li, Yanhong; Yan, Xin; Wu, Yao; Zhang, Xia; Ren, Xiaomin

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we propose a plasmon-enhanced solar cell structure based on a GaAs nanowire array decorated with metal nanoparticles. The results show that by engineering the metallic nanoparticles, localized surface plasmon could be excited, which can concentrate the incident light and propagate the energy to nanowires. The surface plasmon can dramatically enhance the absorbance of near-bandgap light, and the enhancement is influenced by the size and material of nanoparticles. By optimizing the particle parameters, a large absorbance enhancement of 50 % at 760 nm and a high conversion efficiency of 14.5 % can be obtained at a low diameter and period ratio ( D/ P ratio) of 0.3. The structure is promising for low-cost high-performance nanoscale solar cells.

  10. A Robust Highly Aligned DNA Nanowire Array-Enabled Lithography for Graphene Nanoribbon Transistors.

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    Kang, Seok Hee; Hwang, Wan Sik; Lin, Zhiqun; Kwon, Se Hun; Hong, Suck Won

    2015-12-01

    Because of its excellent charge carrier mobility at the Dirac point, graphene possesses exceptional properties for high-performance devices. Of particular interest is the potential use of graphene nanoribbons or graphene nanomesh for field-effect transistors. Herein, highly aligned DNA nanowire arrays were crafted by flow-assisted self-assembly of a drop of DNA aqueous solution on a flat polymer substrate. Subsequently, they were exploited as "ink" and transfer-printed on chemical vapor deposited (CVD)-grown graphene substrate. The oriented DNA nanowires served as the lithographic resist for selective removal of graphene, forming highly aligned graphene nanoribbons. Intriguingly, these graphene nanoribbons can be readily produced over a large area (i.e., millimeter scale) with a high degree of feature-size controllability and a low level of defects, rendering the fabrication of flexible two terminal devices and field-effect transistors.

  11. Nanowire-organic thin film transistor integration and scale up towards developing sensor array for biomedical sensing applications

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    Kumar, Prashanth S.; Hankins, Phillip T.; Rai, Pratyush; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2010-04-01

    Exploratory research works have demonstrated the capability of conducting nanowire arrays in enhancing the sensitivity and selectivity of bio-electrodes in sensing applications. With the help of different surface manipulation techniques, a wide range of biomolecules have been successfully immobilized on these nanowires. Flexible organic electronics, thin film transistor (TFT) fabricated on flexible substrate, was a breakthrough that enabled development of logic circuits on flexible substrate. In many health monitoring scenarios, a series of biomarkers, physical properties and vital signals need to be observed. Since the nano-bio-electrodes are capable of measuring all or most of them, it has been aptly suggested that a series of electrode (array) on single substrate shall be an excellent point of care tool. This requires an efficient control system for signal acquisition and telemetry. An array of flexible TFTs has been designed that acts as active matrix for controlled switching of or scanning by the sensor array. This array is a scale up of the flexible organic TFT that has been fabricated and rigorously tested in previous studies. The integration of nanowire electrodes to the organic electronics was approached by growing nanowires on the same substrate as TFTs and fl ip chip packaging, where the nanowires and TFTs are made on separate substrates. As a proof of concept, its application has been explored in various multi-focal biomedical sensing applications, such as neural probes for monitoring neurite growth, dopamine, and neuron activity; myocardial ischemia for spatial monitoring of myocardium.

  12. Vertically p-n-junctioned GaN nano-wire array diode fabricated on Si(111) using MOCVD.

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    Park, Ji-Hyeon; Kim, Min-Hee; Kissinger, Suthan; Lee, Cheul-Ro

    2013-04-07

    We demonstrate the fabrication of n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg nanowire arrays on (111) silicon substrate by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method .The nanowires were grown by a newly developed two-step growth process. The diameter of as-grown nanowires ranges from 300-400 nm with a density of 6-7 × 10(7) cm(-2). The p- and n-type doping of the nanowires is achieved with Mg and Si dopant species. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) indicates that the nanowires are relatively defect-free. The room-temperature photoluminescence emission with a strong peak at 370 nm indicates that the n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg nanowire arrays have potential application in light-emitting nanodevices. The cathodoluminscence (CL) spectrum clearly shows a distinct optical transition of GaN nanodiodes. The nano-n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg diodes were further completed using a sputter coating approach to deposit Au/Ni metal contacts. The polysilazane filler has been etched by a wet chemical etching process. The n-GaN:Si/p-GaN:Mg nanowire diode was fabricated for different Mg source flow rates. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements reveal excellent rectifying properties with an obvious turn-on voltage at 1.6 V for a Mg flow rate of 5 sccm (standard cubic centimeters per minute).

  13. Phonon processes in vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays produced by low-cost all-solution galvanic displacement method

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    Banerjee, Debika; Trudeau, Charles; Gerlein, Luis Felipe; Cloutier, Sylvain G.

    2016-03-01

    The nanoscale engineering of silicon can significantly change its bulk optoelectronic properties to make it more favorable for device integration. Phonon process engineering is one way to enhance inter-band transitions in silicon's indirect band structure alignment. This paper demonstrates phonon localization at the tip of silicon nanowires fabricated by galvanic displacement using wet electroless chemical etching of a bulk silicon wafer. High-resolution Raman micro-spectroscopy reveals that such arrayed structures of silicon nanowires display phonon localization behaviors, which could help their integration into the future generations of nano-engineered silicon nanowire-based devices such as photodetectors and solar cells.

  14. Broadband light absorption of silicon nanowires embedded in Ag nano-hole arrays

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    Rao, Lei; Ji, Chun-Lei; Li, Ming

    2016-09-01

    Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) embedded in Ag nano-hole arrays with broadband light absorption is proposed in this paper. Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) simulations were utilized to obtain absorptivity and band diagrams for both SiNWs and SiNWs embedded in Ag nano-hole arrays. A direct relationship between waveguide modes and extraordinary absorptivity is established qualitatively, which helps to optimal design the structure parameters to achieve broadband absorptivity. After introducing Ag nano-hole arrays at the rear side of SiNWs, the band modes are extended into leaky regions and light energy can be fully absorbed, resulting in high absorptivity at long wavelength. Severe reflection is also suppressed by light trapping capability of SiNWs at short wavelength. Over 70% average absorptivity from 400 nm to 1100 nm is realized finally. This kinds of design give promising route for high efficiency solar cells and optical absorbers.

  15. Broadband light absorption of silicon nanowires embedded in Ag nano-hole arrays

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Silicon nanowires (SiNWs embedded in Ag nano-hole arrays with broadband light absorption is proposed in this paper. Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD simulations were utilized to obtain absorptivity and band diagrams for both SiNWs and SiNWs embedded in Ag nano-hole arrays. A direct relationship between waveguide modes and extraordinary absorptivity is established qualitatively, which helps to optimal design the structure parameters to achieve broadband absorptivity. After introducing Ag nano-hole arrays at the rear side of SiNWs, the band modes are extended into leaky regions and light energy can be fully absorbed, resulting in high absorptivity at long wavelength. Severe reflection is also suppressed by light trapping capability of SiNWs at short wavelength. Over 70% average absorptivity from 400 nm to 1100 nm is realized finally. This kinds of design give promising route for high efficiency solar cells and optical absorbers.

  16. Synthesis of ZnO/Si Hierarchical Nanowire Arrays for Photocatalyst Application.

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    Li, Dingguo; Yan, Xiaolan; Lin, Chunhua; Huang, Shengli; Tian, Z Ryan; He, Bing; Yang, Qianqian; Yu, Binbin; He, Xu; Li, Jing; Wang, Jiayuan; Zhan, Huahan; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2017-12-01

    ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical architecture were synthesized by solution method with ZnO seed layer grown by atomic layer deposition and magnetron sputtering, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of the as-grown tree-like arrays was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue under ultraviolet light at ambient temperature. The comparison of morphology, crystal structure, optical properties, and photocatalysis efficiency of the two samples in different seeding processes was conducted. It was found that the ZnO/Si nanowire arrays presented a larger surface area with better crystalline and more uniform ZnO branches on the whole sidewall of Si backbones for the seed layer by atomic layer deposition, which gained a strong light absorption as high as 98% in the ultraviolet and visible range. The samples were proven to have a potential use in photocatalyst, but suffered from photodissolution and memory effect. The mechanism of the photocatalysis was analyzed, and the stability and recycling ability were also evaluated and enhanced.

  17. Synthesis of ZnO/Si Hierarchical Nanowire Arrays for Photocatalyst Application

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    Li, Dingguo; Yan, Xiaolan; Lin, Chunhua; Huang, Shengli; Tian, Z. Ryan; He, Bing; Yang, Qianqian; Yu, Binbin; He, Xu; Li, Jing; Wang, Jiayuan; Zhan, Huahan; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2017-01-01

    ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical architecture were synthesized by solution method with ZnO seed layer grown by atomic layer deposition and magnetron sputtering, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of the as-grown tree-like arrays was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue under ultraviolet light at ambient temperature. The comparison of morphology, crystal structure, optical properties, and photocatalysis efficiency of the two samples in different seeding processes was conducted. It was found that the ZnO/Si nanowire arrays presented a larger surface area with better crystalline and more uniform ZnO branches on the whole sidewall of Si backbones for the seed layer by atomic layer deposition, which gained a strong light absorption as high as 98% in the ultraviolet and visible range. The samples were proven to have a potential use in photocatalyst, but suffered from photodissolution and memory effect. The mechanism of the photocatalysis was analyzed, and the stability and recycling ability were also evaluated and enhanced.

  18. Healable capacitive touch screen sensors based on transparent composite electrodes comprising silver nanowires and a furan/maleimide diels-alder cycloaddition polymer.

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    Li, Junpeng; Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Ren, Fengbo; Hu, Wei; Li, Juan; Qi, Shuhua; Pei, Qibing

    2014-12-23

    A healable transparent capacitive touch screen sensor has been fabricated based on a healable silver nanowire-polymer composite electrode. The composite electrode features a layer of silver nanowire percolation network embedded into the surface layer of a polymer substrate comprising an ultrathin soldering polymer layer to confine the nanowires to the surface of a healable Diels-Alder cycloaddition copolymer and to attain low contact resistance between the nanowires. The composite electrode has a figure-of-merit sheet resistance of 18 Ω/sq with 80% transmittance at 550 nm. A surface crack cut on the conductive surface with 18 Ω is healed by heating at 100 °C, and the sheet resistance recovers to 21 Ω in 6 min. A healable touch screen sensor with an array of 8×8 capacitive sensing points is prepared by stacking two composite films patterned with 8 rows and 8 columns of coupling electrodes at 90° angle. After deliberate damage, the coupling electrodes recover touch sensing function upon heating at 80 °C for 30 s. A capacitive touch screen based on Arduino is demonstrated capable of performing quick recovery from malfunction caused by a razor blade cutting. After four cycles of cutting and healing, the sensor array remains functional.

  19. Fabrication of a wafer-scale uniform array of single-crystal organic nanowire complementary inverters by nanotransfer printing

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    Park, Kyung Sun; Baek, Jangmi; Koo Lee, Yong-Eun; Sung, Myung Mo

    2015-02-01

    We report the fabrication and electrical characterization of a wafer-scale array of organic complementary inverters using single-crystal 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl) pentacene (TIPS-PEN) and fullerene (C60) nanowires as p- and n-channels, respectively. Two arrays of single-crystal organic nanowires were generated consecutively on desired locations of a common substrate with a desired mutual alignment by a direct printing method (liquid-bridge-mediated nanotransfer molding). Another direct printing of silver micron scale structures, as source and drain electrodes, on the substrate with the two printed nanowire arrays produced an array of complementary inverters with a bottom gate, top contact configuration. Field-effect mobilities of single-crystal TIPS-PEN and C60 nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) in the arrays were uniform with 1.01 ± 0.14 and 0.10 ± 0.01 cm2V-1 s-1, respectively. A wafer-scale array of complementary inverters produced all by the direct printing method showed good performance with an average gain of 25 and with low variations among the inverters.

  20. Enhanced optical properties in inclined GaAs nanowire arrays for high-efficiency solar cells

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    Wang, Yile; Zhang, Xu; Sun, Xiaohong; Qi, Yongle; Wang, Zhen; Wang, Hua

    2016-11-01

    The inclined Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) nanowire arrays (NWAs) as light absorbing structures for solar photovoltaics are proposed. The influence of geometric parameters on the optical absorption properties is systematically investigated, and the optimal geometric parameters of the proposed structure are determined by using rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) and the finite element method. It is found that the absorption efficiency of the optimized structure can be improved significantly compared with vertical NWAs and thin film layer structure. The optimized structure yields a photocurrent of 30.3 mA/cm2, which is much higher than that of vertical NWAs and thin film layer with the same geometric configurations.

  1. Characterization of a Ga-assisted GaAs nanowire array solar cell on si substrate

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    Boulanger, J. P.; Chia, A. C. E.; Wood, B.

    2016-01-01

    A single-junction core-shell GaAs nanowire (NW) solar cell on Si (1 1 1) substrates is presented. A Ga-assisted vapor–liquid–solid growth mechanism was used for the formation of a patterned array of radial p-i-n GaAs NWs encapsulated in AlInP passivation. Novel device fabrication utilizing facet......-dependent properties to minimize passivation layer removal for electrical contacting is demonstrated. Thorough electrical characterization and analysis of the cell is reported. The electrostatic potential distribution across the radial p-i-n junction GaAs NW is investigated by off-axis electron holography....

  2. Smart integration of silicon nanowire arrays in all-silicon thermoelectric micro-nanogenerators

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    Fonseca, Luis; Santos, Jose-Domingo; Roncaglia, Alberto; Narducci, Dario; Calaza, Carlos; Salleras, Marc; Donmez, Inci; Tarancon, Albert; Morata, Alex; Gadea, Gerard; Belsito, Luca; Zulian, Laura

    2016-08-01

    Micro and nanotechnologies are called to play a key role in the fabrication of small and low cost sensors with excellent performance enabling new continuous monitoring scenarios and distributed intelligence paradigms (Internet of Things, Trillion Sensors). Harvesting devices providing energy autonomy to those large numbers of microsensors will be essential. In those scenarios where waste heat sources are present, thermoelectricity will be the obvious choice. However, miniaturization of state of the art thermoelectric modules is not easy with the current technologies used for their fabrication. Micro and nanotechnologies offer an interesting alternative considering that silicon in nanowire form is a material with a promising thermoelectric figure of merit. This paper presents two approaches for the integration of large numbers of silicon nanowires in a cost-effective and practical way using only micromachining and thin-film processes compatible with silicon technologies. Both approaches lead to automated physical and electrical integration of medium-high density stacked arrays of crystalline or polycrystalline silicon nanowires with arbitrary length (tens to hundreds microns) and diameters below 100 nm.

  3. Large area metal nanowire arrays with tunable sub-20 nm nanogaps.

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    Le Thi Ngoc, Loan; Jin, Mingliang; Wiedemair, Justyna; van den Berg, Albert; Carlen, Edwin T

    2013-06-25

    We report a new top-down nanofabrication technology to realize large area metal nanowire (m-NW) arrays with tunable sub-20 nm separation nanogaps without the use of chemical etching or milling of the metal layer. The m-NW array nanofabrication technology is based on a self-regulating metal deposition process that is facilitated by closely spaced and isolated heterogeneous template surfaces that confine the metal deposition into two dimensions, and therefore, electrically isolated parallel arrays of m-NW can be realized with uniform and controllable nanogaps. Au-NW and Ag-NW arrays are presented with high-density ~10(5) NWs cm(-1), variable NW diameters down to ~50 nm, variable nanogaps down to ~5 nm, and very large nanogap length density ~1 km cm(-2). The m-NW arrays are designed and implemented as interdigitated nanoelectrodes for electrochemical applications and as plasmonic substrates where the coupled-mode localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength in the nanogaps between adjacent m-NW dimers can be precisely tuned to match any excitation source in the range from 500 to 1000 nm, thus providing optimal local electromagnetic field enhancement. A spatially averaged (n = 2500) surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) analytical enhancement factor of (1.2 ± 0.1) × 10(7) is demonstrated from a benzenethiol monolayer chemisorbed on a Au-NW array substrate with LSPR wavelength matched to a He-Ne laser source.

  4. Fabrication and optical properties of TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays made by sol-gel electrophoresis deposition into anodic alumina membranes

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    Lin, Y; Yuan, X Y; Xie, T; Zhang, L D

    2003-01-01

    Ordered TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays have been successfully fabricated into the nanochannels of a porous anodic alumina membrane by sol-gel electrophoretic deposition. After annealing at 500 deg. C, the TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays and the individual nanowires were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). SEM and TEM images show that these nanowires are dense and continuous with a uniform diameter throughout their entire length. XRD and SAED analysis together indicate that these TiO sub 2 nanowires crystallize in the anatase polycrystalline structure. The optical absorption band edge of TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays exhibits a blue shift with respect of that of the bulk TiO sub 2 owing to the quantum size effect.

  5. Site-Selective Controlled Dealloying Process of Gold-Silver Nanowire Array: a Simple Approach towards Long-Term Stability and Sensitivity Improvement of SERS Substrate

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    Wiriyakun, Natta; Pankhlueab, Karuna; Boonrungsiman, Suwimon; Laocharoensuk, Rawiwan

    2016-12-01

    Limitations of achieving highly sensitive and stable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate greatly concern the suitable method for fabrication of large-area plasmonic nanostructures. Herein we report a simple approach using template-based synthesis to create a highly ordered two-dimensional array of gold-silver alloy nanowires, followed by the controlled dealloying process. This particular step of mild acid etching (15%v/v nitric acid for 5 min) allowed the formation of Raman hot spots on the nanowire tips while maintaining the integrity of highly active alloy composition and rigid nanowire array structure. Full consideration of SERS substrate performance was accomplished using 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) as a probe molecule. Exceedingly higher SERS signal (150-fold) can be achieved with respect to typical gold film substrate. Moreover, an excellent stability of SERS substrate was also determined for over 3 months storage time. In contrast to the previous studies which stability improvement was accomplished at a cost of sensitivity reduction, the simultaneous improvement of sensitivity and stability makes the controlled dealloying process an excellent choice of SERS substrate fabrication. In addition, uniformity and reproducibility studies indicated satisfactory results with the acceptable values of relative standard deviation.

  6. Dense nanoimprinted silicon nanowire arrays with passivated axial p-i-n junctions for photovoltaic applications

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    Zhang, Peng; Liu, Pei; Siontas, Stylianos; Zaslavsky, A.; Pacifici, D. [Department of Physics and School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States); Ha, Jong-Yoon; Krylyuk, S. [Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States); Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); Davydov, A. V. [Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States)

    2015-03-28

    We report on the fabrication and photovoltaic characteristics of vertical arrays of silicon axial p-i-n junction nanowire (NW) solar cells grown by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) epitaxy. NW surface passivation with silicon dioxide shell is shown to enhance carrier recombination time, open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}), short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}), and fill factor (FF). The photovoltaic performance of passivated individual NW and NW arrays was compared under 532 nm laser illumination with power density of ∼10 W/cm{sup 2}. Higher values of V{sub OC} and FF in the NW arrays are explained by enhanced light trapping. In order to verify the effect of NW density on light absorption and hence on the photovoltaic performance of NW arrays, dense Si NW arrays were fabricated using nanoimprint lithography to periodically arrange the gold seed particles prior to epitaxial growth. Compared to sparse NW arrays fabricated using VLS growth from randomly distributed gold seeds, the nanoimprinted NW array solar cells show a greatly increased peak external quantum efficiency of ∼8% and internal quantum efficiency of ∼90% in the visible spectral range. Three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulations of Si NW periodic arrays with varying pitch (P) confirm the importance of high NW density. Specifically, due to diffractive scattering and light trapping, absorption efficiency close to 100% in the 400–650 nm spectral range is calculated for a Si NW array with P = 250 nm, significantly outperforming a blanket Si film of the same thickness.

  7. Fabrication of Si/ZnS radial nanowire heterojunction arrays for white light emitting devices on Si substrates.

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    Katiyar, Ajit K; Sinha, Arun Kumar; Manna, Santanu; Ray, Samit K

    2014-09-10

    Well-separated Si/ZnS radial nanowire heterojunction-based light-emitting devices have been fabricated on large-area substrates by depositing n-ZnS film on p-type nanoporous Si nanowire templates. Vertically oriented porous Si nanowires on p-Si substrates have been grown by metal-assisted chemical etching catalyzed using Au nanoparticles. Isolated Si nanowires with needle-shaped arrays have been made by KOH treatment before ZnS deposition. Electrically driven efficient white light emission from radial heterojunction arrays has been achieved under a low forward bias condition. The observed white light emission is attributed to blue and green emission from the defect-related radiative transition of ZnS and Si/ZnS interface, respectively, while the red arises from the porous surface of the Si nanowire core. The observed white light emission from the Si/ZnS nanowire heterojunction could open up the new possibility to integrate Si-based optical sources on a large scale.

  8. Composite resin reinforced with silver nanoparticles-laden hydroxyapatite nanowires for dental application.

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    Ai, Miao; Du, Zhiyun; Zhu, Siqi; Geng, Hongjuan; Zhang, Xu; Cai, Qing; Yang, Xiaoping

    2017-01-01

    The object is to find a functional one-dimensional nanofibrous filler for composite resin, which is able to provide both efficient reinforcement and high antibacterial activity. Hydroxyapatite (HA) nanowires were synthesized via hydrothermal technique using calcium oleate as the precursor. Polydopamine (PDA)-coated HA (HA-PDA) nanowires were prepared by soaking HA nanowires in dopamine (DA) aqueous solution. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)-laden HA (HA-PDA-Ag) nanowires were prepared via reduction reaction by adding silver nitrate and glucose into HA-PDA suspensions in DI water. The resulted HA-PDA-Ag nanowires were then mixed into Bis-GMA/TEGDMA (50/50, w/w) at 4-10wt.%, thermal-cured, and submitted to characterizations including mechanical properties, interfacial adhesion between filler and resin matrix, distribution of HA nanowires and AgNPs, as well as silver ion release, cytotoxicity and antibacterial activity. HA-PDA-Ag nanowires were readily obtained and the loading amounts of AgNPs could be controlled by adjusting the feeding doses of silver nitrate and HA-PDA nanowires. Benefiting from the PDA surface layer, HA-PDA-Ag nanowires could disperse well in composite resin and form good interfacial adhesion with the resin matrix. In comparison with neat resin, significant increases in flexural strength and modulus of cured composites were achieved at the addition amounts of HA-PDA-Ag nanowires being 6-8wt.%. The distribution of AgNPs was homogeneous throughout the resin matrix in all designs, which endowed the composites with high antibacterial activity against streptococcus mutans. Continuous silver ion release from composites was detected, however, it was determined the composites would have insignificant cytotoxicity based on the proliferation of L929 fibroblasts in extracts of HA-PDA-Ag nanowires. The finding proved that HA-PDA-Ag nanowires could serve as functional nanofillers for composite resins, which should help much in developing materials for satisfactory

  9. Controllable Synthesis of Copper Oxide/Carbon Core/Shell Nanowire Arrays and Their Application for Electrochemical Energy Storage

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    Zhan, Jiye; Chen, Minghua; Xia, Xinhui

    2015-01-01

    Rational design/fabrication of integrated porous metal oxide arrays is critical for the construction of advanced electrochemical devices. Herein, we report self-supported CuO/C core/shell nanowire arrays prepared by the combination of electro-deposition and chemical vapor deposition methods. CuO/C nanowires with diameters of ~400 nm grow quasi-vertically to the substrates forming three-dimensional arrays architecture. A thin carbon shell is uniformly coated on the CuO nanowire cores. As an anode of lithium ion batteries, the resultant CuO/C nanowire arrays are demonstrated to have high specific capacity (672 mAh·g−1 at 0.2 C) and good cycle stability (425 mAh·g−1 at 1 C up to 150 cycles). The core/shell arrays structure plays positive roles in the enhancement of Li ion storage due to fast ion/electron transfer path, good strain accommodation and sufficient contact between electrolyte and active materials.

  10. Transfer-free synthesis of highly ordered Ge nanowire arrays on glass substrates

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    Nakata, M.; Toko, K., E-mail: toko@bk.tsukuba.ac.jp; Suemasu, T. [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Jevasuwan, W.; Fukata, N. [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044 (Japan); Saitoh, N.; Yoshizawa, N. [Electron Microscope Facility, TIA, AIST, 16-1 Onogawa, Tsukuba 305-8569 (Japan)

    2015-09-28

    Vertically aligned Ge nanowires (NWs) are directly synthesized on glass via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth using chemical-vapor deposition. The use of the (111)-oriented Ge seed layer, formed by metal-induced crystallization at 325 °C, dramatically improved the density, uniformity, and crystal quality of Ge NWs. In particular, the VLS growth at 400 °C allowed us to simultaneously achieve the ordered morphology and high crystal quality of the Ge NW array. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that the resulting Ge NWs had no dislocations or stacking faults. Production of high-quality NW arrays on amorphous insulators will promote the widespread application of nanoscale devices.

  11. Hierarchical Nanocomposites of Polyaniline Nanowire Arrays on Reduced Graphene Oxide Sheets for Supercapacitors

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    Wang, Li; Ye, Yinjian; Lu, Xingping; Wen, Zhubiao; Li, Zhuang; Hou, Haoqing; Song, Yonghai

    2013-01-01

    Here we reported a novel route to synthesize a hierarchical nanocomposite (PANI-frGO) of polyaniline (PANI) nanowire arrays covalently bonded on reduced graphene oxide (rGO). In this strategy, nitrophenyl groups were initially grafted on rGO via C-C bond, and then reduced to aminophenyl to act as anchor sites for the growth of PANI arrays on rGO. The functionalized process was confirmed by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrochemical properties of the PANI-frGO as supercapacitor materials were investigated. The PANI-frGO nanocomposites showed high capacitance of 590 F g−1 at 0.1 A g−1, and had no loss of capacitance after 200 cycles at 2 A g−1. The improved electrochemical performance suggests promising application of the PANI-frGO nanocomposites in high-performance supercapacitors. PMID:24356535

  12. Growth of Horizonatal ZnO Nanowire Arrays on Any Substrate

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    2008-12-04

    A general method is presented for growing laterally aligned and patterned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays on any substrate as long as it is flat. The orientation control is achieved using the combined effect from ZnO seed layer and the catalytically inactive Cr (or Sn) layer for NW growth. The growth temperature (< 100 °C) is so low that the method can be applied to a wide range of substrates that can be inorganic, organic, single crystal, polycrystal, or amorphous. The laterally aligned ZnO NW arrays can be employed for various applications, such as gas sensor, field effect transistor, nanogenerator, and flexible electronics. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  13. Enhanced magnetocrystalline anisotropy in an ultra-dense array of air-exposed crystalline cobalt nanowires

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    Camara, I. S.; Achkar, C.; Liakakos, N.; Pierrot, A.; Pierron-Bohnes, V.; Henry, Y.; Soulantica, K.; Respaud, M.; Blon, T.; Bailleul, M.

    2016-11-01

    The magnetic anisotropy of an ultradense array of crystalline cobalt nanowires is investigated by means of broadband ferromagnetic resonance and magnetic torque measurements. The array is grown epitaxially in solution on a Pt(111) film and consists of single crystalline metallic wires with a diameter of 6.2 nm and a center-to-center interwire distance of 9.6 nm. The shape anisotropy and the Co hexagonal compact structure with the c-axis along the wire axis combine with each other to impose a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy despite the high density of 8 × 1012 wires/in.2. The intrinsic uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy constants K1 and K2 are extracted from the ferromagnetic resonance and torque measurements using a mean field approach accounting for the interwire dipolar interactions. At room temperature, and despite air exposure, an unexpected increase of K1 and K2 of more than 40% with respect to the bulk is evidenced.

  14. Wafer-scale high-throughput ordered growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays.

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    Wei, Yaguang; Wu, Wenzhuo; Guo, Rui; Yuan, Dajun; Das, Suman; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2010-09-01

    This article presents an effective approach for patterned growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with high throughput and low cost at wafer scale without using cleanroom technology. Periodic hole patterns are generated using laser interference lithography on substrates coated with the photoresist SU-8. ZnO NWs are selectively grown through the holes via a low-temperature hydrothermal method without using a catalyst and with a superior control over orientation, location/density, and as-synthesized morphology. The development of textured ZnO seed layers for replacing single crystalline GaN and ZnO substrates extends the large-scale fabrication of vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays on substrates of other materials, such as polymers, Si, and glass. This combined approach demonstrates a novel method of manufacturing large-scale patterned one-dimensional nanostructures on various substrates for applications in energy harvesting, sensing, optoelectronics, and electronic devices.

  15. High Yield of GaAs Nanowire Arrays on Si Mediated by the Pinning and Contact Angle of Ga.

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    Russo-Averchi, Eleonora; Vukajlovic Plestina, Jelena; Tütüncüoglu, Gözde; Matteini, Federico; Dalmau-Mallorquí, Anna; de la Mata, Maria; Rüffer, Daniel; Potts, Heidi A; Arbiol, Jordi; Conesa-Boj, Sonia; Fontcuberta i Morral, Anna

    2015-05-13

    GaAs nanowire arrays on silicon offer great perspectives in the optoelectronics and solar cell industry. To fulfill this potential, gold-free growth in predetermined positions should be achieved. Ga-assisted growth of GaAs nanowires in the form of array has been shown to be challenging and difficult to reproduce. In this work, we provide some of the key elements for obtaining a high yield of GaAs nanowires on patterned Si in a reproducible way: contact angle and pinning of the Ga droplet inside the apertures achieved by the modification of the surface properties of the nanoscale areas exposed to growth. As an example, an amorphous silicon layer between the crystalline substrate and the oxide mask results in a contact angle around 90°, leading to a high yield of vertical nanowires. Another example for tuning the contact angle is anticipated, native oxide with controlled thickness. This work opens new perspectives for the rational and reproducible growth of GaAs nanowire arrays on silicon.

  16. Conformal growth of ZnO on TiO{sub 2} nanowire array for enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Tao, Ru-Hua [Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra 3004-516 (Portugal); Wu, Jin-Ming, E-mail: msewjm@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Organic Pollution Process and Control, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Xiao, Jing-Zhong [Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra 3004-516 (Portugal); Zhao, Yi-Ping; Dong, Wei-Wei; Fang, Xiao-Dong [Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Key Laboratory of New Thin Film Solar Cells, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2013-08-15

    Quasi-aligned core–shell TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanowires were fabricated by a conformal growth of ZnO along TiO{sub 2} nanowires through pulsed laser deposition. The TiO{sub 2} nanowire array was fabricated simply by direct oxidation of metallic Ti substrates in hydrogen peroxide solutions containing trace melamine and nitric acid. The X-ray diffraction pattern shows that, the ZnO layer was oriented grown to exhibit an abnormal strong X-ray peak corresponding to (0 0 2). The UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra reveal that the bandgap of TiO{sub 2} nanowire array and that after the ZnO deposition for 30 min was 3.1 eV and 2.7 eV, respectively. The pulsed laser deposition of ZnO on the TiO{sub 2} nanowire array is effective to improve both the photoelectrochemical response and the efficiency to assist photodegradation of rhodamine B in water.

  17. Hot deuteron generation and neutron production in deuterated nanowire array irradiated at relativistic intensity

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    Curtis, Alden; Calvi, Chase; Tinsley, Jim; Hollinger, Reed; Wang, Shoujun; Rockwood, Alex; Wang, Yong; Buss, Conrad; Shlyaptsev, Vyacheslav; Kaymak, V.; Pukhov, Alexander; Rocca, Jorge

    2016-10-01

    Irradiation of arrays of aligned high aspect ratio nanowires with high contrast femtosecond laser pulses of relativistic intensity was recently shown to volumetrically heat near solid density plasmas to multi-KeV energy. Using aligned arrays of deuterated polyethylene nanowires (CD2) irradiated at laser intensities of up to 1 ×1020 W/cm2 we are able to generate near solid density plasmas in which the tail of the deuteron distribution was measured to reach energies of up to 3 MeV, in agreement with particle-in-cell simulations. Comparative measurements conducted using flat CD2 targets irradiated by the same laser pulses show the maximum deuteron energies are sub-MeV. We also observed a 100x increase in the number of neutrons produced as compared to flat CD2 targets irradiated at the same conditions, with the highest yield shots producing above 106 neutrons per Joule of laser energy. Work supported by AFOSR Award FA9560-14-10232 and NSTec SDRD program.

  18. Quantifying the Traction Force of a Single Cell by Aligned Silicon Nanowire Array

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    Li, Zhou

    2009-10-14

    The physical behaviors of stationary cells, such as the morphology, motility, adhesion, anchorage, invasion and metastasis, are likely to be important for governing their biological characteristics. A change in the physical properties of mammalian cells could be an indication of disease. In this paper, we present a silicon-nanowire-array based technique for quantifying the mechanical behavior of single cells representing three distinct groups: normal mammalian cells, benign cells (L929), and malignant cells (HeLa). By culturing the cells on top of NW arrays, the maximum traction forces of two different tumor cells (HeLa, L929) have been measured by quantitatively analyzing the bending of the nanowires. The cancer cell exhibits a larger traction force than the normal cell by ∼20% for a HeLa cell and ∼50% for a L929 cell. The traction forces have been measured for the L929 cells and mechanocytes as a function of culture time. The relationship between cells extending area and their traction force has been investigated. Our study is likely important for studying the mechanical properties of single cells and their migration characteristics, possibly providing a new cellular level diagnostic technique. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  19. Quantifying the traction force of a single cell by aligned silicon nanowire array.

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    Li, Zhou; Song, Jinhui; Mantini, Giulia; Lu, Ming-Yen; Fang, Hao; Falconi, Christian; Chen, Lih-Juann; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2009-10-01

    The physical behaviors of stationary cells, such as the morphology, motility, adhesion, anchorage, invasion and metastasis, are likely to be important for governing their biological characteristics. A change in the physical properties of mammalian cells could be an indication of disease. In this paper, we present a silicon-nanowire-array based technique for quantifying the mechanical behavior of single cells representing three distinct groups: normal mammalian cells, benign cells (L929), and malignant cells (HeLa). By culturing the cells on top of NW arrays, the maximum traction forces of two different tumor cells (HeLa, L929) have been measured by quantitatively analyzing the bending of the nanowires. The cancer cell exhibits a larger traction force than the normal cell by approximately 20% for a HeLa cell and approximately 50% for a L929 cell. The traction forces have been measured for the L929 cells and mechanocytes as a function of culture time. The relationship between cells extending area and their traction force has been investigated. Our study is likely important for studying the mechanical properties of single cells and their migration characteristics, possibly providing a new cellular level diagnostic technique.

  20. Graphene quantum dots modified silicon nanowire array for ultrasensitive detection in the gas phase

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    Li, T. Y.; Duan, C. Y.; Zhu, Y. X.; Chen, Y. F.; Wang, Y.

    2017-03-01

    Si nanostructure-based gas detectors have attracted much attention due to their huge surface areas, relatively high carrier mobility, maneuverability for surface functionalization and compatibility to modern electronic industry. However, the unstable surface of Si, especially for the nanostructures in a corrosive atmosphere, hinders their sensitivity and reproducibility when used for detection in the gas phase. In this study, we proposed a novel strategy to fabricate a Si-based gas detector by using the vertically aligned Si nanowire (SiNW) array as a skeleton and platform, and decorated chemically inert graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to protect the SiNWs from oxidation and promote the carriers’ interaction with the analytes. The radial core–shell structures of the GQDs/SiNW array were then assembled into a resistor-based gas detection system and evaluated by using nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as the model analyte. Compared to the bare SiNW array, our novel sensor exhibited ultrahigh sensitivity for detecting trace amounts of NO2 with the concentration as low as 10 ppm in room temperature and an immensely reduced recovery time, which is of significant importance for their practical application. Meanwhile, strikingly, reproducibility and stability could also be achieved by showing no sensitivity decline after storing the GQDs/SiNW array in air for two weeks. Our results demonstrate that protecting the surface of the SiNW array with chemically inert GQDs is a feasible strategy to realize ultrasensitive detection in the gas phase.

  1. Photonic light trapping in silicon nanowire arrays: deriving and overcoming the physical limitations

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    Schmitt, Sebastian W

    2016-01-01

    Hexagonally aligned, free-standing silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays serve as photonic resonators which, as compared to a silicon (Si) thin film, do not only absorb more visible (VIS) and near-infrared (NIR) light, but also show an inherent photonic light concentration that enhances their performance as solar absorbers. Using numerical simulations we show, how light concentration is induced by high optical cross sections of the individual SiNWs but cannot be optimized independently of the SiNW array absorption. While an ideal spatial density exists, for which the SiNW array absorption for VIS and NIR wavelengths reaches a maximum, the spatial correlation of SiNWs in an array suppresses the formation of optical Mie modes responsible for light concentration. We show that different from SiNWs with straight sidewalls, arrays of inverted silicon nanocones (SiNCs) permit to avoid the mode suppression. In fact they give rise to an altered set of photonic modes which is induced by the spatial correlation of SiNCs in the...

  2. Microstructure characterization of SiC nanowires as reinforcements in composites

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    Dong, Ronghua [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yang, Wenshu, E-mail: yws001003@163.com [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wu, Ping [Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi' an, 710024 (China); Hussain, Murid [Department of Chemical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, M.A. Jinnah Building, Defence Road, Off Raiwind Road, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Xiu, Ziyang; Wu, Gaohui; Wang, Pingping [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2015-05-15

    SiC nanowires have been rarely investigated or explored along their axial direction by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Here we report the investigation of the cross-section microstructure of SiC nanowires by embedding them into Al matrix. Morphology of SiC nanowires was cylindrical with smooth surface or bamboo shape. Cubic (3C-SiC) and hexagonal structure (2H-SiC) phases were detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. High density stacking faults were observed in both the cylindrical and bamboo shaped nanowires which were perpendicular to their axial direction. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns of the cylindrical and bamboo shaped SiC nanowires both in the perpendicular and parallel direction to the axial direction were equivalent in the structure. After calculation and remodeling, it has been found that the SAED patterns were composed of two sets of diffraction patterns, corresponding to 2H-SiC and 3C-SiC, respectively. Therefore, it could be concluded that the SiC nanowires are composed of a large number of small fragments that are formed by hybrid 3C-SiC and 2H-SiC structures. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Cross-section microstructure of SiC nanowires was observed in Al composite. • Cylindrical with smooth surface or bamboo shape SiC nanowires were found. • The cylindrical and bamboo shaped SiC nanowires were equivalent in structure. • Structure of SiC nanowires was remodeled. • SiC nanowires are composed of hybrid 3C-SiC and 2H-SiC structures.

  3. Composition-graded nanowire solar cells fabricated in a single process for spectrum-splitting photovoltaic systems.

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    Caselli, Derek; Liu, Zhicheng; Shelhammer, David; Ning, Cun-Zheng

    2014-10-08

    Nanomaterials such as semiconductor nanowires have unique features that could enable novel optoelectronic applications such as novel solar cells. This paper aims to demonstrate one such recently proposed concept: Monolithically Integrated Laterally Arrayed Multiple Band gap (MILAMB) solar cells for spectrum-splitting photovoltaic systems. Two cells with different band gaps were fabricated simultaneously in the same process on a single substrate using spatially composition-graded CdSSe alloy nanowires grown by the Dual-Gradient Method in a chemical vapor deposition system. CdSSe nanowire ensemble devices tested under 1 sun AM1.5G illumination achieved open-circuit voltages up to 307 and 173 mV and short-circuit current densities as high as 0.091 and 0.974 mA/cm(2) for the CdS- and CdSe-rich cells, respectively. The open-circuit voltages were roughly three times those of similar CdSSe film cells fabricated for comparison due to the superior optical quality of the nanowires. I-V measurements were also performed using optical filters to simulate spectrum-splitting. The open-circuit voltages and fill factors of the CdS-rich subcells were uniformly larger than the corresponding CdSe-rich cells for similar photon flux, as expected. This suggests that if all wires can be contacted, the wide-gap cell is expected to have greater output power than the narrow-gap cell, which is the key to achieving high efficiencies with spectrum-splitting. This paper thus provides the first proof-of-concept demonstration of simultaneous fabrication of MILAMB solar cells. This approach to solar cell fabrication using single-crystal nanowires for spectrum-splitting photovoltaics could provide a future low-cost high-efficiency alternative to the conventional high-cost high-efficiency tandem cells.

  4. Intact mammalian cell function on semi-conductor nanowire arrays: new perspectives for cell-based biosensing

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    Berthing, Trine; Bonde, Sara; Sørensen, Claus Birger;

    2011-01-01

    Nanowires (NWs) are attracting more and more interest due to their potential cellular applications, such as delivery of compounds or sensing platforms. Arrays of vertical indium-arsenide (InAs) NWs are interfaced with human embryonic kidney cells and rat embryonic dorsal root ganglion neurons. A ...

  5. Fabrication of silicon nanowire arrays by macroscopic galvanic cell-driven metal catalyzed electroless etching in aerated HF solution.

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    Liu, Lin; Peng, Kui-Qing; Hu, Ya; Wu, Xiao-Ling; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2014-03-05

    Macroscopic galvanic cell-driven metal catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) of silicon in aqueous hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution is devised to fabricate silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays with dissolved oxygen acting as the one and only oxidizing agent. The key aspect of this strategy is the use of a graphite or other noble metal electrode that is electrically coupled with silicon substrate.

  6. Heterogeneous NiCo2O4@polypyrrole core/sheath nanowire arrays on Ni foam for high performance supercapacitors

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    Hu, Jing; Li, Minchan; Lv, Fucong; Yang, Mingyang; Tao, Pengpeng; Tang, Yougen; Liu, Hongtao; Lu, Zhouguang

    2015-10-01

    A novel heterogeneous NiCo2O4@PPy core/sheath nanowire arrays are directly grown on Ni foam involving three facile steps, hydrothermal synthesis and calcination of NiCo2O4 nanowire arrays and subsequent in-situ oxidative polymerization of polypyrrole (PPy). When investigated as binder- and conductive additive-free electrodes for supercapacitors (SCs) in 6 M KOH, the NiCo2O4@PPy core/sheath nanowire arrays exhibit high areal capacitance of 3.49 F cm-2 at a discharge current density of 5 mA cm-2, which is almost 1.5 times as much as the pristine NiCo2O4 (2.30 F cm-2). More importantly, it can remain 3.31 F cm-2 (94.8% retention) after 5000 cycles. The as-obtained electrode also displays excellent rate capability, whose areal capacitance can still remain 2.79 F cm-2 while the discharge current density is increased to 50 mA cm-2. The remarkable electrochemical performance is mainly attributed to the unique heterogeneous core/sheath nanowire-array architectures.

  7. Structure and Magnetic Properties of Ni Nanowires Array Fabricated by Direct Current Electro-deposition in Anodic Alumina Membrane

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    HUANG Xinmin; ZHU Hong; XU Jinxia

    2005-01-01

    Ordered nanostructure arrays of Ni-Al2O3 were synthesized by direct current electro-deposition in anodic alumina membranes (AAM). The investigation with an electron microscope,an X-ray diffractmeter and a vibration sample magnetometer indicates that the Ni nanowires, growing in the pores of AAM with about 45nm in diameter, are monocrystalline and have a definite preferred crystallizing orientation. The magnetic behavior of the arrays and their mechanism were discussed.

  8. Morphological, Structural, and Compositional Characterization of Electrodeposited Bi(1-x)Sb(x) Nanowires

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    Müller, Sven

    2012-01-01

    Bi$_{1-x}$Sb$_x$ nanowires with controlled diameter ($20$ to $200$,nm) and composition over a wide range from $x = 0$ to $0.5$ and $x=1$ were fabricated by electrochemical deposition in etched ion-track templates. These nanowires are interesting for the investigation of the influence of quantum-size effects on the thermoelectric efficiency. The influence of the electrolyte and the deposition potential on the electrochemical deposition of Bi$_{1-x}$Sb$_x$ nanowires in polymer templates made of...

  9. Electroactive biomimetic collagen-silver nanowire composite scaffolds

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    Wickham, Abeni; Vagin, Mikhail; Khalaf, Hazem; Bertazzo, Sergio; Hodder, Peter; Dånmark, Staffan; Bengtsson, Torbjörn; Altimiras, Jordi; Aili, Daniel

    2016-07-01

    Electroactive biomaterials are widely explored as bioelectrodes and as scaffolds for neural and cardiac regeneration. Most electrodes and conductive scaffolds for tissue regeneration are based on synthetic materials that have limited biocompatibility and often display large discrepancies in mechanical properties with the surrounding tissue causing problems during tissue integration and regeneration. This work shows the development of a biomimetic nanocomposite material prepared from self-assembled collagen fibrils and silver nanowires (AgNW). Despite consisting of mostly type I collagen fibrils, the homogeneously embedded AgNWs provide these materials with a charge storage capacity of about 2.3 mC cm-2 and a charge injection capacity of 0.3 mC cm-2, which is on par with bioelectrodes used in the clinic. The mechanical properties of the materials are similar to soft tissues with a dynamic elastic modulus within the lower kPa range. The nanocomposites also support proliferation of embryonic cardiomyocytes while inhibiting the growth of both Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis. The developed collagen/AgNW composites thus represent a highly attractive bioelectrode and scaffold material for a wide range of biomedical applications.Electroactive biomaterials are widely explored as bioelectrodes and as scaffolds for neural and cardiac regeneration. Most electrodes and conductive scaffolds for tissue regeneration are based on synthetic materials that have limited biocompatibility and often display large discrepancies in mechanical properties with the surrounding tissue causing problems during tissue integration and regeneration. This work shows the development of a biomimetic nanocomposite material prepared from self-assembled collagen fibrils and silver nanowires (AgNW). Despite consisting of mostly type I collagen fibrils, the homogeneously embedded AgNWs provide these materials with a charge storage capacity of about 2.3 mC cm-2

  10. Preparation and performance of ZnO nanowires modified carbon fibers reinforced NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic matrix composite

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    Zhang, Lei, E-mail: jwlzl77@163.com; Jiao, Wanli

    2013-12-25

    Highlights: •Unlike existing chemical modification, the liquid growth remains fiber’s strength. •ZnO nanowires array are grown on carbon fibers with controllable morphology. •ZnO nanowires array modified carbon fibers can reinforce the strength of ceramic matrix composite. •This research will provide a means to produce multifunctional composites. -- Abstract: The surface of carbon fibers was modified by ZnO nanowires using the liquid growth method. NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic matrix composites reinforced by the modified carbon fibers were prepared by a high-temperature solid-state reaction method at 1300 °C for 5 h in N{sub 2} atmosphere. The influences of modified carbon fibers on the mechanical performances of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites were investigated. The crystal structure of modified carbon fibers and the morphology of modified carbon fibers surface and the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites fracture cross-section were observed by meaning of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The results showed that hexagonal wurtzite ZnO nanowires array grew from the surface of carbon fibers vertically, with nanowires diameters ranging from 170 nm to 380 nm and lengths up to 2.8 μm. Unlike existing chemical modification and high temperature oxidation method, the liquid growth allowed morphology control and maintained the single fiber tensile strength substantially unchanged under certain growth procedures. Compared to pure NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic and bare carbon fibers reinforced NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composite, the bending strength of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composite reinforced with ZnO nanowires surface modified carbon fibers was shown to increase by up to 70% and 45%, respectively. The development of an interphase offering control over the morphology will provide a means to produce multifunctional composites.

  11. Fabrication and characterization of highly ordered Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanowire/tube arrays by sol-gel template method

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    2007-01-01

    Highly ordered nanowire/tube arrays of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 were fabricated by the sol-gel method in the pores of anodic alumina membrane (AAM). Whether nanowires or nanotubes were fabricated depends on immersion time. The immersion time was 15-40 s for nanotubes and over 60 s for nanowires. The topography and crystalline structure of the nanowire arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that the length and diameter of the Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanowires are related to the thickness of the AAM and the diameter of the pores. The results indicated that the Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanowires are uniform and parallel to each other.

  12. Highly effective field-effect mobility amorphous InGaZnO TFT mediated by directional silver nanowire arrays.

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    Liu, Hung-Chuan; Lai, Yi-Chun; Lai, Chih-Chung; Wu, Bing-Shu; Zan, Hsiao-Wen; Yu, Peichen; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Tsai, Chuang-Chuang

    2015-01-14

    In this work, we demonstrate sputtered amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin-film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) with a record high effective field-effect mobility of 174 cm(2)/V s by incorporating silver nanowire (AgNW) arrays to channel electron transport. Compared to the reference counterpart without nanowires, the over 5-fold enhancement in the effective field-effect mobility exhibits clear dependence on the orientation as well as the surface coverage ratio of silver nanowires. Detailed material and device analyses reveal that during the room-temperature IGZO sputtering indium and oxygen diffuse into the nanowire matrix while the nanowire morphology and good contact between IGZO and nanowires are maintained. The unchanged morphology and good interfacial contact lead to high mobility and air-ambient-stable characteristics up to 3 months. Neither hysteresis nor degraded bias stress reliability is observed. The proposed AgNW-mediated a-IGZO TFTs are promising for development of large-scale, flexible, transparent electronics.

  13. Self-assembled nanowire arrays as three-dimensional nanopores for filtration of DNA molecules.

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    Rahong, Sakon; Yasui, Takao; Yanagida, Takeshi; Nagashima, Kazuki; Kanai, Masaki; Meng, Gang; He, Yong; Zhuge, Fuwei; Kaji, Noritada; Kawai, Tomoji; Baba, Yoshinobu

    2015-01-01

    Molecular filtration and purification play important roles for biomolecule analysis. However, it is still necessary to improve efficiency and reduce the filtration time. Here, we show self-assembled nanowire arrays as three-dimensional (3D) nanopores embedded in a microfluidic channel for ultrafast DNA filtration. The 3D nanopore structure was formed by a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) nanowire growth technique, which allowed us to control pore size of the filtration material by varying the number of growth cycles. λ DNA molecules (48.5 kbp) were filtrated from a mixture of T4 DNA (166 kbp) at the entrance of the 3D nanopore structure within 1 s under an applied electric field. Moreover, we observed single DNA molecule migration of T4 and λ DNA molecules to clarify the filtration mechanism. The 3D nanopore structure has simplicity of fabrication, flexibility of pore size control and reusability for biomolecule filtration. Consequently it is an excellent material for biomolecular filtration.

  14. Technology for fabrication of sub-20 nm silicon planar nanowires array

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    Miakonkikh, Andrey V.; Tatarintsev, Andrey A.; Rogozhin, Alexander E.; Rudenko, Konstantin V.

    2016-12-01

    The results presented on Silicon one-dimensional structures fabrication which are promising for application in nanoelectronics, sensors, THz-applications. We employ two-stage technology of precise anizotropic plasma etching of silicon over e-beam resist and isotropic removal of thermally oxidised defected surface layer of silicon by wet etch. As first the process for nano-fins fabrication on SOI substrate was developed. HSQ resist was used as a negative-tone electron beam resist with good etch-resistance, high resolution and high mechanical stability. The etching was performed by RIE in mix of SF6 + C4F8. plasma. By changing the ratio SF6:C4F8, the sidewall profile angle can be controlled thoroughly. Next step to minimize lateral size of structures and reduce impact of surface defects on electron mobility in core of nanowires was the application of surface thermal oxidation to defected layer. It was used for selective removal of damaged silicon layer and polymer residues. Oxidation was performed with controlled flow of dry oxygen and water vapour. Oxidation rate was precisely controlled by ex-situ spectral ellipsometry on unpatterned chips As a result the arrays of planar sub-20 nm Silicon nanowires with length in the range 200 nm - 500 um were made.

  15. A metallo-DNA nanowire with uninterrupted one-dimensional silver array

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    Kondo, Jiro; Tada, Yoshinari; Dairaku, Takenori; Hattori, Yoshikazu; Saneyoshi, Hisao; Ono, Akira; Tanaka, Yoshiyuki

    2017-10-01

    The double-helix structure of DNA, in which complementary strands reversibly hybridize to each other, not only explains how genetic information is stored and replicated, but also has proved very attractive for the development of nanomaterials. The discovery of metal-mediated base pairs has prompted the generation of short metal-DNA hybrid duplexes by a bottom-up approach. Here we describe a metallo-DNA nanowire—whose structure was solved by high-resolution X-ray crystallography—that consists of dodecamer duplexes held together by four different metal-mediated base pairs (the previously observed C-Ag-C, as well as G-Ag-G, G-Ag-C and T-Ag-T) and linked to each other through G overhangs involved in interduplex G-Ag-G. The resulting hybrid nanowires are 2 nm wide with a length of the order of micrometres to millimetres, and hold the silver ions in uninterrupted one-dimensional arrays along the DNA helical axis. The hybrid nanowires are further assembled into three-dimensional lattices by interactions between adenine residues, fully bulged out of the double helix.

  16. Study of magnetoelastic and magnetocrystalline anisotropies in Co{sub x}Ni{sub 1−x} nanowire arrays

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    Moskaltsova, Anastasiia, E-mail: amoskaltsova@inesc-mn.pt [National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, 21, Frunze Str., 61002 Kharkiv (Ukraine); INESC-MN, Rua Alves Redol, 9-1, 1000-029 Lisbon (Portugal); Proenca, Mariana P. [IFIMUP and IN Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Dep. Física e Astronomia, Univ. Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Nedukh, Sergey V. [O. Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 12, Proskura str., 61085 Kharkov (Ukraine); Sousa, Célia T. [IFIMUP and IN Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Dep. Física e Astronomia, Univ. Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Vakula, Arthur [O. Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 12, Proskura str., 61085 Kharkov (Ukraine); Kakazei, Gleb N. [IFIMUP and IN Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Dep. Física e Astronomia, Univ. Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Institute of Magnetism National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 36b Vernadskogo Blvd., 03142 Kiev (Ukraine); Tarapov, Sergey I. [O. Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 12, Proskura str., 61085 Kharkov (Ukraine); Araujo, Joao P. [IFIMUP and IN Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Dep. Física e Astronomia, Univ. Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal)

    2015-01-15

    Highly ordered Co{sub x}Ni{sub 1−x} nanowire (NW) arrays were electrodeposited inside nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide membranes. The control of the applied potential during the electrodeposition process allowed us to easily tune the Co% in the alloy. Systematic studies on the morphological and crystallographic properties together with static and dynamic magnetic characterizations were performed. In this work we focus on the study of the dynamic magnetic properties of CoNi NW arrays using the ferromagnetic resonance method at both room (RT) and low (LT) temperatures. The careful comparison analysis performed between the magnetic anisotropy fields obtained at RT and LT, allowed us to extract for the first time the magnetocrystalline anisotropy effect of the Co component and, most importantly, the magnetoelastic anisotropy effect of Ni. - Highlights: • Ordered hexagonal arrays of Co{sub x}Ni{sub 1−x} nanowires were grown by DC electrodeposition. • The Co:Ni ratio in the nanowires was tuned by varying the deposition potential. • We studied magnetic anisotropies using ferromagnetic resonance method. • The experiments were performed at room and low temperatures. • We extracted the magnetoelastic contribution of Ni in the fabricated nanowires.

  17. Perpendicular Giant Magnetoresistance and Magnetic Properties of Co/Cu Nanowire Arrays Affected by Period Number and Copper Layer Thickness

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    Juan Han

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available One-dimensional magnetic nanowires have attracted much attention in the last decades due to their unique physical properties and potential applications in magnetic recording and spintronics. In this work, ordered arrays of Co/Cu multilayered nanowires which can be exploited to develop magnetoresistive sensors were successfully prepared using porous anodic alumina (PAA templates. The structure and morphology of the multilayered nanowire arrays were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The nanowire arrays are highly ordered and the average diameter is about 50 nm, which is controlled by the pore diameter of the PAA templates. The influences of period number and Cu layer thickness on the magnetic and the giant magnetoresistance (GMR properties were investigated. The coercivity and remanence ratio increase first and then gradually tend to be stable with the increase of period number and the Cu layer thickness, while the GMR ratio increases first and then decreases with the increase of the period number accompanied by an oscillatory behavior of GMR as the Cu layer thickness changes, which are ascribed to the spin dependence electron scattering in the multilayers. The optimum GMR of −13% appears at Co (50 nm/Cu (5 nm with 200 deposition cycles in our experimental conditions.

  18. Fabrication and characterization of well-aligned zinc oxide nanowire arrays and their realizations in Schottky-device applications

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    Wong, Kin Mun; Grote, Fabian; Sun, Hui; Lei, Yong [Institute of Materials Physics, Center for Nanotechnology, University of Muenster (Germany); Wen, Liaoyong; Fang, Yaoguo [Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, Shanghai University, Shanghai 201800 (China)

    2011-07-01

    Highly ordered arrays of vertical zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) or nanopores were fabricated in our group by first thermal evaporating a thin film of gold on the ultrathin alumina membrane (UTAM). The UTAM was then utilized as a substrate for the growth of the ordered arrays using a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. Alternatively, a modified CVD process was also used to fabricate ultra-long ZnO NWs with the length of the nanowire exceeding 100 micrometres. Subsequently, densely packed arrays of ZnO NWs Schottky diodes were synthesized by transferring the long NWs on a substrate using a dry contact printing method and the electrical contacts were made on the NWs with a photolithographic process. The interesting electrical properties of the ZnO NWs, diodes or other metal oxide NWs such as the field emission, electron transport and piezoelectric properties were characterized by current-voltage or by other appropriate measurements.

  19. Fabrication of silicon nanowire arrays by near-field laser ablation and metal-assisted chemical etching

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    Brodoceanu, D.; Alhmoud, H. Z.; Elnathan, R.; Delalat, B.; Voelcker, N. H.; Kraus, T.

    2016-02-01

    We present an elegant route for the fabrication of ordered arrays of vertically-aligned silicon nanowires with tunable geometry at controlled locations on a silicon wafer. A monolayer of transparent microspheres convectively assembled onto a gold-coated silicon wafer acts as a microlens array. Irradiation with a single nanosecond laser pulse removes the gold beneath each focusing microsphere, leaving behind a hexagonal pattern of holes in the gold layer. Owing to the near-field effects, the diameter of the holes can be at least five times smaller than the laser wavelength. The patterned gold layer is used as catalyst in a metal-assisted chemical etching to produce an array of vertically-aligned silicon nanowires. This approach combines the advantages of direct laser writing with the benefits of parallel laser processing, yielding nanowire arrays with controlled geometry at predefined locations on the silicon surface. The fabricated VA-SiNW arrays can effectively transfect human cells with a plasmid encoding for green fluorescent protein.

  20. Photodetection and transport properties of surface capped silicon nanowires arrays with polyacrylic acid

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    Kamran Rasool

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Efficient hybrid photodetector consisting of silicon nanowires (SiNWs (∼40 μm capped with Polyacrylic Acid (PAA is demonstrated. Highly diluted PAA with deionized (DI water was spun directly on vertical SiNW arrays prepared by metal assisted electroless chemical etching (MACE technique. We have observed ∼9, 4 and 9 times enhancement in responsivity, detectivity and external quantum efficiency in SiNWs/PAA hybrid device in comparison to SiNWs only device. Higher electrical current and photodetection may be due to the increment of hydrophilic content (acceptor like states on SiNWs interface. The higher photosensitivity can also be attributed to the presence of low refractive index PAA around SiNWs which causes funneling of photon energy into SiNWs. Surface roughness of SiNWs leads to immobilization of charge carriers and hence shows persistent photoconductivity.

  1. Piezoelectric Nanogenerator Using p-Type ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    Lu, Ming-Pei

    2009-03-11

    Using phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays grown on silicon substrate, energy conversion using the p-type ZnO NWs has been demonstrated for the first time. The p-type ZnO NWs produce positive output voltage pulses when scanned by a conductive atomic force microscope (AFM) in contact mode. The output voltage pulse is generated when the tip contacts the stretched side (positive piezoelectric potential side) of the NW. In contrast, the n-type ZnO NW produces negative output voltage when scanned by the AFM tip, and the output voltage pulse is generated when the tip contacts the compressed side (negative potential side) of the NW. In reference to theoretical simulation, these experimentally observed phenomena have been systematically explained based on the mechanism proposed for a nanogenerator. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  2. Enhanced P3HT/ZnO Nanowire Array Solar Cells by Pyro-phototronic Effect.

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    Zhang, Kewei; Wang, Zhong Lin; Yang, Ya

    2016-11-22

    The pyro-phototronic effect is based on the coupling among photoexcitation, pyroelectricity, and semiconductor charge transport in pyroelectric materials, which can be utilized to modulate photoexcited carriers to enhance the output performance of solar cells. Herein, we have demonstrated the largely enhanced output performance of a P3HT/ZnO nanowire array photovoltaic cell (PVC) by using the pyro-phototronic effect under weak light illuminations. By applying an external cooling temperature variation, the output current and voltage of the PVC can be dramatically enhanced by 18% and 152% under indoor light illumination, respectively. This study realizes the performance enhancement of pyroelectric semiconductor materials-based solar cells via a temperature-variation-induced pyro-phototronic effect, which may have potential applications in solar energy scavenging and self-powered sensor systems.

  3. Design of coated standing nanowire array solar cell performing beyond the planar efficiency limits

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    Zeng, Yang; Ye, Qinghao; Shen, Wenzhong

    2016-05-01

    The single standing nanowire (SNW) solar cells have been proven to perform beyond the planar efficiency limits in both open-circuit voltage and internal quantum efficiency due to the built-in concentration and the shifting of the absorption front. However, the expandability of these nano-scale units to a macro-scale photovoltaic device remains unsolved. The main difficulty lies in the simultaneous preservation of an effective built-in concentration in each unit cell and a broadband high absorption capability of their array. Here, we have provided a detailed theoretical guideline for realizing a macro-scale solar cell that performs furthest beyond the planar limits. The key lies in a complementary design between the light-trapping of the single SNWs and that of the photonic crystal slab formed by the array. By tuning the hybrid HE modes of the SNWs through the thickness of a coaxial dielectric coating, the optimized coated SNW array can sustain an absorption rate over 97.5% for a period as large as 425 nm, which, together with the inherited carrier extraction advantage, leads to a cell efficiency increment of 30% over the planar limit. This work has demonstrated the viability of a large-size solar cell that performs beyond the planar limits.

  4. Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays Using Bilayered Metal Catalysts

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    Hua Qi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertically aligned, high-density ZnO nanowires (NWs were grown for the first time on c-plane sapphire using binary alloys of Ni/Au or Cu/Au as the catalyst. The growth was performed under argon gas flow and involved the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS growth process. We have investigated various ratios of catalyst components for the NWs growth and results indicate that very thin adhesion layers of Ni or Cu deposited prior to the Au layer are not deleterious to the ZnO NW array growth. Significant improvement of the Au adhesion on the substrate was noted, opening the potential for direct catalyst patterning of Au and subsequent NW array growth. Additionally, we found that an increase of in thickness of the Cu adhesion layer results in the simultaneous growth of NWs and nanoplates (NPs, indicating that in this case the growth involves both the VLS and vapor-solid (VS growth mechanisms. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS studies were also performed to characterize the resulting ZnO NW arrays, indicating that the NWs grown using a thin adhesion layer of Ni or Cu under the Au show comparable SERS enhancement to those of the pure Au-catalyzed NWs.

  5. GaN nanowire arrays with nonpolar sidewalls for vertically integrated field-effect transistors

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    Yu, Feng; Yao, Shengbo; Römer, Friedhard; Witzigmann, Bernd; Schimpke, Tilman; Strassburg, Martin; Bakin, Andrey; Schumacher, Hans Werner; Peiner, Erwin; Suryo Wasisto, Hutomo; Waag, Andreas

    2017-03-01

    Vertically aligned gallium nitride (GaN) nanowire (NW) arrays have attracted a lot of attention because of their potential for novel devices in the fields of optoelectronics and nanoelectronics. In this work, GaN NW arrays have been designed and fabricated by combining suitable nanomachining processes including dry and wet etching. After inductively coupled plasma dry reactive ion etching, the GaN NWs are subsequently treated in wet chemical etching using AZ400K developer (i.e., with an activation energy of 0.69 ± 0.02 eV and a Cr mask) to form hexagonal and smooth a-plane sidewalls. Etching experiments using potassium hydroxide (KOH) water solution reveal that the sidewall orientation preference depends on etchant concentration. A model concerning surface bonding configuration on crystallography facets has been proposed to understand the anisotropic wet etching mechanism. Finally, NW array-based vertical field-effect transistors with wrap-gated structure have been fabricated. A device composed of 99 NWs exhibits enhancement mode operation with a threshold voltage of 1.5 V, a superior electrostatic control, and a high current output of >10 mA, which prevail potential applications in next-generation power switches and high-temperature digital circuits.

  6. Ultrahigh-Responsivity Photodetectors from Perovskite Nanowire Arrays for Sequentially Tunable Spectral Measurement.

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    Deng, Wei; Huang, Liming; Xu, Xiuzhen; Zhang, Xiujuan; Jin, Xiangcheng; Lee, Shuit-Tong; Jie, Jiansheng

    2017-02-28

    Compared with polycrystalline films, single-crystalline methylammonium lead halide (MAPbX3, X = halogen) perovskite nanowires (NWs) with well-defined structure possess superior optoelectronic properties for optoelectronic applications. However, most of the prepared perovskite NWs exhibit properties below expectations due to poor crystalline quality and rough surfaces. It also remains a challenge to achieve aligned growth of single-crystalline perovskite NWs for integrated device applications. Here, we report a facile fluid-guided antisolvent vapor-assisted crystallization (FGAVC) method for large-scale fabrication of high-quality single-crystalline MAPb(I1-xBrx)3 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) NW arrays. The resultant perovskite NWs showed smooth surfaces due to slow crystallization process and moisture-isolated growth environment. Significantly, photodetectors made from the NW arrays exhibited outstanding performance in respect of ultrahigh responsivity of 12 500 A W(-1), broad linear dynamic rang (LDR) of 150 dB, and robust stability. The responsivity represents the best value ever reported for perovskite-based photodetectors. Moreover, the spectral response of the MAPb(I1-xBrx)3 NW arrays could be sequentially tuned by varying the content of x = 0-0.4. On the basis of this feature, the NW arrays were monolithically integrated to form a unique system for directly measuring light wavelength. Our work would open a new avenue for the fabrication of high-performance, integrated optoelectronic devices from the perovskite NW arrays.

  7. Crystal Orientation Controlled Photovoltaic Properties of Multilayer GaAs Nanowire Arrays.

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    Han, Ning; Yang, Zai-Xing; Wang, Fengyun; Yip, SenPo; Li, Dapan; Hung, Tak Fu; Chen, Yunfa; Ho, Johnny C

    2016-06-28

    In recent years, despite significant progress in the synthesis, characterization, and integration of various nanowire (NW) material systems, crystal orientation controlled NW growth as well as real-time assessment of their growth-structure-property relationships still presents one of the major challenges in deploying NWs for practical large-scale applications. In this study, we propose, design, and develop a multilayer NW printing scheme for the determination of crystal orientation controlled photovoltaic properties of parallel GaAs NW arrays. By tuning the catalyst thickness and nucleation and growth temperatures in the two-step chemical vapor deposition, crystalline GaAs NWs with uniform, pure ⟨110⟩ and ⟨111⟩ orientations and other mixture ratios can be successfully prepared. Employing lift-off resists, three-layer NW parallel arrays can be easily attained for X-ray diffraction in order to evaluate their growth orientation along with the fabrication of NW parallel array based Schottky photovoltaic devices for the subsequent performance assessment. Notably, the open-circuit voltage of purely ⟨111⟩-oriented NW arrayed cells is far higher than that of ⟨110⟩-oriented NW arrayed counterparts, which can be interpreted by the different surface Fermi level pinning that exists on various NW crystal surface planes due to the different As dangling bond densities. All this indicates the profound effect of NW crystal orientation on physical and chemical properties of GaAs NWs, suggesting the careful NW design considerations for achieving optimal photovoltaic performances. The approach presented here could also serve as a versatile and powerful platform for in situ characterization of other NW materials.

  8. SnO2Nanowire Arrays and Electrical Properties Synthesized by Fast Heating a Mixture of SnO2and CNTs Waste Soot

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    Zhou Zhi-Hua

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract SnO2nanowire arrays were synthesized by fast heating a mixture of SnO2and the carbon nanotubes waste soot by high-frequency induction heating. The resultant SnO2nanowires possess diameters from 50 to 100 nm and lengths up to tens of mircrometers. The field-effect transistors based on single SnO2nanowire exhibit that as-synthesized nanowires have better transistor performance in terms of transconductance and on/off ratio. This work demonstrates a simple technique to the growth of nanomaterials for application in future nanoelectronic devices.

  9. Two-layer ZnO nanowire arrays: Fabrication and its photovoltaic property sensitized by CdSe and CdS quantum dots

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    Yin, Jingzhi [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Wang, Jianxiong; Sun, Xiaowei [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2015-09-01

    Two-layer ZnO nanowire arrays have been synthesized by a low temperature hydrothermal method. The two-layer structure enables the absorption of CdSe and CdS quantum dots (QDs) on different nanostructured layers, respectively. Solar cell based on the QD sensitized ZnO nanowire arrays is fabricated. Because sequential light adsorption of different sensitizers happens in two different layers, the photoanode can reduce the interaction possibility among different QDs and extend the absorption range, and result in improved photovoltaic properties. - Highlights: • Two-layer ZnO nanowire array has been synthesized by a low temperature hydrothermal. • A two-layer quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanowire array solar cell has been fabricated. • The structure can reduce interaction possibility among different quantum dots. • The structure can extend the range of light absorption.

  10. Highly Ordered Vertical Arrays of TiO2/ZnO Hybrid Nanowires: Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization.

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    Gujarati, Tanvi P; Ashish, Ajithan G; Rai, Maniratnam; Shaijumon, Manikoth M

    2015-08-01

    We report the fabrication of vertically aligned hierarchical arrays of TiO2/ZnO hybrid nanowires, consisting of ZnO nanowires grown directly from within the pores of TiO2 nanotubes, through a combination of electrochemical anodization and hydrothermal techniques. These novel nano-architectured hybrid nanowires with its unique properties show promise as high performance supercapacitor electrodes. The electrochemical behaviour of these hybrid nanowires has been studied using Cyclic voltammetry, Galvanostatic charge-discharge and Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements using 1.5 M tetraethylammoniumtetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile as the electrolyte. Excellent electrochemical performances with a maximum specific capacitance of 2.6 mF cm-2 at a current density of 10 µA cm-2, along with exceptional cyclic stability, have been obtained for TiO2/ZnO-1 h hybrid material. The obtained results demonstrate the possibility of fabricating new geometrical architectures of inorganic hybrid nanowires with well adhered interfaces for the development of hybrid energy devices.

  11. Fabrication of three-dimensional MIS nano-capacitor based on nano-imprinted single crystal silicon nanowire arrays

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    Zhai, Yujia

    2012-11-26

    We report fabrication of single crystalline silicon nanowire based-three-dimensional MIS nano-capacitors for potential analog and mixed signal applications. The array of nanowires is patterned by Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FIL). Deep silicon etching (DSE) is used to form the nanowires with high aspect ratio, increase the electrode area and thus significantly enhance the capacitance. High-! dielectric is deposited by highly conformal atomic layer deposition (ALD) Al2O3 over the Si nanowires, and sputtered metal TaN serves as the electrode. Electrical measurements of fabricated capacitors show the expected increase of capacitance with greater nanowire height and decreasing dielectric thickness, consistent with calculations. Leakage current and time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) are also measured and compared with planar MIS capacitors. In view of greater interest in 3D transistor architectures, such as FinFETs, 3D high density MIS capacitors offer an attractive device technology for analog and mixed signal applications. - See more at: http://www.eurekaselect.com/105099/article#sthash.EzeJxk6j.dpuf

  12. Functionalization of silicon nanowire arrays by silver nanoparticles for the laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry analysis of vegetable oils.

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    Picca, Rosaria Anna; Calvano, Cosima Damiana; Lo Faro, Maria Josè; Fazio, Barbara; Trusso, Sebastiano; Ossi, Paolo Maria; Neri, Fortunato; D'Andrea, Cristiano; Irrera, Alessia; Cioffi, Nicola

    2016-09-01

    In this work, novel hybrid nanostructured surfaces, consisting of dense arrays of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) functionalized by Ag nanoparticles (AgNP/SiNWs), were used for the laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LDI-TOF MS) analysis of some typical unsaturated food components (e.g. squalene, oleic acid) to assess their MS performance. The synthesis of the novel platforms is an easy, cost-effective process based on the maskless wet-etching preparation at room temperature of SiNWs followed by their decoration with AgNPs, produced by pulsed laser deposition. No particular surface pretreatment or addition of organic matrixes/ionizers was necessary. Moreover, oil extracts (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil) could be investigated on AgNP/SiNWs surfaces, revealing their different MS profiles. It was shown that such substrates operate at reduced laser energy, typically generating intense silver cluster ions and analyte adducts. A comparison with bare SiNWs was also performed, indicating the importance of AgNP density on NW surface. In this case, desorption/ionization on silicon was invoked as probable LDI mechanism. Finally, the influence of SiNW length and surface composition on MS results was assessed. The combination of typical properties of SiNWs (hydrophobicity, antireflectivity) with ionization ability of metal NPs can be a valid methodology for the further development of nanostructured surfaces in LDI-TOF MS applications. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Blue-to-green single photons from InGaN/GaN dot-in-a-nanowire ordered arrays

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    Chernysheva, E.; Gačević, Ž.; García-Lepetit, N.; van der Meulen, H. P.; Müller, M.; Bertram, F.; Veit, P.; Torres-Pardo, A.; González Calbet, J. M.; Christen, J.; Calleja, E.; Calleja, J. M.; Lazić, S.

    2015-07-01

    Single-photon emitters (SPEs) are at the basis of many applications for quantum information management. Semiconductor-based SPEs are best suited for practical implementations because of high design flexibility, scalability and integration potential in practical devices. Single-photon emission from ordered arrays of InGaN nano-disks embedded in GaN nanowires is reported. Intense and narrow optical emission lines from quantum dot-like recombination centers are observed in the blue-green spectral range. Characterization by electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence and micro-photoluminescence indicate that single photons are emitted from regions of high In concentration in the nano-disks due to alloy composition fluctuations. Single-photon emission is determined by photon correlation measurements showing deep anti-bunching minima in the second-order correlation function. The present results are a promising step towards the realization of on-site/on-demand single-photon sources in the blue-green spectral range operating in the GHz frequency range at high temperatures.

  14. Three-Dimensional Porous Iron Vanadate Nanowire Arrays as a High-Performance Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Cao, Yunhe; Fang, Dong; Liu, Ruina; Jiang, Ming; Zhang, Hang; Li, Guangzhong; Luo, Zhiping; Liu, Xiaoqing; Xu, Jie; Xu, Weilin; Xiong, Chuanxi

    2015-12-23

    Development of three-dimensional nanoarchitectures on current collectors has emerged as an effective strategy for enhancing rate capability and cycling stability of the electrodes. Herein, a new type of three-dimensional porous iron vanadate (Fe0.12V2O5) nanowire arrays on a Ti foil has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The as-prepared Fe0.12V2O5 nanowires are about 30 nm in diameter and several micrometers in length. The effect of reaction time on the resulting morphology is investigated and the mechanism for the nanowire formation is proposed. As an electrode material used in lithium-ion batteries, the unique configuration of the Fe0.12V2O5 nanowire arrays presents enhanced capacitance, satisfying rate capability and good cycling stability, as evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic discharge-charge cycling. It delivers a high discharge capacity of 293 mAh·g(-1) at 2.0-3.6 V or 382.2 mAh·g(-1) at 1.0-4.0 V after 50 cycles at 30 mA·g(-1).

  15. Near-infrared quarter-waveplate with near-unity polarization conversion efficiency based on silicon nanowire array.

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    Dai, Yanmeng; Cai, Hongbing; Ding, Huaiyi; Ning, Zhen; Pan, Nan; Zhu, Hong; Shi, Qinwei; Wang, Xiaoping

    2015-04-06

    Metasurfaces made of subwavelength resonators can modify the wave front of light within the thickness much less than free space wavelength, showing great promises in integrated optics. In this paper, we theoretically show that electric and magnetic resonances supported simultaneously by a subwavelength nanowire with high refractive-index can be utilized to design metasurfaces with near-unity transmittance. Taking silicon nanowire for instance, we design numerically a near-infrared quarter-waveplate with high transmittance using a subwavelength nanowire array. The operation bandwidth of the waveplate is 0.14 μm around the center wavelength of 1.71 μm. The waveplate can convert a 45° linearly polarized incident light to circularly polarized light with conversion efficiency ranging from 94% to 98% over the operation band. The performance of quarter waveplate can in principle be tuned and improved through optimizing the parameters of nanowire arrays. Its compatibility to microelectronic technologies opens up a distinct possibility to integrate nanophotonics into the current silicon-based electronic devices.

  16. Deformation behavior of metallic glass composites reinforced with shape memory nanowires studied via molecular dynamics simulations

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    Şopu, D.; Stoica, M.; Eckert, J.

    2015-05-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that the deformation behavior and mechanism of Cu64Zr36 composite structures reinforced with B2 CuZr nanowires are strongly influenced by the martensitic phase transformation and distribution of these crystalline precipitates. When nanowires are distributed in the glassy matrix along the deformation direction, a two-steps stress-induced martensitic phase transformation is observed. Since the martensitic transformation is driven by the elastic energy release, the strain localization behavior in the glassy matrix is strongly affected. Therefore, the composite materials reinforced with a crystalline phase, which shows stress-induced martensitic transformation, represent a route for controlling the properties of glassy materials.

  17. Wafer-Scale High-Throughput Ordered Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    Wei, Yaguang

    2010-09-08

    This article presents an effective approach for patterned growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with high throughput and low cost at wafer scale without using cleanroom technology. Periodic hole patterns are generated using laser interference lithography on substrates coated with the photoresist SU-8. ZnO NWs are selectively grown through the holes via a low-temperature hydrothermal method without using a catalyst and with a superior control over orientation, location/density, and as-synthesized morphology. The development of textured ZnO seed layers for replacing single crystalline GaN and ZnO substrates extends the large-scale fabrication of vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays on substrates of other materials, such as polymers, Si, and glass. This combined approach demonstrates a novel method of manufacturing large-scale patterned one-dimensional nanostructures on various substrates for applications in energy harvesting, sensing, optoelectronics, and electronic devices. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  18. Tunable magnetocrystalline easy axis in cobalt nanowire arrays by zinc additive

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    Manouchehri, A. [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ramazani, A., E-mail: rmzn@kashanu.ac.ir [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kashi, M. Almasi [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Physics, University of Kashan, Kashan 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Montazer, A.H. [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Kashan, Kashan 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pure Co and Co-rich CoZn NW arrays were fabricated into AAO templates. • Effect of Zn additive on magnetic properties and crystal structure was investigated. • Coercivity and squareness of Co NWs increased up to 2150 Oe and 0.93 by Zn additive. • Incorporation of Zn rotated Co c-axis from perpendicular to parallel to NW axis. - Abstract: A new approach to tuning the crystalline characteristics and magnetic properties of cobalt nanowire (NW) arrays embedded in AAO templates is reported using zinc additive. This is realized by adding low concentrations of Zn when pulse-electrodepositing cobalt NWs while also increasing the solution pH from 3 to 5. Using hysteresis loop measurements with a magnetic field applied parallel to the NW axis, coercivity and squareness of pure cobalt NWs increased from 890 Oe and 0.45 to 2150 Oe and 0.93 in Co{sub 97}Zn{sub 3} NWs, respectively, using a Zn concentration of 0.01 M at pH = 4. XRD patterns obtained from the cobalt-rich CoZn NWs revealed that the crystalline texture of cobalt changes from [1 0 0] direction to [1 0 1] and [0 0 2] at pH = 3 and 4, respectively. For the latter, the magnetocrystalline easy axis of cobalt rotates from nearly perpendicular to parallel to the NW axis, induced by the incorporation of zinc into the hcp structure of cobalt.

  19. Broadband High Efficiency Fractal-Like and Diverse Geometry Silicon Nanowire Arrays for Photovoltaic Applications

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    AL-Zoubi, Omar H.

    Solar energy has many advantages over conventional sources of energy. It is abundant, clean and sustainable. One way to convert solar energy directly into electrical energy is by using the photovoltaic solar cells (PVSC). Despite PVSC are becoming economically competitive, they still have high cost and low light to electricity conversion efficiency. Therefore, increasing the efficiency and reducing the cost are key elements for producing economically more competitive PVSC that would have significant impact on energy market and saving environment. A significant percentage of the PVSC cost is due to the materials cost. For that, thin films PVSC have been proposed which offer the benefits of the low amount of material and fabrication costs. Regrettably, thin film PVSC show poor light to electricity conversion efficiency because of many factors especially the high optical losses. To enhance conversion efficiency, numerous techniques have been proposed to reduce the optical losses and to enhance the absorption of light in thin film PVSC. One promising technique is the nanowire (NW) arrays in general and the silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays in particular. The purpose of this research is to introduce vertically aligned SiNW arrays with enhanced and broadband absorption covering the entire solar spectrum while simultaneously reducing the amount of material used. To this end, we apply new concept for designing SiNW arrays based on employing diversity of physical dimensions, especially radial diversity within certain lattice configurations. In order to study the interaction of light with SiNW arrays and compute their optical properties, electromagnetic numerical modeling is used. A commercial numerical electromagnetic solver software package, high frequency structure simulation (HFSS), is utilized to model the SiNW arrays and to study their optical properties. We studied different geometries factors that affect the optical properties of SiNW arrays. Based on this study, we

  20. Diameter-Controllable Magnetic Properties of Co Nanowire Arrays by Pulsed Electrodeposition

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    Youwen Yang

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The Co nanowires with different diameters were prepared by pulsed electrodeposition into anodic alumina membranes oxide templates. The micrographs and crystal structures of nanowires were studied by FE-SEM, TEM, and XRD. Due to their cylindrical shape, the nanowires exhibit perpendicular anisotropy. The coercivity and loop squareness (Mr/Ms of Co nanowires depend strongly on the diameter. Both coercivity and Mr/Ms decrease with increasing wire diameter. The behavior of the nanowires is explained briefly in terms of localized magnetization reversal.

  1. Domain configurations in Co/Pd and L10-FePt nanowire arrays with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Ho, Pin; Tu, Kun-Hua; Zhang, Jinshuo; Sun, Congli; Chen, Jingsheng; Liontos, George; Ntetsikas, Konstantinos; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Voyles, Paul M.; Ross, Caroline A.

    2016-02-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy [Co/Pd]15 and L10-FePt nanowire arrays of period 63 nm with linewidths 38 nm and 27 nm and film thickness 27 nm and 20 nm respectively were fabricated using a self-assembled PS-b-PDMS diblock copolymer film as a lithographic mask. The wires are predicted to support Néel walls in the Co/Pd and Bloch walls in the FePt. Magnetostatic interactions from nearest neighbor nanowires promote a ground state configuration consisting of alternating up and down magnetization in adjacent wires. This was observed over ~75% of the Co/Pd wires after ac-demagnetization but was less prevalent in the FePt because the ratio of interaction field to switching field was much smaller. Interactions also led to correlations in the domain wall positions in adjacent Co/Pd nanowires. The reversal process was characterized by nucleation of reverse domains, followed at higher fields by propagation of the domains along the nanowires. These narrow wires provide model system for exploring domain wall structure and dynamics in perpendicular anisotropy systems.Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy [Co/Pd]15 and L10-FePt nanowire arrays of period 63 nm with linewidths 38 nm and 27 nm and film thickness 27 nm and 20 nm respectively were fabricated using a self-assembled PS-b-PDMS diblock copolymer film as a lithographic mask. The wires are predicted to support Néel walls in the Co/Pd and Bloch walls in the FePt. Magnetostatic interactions from nearest neighbor nanowires promote a ground state configuration consisting of alternating up and down magnetization in adjacent wires. This was observed over ~75% of the Co/Pd wires after ac-demagnetization but was less prevalent in the FePt because the ratio of interaction field to switching field was much smaller. Interactions also led to correlations in the domain wall positions in adjacent Co/Pd nanowires. The reversal process was characterized by nucleation of reverse domains, followed at higher fields by propagation of the

  2. Growth, structural and optical properties of AlGaN nanowires in the whole composition range

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    Pierret, A.; Bougerol, C.; Murcia-Mascaros, S.; Cros, A.; Renevier, H.; Gayral, B.; Daudin, B.

    2013-03-01

    We report on the growth of AlxGa1-xN nanowires by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy for x in the 0.3-0.8 range. Based on a combination of macro- and micro-photoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy experiments, it is shown that the structural and optical properties of AlGaN NWs are governed by the presence of compositional fluctuations associated with strongly localized electronic states. A growth model is proposed, which suggests that, depending on growth temperature and metal adatom density, macroscopic composition fluctuations are mostly of kinetic origin and are directly related to the nucleation of the AlGaN nanowire section on top of the GaN nanowire base which is used as a substrate.

  3. Fabrication and optical property of metal nanowire arrays embedded in anodic porous alumina membrane

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    Takase, Kouichi; Shimizu, Tomohiro; Sugawa, Kosuke; Aono, Takashige; Shirai, Yuma; Nishida, Tomohiko; Shingubara, Shoso

    2016-06-01

    Nanowires embedded in nanopores are potentially tough against surface scraping and agglomeration. In this study, we have fabricated Au and Ni nanowires embedded into anodic porous alumina (APA) and investigated their reflectance to study the effects of surface plasmon absorption properties and conversion from solar energy to thermal energy. Au nanowires embedded into APA show typical gold surface plasmon absorption at approximately 530 nm. On the other hand, Ni nanowires show quite a low reflectance under 600 nm. In the temperature elevation test, both Au and Ni nanowire samples present the same capability to warm up water. It means that Ni nanowires embedded into APA have almost the same photothermal activity as Au nanowires.

  4. Integration of a highly ordered gold nanowires array with glucose oxidase for ultra-sensitive glucose detection

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    Cui, Jiewu [NanoScience and Sensor Technology Research Group, School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Churchill 3842, VIC Australia (Australia); Laboratory of Functional Nanomaterials and Devices, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, Anhui (China); Adeloju, Samuel B., E-mail: sam.adeloju@monash.edu [NanoScience and Sensor Technology Research Group, School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Churchill 3842, VIC Australia (Australia); Wu, Yucheng, E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn [Laboratory of Functional Nanomaterials and Devices, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, Anhui (China)

    2014-01-27

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Successfully synthesised highly-ordered gold nanowires array with an AAO template. •Fabricated an ultra-sensitive glucose nanobiosensor with the gold nanowires array. •Achieved sensitivity as high as 379.0 μA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1} and detection limit as low as 50 nM. •Achieved excellent anti-interference with aid of Nafion membrane towards UA and AA. •Enabled successful detection and quantification of glucose in human blood serum. -- Abstract: A highly sensitive amperometric nanobiosensor has been developed by integration of glucose oxidase (GO{sub x}) with a gold nanowires array (AuNWA) by cross-linking with a mixture of glutaraldehyde (GLA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA). An initial investigation of the morphology of the synthesized AuNWA by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and field emission transmission electron microscopy (FETEM) revealed that the nanowires array was highly ordered with rough surface, and the electrochemical features of the AuNWA with/without modification were also investigated. The integrated AuNWA–BSA–GLA–GO{sub x} nanobiosensor with Nafion membrane gave a very high sensitivity of 298.2 μA cm{sup −2} mM{sup −1} for amperometric detection of glucose, while also achieving a low detection limit of 0.1 μM, and a wide linear range of 5–6000 μM. Furthermore, the nanobiosensor exhibited excellent anti-interference ability towards uric acid (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA) with the aid of Nafion membrane, and the results obtained for the analysis of human blood serum indicated that the device is capable of glucose detection in real samples.

  5. Evident Enhancement of Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production by Electroless Deposition of M-B (M = Ni, Co) Catalysts on Silicon Nanowire Arrays.

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    Yang, Yong; Wang, Mei; Zhang, Peili; Wang, Weihan; Han, Hongxian; Sun, Licheng

    2016-11-09

    Modification of p-type Si surface by active and stable earth-abundant electrocatalysts is an effective strategy to improve the sluggish kinetics for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) at p-Si/electrolyte interface and to develop highly efficient and low-cost photocathodes for hydrogen production from water. To this end, Si nanowire (Si-NW) array has been loaded with highly efficient electrocatalysts, M-B (M = Ni, Co), by facile and quick electroless plating to build M-B catalyst-modified Si nanowire-array-textured photocathodes for water reduction to H2. Compared with the bare Si-NW array, composite Si-NWs/M-B arrays display evidently enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. The onset potential (Vphon) of cathodic photocurrent is positively shifted by 530-540 mV to 0.44-0.45 V vs RHE, and the short-circuit current density (Jsc) is up to 19.5 mA cm(-2) in neutral buffer solution under simulated 1 sun illumination. Impressively, the half-cell photopower conversion efficiencies (ηhc) of the optimized Si-NWs/Co-B (2.53%) and Si-NWs/Ni-B (2.45%) are comparable to that of Si-NWs/Pt (2.46%). In terms of the large Jsc, Vphon, and ηhc values, as well as the high Faradaic efficiency, Si-NWs/M-B electrodes are among the top performing Si photocathodes which are modified with HER electrocatalysts but have no buried solid/solid junction.

  6. Binder-free Co3O4@NiCoAl-layered double hydroxide core-shell hybrid architectural nanowire arrays with enhanced electrochemical performance

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    Li, Xuan; Yang, Zhengchun; Qi, Wen; Li, Yutao; Wu, Ying; Zhou, Shaoxiong; Huang, Shengming; Wei, Jun; Li, Huijun; Yao, Pei

    2016-02-01

    Herein, binder-free Co3O4@NiCoAl-layered double hydroxide (Co3O4@LDH) core-shell hybrid architectural nanowire arrays were prepared via a two-step hydrothermal synthesis route. LDH nanosheets possessing a large electroactive surface area uniformly dispersed on the surface of Co3O4 nanowires were successfully fabricated allowing for fast electron transport that enhances the electrochemical performance of LDH nanosheets. Co3O4@LDH nanowire arrays of 2 to 1.5 molar ratio (Co3O4:LDH) exhibit high specific capacitance (1104 F g-1 at 1 A g-1), adequate rate capability and cycling stability (87.3% after 5000 cycles), attributed to the synergistic effect between the robust Co3O4 nanowire arrays and LDH nanosheets.

  7. Piezo-generator integrating a vertical array of GaN nanowires.

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    Jamond, N; Chrétien, P; Houzé, F; Lu, L; Largeau, L; Maugain, O; Travers, L; Harmand, J C; Glas, F; Lefeuvre, E; Tchernycheva, M; Gogneau, N

    2016-08-12

    We demonstrate the first piezo-generator integrating a vertical array of GaN nanowires (NWs). We perform a systematic multi-scale analysis, going from single wire properties to macroscopic device fabrication and characterization, which allows us to establish for GaN NWs the relationship between the material properties and the piezo-generation, and to propose an efficient piezo-generator design. The piezo-conversion of individual MBE-grown p-doped GaN NWs in a dense array is assessed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) equipped with a Resiscope module yielding an average output voltage of 228 ± 120 mV and a maximum value of 350 mV generated per NW. In the case of p-doped GaN NWs, the piezo-generation is achieved when a positive piezo-potential is created inside the nanostructures, i.e. when the NWs are submitted to compressive deformation. The understanding of the piezo-generation mechanism in our GaN NWs, gained from AFM analyses, is applied to design a piezo-generator operated under compressive strain. The device consists of NW arrays of several square millimeters in size embedded into spin-on glass with a Schottky contact for rectification and collection of piezo-generated carriers. The generator delivers a maximum power density of ∼12.7 mW cm(-3). This value sets the new state of the art for piezo-generators based on GaN NWs and more generally on nitride NWs, and offers promising prospects for the use of GaN NWs as high-efficiency ultra-compact energy harvesters.

  8. A Photocatalytic Rotating Disc Reactor with TiO2 Nanowire Arrays Deposited for Industrial Wastewater Treatment

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    Fang Li

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available A photocatalytic rotating disc reactor (PRD-reactor with TiO2 nanowire arrays deposited on a thin Ti plate is fabricated and tested for industrial wastewater treatment. Results indicate that the PRD-reactor shows excellent decolorization capability when tested with methyl orange (>97.5%. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP, including photocatalytic oxidation and photolytic reaction, occurred during the processing. Efficiency of the AOP increases with reduction in light absorption pathlength, which enhanced the photocatalytic reaction, as well as by increasing oxygen exposure of the wastewater thin film due to the rotating disc design. It is found that, with a small dosage of hydrogen peroxide, the mineralization efficiency of industrial biodegraded wastewater can be enhanced, with a superior mineralization of >75% total organic carbon (TOC removal. This is due to the fact that the TiO2 photocatalysis and hydrogen peroxide processes generate powerful oxidants (hydroxyl radicals that can strongly improve photocatalytic oxidation efficiency. Application of this industrial wastewater treatment system is benefited from the TiO2 nanowire arrays, which can be fabricated by a mild solvothermal method at 80 °C and under atmospheric pressure. Similar morphologies and microstructures are found for the TiO2 nanowire arrays deposited on a large metal Ti disc, which makes the wastewater treatment process more practical and economical.

  9. Magnetic and Distribution of Magnetic Moments in Amorphous Fe89.7P10.3Alloy Nanowire Arrays

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    SHI Hui-Gang; XUE De-Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Binary amorphous Fe89.7P10.3 alloy nanowire arrays in diameter of about 40nm and length of about 3μm have been fabricated in an anodic aluminium oxide template by electrodeposition.Magnetic properties of the samples are investigated by mean of vibrating sample magnetometer,transmission M(o)ssbauer spectroscopy and conversion electron M(o)ssbauer spectroscopy at room temperature.It is found that the nanowire arrays have obvious perpendicular magnetic anisotropy,and are ferromagnetic at room temperature,with its M(o)ssbauer spectra consisting of six broad lines.The average anglas between the Fe magnetic moment and the wire axis are about 14°inside and 28°at the end of the amorphous Fe89.7P10.3 alloy nanowire arrays,respectively.The magnetic behaviour is decided by the shape anisotropy and the dipolar interaction between wires.In addition,the magnetic moments distribution is theoretically demonstrated by using the symmetric fanning mechanism of the spheres chain model.

  10. Fabrication of CoZn alloy nanowire arrays: Significant improvement in magnetic properties by annealing process

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    Koohbor, M. [Department of Physics, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Soltanian, S., E-mail: s.soltanian@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada); Najafi, M. [Department of Physics, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Physics, Hamadan University of Technology, Hamadan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Servati, P. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada)

    2012-01-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increasing the Zn concentration changes the structure of NWs from hcp to amorphous. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increasing the Zn concentration significantly reduces the Hc value of NWs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic properties of CoZn NWs can be significantly enhanced by appropriate annealing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The pH of electrolyte has no significant effect on the properties of the NW arrays. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Deposition frequency has considerable effects on the magnetic properties of NWs. - Abstract: Highly ordered arrays of Co{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.74) nanowires (NWs) with diameters of {approx}35 nm and high length-to-diameter ratios (up to 150) were fabricated by co-electrodeposition of Co and Zn into pores of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. The Co and Zn contents of the NWs were adjusted by varying the ratio of Zn and Co ion concentrations in the electrolyte. The effect of the Zn content, electrodeposition conditions (frequency and pH) and annealing on the structural and magnetic properties (e.g., coercivity (Hc) and squareness (Sq)) of NW arrays were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and alternating gradient force magnetometer (AGFM). XRD patterns reveal that an increase in the concentration of Zn ions of the electrolyte forces the hcp crystal structure of Co NWs to change into an amorphous phase, resulting in a significant reduction in Hc. It was found that the magnetic properties of NWs can be significantly improved by appropriate annealing process. The highest values for Hc (2050 Oe) and Sq (0.98) were obtained for NWs electrodeposited using 0.95/0.05 Co:Zn concentrations at 200 Hz and annealed at 575 Degree-Sign C. While the pH of electrolyte is found to have no significant effect on the structural and magnetic properties of the NW arrays, the electrodeposition frequency has considerable effects on

  11. Effects of free carriers on piezoelectric nanogenerators and piezotronic devices made of GaN nanowire arrays.

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    Wang, Chao-Hung; Liao, Wei-Shun; Ku, Nai-Jen; Li, Yi-Chang; Chen, Yen-Chih; Tu, Li-Wei; Liu, Chuan-Pu

    2014-11-01

    This study investigates the role of carrier concentration in semiconducting piezoelectric single-nanowire nanogenerators (SNWNGs) and piezotronic devices. Unintentionally doped and Si-doped GaN nanowire arrays with various carrier concentrations, ranging from 10(17) (unintentionally doped) to 10(19) cm(-3) (heavily doped), are synthesized. For SNWNGs, the output current of individual nanowires starts from a negligible level and rises to the maximum of ≈50 nA at a doping concentration of 5.63 × 10(18) cm(-3) and then falls off with further increase in carrier concentration, due to the competition between the reduction of inner resistance and the screening effect on piezoelectric potential. For piezotronic applications, the force sensitivity based on the change of the Schottky barrier height works best for unintentionally doped nanowires, reaching 26.20 ± 1.82 meV nN(-1) and then decreasing with carrier concentration. Although both types of devices share the same Schottky diode, they involve different characteristics in that the slope of the current-voltage characteristics governs SNWNG devices, while the turn-on voltage determines piezotronic devices. It is demonstrated that free carriers in piezotronic materials can influence the slope and turn-on voltage of the diode characteristics concurrently when subjected to strain. This work offers a design guideline for the optimum doping concentration in semiconductors for obtaining the best performance in piezotronic devices and SNWNGs.

  12. Domain configurations in Co/Pd and L10-FePt nanowire arrays with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

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    Ho, Pin; Tu, Kun-Hua; Zhang, Jinshuo; Sun, Congli; Chen, Jingsheng; Liontos, George; Ntetsikas, Konstantinos; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Voyles, Paul M; Ross, Caroline A

    2016-03-07

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy [Co/Pd]15 and L10-FePt nanowire arrays of period 63 nm with linewidths 38 nm and 27 nm and film thickness 27 nm and 20 nm respectively were fabricated using a self-assembled PS-b-PDMS diblock copolymer film as a lithographic mask. The wires are predicted to support Néel walls in the Co/Pd and Bloch walls in the FePt. Magnetostatic interactions from nearest neighbor nanowires promote a ground state configuration consisting of alternating up and down magnetization in adjacent wires. This was observed over ∼75% of the Co/Pd wires after ac-demagnetization but was less prevalent in the FePt because the ratio of interaction field to switching field was much smaller. Interactions also led to correlations in the domain wall positions in adjacent Co/Pd nanowires. The reversal process was characterized by nucleation of reverse domains, followed at higher fields by propagation of the domains along the nanowires. These narrow wires provide model system for exploring domain wall structure and dynamics in perpendicular anisotropy systems.

  13. Ultra-thin g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets wrapped silicon nanowire array for improved chemical stability and enhanced photoresponse

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    Wang, Beibei; Yu, Hongtao; Quan, Xie, E-mail: quanxie@dlut.edu.cn; Chen, Shuo

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}, as an oxygen free and metal free protective material for Si, was proposed. • g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets wrapped Si nanowire array was synthesized. • SiNW/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} exhibited enhancement of photoelectrochemical stability and photocurrent. - Abstract: In order to inhibit the oxidation of Si materials in aqueous solution, Si nanowire array was wrapped by ultra-thin g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets via an electrophoresis process. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed that g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets were evenly distributed on the surface of Si nanowire array. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that Si nanowire array/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets were composed of Si (4 0 0 crystal plane) and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} (0 0 2 and 1 0 0 crystal planes). The cyclic voltammetry curves revealed that the corrosion of Si nanowire array was restrained under the protection of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets. Furthermore, the photocurrent density of Si nanowire array/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanosheets increased by nearly 3 times compared to that of bare Si nanowire array due to the effective charge separation caused by the built-in electric field at the interface. This work will facilitate the applications of Si materials in aqueous solution, such as solar energy harvest and photocatalytic pollution control.

  14. Relaxing the electrostatic screening effect by patterning vertically-aligned silicon nanowire arrays into bundles for field emission application

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    Hung, Yung-Jr, E-mail: yungjrhung@gmail.com [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Photonics, National Sun Yat-sen University, No. 70, Lienhai Rd., Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan, ROC (China); Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lee, San-Liang [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Beng, Looi Choon [Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, Jalan Multimedia, 63100 Cyberjaya, Selangor (Malaysia); Chang, Hsuan-Chen [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Huang, Yung-Jui [Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lee, Kuei-Yi; Huang, Ying-Sheng [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China)

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    Top-down fabrication strategies are proposed and demonstrated to realize arrays of vertically-aligned silicon nanowire bundles and bundle arrays of carbon nanotube–silicon nanowire (CNT–SiNW) heterojunctions, aiming for releasing the electrostatic screening effect and improving the field emission characteristics. The trade-off between the reduction in the electrostatic screening effect and the decrease of emission sites leads to an optimal SiNW bundle arrangement which enables the lowest turn-on electric field of 1.4 V/μm and highest emission current density of 191 μA/cm{sup 2} among all testing SiNW samples. Benefiting from the superior thermal and electrical properties of CNTs and the flexible patterning technologies available for SiNWs, bundle arrays of CNT–SiNW heterojunctions show improved and highly-uniform field emission with a lower turn-on electric field of 0.9 V/μm and higher emission current density of 5.86 mA/cm{sup 2}. The application of these materials and their corresponding fabrication approaches is not limited to the field emission but can be used for a variety of emerging fields like nanoelectronics, lithium-ion batteries, and solar cells. - Highlights: • Aligned silicon nanowire (SiNW) bundle arrays are realized with top-down methods. • Growing carbon nanotubes atop SiNW bundle arrays enable uniform field emission. • A turn-on field of 0.9 V/μm and an emission current of > 5 mA/cm{sup 2} are achieved.

  15. High-performance silicon nanowire array photoelectrochemical solar cells through surface passivation and modification.

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    Wang, Xin; Peng, Kui-Qing; Pan, Xiao-Jun; Chen, Xue; Yang, Yang; Li, Li; Meng, Xiang-Min; Zhang, Wen-Jun; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2011-10-10

    Nanowire solar cells: Pt nanoparticle (PtNP) decorated C/Si core/shell nanowire photoelectrochemical solar cells show high conversion efficiency of 10.86 % and excellent stability in aggressive electrolytes under 1-sun AM 1.5 G illumination. Superior device performance is achieved by improved surface passivation of the nanowires by carbon coating and enhanced interfacial charge transfer by PtNPs.

  16. Synthesis of the cactus-like silicon nanowires/tungsten oxide nanowires composite for room-temperature NO{sub 2} gas sensor

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    Zhang, Weiyi, E-mail: zhangweiyi@tju.edu.cn [School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Hu, Ming [School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Key Laboratory for Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Xing; Wei, Yulong; Li, Na [School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Qin, Yuxiang, E-mail: qinyuxiang@tju.edu.cn [School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Key Laboratory for Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2016-09-15

    In the present work, the tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) nanowires functionalized silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with cactus-like structure has been successfully synthesized for room-temperature NO{sub 2} detection. The novel nanocomposite was fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) and thermal annealing of tungsten film. The WO{sub 3} nanowires were evenly distributed from the upper to the lower part of the SiNWs, indicating excellent uniformity which is conducive to adsorption and desorption of gas molecules. The gas-sensing properties have been examined by measuring the resistance change towards 0.25–5 ppm NO{sub 2} gas. At room temperature, which is the optimum working temperature, the SiNWs/WO{sub 3} nanowires composite showed two-times higher NO{sub 2} response than that of the bare SiNWs at 2 ppm NO{sub 2}. On the contrary, the responses of composite sensors to high concentrations of other reducing gases were very low, indicating excellent selectivity. Simultaneously, the composite sensors exhibited good sensing repeatability and stability. The enhancement in gas sensing properties may be attributed to the change in width of the space charge region, which is similar to the behavior of p-n junctions under forward bias, in the high-density p-n heterojunction structure formed between SiNWs and WO{sub 3} nanowires. - Highlights: • SiNWs/WO{sub 3} nanowires composite with cactus-like structure is synthesized. • The morphology of WO{sub 3} nanowires depends on the thermal annealing temperature. • The nanocomposite sensor exhibit better gas response than that of bare SiNWs. • The gas sensing mechanism is discussed using p-n heterojunction theory.

  17. Organic molecules modified palladium nanowires arrays prepared by high temperature liquid phase reduction

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    Shen Cheng-Min; Yang Tian-Zhong; Xiao Cong-Wen; Zhang Huai-Ruo; Tian Ji-Fa; Bao Li-Hong; Li Chen; Li Jian-Qi; Gao Hong-Jun

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports high temperature liquid phase synthesis of Pd nanowires using chemically modified porous anodic aluminium oxide as template. In this synthesis process, oleic acid is used to modify the inner wall of the pores and Pd2+ complex with oleylamine is filled into the channel of the template. The complex is then reduced to give oleylamine-capped Pd nanowires. This paper suggests that oleic acid can improve the environment of inner wall of the pores, leading to the formation of uniform Pd nanowires. The synthetic process can be extended to make other types of nanowires.

  18. Highly efficient visible light photocatalysis of novel CuS/ZnO heterostructure nanowire arrays

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    Lee, Mikyung; Yong, Kijung

    2012-05-01

    Here, a facile approach for the fabrication of CuS nanoparticle (NP)/ZnO nanowire (NW) heterostructures on a mesh substrate through a simple two-step solution method is demonstrated. Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) was employed to uniformly deposit CuS NPs on the hydrothermally grown ZnO NW array. The synthesized CuS/ZnO heterostructure NWs exhibited superior photocatalytic activity under visible light compared to bare ZnO NWs. This strong photocatalytic activity under visible light is due to the interfacial charge transfer (IFCT) from the valence band of the ZnO NW to the CuS NP, which reduces CuS to Cu2S. After repeated cycles of photodecolorization of Acid Orange 7 (AO7), the photocatalytic behavior of CuS/ZnO heterostructure NWs exhibited no significant loss of activity. Furthermore, our CuS/ZnO NWs/mesh photocatalyst floats in solution via partial superhydrophobic modification of the NWs.

  19. Axially adjustable magnetic properties in arrays of multilayered Ni/Cu nanowires with variable segment sizes

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    Shirazi Tehrani, A.; Almasi Kashi, M.; Ramazani, A.; Montazer, A. H.

    2016-07-01

    Arrays of multilayered Ni/Cu nanowires (NWs) with variable segment sizes were fabricated into anodic aluminum oxide templates using a pulsed electrodeposition method in a single bath for designated potential pulse times. Increasing the pulse time between 0.125 and 2 s in the electrodeposition of Ni enabled the formation of segments with thicknesses ranging from 25 to 280 nm and 10-110 nm in 42 and 65 nm diameter NWs, respectively, leading to disk-shaped, rod-shaped and/or near wire-shaped geometries. Using hysteresis loop measurements at room temperature, the axial and perpendicular magnetic properties were investigated. Regardless of the segment geometry, the axial coercivity and squareness significantly increased with increasing Ni segment thickness, in agreement with a decrease in calculated demagnetizing factors along the NW length. On the contrary, the perpendicular magnetic properties were found to be independent of the pulse times, indicating a competition between the intrawire interactions and the shape demagnetizing field.

  20. Integrated label-free silicon nanowire sensor arrays for (bio)chemical analysis.

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    De, Arpita; van Nieuwkasteele, Jan; Carlen, Edwin T; van den Berg, Albert

    2013-06-07

    We present a label-free (bio)chemical analysis platform that uses all-electrical silicon nanowire sensor arrays integrated with a small volume microfluidic flow-cell for real-time (bio)chemical analysis and detection. The integrated sensing platform contains an automated multi-sample injection system that eliminates erroneous sensor responses from sample switching due to flow rate fluctuations and provides precise sample volumes down to 10 nl. Biochemical sensing is demonstrated with real-time 15-mer DNA-PNA (peptide nucleic acid) duplex hybridization measurements from different sample concentrations in a low ionic strength, and the equilibrium dissociation constant KD ≈ 140 nM has been extracted from the experimental data using the first order Langmuir binding model. Chemical sensing is demonstrated with pH measurements from different injected samples in flow that have sensitivities consistent with the gate-oxide materials. A differential sensor measurement configuration results in a 30× reduction in sensor drift. The integrated label-free analysis platform is suitable for a wide range of small volume chemical and biochemical analyses.

  1. Inorganic/organic hybrid solar cells: optimal carrier transport in vertically aligned silicon nanowire arrays.

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    Sato, Keisuke; Dutta, Mrinal; Fukata, Naoki

    2014-06-07

    Inorganic/organic hybrid radial heterojunction solar cells that combine vertically-aligned n-type silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) have great potential for replacing commercial Si solar cells. The chief advantage of such solar cells is that they exhibit higher absorbance for a given thickness than commercial Si solar cells, due to incident light-trapping within the NW arrays, thus enabling lower-cost solar cell production. We report herein on the effects of NW length, annealing and surface electrode on the device performance of SiNW/PEDOT:PSS hybrid radial heterojunction solar cells. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the obtained SiNW/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells can be optimized by tuning the thickness of the surface electrode, and the etching conditions during NW formation and post-annealing. The PCE of 9.3% is obtained by forming efficient transport pathways for photogenerated charge carriers to electrodes. Our approach is a significant contribution to design of high-performance and low-cost inorganic/organic hybrid heterojunction solar cells.

  2. Serotype-specific identification of Dengue virus by silicon nanowire array biosensor.

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    Huang, Min Joon; Xie, Hui; Wan, Qiangqiang; Zhang, Li; Ning, Yong; Zhang, Guo-Jun

    2013-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrated a silicon nanowire (SiNW) biosensing platform capable of simultaneously identifying different Dengue serotypes on a single sensing chip. Four peptide nucleic acids (PNAs), specific to each Dengue serotypes (DENV-1 to DENV-4), were spotted on different areas of the SiNW array surface, and the covalently immobilized PNA probes were then interacted with different Dengue serotypes target to establish the specificity of detection. Detection scheme is based on the changes in resistances due to accumulation of negative charges contributed by the hybridized DNA target. The results show that resistance changes only occur in regions where the Dengue target hybridizes with its complementary probe. What is more, a mixture of two different Dengue serotypes obtained from a one-step duplex RT-PCR was applied to the multiplex SiNW surface to validate SiNW capability to identify multiple Dengue serotypes on a single sensing platform. Through this study, we have established the multiplex SiNW biosensor as a promising device to detect multiple Dengue infections with high specificity.

  3. Growth and Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion of Wurtzite Indium Phosphide Nanowire Arrays.

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    Kornienko, Nikolay; Gibson, Natalie A; Zhang, Hao; Eaton, Samuel W; Yu, Yi; Aloni, Shaul; Leone, Stephen R; Yang, Peidong

    2016-05-24

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen is a promising strategy to absorb solar energy and directly convert it into a dense storage medium in the form of chemical bonds. The continual development and improvement of individual components of PEC systems is critical toward increasing the solar to fuel efficiency of prototype devices. Within this context, we describe a study on the growth of wurtzite indium phosphide (InP) nanowire (NW) arrays on silicon substrates and their subsequent implementation as light-absorbing photocathodes in PEC cells. The high onset potential (0.6 V vs the reversible hydrogen electrode) and photocurrent (18 mA/cm(2)) of the InP photocathodes render them as promising building blocks for high performance PEC cells. As a proof of concept for overall system integration, InP photocathodes were combined with a nanoporous bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanode to generate an unassisted solar water splitting efficiency of 0.5%.

  4. Peptide nanowires for coordination and signal transduction of peroxidase biosensors to carbon nanotube electrode arrays.

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    Yeh, J I; Lazareck, A; Kim, J Ho; Xu, J; Du, S

    2007-11-30

    A strategy of metallizing peptides to serve as conduits of electronic signals that bridge between a redox enzyme and a carbon-nanotube electrode has been developed with enhanced results. In conjunction, a protocol to link the biological elements to the tips of carbon nanotubes has been developed to optimize contact and geometry between the redox enzyme and the carbon nanotube electrode array. A peptide nanowire of 33 amino acids, comprised of a leucine zipper motif, was mutated to bind divalent metals, conferring conductivity into the peptide. Reaction between a thiolate of the peptide with the sulfenic acid of the NADH peroxidase enzyme formed a peptide-enzyme assembly that are fully primed to transduce electrons out of the enzyme active site to an electrode. Scanning electron microscopy shows immobilization and linking of the assembly specifically to the tips of carbon nanotube electrodes, as designed. Isothermal titration calorimetry and mass spectrometry indicate a binding stoichiometry of at least three metals bound per peptide strand. Overall, these results highlight the gain that can be achieved when the signal tranducing units of a biosensor are aligned through directed peptide chemistry.

  5. Spray-coating route for highly aligned and large-scale arrays of nanowires.

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    Assad, Ossama; Leshansky, Alexander M; Wang, Bin; Stelzner, Thomas; Christiansen, Silke; Haick, Hossam

    2012-06-26

    Technological implementation of nanowires (NWs) requires these components to be organized with controlled orientation and density on various substrates. Here, we report on a simple and efficient route for the deposition of highly ordered and highly aligned NW arrays on a wide range of receiver substrates, including silicon, glass, metals, and flexible plastics with controlled density. The deposition approach is based on spray-coating of a NW suspension under controlled conditions of the nozzle flow rate, droplet size of the sprayed NWs suspension, spray angle, and the temperature of the receiver substrate. The dynamics of droplet generation is understood by a combined action of shear forces and capillary forces. Provided that the size of the generated droplet is comparable to the length of the single NW, the shear-driven elongation of the droplets results presumably in the alignment of the confined NW in the spraying direction. Flattening the droplets upon their impact with the substrate yields fast immobilization of the spray-aligned NWs on the surface due to van der Waals attraction. The availability of the spray-coating technique in the current microelectronics technology would ensure immediate implementation in production lines, with minimal changes in the fabrication design and/or auxiliary tools used for this purpose.

  6. Guided wave phased array beamforming and imaging in composite plates.

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    Yu, Lingyu; Tian, Zhenhua

    2016-05-01

    This paper describes phased array beamforming using guided waves in anisotropic composite plates. A generic phased array algorithm is presented, in which direction dependent guided wave parameters and the energy skew effect are considered. This beamforming at an angular direction is achieved based on the classic delay-and-sum principle by applying phase delays to signals received at array elements and adding up the delayed signals. The phase delays are determined with the goal to maximize the array output at the desired direction and minimize it otherwise. For array characterization, the beam pattern of rectangular grid arrays in composite plates is derived. In addition to the beam pattern, the beamforming factor in terms of wavenumber distribution is defined to provide intrinsic explanations for phased array beamforming. The beamforming and damage detection in a composite plate are demonstrated using rectangular grid arrays made by a non-contact scanning laser Doppler vibrometer. Detection images of the composite plate with multiple surface defects at various directions are obtained. The results show that the guided wave phased array method is a potential effective method for rapid inspection of large composite structures.

  7. Tribological Characterization of NiAl Self-Lubricating Composites Containing V2O5 Nanowires

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    Huang, Yuchun; Ibrahim, Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud; Shi, Xiaoliang; Radwan, Amr Rady; Zhai, Wenzheng; Yang, Kang; Xue, Bing

    2016-11-01

    In order to improve the tribological properties of NiAl self-lubricating composites, V2O5 nanowires with average width of 39 nm were synthesized by hydrothermal method. Furthermore, NiAl self-lubricating composites containing V2O5 nanowires (NAV) were successfully fabricated using spark plasma sintering technique. The tribological characteristics and wear mechanisms of NAV were evaluated at different sliding speeds, counterface ball materials and elevated temperatures. The results revealed that the frictional properties of NAV improved slightly with adding V2O5 nanowires at room temperature if compared to NiAl self-lubricating composites without solid lubricant as investigated in previous studies, while the wear mechanisms of NAV change widely with the change of the counterface ball materials and sliding velocities. V2O5 nanowires showed a beneficial effect on tribological performance of NAV at high temperatures owing to the formation of the V2O5-enriched glaze film at temperatures above 700 °C, which acts as the lubricous and protective mask against the severe wear.

  8. Plasmonic Coupling on Dielectric Nanowire Core-Metal Sheath Composites

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    2010-01-01

    is still a serious issue. Here, an approach based on a redox chemical reaction of silver plating is explored, which could potentially solve the...problems related to incomplete metal coverage of the nanowires. It is known that the Tollens reaction is a silvering process often used to qualitatively...the extra Sn2 + ions were removed by a deionized water rinse, keeping the surface wet. Thus, Sn2 + ions were absorbed on the surface of the ZnO NWs via

  9. Hierarchical NiCo2O4@MnO2 core-shell heterostructured nanowire arrays on Ni foam as high-performance supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Yu, Le; Zhang, Genqiang; Yuan, Changzhou; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2013-01-07

    An advanced integrated electrode for high-performance supercapacitors has been designed by growing hierarchical NiCo(2)O(4)@MnO(2) core-shell heterostructured nanowire arrays on nickel foam. Such unique array nanoarchitectures exhibit remarkable electrochemical performance with high capacitance and desirable cycle life at high rates.

  10. Electrochemical synthesis and optical characterization of copper selenide nanowire arrays within the alumina pores

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    Jagminas, A.; Juškėnas, R.; Gailiūtė, I.; Statkutė, G.; Tomašiūnas, R.

    2006-09-01

    By choosing an appropriate aqueous solution containing CuSO 4, H 2SeO 3, MgSO 4, and H 2SO 4 the suitable composition for two- or one-phase copper selenide deposition within the alumina pores under alternating current (AC) electrolysis conditions was created. X-ray diffraction spectra recorded within 15-55° 2 Θ range revealed fabrication of Cu 3Se 2+Cu 2-xSe or almost pure Cu 2-xSe crystalline material. The compositional and morphological studies using XRD, EDX, SEM, and TEM techniques show fabrication of nearly pure Cu 2-xSe with some deficiency of copper, say, Cu 1.75Se, nanowires in length up to several microns when the selenious acid to copper-ion ratio is close to 1:2 and pH of the bath is <1.25. The fundamental absorption spectrum for this nanostructured material was shown to be formed by allowed direct and indirect interband transitions with the evaluated energy band gaps 2.3 and 1.1 eV, respectively.

  11. Fully solution-processed transparent electrodes based on silver nanowire composites for perovskite solar cells

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    Kim, Areum; Lee, Hongseuk; Kwon, Hyeok-Chan; Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu; Jeong, Sunho; Moon, Jooho

    2016-03-01

    We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ~80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq-1. Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution-processed transparent conductive electrode, Au/spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 + m-Al2O3/ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO, exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.44% (comparable to that of the FTO/glass-based counterpart at 10.81%) and were stable for 30 days in ambient air. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using AgNWs as a transparent bottom electrode in perovskite solar cells produced by a fully printable process.We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ~80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq-1. Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution

  12. Fabrication of Highly Ordered Polymeric Nanodot and Nanowire Arrays Templated by Supramolecular Assembly Block Copolymer Nanoporous Thin Films

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    Liu Xikui

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Realizing the vast technological potential of patternable block copolymers requires both the precise controlling of the orientation and long-range ordering, which is still a challenging topic so far. Recently, we have demonstrated that ordered nanoporous thin film can be fabricated from a simple supramolecular assembly approach. Here we will extend this approach and provide a general route to fabricate large areas of highly ordered polymeric nanodot and nanowire arrays. We revealed that under a mixture solvent annealing atmosphere, a near-defect-free nanoporous thin film over large areas can be achieved. Under the direction of interpolymer hydrogen bonding and capillary action of nanopores, this ordered porous nanotemplate can be properly filled with phenolic resin precursor, followed by curation and pyrolysis at middle temperature to remove the nanotemplate, a perfect ordered polymer nanodot arrays replication was obtained. The orientation of the supramolecular assembly thin films can be readily re-aligned parallel to the substrate upon exposure to chloroform vapor, so this facile nanotemplate replica method can be further extend to generate large areas of polymeric nanowire arrays. Thus, we achieved a successful sub-30 nm patterns nanotemplates transfer methodology for fabricating polymeric nanopattern arrays with highly ordered structure and tunable morphologies.

  13. Magnetic and superconducting nanowires

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    Piraux, L.; Encinas, A.; Vila, L.

    2005-01-01

    magnetic and superconducting nanowires. Using different approaches entailing measurements on both single wires and arrays, numerous interesting physical properties have been identified in relation to the nanoscopic dimensions of these materials. Finally, various novel applications of the nanowires are also...

  14. Vertical nanowire architectures

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    Vlad, A.; Mátéfl-Tempfli, M.; Piraux, L.

    2010-01-01

    Nanowires and statistics: A statistical process for reading ultradense arrays of nanostructured materials is presented (see image). The experimental realization is achieved through selective nanowire growth using porous alumina templates. The statistical patterning approach is found to provide ri...

  15. The influence of passivation and photovoltaic properties of α-Si:H coverage on silicon nanowire array solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    Silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays for radial p-n junction solar cells offer potential advantages of light trapping effects and quick charge collection. Nevertheless, lower open circuit voltages (Voc) lead to lower energy conversion efficiencies. In such cases, the performance of the solar cells depends critically on the quality of the SiNW interfaces. In this study, SiNW core-shell solar cells have been fabricated by growing crystalline silicon (c-Si) nanowires via the metal-assisted chemical etching method and by depositing hydrogenated amorphous silicon (α-Si:H) via the plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method. The influence of deposition parameters on the coverage and, consequently, the passivation and photovoltaic properties of α-Si:H layers on SiNW solar cells have been analyzed. PMID:24059343

  16. A hierarchical three-dimensional NiCo2O4 nanowire array/carbon cloth as an air electrode for nonaqueous Li-air batteries.

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    Liu, Wei-Ming; Gao, Ting-Ting; Yang, Yin; Sun, Qian; Fu, Zheng-Wen

    2013-10-14

    A 3D NiCo2O4 nanowire array/carbon cloth (NCONW/CC) was employed as the cathode for Li-air batteries with a non-aqueous electrolyte. After its discharge, novel porous ball-like Li2O2 was found to be deposited on the tip of NiCo2O4 nanowires. The special structure of Li2O2 and active sites of catalysts are also discussed.

  17. Self-sensing of CNF and Ni nanowire/PVDF and cellulose composites using electro-micromechanical test

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    Park, Joung-Man; Kim, Pyung-Gee; Jang, Jung-Hoon; Kim, Sung-Ju; Yoon, Dong-Jin; Hansen, George; DeVries, K. Lawrence

    2007-09-01

    Self-sensing and actuation were investigated for carbon nanofiber (CNF) and Ni nanowire/polymer composites. Electro-micromechanical techniques can be used for evaluating self-sensing and interfacial properties indirectly under loading/subsequent unloading. Apparent modulus and contact resistivity for CNF/epoxy composites were evaluated as functions of different aspect ratio. CNF/epoxy composites with smaller aspect ratio shown to be higher apparent modulus due to high volume content in case of short aspect ratio. Surface energy via dynamic contact angle measurement was evaluated to obtain interfacial adhesion between nano-materials embedded matrix and carbon fiber sensor. Interfacial properties of CNF/epoxy with different aspect ratios were also obtained indirectly. CNF-PVDF, Ni nanowire-CNF-silicone and Ni nanowire-cellulose actuator were made successfully. Electrochemical actuator of CNF-PVDF was responded in electrolyte solution. Magnetic actuators of Ni nanowire-CNF-silicone and Ni nanowire-cellulose composites were monitored under electro-magnetic field with different frequency, wave function and voltage. Ni nanowire-CNF-silicone actuator with lightness and Ni nanowire-cellulose actuator with rapid frequency response having meaningful merits can be applied for various new smart structural materials.

  18. Effect of nanohole size on selective area growth of InAs nanowire arrays on Si substrates

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    Wang, Xiaoye; Yang, Wenyuan; Wang, Baojun; Ji, Xianghai; Xu, Shengyong; Wang, Wei; Chen, Qing; Yang, Tao

    2017-02-01

    We have investigated the influence of nanohole size on selective-area growth (SAG) of InAs nanowire (NW) arrays on Si(111) substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The growth of well-defined and position-controlled InAs NW arrays with united vertical orientation can be achieved on the patterned substrates with a certain range of nanohole size, which paves the way for the fabrication of high-electron-mobility and surrounding-gate transistor arrays using NWs as channels. Moreover, it is found that more than one NW are increasingly likely grown per nanohole as the nanohole size increases, and the NWs become increasingly thin and short. This is considered to be due to the supersaturation of adsorbed species in the nanohole and the intense competition for adatoms among multiple NWs per nanohole.

  19. Zinc Oxide Nanowire Interphase for Enhanced Lightweight Polymer Fiber Composites

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    Sodano, Henry A.; Brett, Robert

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this work was to increase the interfacial strength between aramid fiber and epoxy matrix. This was achieved by functionalizing the aramid fiber followed by growth of a layer of ZnO nanowires on the fiber surface such that when embedded into the polymer, the load transfer and bonding area could be substantially enhanced. The functionalization procedure developed here created functional carboxylic acid surface groups that chemically interact with the ZnO and thus greatly enhance the strength of the interface between the fiber and the ZnO.

  20. Dielectric properties of novel polyurethane/silica nanowire composites.

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    Kim, Mu-Seong; Sekhar, Praveen K; Bhansali, Shekhar; Harmon, Julie P

    2009-10-01

    An aliphatic isocyanate, polyether, polyol thermoplastic polyurethane, Tecoflex SG-85A, was solution processed with the varying amounts of silica nanowire. The dielectric permittivity (epsilon') and loss factor (epsilon") were measured via Dielectric Analysis (DEA) in the frequency range 1 Hz to 100 kHz and between the temperature -150 to 150 degrees C. The electric modulus formalism was used to reveal alpha, beta and conductivity relaxations. The activation energies for the relaxations are presented. Nanocomposites were also characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to determine glass transition temperatures. The onset of decomposition temperature was measured by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provided images of the polymer-nanocomposites.

  1. Epitaxial growth of ZnO Nanodisks with large exposed polar facets on nanowire arrays for promoting photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Chen, Haining; Wei, Zhanhua; Yan, Keyou; Bai, Yang; Zhu, Zonglong; Zhang, Teng; Yang, Shihe

    2014-11-01

    Single-crystalline and branched 1D arrays, ZnO nanowires/nanodisks (NWs/NDs) arrays, are fabricated to significantly enhance the performance of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The epitaxial growth of the ZnO NDs with large exposed polar facets on ZnO NWs exhibits a laminated structure, which dramatically increases the light scattering capacity of the NWs arrays, especially in the wavelength region around 400 nm. The ND branching of the 1D arrays in the epitaxial fashion not only increase surface area and light utilization, but also support fast charge transport, leading to the considerable increase of photocurrent. Moreover, the tiny size NDs can facilitate charge separation and reduce charge recombination, while the large exposed polar facets of NDs reduce the external potential bias needed for water splitting. These advantages land the ZnO NWs/NDs arrays a four times higher power conversion efficiency than the ZnO NWs arrays. By sensitizing the ZnO NWs/NDs with CdS and CdSe quantum dots, the PEC performance can be further improved. This work advocates a trunk/leaf in forest concept for the single-crystalline NWs/NDs in array with enlarged exposure of polar facets, which opens the way for optimizing light harvesting and charge separation and transport, and thus the PEC water splitting.

  2. Compositionally graded Fe(1-x)-Pt(x) nanowires produced by alternating current electrodeposition into alumina templates

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    Fardi-Ilkhchy, Ali; Nasirpouri, Farzad; Bran, Cristina; Vázquez, Manuel

    2016-12-01

    Fe(1-x)-Pt(x) (0length) were fabricated by alternating current (AC) electrodeposition into nanoporous aluminum oxide templates through a systematic approach. The effect of AC electrodeposition parameters such as frequency, voltage and electrolyte concentration on morphology and chemical composition of Fe-Pt alloy nanowires was studied. Based on experimental data, AC sine wave deposition at an intermediate voltage of 12 Vrms and a frequency of 50 Hz, produces nanowires with nearly stoichiometric composition (Fe42Pt58) and a reasonably good uniformity of pore filling. However, there is a gradual change of composition in Fe-Pt alloy nanowires along the length under certain AC parameters. The observed dependency of alloy composition on the deposition voltage and frequency of AC electrodeposition is explained by an interplay between reduction potentials and diffusion coefficients of Fe and Pt ions which makes FePt system able to access compositionally graded nanowires. Magnetic measurements of nanowires of as-deposited nanowires confirm that maximum coercivity of 1.55 kOe is observed for nearly stoichiometric composition which increases up to 1.81 kOe after thermal annealing at 550 °C.

  3. Controllable hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanowires arrays on Al-doped ZnO seed layer and patterning of ZnO nanowires arrays via surface modification of substrate

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    Zhang Jin [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Que Wenxiu, E-mail: wxque@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Jia Qiaoying [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Ye Xiangdong; Ding Yucheng [State Key Laboratory of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2011-09-15

    ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays are assembled on the Al-doped ZnO (AZO) seed layer by a hydrothermal process. Effects of the temperature and growth time of the hydrothermal process on morphological and photoluminescence properties of the as-assembled ZnO NW arrays are characterized and studied. Results indicate that the length and diameter of the ZnO NWs increase with a lengthening of the growth time at 80 deg. C and the hydrothermal temperature has a significant effect on the growth rate and the photoluminescence properties of the ZnO NW arrays. The patterned AZO seed layer is fabricated on a silicon substrate by combining a sol-gel process with an electron-beam lithography process, as well as a surface fluorination technique, and then the ZnO NW arrays are selectively grown on those patterned regions of the AZO seed layer by the hydrothermal process. Room-temperature photoluminescence spectra of the patterned ZnO NW arrays shows that only a strong UV emission at about 380 nm is observed, which implies that few crystal defects exist inside the as-grown ZnO NW arrays.

  4. Fully solution-processed transparent electrodes based on silver nanowire composites for perovskite solar cells.

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    Kim, Areum; Lee, Hongseuk; Kwon, Hyeok-Chan; Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu; Jeong, Sunho; Moon, Jooho

    2016-03-28

    We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ∼80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq(-1). Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution-processed transparent conductive electrode, Au/spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 + m-Al2O3/ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO, exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.44% (comparable to that of the FTO/glass-based counterpart at 10.81%) and were stable for 30 days in ambient air. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using AgNWs as a transparent bottom electrode in perovskite solar cells produced by a fully printable process.

  5. Facile fabrication of hierarchical ZnCo2O4/NiO core/shell nanowire arrays with improved lithium-ion battery performance.

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    Sun, Zhipeng; Ai, Wei; Liu, Jilei; Qi, Xiaoying; Wang, Yanlong; Zhu, Jianhui; Zhang, Hua; Yu, Ting

    2014-06-21

    We report a facile and controllable strategy for the fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) ZnCo2O4/NiO core/shell nanowire arrays (ZCO/NiO NWs) on nickel (Ni) foam substrates by a simple, cost-effective, two-step, solution-based method. Ultra-thin NiO nanosheets are revealed to grow uniformly on the porous ZnCo2O4 nanowires with many interparticle mesopores, resulting in the formation of 3D core/shell nanowire arrays with hierarchical architecture. In comparison with the pristine ZnCo2O4 nanowire arrays (ZCO NWs), the ZCO/NiO NWs exhibit significantly improved Li storage properties, in terms of higher capacity, enhanced rate capability and improved cycling stability when applied as binders and additive-free anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The superior Li storage performance of the ZCO/NiO NWs could be attributed to the synergetic effect between the ZnCo2O4 core and the NiO shell, as well as its unique hierarchical architecture, which ensures a large specific surface area and good conductivity. Our results may offer very useful guidelines in scrupulously designing 3D core/shell nanowire-array electrodes using cheap, earth-abundant materials in energy storage applications.

  6. Modeling, synthesis and study of highly efficient solar cells based on III-nitride nanowire arrays grown on Si substrates

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    Mozharov, A. M.; Bolshakov, A. D.; Kudryashov, D. A.; Kryzhanovskaya, N. V.; Cirlin, G. E.; Mukhin, I. S.; Harmand, J. C.; Tchernysheva, M.

    2015-11-01

    In this letter we investigate photovoltaic properties of GaN nanowires (NWs) - Si substrate heterostructure obtained by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Antireflection properties of the NW array were studied theoretically and experimentally to show an order of magnitude enhancement in antireflection comparing to the pure Si surface (2.5% vs. 33.8%). In order to determine optimal morphology and doping levels of the structure with maximum possible efficiency we simulated it's properties using a finite difference method. The carried out simulation showed that a maximum efficiency should be 20%.

  7. Fabrication and temperature dependent magnetic properties of Ni–Cu–Co composite nanowires

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    Hussain, Muhammad [Nanomaterials Research Group, Physics Division PINSTECH, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Khan, Maaz, E-mail: maaz@impcas.ac.cn [Nanomaterials Research Group, Physics Division PINSTECH, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Sun, Hongyu [Beijing National Center for Electron Microscopy, Laboratory of Advanced Materials and The State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Nairan, Adeela [Centre for High Energy Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore 54590 (Pakistan); Karim, Shafqat; Nisar, Amjad [Nanomaterials Research Group, Physics Division PINSTECH, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Maqbool, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 (United States); Ahmad, Mashkoor, E-mail: mashkoorahmad2003@yahoo.com [Nanomaterials Research Group, Physics Division PINSTECH, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan)

    2015-10-15

    Ni–Cu–Co composite magnetic nanowires have been successfully synthesized by electrochemical deposition. Microstructural and compositional analyses were carried out using FESEM, TEM, HRTEM and XRD. Magnetic measurements were performed from in the temperature range 5–300 K. A strong diamagnetic contribution, which results from the polycarbonate template, was found to show s-shape behavior of the hysteresis loops of the nanowires. The coercivity of the samples was found to increase with the decreasing temperature following simple model of thermal activation of particle’s moment over the anisotropy barrier in the temperature range 50–300 K. Saturation magnetization was found to increase with decreasing temperature following the modified Bloch’s law at low temperatures.

  8. Fabrication of ternary CNT/PPy/KxMnO2 composite nanowires for electrocatalytic applications.

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    Zheng, Tian; Lu, Xiaofeng; Bian, Xiujie; Zhang, Chengcheng; Xue, Yanpeng; Jia, Xiaoteng; Wang, Ce

    2012-02-15

    CNT/PPy/K(x)MnO(2), a novel ternary core-shell nanowires, was successfully prepared by a two-step self-assembly method and utilized as an electrocatalyst for the oxidation of hydrogen peroxide. The as-synthesized products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectra (FTIR) measurements. The results exhibited that the K(x)MnO(2) nanosheets were grown on the surface of CNT/PPy core-shell nanotubes. The planes of the K(x)MnO(2) nanosheets were more or less perpendicular to the CNT/PPy nanotubes. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) results demonstrated that the CNT/PPy/K(x)MnO(2) composite nanowires, as a nonenzyme catalyst, performed well with regards to the oxidation of hydrogen peroxide in 0.1M phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.0). The composite had a fast response with a linear range of 5.0 μM to 9.7 mM and a relatively low detection limit of 2.4 μM (S/N=3). The sensitivity of the sensor for H(2)O(2) was 114.6 μA mM(-1)cm(-2). These excellent properties might be due to the large surface area of the composite nanowires and the quick electron transfer promoted by the combination of CNT and PPy.

  9. Earth-abundant oxygen evolution catalysts coupled onto ZnO nanowire arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water cleavage.

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    Jiang, Chaoran; Moniz, Savio J A; Khraisheh, Majeda; Tang, Junwang

    2014-09-26

    ZnO has long been considered as a model UV-driven photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting, but its performance has been limited by fast charge-carrier recombination, extremely poor stability in aqueous solution, and slow kinetics of water oxidation. These issues were addressed by applying a strategy of optimization and passivation of hydrothermally grown 1D ZnO nanowire arrays. The length and diameter of bare ZnO nanowires were optimized by varying the growth time and precursor concentration to achieve optimal photoelectrochemical performance. The addition of earth-abundant cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi) and nickel borate (Ni-B) oxygen evolution catalysts onto ZnO nanowires resulted in substantial cathodic shifts in onset potential to as low as about 0.3 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) for Ni-B/ZnO, for which a maximum photocurrent density of 1.1 mA cm(-2) at 0.9 V (vs. RHE) with applied bias photon-to-current efficiency of 0.4 % and an unprecedented near-unity incident photon-to-current efficiency at 370 nm. In addition the potential required for saturated photocurrent was dramatically reduced from 1.6 to 0.9 V versus RHE. Furthermore, the stability of these ZnO nanowires was significantly enhanced by using Ni-B compared to Co-Pi due to its superior chemical robustness, and it thus has additional functionality as a stable protecting layer on the ZnO surface. These remarkable enhancements in both photocatalytic activity and stability directly address the current severe limitations in the use of ZnO-based photoelectrodes for water-splitting applications, and can be applied to other photoanodes for efficient solar-driven fuel synthesis.

  10. Optical properties of ZnO nanowire arrays electrodeposited on n- and p-type Si(1 1 1): Effects of thermal annealing

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    Lupan, O., E-mail: oleg-lupan@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modelisation pour l' Energie (LECIME), UMR 7575 CNRS, Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris (France); Pauporte, Th., E-mail: thierry-pauporte@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modelisation pour l' Energie (LECIME), UMR 7575 CNRS, Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris (France); Tiginyanu, I.M.; Ursaki, V.V. [Institute of Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnologies, Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau MD-2028 (Moldova, Republic of); Heinrich, H.; Chow, L. [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, PO Box 162385 Orlando, FL 32816-2385 (United States)

    2011-09-25

    Highlights: > A new template-free electrochemical deposition method for the synthesis of ZnO nanorods/nanowires directly on n- and p-type silicon (Si) substrates. > Improved structural, electrical and optical properties of the ZnO nanowires/p-Si (1 1 1) heterojunction have been demonstrated. > Photodetectors have been fabricated based on the n-ZnO nanowires/p-Si heterojunction obtained by electrodeposition. - Abstract: Electrodeposition is a low temperature and low cost growth method of high quality nanostructured active materials for optoelectronic devices. We report the electrochemical preparation of ZnO nanorod/nanowire arrays on n-Si(1 1 1) and p-Si(1 1 1). The effects of thermal annealing and type of substrates on the optical properties of ZnO nanowires electroplated on silicon (1 1 1) substrate are reported. We fabricated ZnO nanowires/p-Si structure that exhibits a strong UV photoluminescence emission and a negligible visible emission. This UV photoluminescence emission proves to be strongly influenced by the thermal annealing at 150-800 deg. C. Photo-detectors have been fabricated based on the ZnO nanowires/p-Si heterojunction.

  11. A facile method of fabricating PbBi alloy nanowires with controlled component proportion

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    Wang, Xue-wei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Tianjin Key Lab for Photoelectric Materials and Devices, Tianjin 300384 (China); He, Zhao-cheng; Li, Ju-shan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Yuan, Zhi-hao, E-mail: zhyuan@tjut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300384 (China); Key Laboratory of Display Materials and Photoelectric Devices (Tianjin University of Technology), Ministry of Education, Tianjin 300384 (China)

    2014-05-15

    Highlights: • A method of high temperature melting is developed to fabricate PbBi nanowires. • The composition controllable and homogeneous PbBi nanowires can be synthesized. • The component proportion is controlled by adjusting electrodeposition time. • Pores of AAO play an important role during the formation of alloy nanowires. - Abstract: The ability of controlled component proportion for metallic alloy nanowires is still rather limited even after well over a decade of intensive research efforts. Here, a very simple method of high temperature melting in the pores of anodic aluminum oxide templates is developed to fabricate low melting point metallic alloy nanowires, in which the component proportion of elements can be controlled by adjusting electrodeposition time in the separate electrolytes. Taking the fabrication of PbBi alloy nanowires as example, we show how to control the uniform composition and component proportion of metallic alloy nanowires. The PbBi alloy nanowire arrays with three different atomic ratios of Bi–10 at.%, 30 at.%, 80 at.% respectively are successfully fabricated. The morphologies and composition of PbBi alloy nanowires are investigated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy equipped with X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy analyzer, and the crystal structures are determined by X-ray diffractometer. These results of experiments indicate that the composition controllable and homogeneous alloy nanowire arrays can be synthesized using this new method.

  12. One-dimensional NiCo2O4 nanowire arrays grown on nickel foam for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhou, Xiangyang; Chen, Guanghui; Tang, Jingjing; Ren, Yongpeng; Yang, Juan

    2015-12-01

    With the ever-increasing power and energy needs in application of advanced consumer electronics and related technologies, developing electrode materials with both high energy and power densities holds the key for satisfying the urgent demand of energy storage worldwide. Herein, we report the successful preparation of NiCo2O4 nanowire arrays that are grown on nickel foam via a simple hydrothermal method followed by an annealing process. The electron microscopy images of the obtained NiCo2O4 nanowires reveal that the NiCo2O4 nanowires are uniformly distributed and anchored on the surface of nickel foam. Benefited from the unique structure of NiCo2O4 nanowires on a nickel foam substrate, the as prepared materials exhibit a high reversible capacity of 1048.8 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 and show excellent rate performance for lithium storage.

  13. Reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) using silicon nanowire arrays under visible light irradiation

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    Fellahi, Ouarda [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l' Energétique-CRTSE 02, Bd Frantz Fanon, BP. 140, Alger 7 Merveilles (Algeria); Barras, Alexandre [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Pan, Guo-Hui [State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Applications, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3888 Dong Nanhu Road, Changchun 130033 (China); Coffinier, Yannick [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Hadjersi, Toufik [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l' Energétique-CRTSE 02, Bd Frantz Fanon, BP. 140, Alger 7 Merveilles (Algeria); Maamache, Mustapha [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et Systèmes Dynamiques, Département de Physique, Université de Sétif, Sétif 19000 (Algeria); Szunerits, Sabine [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); and others

    2016-03-05

    Highlights: • Cr(VI) reduction to Cr(III) using silicon nanowires decorated with Cu nanoparticles. • The reduction takes place at room temperature and neutral pH under visible light. • The photocatalytic reduction was enhanced by addition of adipic or citric acid. - Abstract: We report an efficient visible light-induced reduction of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) to trivalent Cr(III) by direct illumination of an aqueous solution of potassium dichromate (K{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) in the presence of hydrogenated silicon nanowires (H-SiNWs) or silicon nanowires decorated with copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs-SiNWs) as photocatalyst. The SiNW arrays investigated in this study were prepared by chemical etching of crystalline silicon in HF/AgNO{sub 3} aqueous solution. The Cu NPs were deposited on SiNW arrays via electroless deposition technique. Visible light irradiation of an aqueous solution of K{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (10{sup −4} M) in presence of H-SiNWs showed that these substrates were not efficient for Cr(VI) reduction. The reduction efficiency achieved was less than 10% after 120 min irradiation at λ > 420 nm. Addition of organic acids such as citric or adipic acid in the solution accelerated Cr(VI) reduction in a concentration-dependent manner. Interestingly, Cu NPs-SiNWs was found to be a very efficient interface for the reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in absence of organic acids. Almost a full reduction of Cr(VI) was achieved by direct visible light irradiation for 140 min using this photocatalyst.

  14. Multi-functional CuO nanowire/TiO2 nanotube arrays photoelectrode synthesis, characterization, photocatalysis and SERS applications.

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    Sheng, Pengtao; Li, Weili; Du, Pengwei; Cao, Kesheng; Cai, Qingyun

    2016-11-01

    Vertically aligned single crystalline CuO nanowire arrays (NWs) grown directly on TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) supporting by Ti foil have been successfully fabricated using facile thermal oxidation of Cu nanocrystals in static air. CuO NWs growth behavior dependent on parent Cu nanocrystals sizes has been well investigated. Mass transport channel of Cu ions in horizontal and vertical for supporting CuO NWs diameter and length changes has been confirmed through a novel step-by-step surface diffusion process. CuO NWs, nano-mushrooms and nanosheets can be easily obtained by varying growth conditions. After photocatalytic synthesis of snow-like Ag nanocrystals upon CuO NWs/TiO2 NTAs, the hybrid photoelectrode exhibits superior catalytic property and detection sensitivity, which can clean themselves by photocatalytic degradation of RhB molecules adsorbed to the substrate under irradiation using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection, a recycling can been achieved.

  15. Fabrication and characterization of gold nano-wires templated on virus-like arrays of tobacco mosaic virus coat proteins

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    Wnęk, M.; Górzny, M. Ł.; Ward, M. B.; Wälti, C.; Davies, A. G.; Brydson, R.; Evans, S. D.; Stockley, P. G.

    2013-01-01

    The rod-shaped plant virus tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) is widely used as a nano-fabrication template, and chimeric peptide expression on its major coat protein has extended its potential applications. Here we describe a simple bacterial expression system for production and rapid purification of recombinant chimeric TMV coat protein carrying C-terminal peptide tags. These proteins do not bind TMV RNA or form disks at pH 7. However, they retain the ability to self-assemble into virus-like arrays at acidic pH. C-terminal peptide tags in such arrays are exposed on the protein surface, allowing interaction with target species. We have utilized a C-terminal His-tag to create virus coat protein-templated nano-rods able to bind gold nanoparticles uniformly. These can be transformed into gold nano-wires by deposition of additional gold atoms from solution, followed by thermal annealing. The resistivity of a typical annealed wire created by this approach is significantly less than values reported for other nano-wires made using different bio-templates. This expression construct is therefore a useful additional tool for the creation of chimeric TMV-like nano-rods for bio-templating.

  16. Wafer-scale fabrication of uniform Si nanowire arrays using the Si wafer with UV/Ozone pretreatment

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    Bai, Fan; Li, Meicheng, E-mail: mcli@ncepu.edu.cn [Harbin Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Huang, Rui; Yu, Yue; Gu, Tiansheng; Chen, Zhao; Fan, Huiyang; Jiang, Bing [North China Electric Power University, State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, School of Renewable Energy (China)

    2013-09-15

    The electroless etching technique combined with the process of UV/Ozone pretreatment is presented for wafer-scale fabrication of the silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays. The high-level uniformity of the SiNW arrays is estimated by the value below 0.2 of the relative standard deviation of the reflection spectra on the 4-in. wafer. Influence of the UV/Ozone pretreatment on the formation of SiNW arrays is investigated. It is seen that a very thin SiO{sub 2} produced by the UV/Ozone pretreatment improves the uniform nucleation of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the Si surface because of the effective surface passivation. Meanwhile, the SiO{sub 2} located among the adjacent Ag NPs can obstruct the assimilation growth of Ag NPs, facilitating the deposition of the uniform and dense Ag NPs catalysts, which induces the formation of the SiNW arrays with good uniformity and high filling ratio. Furthermore, the remarkable antireflective and hydrophobic properties are observed for the SiNW arrays which display great potential in self-cleaning antireflection applications.

  17. GaAs nanowire array solar cells with axial p-i-n junctions.

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    Yao, Maoqing; Huang, Ningfeng; Cong, Sen; Chi, Chun-Yung; Seyedi, M Ashkan; Lin, Yen-Ting; Cao, Yu; Povinelli, Michelle L; Dapkus, P Daniel; Zhou, Chongwu

    2014-06-11

    Because of unique structural, optical, and electrical properties, solar cells based on semiconductor nanowires are a rapidly evolving scientific enterprise. Various approaches employing III-V nanowires have emerged, among which GaAs, especially, is under intense research and development. Most reported GaAs nanowire solar cells form p-n junctions in the radial direction; however, nanowires using axial junction may enable the attainment of high open circuit voltage (Voc) and integration into multijunction solar cells. Here, we report GaAs nanowire solar cells with axial p-i-n junctions that achieve 7.58% efficiency. Simulations show that axial junctions are more tolerant to doping variation than radial junctions and lead to higher Voc under certain conditions. We further study the effect of wire diameter and junction depth using electrical characterization and cathodoluminescence. The results show that large diameter and shallow junctions are essential for a high extraction efficiency. Our approach opens up great opportunity for future low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaics.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of single-crystalline alumina nanowires

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    ZHAO Qing; XU Xiang-yu; ZHANG Hong-zhou; CHEN Yao-feng; XU Jun; YU Da-peng

    2005-01-01

    Alumina nanowires were synthesized on large-area silicon substrate via simple thermal evaporation method of heating a mixture of aluminum and alumina powders without using any catalyst or template. The phase structure and the surface morphology of the as-grown sample were analyzed by X-ray diffractometry(XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The chemical composition and the microstructure of the as-grown alumina nanowires were characterized using transmission electron microscope(TEM). The nanowires are usually straight and the single crystalline has average diameter of 40 nm and length of 3 - 5 μm. The growth direction is along the [002] direction. Well aligned alumina nanowire arrays were observed on the surface of many large particles. The catalyst-free growth of the alumina nanowires was explained under the framework of a vapor-solid(VS)growth mechanism. This as-synthesized alumina nanowires could find potential applications in the fabrication of nanodevices.

  19. Deposition of fan-shaped ZnMoO{sub 4} on ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanowire arrays for high electrochemical performance

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    Fan, Zihao; Zhang, Xiaojun [Anhui Normal University, Key Laboratory for Functional Molecular Solids of the Education Ministry of China, Center for Nano Science and Technology, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Wuhu (China)

    2017-04-15

    In this research, fan-shaped ZnMoO{sub 4} is deposited on flower-like ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanowire arrays by two-step hydrothermal method. ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanowire is synthesized first and used as the backbone to support ZnMoO{sub 4}. The flower-like ZnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanowire arrays are fully overspread by ZnMoO{sub 4}. And this unique structure shows a high capacitance of 1506 F g{sup -1} when used as electrode for supercapacitor at a current density of 1 A g{sup -1} and a good cycling ability (5000 cycles). (orig.)

  20. Broad compositional tunability of indium tin oxide nanowires grown by the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Indium tin oxide nanowires were grown by the reaction of In and Sn with O2 at 800 °C via the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism on 1 nm Au/Si(001. We obtain Sn doped In2O3 nanowires having a cubic bixbyite crystal structure by using In:Sn source weight ratios > 1:9 while below this we observe the emergence of tetragonal rutile SnO2 and suppression of In2O3 permitting compositional and structural tuning from SnO2 to In2O3 which is accompanied by a blue shift of the photoluminescence spectrum and increase in carrier lifetime attributed to a higher crystal quality and Fermi level position.

  1. Hierarchical carbon cloth supported Li4Ti5O12@NiCo2O4 branched nanowire arrays as novel anode for flexible lithium-ion batteries

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    Xu, Fenghua; Yu, Fangli; Liu, Chao; Han, Pengde; Weng, Baicheng

    2017-06-01

    The hierarchical carbon cloth supported Li4Ti5O12@NiCo2O4 branched nanowire (NW) arrays were fabricated as the flexible, binder-free anode for lithium-ion batteries. The novel composite exhibits greatly improved specific capacity and rate capability as well as excellent cyclic stability compared to carbon cloth supported Li4Ti5O12 NW arrays. The results clearly demonstrate that branched growth of NiCo2O4 NWs on the surface of Li4Ti5O12 NWs on carbon cloth enhances lithium diffusion. The superior electrochemical performance is ascribed to the unique architecture as well as the synergetic effect of good flexibility and high conductivity of carbon cloth, almost zero volume change during charge/discharge process of Li4Ti5O12, and high capacity and conductivity of NiCo2O4. This novel anode possesses high potential for applications in high-performance, flexible lithium-ion batteries.

  2. Ammonium vanadate@polypyrrole@manganese dioxide nanowire arrays with enhanced reversible lithium storage

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    Wang, Chang; Liu, Hui; Jiang, Ming; Wang, Yingde; Liu, Ruina; Luo, Zhiping; Liu, Xiaoqing; Xu, Weilin; Xiong, Chuanxi; Fang, Dong

    2017-09-01

    Design and fabrication of novel optimized electrode materials are important for the development of new batteries for energy storage applications. Herein, we report on a hierarchical bulk electrode material with a tailored nanostructure that which consists of three components: a NH4V4O10 nanowire as an active skeleton, an intermediate polymer layer (polypyrrole, PPy), and a metal oxide layer (MnO2) as the outside shell. The NH4V4O10-PPy-MnO2 nanowires exhibit present higher capacitance than that of the simple NH4V4O10-PPy core@shell or NH4V4O10 nanowires. The structure of double shells of combined PPy and MnO2 is a key factor in enhancing their electrochemical performance including high specific capacitance and excellent cycling stability. Our V-based core@shell@shell structure can serve as freestanding, compressible electrodes for various energy devices.

  3. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of pure and rare-earth ion doped TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays by a facile hydrothermal technique

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    Bandi, Vengala Rao; Raghavan, Chinnambedu Murugesan; Grandhe, Bhaskar kumar; Kim, Sang Su [Department of Physics, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Kiwan, E-mail: kwjang@changwon.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong-Soo [Department of Chemistry, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Yi, Soung-Soo [Department of Photonics, Silla University, Busan 617-736 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Jung-Hyun [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-29

    Single crystalline pure and rare-earth metal ions (Eu{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+}) doped TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays were prepared on conductive fluorine doped indium tin oxide substrates by a facile hydrothermal method. Initially the conditions and parameters were optimized to prepare the high quality TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays in the absence of organic additives. The average diameter and length of the TiO{sub 2} nanowire were found to be ∼ 30–50 nm and ∼ 0.5–1.5 μm, respectively. The formations of rutile phase structure in all the samples were confirmed by x-ray diffractometric analysis while the transmission electron microscopy confirms the single crystallinity and the maximum orientation of growth direction along [001] for the as-grown TiO{sub 2} nanowire. The optical properties of all the samples were analyzed using photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photocatalytic properties of the pure and doped TiO{sub 2} were investigated for the decomposition of organic toludine blue-O dye under ultraviolet irradiation. The result demonstrates that the Ce{sup 3+}: TiO{sub 2} decomposed almost 90% of the organic dye within 80 min. - Highlights: • Rare-earth (RE) doped TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays were prepared by hydrothermal method • RE doping enhanced the growth rate of TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays • The catalysts used to check their photocatalytic activity by toludine blue-O dye • RE doped TiO2 act as unprecedented photocatalyst for organic dye decomposition.

  4. Hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Wang, Gongming; Wang, Hanyu; Ling, Yichuan; Tang, Yuechao; Yang, Xunyu; Fitzmorris, Robert C; Wang, Changchun; Zhang, Jin Z; Li, Yat

    2011-07-13

    We report the first demonstration of hydrogen treatment as a simple and effective strategy to fundamentally improve the performance of TiO(2) nanowires for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Hydrogen-treated rutile TiO(2) (H:TiO(2)) nanowires were prepared by annealing the pristine TiO(2) nanowires in hydrogen atmosphere at various temperatures in a range of 200-550 °C. In comparison to pristine TiO(2) nanowires, H:TiO(2) samples show substantially enhanced photocurrent in the entire potential window. More importantly, H:TiO(2) samples have exceptionally low photocurrent saturation potentials of -0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl (0.4 V vs RHE), indicating very efficient charge separation and transportation. The optimized H:TiO(2) nanowire sample yields a photocurrent density of ∼1.97 mA/cm(2) at -0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl, in 1 M NaOH solution under the illumination of simulated solar light (100 mW/cm(2) from 150 W xenon lamp coupled with an AM 1.5G filter). This photocurrent density corresponds to a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of ∼1.63%. After eliminating the discrepancy between the irradiance of the xenon lamp and solar light, by integrating the incident-photon-to-current-conversion efficiency (IPCE) spectrum of the H:TiO(2) nanowire sample with a standard AM 1.5G solar spectrum, the STH efficiency is calculated to be ∼1.1%, which is the best value for a TiO(2) photoanode. IPCE analyses confirm the photocurrent enhancement is mainly due to the improved photoactivity of TiO(2) in the UV region. Hydrogen treatment increases the donor density of TiO(2) nanowires by 3 orders of magnitudes, via creating a high density of oxygen vacancies that serve as electron donors. Similar enhancements in photocurrent were also observed in anatase H:TiO(2) nanotubes. The capability of making highly photoactive H:TiO(2) nanowires and nanotubes opens up new opportunities in various areas, including PEC water splitting, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis.

  5. Probing alloy composition gradient and nanometer-scale carrier localization in single AlGaN nanowires by nanocathodoluminescence

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    Pierret, A.; Bougerol, C.; Gayral, B.; Kociak, M.; Daudin, B.

    2013-08-01

    The optical properties of single AlGaN nanowires grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy have been studied by nanocathodoluminescence. Optical emission was found to be position-dependent and to occur in a wide wavelength range, a feature which has been assigned to a composition gradient along the nanowire growth axis, superimposed on local composition fluctuations at the nanometer scale. This behavior is associated with the growth mode of such AlGaN nanowires, which is governed by kinetics, leading to the successive formation of (i) a zone with strong local composition fluctuations followed by (ii) a zone with a marked composition gradient and, eventually, (iii) a zone corresponding to a steady state regime and the formation of a homogeneous alloy.

  6. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano-structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those nano-

  7. Toward Wearable Cooling Devices: Highly Flexible Electrocaloric Ba0.67 Sr0.33 TiO3 Nanowire Arrays.

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    Zhang, Guangzu; Zhang, Xiaoshan; Huang, Houbing; Wang, Jianjun; Li, Qi; Chen, Long-Qing; Wang, Qing

    2016-06-01

    Flexible lead-free ferroelectric ceramic nanowire arrays exhibit a unique combination of features that can contribute to the realization of wearable cooling devices, including an outstanding electrocaloric effect at low fields, high efficiency, bendability and stretchability, and robustness against mechanical deformations. Thermodynamic and phase-field simulations are carried out to validate their superior electrocaloric effect in comparison to thin films.

  8. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those nano-

  9. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those

  10. Monolithic integration of a silicon nanowire field-effect transistors array on a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor chip for biochemical sensor applications.

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    Livi, Paolo; Kwiat, Moria; Shadmani, Amir; Pevzner, Alexander; Navarra, Giulio; Rothe, Jörg; Stettler, Alexander; Chen, Yihui; Patolsky, Fernando; Hierlemann, Andreas

    2015-10-06

    We present a monolithic complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based sensor system comprising an array of silicon nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) and the signal-conditioning circuitry on the same chip. The silicon nanowires were fabricated by chemical vapor deposition methods and then transferred to the CMOS chip, where Ti/Pd/Ti contacts had been patterned via e-beam lithography. The on-chip circuitry measures the current flowing through each nanowire FET upon applying a constant source-drain voltage. The analog signal is digitized on chip and then transmitted to a receiving unit. The system has been successfully fabricated and tested by acquiring I-V curves of the bare nanowire-based FETs. Furthermore, the sensing capabilities of the complete system have been demonstrated by recording current changes upon nanowire exposure to solutions of different pHs, as well as by detecting different concentrations of Troponin T biomarkers (cTnT) through antibody-functionalized nanowire FETs.

  11. Gas Composition Sensing Using Carbon Nanotube Arrays

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    Li, Jing; Meyyappan, Meyya

    2012-01-01

    This innovation is a lightweight, small sensor for inert gases that consumes a relatively small amount of power and provides measurements that are as accurate as conventional approaches. The sensing approach is based on generating an electrical discharge and measuring the specific gas breakdown voltage associated with each gas present in a sample. An array of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a substrate is connected to a variable-pulse voltage source. The CNT tips are spaced appropriately from the second electrode maintained at a constant voltage. A sequence of voltage pulses is applied and a pulse discharge breakdown threshold voltage is estimated for one or more gas components, from an analysis of the current-voltage characteristics. Each estimated pulse discharge breakdown threshold voltage is compared with known threshold voltages for candidate gas components to estimate whether at least one candidate gas component is present in the gas. The procedure can be repeated at higher pulse voltages to estimate a pulse discharge breakdown threshold voltage for a second component present in the gas. The CNTs in the gas sensor have a sharp (low radius of curvature) tip; they are preferably multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) or carbon nanofibers (CNFs), to generate high-strength electrical fields adjacent to the tips for breakdown of the gas components with lower voltage application and generation of high current. The sensor system can provide a high-sensitivity, low-power-consumption tool that is very specific for identification of one or more gas components. The sensor can be multiplexed to measure current from multiple CNT arrays for simultaneous detection of several gas components.

  12. Preparation and Properties of Silver Nanowire-Based Transparent Conductive Composite Films

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    Tian, Ji-Li; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Wang, Hai-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Silver nanowire-based transparent conductive composite films with different structures were successfully prepared using various methods, including liquid polyol, magnetron sputtering and spin coating. The experimental results revealed that the optical transmittance of all different structural composite films decreased slightly (1-3%) compared to pure films. However, the electrical conductivity of all composite films had a great improvement. Under the condition that the optical transmittance was greater than 78% over the wavelength range of 400-800 nm, the AgNW/PVA/AgNW film became a conductor, while the AZO/AgNW/AZO film and the ITO/AgNW/ITO film showed 88.9% and 94% reductions, respectively, for the sheet resistance compared with pure films. In addition, applying a suitable mechanical pressure can improve the conductivity of AgNW-based composite films.

  13. Intrinsically stretchable transparent electrodes based on silver-nanowire-crosslinked-polyacrylate composites

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    Hu, Weili; Niu, Xiaofan; Li, Lu; Yun, Sungryul; Yu, Zhibin; Pei, Qibing

    2012-08-01

    Stretchable transparent composites have been synthesized consisting of a silver nanowire (AgNW) network embedded in the surface layer of a crosslinked poly(acrylate) matrix. The interpenetrating networks of AgNWs and the crosslinked polymer matrix lead to high surface conductivity, high transparency, and rubbery elasticity. The presence of carboxylic acid groups on the polymer chains enhances the bonding between AgNWs and the polymer matrix, and further increases the stretchability of the composites. The sheet resistance of the composite electrode increases by only 2.3 times at 50% strain. Repeated stretching to 50% strain and relaxation only causes a small increase of the sheet resistance after 600 cycles. The morphology of the composites during reversible stretching and relaxation has been investigated to expound the conductivity changes.

  14. Controllable growth of polyaniline nanowire arrays on hierarchical macro/mesoporous graphene foams for high-performance flexible supercapacitors

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    Yu, Pingping; Zhao, Xin; Li, Yingzhi; Zhang, Qinghua

    2017-01-01

    Free-standing hierarchical macro/mesoporous flexible graphene foam have been constructed by rational intergration ofwell dispersed graphene oxide sheets and amino-modified polystyrene (PS) spheres through a facile ;templating and embossing; technique. The three dimensional (3D) macro/mesoporous flexible graphene foam not only inherits the uniform porous structures of graphene foam, but also contains hierarchical macro/mesopores on the struts by sacrificing PS spheres and the activation of KOH, which could providing rapid pathways for ionic and electronic transport to high specific capacitance. Vertically polyaniline (PANI) nanowire arrays are then uniformly deposited onto the hierarchical macro/mesoporous graphene foam(fRGO-F/PANI) by a simple in situ polymerization, which show a high specific capacitance of 939 F g-1. Thanks to the synergistic function of 3D bicontinuous hierarchical porous structure of graphene foam and effective immobilization of PANI nanowires on the struts, the assembled symmetric supercapctior with fRGO-F/PANI as electrodes exhibits a maximum energy density and power density of 20.9 Wh kg-1 and 103.2 kW kg-1, respectively. Moreover, it also displays an excellent cyclic stability with a 88.7% retention after 5000 cycles.

  15. Atomic-Scale Origin of Long-Term Stability and High Performance of p-GaN Nanowire Arrays for Photocatalytic Overall Pure Water Splitting.

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    Kibria, Md Golam; Qiao, Ruimin; Yang, Wanli; Boukahil, Idris; Kong, Xianghua; Chowdhury, Faqrul Alam; Trudeau, Michel L; Ji, Wei; Guo, Hong; Himpsel, F J; Vayssieres, Lionel; Mi, Zetian

    2016-10-01

    The atomic-scale origin of the unusually high performance and long-term stability of wurtzite p-GaN oriented nanowire arrays is revealed. Nitrogen termination of both the polar (0001¯) top face and the nonpolar (101¯0) side faces of the nanowires is essential for long-term stability and high efficiency. Such a distinct atomic configuration ensures not only stability against (photo) oxidation in air and in water/electrolyte but, as importantly, also provides the necessary overall reverse crystal polarization needed for efficient hole extraction in p-GaN.

  16. Small signal modulation characteristics of red-emitting (λ = 610 nm) III-nitride nanowire array lasers on (001) silicon

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    Jahangir, Shafat

    2015-02-16

    The small signal modulation characteristics of an InGaN/GaN nanowire array edge- emitting laser on (001) silicon are reported. The emission wavelength is 610 nm. Lattice matched InAlN cladding layers were incorporated in the laser heterostructure for better mode confinement. The suitability of the nanowire lasers for use in plastic fiber communication systems with direct modulation is demonstrated through their modulation bandwidth of f-3dB,max = 3.1 GHz, very low values of chirp (0.8 Å) and α-parameter, and large differential gain (3.1 × 10-17 cm2).

  17. Improvement of the physical properties of ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays by CdCl2 heat treatment for solar cells

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    Consonni, Vincent; Renet, Sébastien; Garnier, Jérôme; Gergaud, Patrice; Artús, Lluis; Michallon, Jérôme; Rapenne, Laetitia; Appert, Estelle; Kaminski-Cachopo, Anne

    2014-01-01

    Abstract CdTe is an important compound semiconductor for solar cells, and its use in nanowire-based heterostructures may become a critical requirement, owing to the potential scarcity of tellurium. The effects of the CdCl2 heat treatment are investigated on the physical properties of vertically aligned ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays grown by combining chemical bath deposition with close space sublimation. It is found that recrystallization phenomena are induced by the CdCl2 heat treatmen...

  18. Enhanced power conversion efficiency of CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells with ZnO nanowire arrays as the photoanodes

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    Qi, Junjie; Liu, Wang; Biswas, Chandan; Zhang, Guangjie; Sun, Lifang; Wang, Zengze; Hu, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Yue

    2015-08-01

    We report the fabrication of CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells with ZnO nanowire arrays as the photoanodes. The influences of precursor solution temperature and sensitizing cycles on the performance of CdS quantum dots sensitized ZnO nanowires solar cells were studied. Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was applied to deposit CdS quantum dots on the surface of ZnO nanowire arrays for assembling ZnO/CdS electrodes. The results of scanning electron microscopic (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy indicated that the ZnO nanowires electrodes were well-covered with CdS quantum dots. The temperature of the ethanol sensitizing solutions significantly influenced the performance of ZnO/CdS electrodes by affecting the rate of deposition reaction and the penetration ability of ethanol solution. The CdS quantum dots sensitized ZnO-based solar cells exhibited a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 3.1 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.55 V and a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 0.72%, which is much higher than that reported in literatures, under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5, 100 mW/cm2) when the temperature of the ethanol solutions was 60 °C and ZnO arrays were sensitized for seven times.

  19. AAO-assisted synthesis of highly ordered, large-scale TiO2 nanowire arrays via sputtering and atomic layer deposition.

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    Yao, Zhao; Wang, Cong; Li, Yang; Kim, Nam-Young

    2015-01-01

    Highly ordered nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) thin films were fabricated in oxalic acid under a constant voltage via a two-step anodization process. To investigate the high-aspect-ratio (7.5:1) filling process, both sputtering and atomic layer deposition (ALD) were used to form TiO2 nanowires. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicated that mushroom-like TiO2 structures were sputtered onto the AAO template surface, and the ALD-coated TiO2 exhibited fine filling results and clear crystal grain boundaries. Large-scale and free-standing TiO2 nanowire arrays were liberated by selectively removing the aluminum substrate and AAO template via a wet etching process with no collapsing or agglomeration after the drying process. ALD-deposited TiO2 nanowire arrays that were 67 nm in diameter and 400 nm high were transferred from the AAO template. The ALD process enabled the rapid, simple synthesis of highly ordered TiO2 nanowire arrays with desired parameters such as diameter, density, and thickness determined using diverse AAO templates.

  20. Magnetoelectric properties of nickel nanowires-P(VDF–TrFE) composites

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    Nguyen, Thanh Hoai Lucie [Physique des Polymères, CIRIMAT – Institut Carnot, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); Laffont, Lydia [MEMO, CIRIMAT/Institut Carnot, ENSIACET, 4 Allée Emile Monso, BP 44362, 31030 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Capsal, Jean-Fabien; Cottinet, Pierre-Jean [LGEF-INSA Lyon, 8 Rue de la Physique, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Lonjon, Antoine [Physique des Polymères, CIRIMAT – Institut Carnot, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); Dantras, Eric, E-mail: eric.dantras@univ-tlse3.fr [Physique des Polymères, CIRIMAT – Institut Carnot, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); Lacabanne, Colette [Physique des Polymères, CIRIMAT – Institut Carnot, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France)

    2015-03-01

    Multiferroic composites with very high magnetoelectric coupling composites have been elaborated by incorporating high aspect ratio magnetic nickel particles in a ferroelectric matrix P(VDF–TrFE). Nickel nanowires (NWs) were elaborated by the electrodeposition method which allows obtaining a constant aspect ratio of 250. SEM-FEG images showed a Ni NWs homogeneous dispersion in acetone or in the P(VDF–TrFE). HR-TEM images and electronic diffraction studies revealed that the Ni NWs are monocrystalline, thanks to the electrodeposition method. Magnetic measurements showed a strong anisotropy of the magnetic particles, the coercivity is higher in the parallel direction (160 Oe). This anisotropy decreased for the composites due to the diminution of the Ni NWs interactions. The piezoelectric coefficient obtained after the composite polarization was significant (7 pC N{sup −1}) under a polarization field of 60 kV mm{sup −1}. The magnetoelectric coefficient reached the value of 237 V/(m Oe) at 4 kHz. According to the previous studies, this value is the highest one found for multiferroic polymer matrix composites. - Highlights: • A magnetic anisotropy of the ferromagnetic Ni nanowires was observed. • The P(VDF–TrFE) glass transition has an influence on the NWs Ni/P(VDF–TrFE) 0.3% vol composite magnetic properties. • The NWs Ni/P(VDF–TrFE) composite was polarized to obtain a significant piezoelectric coefficient of 7 pC N{sup −1}. • The magnetoelectric coefficient reached the high value of 237 V/(m Oe)

  1. Effects of growth substrates on the morphologies of TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays and the performance of assembled UV detectors

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    Liu, Guohua; Zhang, Min [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Zhang, Dezhong [College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Gu, Xuehui [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Meng, Fanxu [College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Wen, Shanpeng, E-mail: sp_wen@jlu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Chen, Yu, E-mail: chenyu_1099@163.com [Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No A35 QingHua East Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Ruan, Shengping, E-mail: rspjlu@163.com [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays with different morphologies were synthesized on ITO and FTO. • Growth mechanism of the TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays (TNAs) was investigated. • Back-incident array UV detectors based on the two TNAs were assembled. • Effects of growth substrates on device performance were studied for the first time. • Detector based on the well-aligned TNAs on FTO exhibits more excellent performance. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays (TNAs) with different morphologies were synthesized on transparent conductive tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) and fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). Back-incident array TNA-based UV detectors were assembled. Effects of growth substrates on the morphologies of TNAs and the performance of UV detectors were investigated for the first time. The device based on the vertically aligned TNAs on FTO (TNFs) exhibited more excellent photoresponse properties than that based on the cluster-shaped TNAs on ITO (TNIs). This phenomenon can be ascribed to the easier and faster electron transport in the single crystallographic orientation TNFs. The outstanding performance also demonstrated the obvious superiority of TNFs in the application of UV detection.

  2. 64-pixel NbTiN superconducting nanowire single-photon detector array for spatially resolved photon detection

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    Miki, Shigehito; Wang, Zhen; Terai, Hirotaka

    2014-01-01

    We present the characterization of two-dimensionally arranged 64-pixel NbTiN superconducting nanowire single-photon detector array for spatially resolved photon detection. NbTiN films deposited on thermally oxidized Si substrates enabled the high-yield production of high-quality SSPD pixels, and all 64 SSPD pixels showed uniform superconducting characteristics. Furthermore, all of the pixels showed single-photon sensitivity, and 60 of the 64 pixels showed a pulse generation probability higher than 90% after photon absorption. As a result of light irradiation from the single-mode optical fiber at different distances between the fiber tip and the active area, the variations of system detection efficiency in each pixel showed reasonable Gaussian distribution to represent the spatial distributions of photon flux intensity.

  3. Physisorption-induced electron scattering on the surface of carbon-metal core-shell nanowire arrays for hydrogen sensing

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    Yick, S.; Yajadda, M. M. A.; Bendavid, A.; Han, Z. J.; Ostrikov, K.

    2013-06-01

    Palladium is sputtered on multi-walled carbon nanotube forests to form carbon-metal core-shell nanowire arrays. These hybrid nanostructures exhibited resistive responses when exposed to hydrogen with an excellent baseline recovery at room temperature. The magnitude of the response is shown to be tuneable by an applied voltage. Unlike the charge-transfer mechanism commonly attributed to Pd nanoparticle-decorated carbon nanotubes, this demonstrates that the hydrogen response mechanism of the multi-walled carbon nanotube-Pd core-shell nanostructure is due to the increase in electron scattering induced by physisorption of hydrogen. These hybrid core-shell nanostructures are promising for gas detection in hydrogen storage applications.

  4. Ultralightweight silver nanowires hybrid polyimide composite foams for high-performance electromagnetic interference shielding.

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    Ma, Jingjing; Zhan, Maosheng; Wang, Kai

    2015-01-14

    Ultralightweight silver nanowires (AgNWs) hybrid polyimide (PI) composite foams with microcellular structure and low density of 0.014-0.022 g/cm(3) have been fabricated by a facile and effective one-pot liquid foaming process. The tension flow generated during the cell growth induced the uniform dispersion of AgNWs throughout the cell walls. The interconnected AgNWs network in the cell walls combined with the large 3D AgNWs network caused by 3D structure of foams provided fast electron transport channels inside foams. The electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of these foams increased with increasing AgNWs loading as well as the nanowire aspect ratio due to the increasing connections of the conduction AgNWs network. Appropriate surface treatment like etching or spraying facilitated the construction of the seamlessly interconnected 2D AgNWs network on the surface, which could effectively reflect electromagnetic waves. Maximum specific EMI SE of values of 1210 dB·g(-1)·cm(3) at 200 MHz, 957 dB·g(-1)·cm(3) at 600 MHz, and 772 dB·g(-1)·cm(3) at 800-1500 MHz were achieved in sprayed composite foams containing composite materials. The reflections of interconnected AgNWs networks on the surface and inside foams combined with the multiple reflections at interfaces contributed to the shielding effect.

  5. Electrochemical pore filling strategy for controlled growth of magnetic and metallic nanowire arrays with large area uniformity.

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    Arefpour, M; Kashi, M Almasi; Ramazani, A; Montazer, A H

    2016-06-01

    While a variety of template-based strategies have been developed in the fabrication of nanowires (NWs), a uniform pore filling across the template still poses a major challenge. Here, we present a large area controlled pore filling strategy in the reproducible fabrication of various magnetic and metallic NW arrays, embedded inside anodic aluminum oxide templates. Using a diffusive pulsed electrodeposition (DPED) technique, this versatile strategy relies on the optimized filling of branched nanopores at the bottom of templates with Cu. Serving the Cu filled nanopores as appropriate nucleation sites, the DPED is followed by a uniform and homogeneous deposition of magnetic (Ni and Fe) and metallic (Cu and Zn) NWs at a current density of 50 mA cm(-2) for an optimal thickness of alumina barrier layer (∼18 nm). Our strategy provides large area uniformity (exceeding 400 μm(2)) in the fabrication of 16 μm long free-standing NW arrays. Using hysteresis loop measurements and scanning electron microscopy images, the electrodeposition efficiency (EE) and pore filling percentage (F p) are evaluated, leading to maximum EE and F p values of 91% and 95% for Ni and Zn, respectively. Moreover, the resulting NW arrays are found to be highly crystalline. Accordingly, the DPED technique is capable of cheaply and efficiently controlling NW growth over a large area, providing a tool for various nanoscale applications including biomedical devices, electronics, photonics, magnetic storage medium and nanomagnet computing.

  6. Electrochemical pore filling strategy for controlled growth of magnetic and metallic nanowire arrays with large area uniformity

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    Arefpour, M.; Almasi Kashi, M.; Ramazani, A.; Montazer, A. H.

    2016-07-01

    While a variety of template-based strategies have been developed in the fabrication of nanowires (NWs), a uniform pore filling across the template still poses a major challenge. Here, we present a large area controlled pore filling strategy in the reproducible fabrication of various magnetic and metallic NW arrays, embedded inside anodic aluminum oxide templates. Using a diffusive pulsed electrodeposition (DPED) technique, this versatile strategy relies on the optimized filling of branched nanopores at the bottom of templates with Cu. Serving the Cu filled nanopores as appropriate nucleation sites, the DPED is followed by a uniform and homogeneous deposition of magnetic (Ni and Fe) and metallic (Cu and Zn) NWs at a current density of 50 mA cm-2 for an optimal thickness of alumina barrier layer (˜18 nm). Our strategy provides large area uniformity (exceeding 400 μm2) in the fabrication of 16 μm long free-standing NW arrays. Using hysteresis loop measurements and scanning electron microscopy images, the electrodeposition efficiency (EE) and pore filling percentage (F p) are evaluated, leading to maximum EE and F p values of 91% and 95% for Ni and Zn, respectively. Moreover, the resulting NW arrays are found to be highly crystalline. Accordingly, the DPED technique is capable of cheaply and efficiently controlling NW growth over a large area, providing a tool for various nanoscale applications including biomedical devices, electronics, photonics, magnetic storage medium and nanomagnet computing.

  7. Dye-sensitized solar cells with vertically aligned TiO2 nanowire arrays grown on carbon fibers.

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    Cai, Xin; Wu, Hongwei; Hou, Shaocong; Peng, Ming; Yu, Xiao; Zou, Dechun

    2014-02-01

    One-dimensional semiconductor TiO2 nanowires (TNWs) have received widespread attention from solar cell and related optoelectronics scientists. The controllable synthesis of ordered TNW arrays on arbitrary substrates would benefit both fundamental research and practical applications. Herein, vertically aligned TNW arrays in situ grown on carbon fiber (CF) substrates through a facile, controllable, and seed-assisted thermal process is presented. Also, hierarchical TiO2 -nanoparticle/TNW arrays were prepared that favor both the dye loading and depressed charge recombination of the CF/TNW photoanode. An impressive conversion efficiency of 2.48 % (under air mass 1.5 global illumination) and an apparent efficiency of 4.18 % (with a diffuse board) due to the 3D light harvesting of the wire solar cell were achieved. Moreover, efficient and inexpensive wire solar cells made from all-CF electrodes and completely flexible CF-based wire solar cells were demonstrated, taking into account actual application requirements. This work may provide an intriguing avenue for the pursuit of lightweight, cost-effective, and high-performance flexible/wearable solar cells.

  8. Three-dimensionally grown thorn-like Cu nanowire arrays by fully electrochemical nanoengineering for highly enhanced hydrazine oxidation

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    Huang, Jianfei; Zhao, Shunan; Chen, Wei; Zhou, Ying; Yang, Xiaoling; Zhu, Yihua; Li, Chunzhong

    2016-03-01

    This communication reports fully electrochemical nanoengineering toward three-dimensionally grown thorn-like Cu nanowire arrays (CNWAs) as a highly efficient and durable electrocatalyst for hydrazine oxidation. Characterized by substantial negative shifting of the onset potential and an enlarged catalytic current density, the CNWAs afforded greatly enhanced hydrazine oxidation activity, even transcending that of the Pt/C catalyst at a higher reaction rate. The parameters of the electrochemical engineering and metallization methods were found to be essentially influential on the microstructure, and thus the electrocatalytic activity of the CNWAs. The present work typifies a flexible and expandible route toward integrated electrodes of metallic 1D nanostructures which are of interest in advancing the performance of cutting-edge electrochemical applications.This communication reports fully electrochemical nanoengineering toward three-dimensionally grown thorn-like Cu nanowire arrays (CNWAs) as a highly efficient and durable electrocatalyst for hydrazine oxidation. Characterized by substantial negative shifting of the onset potential and an enlarged catalytic current density, the CNWAs afforded greatly enhanced hydrazine oxidation activity, even transcending that of the Pt/C catalyst at a higher reaction rate. The parameters of the electrochemical engineering and metallization methods were found to be essentially influential on the microstructure, and thus the electrocatalytic activity of the CNWAs. The present work typifies a flexible and expandible route toward integrated electrodes of metallic 1D nanostructures which are of interest in advancing the performance of cutting-edge electrochemical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, additional figures and table. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06512g

  9. Controllable preparation of TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays on titanium mesh for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Wenwu; Lu, Hui; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min, E-mail: guomin@ustb.edu.cn

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays with controlled morphology and density have been synthesized on Ti mesh substrates by hydrothermal approach for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells which showed well photovoltaic efficiency of 3.42%. - Highlights: • Flexible titanium mesh was first used for hydrothermal preparation of TiO{sub 2} NWAs. • The formation mechanism of the TiO{sub 2} nanostructures was discussed. • The density, average diameter, and morphology of TiO{sub 2} NWAs can be controlled. • The effects of the sensitization temperature and time on the properties were studied. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanowire arrays (NWAs) with an average diameter of 80 nm have been successfully synthesized on titanium (Ti) mesh substrates via hydrothermal method. The effects of preparing conditions such as concentration of NaOH solution, reaction time, and hydrothermal temperature on the growth of TiO{sub 2} nanoarrays and its related photovoltaic properties were systematically investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and photovoltaic properties test. The growth mechanism of the Ti mesh-supported TiO{sub 2} nanostructures was discussed in detail. Moreover, a parametric study was performed to determine the optimized temperature and time of the dye sensitized process for the flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). It is demonstrated that hydrothermal parameters had obvious influence on the morphology and growth density of the as-prepared TiO{sub 2} nanoarrays. In addition, the performance of the flexible DSSC depended strongly on the sensitization temperature and time. By utilizing Ti mesh-supported TiO{sub 2} NWAs (with a length of about 14 μm) as a photoanode, the flexible DSSC with a short circuit current density of 10.49 mA cm{sup −2}, an open-circuit voltage of 0.69 V, and an overall power conversion efficiency of 3.42% was achieved.

  10. SnCo nanowire array as negative electrode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Ferrara, Germano; Inguanta, Rosalinda; Piazza, Salvatore; Sunseri, Carmelo [Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica dei Processi e dei Materiali, Viale delle Scienze Ed. 6, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Damen, Libero; Arbizzani, Catia; Mastragostino, Marina [Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Dipartimento di Scienza dei Metalli, Elettrochimica e Tecniche Chimiche, Via San Donato 15, 40127 Bologna (Italy)

    2011-02-01

    Amorphous SnCo alloy nanowires (NWs) grown inside the channels of polycarbonate membranes by potentiostatic codeposition of the two metals (SnCo-PM) were tested vs. Li by repeated galvanostatic cycles in ethylene carbonate-dimethylcarbonate - LiPF{sub 6} for use as negative electrode in lithium ion batteries. These SnCo electrodes delivered an almost constant capacity value, near to the theoretical for an atomic ratio Li/Sn of 4.4 over more than 35 lithiation-delithiation cycles at 1 C. SEM images of fresh and cycled electrodes showed that nanowires remain partially intact after repeated lithiation-delithiation cycles; indeed, several wires expanded and became porous. Results of amorphous SnCo nanowires grown inside anodic alumina membranes (SnCo-AM) are also reported. The comparison of the two types of NW electrodes demonstrates that the morphology of the SnCo-PM is more suitable than that of the SnCo-AM for electrode stability over cycling. Optimization of NW technology should thus be a promising route to enhancing the mechanical strength and durability of tin-based electrodes. (author)

  11. Composition Tunability and (111)-Dominant Facets of Ultrathin Platinum-Gold Alloy Nanowires toward Enhanced Electrocatalysis.

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    Chang, Fangfang; Shan, Shiyao; Petkov, Valeri; Skeete, Zakiya; Lu, Aolin; Ravid, Jonathan; Wu, Jinfang; Luo, Jin; Yu, Gang; Ren, Yang; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2016-09-21

    The ability for tuning not only the composition but also the type of surface facets of alloyed nanomaterials is important for the design of catalysts with enhanced activity and stability through optimizing both ensemble and ligand effects. Herein we report the first example of ultrathin platinum-gold alloy nanowires (PtAu NWs) featuring composition-tunable and (111) facet-dominant surface characteristics, and the electrocatalytic enhancement for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). PtAu NWs of different bimetallic compositions synthesized by a single-phase and surfactant-free method are shown to display an alloyed, parallel-bundled structure in which the individual nanowires exhibit Boerdijk-Coxeter helix type morphology predominant in (111) facets. Results have revealed intriguing catalytic correlation with the binary composition, exhibiting an activity maximum at a Pt:Au ratio of ∼3:1. As revealed by high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction and atomic pair distribution function analysis, NWs of this ratio exhibit a clear shrinkage in interatomic bonding distances. In comparison with PtAu nanoparticles of a similar composition and degree of shrinking of atomic-pair distances, the PtAu NWs display a remarkably higher electrocatalytic activity and stability. The outperformance of NWs over nanoparticles is attributed to the predominant (111)-type facets on the surface balancing the contribution of ensemble and ligand effects, in addition to the composition synergy due to optimal adsorption energies for molecular and atomic oxygen species on the surface as supported by DFT computation of models of the catalysts. The findings open up a new pathway to the design and engineering of alloy nanocatalysts with enhanced activity and durability.

  12. Spatially resolved energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopic method for in-situ evaluation of mechanical properties during the growth of a C - Pt composite nanowire

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    Banerjee, Amit; Banerjee, S. S., E-mail: satyajit@iitk.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, 208016 (India)

    2014-05-15

    A core-shell type C-Pt composite nanowire is fabricated using focused ion and electron beam induced chemical vapor deposition techniques. Using information from spatially resolved energy dispersive x-ray spectra, we detect the resonance vibration in the C-Pt composite nanowire. We use this method to measure the Young's moduli of the constituents (C, Pt) of the composite nanowire and also estimate the density of the FEB CVD grown Pt shell surrounding the C core. By measuring the resonance characteristics of the composite nanowire we estimate a Pt shell growth rate of ∼0.9 nms{sup −1}. The study is analyzed to suggest that the Pt shell growth mechanism is primarily governed by the sticking coefficient of the organometallic vapor on the C nanowire core.

  13. Angular dependence of coercivity with temperature in Co-based nanowires

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    Bran, C.; Espejo, A. P.; Palmero, E. M.; Escrig, J.; Vázquez, M.

    2015-12-01

    The magnetic behavior of arrays of Co and CoFe nanowire arrays has been measured in the temperature range between 100 and 300 K. We have paid particular attention to the angular dependence of magnetic properties on the applied magnetic field orientation. The experimental angular dependence of coercivity has been modeled according to micromagnetic analytical calculations, and we found that the propagation of a transversal domain wall mode gives the best fitting with experimental observations. That reversal mode holds in the whole measuring temperature range, for nanowires with different diameters and crystalline structure. Moreover, the quantitative strength of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and its magnetization easy axis are determined to depend on the crystalline structure and nanowires diameter. The evolution of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy with temperature for nanowires with different composition gives rise to an opposite evolution of coercivity with increasing temperature: it decreases for CoFe while it increases for Co nanowire arrays.

  14. Angular dependence of coercivity with temperature in Co-based nanowires

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    Bran, C., E-mail: cristina.bran@icmm.csic.es [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Espejo, A.P. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) and Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), Avenida Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Palmero, E.M. [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Escrig, J. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) and Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), Avenida Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Vázquez, M. [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-12-15

    The magnetic behavior of arrays of Co and CoFe nanowire arrays has been measured in the temperature range between 100 and 300 K. We have paid particular attention to the angular dependence of magnetic properties on the applied magnetic field orientation. The experimental angular dependence of coercivity has been modeled according to micromagnetic analytical calculations, and we found that the propagation of a transversal domain wall mode gives the best fitting with experimental observations. That reversal mode holds in the whole measuring temperature range, for nanowires with different diameters and crystalline structure. Moreover, the quantitative strength of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and its magnetization easy axis are determined to depend on the crystalline structure and nanowires diameter. The evolution of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy with temperature for nanowires with different composition gives rise to an opposite evolution of coercivity with increasing temperature: it decreases for CoFe while it increases for Co nanowire arrays.

  15. Growth and Optical Properties of Direct Band Gap Ge/Ge0.87Sn0.13 Core/Shell Nanowire Arrays.

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    Assali, S; Dijkstra, A; Li, A; Koelling, S; Verheijen, M A; Gagliano, L; von den Driesch, N; Buca, D; Koenraad, P M; Haverkort, J E M; Bakkers, E P A M

    2017-03-08

    Group IV semiconductor optoelectronic devices are now possible by using strain-free direct band gap GeSn alloys grown on a Ge/Si virtual substrate with Sn contents above 9%. Here, we demonstrate the growth of Ge/GeSn core/shell nanowire arrays with Sn incorporation up to 13% and without the formation of Sn clusters. The nanowire geometry promotes strain relaxation in the Ge0.87Sn0.13 shell and limits the formation of structural defects. This results in room-temperature photoluminescence centered at 0.465 eV and enhanced absorption above 98%. Therefore, direct band gap GeSn grown in a nanowire geometry holds promise as a low-cost and high-efficiency material for photodetectors operating in the short-wave infrared and thermal imaging devices.

  16. ZnO nanowires array grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hu, Qichang; Li, Yafeng; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Zhaojun; Ding, Kai; Wei, Mingdeng; Lin, Zhang

    2015-06-23

    High quality ZnO nanowires arrays were homoepitaxial grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal (GZOSC), which have the advantages of high conductivity, high carrier mobility and high thermal stability. When it was employed as a photoanode in the DSSCs, the cell exhibited a 1.44% power-conversion efficiency under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5G). The performance is superior to our ZnO nanowires/FTO based DSSCs under the same condition. This enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the perfect interface between the ZnO nanowires and the GZOSC substrate that contributes to lower carrier scattering and recombination rates compared with that grown on traditional FTO substrate.

  17. Analysis of Hollow Fiber Temperature Sensor Filled with Graphene-Ag Composite Nanowire and Liquid.

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    Xu, Wei; Yao, Jianquan; Yang, Xianchao; Shi, Jia; Zhao, Junfa; Zhang, Cheng

    2016-10-08

    A hollow fiber temperature sensor filled with graphene-Ag composite nanowire and liquid is presented and numerically characterized. The coupling properties and sensing performances are analyzed by finite element method (FEM) using both wavelength and amplitude interrogations. Due to the asymmetrical surface plasmon resonance sensing (SPR) region, the designed sensor exhibits strong birefringence, supporting two separate resonance peaks in orthogonal polarizations. Results show that x-polarized resonance peak can provide much better signal to noise ratio (SNR), wavelength and amplitude sensitivities than y-polarized, which is more suitable for tempertature detecting. The graphene-Ag composite nanowire filled into the hollow fiber core can not only solve the oxidation problem but also avoid the metal coating. A wide temperature range from 22 ∘C to 47 ∘C with steps of 5 ∘C is calculated and the temperature sensitivities we obtained are 9.44 nm/ ∘C for x-polarized and 5.33 nm/ ∘C for y-polarized, much higher than other sensors of the same type.

  18. Vertically building Zn2SnO4 nanowire arrays on stainless steel mesh toward fabrication of large-area, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Zhengdao; Zhou, Yong; Bao, Chunxiong; Xue, Guogang; Zhang, Jiyuan; Liu, Jianguo; Yu, Tao; Zou, Zhigang

    2012-06-07

    Zn(2)SnO(4) nanowire arrays were for the first time grown onto a stainless steel mesh (SSM) in a binary ethylenediamine (En)/water solvent system using a solvothermal route. The morphology evolution following this reaction was carefully followed to understand the formation mechanism. The SSM-supported Zn(2)SnO(4) nanowire was utilized as a photoanode for fabrication of large-area (10 cm × 5 cm size as a typical sample), flexible dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The synthesized Zn(2)SnO(4) nanowires exhibit great bendability and flexibility, proving potential advantage over other metal oxide nanowires such as TiO(2), ZnO, and SnO(2) for application in flexible solar cells. Relative to the analogous Zn(2)SnO(4) nanoparticle-based flexible DSSCs, the nanowire geometry proves to enhance solar energy conversion efficiency through enhancement of electron transport. The bendable nature of the DSSCs without obvious degradation of efficiency and facile scale up gives the as-made flexible solar cell device potential for practical application.

  19. Self-supporting (Bi0.11Sb0.29 )(Te0.25,Se0.41) nanowire arrays for thermoelectric microdevices

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    El Matbouly, Hatem; Sands, Timothy; Biswas, Kalapi

    2009-03-01

    Nanostructuring of thermoelectric material can lead to improved performance through suppression of the lattice contribution to thermal conductivity and enhancement of the power factor by quantum confinement or thermionic energy filtering. To take advantage of these effects in a Peltier microcooler or Seebeck generator, it is necessary to prepare nanostructure materials with leg lengths ranging from tens of microns to millimeters. We have developed a process for fabrication of thick, self-supporting (Bi0.11,Sb0.29)(Te0.25,Se0.41) nanowire arrays using a novel branched porous anodic alumina template that can be removed completely by selective etching following electrodeposition of the thermoelectric material, resulting in 100-micron-thick nanostructured thermoelectric material without the parasitic thermal shunt that is associated with the template. The electrodeposition process allows composition modulation and grading, effects that are difficult to achieve by bulk synthesis. Bandgaps of the electrodeposited material range from 0.13 eV for Bi2Te3 to an optical gap of 0.52 eV measured for a (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 alloy, suggesting an operating tempurature range from below room temperature to ˜300 C.

  20. Enhanced cycling stability of NiCo2S4@NiO core-shell nanowire arrays for all-solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors.

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    Huang, Yuanyuan; Shi, Tielin; Jiang, Shulan; Cheng, Siyi; Tao, Xiangxu; Zhong, Yan; Liao, Guanglan; Tang, Zirong

    2016-12-07

    As a new class of pseudocapacitive material, metal sulfides possess high electrochemical performance. However, their cycling performance as conventional electrodes is rather poor for practical applications. In this article, we report an original composite electrode based on NiCo2S4@NiO core-shell nanowire arrays (NWAs) with enhanced cycling stability. This three-dimensional electrode also has a high specific capacitance of 12.2 F cm(-2) at the current density of 1 mA cm(-2) and excellent cycling stability (about 89% retention after 10,000 cycles). Moreover, an all-solid-state asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) device has been assembled with NiCo2S4@NiO NWAs as the positive electrode and active carbon (AC) as the negative electrode, delivering a high energy density of 30.38 W h kg(-1) at 0.288 KW kg(-1) and good cycling stability (about 109% retention after 5000 cycles). The results show that NiCo2S4@NiO NWAs are promising for high-performance supercapacitors with stable cycling based on the unique core-shell structure and well-designed combinations.

  1. Enhanced cycling stability of NiCo2S4@NiO core-shell nanowire arrays for all-solid-state asymmetric supercapacitors

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    Huang, Yuanyuan; Shi, Tielin; Jiang, Shulan; Cheng, Siyi; Tao, Xiangxu; Zhong, Yan; Liao, Guanglan; Tang, Zirong

    2016-12-01

    As a new class of pseudocapacitive material, metal sulfides possess high electrochemical performance. However, their cycling performance as conventional electrodes is rather poor for practical applications. In this article, we report an original composite electrode based on NiCo2S4@NiO core-shell nanowire arrays (NWAs) with enhanced cycling stability. This three-dimensional electrode also has a high specific capacitance of 12.2 F cm-2 at the current density of 1 mA cm-2 and excellent cycling stability (about 89% retention after 10,000 cycles). Moreover, an all-solid-state asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) device has been assembled with NiCo2S4@NiO NWAs as the positive electrode and active carbon (AC) as the negative electrode, delivering a high energy density of 30.38 W h kg-1 at 0.288 KW kg-1 and good cycling stability (about 109% retention after 5000 cycles). The results show that NiCo2S4@NiO NWAs are promising for high-performance supercapacitors with stable cycling based on the unique core-shell structure and well-designed combinations.

  2. Light absorption processes and optimization of ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays for nanostructured solar cells

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    Michallon, Jérôme; Bucci, Davide; Morand, Alain; Zanuccoli, Mauro; Consonni, Vincent; Kaminski-Cachopo, Anne

    2015-02-01

    The absorption processes of extremely thin absorber solar cells based on ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire (NW) arrays with square, hexagonal or triangular arrangements are investigated through systematic computations of the ideal short-circuit current density using three-dimensional rigorous coupled wave analysis. The geometrical dimensions are optimized for optically designing these solar cells: the optimal NW diameter, height and array period are of 200 ± 10 nm, 1-3 μm and 350-400 nm for the square arrangement with CdTe shell thickness of 40-60 nm. The effects of the CdTe shell thickness on the absorption of ZnO/CdTe NW arrays are revealed through the study of two optical key modes: the first one is confining the light into individual NWs, the second one is strongly interacting with the NW arrangement. It is also shown that the reflectivity of the substrate can improve Fabry-Perot resonances within the NWs: the ideal short-circuit current density is increased by 10% for the ZnO/fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/ideal reflector as compared to the ZnO/FTO/glass substrate. Furthermore, the optimized square arrangement absorbs light more efficiently than both optimized hexagonal and triangular arrangements. Eventually, the enhancement factor of the ideal short-circuit current density is calculated as high as 1.72 with respect to planar layers, showing the high optical potentiality of ZnO/CdTe core-shell NW arrays.

  3. Light absorption processes and optimization of ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays for nanostructured solar cells.

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    Michallon, Jérôme; Bucci, Davide; Morand, Alain; Zanuccoli, Mauro; Consonni, Vincent; Kaminski-Cachopo, Anne

    2015-02-20

    The absorption processes of extremely thin absorber solar cells based on ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire (NW) arrays with square, hexagonal or triangular arrangements are investigated through systematic computations of the ideal short-circuit current density using three-dimensional rigorous coupled wave analysis. The geometrical dimensions are optimized for optically designing these solar cells: the optimal NW diameter, height and array period are of 200 ± 10 nm, 1-3 μm and 350-400 nm for the square arrangement with CdTe shell thickness of 40-60 nm. The effects of the CdTe shell thickness on the absorption of ZnO/CdTe NW arrays are revealed through the study of two optical key modes: the first one is confining the light into individual NWs, the second one is strongly interacting with the NW arrangement. It is also shown that the reflectivity of the substrate can improve Fabry-Perot resonances within the NWs: the ideal short-circuit current density is increased by 10% for the ZnO/fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/ideal reflector as compared to the ZnO/FTO/glass substrate. Furthermore, the optimized square arrangement absorbs light more efficiently than both optimized hexagonal and triangular arrangements. Eventually, the enhancement factor of the ideal short-circuit current density is calculated as high as 1.72 with respect to planar layers, showing the high optical potentiality of ZnO/CdTe core-shell NW arrays.

  4. Ordered silicon nanowire arrays prepared by an improved nanospheres self-assembly in combination with Ag-assisted wet chemical etching

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    Jia, Guobin; Westphalen, Jasper; Drexler, Jan; Plentz, Jonathan; Dellith, Jan; Dellith, Andrea; Andrä, Gudrun; Falk, Fritz

    2016-04-01

    An improved Langmuir-Blodgett self-assembly process combined with Ag-assisted wet chemical etching for the preparation of ordered silicon nanowire arrays is presented in this paper. The new process is independent of the surface conditions (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) of the substrate, allowing for depositing a monolayer of closely packed polystyrene nanospheres onto any flat surface. A full control of the morphology of the silicon nanowire is achieved. Furthermore, it is observed that the formation of porous-Si at the tips of the nanowires is closely related to the release of Ag nanoparticles from the Ag mask during the etching, which subsequently redeposit on the surface initially free of Ag, and these Ag nanoparticles catalyze the etching of the tips and lead to the porous-Si formation. This finding will help to improve the resulting nano- and microstructures to get them free of pores, and renders it a promising technology for low-cost high throughput fabrication of specific optical devices, photonic crystals, sensors, MEMS, and NEMS by substituting the costly BOSCH process. It is shown that ordered nanowire arrays free of porous structures can be produced if all sources of Ag nanoparticles are excluded, and structures with aspect ratio more than 100 can be produced.

  5. Enhancement of Pool Boiling Heat Transfer Using Aligned Silicon Nanowire Arrays.

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    Shim, Dong Il; Choi, Geehong; Lee, Namkyu; Kim, Taehwan; Kim, Beom Seok; Cho, Hyung Hee

    2017-05-24

    Enhancing the critical heat flux (CHF), which is the capacity of heat dissipation, is important to secure high stability in two-phase cooling systems. Coolant supply to a dry hot spot is a major mechanism to prevent surface burn-out for enhancing the CHF. Here, we demonstrate a more ready supply of coolant using aligned silicon nanowires (A-SiNWs), with a high aspect ratio (>10) compared to that of conventional random silicon nanowires (R-SiNWs), which have a disordered arrangement, for additional CHF improvement. We propose the volumetric wicking rate, which represents the coolant supply properties by considering both the liquid supply velocity and the amount of coolant (i.e., wicking coefficient and wetted volume, respectively). Through experimental approaches, we confirm that the CHF is enhanced as the volumetric wicking rate is increased. In good agreement with the fabrication hypothesis, A-SiNWs demonstrate higher coolant supply abilities than those of R-SiNWs. The longest (7 μm) A-SiNWs have the highest volumetric wicking rate (25.11 × 10(-3) mm(3)/s) and increase the CHF to 245.6 W/cm(2), which is the highest value obtained using nanowires among reported data (178 and 26% enhanced vs unmodulated plain surface and R-SiNWs, respectively). These well-aligned SiNWs can increase the CHF significantly with efficient coolant supply, and it can ensure high stability in extremely high thermal load systems. Moreover, our study provides nanoscale interfacial design strategies for further improvement of heat dissipation.

  6. Nanoengineered thermal materials based on carbon nanotube array composites

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    Li, Jun (Inventor); Meyyappan, Meyya (Inventor); Dangelo, Carlos (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method for providing for thermal conduction using an array of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). An array of vertically oriented CNTs is grown on a substrate having high thermal conductivity, and interstitial regions between adjacent CNTs in the array are partly or wholly filled with a filler material having a high thermal conductivity so that at least one end of each CNT is exposed. The exposed end of each CNT is pressed against a surface of an object from which heat is to be removed. The CNT-filler composite adjacent to the substrate provides improved mechanical strength to anchor CNTs in place and also serves as a heat spreader to improve diffusion of heat flux from the smaller volume (CNTs) to a larger heat sink.

  7. Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays Using Bilayered Metal Catalysts

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    2012-01-01

    2010. [9] K. S. Leschkies, R. Divakar, J. Basu et al., “Photosensitization of ZnO nanowires with CdSe quantum dots for photovoltaic devices,” Nano...376, no. 5-6, pp. 653–658, 2003. [25] G. Z. Dai, Q. L. Zhang, Z.W. Peng et al., “One-step synthesis of low-dimensional CdSe nanostructures and...vapor-solid) mechanism, which has been reported by Dong et al. and Dai et al. [24, 25], in the CdSe and CdS system. In our case, during the early

  8. Electroless selective deposition of gold nano-array for silicon nanowires growth

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanopatterns of gold clusters on a large surface of oriented Si(111 substrates, from the galvanic displacement of gold salt (via the spontaneous reduction of AuCl4 -, are demonstrated in this work. The Si substrate is patterned by Focused Ion Beam (FIB prior to being dipped in a gold solution. Here, we show that these patterns lead to successful control of the position and size of gold clusters. Sequential patterning reveals a powerful maskless alternative to surface preparation prior to Si nanowire growth

  9. Hyperbolic and Plasmonic Properties of Silicon/Ag Aligned Nanowire Arrays

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    2013-06-17

    silicon nanowires via gold/ silane vapor-liquid- solid reaction,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 15(3), 554 (1997). 49. K. Peng, Y. J. Yan, S. P. Gao, and J...chambers which are expensive and which can require rather dangerous gases, such as silane . Furthermore, most of these systems produce randomly grown Si...17 Jun 2013 (C) 2013 OSA 17 June 2013 | Vol. 21, No. 12 | DOI:10.1364/OE.21.014962 | OPTICS EXPRESS 14965 ethanol, and DI water , followed by a

  10. Thiol-capped ZnO nanowire/nanotube arrays with tunable magnetic properties at room temperature.

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    Deng, Su-Zi; Fan, Hai-Ming; Wang, Miao; Zheng, Min-Rui; Yi, Jia-Bao; Wu, Rong-Qin; Tan, Hui-Ru; Sow, Chorng-Haur; Ding, Jun; Feng, Yuan-Ping; Loh, Kian-Ping

    2010-01-26

    The present study reports room-temperature ferromagnetic behaviors in three-dimensional (3D)-aligned thiol-capped single-crystalline ZnO nanowire (NW) and nanotube (NT) arrays as well as polycrystalline ZnO NT arrays. Besides the observation of height-dependent saturation magnetization, a much higher M(s) of 166 microemu cm(-2) has been found in NTs compared to NWs (36 microemu cm(-2)) due to larger surface area in ZnO NTs, indicating morphology-dependent magnetic properties in ZnO NW/NT systems. Density functional calculations have revealed that the origin of ferromagnetism is mainly attributed to spin-polarized 3p electrons in S sites and, therefore, has a strong correlation with Zn-S bond anisotropy. The preferential magnetization direction of both single-crystalline NTs and NWs lies perpendicular to the tube/wire axis due to the aligned high anisotropy orientation of the Zn-S bonds on the lateral (100) face of ZnO NWs and NTs. Polycrystalline ZnO NTs, however, exhibit a preferential magnetization direction parallel to the tube axis which is ascribed to shape anisotropy dominating the magnetic response. Our results demonstrate the interplay of morphology, dimensions, and crystallinity on spin alignment and magnetic anisotropy in a 3D semiconductor nanosystem with interfacial magnetism.

  11. Optimizing and Improving the Growth Quality of ZnO Nanowire Arrays Guided by Statistical Design of Experiments.

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    Xu, Sheng; Adiga, Nagesh; Ba, Shan; Dasgupta, Tirthankar; Wu, C F Jeff; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2009-07-28

    Controlling the morphology of the as-synthesized nanostructures is usually challenging, and there lacks of a general theoretical guidance in experimental approach. In this study, a novel way of optimizing the aspect ratio of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays is presented by utilizing a systematic statistical design and analysis method. In this work, we use pick-the-winner rule and one-pair-at-a-time main effect analysis to sequentially design the experiments and identify optimal reaction settings. By controlling the hydrothermal reaction parameters (reaction temperature, time, precursor concentration, and capping agent), we improved the aspect ratio of ZnO NWs from around 10 to nearly 23. The effect of noise on the experimental results was identified and successfully reduced, and the statistical design and analysis methods were very effective in reducing the number of experiments performed and in identifying the optimal experimental settings. In addition, the antireflection spectrum of the as-synthesized ZnO NWs clearly shows that higher aspect ratio of the ZnO NW arrays leads to about 30% stronger suppression in the UV-vis range emission. This shows great potential applications as antireflective coating layers in photovoltaic devices.

  12. Rf glow discharge optical emission spectrometry for the analysis of arrays of Ni nanowires in nanoporous alumina and titania membranes

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    Prida, V.M.; Bordel, N.; Hernando, B. [Depto. Fisica, Universidad Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Navas, D.; Pirota, K.R.; Vazquez, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Hernandez-Velez, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Depto. Fisica Aplicada, C-XII, Universidad Autonoma Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Menendez, A.; Pereiro, R.; Sanz-Medel, A. [Depto. Quimica Fisica y Analitica, Facultad de Quimica, Julian Claveria 8, 33006 Oviedo (Spain)

    2006-05-15

    Anodic alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanoporous oxide membranes are among the most widely studied self-organized nanopore templates, formed by uniform and well aligned arrays of synthetized nanometric pores or tubes. Here, we perform a comparative study of the depth profiling analysis in self-ordered alumina and titania nanoporous membrane templates by means of the radiofrequency glow discharge coupled to optical emission spectrometry (rf-GD-OES) technique. The densely packed columnar arrays of hexagonally self-ordered nanoporous alumina membranes investigated, with an average inner pore diameter of 35 nm and 105 nm interspacing, give an uniform thickness pore length about more than 5 {mu}m, depending on the anodization time. Meanwhile, the analysis of the anodized titania nanotubes, with an average inner pore diameter of 100 nm and 40 nm wall thickness, shown to be about 300 nm in length. Each type of membranes were also studied in both cases, when the nanopores were empty and after filling with electrodeposited Ni. The direct analysis by rf-GD-OES reveals the ability of this technique to control the quality of these so synthesized nanocomposites formed by electrodeposited Ni nanowires into the alumina and titania nanoporous templates. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Rf glow discharge optical emission spectrometry for the analysis of arrays of Ni nanowires in nanoporous alumina and titania membranes

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    Prida, V. M.; Navas, D.; Pirota, K. R.; Hernandez-Velez, M.; Menéndez, A.; Bordel, N.; Pereiro, R.; Sanz-Medel, A.; Hernando, B.; Vazquez, M.

    2006-05-01

    Anodic alumina (Al2O3) and titania (TiO2) nanoporous oxide membranes are among the most widely studied self-organized nanopore templates, formed by uniform and well aligned arrays of synthetized nanometric pores or tubes. Here, we perform a comparative study of the depth profiling analysis in self-ordered alumina and titania nanoporous membrane templates by means of the radiofrequency glow discharge coupled to optical emission spectrometry (rf-GD-OES) technique. The densely packed columnar arrays of hexagonally self-ordered nanoporous alumina membranes investigated, with an average inner pore diameter of 35 nm and 105 nm interspacing, give an uniform thickness pore length about more than 5 μm, depending on the anodization time. Meanwhile, the analysis of the anodized titania nanotubes, with an average inner pore diameter of 100 nm and 40 nm wall thickness, shown to be about 300 nm in length. Each type of membranes were also studied in both cases, when the nanopores were empty and after filling with electrodeposited Ni. The direct analysis by rf-GD-OES reveals the ability of this technique to control the quality of these so synthesized nanocomposites formed by electrodeposited Ni nanowires into the alumina and titania nanoporous templates.

  14. Synthesis of Highly Stable Silver-Loaded Vertical ZnO Nanowires Array and its Acetylene Sensing Properties

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    Uddin, Abu Sadat Mohammad Iftekhar; Chung, Gwiy-Sang

    2016-09-01

    A silver-loaded one-dimensional (1D) vertical ZnO nanowires (NWs) array synthesized by a facile seed mediated hydrothermal-RF magnetron sputtering method has been investigated for the fabrication of a highly stable and reproducible acetylene (C2H2) gas sensor. Successful immobilization of silver nanoparticles (NPs) as a sensitizer on the ZnO NWs array significantly enhanced the C2H2 sensing properties and showed a stable sensing performance. The grown structure exhibited high response magnitude (30.8 at 1000ppm), short response time (43s) and excellent selectivity at 220∘C. The enhanced performance can probably be accounted for the effect of combining the highly orientated ZnO NWs and catalytically active silver-based network. The superior sensing features toward C2H2 along with broad detection range (1-1000ppm), outstanding stability and excellent reproducibility indicate that the sensor is a promising candidate for practical applications.

  15. Fabrication and Optical and Electrical Properties of Poly(2,5-di-n-butoxyphenylene) Nanowire Arrays

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    2001-01-01

    @@ Regular patterned arrays of nanomaterials have been widely fabricated and studied for their benefits in construction of novel type of optical, electron and magnetic device1-2, these kinds of devices center on the inorganic materials. With the development of synthesis and application of new type of polymer material, the design and construction of organic nanopolymer have become a great interest. Poly(p-phenylene)(PPP) and some derivatives have been widely investigated as a candidate for high strength, high temperature and conducting polymers, and can be used as electrode materials in electrochemical cells, blue emitting diodes: The polymers obtained by oxidative coupling polymerization of benzene nuclei with aluminum chloride and copper(Ⅱ) chloride is insoluble in all solvent and inflexible, which hinders revealing their basic properties. Introduction of flexible side chains into the aromatic rings can not only render solubility and processibility, but also improve or modify optical and electrical properties of the polymers. As a further step in assembling method and optoelectronic studies, it is attractive to investigate the properties of photoluminescence and electroluminescene of regular patterned arrays of poly(p-phenylene) deriva-tives nanowires.

  16. Fabrication and Optical and Electrical Properties of Poly(2,5-di-n-butoxyphenylene) Nanowire Arrays

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    YU; BoZhang

    2001-01-01

    Regular patterned arrays of nanomaterials have been widely fabricated and studied for their benefits in construction of novel type of optical, electron and magnetic device1-2, these kinds of devices center on the inorganic materials. With the development of synthesis and application of new type of polymer material, the design and construction of organic nanopolymer have become a great interest. Poly(p-phenylene)(PPP) and some derivatives have been widely investigated as a candidate for high strength, high temperature and conducting polymers, and can be used as electrode materials in electrochemical cells, blue emitting diodes: The polymers obtained by oxidative coupling polymerization of benzene nuclei with aluminum chloride and copper(Ⅱ) chloride is insoluble in all solvent and inflexible, which hinders revealing their basic properties. Introduction of flexible side chains into the aromatic rings can not only render solubility and processibility, but also improve or modify optical and electrical properties of the polymers. As a further step in assembling method and optoelectronic studies, it is attractive to investigate the properties of photoluminescence and electroluminescene of regular patterned arrays of poly(p-phenylene) deriva-tives nanowires.……

  17. Unraveling the roles of thermal annealing and off-time duration in magnetic properties of pulsed electrodeposited NiCu nanowire arrays

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    Haji jamali, Z.; Almasi Kashi, M.; Ramazani, A.; Montazer, A. H.

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic alloy nanowires (ANWs) have long been studied owing to both their fundamental aspects and possible applications in magnetic storage media and magnetoresistance devices. Here, we report on the roles of thermal annealing and duration of off-time between pulses (toff) in crystalline characteristics and magnetic properties of arrays of pulsed electrodeposited NiCu ANWs (35 nm in diameter and a length of 1.2 μm), embedded in porous anodic alumina template. Increasing toff enabled us to increase the Cu content thereby fabricating NiCu ANWs with different crystallinity and alloy compositions. Although major hysteresis curve measurements showed no considerable change in magnetic properties before and after annealing, the first-order reversal curve (FORC) analysis provided new insights into the roles of thermal annealing and toff. In other words, FORC diagrams indicated the presence of low and high coercive field regions in annealed Ni-rich ANWs, coinciding with the increase in toff in as-deposited ANWs. The former has a small coercivity with strong demagnetizing magnetostatic interactions from neighboring NWs and may correspond to a soft magnetic phase. The latter has a greater coercivity with weak interactions, corresponding to a hard magnetic phase. On the other hand, for as-deposited and annealed Cu-rich NiCu ANWs, a mixed phase of the soft and hard segments could be found. Furthermore, a transition from the interacting Ni-rich to non-interacting Cu-rich ANWs took place with a magnetic field applied parallel to the NW axis. Thus, these arrays of ANWs with tunable magnetic phases and interactions may have potential applications in the nanoscale devices.

  18. Piezo-Phototronic Effect Enhanced Flexible Solar Cells Based on n-ZnO/p-SnS Core-Shell Nanowire Array.

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    Zhu, Laipan; Wang, Longfei; Xue, Fei; Chen, Libo; Fu, Jianqiang; Feng, Xiaolong; Li, Tianfeng; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2017-01-01

    The piezo-phototronic effect is about the enhanced separation, transport, and recombination of the photogenerated carriers using the piezoelectric polarization charges present in piezoelectric-semiconductor materials. Here, it is presented that the piezo-phototronic effect can be effectively applied to improve the relative conversion efficiency of a flexible solar cell based on n-ZnO/p-SnS core-shell nanowire array for 37.3% under a moderate vertical pressure. The performance of the solar cell can be effectively enhanced by a gentle bending of the device, showing its potential for application in curly geometries. This study not only adds further understanding about the concept of increasing solar energy conversion efficiency via piezo-phototronic effect, but also demonstrates the great potential of piezo-phototronic effect in the application of large-scale, flexible, and lightweight nanowire array solar cells.

  19. In situ SERS monitoring of photocatalytic organic decomposition using recyclable TiO{sub 2}-coated Ag nanowire arrays

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    Bao, Zhi Yong [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Liu, Xin [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Key Lab of Advanced Transducers and Intelligent Control System of Ministry of Education, and College of Physics and Optoelectronics, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan (China); Dai, Jiyan [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Shenzhen Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shenzhen (China); Wu, Yucheng [College of Material Science and Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei (China); Tsang, Yuen Hong, E-mail: yuen.tsang@polyu.edu.hk [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Lei, Dang Yuan, E-mail: dylei@polyu.edu.hk [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Shenzhen Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shenzhen (China)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}-coated Ag nanowire arrays (SNA) were synthesized through hydrolysis of butyl titanate on the surface of SNA. • The TiO{sub 2}-coated SNA exhibits much higher photocatalytic activity than bare TiO{sub 2} films, as demonstrated by the enhanced photodegradation rate of R6G and methyl blue molecules. • The prepared substrates serve as a high-sensitivity surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for in situ monitoring of the photocatalytic decomposition reaction detecting 2,4-D molecules. • Full-wave numerical calculations reveal that the improved photocatalysis and SERS efficiencies are attributed to the largely enhanced electromagnetic near-field in the nanocomposites. - Abstract: Recently, semiconductor and noble metal complex nanomaterials have attracted ever-increasing attention because of the realization of multiple functionalities in a single entity. In this study, Ag–TiO{sub 2} core–shell nanocomposites were synthesized by hydrolysis of butyl titanate on the surface of Ag nanowires. Due to efficient electron transfer at the Ag–TiO{sub 2} interface, the as-prepared nanocomposites exhibit much higher photocatalytic activity than bare TiO{sub 2} films, as demonstrated by the enhanced photodegradation rate of R6G and methyl blue molecules. In the meanwhile, such nanocomposites serve as a high-sensitivity surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for in situ monitoring of the photocatalytic decomposition reaction, and the substrate is recyclable due to its self-cleaning function. Full-wave numerical calculations reveal that the improved photocatalysis and SERS efficiencies are attributed to the largely enhanced electromagnetic near-field in the nanocomposites. Our results point out that bifunctional semiconductor-metal hybrids hold great promise for simultaneously detecting and decomposing organic pollutants in the environment.

  20. Magnetic nanowires (Fe, Fe-Co, Fe-Ni – magnetic moment reorientation in respect of wires composition

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic nanowires of Fe, Fe-Co, and Fe-Ni alloy and layered structure were prepared by electrochemical alternating current (AC deposition method. The morphology of the nanowires in and without the matrix was studied by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and X-ray diffraction (XRD, respectively. The wires either show strong dependence on the combination of elements deposition (alloy or layered or chemical composition (Co or Ni. The magnetic properties of the nanostructures were determined on the basis of Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS.

  1. 硅纳米线阵列的制备及光伏性能%Preparation and Photovoltaic Properties of Silicon Nanowire Arrays

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    蒋玉荣; 秦瑞平; 蔡方敏; 杨海刚; 马恒; 常方高

    2013-01-01

    在常温常压下,采用无电极金属催化化学腐蚀法在P型单晶硅片(100)基底上制备定向排列的硅纳米线阵列.研究了不同浓度硝酸银对纳米线阵列形貌、反射光谱性能的影响和具有电池雏形的硅纳米线阵列的光伏性能.结果表明:硝酸银浓度在0.02 mol/L时为最佳配比;与普通绒面电池相比,硅纳米线阵列太阳能电池的光电转换性能明显优于普通绒面电池.用光谱响应分析手段分析硅纳米线电池光伏性能的影响因素,并提出解决办法.%Large area aligned identical silicon nanowires array was prepared on mono-crystalline p-Si(100) wafers via the metal-assisted electroless etching at room temperature, 1.01 × 105Pa, The morphologies and reflection spectra of the samples prepared at different nitric acid silver concentrations were analyzed. In addition, the photovoltaic performance of solar cell silicon based on the nanowires array was investigated. The results show that the optimal concentration of nitric acid silver concentration is 0.02 mol/L. The photoelectric conversion property of solar cells based on the silicon nanowire arrays were better than that of the ordinary texturing solar cell. The photovoltaic performance of silicon nanowires array was also analyzed via the spectral response of different wavelengths.

  2. Preparation, formation mechanism and photoelectric properties of well-aligned CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires

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    Shi, Liang, E-mail: sliang@ustc.edu.cn; Li, Yanan; Wu, Chunyan; Dai, Yumei

    2015-11-05

    Well-aligned CuSbS{sub 2} single crystalline nanowires array has been prepared via a solvothermal synthetic route. The as-prepared CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires are uniform with a growth direction perpendicular to the (101) planes. Porous anodic aluminum oxide was used as a morphology directing template and was found to play a significant role for the formation of single crystalline CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires. Thin film prepared from CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires displayed an obvious photoelectric response, suggesting its potential application as a low cost solar absorber material. A possible formation mechanism for the single crystalline CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires array is proposed. The structure, morphology, composition and optical absorption properties of the as-prepared CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and UV–Vis spectrophotometry. - Highlights: • Uniform CuSbS{sub 2} single crystalline nanowires array has been synthesized. • The bandgap of the as-prepared CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires is 1.45 eV. • CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires displayed an obvious photoelectric response. • The growth direction of CuSbS{sub 2} nanowires is perpendicular to (101) planes.

  3. Multifunctional Nanowire/film Composites based Bi-modular Sensors for In-situ and Real-time High Temperature Gas Detection

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    Gao, Pu-Xian; Lei, Yu

    2013-06-01

    This final report to the Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory for DE-FE0000870 covers the period from 2009 to June, 2013 and summarizes the main research accomplishments, which can be divided in sensing materials innovation, bimodular sensor demonstration, and new understanding and discoveries. As a matter of fact, we have successfully completed all the project tasks in June 1, 2013, and presented the final project review presentation on the 9th of July, 2013. Specifically, the major accomplishments achieved in this project include: 1) Successful development of a new class of high temperature stable gas sensor nanomaterials based on composite nano-array strategy in a 3D or 2D fashion using metal oxides and perovskite nanostructures. 2) Successful demonstration of bimodular nanosensors using 2D nanofibrous film and 3D composite nanowire arrays using electrical resistance mode and electrochemical electromotive force mode. 3) Series of new discoveries and understandings based on the new composite nanostructure platform toward enhancing nanosensor performance in terms of stability, selectivity, sensitivity and mass flux sensing. In this report, we highlight some results toward these accomplishments.

  4. NiCo2S4 nanowires array as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for full water splitting with superior activity

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    Liu, Danni; Lu, Qun; Luo, Yonglan; Sun, Xuping; Asiri, Abdullah M.

    2015-09-01

    The present communication reports the topotactic conversion of NiCo2O4 nanowires array on carbon cloth (NiCo2O4 NA/CC) into NiCo2S4 NA/CC, which is used as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting with good durability and superior activity in 1.0 M KOH. This NiCo2S4 NA/CC electrode produces 100 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 305 mV for hydrogen evolution and 100 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 340 mV for oxygen evolution. To afford a 10 mA cm-2 water-splitting current, the alkaline water electrolyzer made from NiCo2S4 NA/CC needs a cell voltage of 1.68 V, which is 300 mV less than that for NiCo2O4 NA/CC, and has good stability.The present communication reports the topotactic conversion of NiCo2O4 nanowires array on carbon cloth (NiCo2O4 NA/CC) into NiCo2S4 NA/CC, which is used as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for water splitting with good durability and superior activity in 1.0 M KOH. This NiCo2S4 NA/CC electrode produces 100 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 305 mV for hydrogen evolution and 100 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of 340 mV for oxygen evolution. To afford a 10 mA cm-2 water-splitting current, the alkaline water electrolyzer made from NiCo2S4 NA/CC needs a cell voltage of 1.68 V, which is 300 mV less than that for NiCo2O4 NA/CC, and has good stability. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section and ESI Figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04064g

  5. Electrodeposition of platinum-iridium alloy nanowires for hermetic packaging of microelectronics.

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    Petrossians, Artin; Whalen, John J; Weiland, James D; Mansfeld, Florian

    2012-01-01

    An electrodeposition technique was applied for fabrication of dense platinum-iridium alloy nanowires as interconnect structures in hermetic microelectronic packaging to be used in implantable devices. Vertically aligned arrays of platinum-iridium alloy nanowires with controllable length and a diameter of about 200 nm were fabricated using a cyclic potential technique from a novel electrodeposition bath in nanoporous aluminum oxide templates. Ti/Au thin films were sputter deposited on one side of the alumina membranes to form a base material for electrodeposition. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) were used to characterize the morphology and the chemical composition of the nanowires, respectively. SEM micrographs revealed that the electrodeposited nanowires have dense and compact structures. EDS analysis showed a 60:40% platinum-iridium nanowire composition. Deposition rates were estimated by determining nanowire length as a function of deposition time. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) images revealed that the nanowires have a nanocrystalline structure with grain sizes ranging from 3 nm to 5 nm. Helium leak tests performed using a helium leak detector showed leak rates as low as 1 × 10(-11) mbar L s(-1) indicating that dense nanowires were electrodeposited inside the nanoporous membranes. Comparison of electrical measurements on platinum and platinum-iridium nanowires revealed that platinum-iridium nanowires have improved electrical conductivity.

  6. Fabrication of ultra-dense sub-10 nm in-plane Si nanowire arrays by using a novel block copolymer method: optical properties

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    Ghoshal, Tandra; Ntaras, Christos; O'Connell, John; Shaw, Matthew T.; Holmes, Justin D.; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos; Morris, Michael A.

    2016-01-01

    The use of a low-χ, symmetric block copolymer as an alternative to the high-χ systems currently being translated towards industrial silicon chip manufacture has been demonstrated. Here, the methodology for generating on-chip, etch resistant masks and subsequent pattern transfer to the substrate using ultra-small dimension, lamellar, microphase separated polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) block copolymer (BCP) is described. Well-controlled films of a perpendicularly oriented lamellar pattern with a domain size of ~8 nm were achieved through amplification of an effective interaction parameter (χeff) of the BCP system. The self-assembled films were used as `templates' for the generation of inorganic oxides nanowire arrays through selective metal ion inclusion and subsequent processing. Inclusion is a significant challenge because the lamellar systems have less chemical and mechanical robustness than the cylinder forming materials. The oxide nanowires of uniform diameter (~8 nm) were isolated and their structure mimics the original BCP nanopatterns. We demonstrate that these lamellar phase iron oxide nanowire arrays could be used as a resist mask to fabricate densely packed, identical ordered, good fidelity silicon nanowire arrays on the substrate. Possible applications of the materials prepared are discussed, in particular, in the area of photonics and photoluminescence where the properties are found to be similar to those of surface-oxidized silicon nanocrystals and porous silicon.The use of a low-χ, symmetric block copolymer as an alternative to the high-χ systems currently being translated towards industrial silicon chip manufacture has been demonstrated. Here, the methodology for generating on-chip, etch resistant masks and subsequent pattern transfer to the substrate using ultra-small dimension, lamellar, microphase separated polystyrene-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) block copolymer (BCP) is described. Well-controlled films of a

  7. Fabrication of Ag nanowire/polymer composite nanocables via direct electrospinning

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    Han, Ming-Chu; He, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Xiao-Xiong; Zhang, Jun; You, Ming-Hao; Yan, Shi-Ying; Long, Yun-Ze

    2017-07-01

    1D nanocables consisting of metal core with high conductivity and protective polymer shell are promising for electronic devices. In this paper, silver nanowire/polyvinylidene fluoride (AgNW/PVDF) composite nanocables with excellent thermal stability were successfully fabricated by facile direct electrospinning (e-spinning), in which a slurry of AgNWs were uniformly dispersed into N,N-dimethylformamide/acetone solution containing 20% PVDF to form the e-spinning precursor solution. The decomposed temperature of resultant AgNW/PVDF nanocables is up to 460 °C. Interestingly, the as-spun nanocables exhibit more β phase of PVDF than that of pure PVDF nanofibers. The as-spun AgNW/PVDF nanocables could be applied in fields of antibacterial, ultrathin cables and optoelectronic devices.

  8. Nanowire Growth for Photovoltaics

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    Holm, Jeppe Vilstrup

    Solar cells commercial success is based on an efficiency/cost calculation. Nanowire solar cells is one of the foremost candidates to implement third generation photo voltaics, which are both very efficient and cheap to produce. This thesis is about our progress towards commercial nanowire solar...... cells. Resonance effects between the light and nanowire causes an inherent concentration of the sunlight into the nanowires, and means that a sparse array of nanowires (less than 5% of the area) can absorb all the incoming light. The resonance effects, as well as a graded index of refraction, also traps...... the light. The concentration and light trapping means that single junction nanowire solar cells have a higher theoretical maximum efficiency than equivalent planar solar cells. We have demonstrated the built-in light concentration of nanowires, by growing, contacting and characterizing a solar cell...

  9. Optimization of the short-circuit current in an InP nanowire array solar cell through opto-electronic modeling.

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    Chen, Yang; Kivisaari, Pyry; Pistol, Mats-Erik; Anttu, Nicklas

    2016-09-23

    InP nanowire arrays with axial p-i-n junctions are promising devices for next-generation photovoltaics, with a demonstrated efficiency of 13.8%. However, the short-circuit current in such arrays does not match their absorption performance. Here, through combined optical and electrical modeling, we study how the absorption of photons and separation of the resulting photogenerated electron-hole pairs define and limit the short-circuit current in the nanowires. We identify how photogenerated minority carriers in the top n segment (i.e. holes) diffuse to the ohmic top contact where they recombine without contributing to the short-circuit current. In our modeling, such contact recombination can lead to a 60% drop in the short-circuit current. To hinder such hole diffusion, we include a gradient doping profile in the n segment to create a front surface barrier. This approach leads to a modest 5% increase in the short-circuit current, limited by Auger recombination with increased doping. A more efficient approach is to switch the n segment to a material with a higher band gap, like GaP. Then, a much smaller number of holes is photogenerated in the n segment, strongly limiting the amount that can diffuse and disappear into the top contact. For a 500 nm long top segment, the GaP approach leads to a 50% higher short-circuit current than with an InP top segment. Such a long top segment could facilitate the fabrication and contacting of nanowire array solar cells. Such design schemes for managing minority carriers could open the door to higher performance in single- and multi-junction nanowire-based solar cells.

  10. Optimization of the short-circuit current in an InP nanowire array solar cell through opto-electronic modeling

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    Chen, Yang; Kivisaari, Pyry; Pistol, Mats-Erik; Anttu, Nicklas

    2016-10-01

    InP nanowire arrays with axial p-i-n junctions are promising devices for next-generation photovoltaics, with a demonstrated efficiency of 13.8%. However, the short-circuit current in such arrays does not match their absorption performance. Here, through combined optical and electrical modeling, we study how the absorption of photons and separation of the resulting photogenerated electron-hole pairs define and limit the short-circuit current in the nanowires. We identify how photogenerated minority carriers in the top n segment (i.e. holes) diffuse to the ohmic top contact where they recombine without contributing to the short-circuit current. In our modeling, such contact recombination can lead to a 60% drop in the short-circuit current. To hinder such hole diffusion, we include a gradient doping profile in the n segment to create a front surface barrier. This approach leads to a modest 5% increase in the short-circuit current, limited by Auger recombination with increased doping. A more efficient approach is to switch the n segment to a material with a higher band gap, like GaP. Then, a much smaller number of holes is photogenerated in the n segment, strongly limiting the amount that can diffuse and disappear into the top contact. For a 500 nm long top segment, the GaP approach leads to a 50% higher short-circuit current than with an InP top segment. Such a long top segment could facilitate the fabrication and contacting of nanowire array solar cells. Such design schemes for managing minority carriers could open the door to higher performance in single- and multi-junction nanowire-based solar cells.

  11. Improvement of the physical properties of ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays by CdCl2 heat treatment for solar cells.

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    Consonni, Vincent; Renet, Sébastien; Garnier, Jérôme; Gergaud, Patrice; Artús, Lluis; Michallon, Jérôme; Rapenne, Laetitia; Appert, Estelle; Kaminski-Cachopo, Anne

    2014-01-01

    CdTe is an important compound semiconductor for solar cells, and its use in nanowire-based heterostructures may become a critical requirement, owing to the potential scarcity of tellurium. The effects of the CdCl2 heat treatment are investigated on the physical properties of vertically aligned ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays grown by combining chemical bath deposition with close space sublimation. It is found that recrystallization phenomena are induced by the CdCl2 heat treatment in the CdTe shell composed of nanograins: its crystallinity is improved while grain growth and texture randomization occur. The presence of a tellurium crystalline phase that may decorate grain boundaries is also revealed. The CdCl2 heat treatment further favors the chlorine doping of the CdTe shell with the formation of chlorine A-centers and can result in the passivation of grain boundaries. The absorption properties of ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays are highly efficient, and more than 80% of the incident light can be absorbed in the spectral range of the solar irradiance. The resulting photovoltaic properties of solar cells made from ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanowire arrays covered with CuSCN/Au back-side contact are also improved after the CdCl2 heat treatment. However, recombination and trap phenomena are expected to operate, and the collection of the holes that are mainly photo-generated in the CdTe shell from the CuSCN/Au back-side contact is presumably identified as the main critical point in these solar cells.

  12. Composite thermal micro-actuator array for tactile displays

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    Enikov, Eniko T.; Lazarov, Kalin V.

    2003-07-01

    Tactile perception of complex symbols through tactile stimulation is an exciting application of a phenomenon known as tactile illusion (TI). Sensation of motion on the skin can be produced by a limited number of discrete mechanical actuators applying light pressure over the skin. This phenomenon can thus be used as a neurophysiological testing tool to determine central and peripheral nervous system injury as well as providing an additional human-machine communication channel. This paper describes the development of a 4 x 5 actuator array of individual vibrating pixels for fingertip tactile communication. The array is approximately one square centimeter and utilizes novel micro-clutch MEMS technology. The individual pixels are turned ON and OFF by pairs of microscopic composite thermal actuators, while the main vibration is generated by a vibrating piezo-electric plate. The physiological parameters required for inducing tactile illusion are described. The fabrication sequence for the thermal micro-actuators along with actuation results are also presented.

  13. Fabrication of SiC Composites with Synergistic Toughening of Carbon Whisker and In Situ 3C-SiC Nanowire

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    Zhang Yunlong

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The SiC composites with synergistic toughening of carbon whisker and in situ 3C-SiC nanowire have been fabricated by hot press sinter technology and annealed treatment technology. Effect of annealed time on the morphology of SiC nanowires and mechanical properties of the Cw/SiC composites was surveyed in detail. The appropriate annealed time improved mechanical properties of the Cw/SiC composites. The synergistic effect of carbon whisker and SiC nanowire can improve the fracture toughness for Cw/SiC composites. The vapor-liquid-solid growth (VLS mechanism was proposed. TEM photo showed that 3C-SiC nanowire can be obtained with preferential growth plane ({111}, which corresponded to interplanar spacing about 0.25 nm.

  14. Nickel cobalt oxide nanowire-reduced graphite oxide composite material and its application for high performance supercapacitor electrode material.

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    Wang, Xu; Yan, Chaoyi; Sumboja, Afriyanti; Lee, Pooi See

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we report a facile synthesis method of mesoporous nickel cobalt oxide (NiCo2O4) nanowire-reduced graphite oxide (rGO) composite material by urea induced hydrolysis reaction, followed by sintering at 300 degrees C. P123 was used to stabilize the GO during synthesis, which resulted in a uniform coating of NiCo2O4 nanowire on rGO sheet. The growth mechanism of the composite material is discussed in detail. The NiCo2O4-rGO composite material showed an outstanding electrochemical performance of 873 F g(-1) at 0.5 A g(-1) and 512 F g(-1) at 40 A g(-1). This method provides a promising approach towards low cost and large scale production of supercapacitor electrode material.

  15. Fabricating fast triggered electro-active shape memory graphite/silver nanowires/epoxy resin composite from polymer template.

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    Zhou, Jie; Li, Hua; Tian, Ran; Dugnani, Roberto; Lu, Huiyuan; Chen, Yujie; Guo, Yiping; Duan, Huanan; Liu, Hezhou

    2017-07-17

    In recent years shape-memory polymers have been under intense investigation due to their unique mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties that could potentially make them extremely valuable in numerous engineering applications. In this manuscript, we report a polymer-template-assisted assembly manufacturing strategy used to fabricate graphite/silver nanowires/epoxy resin (PGSE) composite. In the proposed method, the porous polymer foams work as the skeleton by forming three-dimensional graphite structure, whereas the silver nanowires act as the continuous conductive network. Preliminary testing on hybrid foams after vacuum infusion showed high electrical conductivity and excellent thermal stability. Furthermore, the composites were found to recover their original shape within 60 seconds from the application of a 0.8 V mm(-1) electric field. Notably, the reported shape-memory polymer composites are manufactured with readily-available raw materials, they are fast to manufacture, and are shape-controlled.

  16. Investigation of CuInSe2 nanowire arrays with core-shell structure electrodeposited at various duty cycles into anodic alumina templates

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    Cheng, Yu-Song; Wang, Na-Fu; Tsai, Yu-Zen; Lin, Jia-Jun; Houng, Mau-Phon

    2017-02-01

    Copper indium selenide (CuInSe2) nanowire (NW) arrays were prepared at various electrolyte duty cycles by filling anodic alumina templates through the pulsed electrodeposition technique. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the nucleation mechanism of CuInSe2 NW arrays was affected by the electrodeposition duty cycle. Moreover, SEM images showed that the diameter and length of the NWs were 80 nm and 2 μm, respectively. Furthermore, PEDOT/CuInSe2 NW core-shell arrays were fabricated using surfactant-modified CuInSe2 NW surfaces showing the lotus effect. Transmission electron microscopy images confirmed that a core-shell structure was achieved. Current-voltage plots revealed that the CuInSe2 NW arrays were p-type semiconductors; moreover, the core-shell structure improved the diode ideality factor from 3.91 to 2.63.

  17. Carbon Nanotube/Cu Nanowires/Epoxy Composite Mats with Improved Thermal and Electrical Conductivity.

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    Xing, Yajuan; Cao, Wei; Li, Wei; Chen, Hongyuan; Wang, Miao; Wei, Hanxing; Hu, Dongmei; Chen, Minghai; Li, Qingwen

    2015-04-01

    Polymer composites with carbon nanofillers have been regarded as a promising candidate for electronic package materials. The challenge for such materials is to increase the electrical and thermal conductivity of the composites. Herein, we reported an epoxy composite film with high thermal and electrical conductivity that were prepared by loading high volume fraction of well-dispersed multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs, around 50 nm in diameter, 1-10 µm in length) and copper nanowires (Cu NWs, 60-70 nm in diameter, 1-5 µm in length) in epoxy matrix. The MWCNT-Cu NW hybrid mats were prepared by a vacuum filtration method with an optimum Cu NW content of 50 wt%. The hybrid mats was then impregnated by epoxy solution to prepare epoxy composite films. The epoxy was modified by the toughening agent to make the composite films tough and flexible. The loading fraction of MWCNTs and Cu NWs was tuned by controlling the viscosity of epoxy solution. A remarkable synergetic effect between the MWCNTs and Cu NWs in improving the electrical and thermal conductivity of epoxy composites was demonstrated. The results showed that the electrical conductivity of nanocomposites with 42.5 wt% epoxy was 1500 S/m, and the thermal conductivity was 2.83 W/m K, which was 10.1 times of the neat epoxy. Its thermal resistance was as low as 1% of the pure epoxy. And the mechanical properties of composites were also investigated. These robust and flexible nanocomposites showed prospective applications as thermal interface materials (TIMs) in the electronic industry.

  18. Role of surface chemistry in adhesion between ZnO nanowires and carbon fibers in hybrid composites.

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    Ehlert, Gregory J; Galan, Ulises; Sodano, Henry A

    2013-02-01

    Low interface strength is a persistent problem in composite materials and cascades to limit a variety of bulk material properties such as lamina shear strength. Whiskerization has long been pursued as a method to reinforce the interphase and improve both the single fiber interface strength as well as the bulk properties. Recent developments have shown that ZnO nanowire whiskerization can effectively improve the properties of a bulk composite without requiring the high temperatures that previous deposition processes needed. Although the efficacy of a ZnO nanowire interphase has been established, the mechanism for adhesion of the interphase to the fiber has not been identified. Specifically, the addition of the ZnO nanowires to the surface of the fibers requires that the ZnO nanowires have strong chemical adhesion to the fiber surface. This work will create a variety of chemical environments on the surface of the fibers through new and common chemical functionalization procedures and quantify the surface chemistry through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effect of fiber surface chemistry on the adhesion of the ZnO is assessed through single fiber fragmentation testing. The interface strength is found to strongly correlate with the concentration of ketone groups on the surface of the fibers. Following the experimental observations, liftoff of a ZnO crystal from a graphene surface was simulated with a variety of surface functionalizations. The computational models confirm the preference for ketone groups in promoting adhesion between ZnO and graphite.

  19. Vertical nanowire arrays as a versatile platform for protein detection and analysis

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    Rostgaard, Katrine R.; Frederiksen, Rune S.; Liu, Yi-Chi;

    2013-01-01

    Protein microarrays are valuable tools for protein assays. Reducing spot sizes from micro- to nano-scale facilitates miniaturization of platforms and consequently decreased material consumption, but faces inherent challenges in the reduction of fluorescent signals and compatibility with complex...... the NWs unnecessary. Fluorescence detection of proteins allows quantitative measurements and spatial resolution, enabling us to track individual NWs through several analytical steps, thereby allowing multiplexed detection of different proteins immobilized on different regions of the NW array. We use NW...... arrays for on-chip extraction, detection and functional analysis of proteins on a nano-scale platform that holds great promise for performing protein analysis on minute amounts of material. The demonstration made here on highly ordered arrays of indium arsenide (InAs) NWs is generic and can be extended...

  20. Synthesis of ZnO-TiO{sub 2} core-shell long nanowire arrays and their application on dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Feng Yamin [Department of Physics, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079 (China); Ji Xiaoxu [School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473003 (China); Duan Jinxia; Zhu Jianhui; Jiang Jian; Ding Hao; Meng Gaoxiang; Ding Ruimin; Liu Jinping [Department of Physics, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079 (China); Hu Anzheng [School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, College of Xiangfan, Xiangfan 441813 (China); Huang Xintang, E-mail: xthuang@phy.ccnu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079 (China)

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    Long ZnO nanowire arrays (NAs) grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glasses have been synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method without refreshing the reaction solution and applied as the precursor. By adjusting growth conditions, ZnO NAs with tunable lengths can be achieved. A nanocomposite made of ZnO nanowire core and TiO{sub 2} shell was further realized by a novel 'fast-dip-coating' method conducted in a Ti(OC{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4}-dissolved ethanol solution. The formed ZnO-TiO{sub 2} core-shell NAs on FTO substrates were applied as electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). It is found that both the TiO{sub 2} coating and NAs length play important roles in the enhancement of photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs. When the length of ZnO-TiO{sub 2} NAs reaches up to 14 {mu}m, the electrode can exhibit a maximum PCE as high as 3.80%, which is 2.6 times higher than that of pure ZnO NAs. - Graphical abstract: ZnO nanowire arrays in the length of 14 {mu}m have been successfully synthesized on the FTO substrate and coated with a thin shell of TiO{sub 2}; the ZnO-TiO{sub 2} electrodes applied in DSSCs exhibit great photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as 3.80%. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Long ZnO nanowire arrays have been synthesized by using hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A TiO{sub 2} shell outside of ZnO nanowire is introduced by a fast dip-coating method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO and ZnO-TiO{sub 2} core-shell nanowires are applied as the electrodes for DSSCs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum conversion efficiency of ZnO-TiO{sub 2} electrode reaches to 3.80%.

  1. Validation of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Aroma Authenticity, Categorized through the Use of an Array of Semiconductors Nanowire Device (S3

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    Veronica Sberveglieri

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Parmigiano Reggiano (PR cheese is one of the most important Italian Protected Designation of Origin (PDO cheeses and it is exported worldwide. As a PDO, the product is supposed to have distinctive sensory characteristics. In this work we present the use of the Small Gas Sensor System (S3 device for the identification of specific PR markers, as compared to classical chemical techniques, such as Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry solid-phase microextraction (SPME-GC-MS. Markers are used to determine the percent of grated pulp and rind commercially utilized. The S3 device is equipped with an array of six metal oxide semiconductor (MOX gas sensors, three of them with a nanowire (NW morphology and the other three in the form of thin films. PDO can cover grated PR cheese as well, but only if made with whole cheese. Grated PR cheese must be characterized by the absence of additives and no more than 18% crust. The achieved results strongly encourage the use of S3 for a rapid identification of the percentage of grated PR.

  2. Magnetically extracted microstructural development along the length of Co nanowire arrays: The interplay between deposition frequency and magnetic coercivity

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    Montazer, A. H.; Ramazani, A.; Almasi Kashi, M.

    2016-09-01

    Providing practical implications for developing the design and optimizing the performance of hard magnets based on nanowires (NWs) requires an in-depth understanding of the processes in fabrication and magnetic parameters. Here, an electrochemical deposition technique with different frequencies is used to fabricate 50 nm diameter Co NW arrays into the nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide templates. The resulting NWs with dendrites at the base are subsequently exposed to a chemical etching with which to prepare cylindrical Co NWs with an aspect ratio of 200. In this way, the coercivity at room temperature increases up to 20% for different deposition frequencies, indicating the occurrence of a magnetic hardening along the NW length. Decreasing the length of the cylindrical NWs in ascending order whilst also using a successive magnetometry, the deposition frequency is found to be an important parameter in further enhancing the initial coercivity up to 65% in the length range of 10 to 3 μm. The first-order reversal curve diagrams evaluated along the NW length evidence the elimination of a soft magnetic phase and the formation of harder magnetic domains when reducing the length. Alternatively, X-ray diffraction patterns show improvements in the crystallinity along the [002] direction, pertaining to the alignment of the hexagonal close-packed c-axis of cobalt and long axis of NWs when reducing the length. These results may address the growing need for the creative design and low cost fabrication of rare-earth-free permanent magnets with high coercivity and availability.

  3. Self-powered ultrafast broadband photodetector based on p-n heterojunctions of CuO/Si nanowire array.

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    Hong, Qingshui; Cao, Yang; Xu, Jia; Lu, Huimin; He, Junhui; Sun, Jia-Lin

    2014-12-10

    A new self-powered broadband photodetector was fabricated by coating an n-silicon nanowire (n-Si NW) array with a layer of p-cupric oxide (CuO) nanoflakes through a new simple solution synthesis method. The p-n heterojunction shows excellent rectification characteristics in the dark and distinctive photovoltaic behavior under broadband light illumination. The photoresponse of the detector at zero bias voltage shows that this self-powered photodetector is highly sensitive to visible and near-infrared light illuminations, with excellent stability and reproducibility. Ultrafast response rise and recovery times of 60 and 80 μs, respectively, are shown by the CuO based nanophotodetector. In addition, the broadband photodetector can also provide a rapid binary response, with current changing from positive to negative upon illumination under a small bias. The binary response arises from the photovoltaic behavior and the low turn-on voltage of the CuO/Si NW device. These properties make the CuO/Si NW broadband photodetector suitable for applications that require high response speeds and self-sufficient functionality.

  4. Short-wavelength infrared photodetector on Si employing strain-induced growth of very tall InAs nanowire arrays.

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    Shin, Hyun Wook; Lee, Sang Jun; Kim, Doo Gun; Bae, Myung-Ho; Heo, Jaeyeong; Choi, Kyoung Jin; Choi, Won Jun; Choe, Jeong-woo; Shin, Jae Cheol

    2015-06-02

    One-dimensional crystal growth enables the epitaxial integration of III-V compound semiconductors onto a silicon (Si) substrate despite significant lattice mismatch. Here, we report a short-wavelength infrared (SWIR, 1.4-3 μm) photodetector that employs InAs nanowires (NWs) grown on Si. The wafer-scale epitaxial InAs NWs form on the Si substrate without a metal catalyst or pattern assistance; thus, the growth is free of metal-atom-induced contaminations, and is also cost-effective. InAs NW arrays with an average height of 50 μm provide excellent anti-reflective and light trapping properties over a wide wavelength range. The photodetector exhibits a peak detectivity of 1.9 × 10(8) cm · Hz(1/2)/W for the SWIR band at 77 K and operates at temperatures as high as 220 K. The SWIR photodetector on the Si platform demonstrated in this study is promising for future low-cost optical sensors and Si photonics.

  5. Self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors based on selectively grown ZnO nanowire arrays with thermal tuning performance.

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    Bai, Zhiming; Chen, Xiang; Yan, Xiaoqin; Zheng, Xin; Kang, Zhuo; Zhang, Yue

    2014-05-28

    A self-powered Schottky-type ultraviolet photodetector with Al-Pt interdigitated electrodes has been fabricated based on selectively grown ZnO nanowire arrays. At zero bias, the fabricated photodetector exhibited high sensitivity and excellent selectivity to UV light illumination with a fast response time of 81 ms. By tuning the Schottky barrier height through the thermally induced variation of the interface chemisorbed oxygen, an ultrahigh sensitivity of 3.1 × 10(4) was achieved at 340 K without an external power source, which was 82% higher than that obtained at room temperature. According to the thermionic emission-diffusion theory and the solar cell theory, the changes in the photocurrent of the photodetector at zero bias with various system temperatures were calculated, which agreed well with the experimental data. This work demonstrates a promising approach to modulating the performance of a self-powered photodetector by heating and provides theoretical support for studying the thermal effect on the future photoelectric device.

  6. A case for ZnO nanowire field emitter arrays in advanced x-ray source applications

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    Robinson, Vance S.; Bergkvist, Magnus; Chen, Daokun; Chen, Jun; Huang, Mengbing

    2016-09-01

    Reviewing current efforts in X-ray source miniaturization reveals a broad spectrum of applications: Portable and/or remote nondestructive evaluation, high throughput protein crystallography, invasive radiotherapy, monitoring fluid flow and particulate generation in situ, and portable radiography devices for battle-front or large scale disaster triage scenarios. For the most part, all of these applications are being addressed with a top-down approach aimed at improving portability, weight and size. That is, the existing system or a critical sub-component is shrunk in some manner in order to miniaturize the overall package. In parallel to top-down x-ray source miniaturization, more recent efforts leverage field emission and semiconductor device fabrication techniques to achieve small scale x-ray sources via a bottom-up approach where phenomena effective at a micro/nanoscale are coordinated for macro-scale effect. The bottom-up approach holds potential to address all the applications previously mentioned but its entitlement extends into new applications with much more ground-breaking potential. One such bottom-up application is the distributed x-ray source platform. In the medical space, using an array of microscale x-ray sources instead of a single source promises significant reductions in patient dose as well as smaller feature detectability and fewer image artifacts. Cold cathode field emitters are ideal for this application because they can be gated electrostatically or via photonic excitation, they do not generate excessive heat like other common electron emitters, they have higher brightness and they are relatively compact. This document describes how ZnO nanowire field emitter arrays are well suited for distributed x-ray source applications because they hold promise in each of the following critical areas: emission stability, simple scalable fabrication, performance, radiation resistance and photonic coupling.

  7. Surface Roughening of Nickel Cobalt Phosphide Nanowire Arrays/Ni Foam for Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution Activity.

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    Wang, Xina; Tong, Rui; Wang, Yi; Tao, Hualong; Zhang, Zhihua; Wang, Hao

    2016-12-21

    Development of earth-abundant, efficient, and stable electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reactions (HER) in alkaline or even neutral pH electrolyte is very important for hydrogen production from water splitting. Construction of bimetal phosphides via tuning the bonding strength to hydrogen and increasing effective active sites through nanostructuring and surface engineering should lead to high HER activity. Here, ternary NiCoP nanowires (NWs) decorated by homogeneous nanoparticles have been obtained on Ni foam for a highly efficient HER property via long-term cyclic voltammetric (CV) sweeping. The electron density transfer between the positively charged Ni and Co and negatively charged P atoms, one-dimensional electron transfer channel of the NWs, and abundant active sites supplied by the nanoparticles and NWs endow the catalyst with low overpotentials of 43 and 118 mV to achieve the respective current densities of 10 and 100 mA cm(-2) together with long durability for at least 33 h in 1 M KOH. A cycled anodic dissolution-redeposition mechanism is disclosed for the formation of the NiCoP nanoparticles during the CV sweeping process. Such a surface roughening method is found to be adaptable to enhance the HER property of other phosphides, including Ni2P nanoplates/NF, NiCoP nanoparticles/NF, and CoP NW/NF.

  8. Massive transfer of vertically aligned Si nanowire array onto alien substrates and their characteristics

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    Shiu, Shu-Chia; Hung, Shih-Che; Chao, Jiun-Jie [Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Lin, Ching-Fuh, E-mail: cflin@cc.ee.ntu.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2009-07-30

    Si nanowires (NWs) are promising materials for future electronic, photovoltaic, and sensor applications. So far the Si NWs are mainly formed on particular substrates or at high temperatures, greatly limiting their application flexibility. Here we report a low temperature process for forming and massively transferring vertically aligned Si NWs on alien substrates with a large density of about (3-5) x 10{sup 7} NWs/mm{sup 2}. The X-ray diffraction spectrum reveals that the transferred NWs exhibit almost the same crystal property as the bulk Si. Our investigation further shows that the transferred NWs have exceptional optical characteristics. The transferred Si NWs of 12.14 {mu}m exhibit the transmittance as low as 0.3% in the near infrared region and 0.07% in the visible region. The extracted absorption coefficient of Si NWs in the near infrared region is about 3 x 10{sup 3} cm{sup -1}, over 30 times larger than that of the bulk Si. Because of the low temperature process, it enables a large variety of alien substrates such as glass and plastics to be used. In addition, the exceptional properties of the transferred NWs offer potential applications for photovoltaic, photo-detectors, sensors, and flexible electronics.

  9. 电化学制备有序聚苯胺纳米线阵列%Electrochemical Fabrication of the Ordered Polyaniline Nanowires Array

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    高艳新; 孙丽超; 谢素原; 时康

    2012-01-01

    以有序碳纳米管阵列电极为基底电极,在硫酸或高氯酸溶液中,分别探明不同电化学聚合方法以及苯胺单体浓度对聚苯胺形貌的影响.结果表明:采用循环伏安法无法制备出聚苯胺纳米线;而应用恒电位法虽可制得聚苯胺纳米线,但纳米线不能形成有序阵列;只有应用恒电流方法,并且以高浓度苯胺的高氯酸溶液作为聚合溶液,方能制得有序聚苯胺纳米线阵列.%The effects of electrochemical fabrication methods in different aniline concentrations on the morphologies of polyaniline, which was polymerized on the aligned-multi walled carbon nanotubes electrode in H2SO4 or HC104 electrolyte solution, were investigated. It was demonstrated that the polyaniline nanowires would not be prepared by cyclic voltammetry, whereas the nanowires could be obtained by the potentiostatic method without forming the ordered array.Only when the aniline concentration in HC104 solution was high enough, the ordered polyaniline nanowires array could be fabricated by the constant current method.

  10. Screen-Printed Fabrication of PEDOT:PSS/Silver Nanowire Composite Films for Transparent Heaters

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    Xin He

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available A transparent and flexible film heater was fabricated; based on a hybrid structure of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS and silver nanowires (Ag NWs using a screen printing; which is a scalable production technology. The resulting film integrates the advantages of the two conductive materials; easy film-forming and strong adhesion to the substrate of the polymer PEDOT:PSS; and high conductivity of the Ag NWs. The fabricated composite films with different NW densities exhibited the transmittance within the range from 82.3% to 74.1% at 550 nm. By applying 40 V potential on the films; a stable temperature from 49 °C to 99 °C was generated within 30 s to 50 s. However; the surface temperature of the pristine PEDOT:PSS film did not increase compared to the room temperature. The composite film with the transmittance of 74.1% could be heated to the temperatures from 41 °C to 99 °C at the driven voltages from 15 V to 40 V; indicating that the film heater exhibited uniform heating and rapid thermal response. Therefore; the PEDOT:PSS/Ag NW composite film is a promising candidate for the application of the transparent and large-scale film heaters.

  11. Temperature-controlled transparent-film heater based on silver nanowire-PMMA composite film.

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    He, Xin; Liu, A'lei; Hu, Xuyang; Song, Mingxia; Duan, Feng; Lan, Qiuming; Xiao, Jundong; Liu, Junyan; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Yeqing; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-11-25

    We fabricated a high-performance film heater based on a silver nanowire and polymethyl methacrylate (Ag NW-PMMA) composite film, which was synthesized with the assistance of mechanical lamination and an in situ transfer method. The films exhibit excellent conductivity, high figure of merit, and strong adhesion of percolation network to substrate. By controlling NW density, we prepared the films with a transmittance of 44.9-85.0% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 0.13-1.40 Ω sq(-1). A stable temperature ranging from 130 °C-40 °C was generated at 3.0 V within 10-30 s, indicating that the resulting film heaters show a rapid thermal response, low driving voltage and stable temperature recoverability. Furthermore, we demonstrated the applications of the film heater in defrosting and a physical therapeutic instrument. A fast defrosting on the composite film with a transmittance of 88% was observed by applying a 9 V driving voltage for 20 s. Meanwhile, we developed a physical therapeutic instrument with two modes of thermotherapy and electronic-pulse massage by using the composite films as two electrodes, greatly decreasing the weight and power consumption compared to a traditional instrument. Therefore, Ag NW-PMMA film can be a promising candidate for diversified heating applications.

  12. Temperature-controlled transparent-film heater based on silver nanowire-PMMA composite film

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    He, Xin; Liu, A.'lei; Hu, Xuyang; Song, Mingxia; Duan, Feng; Lan, Qiuming; Xiao, Jundong; Liu, Junyan; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Yeqing; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-11-01

    We fabricated a high-performance film heater based on a silver nanowire and polymethyl methacrylate (Ag NW-PMMA) composite film, which was synthesized with the assistance of mechanical lamination and an in situ transfer method. The films exhibit excellent conductivity, high figure of merit, and strong adhesion of percolation network to substrate. By controlling NW density, we prepared the films with a transmittance of 44.9-85.0% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 0.13-1.40 Ω sq-1. A stable temperature ranging from 130 °C-40 °C was generated at 3.0 V within 10-30 s, indicating that the resulting film heaters show a rapid thermal response, low driving voltage and stable temperature recoverability. Furthermore, we demonstrated the applications of the film heater in defrosting and a physical therapeutic instrument. A fast defrosting on the composite film with a transmittance of 88% was observed by applying a 9 V driving voltage for 20 s. Meanwhile, we developed a physical therapeutic instrument with two modes of thermotherapy and electronic-pulse massage by using the composite films as two electrodes, greatly decreasing the weight and power consumption compared to a traditional instrument. Therefore, Ag NW-PMMA film can be a promising candidate for diversified heating applications.

  13. Nanoengineered Thermal Materials Based on Carbon Nanotube Array Composites

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    Li, Jun; Meyyappan, Meyya; Dangelo, Carols

    2012-01-01

    State-of-the-art integrated circuits (ICs) for microprocessors routinely dissipate power densities on the order of 50 W/cm2. This large power is due to the localized heating of ICs operating at high frequencies and must be managed for future high-frequency microelectronic applications. As the size of components and devices for ICs and other appliances becomes smaller, it becomes more difficult to provide heat dissipation and transport for such components and devices. A thermal conductor for a macro-sized thermal conductor is generally inadequate for use with a microsized component or device, in part due to scaling problems. A method has been developed for providing for thermal conduction using an array of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). An array of vertically oriented CNTs is grown on a substrate having high thermal conductivity, and interstitial regions between adjacent CNTs in the array are partly or wholly filled with a filler material having a high thermal conductivity so that at least one end of each CNT is exposed. The exposed end of each CNT is pressed against a surface of an object from which heat is to be removed. The CNT-filler-composite adjacent to the substrate provides improved mechanical strength to anchor CNTs in place, and also serves as a heat spreader to improve diffusion of heat flux from the smaller volume (CNTs) to a larger heat sink.

  14. Recent Advances in Directed Assembly of Nanowires or Nanotub es

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    Mei Liu; Zhizheng Wu; Woon Ming Lau; Jun Yang

    2012-01-01

    Nanowires and nanotubes of diverse material compositions, properties and/or functions have been produced or fabricated through various bottom-up or top-down approaches. These nanowires or nanotubes have also been utilized as potential building blocks for functional nanodevices. The key for the integration of those nanowire or nanotube based devices is to assemble these one dimensional nanomaterials to specific locations using techniques that are highly controllable and scalable. Ideally such techniques should enable assembly of highly uniform nanowire/nanotube arrays with precise control of density, location, dimension or even ma-terial types of nanowires/nanotubes. Numerous assembly techniques are being developed that can quickly align and assemble large quantities of one type or multiple types of nanowires through parallel processes, in-cluding flow-assisted alignment, Langmuir-Blodgett assembly, bubble-blown technique, electric/magnetic- field directed assembly, contact/roll printing, knocking-down, etc.. With these assembling techniques, applications of nanowire/nanotube based devices such as flexible electronics and sensors have been demonstrated. This paper delivers an overall review of directed nanowire/nanotube assembling approaches and analyzes advantages and limitations of each method. The future research directions have also been discussed.

  15. Nanostructured Indium Oxide Coated Silicon Nanowire Arrays: A Hybrid Photothermal/Photochemical Approach to Solar Fuels.

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    Hoch, Laura B; O'Brien, Paul G; Jelle, Abdinoor; Sandhel, Amit; Perovic, Douglas D; Mims, Charles A; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2016-09-27

    The field of solar fuels seeks to harness abundant solar energy by driving useful molecular transformations. Of particular interest is the photodriven conversion of greenhouse gas CO2 into carbon-based fuels and chemical feedstocks, with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Nonstoichiometric, hydroxylated indium oxide nanoparticles, denoted In2O3-x(OH)y, have been shown to function as active photocatalysts for CO2 reduction to CO via the reverse water gas shift reaction under simulated solar irradiation. However, the relatively wide band gap (2.9 eV) of indium oxide restricts the portion of the solar irradiance that can be utilized to ∼9%, and the elevated reaction temperatures required (150-190 °C) reduce the overall energy efficiency of the process. Herein we report a hybrid catalyst consisting of a vertically aligned silicon nanowire (SiNW) support evenly coated by In2O3-x(OH)y nanoparticles that utilizes the vast majority of the solar irradiance to simultaneously produce both the photogenerated charge carriers and heat required to reduce CO2 to CO at a rate of 22.0 μmol·gcat(-1)·h(-1). Further, improved light harvesting efficiency of the In2O3-x(OH)y/SiNW films due to minimized reflection losses and enhanced light trapping within the SiNW support results in a ∼6-fold increase in photocatalytic conversion rates over identical In2O3-x(OH)y films prepared on roughened glass substrates. The ability of this In2O3-x(OH)y/SiNW hybrid catalyst to perform the dual function of utilizing both light and heat energy provided by the broad-band solar irradiance to drive CO2 reduction reactions represents a general advance that is applicable to a wide range of catalysts in the field of solar fuels.

  16. Growth and characterization of bismuth telluride nanowires

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    Picht, Oliver

    2010-05-26

    Polycrystalline Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nanowires are electrochemically grown in ion track-etched polycarbonate membranes. Potentiostatic growth is demonstrated in templates of various thicknesses ranging from 10 to 100 {mu}m. The smallest observed nanowire diameters are 20 nm in thin membranes and approx. 140-180 nm in thicker membranes. The influence of the various deposition parameters on the nanowire growth rate is presented. Slower growth rates are attained by selective change of deposition potentials and lower temperatures. Nanowires synthesized at slower growth rates have shown to possess a higher degree of crystalline order and smoother surface contours. With respect to structural properties, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy verified the growth of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and evidenced the stability of specific properties, e.g. grain size or preferential orientation, with regard to variations in the deposition conditions. The interdependency of the fabrication parameters, i.e. temperature, deposition potential and nanochannel diameters, is demonstrated for wires grown in 30 {mu}m thick membranes. It is visible from diffraction analysis that texture is tunable by the growth conditions but depends also on the size of the nanochannels in the template. Both (015) and (110) reflexes are observed for the nanowire arrays. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis further points out that variation of nanochannel size could lead to a change in elemental composition of the nanowires. (orig.)

  17. Evidence of superior ferroelectricity in structurally welded ZnSnO3 nanowire arrays.

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    Datta, Anuja; Mukherjee, Devajyoti; Kons, Corisa; Witanachchi, Sarath; Mukherjee, Pritish

    2014-10-29

    Highly packed LN-type ZnSnO3 NW arrays are grown on ZnO:Al/Si substrates using a hybrid pulsed laser deposition and solvothermal process. Unique "welding" mechanism structurally joins adjacent ZnSnO3 NWs to form a nearly impervious 20 μm thick nanostructured film that shows high P r of 30 μC/cm(2) at a low E c of 25 kV/cm for the first time.

  18. Exploring hierarchical FeS2/C composite nanotubes arrays as advanced cathode for lithium ion batteries

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    Pan, G. X.; Cao, F.; Xia, X. H.; Zhang, Y. J.

    2016-11-01

    Rational construction of advanced FeS2 cathode is one of research hotspots, and of great importance for developing high-performance lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Herein we report a facile hydrolysis-sulfurization method for fabrication of FeS2/C nanotubes arrays with the help of sacrificial Co2(OH)2CO3 nanowires template and glucose carbonization. Self-supported FeS2/C nanotubes consist of interconnected nanoburrs of 5-20 nm, and show hierarchical porous structure. The FeS2/C nanotubes arrays are demonstrated with enhanced cycling life and noticeable high-rate capability with capacities ranging from 735 mAh g-1 at 0.25 C to 482 mAh g-1 at 1.5 C, superior to those FeS2 counterparts in the literature. The composite nanotubes arrays architecture plays positive roles in the electrochemical enhancement due to combined advantages of large electrode-electrolyte contact area, good strain accommodation, improved electrical conductivity, and enhanced structural stability.

  19. Formation of composite films of ion-track membranes embedded with oblique Cu nanowires for anisotropic infrared absorption

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    Koshikawa, Hiroshi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan)], E-mail: koshikawa.hiroshi@jaea.go.jp; Maekawa, Yasunari [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Usui, Hiroaki [Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16 Naka-machi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)

    2008-04-15

    Composite films of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) embedded with Cu nanowires were prepared by electroplating ion-track PET membranes. PET films were irradiated with 450 MeV {sup 129}Xe{sup 23+} ions with a direction of 45{sup o} from the film normal, and then etched with sodium hydroxide solution to form thin pores of 1 {mu}m diameter. Cu was filled into the pores by electroplating in a copper sulfate solution to form Cu nanowires embedded in a direction tilted from the film normal. The composite membrane showed anisotropic infrared absorption in the in-plane direction, having the transmission axis in the direction normal to the ion incidence.

  20. Measurement of light diffusion in ZnO nanowire forests

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    Versteegh, Marijn A M; Dijkhuis, Jaap I

    2016-01-01

    Optimum design of efficient nanowire solar cells requires better understanding of light diffusion in a nanowire array. Here we demonstrate that our recently developed ultrafast all-optical shutter can be used to directly measure the dwell tim