Microspheres for the Growth of Silicon Nanowires via Vapor-Liquid-Solid Mechanism

Journal of Nanomaterials. 2014;2014 DOI 10.1155/2014/362798

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Nanomaterials

ISSN: 1687-4110 (Print); 1687-4129 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Technology (General)

Country of publisher: Egypt

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Arancha Gómez-Martínez (Departamento de Física Aplicada and Instituto de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain)
Francisco Márquez (School of Science and Technology, University of Turabo, Gurabo, PR 00778, USA)
Eduardo Elizalde (Departamento de Física Aplicada and Instituto de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain)
Carmen Morant (Departamento de Física Aplicada and Instituto de Materiales Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Silicon nanowires have been synthesized by a simple process using a suitable support containing silica and carbon microspheres. Nanowires were grown by thermal chemical vapor deposition via a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism with only the substrate as silicon source. The curved surface of the microsized spheres allows arranging the gold catalyst as nanoparticles with appropriate dimensions to catalyze the growth of nanowires. The resulting material is composed of the microspheres with the silicon nanowires attached on their surface.