Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 27, pp 3409–3414

Fabrication and characterization of crystalline copper nanowires by electrochemical deposition inside anodic alumina template

Open AccessArticle Materials Science

DOI: 10.1007/s11434-013-5965-1

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Peng, Y. & Chen, Q. Chin. Sci. Bull. (2013) 58: 3409. doi:10.1007/s11434-013-5965-1


Copper nanowires were fabricated by electrochemical deposition inside anodic alumina template anodized on aluminum substrate. The morphology, composition and structure of the copper nanowires were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive (EDS) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD). The results revealed that copper nanowires were dense, continuous, highly-crystalline and uniform with diameters. The electrical properties of copper nanowires wrer characterized with two-terminal electrical measurements. Different current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of single copper nanowire were observed and possible conductive mechanisms were discussed. The crystalline copper nanowires are promising in application of future nanoelectronic devices and circuits.


anodic alumina templateelectrochemical depositioncopper nanowireelectrical characterization
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Design and Manufacture of Micro/Nano Bio-medical Instruments, School of Mechanical EngineeringSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Suzhou Research Institute of Southeast UniversitySuzhouChina
  3. 3.MEMS and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA