Nano Express

Nanoscale Research Letters

, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp 1015-1020

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Synthesis and Growth Mechanism of Ni Nanotubes and Nanowires

  • Xiaoru LiAffiliated withInstitute of Polymer Materials, Qingdao University
  • , Yiqian WangAffiliated withLaboratory of Advanced Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University
  • , Guojun SongAffiliated withInstitute of Polymer Materials, Qingdao University Email author 
  • , Zhi PengAffiliated withInstitute of Polymer Materials, Qingdao University
  • , Yongming YuAffiliated withInstitute of Polymer Materials, Qingdao University
  • , Xilin SheAffiliated withInstitute of Polymer Materials, Qingdao University
  • , Jianjiang LiAffiliated withInstitute of Polymer Materials, Qingdao University

Abstract

Highly ordered Ni nanotube and nanowire arrays were fabricated via electrodeposition. The Ni microstructures and the process of the formation were investigated using conventional and high-resolution transmission electron microscope. Herein, we demonstrated the systematic fabrication of Ni nanotube and nanowire arrays and proposed an original growth mechanism. With the different deposition time, nanotubes or nanowires can be obtained. Tubular nanostructures can be obtained at short time, while nanowires take longer time to form. This formation mechanism is applicable to design and synthesize other metal nanostructures and even compound nanostuctures via template-based electrodeposition.

Keywords

Nanotubes Nanowires Growth mechanism Electrodeposition