Applied Physics A

, Volume 86, Issue 3, pp 373–375

Templated electrodeposition of silver nanowires in a nanoporous polycarbonate membrane from a nonaqueous ionic liquid electrolyte

  • I. Kazeminezhad
  • A.C. Barnes
  • J.D. Holbrey
  • K.R. Seddon
  • W. Schwarzacher
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00339-006-3783-x

Cite this article as:
Kazeminezhad, I., Barnes, A., Holbrey, J. et al. Appl. Phys. A (2007) 86: 373. doi:10.1007/s00339-006-3783-x

Abstract

Template electrodeposition has been used to prepare a wide range of nanostructures but has generally been restricted to aqueous electrolytes. We report the deposition of silver nanowires in a commercial nuclear track-etched polycarbonate template from the nonaqueous ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]) using silver electrochemically dissolved from the anode. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) shows that the nanowires have a very high aspect ratio with an average diameter of 80 nm and length of 5 μm. Ionic liquid electrolytes should greatly extend the range of metals that can be electrodeposited as nanowires using templates.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Kazeminezhad
    • 1
    • 2
  • A.C. Barnes
    • 2
  • J.D. Holbrey
    • 3
  • K.R. Seddon
    • 3
  • W. Schwarzacher
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentShahid Chamran UniversityAhvazIran
  2. 2.H.H. Wills Physics LaboratoryBristolUK
  3. 3.QUILL, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringThe Queen’s University of BelfastBelfastUK

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