Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Magnesium Alloy Precursor Thin Films for Efficient, Practical Fabrication of Nanoporous Metals

  • Lei Wang
  • Nicolas J. Briot
  • Phillip D. Swartzentruber
  • T. John Balk


An improved approach to fabrication of nanoporous (np) metals is demonstrated for several metallic systems that were successfully created by dealloying magnesium-based precursor alloys (also containing iridium, nickel, gold, or osmium-ruthenium). A significant advantage is that magnesium alloys can be dealloyed effectively using water or, if needed, dilute acetic acid. The crystal structures of magnesium-based precursor films were significantly different from those of alloys commonly used as precursors. This approach should be generally applicable to np metal synthesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lei Wang
    • 1
  • Nicolas J. Briot
    • 1
  • Phillip D. Swartzentruber
    • 1
  • T. John Balk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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