Analysis of Chemical Bonding and Structural Network of Gold Silicide in Core–Shell Silicon Nanowire



The Au-catalyzed core–shell silicon nanowires (Si-NWs) were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition by using SiH4 and H2 precursor gases. The TEM and FTIR studies revealed that the Si-NWs consist of core silicon surrounded by a thick oxide sheath and Au distributed at the a-SiOx/Si interface. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to study the chemical composition and electronic environments of gold silicide in the a-SiO x /Si-NWs. The elemental analysis and chemical network of gold silicide of core–shell Si-NWs were explained on the basis of the random atomic distribution of Si, O and Au atoms. The Raman spectra and XRD peak reveal the crystalline core of Si-NWs. The individual contribution to the Au (4d) core orbital was deconvoluted to Au-Si-Au, Au-Si-O, Au-Au, Au-O-Au, Au-O-Si and Au=O/Au-O2 bonding structure. The analysis shows that the O linked with Si and Au has also contributed to growth of Si-NWs.


FESEM gold silicide silicon nanowires TEM XPS 



The financial support from BK21 program, Republic of Korea, is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Materials Science and NanotechnologySikkim Manipal Institute of TechnologyMajitar, RangpoIndia
  2. 2.School of Advanced Materials EngineeringKookmin UniversitySeoulKorea

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