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Fabrication of nanostructure via self-assembly of nanowires within the AAO template

Nanoscale Research Letters20062:34

DOI: 10.1007/s11671-006-9026-4

Received: 10 September 2006

Accepted: 11 October 2006

Published: 17 November 2006


The novel nanostructures are fabricated by the spatial chemical modification of nanowires within the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template. To make the nanowires better dispersion in the aqueous solution, the copper is first deposited to fill the dendrite structure at the bottom of template. During the process of self-assembly, the dithiol compound was used as the connector between the nanowires and nanoparticles by a self-assembly method. The nanostructures of the nano cigars and structure which is containing particles junction are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These kinds of novel nanostructure will be the building blocks for nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices.


Self-assembly AAO template Nanostruture TEM 81.15.Pq 81.16.Dn 82.45.Yz




This work was financially supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Authors’ Affiliations

Center for Advanced Material & Biotechnology, Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen
Department of Chemistry, The University of Liverpool


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