Electrolytic formation of carbon-sheathed mixed Sn-Pb nanowires

W. K. Hsu, S. Trasobares, H. Terrones, M. Terrones, N. Grobert, Y. Q. Zhu, W. Z. Li, R. Escudero, J. P. Hare, H. W. Kroto, D. R.M. Walton

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Carbon-encapsulated Sn-Pb nanowires are generated by electrolysis of graphite in molten LiCl containing these metals. SA-EDX analyses indicate a distinctive profile for the metal cores in which Sn predominates at one end and Pb at the other of the individual nanowires; X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that separate crystals of each metal can be distinguished, thus zone refining has occurred. The cores exhibit dynamic behavior under electron irradiation. A growth mechanism is proposed for the nanowires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1747-1751
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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