Synthesis and superconductivity of electrochemically grown single-crystal aluminum nanowires

Meenakshi Singh, Jian Wang, Mingliang Tian, Qi Zhang, Alexis Pereira, Nitesh Kumar, Thomas E. Mallouk, Moses H.W. Chan

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Single-crystal aluminum (Al) nanowires (ANW) were prepared for the first time by template-based electrodeposition at room temperature. The electrolytic bath was composed of 6 M AlCl 3 and 0.2 M LiAlH 4 in tetrahydrofuran (THF). The electrodeposition was carried out inside a glovebox in a 9.999% pure nitrogen atmosphere, with less than 1 ppm moisture, and oxygen. The templates used were anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. The membranes were coated on one side with a layer of thermally evaporated Ag. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was performed on ANW arrays embedded in the AAO membrane using Cu KR radiation. The ANWs suspended in the solution obtained were cleaned by washing several times with isopropyl alcohol (IPA), alternating with centrifugal separation. Transport measurements were performed on individual nanowires using a physical properties measurement system. These measurements show that the superconducting properties of the nanowires are in agreement with expectations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5557-5559
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 8 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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