Electrochemical formation of novel nanowires and their dynamic effects

W. K. Hsu, M. Terrones, H. Terrones, N. Grobert, A. I. Kirkland, J. P. Hare, K. Prassides, P. D. Townsend, H. W. Kroto, D. R.M. Walton

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Novel and uniform β-Sn nanowires surrounded by graphitic material (fully filled tubes; 40-50% of the overall material, length ≤2 μm; ≤100 nm o.d.) are produced by passage of a current between graphite rods immersed in molten mixtures of LiCl and SnCl2 under argon at 600°C. Prolonged electron beam irradiation (under HRTEM) of the nanowires leads to axial growth, re-orientations and allied dynamic transformations. The technique may be applied to other soft metals in order to generate filled nanotubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Feb 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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