Electrochemical crystallization of spatially organized copper microwire arrays within biomineralized (dentine) templates

Jun Wang*, Joe Harris, Mei Li, Daniela Plana, Michele E. Barbour, David J. Fermin, Stephen Mann

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Abstract

Macroporous biomineralized composites in the form of thin slices of tooth dentine were used to prepare oriented arrays of high aspect ratio copper microwires by template-directed electrochemical deposition. The coaligned wires were 1 to 4 mu m in thickness, and spatially separated throughout the dentine matrix to produce a metallized inorganic-organic biocomposite that exhibited ohmic conductivity and enhanced mechanical hardness. Utilization of porous biomineral templates for the crystallization of metallic microwire arrays offers a novel step towards the low temperature fabrication of multi-functional conductive hybrid composites with integrated bioinspired properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7152-7156
Number of pages5
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume15
Issue number36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • ONE-DIMENSIONAL NANOSTRUCTURES
  • NANOWIRE ARRAYS
  • ELECTRODEPOSITION
  • FABRICATION
  • DEPOSITION
  • MEMBRANES

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