Template electrodeposition has been used to prepare a wide range of nanostructures but has generally been restricted to aqueous electrolytes. We report the deposition of silver nanowires in a commercial nuclear track-etched polycarbonate template from the nonaqueous ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]) using silver electrochemically dissolved from the anode. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) shows that the nanowires have a very high aspect ratio with an average diameter of 80 nm and length of 5 μm. Ionic liquid electrolytes should greatly extend the range of metals that can be electrodeposited as nanowires using templates.
|Translated title of the contribution||Templated electrodeposition of silver nanowires in a nanoporous polycarbonate membrane from a nonaqueous ionic liquid electrolyte|
|Pages (from-to)||373 - 375|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2007|