Growth of Au/Ag nanowires in thin surfactant solution films: An electron microscopy study

Olga Krichevski, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Daniel Szwarcman, Yossi Lereah, Gil Markovich

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    The surfactant templated gold-silver nanowire growth process in a thin solution film was probed by cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The increasing surfactant concentration upon film drying appears to induce phase transformations in the film and form a liquid crystalline template for the nanowires growth. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and electron holography revealed that the nanowires were polycrystalline with some preferred crystallite orientations and had a roughly cylindrical cross-section. Further improvement of the technique may lead to highly ordered metal nanowire arrays within the surfactant matrix similar to the closely related mesoporous materials.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)304-309
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007


    • Cryo-TEM
    • Gold nanorods
    • Liquid crystal phases
    • Mesoporous materials
    • Nanowires
    • Surfactant mesophases

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Biomaterials
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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