Seed-mediated synthesis of ultra-long copper nanowires and their application as transparent conducting electrodes
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Applied Surface Science, ISSN: 0169-4332, Vol: 422, Page: 731-737
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- Materials Science; Copper nanowires; Thermal decomposition; Seed-mediated; Transparent electrode; Nucleation
Owing to a recent push toward one-dimensional nanomaterials, in this study, we report a seed-mediated synthetic strategy for copper nanowires (Cu NWs) production involving thermal decomposition of metal-surfactant complexes in an organic medium. Ultra-long Cu NWs with a high aspect ratio and uniform diameter were obtained by separating nucleation and growth steps. The underlying mechanism for nanowire formation was investigated, in addition, properties of the obtained Cu NWs were also characterized using diverse analysis techniques. The performance of resulting Cu NWs as transparent electrodes was demonstrated for potential application. This article can provide information on both new synthetic pathway and potential use of Cu NWs.