ZrTiO4 nanowire growth using membrane-assisted Pechini route

P. R. de Lucena, W. A. Prado, V. S. Braga, N. L. V. Carreño


The high surface-to-volume ratio of nanowires makes them natural competitors as new device components. In this regard, a current major challenge is to produce quasi-one-dimensional nanostructures composed of well established oxide-based materials. This article reports the synthesis of ZrTiO4 nanowires on a silicon (100) wafer in a single-step deposition/thermal treatment. The template-directed membrane synthesis strategy was associated with the Pechini route and spin-coating deposition technique. ZrTiO4 nanowires were obtained at 700 ˚C with diameters in the range of 80-100 nm. FEG- SEM images were obtained to investigate ZrTiO4 nanowire formation on the silicon surface and energy dispersive x-ray detection (EDS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses were performed to confirm the oxide composition and structure.


Template-Synthesis; ZrTiO4; Nanowires; Pechini route

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