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UHV NANOWIRE GROWTH CHAMBER

 

Nanowires are nanostructures with a diameter in the nanometer range, and in contrast with nanorods, they have an unlimited length, so that this may extend into the µm range.  Oxide nanowires are produced in IMO-IMOMEC by means of chemical synthesis routes including hydrothermal growth (e.g. ZnO) or AAO template based routes combined for instance with aqueous solution-gel precursors .  These oxide nanowires show promise for a range of nanotechnological applications, including sensor arrays, hybrid photovoltaics, nanoelectronics, photocatalysts, supercapacitors etc.  In all these applications the increased surface to volume ratio plays a crucial role in order to improve the material’s performance.