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Direct growth of ultra-long platinum nanolawns on a semiconductor photocatalyst

Yu-Lin Shen1, Shih-Yun Chen2, Jenn-Ming Song3*, Tzu-Kang Chin3, Chu-Hsuan Lin4 and In-Gann Chen5

Author Affiliations

1 Graduate Institute of Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan

2 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan

3 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 974, Taiwan

4 Graduate Institute of Opto-electronic Engineering, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 974, Taiwan

5 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:380  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-380

Published: 13 May 2011

Abstract

A template- and surfactant-free process, thermally assisted photoreduction, is developed to prepare vertically grown ultra-long Pt nanowires (NWs) (about 30-40 nm in diameter, 5-6 μm in length, and up to 80 NWs/100 μm2 in the wire density) on TiO2 coated substrates, including Si wafers and carbon fibers, with the assistance of the photocatalytic ability and semiconductor characteristics of TiO2. A remarkable aspect ratio of up to 200 can be achieved. TEM analytical results suggest that the Pt NWs are single-crystalline with a preferred 〈111〉 growth direction. The precursor adopted and the heat treatment conditions are crucial for the yield of NWs. The photoelectrons supplied by TiO2 gives rise to the formation of nano-sized Pt nuclei from salt melt or solution. The subsequent growth of NWs is supported by the thermal electrons which also generated from TiO2 during the post thermal treatment. The interactions between the ions and the electrons in the Pt/TiO2 junction are discussed in this study.