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Nanostructures formed by displacement of porous silicon with copper: from nanoparticles to porous membranes

Hanna Bandarenka1*, Sergey Redko1, Aleksandr Smirnov1, Andrei Panarin2, Sergei Terekhov2, Paolo Nenzi3, Marco Balucani3 and Vitaly Bondarenko1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, 6 Brovka St., Minsk, 220013, Belarus

2 B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 68 Nezalezhnasti Ave, Minsk, 0, Belarus

3 Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, University “Sapienza”, 18 Eudossiana St., Rome, 00184, Italy

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:477  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-477

Published: 23 August 2012


The application of porous silicon as a template for the fabrication of nanosized copper objects is reported. Three different types of nanostructures were formed by displacement deposition of copper on porous silicon from hydrofluoric acid-based solutions of copper sulphate: (1) copper nanoparticles, (2) quasi-continuous copper films, and (3) free porous copper membranes. Managing the parameters of porous silicon (pore sizes, porosity), deposition time, and wettability of the copper sulphate solution has allowed to achieve such variety of the copper structures. Elemental and structural analyses of the obtained structures are presented. Young modulus measurements of the porous copper membrane have been carried out and its modest activity in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy is declared.

Porous silicon; Copper; Displacement deposition; Nanostructures