Dendritic nanowire growth mediated by a self-assembled catalyst

Steven J. May*, Jian Guo Zheng, Bruce W. Wessels, Lincoln J. Lauhon

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A synthetic route to hierarchical nanowire structures based on the vapor-phase deposition and self-assembly of a catalyst on the surface of a growing nanowire, was presented. The introduction of the Mn precursor tricarbonyl (methylcyclopentadienyl)manganese (TCMn) during the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) synthesis of InAs nanowires produced highly branched dendritic growth. A careful analysis of the resulting structures revealed that self-assembled Mn clusters initiated epitaxial branch growth. This suggests a new means to generate unique hierarchically ordered nanostructures that may lead to new applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-602
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 8 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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