Enhanced nickel-seeded synthesis of germanium nanowires

Xiaotang Lu, Justin T. Harris, Julián E. Villarreal, Aaron Michael Chockla, Brian A. Korgel*

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Germanium (Ge) nanowires can be grown using either gold (Au) or nickel (Ni) seeds in a supercritical solvent; however, the quality and yield of the nanowires is much higher using Au seeds and diphenyl germane (DPG) as a reactant under typical reaction conditions. We find that the addition of monophenylsilane (MPS) dramatically improves the yield and quality of Ni-seeded Ge nanowires, producing straight nanowires with relatively uniform diameter and nearly 100% conversion of DPG to Ge. MPS participates in the phenyl redistribution reaction of DPG and serves as a phenyl sink that speeds DPG decomposition and increases the conversion to Ge to nearly 100%. MPS addition to Au-seeded nanowire reactions also increases the DPG conversion to Ge to nearly 100% and improves the nanowire quality at higher growth temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2172-2177
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 28 2013


  • SFLS
  • SFSS
  • colloid chemistry
  • germanes
  • germanium
  • nanowires
  • silanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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