A General Route to Macroscopic Hierarchical 3D Nanowire Networks (pages 6169–6173)
Donghai Wang, Hongmei Luo, Rong Kou, Maria P. Gil, Shuaigang Xiao, Vladimir O. Golub, Zhenzhong Yang, C. Jeffrey Brinker and Yunfeng Lu
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2004 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200460535
Pulling the rug out! A templated electrodeposition technique has been applied to prepare stable 3D, organized networks of metal or semiconductor nanowires (see scheme). The process involves a) the deposition of mesoporous silica onto an electrode, b) the introduction of metals or semiconductors into the pore channels, and c) removal of the silica template to yield the nanowire network.