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Heterostructures of In2O3 and SnO2 were produced by sequential application of the physical- and chemical-vapor deposition techniques usually adopted for nanowire fabrication. In2O3 nanowires exhibit a single crystal body-centered cubic structure oriented along the [1 0 0] direction and grow epitaxially on α-sapphire substrate by means of a transport and condensation method assisted by Au nanoparticles. Nucleation and growth occurred via direct vapor solid (VS) mechanism competing with catalyst-mediated vapor–liquid–solid (VLS). SnO2 nanowires were obtained in a single crystal tetragonal (cassiterite) structure and oriented along the [1 0 1] direction, the growth being promoted by the gold particle at the apex of the In2O3 nanowires. The size of the catalyst thereby determines the main morphological features of SnO2 wires. CVD deposition allows precise control of the geometrical features of the …
Publication date: 
30 Dec 2014

Alberto Vomiero, Matteo Ferroni, Marta Maria Natile, Thomas Fischer, Raquel Fiz, Sanjay Mathur, Giorgio Sberveglieri

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Volume: 323 Pages: 59-64
Applied Surface Science