Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Single-Crystalline Nanopillar Arrays by Template-Assisted Vapor-Liquid-Solid Process

Ergen O., Ruebusch D. J., Fang H., Rathore A. A., Kapadia R., Fan Z., ...More

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, vol.132, no.40, pp.13972-13974, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 132 Issue: 40
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/ja1052413
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.13972-13974
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Highly regular, single-crystalline nanopillar arrays with tunable shapes and geometry are synthesized by the template-assisted vapor liquid solid growth mechanism. In this approach, the grown nanopillars faithfully reproduce the shape of the pores because during the growth the liquid catalyst seeds fill the space available, thereby conforming to the pore geometry. The process is highly generic for various material systems, and as an example, CdS and Ge nanopillar arrays with square, rectangular, and circular cross sections are demonstrated. In the future, this technique can be used to engineer the intrinsic properties of NPLs as a function of three independently controlled dimensional parameters - length, width and height.