Room temperature in situ growth of B/BOx nanowires and BO x Nanotubes

Ignacio G. Gonzalez-Martinez, Sandeep M. Gorantla, Alicja Bachmatiuk, Viktor Bezugly, Jiong Zhao, Thomas Gemming, Jens Kunstmann, Jürgen Eckert, Gianaurelio Cuniberti, Mark H. Rümmeli

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Despite significant advances in the synthesis of nanostructures, our understanding of the growth mechanisms of nanowires and nanotubes grown from catalyst particles remains limited. In this study we demonstrate a straightforward route to grow coaxial amorphous B/BOx nanowires and BOx nanotubes using gold catalyst particles inside a transmission electron microscope at room temperature without the need of any specialized or expensive accessories. Exceedingly high growth rates (over 7 μm/min) are found for the coaxial nanowires, and this is attributed to the highly efficient diffusion of B species along the surface of a nanowire by electrostatic repulsion. On the other hand the O species are shown to be relevant to activate the gold catalysts, and this can occur through volatile O species. The technique could be further developed to study the growth of other nanostructures and holds promise for the room temperature growth of nanostructures as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-805
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • electron beam damage
  • gold catalysis
  • nanotechnology
  • Nanowires
  • radiolysis
  • room temperature
  • transmission electron microscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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