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Materials 2011, 4(3), 487-526; doi:10.3390/ma4030487
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Progress in Nano-Engineered Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane Development

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Received: 7 January 2011; in revised form: 17 February 2011 / Accepted: 22 February 2011 / Published: 25 February 2011
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Abstract: The anodization of aluminum is an electro-chemical process that changes the surface chemistry of the metal, via oxidation, to produce an anodic oxide layer. During this process a self organized, highly ordered array of cylindrical shaped pores can be produced with controllable pore diameters, periodicity and density distribution. This enables anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes to be used as templates in a variety of nanotechnology applications without the need for expensive lithographical techniques. This review article is an overview of the current state of research on AAO membranes and the various applications of nanotechnology that use them in the manufacture of nano-materials and devices or incorporate them into specific applications such as biological/chemical sensors, nano-electronic devices, filter membranes and medical scaffolds for tissue engineering.
Keywords: anodic aluminum oxide; nanotechnology; nano-materials; nano-devices; tissue engineering anodic aluminum oxide; nanotechnology; nano-materials; nano-devices; tissue engineering
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Poinern, G.E.J.; Ali, N.; Fawcett, D. Progress in Nano-Engineered Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane Development. Materials 2011, 4, 487-526.

AMA Style

Poinern GEJ, Ali N, Fawcett D. Progress in Nano-Engineered Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane Development. Materials. 2011; 4(3):487-526.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Poinern, Gerrard Eddy Jai; Ali, Nurshahidah; Fawcett, Derek. 2011. "Progress in Nano-Engineered Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane Development." Materials 4, no. 3: 487-526.


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