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Materials 2011, 4(6), 1023-1033; doi:10.3390/ma4061023

A Mechanochemical Approach to Porous Silicon Nanoparticles Fabrication

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Dipartimento per le Tecnologie, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”, Centro Direzionale Is. C4 - 80143 Napoli, Italy
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CNR-IMM, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi-Unità di Napoli, Via P. Castellino 111, 80131 Napoli, Italy
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Received: 11 April 2011 / Revised: 26 May 2011 / Accepted: 28 May 2011 / Published: 7 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Porous Materials 2011)
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Abstract

Porous silicon samples have been reduced in nanometric particles by a well known industrial mechanical process, the ball grinding in a planetary mill; the process has been extended to crystalline silicon for comparison purposes. The silicon nanoparticles have been studied by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, gas porosimetry and transmission electron microscopy. We have estimated crystallites size from about 50 nm for silicon to 12 nm for porous silicon. The specific surface area of the powders analyzed ranges between 100 m2/g to 29 m2/g depending on the milling time, ranging from 1 to 20 h. Electron microscopy confirms the nanometric size of the particles and reveals a porous structure in the powders obtained by porous silicon samples which has been preserved by the fabrication conditions. Chemical functionalization during the milling process by a siloxane compound has also been demonstrated.
Keywords: porous silicon; ball milling; nanopowders porous silicon; ball milling; nanopowders
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Russo, L.; Colangelo, F.; Cioffi, R.; Rea, I.; Stefano, L.D. A Mechanochemical Approach to Porous Silicon Nanoparticles Fabrication. Materials 2011, 4, 1023-1033.

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