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Coatings 2019, 9(2), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9020149

Comprehensive Study of Au Nano-Mesh as a Catalyst in the Fabrication of Silicon Nanowires Arrays by Metal-Assisted Chemical Etching

School of Optoelectronic Engineering, Xi’an Technological University, Xi’an 710021, China
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Received: 5 December 2018 / Revised: 11 February 2019 / Accepted: 16 February 2019 / Published: 25 February 2019
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Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) arrays have become one of low-dimensional structural nanomaterials for the preparation of high-performance optoelectronic devices with the advantages of highly efficient light trapping effect, carrier multiplication, and adjustable optical bandgap. The controlled growth of SiNWs determines their electrical and optical properties. The morphology of silicon nanowires fabricated by conventional metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) involving the Ag-based etching process cannot be precisely controlled. Ultra-thin anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) is one of the new-pattern nanostructure assembly systems for the synthesis of nanomaterials. The synthesized nanostructure arrays can be tuned to exhibit different optical and electrical properties in a certain wavelength range by adjusting the AAO membrane parameters. In this paper, we demonstrate an ultra-thin Au nano-meshes array from a single hexagonal AAO membrane as a replication master instead of conventional Ag particles as etching catalyst. The extended ordered silicon nanowires arrays are fabricated by the selective chemical dissolution of nanoscale noble metal meshes that exhibit excellent anti-reflection performance in broadband wavelengths and a wide incidence angle. View Full-Text
Keywords: SiNWs; MACE; AAO; anti-reflection performance; synthesized nanostructure arrays SiNWs; MACE; AAO; anti-reflection performance; synthesized nanostructure arrays
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Wang, S.; Liu, H.; Han, J. Comprehensive Study of Au Nano-Mesh as a Catalyst in the Fabrication of Silicon Nanowires Arrays by Metal-Assisted Chemical Etching. Coatings 2019, 9, 149.

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