Electrochemical deposition of Ag2Se nanostructures

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Abstract

AgSe based nanostructures (nanowires or nanotubes) were obtained by electrodeposition. A systematic investigation was carried out, varying concentration of the precursors, pH of the electrolytic solution, ligands, and deposition mode, to study the effect of all these parameters on the growth of nanostructures. Nanostructure morphology depends also on the type of metal that was used as support, due to the secondary reaction of hydrogen evolution. On Ni support, the H2 evolution reaction led to formation of only nanotubes, while on copper substrate also nanowires were obtained. Composition of nanostructures depends strongly on solution pH. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy showed that in thiocyanate-free bath nanostructures consist in orthorhombic Ag2Se and metallic Ag. At higher pH values, the metallic Ag phase increased and the co-deposition of Se also occurred. We also found that the use of a thiocyanate bath with a specific composition permits to obtain nanostructures of pure orthorhombic Ag2Se.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Volume86
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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