Pb-PbOHCl Composite Nanowires Synthesized by Galvanic Deposition in Template

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In this paper, we report a detailed study on the synthesis of composite nanowires of Pb-PbOHCl via galvanic deposition into the pores of a membrane acting as a template. PbOHCl deposition quantitatively occurs as the solution pH exceeds the value of about 4.12. Simultaneously, owing to the galvanic coupling, electro-deposition of lead occurs, so composite nanowires were formed. The role of different parameters controlling the kinetic evolution of the process, such as oxygen bubbling, solution pH, surface area and type of sacrificial anode were investigated one at a time. The results suggest that every modification accelerating the alkalization of the solution inside the template pores favors growth of composite nanowires richer in PbOHCl. Alumina and polycarbonate membranes were investigated as template, and the best results were obtained for polycarbonate membrane, which can be easily removed by dissolution in CHCl₃ avoiding the collapse and successive loss of the nanowires.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4677-4685
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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