Low temperature, template-free route to nickel thin films and nanowires

Meital Shviro, David Zitoun

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In this manuscript, we report on the elaboration of nickel thin films, isolated clusters and nanowires on silicon, glass and polymers by a low temperature deposition technique. The process is based on the thermal decomposition of Ni (η 4-C 8H 12) 2 at temperatures as low as 80 °C, which exclusively yields metallic Ni and a volatile by-product. The low temperature of the process makes it compatible with most of the substrates, even polymers and organic layers. Several deposition techniques are explored, among them spin coating of the organometallic complex in solution, which allows controlling nickel film thickness down to several nanometers. The density of the film can be varied by the speed of the spin coater with the formation of nanowires being observed for an optimized speed. The nanowires form a network of parallel lines on silicon and the phenomenon will be discussed as a selective dewetting of the organometallic precursor. All samples are fully characterized by SEM, EDS, cross-sectional HRTEM, ellipsometry, AFM, MFM and SQUID magnetic measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-767
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2012


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