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Nanoscale Res Lett. 2012 Oct 13;7(1):567. doi: 10.1186/1556-276X-7-567.

A novel facile synthesis and characterization of molybdenum nanowires.

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  • 1National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia.


We describe a straightforward technique to synthesize pure Mo nanowires (NWs) from Mo6SyIz (8,2 <y + z ≤ 10) NWs as precursor templates. The structural transformations occur when Mo6SyIz NWs are annealed in Ar/H2 mixture leading to the formation of pure Mo NWs with similar structures as initial morphologies. Detailed microscopic characterizations show that large diameters (>15 nm) Mo NWs are highly porous, while small diameters (<7 nm) are made of solid nanocrystalline grains. We find NW of diameter 4 nm can carry up to 30 μA current without suffering structural degradation. Moreover, NWs can be elastically deformed over several cycles without signs of plastic deformation.

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