Highly-stable silver nanobelts joined via diffusion-free attachment Academic Article uri icon

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  • Silver nanobelts are demonstrated here to undergo inter-particle joining at relatively low temperatures of less than 180 °C. For surface-coated networks of nanobelts this joining reduced the network sheet resistance by 95%. The joining mechanism appears to be non-diffusional oriented attachment, caused by the thermal reactivation of the halted oriented attachment mechanism that occurred originally at room temperature during the rapid nanobelt synthesis. This self-assembly mechanism was explored by in situ electrical and calorimetric experiments, and supported by electron microscopy. Unlike pentagonal silver nanowires, silver nanobelts do not rely on diffusional instability to achieve workably low joining temperatures. The oriented attachment displayed by nanobelts represents a new approach to achieving valuable reductions in network resistance, disentangled from the instability and diffusion-driven failure by nanoparticle degradation displayed by competing silver nanoparticles.


  • Rivers, Geoff
  • Marzbanrad, Ehsan
  • Hook, Michael David
  • Lee-Sullivan, Pearl
  • Zhou, Norman
  • Zhao, Boxin

publication date

  • July 22, 2016