Technique for self-assembly of tin nano-particles on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates

Chin Guo Kuo, Chien Chon Chen*

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Various pore sizes of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) were fabricated using a two-step anodization process. AAO pores with diameters ranging from 5 to 500 nm were formed in diluted electrolyte solutions of sulfuric acid, oxalic acid, and phosphoric acid. Irregularly shaped tin particles in nano sizes were formed on the AAO using a thermo-vaporizing process. Tin spheres with diameters ranging from 3 to 500 nm were then obtained by reflowing vaporized AAO in silicate oil. A transmission electron microscope (TEM JEOL 2000) was employed to characterize the crystalline structure of a tin sphere with 18 nm diameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1102-1104
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May


  • Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO)
  • Anodization
  • Reflowing
  • Thermo-vaporizing
  • Tin
  • Tin sphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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