Template assisted fabrication of tin nanospheres by thermal expansion and rapid solidification process

Chien Chon Chen, Chin Guo Kuo, Chuen Guang Chao

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Tin (Sn) nanospheres with diameters ranging from 100 to 300 nm were fabricated by thermal expansion and rapid solidification process. The Sn melt was injected into an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template to form Sn nanowires. The Sn nanowire and AAO composite was then heated to the Sn melting temperature (∼232°C) and quenched to low temperature (8°C). The Sn melt exhibits high surface tension and AAO has nanoscale roughness on its surface. These two properties caused Sn nanospheres to form easily on the AAO surface when the partial Sn melt expanded out from AAO channels and rapidly solidified on the AAO surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1524-1528
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar 1



  • Nanospheres
  • Rapid solidification
  • Sn
  • Surface tension
  • Thermal expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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