Nanowires are widely used as sensing components for lab-on-a-chip devices. One major problem in utilizing pre-grown nanowires in lab-on-a-chip applications is the agglomeration of nanowires during their preparation process. The common methods to reduce the agglomeration of nanowires include stirring, sonication and using of surfactants. However, these methods break the long nanowires and are not efficient to produce enough single nanowires. This paper shows a new method to improve the deposition process of individual nanowires. An intermediate membrane was used for the deposition of the nanowires after their preparation process. The membrane helps to filter the nanowire agglomerates and to deposit separated individual nanowires over a silicon surface underneath. The study also shows that the number of single nanowires is increased by increasing the tilt angle of the membrane. The method also helps achieving single long nanowires.
Reduction of Nanowire Agglomeration via an Intermediate Membrane in Nanowires Preparation for Nanosensors Application
Beheshti, M, Park, S, Choi, J, Geng, X, & Podlaha-Murphy, E. "Reduction of Nanowire Agglomeration via an Intermediate Membrane in Nanowires Preparation for Nanosensors Application." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 10: Micro- and Nano-Systems Engineering and Packaging. Houston, Texas, USA. November 13–19, 2015. V010T13A017. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2015-53819
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