Electrospun metallic nanowires: Synthesis, characterization, and applications

Abdullah Khalil, Boor Singh Lalia, Raed Hashaikeh, Marwan Khraisheh

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Metals are known to have unique thermal, mechanical, electrical, and catalytic properties. On the other hand, metallic nanowires are promising materials for variety of applications such as transparent conductive film for photovoltaic devices, electrodes for batteries, as well as nano-reinforcement for composite materials. Whereas varieties of methods have been explored to synthesize metal nanowires with different characteristics, electrospinning has also been found to be successful for that purpose. Even though electrospinning of polymeric nanofibers is a well-established field, there are several challenges that need to be overcome to use the electrospinning technique for the fabrication of metallic nanowires. These challenges are mainly related to the multi-steps fabrication process and its relation to the structure evolution of the nanowires. In addition to reviewing the literature, this article identifies promising avenues for further research in this area with particular emphasis on the applications that nonwoven metal wires confined in a nano-scale can open.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number171301
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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