Electric-field assisted assembly and alignment of metallic nanowires

Peter A. Smith, Christopher D. Nordquist, Thomas N. Jackson, Theresa S. Mayer, Benjamin R. Martin, Jeremiah Mbindyo, Thomas E. Mallouk

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This letter describes an electric-field assisted assembly technique used to position individual nanowires suspended in a dielectric medium between two electrodes defined lithographically on a SiO2 substrate. During the assembly process, the forces that induce alignment are a result of nanowire polarization in the applied alternating electric field. This alignment approach has facilitated rapid electrical characterization of 350-and 70-nm-diameter Au nanowires, which had room-temperature resistivities of approximately 2.9 and 4.5× 10-6 Ω cm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1399-1401
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 28 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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