A novel method to fabricate cobalt suicide nanowire contacts to silicon nanowires is described. Nanoporous anodized alumina membranes were used to define the wires' dimensions. Cobalt was deposited electrochemically within the pores of the membranes. On top of the cobalt, gold was deposited electrochemically to catalyze the growth of the silicon nanowires. The well-known vapor-liquid-solid mechanism was used to grow the silicon nanowires. During the growth of silicon, cobalt reacts with the growing silicon nanowire, forming cobalt silicide, and under certain conditions, all of the Au used to catalyze the growth of the silicon nanowire travels along the tip of the growing wire, away from the cobalt silicide/Si interface. We also discuss the influence of the amount of Au catalyst on the structural quality of the wires.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry