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New process allows for creation of complex silicon nanostructures
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:48

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures — materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage: sodium chloride (table salt).

By melting and absorbing heat at a critical moment during a “magnesiothermic reaction” (one using magnesium at an elevated temperature), the salt prevents the collapse of the nanostructures. The molten salt can then be washed away by dissolving it in water, and it can be recycled and used again.

The paper in Scientific Reports is open-access.

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