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Title: Nucleation and Crystal Growth in the Formation of Hierarchical Three-Dimensional Nanoarchitecture

Abstract

This project is to obtain fundamental understandings of the operation of the Ostwald-Lussac (OL) Law and the oriented attachment (OA) mechanism in nucleation and growth of TiO2 nanorods (NR) via surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) process. Three-dimensional (3D) NW networks are a unique type of mesoporous architecture that offers extraordinary surface area density and superior transport properties of electrons, photons, and phonons. It is exceptionally promising for advancing the design and application of functional materials for photovoltaic devices, catalysts beds, hydrogen storage systems, sensors, and battery electrodes. Our group has developed the SPCVD technique by mimicking the mechanism of atomic layer deposition (ALD), which effectively decoupled the crystal growth from precursor concentration while retaining anisotropic 1D growth. For the first time, this technique realized a 3D NW architecture with ultrahigh density and achieved ~4-5 times enhancement on photo-conversion efficiency. Through the support of our current DOE award, we revealed the governing role of the OL Law in the nucleation stage of SPCVD. The formation of NR morphology in SPCVD was identified following the OA mechanism. We also discovered a unique vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in the evolution of tubular or core-shell NR structures. These understandings opened many new opportunities inmore » designing 3D NW architectures with improved properties or new functionalities. Specifically, our accomplishments from this project include five aspects: (1) Observation of the Ostwald-Lussac Law in high-temperature ALD. (2) Observation of vapor-solid Kirkendall effect in ZnO-to-TiO2 nanostructure conversion. (3) Development of highly-efficient capillary photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar-fuel generation. (4) Development of efficient and stable electrochemical protections for black silicon PEC electrodes. (5) Development of doped polymers with tunable electrical properties. This project brings a new level of transformative knowledge on nucleation and crystal growth in the SPCVD NR growth processes. Specifically, quantification of the activation energy landscape guided by the OL law will allow us to establish a critical knowledge base of nucleation kinetics for SPCVD synthesis of NR branches on different material surfaces. Studying the OA kinetics will establish a transformative knowledge base to support this new crystal growth mechanism that can be applied to many functional material systems. This research will pave the road toward a capable and versatile synthesis technology for creating 3D hierarchical mesoscale structures.« less

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  1. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Materials Sciences & Engineering Division
OSTI Identifier:
1419427
Report Number(s):
DOE-WISC-08711-1
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0008711
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Wang, Xudong. Nucleation and Crystal Growth in the Formation of Hierarchical Three-Dimensional Nanoarchitecture. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1419427.
Wang, Xudong. Nucleation and Crystal Growth in the Formation of Hierarchical Three-Dimensional Nanoarchitecture. United States. doi:10.2172/1419427.
Wang, Xudong. Fri . "Nucleation and Crystal Growth in the Formation of Hierarchical Three-Dimensional Nanoarchitecture". United States. doi:10.2172/1419427. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1419427.
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abstractNote = {This project is to obtain fundamental understandings of the operation of the Ostwald-Lussac (OL) Law and the oriented attachment (OA) mechanism in nucleation and growth of TiO2 nanorods (NR) via surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) process. Three-dimensional (3D) NW networks are a unique type of mesoporous architecture that offers extraordinary surface area density and superior transport properties of electrons, photons, and phonons. It is exceptionally promising for advancing the design and application of functional materials for photovoltaic devices, catalysts beds, hydrogen storage systems, sensors, and battery electrodes. Our group has developed the SPCVD technique by mimicking the mechanism of atomic layer deposition (ALD), which effectively decoupled the crystal growth from precursor concentration while retaining anisotropic 1D growth. For the first time, this technique realized a 3D NW architecture with ultrahigh density and achieved ~4-5 times enhancement on photo-conversion efficiency. Through the support of our current DOE award, we revealed the governing role of the OL Law in the nucleation stage of SPCVD. The formation of NR morphology in SPCVD was identified following the OA mechanism. We also discovered a unique vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in the evolution of tubular or core-shell NR structures. These understandings opened many new opportunities in designing 3D NW architectures with improved properties or new functionalities. Specifically, our accomplishments from this project include five aspects: (1) Observation of the Ostwald-Lussac Law in high-temperature ALD. (2) Observation of vapor-solid Kirkendall effect in ZnO-to-TiO2 nanostructure conversion. (3) Development of highly-efficient capillary photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar-fuel generation. (4) Development of efficient and stable electrochemical protections for black silicon PEC electrodes. (5) Development of doped polymers with tunable electrical properties. This project brings a new level of transformative knowledge on nucleation and crystal growth in the SPCVD NR growth processes. Specifically, quantification of the activation energy landscape guided by the OL law will allow us to establish a critical knowledge base of nucleation kinetics for SPCVD synthesis of NR branches on different material surfaces. Studying the OA kinetics will establish a transformative knowledge base to support this new crystal growth mechanism that can be applied to many functional material systems. This research will pave the road toward a capable and versatile synthesis technology for creating 3D hierarchical mesoscale structures.},
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year = {Fri Feb 02 00:00:00 EST 2018},
month = {Fri Feb 02 00:00:00 EST 2018}
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