Fabrication and thermal analysis of submicron silver tubes prepared from electrospun fiber templates.

Academic Article


  • Submicron silver tubes have been synthesized by a polymer-based template approach. Two different approaches to metallization, electroless deposition and exchange plating, were evaluated within the template approach. Silver films with average thickness approximately 50-100 nm were deposited on polycarbonate fibers approximately 400 nm in diameter by each technique, resulting in tubes with a diameter between 450 and 500 nm after thermal degradation of core fibers. These nanomaterials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and scanning thermal microscopy. The thermal conductivity of the silver submicron tubes was found to differ depending on the method of preparation, with tubes from electroless plating possessing relative thermal conductivity values that were 1 order of magnitude higher than that from exchange plating, 3000 W/m x K and 660 W/m x K, respectively. Interestingly, these results indicate that silver submicron tubes possess higher thermal conductivity than the bulk metal. This observation is discussed in the context of the continuous conduction path of the tubes and their high surface area-to-volume ratio.
  • Authors

  • Ochanda, Frederick
  • Jones, Wayne
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 16, 2007
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

  • Langmuir  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17209636
  • Start Page

  • 795
  • End Page

  • 801
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 2