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Fabrication of Hemispherical Nano Structure on a Curved Al Surface Using Low-Temperature and High-Voltage Anodizing Method

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A simple method of fabricating hemispherical nanostructures on a curved aluminum rod surface was presented. In conventional methods of fabricating nanopatterns on a curved aluminum surface, mechanical or chemical processes have been widely used for the lens technologies. Such processes are not only expensive with long processing times, however, but they also involve local fabrication and are limited in the dimension size. In this paper, a method of fabricating hemispherical nanostructures on a curved aluminum surface is suggested for a functional three-dimensional (3D) master using a low-temperature and high-voltage (LTHV) anodizing method. By reducing the aluminum reaction rate under a low-temperature environment, the reaction current density can be remarkably reduced even though a high voltage was induced. Using the LTHV anodizing method, the hemispherical pattern size can be easily controlled with respect to voltage variations. The sizes of the hemispherical nanopatterns were about 150–300 nm. Using the LTHV anodizing process, hemispherical nanostructures can be obtained on a curved aluminum surface with controllable pattern sizes of 150–300 nm without defects such as burring from Joule's heat, micro-scratches, and cracks. A curved 3D hemispherical nanostructure may be used as a master in the roll-to-roll process.

Keywords: ALUMINUM ROD; ANODIZING; HEMISPHERICAL NANOSTRUCTURES; LOW TEMPERATURE AND HIGH VOLTAGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.3286

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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