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The Effect of Substrate Type on SiC Nanowire Orientation

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-SiC nanowires were synthesized on different monocrystalline substrates: Si (001), Si (111), 3C-SiC (001), 4H-SiC (0001), 6H-SiC (0001). The SiC nanowire growth was carried out using a Chemical Vapor Deposition method, with silane and propane diluted in hydrogen (3%) as precursors. The deposition was performed at atmospheric pressure and at 1100 °C, after dewetting of the Ni catalyst, which had been previously evaporated onto the substrate, to induce 1D growth according to a VLS process. The crystal structure of the nanowires, as determined by X-ray diffraction and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, corresponds to 3C-SiC polytype growing along a 〈111〉 direction, irrespective of the substrate. The occurrence of (111) stacking faults was observed, partly reduced for samples grown on 3C-SiC substrate. The growth on (111) substrate allowed to achieve a good vertical alignment of the nanowires, as investigated by Scanning Electron Microscopy. High Angle Annular Dark Field imaging and Energy Dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy were performed to study the catalyst particle on top of the wires and showed the formation of a nickel-silicon alloy.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2011

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