Porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) film is the most widely used template in combination with electrodeposition (ED) method to fabricate one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanorods. However, the existing oxide barrier layer after the anodization blocks the
application of AAO template in synthesis of nanostructures via direct electrodeposition. In this paper, AAO template without oxide barrier layer was successfully fabricated by stepwise voltage decrement; influence of two types of stepwise voltage decrement on the removal of oxide barrier layer
was introduced. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) images indicated that stepwise voltage decrement could make the oxide layer thin effectively. Meanwhile, highly ordered gold nanowire arrays were fabricated by using direct electrodeposition method based on AAO template with
the second anodization process with stepwise voltage decrement of 1 V/min, FESEM image showed that as-prepared gold nanowires are uniform in diameter and the diameter is in accordance with the diameter of AAO template pores. XRD pattern revealed that gold nanowires were indexed as face-centered
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