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Determination of Ligament Size Distribution of Nanoporous Gold by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Image Analysis

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A new method to quantitatively analyze the sponge-like structure of nanoporous gold (NPG) was developed. Images of NPG, acquired by a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), were first binarized based on a gray threshold, and then ligaments were separated into a string of nanometer particles by an image split technique. In this way, the size distribution of these nanometer particles is equivalent to ligament size distribution. With similar approach, two addition parameters, pore width distribution and pore/ligament width ratio, were determined. And our results show a clear temperature dependence of the structure evolution of NPG.
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Keywords: IMAGE ANALYSIS; LIGAMENT SIZE DISTRIBUTION; NANOPOROUS GOLD

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2009

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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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