Anisotropic growth of silver crystals with ethylenediamine tetraacetate and formation of planar and stacked wires

Hiroaki Imai, Hitoshi Nakamura, Tomoyuki Fukuyo

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The morphology of silver crystals grown at the liquid-liquid interface between silver nitrate and ascorbic acid solutions was investigated in the presence of various organic molecules. The addition of ethylenediamine tetraacetate changed the morphology from dendrites and plates into single-crystalline wires with a width of 100-1000 nm. The wires were produced by elongation and stacking of planar silver crystals exhibiting {111} faces. The anisotropic growth behavior causing the wire formation is tentatively ascribed to stepwise capping of the specific surfaces of silver crystals by organic molecules having multiple carboxyl groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1077
Number of pages5
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 May 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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