Fabrication of dielectric nanocubes in ordered structure by capillary force assisted self-assembly method and their piezoresponse properties

Ken Ichi Mimura, Feng Dang, Kazumi Kato, Hiroaki Imai, Satoshi Wada, Hajime Haneda, Makoto Kuwabara

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Ordered structures of barium titanate (BT) nanocubes, strontium titanate (ST) nanocubes and BT/ST nanocubes mixture were directly fabricated on Si and Pt-coated Si substrates using a capillary force assisted assembly method. The morphology of self-assembled structures was observed using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM). It was revealed that nanocubes were arranged with various degrees of ordering to develop multilayer and monolayer regions at the surface of substrates. The elemental mapping of the structure consisting of the nanocubes mixture was also investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with an energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). It was revealed that BT and ST nanocubes coexisted homogeneously in the structure and had possibility to be arranged in order to each other. The piezoresponse properties obtained by scanning probe microscopy (SPM) indicated that the hetero-interface between BT and ST nanocubes would introduce anomaly in piezoelectric properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3853-3861
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul 23



  • Barium Titanate
  • Nanocubes
  • Piezo-Response Force Microscopy
  • Self-Assembly
  • Strontium Titanate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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