Helical Growth of Ultrathin Gold-Copper Nanowires

Rubén Mendoza-Cruz, Lourdes Bazán-Díaz, J. Jesús Velázquez-Salazar, Germán Plascencia-Villa, Daniel Bahena-Uribe, José Reyes-Gasga, David Romeu, Grégory Guisbiers, Raúl Herrera-Becerra, Miguel José-Yacamán

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In this work, we report the synthesis and detailed structural characterization of novel helical gold-copper nanowires. The nanowires possess the Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal structure, based on the pile up of octahedral, icosahedral, and/or decahedral seeds. They are self-assembled into a coiled manner as individual wires or into a parallel-ordering way as groups of wires. The helical nanowires are ultrathin with a diameter of less than 10 nm and variable length of several micrometers, presenting a high density of twin boundaries and stacking faults. To the best of our knowledge, such gold-copper nanowires have never been reported previously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1568-1573
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 9 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Boerdijk-Coxeter-Bernal structure
  • Nanowires
  • TEM
  • stacking faults
  • twin boundaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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