Electro-deposition of Copper on a Filter Template for Growing Nanowires

By Francis Nguyen

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Abstract

This lab is designed to help students understand the electro-plating process of growing nanowires. This experiment will use an electro-plating process to transfer metal ions in a solution to a template to produce nanowires. The electric field in the solution carries these ions and deposits them onto an electrode. In this experiment, an anode (platinum strip) will be used in a solution of copper sulfate. Copper will be plated out onto the pores of a filter at the cathode.  Students will discover how nanowires can be created to further understand the reductionoxidation process, Ohm’s law, and the mechanism of metal electroplating.

This experiment will use an electro-plating process to transfer metal ions in a solution to a template to produce nanowires.  In this experiment, an anode (platinum strip) will be used in a solution of copper sulfate. Copper will be plated out onto the pores of a filter at the cathode.  Students will discover how nanowires can be created to further understand the reduction-oxidation process, Ohm’s law, and the mechanism of metal electroplating.

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Developed by the University of Minnesota NNIN RET Program

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This lesson was developed with support of the National Science Foundation--NNIN and the NNIN RET Program

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Francis Nguyen (2016), "Electro-deposition of Copper on a Filter Template for Growing Nanowires," http://nanohub.org/resources/25331.

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Submitter

Nancy Healy

NNCI Education and Outreach, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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