Journal of Materials Research

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Thermal coarsening of nanoporous gold: Melting or recrystallization

Masataka Hakamadaa1 c1 and Mamoru Mabuchia2

a1 Materials Research Institute for Sustainable Development, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Shimoshidami, Moriyama, Nagoya 463-8560, Japan

a2 Department of Energy Science and Technology, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Yoshidahonmachi, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan


The thermal coarsening of nanoporous Au was examined and compared with the thermal instability of Au nanoparticles. The nanoporous Au was coarsened at temperatures far below the melting temperature of Au nanoparticles, which possess sizes similar to the nanoligaments. Differential scanning calorimetry characterization of nanoporous Au exhibited an exothermal peak around 470 K. These results suggest that solid-state process like recrystallization, rather than melting, is responsible for the thermal coarsening of nanoporous Au.

(Received May 13 2008)

(Accepted November 04 2008)

Key Words:

  • Au;
  • Nanostructure;
  • Porosity


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