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Molnar W.,Vienna University of Technology | Lugstein A.,Vienna University of Technology | Wojcik T.,Vienna University of Technology | Pongratz P.,Vienna University of Technology | And 5 more authors.
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology | Year: 2012

Perchlorinated polysilanes were synthesized by polymerization of tetrachlorosilane under cold plasma conditions with hydrogen as a reducing agent. Subsequent selective cleavage of the resulting polymer yielded oligochlorosilanes Si nCl 2n+2 (n = 2, 3) from which the octachlorotrisilane (n = 3, Cl 8Si 3, OCTS) was used as a novel precursor for the synthesis of single-crystalline Si nanowires (NW) by the well-established vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. By adding doping agents, specifically BBr 3 and PCl 3, we achieved highly p- and n-type doped Si-NWs by means of atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). These as grown NWs were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), as well as electrical measurements of the NWs integrated in four-terminal and back-gated MOSFET modules. The intrinsic NWs appeared to be highly crystalline, with a preferred growth direction of [111] and a specific resistivity of ρ = 6 kΩ·cm. The doped NWs appeared to be [112] oriented with a specific resistivity of ρ = 198 mΩ·cm for p-type Si-NWs and ρ = 2.7 mΩ·cm for n-doped Si-NWs, revealing excellent dopant activation. © 2012 Molnar et al; licensee Beilstein-Institut. Source

Molnar W.,Vienna University of Technology | Lugstein A.,Vienna University of Technology | Pongratz P.,Vienna University of Technology | Auner N.,Spawnt Research GmbH | And 4 more authors.
Nano Letters | Year: 2010

The applicability of a novel silicon precursor with respect to reasonable nanowire (NW) growth rates, feasibility of epitaxial NW growth and versatility with respect to diverse catalysts was investigated. Epitaxial growth of Si-NWs was achieved using octochlorotrisilane (OCTS) as Si precursor and Au as catalyst. In contrast to the synthesis approach with SiCl4 as precursor, OCTS provides Si without the addition of H2. By optimizing the growth conditions, effective NW synthesis is shown for alternative catalysts, in particular, Cu, Ag, Ni, and Pt with the latter two being compatible to complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology. As for these catalysts, the growth temperatures are lower than the lowest liquid eutectic; we suggest that the catalyst particle is in the solid state during NW growth and that a solid-phase diffusion process, either in the bulk, on the surface, or both, must be responsible for NW nucleation. © 2010 American Chemical Society. Source

Molnar W.,Vienna University of Technology | Lugstein A.,Vienna University of Technology | Pongratz P.,Vienna University of Technology | Seyring M.,Sudan University of Science and Technology | And 8 more authors.
Nano Letters | Year: 2013

Controlling the morphology, electronic properties, and growth direction of nanowires (NWs) is an important aspect regarding their integration into devices on technologically relevant scales. Using the vapor-solid-solid (VSS) approach, with Ni as a catalyst and octachlorotrisilane (Si3Cl8, OCTS) as a precursor, we achieved epitaxial growth of rectangular-shaped Si-NWs, which may have important implications for electronic mobility and light scattering in NW devices. The process parameters were adjusted to form cubic α-NiSi2 particles which further act as the shaping element leading to prismatic Si-NWs. Along with the uncommon shape, also different crystallographic growth directions, namely, [100] and [110], were observed on the very same sample. The growth orientations were determined by analysis of the NWs' azimuths on the Si (111) substrates as well as by detailed transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) investigations. © 2012 American Chemical Society. Source

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