Double-sided anodic titania nanotube arrays: a lopsided growth process.


In the past decade, the pore diameter of anodic titania nanotubes was reported to be influenced by a number of factors in organic electrolyte, for example, applied potential, working distance, water content, and temperature. All these were closely related to potential drop in the organic electrolyte. In this work, the essential role of electric field originating from the potential drop was directly revealed for the first time using a simple two-electrode anodizing method. Anodic titania nanotube arrays were grown simultaneously at both sides of a titanium foil, with tube length being longer at the front side than that at the back side. This lopsided growth was attributed to the higher ionic flux induced by electric field at the front side. Accordingly, the nanotube length was further tailored to be comparable at both sides by modulating the electric field. These results are promising to be used in parallel configuration dye-sensitized solar cells, water splitting, and gas sensors, as a result of high surface area produced by the double-sided architecture.

DOI: 10.1021/la103390s

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@article{Sun2010DoublesidedAT, title={Double-sided anodic titania nanotube arrays: a lopsided growth process.}, author={Lidong Sun and Sam Zhang and Xiao Wei Sun and Xiaoyan Wang and Yanli Cai}, journal={Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids}, year={2010}, volume={26 23}, pages={18424-9} }