September 8, 2008

Nano mesh conducts better

Mix the right chemicals in a vapor and you get a flexible semiconducting nanoscale mesh that could be used to extract hydrogen from water.

A technique for growing titanium disilicide crystal yields the net-shaped structure.

The nanoscale size and mesh shape improve the material's ability to conduct electricity. The material has been used to extract hydrogen from water and store the hydrogen in recent laboratory research.

Research paper:
Spontaneous Growth of Highly Conductive Two-Dimensional Single-Crystalline TiSi2 Nanonets
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, published online September 2, 2008

Researchers' homepage:
Wang Lab

Related stories and briefs:
Extracting hydrogen and storing it too -- related research

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