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Photocatalytically Initiated Electroless Deposition of macroporous metal films onto insulating substrates

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Electrochemistry Communications
Volume23
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)87-89
<mark>State</mark>Published
Early online date21/07/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

By use of Photocatalytically Initiated Electroless Deposition (PIED) we have deposited macroporous metal films with highly ordered arrays of sub-µm (hemi)spherical pores directly onto the surface of insulating substrates for the first time. This has been achieved by sensitisation of the target substrate with TiO2 photocatalyst followed by PIED of the target metal into the interstitial spaces of a template comprised of hexagonally close packed polystyrene microspheres.