Synthesis and characterisation of nickel nanorods for cold cathode fluorescent lamps

E. Feizi, K. Scott, M. Baxendale, C. Pal, A. K. Ray, W. Wang, Y. Pang, S. N.B. Hodgson

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Self supporting nickel substrates coated with nickel nanorods having diameters distributed between 110 nm and 170 nm were electrochemically synthesised using a two-step anodisation process, using as freshly anodised nanoporous alumina membrane as template. Field emission from the nanorods was observed at a relatively low bias potential V bias (V bias ≤ 1 V) using scanning tunnelling microscopy; the emission current was found to be larger than that from the nickel substrate at least by a factor of 4 at V bias = 1.0 V. Experimental results were interpreted in the modified Millikan-Lauritsen plot and values of the emission parameters were estimated using the value of the work function measured by the Kelvin probe technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-836
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012


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