© 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Segmented nanowires (NWs) have found a wealth of applications due to their multifunctionality, arising from complementarities and synergies among segments of different materials. However, to ensure a practical use of segmented NWs, high quality interfaces between segments must be ensured. Herein, trisegmented CoPt/Cu/Ni NWs and bisegmented CoPt/Ni magnetic NWs are fabricated by means of template-assisted electrodeposition and the characteristics of their interfaces are investigated in detail. The presence of a Cu segment sandwiched between the CoPt and the Ni segments severely affects the integrity of the whole NW. Namely, Cu deposits in a (200) textured face-centered cubic (fcc) structure, which cannot accommodate well on the c-axis oriented hexagonal close-packed CoPt. Instead, when the Cu segment is absent, well-connected CoPt/Ni NWs with smooth interface are obtained. Unlike the Cu segment, Ni shows the (111) textured fcc structure, which holds good crystallographic matching with the underlying CoPt segment. Magnetic measurements reveal that CoPt/Ni NWs exhibit staircase-like hysteresis loops similar to the trisegmented CoPt/Cu/Ni NWs. Such loop shape stems from the dissimilar coercivity between the hard (CoPt) and soft (Ni) segments. The bisegmented NWs (with robust interfaces) are appealing for multibit recording media, magnetic nanoelectromechanical systems, and magnetically driven drug delivery nanoplatforms.
|Journal||Advanced Materials Interfaces|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Sep 2016|
- segmented nanowires
- staircase-like hysteresis loop
- template-assisted electrodeposition