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September 2010

In an effort to reduce the lateral size of InP nanowires grown in MOCVD (research of Dr Michael Gao, EME at ANU) with a size range of 30-50nm we applied repetitive cycles of O2 plasma and wet etch dip in diluted H3PO4. A side effect of the plasma exposure clustered the nanowires in bunches as shown in the SEM photograph below (below left). Fouad Karouta thought it bore a striking resemblance to a picture he snapped of rice being harvested on a recent trip to China (right).

A future food source for nano-bots, perhaps!?

nanowire clusters rice field