Nanoporous Metallic Networks: Fabrication, Optical Properties, and Applications

Racheli Ron, Emir Haleva, Adi Salomon

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Nanoporous metallic networks are a group of porous materials made of solid metals with suboptical wavelength sizes of both particles and voids. They are characterized by unique optical properties, as well as high surface area and permeability of guest materials. As such, they attract a great focus as novel materials for photonics, catalysis, sensing, and renewable energy. Their properties together with the ability for scaling-up evoke an increased interest also in the industrial field. Here, fabrication techniques of large-scale metallic networks are discussed, and their interesting optical properties as well as their applications are considered. In particular, the focus is on disordered systems, which may facilitate the fabrication technique, yet, endow the three-dimensional (3D) network with distinct optical properties. These metallic networks bridge the nanoworld into the macroscopic world, and therefore pave the way to the fabrication of innovative materials with unique optoelectronic properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1706755
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number41
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2018


  • 3D materials
  • disordered networks
  • nanoporous metals
  • photocatalysis
  • plasmonics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)


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