Electrodeposition is a simple and effective process of fabricating nanostructures. Using this method, nanostructures are produced to induce properties in materials to enhance their efficiency. Using a complex electrolyte solution, a catalyst was altered to find a drastic change in the nanostructures produced, both in size and shape. The catalysts used were Ni, Fe, Zn, Co, Cr, and Cd and the nanostructures deposited were then investigated using SEM and EDX analysis. These nanostructures have potential to induce many properties in a material such as bactericidal, hydrophobic, aerodynamic and antifouling. With this range, nanostructures could be utilised as an enhancement to any material in combatting bacteria, water, and air resistance, broadening their use in society. The electrodeposition using these catalysts proved to be successful and the iron and nickel catalyst nanostructures appear promising to induce hydrophobic or bactericidal properties.
Jordan is an MRes student under the supervision of Dr. Gavin Hazell.