Formation of metallic glass nanowires by gas atomization

Koji S. Nakayama, Yoshihiko Yokoyama, Takeshi Wada, Na Chen, Akihisa Inoue

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Gas atomization which is a conventional technique in powder metallurgy is adapted for the formation of metallic glass nanowires. This approach is able to produce a large quantity of nanowires with diameters in the 50-2000 nm range. Experiments performed with different conditions and alloy compositions confirm that the key mechanism of the nanowire formation is the spinnability which increases exponentially when the melt stream is supercooled from the liquid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2404-2407
Number of pages4
JournalNano Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 9


  • gas atomization
  • metallic glass
  • Nanowire
  • spinnability


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