There are multiple solution-phase approaches to synthesizing nanowires, yet some aspects of these syntheses are not well understood. Solution-phase methods are attractive for the ease of scaling to large quantities, which is a necessary step for applications utilizing nanowires. However, insight into the surface chemistry and mechanism of growth of the nanowires is essential for increasing the yield of nanowires. An improved synthesis of silver nanowires is presented along with insight into the mechanism of growth and stabilization of the nanowires. The techniques from this modified synthesis could be extended to a number of other solution-phase procedures to increase the yield of nanostructures.
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