Forma, Vol. 10 (No. 1), pp. 23-28, 1995
Original Paper

SEM Observation of Ag Crystallites Growing on Graphite Substrate

Takehiko Gonda1, Yasuaki Tanaka2, Akira Horii2, Hisami Yumoto2 and Yoshihiko Gotoh2

1Division of General Education, Aichi-Gakuin University, Iwasaki, Nisshin, Aichi 470-01, Japan
2Department of Materials Science and Technology, Science University of Tokyo, Noda, Chiba 278, Japan

(Received July 18, 1994; Accepted January 13, 1995)

Keywords: Ag Crystallite, Morphology of Metal Crystallite, SEM Observation

Abstract. The growth mode of Ag crystallites on a graphite substrate has been studied using a SEM. The crystallites are nucleated preferentially along the steps on the graphite surface created by cleavage. The crystallites have psudo-spherical polyhedron and in rare cases, have hexagonal shape and triangular shape truncated at the corners.