Nanoporous surface of infrared transparent chalcogenide glass-ceramics by chemical etching

Mathieu Hubert, Laurent Calvez, Franck Tessier, Pierre Lucas, Xiang Hua Zhang

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The chemical etching of the 80GeSe 2-20Ga 2Se 3 chalcogenide glass-ceramics was performed in acidic and basic solutions. Etching in acid solution is shown to preferentially dissolve the crystalline phase while basic solutions preferentially attack the glassy phase. The selective etching of the crystals creates a porous layer with a thickness of some hundreds of nanometers composed of pores of 100 nm in size on the surface of the glass-ceramics. It is shown that the creation of the porous layer increases the infrared transmission of the materials and allows the functionalization with silane molecules. The functionalized glass-ceramics show enhanced detection sensitivity. Therefore, they represent promising materials for the design of optical elements for sensing applications in the infrared range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4076-4081
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • A. Chalcogenides
  • A. Glasses
  • A. Microporous materials
  • D. Optical properties
  • D. Surface properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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