Metal "Dendrites" are NOT the Same as Metal "Whiskers"


Copper "Dendrites" 
A. Cyganowski-Notre Dame Prep.

A. Cyganowski-Notre Dame Prep.

Silver "Dendrites" 

This section of the NASA Metal Whisker WWW Site is being constructed to provide examples of the phenomenon of metal "DENDRITE" formation.  Unfortunately, the terms "dendrites" and "whiskers" are sometimes used interchangeably.  In fact, the morphology and mechanisms of formation are distinctly different for metal whiskers and dendrites.

Technical References:

"Nickel Cadmium Batteries:  A Medium for the Study of Metal Whiskers and Dendrites"
By Anna Cyganowski / Notre Dame Preparatory School (Towson, MD)
December 6, 2006

  1. Technical Presentation  
  2. Technical Paper
  3. Video - Copper Dendrite Formation
Responsible NASA Officials:

   Michael Sampson/NASA GSFC Code 306
   Dr. Henning Leidecker/NASA GSFC Code 562
Additional Researchers: 

   Lyudmyla Panashchenko/NASA GSFC Code 562
   Jay Brusse/SSAI
   Jong Kim/Vertex LLC

Last Updated:

February 22, 2007

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