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Title
Atomic-scale determination of surface facets in gold nanorods
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Abstract
It is widely accepted that the physical properties of nanostructures depend on the type of surface facets1, 2. For Au nanorods, the surface facets have a major influence on crucial effects such as reactivity and ligand adsorption and there has been controversy regarding facet indexing3, 4. Aberration-corrected electron microscopy is the ideal technique to study the atomic structure of nanomaterials5, 6. However, these images correspond to two-dimensional (2D) projections of 3D nano-objects, leading to an incomplete characterization. Recently, much progress was achieved in the field of atomic-resolution electron tomography, but it is still far from being a routinely used technique. Here we propose a methodology to measure the 3D atomic structure of free-standing nanoparticles, which we apply to characterize the surface facets of Au nanorods. This methodology is applicable to a broad range of nanocrystals, leading to unique insights concerning the connection between the structure and properties of nanostructures.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Nature materials. - London
Publication
London : 2012
ISSN
1476-1122
Volume/pages
11:11(2012), p. 930-935
ISI
000310434600015
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 20.11.2012
Last edited 24.06.2017
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