Facet-mediated growth of silver nanoparticles on biaxial calcium fluoride nanorod arrays.

Author(s) Auer, M.; Ye, D.
Journal Nanotechnology
Date Published 2017 Jan 20

The surface orientation of metal nanoparticles is critical to their physical and chemical properties. This study aims on the understanding of the effect of surface orientation as well as heterogeneous epitaxy of metal nanoparticles at an interface between two materials with a large lattice mismatch. Silver nanoparticles of different diameters were grown on arrays of calcium fluoride (CaF2) nanorods using oblique angle deposition as a model system for this study. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging were used to verify that the nanoparticles were selectively grown on the desired {111} facets of the nanorod tips. Using selected area diffraction and dark field imaging in TEM, it was shown that the nanoparticles were grown at a (111) orientation at the CaF2 interface with large lattice strains. Thus biaxially textured CaF2 nanorod arrays can be used as a catalytic support.

DOI 10.1088/1361-6528/28/3/035301
ISSN 1361-6528
Citation Nanotechnology. 2017;28(3):035301.

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