Author(s) Jiang, Y.; Zhu, G.; Dong, G.; Lin, F.; Zhang, H.; Yuan, J.; Zhang, Z.; Jin, C.
Journal Micron
Date Published 2017 Jun

A microscopic study of dissolution process of nanocrystals, an opposite while functioning cooperatively with growth in many cases, is an essential issue in variety aspects of research on nanocrystals. In this work, an in situ study of the dynamic dissolution process of palladium nanocrystals by liquid cell transmission electron microscope (TEM) is presented. The effective critical size (Rcritical) for monodispersed nanocrystals is determined to be about 5nm in the experimental condition of this article. When the size of nanocrystal is above Rcritical, the dissolution rate (dr/dt) is nearly a constant. For the nanocrystal sizing below Rcritical, the dissolution rate (dr/dt) increases with the decrease of the nanocrystal radius r, indicating that high equilibrium solubility must be taken into account in the dissolution rate of small nanocrystals in solution. It is found that the aggregation kinetics and confinement effect between adjacent nanocrystals have effects on the dissolution rate during the reaction, and it has been analyzed in details and discussed in terms of the underlying physics involved. Lastly, the effects of electron beam-water interaction and the iron (III) agents on the oxidative etching are also compared.

DOI 10.1016/j.micron.2017.03.003
ISSN 1878-4291
Citation Micron. 2017;97:2228.

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