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  1. Correlation of Effective Dispersive and Polar Surface Energies in Heterogeneous Self-Assembled Monolayer Coatings

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    Zhuang, Yanxin; Hansen, Ole

    2009-01-01

    We show, theoretically, that the measured effective dispersive and polar surface energies of a heterogeneous Surface are correlated; the correlation, however, differs whether a Cassic or an Israelachvili and Gee model is assumed. Fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayers with varying coverage were...... grown oil oxidized (100) silicon Surfaces in a vapor phase process using five different precursors. Experimentally, effective surface energy components of the fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayers were determined from measured contact angles using the Owens-Wendt-Rabel-Kaelble method. We show...... that the correlation between the effective surface energy components of the heterogeneous Surfaces coated with fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayers is in agreement with the Cassie model....

  2. Antibacterial Au nanostructured surfaces

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    Wu, Songmei; Zuber, Flavia; Brugger, Juergen; Maniura-Weber, Katharina; Ren, Qun

    2016-01-01

    We present here a technological platform for engineering Au nanotopographies by templated electrodeposition on antibacterial surfaces. Three different types of nanostructures were fabricated: nanopillars, nanorings and nanonuggets. The nanopillars are the basic structures and are 50 nm in diameter and 100 nm in height. Particular arrangement of the nanopillars in various geometries formed nanorings and nanonuggets. Flat surfaces, rough substrate surfaces, and various nanostructured surfaces were compared for their abilities to attach and kill bacterial cells. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterial strain responsible for many infections in health care system, was used as the model bacterial strain. It was found that all the Au nanostructures, regardless their shapes, exhibited similar excellent antibacterial properties. A comparison of live cells attached to nanotopographic surfaces showed that the number of live S. aureus cells was health care system, was used as the model bacterial strain. It was found that all the Au nanostructures, regardless their shapes, exhibited similar excellent antibacterial properties. A comparison of live cells attached to nanotopographic surfaces showed that the number of live S. aureus cells was information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06157a

  3. Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools

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    Cech, Jiri [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech, Building 345E, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Taboryski, Rafael, E-mail: rafael.taboryski@nanotech.dtu.dk [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech, Building 345E, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)

    2012-10-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We present novel and highly useful results on FDTS monolayer coating of aluminum. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coating is particularly applicable for coating of prototyping injection molding tools, which often are made of Al. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have demonstrated that the coating prevails in injection molding conditions and that the coating will prevent wear of the tools. - Abstract: We have characterized perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) molecular coating of aluminum molds for polymer replication via injection molding (IM). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data, sessile drop contact angles with multiple fluids, surface energies and roughness data have been collected. Samples have been characterized immediately after coating, after more than 500 IM cycles to test durability, and after 7 months to test temporal stability. The coating was deposited in an affordable process, involving near room temperature gas phase reactions. XPS shows detectable fluorine presence on both freshly coated samples as well as on post-IM samples with estimated 30 at.% on freshly coated and 28 at.% on post-IM samples with more than 500 IM cycles with polystyrene (PS) and ABS polymer.

  4. Chemisorption of Au on Si(001) surface

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    Wei Shu-Yi; Wang Jian-Guang; Ma Li

    2004-01-01

    @@ The chemisorption of one monolayer of Au atoms on an ideal Si(001) surface is studied by using the self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin orbital method. Energies of the adsorption system of a Au atom on different sites are calculated. It is found that the most stable position is A site (top site) for the adsorbed Au atoms above the Si(001)surface. It is possible for the adsorbed Au atoms to sit below the Si(001) surface at the B1 site(bridge site), resulting in a Au-Si mixed layer. This is in agreement with the experiment results. The layer projected density of states is calculated and compared with that of the clean surface. The charge transfer is also investigated.

  5. Surface structure of AU3Cu(001)

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    Eckstein, G.A.; Maupai, S.; Dakkouri, A.S.

    1999-01-01

    The surface morphology, composition, and structure of Au3Cu(001) as determined by scanning tunneling microscopy and surface x-ray diffraction are presented. Atomic resolution STM images reveal distinctive geometric features. The analysis of the surface x-ray diffraction data provides clear evidence...... for the surface structure. [S0163-1829(99)04535-X]....

  6. Melamine structures on the Au(111) surface

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    Silly, Fabien; Shaw, Adam Q.; Castell, Martin R.; Briggs, G. A. D.; Mura, Manuela; Martsinovich, Natalia; Kantorovich, Lev

    2008-01-01

    We report on a joint experimental and theoretical study of the ordered structures of melamine molecules formed on the Au(111)-(22 x root 3) surface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images taken under UHV conditions reveal two distinct monolayers one of which has never been reported before on gol

  7. n-Octadecanethiol self-assembled monolayer coating with microscopic roughness for dropwise condensation of steam

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    Chen, Liang; Liang, Shiqiang; Yan, Runsheng; Cheng, Yanjun; Huai, Xiulan; Chen, Shuling

    2009-06-01

    Here we presented a novel technology to achieve a Super-hydrophobic coating with microscopic roughness on copper surface. First, make a layer of verdigris grow on the fresh pure copper surface. Gain it by exposing the copper to air and the mist of acetic acid solution. The green coating is a mixture of basic copper(II) carbonate and copper(II) acetate. Second heat the coating and make it decompose to CuO. Lastly, form an n-octadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers coating on the outermost surface. Contact angle test, scanning electron microscope analysis and electrochemical testing were carried out to characterize the surface, and a heat transfer experiment for dropwise condensation of steam was performed also. Results show that the modified surface bears a few Super-hydrophobic features, the static contact angle is higher than that in literatures, reaching 153.1±1.7°. The microscopic roughness can be seen in SEM images, differing much from H2O2 etched surface and bare copper surface. The condensation of steam on the surface is a typical form of dropwise condensation, in the measured range of temperature difference, under 0.1 MPa, the average convection heat transfer coefficients of the vertical surface are 1.7˜2.1 times for those of film condensation. At the same time, the inhibition efficiency of surface is improved to some extent comparing with the same kind of SAMs, which suggests that the lifetime of maintenance dropwise condensation would have the possibility to surpass the existing record.

  8. n-Octadecanethiol Self-Assembled Monolayer Coating with Microscopic Roughness for Dropwise Condensation of Steam

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    Liang CHEN; Shiqiang LIANG; Runsheng YAN; Yanjun CHENG; Xiulan HUAI; Shuling CHEN

    2009-01-01

    Here we presented a novel technology to achieve a Super-hydrophobic coating with microscopic roughness on copper surface. First, make a layer of verdigris grow on the fresh pure copper surface. Gain it by exposing the copper to air and the mist of acetic acid solution. The green coating is a mixture of basic copper(Ⅱ) carbonate and copper(Ⅱ) acetate. Second heat the coating and make it decompose to CuO. Lastly, form an n-octadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers coating on the outermost surface. Contact angle test, scanning electron microscope analysis and electrochemical testing were carried out to characterize the surface, and a heat transfer experiment for dropwise condensation of steam was performed also. Results show that the modified surface bears a few Su-per-hydrophobic features, the static contact angle is higher than that in literatures, reaching 153.1±1.7°. The mi-croscopic roughness can be seen in SEM images, differing much from H2O2 etched surface and bare copper sur-face. The condensation of steam on the surface is a typical form of dropwise condensation, in the measured range of temperature difference, under 0.1 MPa, the average convection heat transfer coefficients of the vertical surface are 1.7-2.1 times for those of film condensation. At the same time, the inhibition efficiency of surface is im-proved to some extent comparing with the same kind of SAMs, which suggests that the lifetime of maintenance dropwise condensation would have the possibility to surpass the existing record.

  9. Electric Field Induced Surface Modification of Au

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    Erchak, A.A.; Franklin, G.F.; Houston, J.E.; Mayer, T.M.; Michalske, T.A.

    1999-02-15

    We discuss the role of localized high electric fields in the modification of Au surfaces with a W probe using the Interfacial Force Microscope. Upon bringing a probe close to a Au surface, we measure both the interfacial force and the field emission current as a function of separation with a constant potential of 100 V between tip and sample. The current initially increases exponentially as the separation decreases. However, at a distance of less than {approximately} 500{angstrom} the current rises sharply as the surface begins to distort and rapidly close the gap. Retraction of the tip before contact is made reveals the formation of a mound on the surface. We propose a simple model, in which the localized high electric field under the tip assists the production of mobile Au adatoms by detachment from surface steps, and a radial field gradient causes a net flux of atoms toward the tip by surface diffusion. These processes give rise to an unstable surface deformation which, if left unchecked, results in a destructive mechanical contact. We discuss our findings with respect to earlier work using voltage pulses in the STM as a means of nanofabrication.

  10. Spiral Patterning of Au Nanoparticles on Au Nanorod Surface to Form Chiral AuNR@AuNP Helical Superstructures Templated by DNA Origami.

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    Shen, Chenqi; Lan, Xiang; Zhu, Chenggan; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Leyu; Wang, Qiangbin

    2017-02-20

    Plasmonic motifs with precise surface recognition sites are crucial for assembling defined nanostructures with novel functionalities and properties. In this work, a unique and effective strategy is successfully developed to pattern DNA recognition sites in a helical arrangement around a gold nanorod (AuNR), and a new set of heterogeneous AuNR@AuNP plasmonic helices is fabricated by attaching complementary-DNA-modified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to the predesigned sites on the AuNR surface. AuNR is first assembled to one side of a bifacial rectangular DNA origami, where eight groups of capture strands are selectively patterned on the other side. The subsequently added link strands make the rectangular DNA origami roll up around the AuNR into a tubular shape, therefore giving birth to a chiral patterning of DNA recognition sites on the surface of AuNR. Following the hybridization with the AuNPs capped with the complementary strands to the capture strands on the DNA origami, left-handed and right-handed AuNR@AuNP helical superstructures are precisely formed by tuning the pattern of the recognition sites on the AuNR surface. Our strategy of nanoparticle surface patterning innovatively realizes hierarchical self-assembly of plasmonic superstructures with tunable chiroptical responses, and will certainly broaden the horizon of bottom-up construction of other functional nanoarchitectures with growing complexity.

  11. Fabricating a Homogeneously Alloyed AuAg Shell on Au Nanorods to Achieve Strong, Stable, and Tunable Surface Plasmon Resonances

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    Huang, Jianfeng

    2015-08-13

    Colloidal metal nanocrystals with strong, stable, and tunable localized surface plasmon resonances (SPRs) can be useful in a corrosive environment for many applications including field-enhanced spectroscopies, plasmon-mediated catalysis, etc. Here, a new synthetic strategy is reported that enables the epitaxial growth of a homogeneously alloyed AuAg shell on Au nanorod seeds, circumventing the phase segregation of Au and Ag encountered in conventional synthesis. The resulting core–shell structured bimetallic nanorods (AuNR@AuAg) have well-mixed Au and Ag atoms in their shell without discernible domains. This degree of mixing allows AuNR@AuAg to combine the high stability of Au with the superior plasmonic activity of Ag, thus outperforming seemingly similar nanostructures with monometallic shells (e.g., Ag-coated Au NRs (AuNR@Ag) and Au-coated Au NRs (AuNR@Au)). AuNR@AuAg is comparable to AuNR@Ag in plasmonic activity, but that it is markedly more stable toward oxidative treatment. Specifically, AuNR@AuAg and AuNR@Ag exhibit similarly strong signals in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy that are some 30-fold higher than that of AuNR@Au. When incubated with a H2O2 solution (0.5 m), the plasmonic activity of AuNR@Ag immediately and severely decayed, whereas AuNR@AuAg retained its activity intact. Moreover, the longitudinal SPR frequency of AuNR@AuAg can be tuned throughout the red wavelengths (≈620–690 nm) by controlling the thickness of the AuAg alloy shell. The synthetic strategy is versatile to fabricate AuAg alloyed shells on different shaped Au, with prospects for new possibilities in the synthesis and application of plasmonic nanocrystals.

  12. Electrochemical Characterization of Protein Adsorption onto YNGRT-Au and VLGXE-Au Surfaces

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    Hanna Trzeciakiewicz

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption of the proteins CD13, mucin and bovine serum albumin on VLGXE-Au and YNGRT-Au interfaces was monitored by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in the presence of [Fe(CN6]3−/4−. The hydrophobicity of the Au surface was tailored using specific peptides, blocking agents and diluents. The combination of blocking agents (ethanolamine or n-butylamine and diluents (hexanethiol or 2-mercaptoethanol was used to prepare various peptide-modified Au surfaces. Protein adsorption onto the peptide-Au surfaces modified with the combination of n-butylamine and hexanethiol produced a dramatic decrease in the charge transfer resistance, Rct, for all three proteins. In contrast, polar peptide-surfaces induced a minimal change in Rct for all three proteins. Furthermore, an increase in Rct was observed with CD13 (an aminopeptidase overexpressed in certain cancers in comparison to the other proteins when the VLGXE-Au surface was modified with n-butylamine as a blocking agent. The electrochemical data indicated that protein adsorption may be modulated by tailoring the peptide sequence on Au surfaces and that blocking agents and diluents play a key role in promoting or preventing protein adsorption. The peptide-Au platform may also be used for targeting cancer biomarkers with designer peptides.

  13. Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools

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    Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2012-01-01

    The injection molding industry often employs prototype molds and mold inserts from melt spun (rapid solidification processing [1,2]) aluminum, especially for applications in optics [3,4], photonics [5] and microfludics. Prototypes are also used for verification of mold filling. The use of aluminum...... tools has reduced lead time (days instead of weeks) and manufacturing cost (30% of conventional mold). Moreover, for aluminum, a surface roughness (RMS) below 5 nm can be obtained with diamond machining [3,4,6]. Conventional mold coatings add cost and complexity, and coatings with thicknesses of a few...... trichloro-silane based coating deposited on aluminum or its alloys by molecular vapor deposition. We have tested the stability of this coating in challenging conditions of injection molding, an environment with high shear stress from the molten polymer, pressures up to 200 MPa, temperatures up to 250 ◦C...

  14. Nanoporous Au structures by dealloying Au/Ag thermal- or laser-dewetted bilayers on surfaces

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    Ruffino, F.; Torrisi, V.; Grillo, R.; Cacciato, G.; Zimbone, M.; Piccitto, G.; Grimaldi, M. G.

    2017-03-01

    Nanoporous Au attracts great technological interest and it is a promising candidate for optical and electrochemical sensors. In addition to nanoporous Au leafs and films, recently, interest was focused on nanoporous Au micro- and nano-structures on surfaces. In this work we report on the study of the characteristics of nanoporous Au structures produced on surfaces. We developed the following procedures to fabricate the nanoporous Au structures: we deposited thin Au/Ag bilayers on SiO2 or FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide) substrates with thickness xAu and xAg of the Au and Ag layers; we induced the alloying and dewetting processes of the bilayers by furnace annealing processes of the bilayers deposited on SiO2 and by laser irradiations of the bilayers deposited on FTO; the alloying and dewetting processes result in the formation of AuxAgy alloy sub-micron particles being x and y tunable by xAu and xAg. These particles are dealloyed in HNO3 solution to remove the Ag atoms. We obtain, so, nanoporous sub-micron Au particles on the substrates. Analyzing the characteristics of these particles we find that: a) the size and shape of the particles depend on the nature of the dewetting process (solid-state dewetting on SiO2, molten-state dewetting on FTO); b) the porosity fraction of the particles depends on how the alloying process is reached: about 32% of porosity for the particles fabricated by the furnace annealing at 900 °C, about 45% of porosity for the particles fabricated by the laser irradiation at 0.5 J/cm2, in both cases independently on the Ag concentration in the alloy; c) After the dealloying process the mean volume of the Au particles shrinks of about 39%; d) After an annealing at 400 °C the nanoporous Au particles reprise their initial volume while the porosity fraction is reduced. Arguments to justify these behaviors are presented.

  15. Sub-2 nm Thick Fluoroalkylsilane Self-Assembled Monolayer-Coated High Voltage Spinel Crystals as Promising Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Kida, Satoru; Uchida, Shuhei; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate herein that an ultra-thin fluoroalkylsilane self-assembled monolayer coating can be used as a modifying agent at LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4-δcathode/electrolyte interfaces in 5V-class lithium-ion batteries. Bare LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4-δ cathode showed substantial capacity fading, with capacity dropping to 79% of the original capacity after 100 cycles at a rate of 1C, which was entirely due to dissolution of Mn3+ from the spinel lattice via oxidative decomposition of the organic electrolyte. Capacity retention was improved to 97% on coating ultra-thin FAS17-SAM onto the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode surface. Such surface protection with highly ordered fluoroalkyl chains insulated the cathode from direct contact with the organic electrolyte and led to increased tolerance to HF.

  16. Magnetic order of Au nanoparticle with clean surface

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    Sato, Ryuju; Ishikawa, Soichiro; Sato, Hiroyuki; Sato, Tetsuya, E-mail: satoh@appi.keio.ac.jp

    2015-11-01

    Au nanoparticles, which are kept in vacuum after the preparation by gas evaporation method, show ferromagnetism even in 1.7 nm in diameter. The intrinsic magnetism is examined by detecting the disappearance of spontaneous magnetization in Au bulk prepared by heating the nanoparticles without exposure to the air. The temperature dependence of spontaneous magnetization is not monotonic and the increase in magnetization is observed after Au nanoparticles are exposed to the air. The magnetic behavior can be interpreted by the ferrimagnetic-like core–shell structure with shell thickness of 0.16±0.01 nm and magnetic moment of (1.5±0.1)×10{sup −2} μ{sub B}/Au atom, respectively. - Highlights: • Au nanoparticles with clean surface were prepared by the gas evaporation method. • The spontaneous magnetization was observed in Au nanoparticles. • Temperature dependent spontaneous magnetization of smaller Au particles was not monotonic. • The magnetic behavior was interpreted by the ferrimagnetic-like core–shell model. • The shell thickness and the magnetic moment per Au atom were estimated.

  17. Self-assembly of flagellin on Au(111) surfaces.

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    González Orive, Alejandro; Pissinis, Diego E; Diaz, Carolina; Miñán, Alejandro; Benítez, Guillermo A; Rubert, Aldo; Daza Millone, Antonieta; Rumbo, Martin; Hernández Creus, Alberto; Salvarezza, Roberto C; Schilardi, Patricia L

    2014-11-01

    The adsorption of flagellin monomers from Pseudomonas fluorescens on Au(111) has been studied by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), and electrochemical techniques. Results show that flagellin monomers spontaneously self-assemble forming a monolayer thick protein film bounded to the Au surface by the more hydrophobic subunit and exposed to the environment the hydrophilic subunit. The films are conductive and allow allocation of electrochemically active cytochrome C. The self-assembled films could be used as biological platforms to build 3D complex molecular structures on planar metal surfaces and to functionalize metal nanoparticles.

  18. LaAu2 and CeAu2 surface intermetallic compounds grown by high-temperature deposition on Au(111)

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    Ormaza, M.; Fernández, L.; Lafuente, S.; Corso, M.; Schiller, F.; Xu, B.; Diakhate, M.; Verstraete, M. J.; Ortega, J. E.

    2013-09-01

    We report on the crystal structure and electronic bands of LaAu2 and CeAu2 surface intermetallic compounds grown by high-temperature deposition on Au(111). By scanning-tunneling microscopy we study the formation of different alloy phases as a function of growth temperature and lanthanide coverage. We determine the specific growth conditions to achieve monolayers and bilayers of LaAu2 and CeAu2 with high crystalline quality. Due to lattice mismatch with the underlying Au substrate, both LaAu2 and CeAu2 exhibit long-range moiré patterns, which can serve as templates for further nanostructure growth. By angle-resolved photoemission we map the two-dimensional band structure of these surface alloys, discussing the nature of the different spectral features in the light of first-principles calculations.

  19. Observation of dynamic water microadsorption on Au surface

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    Huang, Xiaokang, E-mail: xiaokang.huang@tqs.com; Gupta, Gaurav; Gao, Weixiang; Tran, Van; Nguyen, Bang; McCormick, Eric; Cui, Yongjie; Yang, Yinbao; Hall, Craig; Isom, Harold [TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., 500 W Renner Road, Richardson, Texas 75080 (United States)

    2014-05-15

    Experimental and theoretical research on water wettability, adsorption, and condensation on solid surfaces has been ongoing for many decades because of the availability of new materials, new detection and measurement techniques, novel applications, and different scales of dimensions. Au is a metal of special interest because it is chemically inert, has a high surface energy, is highly conductive, and has a relatively high melting point. It has wide applications in semiconductor integrated circuitry, microelectromechanical systems, microfluidics, biochips, jewelry, coinage, and even dental restoration. Therefore, its surface condition, wettability, wear resistance, lubrication, and friction attract a lot of attention from both scientists and engineers. In this paper, the authors experimentally investigated Au{sub 2}O{sub 3} growth, wettability, roughness, and adsorption utilizing atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, reflectance spectrometry, and contact angle measurement. Samples were made using a GaAs substrate. Utilizing a super-hydrophilic Au surface and the proper surface conditions of the surrounding GaAs, dynamic microadsorption of water on the Au surface was observed in a clean room environment. The Au surface area can be as small as 12 μm{sup 2}. The adsorbed water was collected by the GaAs groove structure and then redistributed around the structure. A model was developed to qualitatively describe the dynamic microadsorption process. The effective adsorption rate was estimated by modeling and experimental data. Devices for moisture collection and a liquid channel can be made by properly arranging the wettabilities or contact angles of different materials. These novel devices will be very useful in microfluid applications or biochips.

  20. Exotic high activity surface patterns in PtAu nanoclusters

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2013-05-09

    The structure and chemical ordering of PtAu nanoclusters of 79, 135, and 201 atoms are studied via a combination of a basin hopping atom-exchange technique (to locate the lowest energy homotops at fixed composition), a symmetry orbit technique (to find the high symmetry isomers), and density functional theory local reoptimization (for determining the most stable homotop). The interatomic interactions between Pt and Au are derived from the empirical Gupta potential. The lowest energy structures show a marked tendency toward PtcoreAushell chemical ordering by enrichment of the more cohesive Pt in the core region and of Au in the shell region. We observe a preferential segregation of Pt atoms to (111) facets and Au atoms to (100) facets of the truncated octahedron cluster motif. Exotic surface patterns are obtained particularly for Pt-rich compositions, where Pt atoms are being surrounded by Au atoms. These surface arrangements boost the catalytic activity by creating a large number of active sites. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  1. Catalytically favorable surface patterns in Pt-Au nanoclusters

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2013-01-01

    Motivated by recent experimental demonstrations of novel PtAu nanoparticles with highly enhanced catalytic properties, we present a systematic theoretical study that explores principal catalytic indicators as a function of the particle size and composition. We find that Pt electronic states in the vicinity of the Fermi level combined with a modified electron distribution in the nanoparticle due to Pt-to-Au charge transfer are the origin of the outstanding catalytic properties. From our model we deduce the catalytically favorable surface patterns that induce ensemble and ligand effects. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.

  2. Surface tension of liquid Au-Bi-Sn alloys

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    2012-01-01

    The surface tension of a promising lead-free solder Au-Bi-Sn alloys was investigated both by the sessile-drop method and calculation. Experimental measurements were carried out for two cross-sections with the constant gold to bismuth ration of 1:1 and 1:2. For all the investigated compositions, decrease of the surface tension is observed with increasing temperature. Meanwhile, the surface tension values were also calculated based on Butler's equation, with using the newest research on thermodynamics data of...

  3. Hydrogen adsorption on bimetallic PdAu(111) surface alloys

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    Takehiro, Naoki; Liu, Ping; Bergbreiter, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    The adsorption of hydrogen on structurally well defined PdAu-Pd(111) monolayer surface alloys was investigated in a combined experimental and theoretical study, aiming at a quantitative understanding of the adsorption and desorption properties of individual PdAu nanostructures. Combining...... the structural information obtained by high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), in particular on the abundance of specific adsorption ensembles at different Pd surface concentrations, with information on the adsorption properties derived from temperature programmed desorption (TPD) spectroscopy...... and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) provides conclusions on the minimum ensemble size for dissociative adsorption of hydrogen and on the adsorption energies on different sites active for adsorption. Density functional theory (DFT) based calculations give detailed insight...

  4. Gold surfaces and nanoparticles are protected by Au(0)-thiyl species and are destroyed when Au(I)-thiolates form

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    Reimers, Jeffrey R.; Ford, Michael J.; Halder, Arnab

    2016-01-01

    that it is the noble character of gold and nanoparticle surfaces that destabilizes Au(I)-thiolates. Bonding results from large van der Waals forces, influenced by covalent bonding induced through s-d hybridization and charge polarization effects that perturbatively mix in some Au(I)-thiolate character. A simple method......The synthetic chemistry and spectroscopy of sulfur-protected gold surfaces and nanoparticles is analyzed, indicating that the electronic structure of the interface is Au(0)-thiyl, with Au(I)-thiolates identified as high-energy excited surface states. Density-functional theory indicates...... for quantifying these contributions is presented, revealing that a driving force for nanoparticle growth is nobleization, minimizing Au(I)-thiolate involvement. Predictions that Brust-Schiffrin reactions involve thiolate anion intermediates are verified spectroscopically, establishing a key feature needed...

  5. Alloying Au surface with Pd reduces the intrinsic activity in catalyzing CO oxidation

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    Qian, Kun

    2016-03-30

    © 2016. Various Au-Pd/SiO2 catalysts with a fixed Au loading but different Au:Pd molar ratios were prepared via deposition-precipitation method followed by H2 reduction. The structures were characterized and the catalytic activities in CO oxidation were evaluated. The formation of Au-Pd alloy particles was identified. The Au-Pd alloy particles exhibit enhanced dispersions on SiO2 than Au particles. Charge transfer from Pd to Au within Au-Pd alloy particles. Isolated Pd atoms dominate the surface of Au-Pd alloy particles with large Au:Pd molar ratios while contiguous Pd atoms dominate the surface of Au-Pd alloy particles with small Au:Pd molar ratios. Few synergetic effect of Au-Pd alloy occurs on catalyzing CO oxidation under employed reaction conditions. Alloying Au with Pd reduces the intrinsic activity in catalyzing CO oxidation, and contiguous Pd atoms on the Au-Pd alloy particles are capable of catalyzing CO oxidation while isolated Pd atoms are not. These results advance the fundamental understandings of Au-Pd alloy surfaces in catalyzing CO oxidation.

  6. Reduction of Fermi level pinning at Au-MoS2 interfaces by atomic passivation on Au surface

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    Min, Kyung-Ah; Park, Jinwoo; Wallace, Robert M.; Cho, Kyeongjae; Hong, Suklyun

    2017-03-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which is a semiconducting material with direct band gap of ˜1.8 eV, has drawn much attention for application in field effect transistors (FETs). In this connection, it is very important to understand the Fermi level pinning (FLP) which occurs at metal-semiconductor interfaces. It is known that MoS2 has an n-type contact with Au, which is a high work function metal, representing the strong FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces. However, such FLP can obstruct the attainment of high performance of field effect devices. In this study, we investigate the reduction of FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces by atomic passivation on Au(111) using first-principles calculations. To reduce the FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces, we consider sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen, fluorine, and hydrogen atoms that can passivate the surface of Au(111). Calculations show that passivating atoms prevent the direct contact between Au(111) and MoS2, and thus FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces is reduced by weak interaction between atom-passivated Au(111) and MoS2. Especially, FLP is greatly reduced at sulfur-passivated Au-MoS2 interfaces with the smallest binding energy. Furthermore, fluorine-passivated Au(111) can form ohmic contact with MoS2, representing almost zero Schottky barrier height (SBH). We suggest that SBH can be controlled depending on the passivating atoms on Au(111).

  7. Enhancing Surface Plasmon Resonance Detection Using Nanostructured Au Chips

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    Indutnyi, Ivan; Ushenin, Yuriy; Hegemann, Dirk; Vandenbossche, Marianne; Myn'ko, Victor; Lukaniuk, Mariia; Shepeliavyi, Petro; Korchovyi, Andrii; Khrystosenko, Roman

    2016-12-01

    The increase of the sensitivity of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) refractometers was studied experimentally by forming a periodic relief in the form of a grating with submicron period on the surface of the Au-coated chip. Periodic reliefs of different depths and spatial frequency were formed on the Au film surface using interference lithography and vacuum chalcogenide photoresists. Spatial frequencies of the grating were selected close to the conditions of Bragg reflection of plasmons for the working wavelength of the SPR refractometer and the used environment (solution of glycerol in water). It was found that the degree of refractometer sensitivity enhancement and the value of the interval of environment refractive index variation, Δ n, in which this enhancement is observed, depend on the depth of the grating relief. By increasing the depth of relief from 13.5 ± 2 nm to 21.0 ± 2 nm, Δ n decreased from 0.009 to 0.0031, whereas sensitivity increased from 110 deg./RIU (refractive index unit) for a standard chip up to 264 and 484 deg./RIU for the nanostructured chips, respectively. Finally, it was shown that the working range of the sensor can be adjusted to the refractive index of the studied environment by changing the spatial frequency of the grating, by modification of the chip surface or by rotation of the chip.

  8. Surface dislocation nucleation controlled deformation of Au nanowires

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    Roos, B.; Kapelle, B.; Volkert, C. A., E-mail: volkert@ump.gwdg.de [Institute of Materials Physics, Georg August University, Göttingen 37077 (Germany); Richter, G. [Max-Plank-Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart 70569 (Germany)

    2014-11-17

    We investigate deformation in high quality Au nanowires under both tension and bending using in-situ transmission electron microscopy. Defect evolution is investigated during: (1) tensile deformation of 〈110〉 oriented, initially defect-free, single crystal nanowires with cross-sectional widths between 30 and 300 nm, (2) bending deformation of the same wires, and (3) tensile deformation of wires containing coherent twin boundaries along their lengths. We observe the formation of twins and stacking faults in the single crystal wires under tension, and storage of full dislocations after bending of single crystal wires and after tension of twinned wires. The stress state dependence of the deformation morphology and the formation of stacking faults and twins are not features of bulk Au, where deformation is controlled by dislocation interactions. Instead, we attribute the deformation morphologies to the surface nucleation of either leading or trailing partial dislocations, depending on the Schmid factors, which move through and exit the wires producing stacking faults or full dislocation slip. The presence of obstacles such as neutral planes or twin boundaries hinder the egress of the freshly nucleated dislocations and allow trailing and leading partial dislocations to combine and to be stored as full dislocations in the wires. We infer that the twins and stacking faults often observed in nanoscale Au specimens are not a direct size effect but the result of a size and obstacle dependent transition from dislocation interaction controlled to dislocation nucleation controlled deformation.

  9. Sub-2 nm Thick Fluoroalkylsilane Self-Assembled Monolayer-Coated High Voltage Spinel Crystals as Promising Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Kida, Satoru; Uchida, Shuhei; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate herein that an ultra-thin fluoroalkylsilane self-assembled monolayer coating can be used as a modifying agent at LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4−δcathode/electrolyte interfaces in 5V-class lithium-ion batteries. Bare LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4−δ cathode showed substantial capacity fading, with capacity dropping to 79% of the original capacity after 100 cycles at a rate of 1C, which was entirely due to dissolution of Mn3+ from the spinel lattice via oxidative decomposition of the organic electrolyte. Capacity retention was improved to 97% on coating ultra-thin FAS17-SAM onto the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode surface. Such surface protection with highly ordered fluoroalkyl chains insulated the cathode from direct contact with the organic electrolyte and led to increased tolerance to HF. PMID:27553901

  10. Gold surfaces and nanoparticles are protected by Au(0)-thiyl species and are destroyed when Au(I)-thiolates form.

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    Reimers, Jeffrey R; Ford, Michael J; Halder, Arnab; Ulstrup, Jens; Hush, Noel S

    2016-03-15

    The synthetic chemistry and spectroscopy of sulfur-protected gold surfaces and nanoparticles is analyzed, indicating that the electronic structure of the interface is Au(0)-thiyl, with Au(I)-thiolates identified as high-energy excited surface states. Density-functional theory indicates that it is the noble character of gold and nanoparticle surfaces that destabilizes Au(I)-thiolates. Bonding results from large van der Waals forces, influenced by covalent bonding induced through s-d hybridization and charge polarization effects that perturbatively mix in some Au(I)-thiolate character. A simple method for quantifying these contributions is presented, revealing that a driving force for nanoparticle growth is nobleization, minimizing Au(I)-thiolate involvement. Predictions that Brust-Schiffrin reactions involve thiolate anion intermediates are verified spectroscopically, establishing a key feature needed to understand nanoparticle growth. Mixing of preprepared Au(I) and thiolate reactants always produces Au(I)-thiolate thin films or compounds rather than monolayers. Smooth links to O, Se, Te, C, and N linker chemistry are established.

  11. Structure investigation of organic molecules on Au(111) surfaces; Strukturuntersuchung organischer Molekuele auf Au(111)-Oberflaechen

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    Kazempoor, Michel

    2009-02-02

    The present work covers two topics namely the coadsorption of formic acid and water on Au(111) and the structure of biphenylalkanthiole SAMs on Au(111) surfaces. The coadsorption of formic acid and water on Au(111) surfaces has been investigated by means of vibrational and photoelectron spectroscopy (HREELS, XPS). Formic acid adsorbs at 90 K molecularly with vibrational modes characteristic for flat lying zig-zag chains in the mono- and multilayer regime, like in solid formic acid. The structure of the flat lying formic acid chains was determined by low energy electron diffraction (LEED) as a (2r3 x r19) unit cell. Annealing results in a complete desorption at 190 K. Sequential adsorption of formic acid and water at 90 K shows no significant chemical interaction. Upon annealing the coadsorbed layer to 140 K a hydrogenbonded cyclic complex of formic acid with one water molecule could be identified using isotopically labelled adsorbates. Upon further annealing this complex decomposes leaving molecularly adsorbed formic acid on the surface at 160 K, accompanied by a proton exchange between formic acid and water. The influence of the alkane spacer chain length on the structure of biphenylalkanethiols on Au(111) surfaces was investigated as well. A systematic study was done on BPn-SAMs deposited from the gas phase. For every chain length a structure was found by LEED. Furthermore the influence of temperature on the structure was investigated in the range from room temperature up to about 400 K. To obviate influences from different preparation methods BP3 and BP4 was deposited from gas phase and from solution. No LEED spots were observed on BP4 SAMs deposited from solution. For BP3 an influence of the preparation could be excluded. For all BPn-SAMs a good agreement between LEED and STM data's was found. Nevertheless different unit cells were determined by LEED and STM consistent structures could be suggested considering the unit cell size given by LEED and the

  12. Study of Hydrogen flame annealed Au thin-film surface morphology, integrity and film quality on various substrate surfaces

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    Schell, Michael; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    2013-03-01

    Au thin-films have many applications in both industry and proof of concept investigations in device engineering. Typical Au depositions on substrate give rise to Stanski-Krastanov (SK) like growth while Frank-van der Merwe (FM) mode like growth is desired in many molecular self assembly and other engineering applications. Au films are magnetron sputter deposited at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (~ 1ML/min) on cleaved/fresh mica, glass microscopy slides and Si surfaces. Samples are hydrogen flame annealed to facilitate surface diffusion with minimal film contamination. Resulting Au surfaces were investigated and compared against purchased Au(111) on mica (standard) surface. Regular and custom built hydrophilic and hydrophobic AFM (Atomic Force Microcopy) probes were used in contact, and non contact AFM with topography and phase imaging to access the contamination and surface defects. Surface integrity, roughness, corrugation and morphology on Au surfaces were estimated. LHU Nanotechnology Program, PASSHE FPDC (LOU # 2010-LHU-03).

  13. EFFECT OF LASER INPUT ENERGY ON AuSnx INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS FORMATION IN SOLDER JOINTS WITH DIFFERENT THICKNESS OF Au SURFACE FINISH ON PADS

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    W.Liu; C.Q.Wang; Y.H.Tian; M.Y.Li

    2008-01-01

    Formation of AuSnx intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in laser reflowed solder joints was investigated. The results showed that few IMCs formed at the solder/0.1 μm Au interface. Needlelike AuSn4 IMCs were observed at the solder/0.5 μm Au interface.In Sn-2.0Ag-0.75Cu-3.0Bi and Sn-3.5Ag-O.75Cu solder joints, when the laser input energy was increased, AuSn4 IMCs changed from a layer to needlelike or dendritic distribution at the solder/0.9 μm Au interface. As for the solder joints with 4.0 μm thickness of Au surface finish on pads, AuSn4 , AuSn2, AuSn IMCs, and Au2 Sn phases formed at the interface. Moreover, the content of AuSnx IMCs, such as, AuSn4 and AuSn2, which contained high Sn concentration, would become larger as the laser input energy increased. In the Sn-37Pb solder joints with 0.9 μm or 4.0 μm thickness of the Au surface finish on pads, AuSn4 IMCs were in netlike distribution. The interspaces between them were filled with Pb-rich phases.

  14. Density Functional Study on Adsorption of NO on AuSe (010) Surface

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    XU,Xiang-Lan; CHEN,Wen-Kai; WANG,Xia; SUN,Bao-Zhen; LI,Yi; LU,Chun-Hai

    2008-01-01

    NO molecule adsorption on (010) surface of gold selenide (AuSe) has been studied with a periodic slab model by means of the GGA-PW91 exchange-correlation functional within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Four different on-top adsorption sites Au(1), Au(2), Se(1) and Se(2) were considered for α-AuSe and three on-top adsorption sites Au(1), Au(2) and Se(1) for β-AuSe. N-end and O-end adsorptions of NO were investigated for the above sites. The results show that N-end adsorptions are preferred for α- and β-AuSe and O-end adsorptions are not feasible and thought as physisorption with the weak adsorption energies from 6.0 to 10.8 kJ/mol. For the N-end adsorptions on α-and β-AuSe (010) surfaces, Au(2) sites are most favorable with the adsorption energies 89.0 and 78.0 kJ/mol for α-and β-AuSe, respectively. However, the adsorptions at Au1 sites are very weak with the adsorption energies of 27.8 and 7.5 kJ/mol, respectively. In case of the adsorption of N-down orientations of NO at Se sites for α-and β-AuSe (010) surfaces, the adsorption activities of Se(1) and Se(2) sites on the α-AuSe (010) surface and Se(1) site on the β-AuSe (010) surface are almost the same with the adsorption energies 51.2, 52.7 and 49.2 kJ/mol. The geometric optimizations for adsorption configurations were calculated along with accounting for stretching frequency and density of states in our work.

  15. Maximization of surface-enhanced transversal magneto-optic Kerr effect in Au/Co/Au thin films

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    Herreño-Fierro, César Aurelio

    2014-01-01

    In order to maximize the transversal magneto-optic Kerr effect (T-MOKE) of a Au/Co/Au structure, we propose a method to obtain the optimum thickness values. A criteria based on preserving good plasmonic properties has been included as part of this method. Using the theoretical prediction, we grew Au/Co/Au trilayers and perform optical andMO characterization using the Kretschmann configuration. The results admit very easy interpretation in terms of the interaction between the magneto-optical and plasmonic properties dictating the optimal thicknesses of the structure. Moreover, we have grown and characterized the optimized structure finding good agreement with theory reaching, for a 532nm green laser, amaximal surface magneto-optic (MO) signal enhancement of close to nine folds with respect to the signal without plasmonic excitation.

  16. Au-Ag-Au double shell nanoparticles-based localized surface plasmon resonance and surface-enhanced Raman scattering biosensor for sensitive detection of 2-mercapto-1-methylimidazole.

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    Liao, Xue; Chen, Yanhua; Qin, Meihong; Chen, Yang; Yang, Lei; Zhang, Hanqi; Tian, Yuan

    2013-12-15

    In this paper, Au-Ag-Au double shell nanoparticles were prepared based on the reduction of the metal salts HAuCl4 and AgNO3 at the surface of seed particles. Due to the synergistic effect between Au and Ag, the hybrid nanoparticles are particularly stable and show excellent performances on the detection of 2-mercapto-1-methylimidazole (methimazole). The binding of target molecule at the surface of Au-Ag-Au double shell nanoparticles was demonstrated based on both localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra. The LSPR intensity is directly proportional to the methimazole concentration in the range of 0.10-3.00×10(-7) mol L(-1). The SERS spectrum can be applied in identification of methimazole molecule. The LSPR coupled with SERS based on the Au-Ag-Au double shell nanoparticles would be very attractive for the quantitative determination and qualitative analysis of the analytes in medicines.

  17. Adenine adsorption on Au(1 1 1) and Au(1 0 0) electrodes: Characterisation, surface reconstruction effects and thermodynamic study

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    Prado, Cesar [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Sevilla, c/ Prof. Garcia Gonzalez n 2, Sevilla 41012 (Spain); Prieto, Francisco [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Sevilla, c/ Prof. Garcia Gonzalez n 2, Sevilla 41012 (Spain); Rueda, Manuela [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Sevilla, c/ Prof. Garcia Gonzalez n 2, Sevilla 41012 (Spain)]. E-mail: marueda@us.es; Feliu, Juan [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Alicante, Apart 99, Alicante E-03080 (Spain); Aldaz, Antonio [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Alicante, Apart 99, Alicante E-03080 (Spain)

    2007-02-15

    Adsorption of adenine on Au(1 1 1) and Au(1 0 0) electrodes is studied by cyclic voltammetry, impedance and chronoamperometric measurements in 0.1 M and 0.01 M KClO{sub 4} and in 0.5 M NaF solutions. The experiments performed with flame-annealed electrodes at different contact potentials, scan potential limits and scan rates, suggest different adsorption behaviour on the unreconstructed and reconstructed surface domains. This is confirmed by comparing the results obtained with electrochemically annealed unreconstructed and with flame-annealed reconstructed surfaces. In both cases the initial electrode surface state is characterised by the E {sub pzc} values. The adsorption on reconstructed surfaces takes place at more positive potentials than on the unreconstructed surfaces and induces the lifting of the reconstruction. The thermodynamic analysis is performed on the chronoamperometric data for adenine desorption on well characterised unreconstructed Au(1 1 1) surfaces. To this end a new methodology of the chronoamperometric experiments is introduced. Quantitative thermodynamic adsorption parameters such as surface tension, Gibbs surface excess, Gibbs energy of adsorption, potential versus Gibbs excess slope and electrosorption valency are determined. Weak chemisorption of adenine is inferred with a molecular orientation independent on the coverage and on the electrode potential. It is proposed that adsorbed adenine molecules adopt a tilted orientation at the surface to facilitate the coordination to the gold atoms.

  18. Dynamics of Surface Exchange Reactions Between Au and Pt for HER and HOR

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    Abrams, Billie; Vesborg, Peter Christian Kjærgaard; Bonde, Jacob Lindner;

    2009-01-01

    Cyclic voltammetric analysis of the Pt-on-Au system for hydrogen evolution and oxidation reactions (HER/HOR) indicates that dynamic surface exchange reactions occur between Pt and Au. HER/HOR activities depend on the dominant surface species present, which is controllable by the potential applied...

  19. Highly Sensitive Local Surface Plasmon Resonance in Anisotropic Au Nanoparticles Deposited on Nanofibers

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    Masanari Saigusa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the facile and high-throughput fabrication method of anisotropic Au nanoparticles with a highly sensitive local surface plasmon resonance (LPR using cylindrical nanofibers as substrates. The substrates consisting of nanofibers were prepared by the electrospinning of poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF. The Au nanoparticles were deposited on the surface of electrospun nanofibers by vacuum evaporation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the formation of a curved Au island structure on the surface of cylindrical nanofibers. Polarized UV-visible extinction spectroscopy showed anisotropy in their LPR arising from the high surface curvature of the nanofiber. The LPR of the Au nanoparticles on the thinnest nanofiber with a diameter of ~100 nm showed maximum refractive index (RI sensitivity over 500 nm/RI unit (RIU. The close correlation between the fiber diameter dependence of the RI sensitivity and polarization dependence of the LPR suggests that anisotropic Au nanoparticles improve RI sensitivity.

  20. A density functional theory study on the acetylene cyclotrimerization on Pd-modified Au(111) surface

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    Ren, Bohua; Dong, Xiuqin; Yu, Yingzhe; Zhang, Minhua

    2017-10-01

    Calculations based on the first-principle density functional theory were carried out to study the possible acetylene cyclotrimerization reactions on Pd-Au(111) surface and to investigate the effect of Au atom alloying with Pd. The adsorption of C2H2, C4H4, C6H6 and the PDOS of 4d orbitals of surface Pd and Au atoms were studied. The comparison of d-band center of Pd and Au atom before and after C2H2 or C4H4 adsorption suggests that these molecules affect the activity of Pd-Au(111) surface to some degree due to the high binding energy of the adsorption. In our study, the second neighboring Pd ensembles on Pd-Au(111) surface can adsorb two acetylene molecules on parallel-bridge site of two Au atoms and one Pd atom, respectively. Csbnd C bonds are parallel to each other and two acetylenes are adsorbed face to face to produce four-membered ring C4H4 firstly. The geometric effect and electronic effect of Pd-Au(111) surface with the second neighboring Pd ensembles both help to reduce this activation barrier.

  1. Selective hydrogen production from formic acid decomposition on Pd-Au bimetallic surfaces.

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    Yu, Wen-Yueh; Mullen, Gregory M; Flaherty, David W; Mullins, C Buddie

    2014-08-06

    Pd-Au catalysts have shown exceptional performance for selective hydrogen production via HCOOH decomposition, a promising alternative to solve issues associated with hydrogen storage and distribution. In this study, we utilized temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and reactive molecular beam scattering (RMBS) in an attempt to unravel the factors governing the catalytic properties of Pd-Au bimetallic surfaces for HCOOH decomposition. Our results show that Pd atoms at the Pd-Au surface are responsible for activating HCOOH molecules; however, the selectivity of the reaction is dictated by the identity of the surface metal atoms adjacent to the Pd atoms. Pd atoms that reside at Pd-Au interface sites tend to favor dehydrogenation of HCOOH, whereas Pd atoms in Pd(111)-like sites, which lack neighboring Au atoms, favor dehydration of HCOOH. These observations suggest that the reactivity and selectivity of HCOOH decomposition on Pd-Au catalysts can be tailored by controlling the arrangement of surface Pd and Au atoms. The findings in this study may prove informative for rational design of Pd-Au catalysts for associated reactions including selective HCOOH decomposition for hydrogen production and electro-oxidation of HCOOH in the direct formic acid fuel cell.

  2. Electroreduction of Peroxide on Au(100) Surface Modified with Underpotentially Deposited Bismuth

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    Hara, Masanori; Nagahara, Yoshiki; Yoshimoto, Soichiro; Inukai, Junji; Itaya, Kingo

    2004-10-01

    The adlayer structure of Bi underpotentially deposited on Au(100) was investigated in a HClO4 solution using in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy. The underpotential deposition of Bi was found to occur in three steps. The electrochemical reduction rate of H2O2 on the Bi-modified Au(100) surface was the highest for an intermediate coverage of Bi.

  3. Investigation of the Adsorption and Self Assembly of Isocyanide Derivatives on Au(111) Surface

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    ZHOU,Jun-Hong; SHI,Liang-Wei; ZHANG,Tao; CHEN,Min-Bo

    2007-01-01

    The adsorption and self-assembly of isocyanide derivatives on Au(111) surface were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics simulation. The calculation for phenyl isocyanide by DFT was based on cluster and slab models. The self-assembled monolayers of 2-isocyanoazulene and 1,3-diethoxycarbonyl2-isocyanoazulene on Au(111) were simulated using Au-C force field parameters developed by us. It was found that the top site was the most preferred position, and the isocyanoazulene and its derivatives could form the ordered face to edge self-assembled monolayer on gold surface indeed, and the molecules stood on the gold surface vertically.

  4. Enhancement of QDs photoluminescence by localized surface plasmon effect of Au-NPs

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    Heydari, Esmaeil; Greco, Tonino; Stumpe, Joachim

    2012-04-01

    Photoluminescence enhancement of CdSe/CdS/ZnS QDs by localized surface plasmon resonance of large Au-NPs has been investigated. The photoluminescence of the QDs with an emission wavelength at 620 nm in a PMMA matrix is enhanced by immobilized Au-NPs. By considering the lifetime and excitation dependent photoluminescence we realized that the emission and excitation rate enhancements both contributed to the total photoluminescence enhancement. PL measurements were carried out for different sizes of Au-NPs to find out their influences on the emission of QDs. The largest enhancement is achieved by applying 80 nm Au-NPs. Silanization method gives us the opportunity easily to prepare samples with different concentrations of Au-NPs. It is revealed that increasing the concentration of the Au-NPs layer provides higher scattering cross section which contributes in PL enhancement.

  5. Formation of one-dimensional Ag-Au solid solution colloids with Au nanorods as seeds, their alloying mechanisms, and surface plasmon resonances

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    Guo, Tao; Tan, Yiwei

    2012-12-01

    In this work, one dimensional (1D) Ag-Au solid solution nanoalloys were synthesized by rapidly diffusing Ag into the preformed Au nanorod (AuNR) seeds at ambient temperature in aqueous solution. By varying the molar ratio of AgCl/AuNR (in gold atoms), two kinds of 1D Ag-Au alloy nanostructures with a narrow size distribution--AgAu nanowires and Ag33Au67 nanorods--could be obtained in high yields when NaCl and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were used as an additive and capping reagent, respectively. Based on HRTEM imaging combined with a series of control experiments, it is conceivable that vacancy/defect-motivated interdiffusion of Ag and Au atoms coupled with oxidative etching is a crucial stage in the mechanism responsible for this room-temperature alloying process, and the subsequent conjugation of the fused Ag-Au alloyed nanostructures is associated with the formation of the AgAu nanowires. The resulting 1D Ag-Au nanoalloys form stable colloidal dispersions and show unique localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peaks in the ensemble extinction spectra.In this work, one dimensional (1D) Ag-Au solid solution nanoalloys were synthesized by rapidly diffusing Ag into the preformed Au nanorod (AuNR) seeds at ambient temperature in aqueous solution. By varying the molar ratio of AgCl/AuNR (in gold atoms), two kinds of 1D Ag-Au alloy nanostructures with a narrow size distribution--AgAu nanowires and Ag33Au67 nanorods--could be obtained in high yields when NaCl and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were used as an additive and capping reagent, respectively. Based on HRTEM imaging combined with a series of control experiments, it is conceivable that vacancy/defect-motivated interdiffusion of Ag and Au atoms coupled with oxidative etching is a crucial stage in the mechanism responsible for this room-temperature alloying process, and the subsequent conjugation of the fused Ag-Au alloyed nanostructures is associated with the formation of the AgAu nanowires. The resulting 1D Ag-Au

  6. Structure Determination of Au on Pt(111 Surface: LEED, STM and DFT Study

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    Katarzyna Krupski

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM and density functional theory (DFT calculations have been used to investigate the atomic and electronic structure of gold deposited (between 0.8 and 1.0 monolayer on the Pt(111 face in ultrahigh vacuum at room temperature. The analysis of LEED and STM measurements indicates two-dimensional growth of the first Au monolayer. Change of the measured surface lattice constant equal to 2.80 Å after Au adsorption was not observed. Based on DFT, the distance between the nearest atoms in the case of bare Pt(111 and Au/Pt(111 surface is equal to 2.83 Å, which gives 1% difference in comparison with STM values. The first and second interlayer spacing of the clean Pt(111 surface are expanded by +0.87% and contracted by −0.43%, respectively. The adsorption energy of the Au atom on the Pt(111 surface is dependent on the adsorption position, and there is a preference for a hollow fcc site. For the Au/Pt(111 surface, the top interlayer spacing is expanded by +2.16% with respect to the ideal bulk value. Changes in the electronic properties of the Au/Pt(111 system below the Fermi level connected to the interaction of Au atoms with Pt(111 surface are observed.

  7. Surface reaction network of CO oxidation on CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts.

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    Ding, Liangbing; Xiong, Feng; Jin, Yuekang; Wang, Zhengming; Sun, Guanghui; Huang, Weixin

    2016-11-30

    CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts were prepared and their activity toward the adsorption and co-adsorption of O2, CO, CO2 and water was studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction, thermal desorption spectra and temperature-programmed reaction spectra. The Au surface of CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts molecularly adsorbs CO, CO2 and water, and the polycrystalline CeO2 surface of CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts molecularly adsorbs O2, and molecularly and reactively adsorbs CO, CO2 and water. By controllably preparing co-adsorbed surface species on CeO2/Au(110) inverse model catalysts, we successfully identified various surface reaction pathways of CO oxidation to produce CO2 with different barriers both on the CeO2 surface and at the Au-CeO2 interface, including CO oxidation by various oxygen species, and water/hydroxyl group-involved CO oxidation. These results establish a surface reaction network of CO oxidation catalyzed by Au/CeO2 catalysts, greatly advancing the fundamental understandings of catalytic CO oxidation reactions.

  8. Site-specific growth of Au-Pd alloy horns on Au nanorods: A platform for highly sensitive monitoring of catalytic reactions by surface enhancement raman spectroscopy

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    Huang, Jianfeng

    2013-06-12

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a highly sensitive probe for molecular detection. The aim of this study was to develop an efficient platform for investigating the kinetics of catalytic reactions with SERS. To achieve this, we synthesized a novel Au-Pd bimetallic nanostructure (HIF-AuNR@AuPd) through site-specific epitaxial growth of Au-Pd alloy horns as catalytic sites at the ends of Au nanorods. Using high-resolution electron microscopy and tomography, we successfully reconstructed the complex three-dimensional morphology of HIF-AuNR@AuPd and identified that the horns are bound with high-index {11l} (0.25 < l < 0.43) facets. With an electron beam probe, we visualized the distribution of surface plasmon over the HIF-AuNR@AuPd nanorods, finding that strong longitudinal surface plasmon resonance concentrated at the rod ends. This unique crystal morphology led to the coupling of high catalytic activity with a strong SERS effect at the rod ends, making HIF-AuNR@AuPd an excellent bifunctional platform for in situ monitoring of surface catalytic reactions. Using the hydrogenation of 4-nitrothiophenol as a model reaction, we demonstrated that its first-order reaction kinetics could be accurately determined from this platform. Moreover, we clearly identified the superior catalytic activity of the rod ends relative to that of the rod bodies, owing to the different SERS activities at the two positions. In comparison with other reported Au-Pd bimetallic nanostructures, HIF-AuNR@AuPd offered both higher catalytic activity and greater detection sensitivity. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  9. Vibrational properties at the ordered metallic surface alloy system Au(110)-1×2-Pd

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    Kheffache, Sedik; Chadli, Rabah; Khater, Antoine

    2016-06-01

    We present a calculation for the vibrational properties of the ordered surface alloy Au(110)-1×2-Pd on a crystalline substrate of Au. The surface phonon dispersion curves and the local vibrations densities of states (LDOS) are calculated in the harmonic approximation for the system, using the phase field matching theory (PFMT) method and associated real space Green’s functions. In particular, it is shown that the surface alloy presents optic vibrational modes above the Au bulk bands, along the directions of high-symmetry ΓX¯, XS¯, SY¯ and Y Γ¯ of the corresponding two-dimensional Brillouin zone. Measurements of the surface phonon dispersion branches can hence be made by different techniques such as helium atom scattering (HAS) to compare with. The calculated LDOS for Au and Pd atomic sites in the four top surface atomic layers span a wider range of frequencies than those for the individual Au(110) or Pd(110) metallic surfaces. These LDOS provide a spectral signature for the progressive transition from the surface dynamics to that of the Au crystal bulk. Knowledge of these LDOS for the surface alloy can also serve as an input for modeling the diffusion and reaction rates of chemical species at its surface.

  10. Surface conduction at phase transitions in (Au,Ag)/Si(1 1 1) submonolayer films

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    Tsukanov, D.A., E-mail: tsukanov@iacp.dvo.ru [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Ryzhkova, M.V.; Borisenko, E.A. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Bondarenko, L.V.; Matetskiy, A.V.; Gruznev, D.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Zotov, A.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service, Vladivostok 690600 (Russian Federation); Saranin, A.A. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural reordering occurs upon Ag adsorption onto Si(1 1 1){alpha}-{radical}3 Multiplication-Sign {radical}3-Au surface phase at 350 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The new surface structure identified as Si(1 1 1){radical}93 Multiplication-Sign {radical}93-(Au,Ag) has been found by LEED and STM. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrical conductivity of various (Au,Ag)/Si(1 1 1) nanostructures has been characterized. - Abstract: Surface structure and electrical conductance of the (Au,Ag)/Si(1 1 1) two-dimensional system have been studied in situ with low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy and four-point probe technique. The new surface structure identified as Si(1 1 1){radical}93 Multiplication-Sign {radical}93-(Au,Ag) has been found to form upon deposition of {approx}0.1 ML of Ag onto Si(1 1 1){alpha}-{radical}3 Multiplication-Sign {radical}3-Au surface held at 350 Degree-Sign C. With further Ag deposition at this growth temperature, the surface structure evolves to Si(1 1 1)2{radical}3 Multiplication-Sign 2{radical}3 and eventually to Si(1 1 1){radical}21 Multiplication-Sign {radical}21. Structural transformations have been found to be accompanied by non-monotonous changeover of the surface conductance. Possible factors affecting the surface conductivity are discussed.

  11. Self-assembly of acetate adsorbates drives atomic rearrangement on the Au(110) surface

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    Hiebel, Fanny; Shong, Bonggeun; Chen, Wei; Madix, Robert J.; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Friend, Cynthia M.

    2016-10-01

    Weak inter-adsorbate interactions are shown to play a crucial role in determining surface structure, with major implications for its catalytic reactivity. This is exemplified here in the case of acetate bound to Au(110), where the small extra energy of the van der Waals interactions among the surface-bound groups drives massive restructuring of the underlying Au. Acetate is a key intermediate in electro-oxidation of CO2 and a poison in partial oxidation reactions. Metal atom migration originates at surface defects and is likely facilitated by weakened Au-Au interactions due to bonding with the acetate. Even though the acetate is a relatively small molecule, weak intermolecular interaction provides the energy required for molecular self-assembly and reorganization of the metal surface.

  12. Surface diffusion coefficient of Au atoms on single layer graphene grown on Cu

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it; Cacciato, G.; Grimaldi, M. G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia-Universitá di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy and MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2014-02-28

    A 5 nm thick Au film was deposited on single layer graphene sheets grown on Cu. By thermal processes, the dewetting phenomenon of the Au film on the graphene was induced so to form Au nanoparticles. The mean radius, surface-to-surface distance, and surface density evolution of the nanoparticles on the graphene sheets as a function of the annealing temperature were quantified by scanning electron microscopy analyses. These quantitative data were analyzed within the classical mean-field nucleation theory so to obtain the temperature-dependent Au atoms surface diffusion coefficient on graphene: D{sub S}(T)=[(8.2±0.6)×10{sup −8}]exp[−(0.31±0.02(eV)/(at) )/kT] cm{sup 2}/s.

  13. Interfacial reaction of eutectic AuSi solder with Si (100) and Si (111) surfaces

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    Jang, Jin-Wook; Hayes, Scott; Lin, Jong-Kai; Frear, Darrel R.

    2004-06-01

    The dissolution behavior of Si (100) and (111) dies by eutectic AuSi solder was investigated. On the Si (100) surface, the dissolution primarily occurred by the formation of craters resulting in a rough surface. The dissolution of the Si (111) resulted in a relatively smooth surface. The morphology of the Si (100) surface during a AuSi soldering reaction exhibited more time-dependent behavior and the etching craters on a Si (100) surface grew larger with time whereas Si (111) did not significantly change. This difference was ascribed to the surface energy differences between Si (111) and (100) surfaces that resulted in the two- and three-dimensional dissolution behaviors, respectively. This difference plays an important role in the formation of voids during the AuSi die bonding. The etching craters on Si (100) act as a AuSi solder sink and the regions surrounded by etch pits tend to become voids. For Si (111), flat surfaces were observed in the voided regions. Cross section analysis showed that no solder reaction occurred in the voided region of the Si (111) surface. This suggests the possibility of the formation of a thin inert layer in a potentially voided region prior to assembly. To achieve void-free die bonding, different parameters must be adjusted to the Si (100) and Si (111) surfaces with the AuSi alloy.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of water-dispersible core/shell Mn-doped magnetite/Au nanoparticles for proton radiotherapy

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    Park, Jeong Chan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The surface modification of the nanomaterials is required for the biomedical use to give physiological stability, surface reactivity and targeting properties. Among many approaches for the surface modification with materials, such as polymers, organic ligands and metals, one of the most attractive ways is to employ metals. The fabrication of metal-based, monolayer coated magnetic nanoparticles has been intensively studied. However, the synthesis of metal-capped magnetic nanoparticles with monodispersities and controllable sizes is still challenged. Recently, gold-capped magnetic nanoparticles have been reported to increase stability and to provide biocompatibility. Gold-coated magnetic nanoparticles are an attractive system, which can be stabilized in biological conditions and readily functionalized through well-established surface modification chemistry. In addition, the Au coating offers plasmonic properties to magnetic nanoparticles. This makes the magnetic/Au core/shell combinations interesting for magnetic and optical applications. The monodisperse Mn:Fe3O4/Au nanoparticles have been prepared in organic solvent first and then transferred from an organic phase to an aqueous solution. The resulting core/shell-structured nanoparticles may be an attractive system for biomedical applications, which are needed both magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging. In addition, the resulting nanoparticles may be useful for proton radiotherapy due to the enhanced therapeutic effects of secondary radiation stemmed from gold and proton beam bombardment.

  15. Equilibrium binding studies of mono, di and triisocyanide ligands on Au powder surfaces

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    Ontko, A.

    1997-10-08

    The author`s group has previously shown that isocyanides are readily adsorbed from solutions to Au powder and bind to the Au surface in an end-on fashion through the terminal carbon. Later work demonstrated that the equilibrium constants for the reversible adsorption of electronically inequivalent isocyanides could be obtained using the Langmuir isotherm technique. This dissertation describes two projects completed which complement the initial findings of this group. Initially, several alkylisocyanides were synthesized to examine the effect of tail length on Au powder adsorption. It was observed that the length of the alkyl chain affected not only the Au surface binding affinity, but also the rate of surface saturation and saturation coverage values. Direct competition studies were also studied using a {sup 13}C-labeled isocyanide. These studies demonstrated the stabilization afforded by substrate-substrate packing forces in SAM`s formed by the longer chain isocyanides. In a second study, di and triisocyanides were synthesized to determine the effect that the length of the connecting link and the number of isocyanide groups (as points of attachment) have on Au adsorption stability. The work in this area describes the binding modes, relative binding affinities and surface coverage values for a series of flexible alkyl and xylyldiisocyanides on Au powder surfaces. This report contains only the introductory material, and general summary. Two chapters have been processed separately. 56 refs.

  16. Equilibrium binding studies of mono, di and triisocyanide ligands on Au powder surfaces

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    Ontko, Alyn [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1997-10-08

    The author`s group has previously shown that isocyanides are readily adsorbed from solutions to Au powder and bind to the Au surface in an end-on fashion through the terminal carbon. Later work demonstrated that the equilibrium constants for the reversible adsorption of electronically inequivalent isocyanides could be obtained using the Langmuir isotherm technique. This dissertation describes two projects completed which complement the initial findings of this group. Initially, several alkylisocyanides were synthesized to examine the effect of tail length on Au powder adsorption. It was observed that the length of the alkyl chain affected not only the Au surface binding affinity, but also the rate of surface saturation and saturation coverage values. Direct competition studies were also studied using a 13C-labeled isocyanide. These studies demonstrated the stabilization afforded by substrate-substrate packing forces in SAM`s formed by the longer chain isocyanides. In a second study, di and triisocyanides were synthesized to determine the effect that the length of the connecting link and the number of isocyanide groups (as points of attachment) have on Au adsorption stability. The work in this area describes the binding modes, relative binding affinities and surface coverage values for a series of flexible alkyl and xylyldiisocyanides on Au powder surfaces. This report contains only the introductory material, and general summary. Two chapters have been processed separately. 56 refs.

  17. Impact of surface roughness of Au core in Au/Pd core-shell nanoparticles toward formic acid oxidation - Experiment and simulation

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    Hsu, Chiajen; Huang, Chienwen; Hao, Yaowu; Liu, Fuqiang

    2013-12-01

    The Au/Pd core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via galvanic replacement of Cu by Pd on hollow Au cores by adding different concentrations of Na2SO3 solution. It was found that the higher concentration of Na2SO3 that was used, the rougher the Au nanospheres became. However, the rougher Au surface may cause more defects in the Pd layers and decrease the catalytic abilities. The Au/Pd NPs synthesized using 0 M Na2SO3 (denoted as 0 M-Au/Pd NPs) have the smoothest Pd surface and demonstrate higher formic acid oxidation (FAO) activity (0.714 mA cm-2, normalized to the surface area of Pd) than other Au/Pd NPs and commercial Pd black (0.47 mA cm-2). Additional electrochemical characterization of the 0 M-Au/Pd NPs also demonstrated lower CO-stripping onset and peak potentials, higher stability (8× improvement in stabilized oxidation current), and superior durability (by 1.6×) than the Pd black. In addition, a simple simulation of FAO was adopted to predict the anodic curve by including reaction intermediates of formate and hydroxyl. The 0 M-Au/Pd NPs were found to show higher formate and lower hydroxyl coverage than the Pd black.

  18. Au enrichment and vertical relaxation of the Cu3Au (111 ) surface studied by normal-incidence x-ray standing waves

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    Bauer, O.; Schmitz, C. H.; Ikonomov, J.; Willenbockel, M.; Soubatch, S.; Tautz, F. S.; Sokolowski, M.

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the Cu3Au (111 ) surface, prepared under ultrahigh vacuum conditions by sputtering and annealing, by low energy electron diffraction (LEED), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and normal incidence x-ray standing waves (NIXSW). We find the surface to be depleted with Cu and enriched with Au at the same time, yielding a nominal Cu:Au ratio of 0.61:0.39 in the topmost layer. The STM images reveal that the first layer is nearly closely filled with atoms and contains a small amount of vacancies with an area concentration of about 5 % . Together with the Au enrichment, these cause local short-range disorder of the Au p (2 ×2 ) reconstruction. From this data, the average stoichiometry of the p (2 ×2 ) surface unit cell is estimated at C u2.22A u1.44□0.20 (instead of C u3.00A u1.00□0.00 of the ideal surface; □ denotes an atomic vacancy site). From NIXSW we find a significant outward relaxation of both the Cu and Au atoms of the topmost layer by 0.28 Å and 0.33 Å, which corresponds to 13 % and 15 % of the (111) bulk layer spacing of C u3Au . We suggest that this originates from a widening of the first/second layer spacing, by 6.8 % and 8.8 % for the Cu and Au atoms, respectively, plus an additional rigid increase in the second/third layer spacing by 6.2 % . We explain this by steric repulsions between Au atoms of the topmost layer, replacing smaller Cu atoms, and Au atoms in the second layer in combination with disorder. Finally, a lateral reconstruction, similar to that on the Au(111) surface, but with a much larger periodicity of 290 Å, is identified from LEED.

  19. Surface plasmon resonance analysis of antibiotics using imprinted boronic acid-functionalized Au nanoparticle composites.

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    Frasconi, Marco; Tel-Vered, Ran; Riskin, Michael; Willner, Itamar

    2010-03-15

    Au nanoparticles (NPs) are functionalized with thioaniline electropolymerizable groups and (mercaptophenyl)boronic acid. The antibiotic substrates neomycin (NE), kanamycin (KA), and streptomycin (ST) include vicinal diol functionalities and, thus, bind to the boronic acid ligands. The electropolymerization of the functionalized Au NPs in the presence of NE, KA, or ST onto Au surfaces yields bisaniline-cross-linked Au NP composites that, after removal of the ligated antibiotics, provide molecularly imprinted matrixes which reveal high sensitivities toward the sensing of the imprinted antibiotic analytes (detection limits for analyzing NE, KA, and ST correspond to 2.00 +/- 0.21 pM, 1.00 +/- 0.10 pM, and 200 +/- 30 fM, respectively). The antibiotics are sensed by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy, where the coupling between the localized plasmon of the NPs and the surface plasmon wave associated with the Au surface is implemented to amplify the SPR responses. The imprinted Au NP composites are, then, used to analyze the antibiotics in milk samples.

  20. Structure and Stability of Sb/Au(110)-c(2x2) Surface Phase

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    Lyman,P.; Shneerson, V.; Fung, R.; Parihar, S.; Johnson-Steigelman, H.; Lu, E.; Saldin, D.

    2006-01-01

    Adsorption of 0.5 monolayers (ML) of Sb on the Au(1 1 0) surface resulted in the formation of a c(2 x 2) surface reconstruction. Analysis of surface X-ray diffraction data by a direct method revealed the existence of an ordered substitutional surface alloy, with every other hollow site occupied by Au and Sb atoms. Quantitative conventional {chi}{sup 2} refinement showed a contraction of 0.12 {+-} 0.03 Angstroms in the spacing of the first Au layer to the second, an expansion of 0.13 {+-} 0.03 Angstroms in the second-to-third layer distance, and an inward Sb displacement (rumpling) of 0.21 {+-} 0.04 Angstroms. This surface phase proved to be extremely robust, with the long-range order of this arrangement remaining up to substrate temperatures of 900 K.

  1. Hybridization of Phenylthiolate- and Methylthiolate-Adatom Species at Low Coverage on the Au(111) Surface

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    2013-03-07

    thiolate species, methylthiolate and phenylthiolate, on the Au(111) surface. Despite the apparent stability, organometallic complexes of methyl- and...stability, organometallic complexes of methyl- and phenylthiolate with the goldadatom (RS?Au?SR, with R as the hydrocarbon group) undergo a stoichiometric...Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G4, Canada ∥Department of Chemistry , University of Virginia, Charlottesville

  2. Self-organization of bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles on SiO{sub 2} surface

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it; Grimaldi, M. G. [Universita di Catania, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia (Italy)

    2011-06-15

    Bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles on SiO{sub 2} substrate were produced by a sequential room-temperature sputtering deposition method. By the atomic force microscopy technique we studied the nanoparticles self-organization mechanisms in various conditions. First, Pd nucleation and growth proceeds at the substrate defects and the Pd nanoparticles density increase rapidly. During the second sputtering deposition, Au atoms adsorb on the SiO{sub 2} and diffuse toward Pd nanoparticles without forming new nuclei. The Au atoms are trapped by the preformed Pd nanoparticles, forming PdAu bimetallic nanoparticles which size increases. Furthermore, fixing the amount of deposited Pd and increasing the amount of deposited Au, we analyzed the evolution of the PdAu film surface morphology: we observe that the PdAu grows initially as three-dimensional islands; then the PdAu film morphology evolves from compact three-dimensional islands to partially coalesced worm-like structures, followed by a percolation morphology and finally to a continuous and rough film. The application of the interrupted coalescence model allowed us to evaluate the critical mean island diameter R{sub c} Almost-Equal-To 2.8 nm for the partial coalescence process. The application of the dynamic scaling theory of growing interfaces allowed us to evaluate the dynamic growth exponent {beta} = 0.21 {+-} 0.01 from the evolution of the film surface roughness. Finally, fixing the amount of deposited Pd and Au we studied the self-organization mechanism of the PdAu nanoparticles induced by thermal processes performed in the 973-1173 K temperature range. The observed kinetic growth mechanism is consistent with a surface diffusion-limited ripening of the nanoparticles with a temperature-dependent growth exponent. The dependence of the growth exponent on the temperature is supposed to be linked to the variation with the temperature of the characteristics of the PdAu alloy. The activation energy for the surface diffusion

  3. Enhanced surface plasmon resonance with the modified catalytic growth of Au nanoparticles.

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    Yang, Xiaohai; Wang, Qing; Wang, Kemin; Tan, Weihong; Li, Huimin

    2007-01-15

    The catalytic growth of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) has been employed in several analytical methods for improving the detection sensitivity, or integrated with the enzyme reactions for the quantitative detection of the respective substrates. However, the catalytic growth of Au nanoparticles do not work in some situations, such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR), electrochemistry, where metal matrices were used, because metal matrices used in these techniques, e.g. Au, are susceptible to metal deposition, which increased the background seriously. In this work, a SiO(2) layer was vapor-deposited on the gold film. The inhibition of metal deposition by this SiO(2) layer was investigated by SPR sensor. The results showed that the SiO(2) layer could avoid the deposition of metal on Au film. With the low background achieved by SiO(2)-coated Au films, sensitive detection of DNA hybridization using the catalytic growth of Au nanoparticles enhanced SPR was demonstrated. The work described here maybe helpful for the development of sensitive bioanalytical methods.

  4. First-principles study toward CO adsorption on Au/Ni surface alloys.

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    Huang, Yu Cheng; Du, Jin Yan; Zhou, Tao; Wang, Su Fan

    2012-12-07

    The introduction of a second metal, gold, into a nickel matrix can effectively improve the catalytic performance and thermal stability of the catalysts toward steam reforming of methane. To investigate the effect of Au on the adsorption properties and electronic structure of the Ni(111) surface, we chose CO as a probe molecule and examined CO adsorption on various Au/Ni surfaces. It was revealed that Au addition weakened the absorbate-substrate interactions on the Ni(111) surface. With increasing gold concentration, the binding energy declines further. The variation of the binding energies has been interpreted by exploring the electronic structure of surface nickel atoms. The effect of gold can be quantitatively characterized by the slopes of the fitting equations between the binding energy and the number of gold atoms surrounding the adsorption site. Our results show that the binding energy at top sites can be approximately estimated by counting the number of surrounding gold atoms. On one specific surface, the relative magnitude of the binding energy can be simply judged by the distance between gold and the geometrical center of the adsorption site. This empirical rule holds true for C, H, and O adsorption on the Au/Ni surface. It may be applicable to a system in which a doped atom of larger atomic size is incorporated into the host metal surface by forming a surface alloy.

  5. de Haas-van Alphen Effect, LMTO Bandstructure and Fermi Surface of beta-AuMg

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    Dunsworth, A. E.; Jan, J. -P.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1979-01-01

    The de Haas-van Alphen effect has been measured in the ordered alloy beta '-AuMg. The relativistic LMTO bandstructure has been calculated and predicts a Fermi surface in good agreement with experiment. Both bandstructure and Fermi surface are similar in those of other beta brasses with the same...

  6. Enhanced neurite outgrowth of PC-12 cells on graphene-monolayer-coated substrates as biomimetic cues

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    Lee, Jong Ho; Shin, Yong Cheol; Jin, Oh Seong; Han, Dong-Wook; Kang, Seok Hee; Hong, Suck Won; Kim, Jong Man

    2012-11-01

    Neurons are electrically excitable cells that transmit and process information in the nervous system. Recently, the differentiation of human neural stem cells to neurons has been shown to be enhanced on graphene substrates, and differentiated neurons have been shown to be able to still carry electrical signals when stimulated by graphene electrodes. Graphene films grown by using chemical vapor deposition were transferred onto glass coverslips by using the scooping method and were then coated with fetal bovine serum for a neuronal cell culture. The graphene substrates as biomimetic cues have been shown to enhance the neurite outgrowth of PC-12 cells. Our findings suggest that graphene has a unique surface property that can promote neuronal cells, which should open tremendous opportunities in neuroscience, neural engineering and regenerative medicine.

  7. One-dimensional supramolecular surface structures: 1,4-diisocyanobenzene on Au(111) surfaces

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    Boscoboinik, Jorge [University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Calaza, Florencia C [ORNL; Habeeb, Zeesham [University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Bennett, Dennis [University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Stacchiola, Dario [Michigan Technological University; Purino, Martin [Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife-Canary Islands, Spain; Tysoe, Wilfred [University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    2010-01-01

    One-dimensional supramolecular structures formed by adsorbing low coverages of 1,4-diisocyanobenzene on Au(111) at room temperature are obtained and imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. The structures originate from step edges or surface defects and arrange predominantly in a straight fashion on the substrate terraces along the h110i directions. They are proposed to consist of alternating units of 1,4-diisocyanobenzene molecules and gold atoms with a unit cell in registry with the substrate corresponding to four times the lattice interatomic distance. Their long 1-D chains and high thermal stability offer the potential to use them as conductors in nanoelectronic applications.

  8. Molecular simulations of mixed self-assembled monolayer coated gold nanoparticles in water.

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    J, Meena Devi

    2015-06-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to study the hydration of a series of nanoparticles, each of which was coated with a mixed self-assembled monolayer (SAM) comprising methyl- and hydroxy-terminated alkane thiol chains. The mixing ratio of those chains are different for each nanoparticle. The simulations focused on the wetting behavior of the SAM-coated gold nanoparticles and the distribution and structure of their interfacial water molecules. The interactions of the mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles with water were analyzed by evaluating the radial distribution function, hydrogen bonds, the dipole orientations of the water molecules, and the water residence time in the interfacial region. The wettability of the mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles improved as the concentration of terminal hydroxy moieties was increased. The distribution and dynamics of the interfacial water molecules were found to be influenced by the mixing ratio of the terminal moieties of the SAM chains. The results of our simulations suggest that the surface interactions of the mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles with the aqueous medium can be modulated by systematically altering the mixing ratio of the terminal methyl and hydroxy moieties. This work may lead to new biological and technological applications and inspire the development of novel biomimetic materials. Graphical Abstract Mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles.

  9. Evidence of a transition temperature for the optimum deposition of grafted monolayer coatings

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    Brzoska, J. B.; Shahidzadeh, N.; Rondelez, F.

    1992-12-01

    TECHNIQUES for surface modification are of considerable technological interest for the fabrication of water-repellent and anti-fouling coatings. Silanization1 (the chemical grafting of organic molecules onto a substrate via a trichlorosilane group) stands out among these techniques by virtue of its ability to provide highly compact coatings of optical quality, extreme chemical inertness and adjustable wettability2. Although the silanization reaction has been extensively characterized3-8, the properties of the grafted layers are still too variable for most commercial applications; for example, the quality of the grafted layers depends critically on the presence of trace amounts of water, and on the temperature at which the silanization reaction takes place9. Here we provide evidence for the existence of a near-ambient temperature threshold, Tc, which represents an upper bound for obtaining the highest-quality films. This threshold temperature is found to be an intrinsic property of the silane molecules: it depends linearly on their chain length, but is independent of the solvent used for the reaction. We suggest that Tc is analogous to the triple point in the phase diagram of Langmuir monolayers.

  10. Pd segregation to the surface of Au on Pd(111) and on Pd/TiO2(110)

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    Sharpe, Ryan; Counsell, Jon; Bowker, Michael

    2017-02-01

    The interaction of Au and Pd in bimetallic systems is important in a number of areas of technology, especially catalysis. In order to investigate the segregation behaviour in such systems, the interaction of Pd and Au was investigated by surface science methods. In two separate sets of experiments, Au was deposited onto a Pd(111) single crystal, and Pd and Au were sequentially deposited onto TiO2(110), all in ultra-high vacuum using metal vapour deposition. Heating Au on Pd/TiO2(110) to 773 K resulted in the loss of the Au signal in the LEIS, whilst still remaining present in the XPS, due to segregation of Pd to the surface and the formation of a Au-Pd core-shell structure. It is likely that this is due to alloying of Au with the Pd and surface dominance of that alloy by Pd. The Au:Pd XPS peak area ratio is found to substantially decrease on annealing Au/Pd(111) above 773 K, corresponding with a large increase in the CO sticking probability to that for clean Pd(111). This further indicates that Au diffuses into the bulk of Pd on annealing to temperatures above 773 K. It therefore appears that Au prefers to be in the bulk in these systems, reflecting the exothermicity of alloy formation.

  11. Anisotropic surface functionalization of Au nanorods driven by molecular architecture and curvature effects.

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    Solveyra, Estefania Gonzalez; Tagliazucchi, Mario; Szleifer, Igal

    2016-10-06

    This work suggests a novel strategy to coat the caps and body of Au-nanorods (Au-NRs) with end-grafted polymer layers of different compositions by taking advantage of the different curvature of these two regions. A molecular theory was used to theoretically investigate the effect of local curvature and molecular architecture (intramolecular connectivity of the monomers) on the adsorption of polymer mixtures on cylindrical (Au-NR body) and spherical (Au-NR caps) surfaces. The adsorption process was systematically studied as a function of the backbone length, number and position of branches, quality of the solvent and total number of monomers of the polymer molecules in the mixture. The balance between repulsive forces and polymer-surface and polymer-polymer attractions governs the amount and composition of the adsorbed layer. This balance is in turn modulated by the architecture of the polymers, the curvature of the surface and the competition between the different polymers in the mixture for the available area. As a result, the equilibrium composition of the polymer layer on spheres and cylinders of the same radius differs, and in turn departs from that of the bulk solution. Curvature plays a major role: the available volume at a given distance from the surface is larger for spherical surfaces than for cylindrical ones, therefore the surface density of the bulkier (more branched) polymer in the mixture is larger on the Au-NR caps than on the Au-NR body. These results suggest that the combination of curvature at the nanoscale and tailored molecular architecture can confer anisotropic nanoparticles with spatially enriched domains and, therefore, lead to nanoconstructs with directional chemical interactions.

  12. Surface reconstruction precursor to melting in Au309 clusters

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    Fuyi Chen

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The melting of gold cluster is one of essential properties of nanoparticles and revisited to clarify the role played by the surface facets in the melting transition by molecular dynamics simulations. The occurrence of elaborate surface reconstruction is observed using many-body Gupta potential as energetic model for 309-atom (2.6 nm decahedral, cuboctahedral and icosahedral gold clusters. Our results reveal for the first time a surface reconstruction as precursor to the melting transitions. The surface reconstruction lead to an enhanced melting temperature for (100 faceted decahedral and cuboctahedral cluster than (111 faceted icosahedral gold cluster, which form a liquid patch due to surface vacancy.

  13. Gold surfaces and nanoparticles are protected by Au(0)–thiyl species and are destroyed when Au(I)–thiolates form

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    Reimers, Jeffrey R.; Ford, Michael J.; Halder, Arnab; Ulstrup, Jens; Hush, Noel S.

    2016-01-01

    The synthetic chemistry and spectroscopy of sulfur-protected gold surfaces and nanoparticles is analyzed, indicating that the electronic structure of the interface is Au(0)–thiyl, with Au(I)–thiolates identified as high-energy excited surface states. Density-functional theory indicates that it is the noble character of gold and nanoparticle surfaces that destabilizes Au(I)–thiolates. Bonding results from large van der Waals forces, influenced by covalent bonding induced through s–d hybridization and charge polarization effects that perturbatively mix in some Au(I)–thiolate character. A simple method for quantifying these contributions is presented, revealing that a driving force for nanoparticle growth is nobleization, minimizing Au(I)–thiolate involvement. Predictions that Brust–Schiffrin reactions involve thiolate anion intermediates are verified spectroscopically, establishing a key feature needed to understand nanoparticle growth. Mixing of preprepared Au(I) and thiolate reactants always produces Au(I)–thiolate thin films or compounds rather than monolayers. Smooth links to O, Se, Te, C, and N linker chemistry are established. PMID:26929334

  14. Au-induced deep groove nanowire structure on the Ge(001) surface: DFT calculations

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    Tsay, Shiow-Fon

    2016-09-01

    The atomic geometry, stability, and electronic properties of self-organized Au induced nanowires on the Ge(001) surface are investigated based on the density-functional theory in GGA and the stoichiometry of Au. A giant Ge zigzag chain structure is suggested for 0.75 ML Au coverage, which displays c(8 × 2) deep groove zigzag nanowire structure simulated STM images. The top layer Ge and Au atomic disorder introduces the chevron units into the zigzag nanowire structure STM image as per the experimental observations. The zigzag Ge nanowire exhibits a semi-metallic characteristic, and the electric transport occurs in between the Ge zigzag nanowire and the subsurface. The system exhibits obvious electronic correlations among the Ge nanowire, the nano-facet Au trimers and the deeper layer Ge atoms, that play an important role in the electronic structure. At surface Brillouin zone boundaries, an anisotropic two-dimensional upward parabolic surface-state band is consistent with the ARPES spectra reported by Nakatsuji et al. [Phys. Rev. B 80, 081406(R) (2009); Phys. Rev. B 84, 115411 (2011)]; this electronic structure is different from the quasi-one-dimensional energy trough reported by Schäfer et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 236802 (2008); Phys. Rev. B 83, 121411(R) (2011)].

  15. Growth of Ceria Nano-Islands on a Stepped Au(788 Surface

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    Teng Ma

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The growth morphology and structure of ceria nano-islands on a stepped Au(788 surface has been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED. Within the concept of physical vapor deposition, different kinetic routes have been employed to design ceria-Au inverse model catalysts with different ceria nanoparticle shapes and arrangements. A two-dimensional superlattice of ceria nano-islands with a relatively narrow size distribution (5 ± 2 nm2 has been generated on the Au(788 surface by the postoxidation method. This reflects the periodic anisotropy of the template surface and has been ascribed to the pinning of ceria clusters and thus nucleation on the fcc domains of the herringbone reconstruction on the Au terraces. In contrast, the reactive evaporation method yields ceria islands elongated in [01-1] direction, i.e., parallel to the step edges, with high aspect ratios (~6. Diffusion along the Au step edges of ceria clusters and their limited step crossing in conjunction with a growth front perpendicular to the step edges is tentatively proposed to control the ceria growth under reactive evaporation conditions. Both deposition recipes generate two-dimensional islands of CeO2(111-type O–Ce–O single and double trilayer structures for submonolayer coverages.

  16. Surface reconstruction precursor to melting in Au309 clusters

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    Fuyi Chen; Li, Z. Y.; Roy L. Johnston

    2011-01-01

    The melting of gold cluster is one of essential properties of nanoparticles and revisited to clarify the role played by the surface facets in the melting transition by molecular dynamics simulations. The occurrence of elaborate surface reconstruction is observed using many-body Gupta potential as energetic model for 309-atom (2.6 nm) decahedral, cuboctahedral and icosahedral gold clusters. Our results reveal for the first time a surface reconstruction as precursor to the melting transitions. ...

  17. The protonation state of thiols in self-assembled monolayers on roughened Ag/Au surfaces and nanoparticles.

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    Bandyopadhyay, Sabyasachi; Chattopadhyay, Samir; Dey, Abhishek

    2015-10-14

    The protonation state of thiols in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Ag and Au surfaces and nanoparticles (NPs) has been an issue of contestation. It has been recently demonstrated that deuterating the thiol proton produces ostentatious changes in the Raman spectra of thiols and can be used to detect the presence of the thiol functional group. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of H/D substituted aliphatic thiols on Ag surfaces clearly shows the presence of S-H vibration between 2150-2200 cm(-1) which shifts by 400 cm(-1) upon deuteration and a simultaneous >20 cm(-1) shift in the C-S vibration of thiol deuteration. Large shifts (>15 cm(-1)) in the C-S vibration are also observed for alkyl thiol SAMs on Au surfaces. Alternatively, neither the S-H vibration nor the H/D isotope effect on the C-S vibration is observed for alkyl thiol SAMs on Ag/Au NPs. XPS data on Ag/Au surfaces bearing aliphatic thiol SAMs show the presence of both protonated and deprotonated thiols while on Ag/Au NPs only deprotonated thiols are detected. These data suggest that aliphatic thiol SAMs on Au/Ag surfaces are partially protonated whereas they are totally deprotonated on Au/Ag NPs. Aromatic PhSH SAMs on Ag/Au surfaces and Ag/Au NPs do not show these vibrations or H/D shifts as well indicating that the thiols are deprotonated at these interfaces.

  18. Magnetic, Electrical and Surface Morphological Characterization of AuGe/Ni/Au Ohmic Contact Metallization on GaAs/AlGaAs Multilayer Structures

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    T.S. Abhilash

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A process issue arising from the use of ferromagnetic Nickel in the AuGe/Ni/Au Ohmic contact metallization is studied in the context of magnetic field sensors and HEMT devices made using GaAs/AlGaAs multilayer structures with the two dimensional electron gas layer. The dependence of magnetization, contact resistance, adhesion, surface roughness and current distribution of alloyed Ohmic contacts on parameters such as Ni layer thickness, anneal temperature and Au-Ge alloy composition are discussed. The magnetization measurements provided some new and interesting insights into changes occurring in the metallization layers prior to alloying.

  19. Surface composition tuning of Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles for enhanced carbon monoxide and methanol electro-oxidation.

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    Suntivich, Jin; Xu, Zhichuan; Carlton, Christopher E; Kim, Junhyung; Han, Binghong; Lee, Seung Woo; Bonnet, Nicéphore; Marzari, Nicola; Allard, Lawrence F; Gasteiger, Hubert A; Hamad-Schifferli, Kimberly; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2013-05-29

    The ability to direct bimetallic nanoparticles to express desirable surface composition is a crucial step toward effective heterogeneous catalysis, sensing, and bionanotechnology applications. Here we report surface composition tuning of bimetallic Au-Pt electrocatalysts for carbon monoxide and methanol oxidation reactions. We establish a direct correlation between the surface composition of Au-Pt nanoparticles and their catalytic activities. We find that the intrinsic activities of Au-Pt nanoparticles with the same bulk composition of Au0.5Pt0.5 can be enhanced by orders of magnitude by simply controlling the surface composition. We attribute this enhancement to the weakened CO binding on Pt in discrete Pt or Pt-rich clusters surrounded by surface Au atoms. Our finding demonstrates the importance of surface composition control at the nanoscale in harnessing the true electrocatalytic potential of bimetallic nanoparticles and opens up strategies for the development of highly active bimetallic nanoparticles for electrochemical energy conversion.

  20. First principles investigation of the activity of thin film Pt, Pd and Au surface alloys for oxygen reduction

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Hansen, Heine Anton; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Further advances in fuel cell technologies are hampered by kinetic limitations associated with the sluggish cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. We have investigated a range of different formulations of binary and ternary Pt, Pd and Au thin films as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction. The most...... active binary thin films are near-surface alloys of Pt with subsurface Pd and certain PdAu and PtAu thin films with surface and/or subsurface Au. The most active ternary thin films are with pure metal Pt or Pd skins with some degree of Au in the surface and/or subsurface layer and the near-surface alloys....... This is particularly challenging for alloys containing Au due to a high propensity of Au to segregate to the surface. We also show that once Au is on the surface it will diffuse to defect sites, explaining why small amounts of Au retard dissolution of Pt nanoparticles. For the PtPd thin films there is no pronounced...

  1. First principles investigation of the activity of thin film Pt, Pd and Au surface alloys for oxygen reduction

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Hansen, Heine Anton; Rossmeisl, Jan;

    2015-01-01

    active binary thin films are near-surface alloys of Pt with subsurface Pd and certain PdAu and PtAu thin films with surface and/or subsurface Au. The most active ternary thin films are with pure metal Pt or Pd skins with some degree of Au in the surface and/or subsurface layer and the near-surface alloys...... of Au with mixed Pt/Pd skins. The activity of the binary and ternary catalysts is explained through weakening of the OH binding energy caused by solute elements. However, given the low alloy formation energies it may be difficult to tune and retain the composition under operating conditions....... This is particularly challenging for alloys containing Au due to a high propensity of Au to segregate to the surface. We also show that once Au is on the surface it will diffuse to defect sites, explaining why small amounts of Au retard dissolution of Pt nanoparticles. For the PtPd thin films there is no pronounced...

  2. Controlling the Nanoscale Patterning of AuNPs on Silicon Surfaces

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    Chris J. Allender

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates the effectiveness of vapour-phase deposition for creating sub-monolayer coverage of aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES on silicon in order to exert control over subsequent gold nanoparticle deposition. Surface coverage was evaluated indirectly by observing the extent to which gold nanoparticles (AuNPs deposited onto the modified silicon surface. By varying the distance of the silicon wafer from the APTES source and concentration of APTES in the evaporating media, control over subsequent gold nanoparticle deposition was achievable to an extent. Fine control over AuNP deposition (AuNPs/μm2 however, was best achieved by adjusting the ionic concentration of the AuNP-depositing solution. Furthermore it was demonstrated that although APTES was fully removed from the silicon surface following four hours incubation in water, the gold nanoparticle-amino surface complex was stable under the same conditions. Atomic force microscopy (AFM and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS were used to study these affects.

  3. Investigation of Streptococcus mutans biofilm growth on modified Au(111)-surfaces using AFM and electrochemistry

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    Hu, Yifan; Zhang, Jingdong; Ulstrup, Jens

    2011-01-01

    -based molecules based on a combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrochemistry using single-crystal Au(111)-surfaces. The thiols include both small, strongly hydrophilic molecules (cysteamine and the amino acid L-Cystein) and long straight-chain alkanethiol-based molecules with either hydrophobic...

  4. Electrochemistry of Hemin on Single-Crystal Au(111)-electrode Surfaces

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    Zhang, Ling; Ulstrup, Jens; Zhang, Jingdong

    adsorption on well-defined single-crystal Au(111)-electrode surfaces using electrochemistry combined with scanning tunnelling microscopy under electrochemical control. Hemin gives two voltammetric peaks assigned to adsorbed monomers and dimmers (Fig. 1B). In situ STM shows that hemin self...

  5. Combining Theory and Experiment to Characterize the Atomic Structures of Surface-Deposited Au309 Clusters

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    Curley, B.C.; Johnston, R.L.; Young, N.P.; Li, Z.; Di Vece, M.; Palmer, R.E.; Bleloch, A.l.

    2007-01-01

    Gold clusters with icosahedral, decahedral, and cuboctahedral shell structures, have been studied using the Gupta many-body potential, to aid in the structural characterization of surface-deposited Au309 clusters using high-angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-ST

  6. Systematic control of edge length, tip sharpness, thickness, and localized surface plasmon resonance of triangular Au nanoprisms

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    Noda, Yuta; Hayakawa, Tomokatsu

    2016-10-01

    Triangular gold (Au) nanoprisms of various sizes were synthesized in a controlled way using a modified three-step seed-mediated method with different volumes of starting seed solution and subsequent first step's growth solution. The structures and optical properties of the triangular Au nanoprisms were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry. The Au nanoprisms synthesized also varied in optical response frequency of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) owing to electric dipole polarizations of the Au nanoprisms. This variation depended nonlinearly on the volume of the seed solution. From optical extinction spectra and careful TEM observations, the dipole LSPR peak frequency was found to be linearly proportional to the edge length of the Au nanoprisms. Consequently, it was experimentally shown that the LSPR optical response frequency of their colloidal solutions could be controlled in the near-infrared region (700-1200 nm), corresponding to an edge length of 40-180 nm of the Au nanoprisms. It was also demonstrated that the tip sharpness of triangular Au nanoprisms was improved by using fine Au seeds instead of coarse Au seeds, and the resulting Au nanoprisms were smaller and thinner. A formation mechanism of triangular Au nanoprisms shall also be discussed with a prospect of synthesizing very tiny Au nanoprisms.

  7. Frabrication of Au Nanoparticles in Various Shapes and Their Application in Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering

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    Chen-yang XUE; Hui-juan WANG; Yong-feng LIANG; Rong CHEN; Jun LIU

    2010-01-01

    Anisotropic metallic Nanoparticles (NPs) have unique optical properties, such as Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)spectroscopy. In this paper, star-shaped and sphere gold NPs were prepared by seed-mediated growth and Frence methods respectively. The reaction process and the effect of reagent in seed-mediated growth of gold nanostar particles were systematically described. After fabricating NPs the authors test their Raman enhancement using Crystal Violet (CV) molecules apart. The experimental results indicated that star-shaped Au NPs had stronger Raman enhancement spectrum than that of sphere Au NPs.

  8. The adsorption and reaction of vinyl acetate on Au/Pd(100) alloy surfaces

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    Li, Zhenjun [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Calaza, Florencia C [ORNL; Tysoe, Wilfred [University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    2012-01-01

    The surface chemistry of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) is studied on Au/Pd(100) alloys as a function of alloy composition using temperature-programmed desorption and reflection adsorption infrared spectroscopy. VAM adsorbs weakly on isolated palladium sites on the alloy with a heat of adsorption of ~55 kJ/mol, with the plane of the VAM adsorbed close to parallel to the surface. The majority of the VAM adsorbed on isolated sites desorbs molecularly with only a small portion decomposing. At lower gold coverages (below ~0.5 ML of gold), where palladium palladium bridge sites are present, VAM binds to the surface in a distorted geometry via a rehybridized vinyl group. A larger proportion of this VAM decomposes and this reaction is initiated by C\\O bond scission in the VAM to form adsorbed acetate and vinyl species. The implication of this surface chemistry for VAM synthesis on Au/Pd(100) alloys is discussed.

  9. Probing the electronic transport on the reconstructed Au/Ge(001 surface

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    Franciszek Krok

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available By using scanning tunnelling potentiometry we characterized the lateral variation of the electrochemical potential µec on the gold-induced Ge(001-c(8 × 2-Au surface reconstruction while a lateral current flows through the sample. On the reconstruction and across domain boundaries we find that µec shows a constant gradient as a function of the position between the contacts. In addition, nanoscale Au clusters on the surface do not show an electronic coupling to the gold-induced surface reconstruction. In combination with high resolution scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, we conclude that an additional transport channel buried about 2 nm underneath the surface represents a major transport channel for electrons.

  10. Direct methods determination of the Si(111)-(6x6)Au surface structure

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    Grozea, D.; Landree, E.; Marks, L.D.;

    1998-01-01

    The atomic structure of the Au 6 x 6 on Si(111) phase has been determined using direct methods and surface X-ray diffraction data. This surface structure is very complicated, with 14 independent gold atoms, relaxations in 24 independent silicon sites and three partially occupied gold sites. In on...... the gold structures in the coverage range 0.8-1.5 monolayers as pseudo-glasses with strong short-range order but varying degrees of long-range order. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.......The atomic structure of the Au 6 x 6 on Si(111) phase has been determined using direct methods and surface X-ray diffraction data. This surface structure is very complicated, with 14 independent gold atoms, relaxations in 24 independent silicon sites and three partially occupied gold sites. In one...

  11. Performance enhancement of organic photovoltaic devices enabled by Au nanoarrows inducing surface plasmonic resonance effect.

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    Li, Shujun; Li, Zhiqi; Zhang, Xinyuan; Zhang, Zhihui; Liu, Chunyu; Shen, Liang; Guo, Wenbin; Ruan, Shengping

    2016-09-21

    The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of metal nanoparticles is widely employed in organic solar cells to enhance device performance. However, the light-harvesting improvement is highly dependent on the shape of the metal nanoparticles. In this study, the significantly enhanced performance upon incorporation of Au nanoarrows in solution-processed organic photovoltaic devices is demonstrated. Incorporating Au nanoarrows into the ZnO cathode buffer layer results in superior broadband optical absorption improvement and a power conversion efficiency of 7.82% is realized with a 27.3% enhancement compared with the control device. The experimental and theoretical results indicate that the introduction of Au nanoarrows not only increases optical trapping by the SPR effect but also facilitates exciton generation, dissociation, and charge transport inside the thin film device.

  12. Magnetic properties of one-dimensional Au-Co chains on the copper(110) surface

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    Kolesnikov, S. V.; Tsysar, K. M.; Saletsky, A. M.

    2015-08-01

    Magnetic properties of cobalt atoms in Au-Co chains on the Cu(110) surface (such as the magnetic moment, magnetic anisotropy energy, and exchange energy) have been calculated in the framework of the density functional theory. It has been found, at zero temperature, an infinitely long Au-Co chain is in the ferromagnetic state. The magnetostatic and magnetodynamic properties of finite-length Au-Co chains at a nonzero temperature have been investigated within the Heisenberg model using the kinetic Monte Carlo method. The dependences of the Curie temperature and magnetization reversal time on the chain length have been obtained, as well as the dependences of the coercivity of the chain on the temperature, chain length, and magnetization reversal rate.

  13. Surface Plasmon Resonance and Field Enhancement of Au/Ag Alloyed Hollow Nanoshells

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    ZHOU Li; YU Xue-Feng; FU Xiao-Feng; HAO Zhong-Hua; LI Kai-Yang

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the nanostructure,surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption and nonlinear enhancement of Au/Ag alloyed hollow nanoshells prepared by the replacement reaction of Ag nanoparticles in a HAuCl4 aqueous solution.As the volume of HA uCl4 increases from 0 mL to 0.5 mL,the SPR band of the Au/Ag alloyed nanoshells is tuned from 430nm to 780nm,and the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility is enhanced nearly by an order of magnitude,which indicates a large enhancement of local field in the Au/Ag alloyed hollow nanoshells with hole defects.

  14. Hollow Au/Ag nanostars displaying broad plasmonic resonance and high surface-enhanced Raman sensitivity

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    Garcia-Leis, Adianez; Torreggiani, Armida; Garcia-Ramos, Jose Vicente; Sanchez-Cortes, Santiago

    2015-08-01

    Bimetallic Au/Ag hollow nanostar (HNS) nanoparticles with different morphologies were prepared in this work. These nanoplatforms were obtained by changing the experimental conditions (concentration of silver and chemical reductors, hydroxylamine and citrate) and by using Ag nanostars as template nanoparticles (NPs) through galvanic replacement. The goal of this research was to create bimetallic Au/Ag star-shaped nanoparticles with advanced properties displaying a broader plasmonic resonance, a cleaner exposed surface, and a high concentration of electromagnetic hot spots on the surface provided by the special morphology of nanostars. The size, shape, and composition of Ag as well as their optical properties were studied by extinction spectroscopy, hyperspectral dark field microscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Finally, the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of these HNS was investigated by using thioflavin T, a biomarker of the β-amyloid fibril formation, responsible for Alzheimer's disease. Lucigenin, a molecule displaying different SERS activities on Au and Ag, was also used to explore the presence of these metals on the NP surface. Thus, a relationship between the morphology, plasmon resonance and SERS activity of these new NPs was made.Bimetallic Au/Ag hollow nanostar (HNS) nanoparticles with different morphologies were prepared in this work. These nanoplatforms were obtained by changing the experimental conditions (concentration of silver and chemical reductors, hydroxylamine and citrate) and by using Ag nanostars as template nanoparticles (NPs) through galvanic replacement. The goal of this research was to create bimetallic Au/Ag star-shaped nanoparticles with advanced properties displaying a broader plasmonic resonance, a cleaner exposed surface, and a high concentration of electromagnetic hot spots on the surface provided by the special morphology of nanostars

  15. Electrochemistry of single metalloprotein and DNA-based molecules at Au(111) electrode surfaces.

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    Salvatore, Princia; Zeng, Dongdong; Karlsen, Kasper K; Chi, Qijin; Wengel, Jesper; Ulstrup, Jens

    2013-07-22

    We have briefly overviewed recent efforts in the electrochemistry of single transition metal complex, redox metalloprotein, and redox-marked oligonucleotide (ON) molecules. We have particularly studied self-assembled molecular monolayers (SAMs) of several 5'-C6-SH single- (ss) and double-strand (ds) ONs immobilized on Au(111) electrode surfaces via Au-S bond formation, using a combination of nucleic acid chemistry, electrochemistry and electrochemically controlled scanning tunnelling microscopy (in situ STM). Ds ONs stabilized by multiply charged cations and locked nucleic acid (LNA) monomers have been primary targets, with a view on stabilizing the ds-ONs and improving voltammetric signals of intercalating electrochemical redox probes. Voltammetric signals of the intercalator anthraquinone monosulfonate (AQMS) at ds-DNA/Au(111) surfaces diluted by mercaptohexanol are significantly sharpened and more robust in the presence than in the absence of [Co(NH3)6](3+). AQMS also displays robust Faradaic voltammetric signals specific to the ds form on binding to similar LNA/Au(111) surfaces, but this signal only evolves after successive voltammetric scanning into negative potential ranges. Triply charged spermidine (Spd) invokes itself a strong voltammetric signal, which is specific to the ds form and fully matched sequences. This signal is of non-Faradaic, capacitive origin but appears in the same potential range as the Faradaic AQMS signal. In situ STM shows that molecular scale structures of the size of Spd-stabilized ds-ONs are densely packed over the Au(111) surface in potential ranges around the capacitive peak potential.

  16. Synthesis of TiO2 Nanoparticles on the Au(111) Surface

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    Biener, J; Farfan-Arribas, E; Biener, M M; Friend, C M; Madix, R J

    2005-01-11

    The growth of titanium oxide nanoparticles on reconstructed Au(111) surfaces was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Ti was deposited by physical vapor deposition at 300 K. Regular arrays of titanium nanoparticles form by preferential nucleation of Ti at the elbow sites of the herringbone reconstruction. Titanium oxide clusters were synthesized by subsequent exposure to O{sub 2} at 300 K. Two- and three-dimensional titanium oxide nanocrystallites form during annealing in the temperature range from 600 to 900 K. At the same time, the Au(111) surface assumes a serrated, <110> oriented step-edge morphology, suggesting step-edge pinning by titanium oxide nanoparticles. The oxidation state of these titanium oxide nanoparticles varies with annealing temperature. Specifically, annealing to 900 K results in the formation of stoichiometric TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals as judged by the observed XPS binding energies. Nano-dispersed TiO{sub 2} on Au(111) is an ideal system to test the various models explaining the enhanced catalytic reactivity of supported Au nanoparticles.

  17. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated homogeneous acute-angled Au nanorods for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Sivashanmugan, Kundan; Liao, Jiunn-Der; Haochih Liu, Bernard

    2015-05-01

    Well-ordered acute-angled Au nanorod (NR) arrays were fabricated using a focused ion beam (FIB) (fibAu_NR). The angle between the NRs and the substrate was tilted at 30-90°. A fibAu_NR with an angle of less than 90° significantly increased the effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering, which was evaluated using low-concentration rose bengal (milk solution with good reproducibility.

  18. Insight of dipole surface plasmon mediated optoelectronic property tuning of ZnO thin films using Au

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    Dixit, Tejendra; Shukla, Mayoorika; Palani, I. A.; Singh, Vipul

    2016-12-01

    Surface plasmon mediated photoluminescence (PL) studies of ZnO, ZnO/Au, ZnO/Au/ZnO and Au/ZnO films have been investigated. An enhancement of UV and visible light emission has been observed in ZnO/Au and ZnO/Au/ZnO films, compared to that of ZnO thin films, while for Au/ZnO films quenching of PL intensity was observed. Excitation intensity (EI) dependent PL spectra have shown dominance of horizontal dipole surface plasmon mode for ZnO/Au/ZnO, ZnO/Au samples, which led enhanced greenish-yellow and orange emissions respectively. Moreover, confocal laser scanning microscope measurements and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were conducted to investigate the mechanism behind the variations and involvement of Urbach tail. UV and visible region absorption were selectively enhanced by varying the Au and ZnO configuration and can be assigned to the interaction of the dipole surface plasmon resonance with localized trapping levels and phonon subsystem. The excellent photoluminescence performance has immense potential for ZnO thin film based optoelectronic devices.

  19. Ehrlich-Schwöbel barriers and adsorption of Au, Cu and Ag stepped (100) surfaces

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    Benlattar, M.; Elkoraychy, E.; Sbiaai, K.; Mazroui, M.; Boughaleb, Y.

    2017-02-01

    We use a combination of quenched molecular dynamics and embedded atom method to calculate the activation energy barriers for the hopping and exchange mechanisms of Au, Ag or Cu on Au(100), Ag(100) or Cu(100) stepped surfaces. Our findings show that the Ehrlich-Schwöbel (ES) barriers for an adatom to undergo jump or exchange at a step edge are found to be dependent of the nature of substrate stepped surfaces. We also find that the ES barriers for the hopping processes are too high, except for Cu/Au(100). While for exchange process the Ehrlich-Schwöbel barriers are found to be very low and even negative. These ES barriers can explain the difference in the growth modes for the different systems. On the other hand, we calculated the adsorption energies at the most stable adsorption sites near step edges. In particular, we wish to clarify the relation between the adatom diffusion energy barriers and the adatom adsorption energies. These results may serve as some guiding rules for studying stepped surface morphologies, which are of importance to surface nanoengineering.

  20. Surface Phase Diagram and Alloy Formation for Antimony on Au(110)

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    Parihar,S.; Lyman, P.

    2008-01-01

    The authors have evaporated submonolayer to monolayer Sb films on the clean Au(110) surface and investigated the resultant Sb-induced reconstructions using low energy electron diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and surface x-ray diffraction. They discovered a sequence of reconstructions, namely, c(2x2), (sqrt(3)xsqrt(3))R54.7 , (((2 - 1)/(1 2))), and p(5x6), with increasing coverage of Sb. The well-known (2x1) reconstruction of the clean Au(110) surface changes to c(2x2) at an Sb coverage of theta[approximate]0.5 ML. At higher Sb coverages, there is a phase transition from c(2x2) to (sqrt(3)xsqrt(3))R54.7 , with the (sqrt(3)xsqrt(3))R54.7 pattern emerging at an Sb coverage of theta[approximate]0.7 ML. Upon further deposition, the superstructure spots of the (sqrt(3)xsqrt(3))R54.7 reconstruction each split into two, resulting in the (((2 - 1)/(1 2))) pattern at a coverage of theta[approximate]0.8 ML. Finally, an Sb/Au(110)-p(5x6) reconstruction emerges at coverages in excess of 1 ML. They have also studied the temperature dependence of the c(2x2) surface phase.

  1. Ammonia synthesis on Au modified Fe(111) and Ag and Cu modified Fe(100) surfaces

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    Lytken, Ole; Waltenburg, Hanne Neergaard; Chorkendorff, Ib

    2003-01-01

    In order to investigate any influence of steps and possible positive effects of making surface alloys the ammonia synthesis has been investigated over Au modified Fe(111) and Ag and Cu modified Fe(100) single crystals in the temperature range 603-773 K, using a system combining ultra-high vacuum...... and a high-pressure cell. Ammonia was synthesized from a stoichiometric (N-2:3H(2)) gas mixture at a pressure of 2 bar. By deposition of small amounts of An, the ammonia production activity of the Fe(1 1 1) surface can be enhanced. More important, for the gold modified surface, the reaction order in ammonia...

  2. X-ray spectra induced in highly charged 40Arq+ interacting with Au surface

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    2006-01-01

    By use of optical spectrum technology, the spectra of X-ray induced by highly charged 40Arq+ ions interacting with Au surface have been studied. The results show that the argon Kα X-ray were emitted from the hollow atoms formed below the surface. There is a process of multi-electron exciting in neutralization of the Ar16+ion, with electronic configuration 1s2 in its ground state below the solid surface. The yield of the projectile Kα X-ray is related to its initial electronic configuration, and the yield of the target X-ray is related to the projectile kinetic energy.

  3. Polytetrafluorethylene-Au as a substrate for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Siegel Jakub

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This study deals with preparation of substrates suitable for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS applications by sputtering deposition of gold layer on the polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE foil. Time of sputtering was investigated with respect to the surface properties. The ability of PTFE-Au substrates to enhance Raman signals was investigated by immobilization of biphenyl-4,4'-dithiol (BFD from the solutions with various concentrations. BFD was also used for preparation of sandwich structures with Au or Ag nanoparticles by two different procedures. Results showed that PTFE can be used for fabrication of SERS active substrate with easy handle properties at low cost. This substrate was sufficient for the measurement of SERS spectrum of BFD even at 10-8 mol/l concentration.

  4. Size dependence of thermoelectric power of Au, Pd, Pt nanoclusters deposited onto HOPG surface

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    Borisyuk, P. V.; V. I. Troyan; Lebedinskii, Yu Yu; Vasilyev, O S

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents the study of tunnel current-voltage characteristics of Au, Pd and Pt nanoclusters deposited onto the highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface by pulsed laser deposition. The analysis of tunnel current-voltage characteristics obtained by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) allowed to recover the thermoelectric power value of nanoclusters. It was found that the value of thermoelectric power of pulsed laser deposited nanoclusters depends on nanocluster material and ...

  5. Surface Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis of Au/Pt-decorated TiO2 Nanopillar Arrays

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    Shuang, Shuang; Lv, Ruitao; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-05-01

    The low quantum yields and lack of visible light utilization hinder the practical application of TiO2 in high-performance photocatalysis. Herein, we present a design of TiO2 nanopillar arrays (NPAs) decorated with both Au and Pt nanoparticles (NPs) directly synthesized through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature. Au/Pt NPs with sizes of ~4 nm are well-dispersed on the TiO2 NPAs as evidenced by electron microscopic analyses. The present design of Au/Pt co-decoration on the TiO2 NPAs shows much higher visible and ultraviolet (UV) light absorption response, which leads to remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities on both the dye degradation and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. Its photocatalytic reaction efficiency is 21 and 13 times higher than that of pure TiO2 sample under UV-vis and visible light, respectively. This great enhancement can be attributed to the synergy of electron-sink function of Pt and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, which significantly improves charge separation of photoexcited TiO2. Our studies demonstrate that through rational design of composite nanostructures one can harvest visible light through the SPR effect to enhance the photocatalytic activities initiated by UV-light, and thus realize more effectively utilization of the whole solar spectrum for energy conversion.

  6. Surface Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis of Au/Pt-decorated TiO2 Nanopillar Arrays.

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    Shuang, Shuang; Lv, Ruitao; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-05-24

    The low quantum yields and lack of visible light utilization hinder the practical application of TiO2 in high-performance photocatalysis. Herein, we present a design of TiO2 nanopillar arrays (NPAs) decorated with both Au and Pt nanoparticles (NPs) directly synthesized through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature. Au/Pt NPs with sizes of ~4 nm are well-dispersed on the TiO2 NPAs as evidenced by electron microscopic analyses. The present design of Au/Pt co-decoration on the TiO2 NPAs shows much higher visible and ultraviolet (UV) light absorption response, which leads to remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities on both the dye degradation and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. Its photocatalytic reaction efficiency is 21 and 13 times higher than that of pure TiO2 sample under UV-vis and visible light, respectively. This great enhancement can be attributed to the synergy of electron-sink function of Pt and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, which significantly improves charge separation of photoexcited TiO2. Our studies demonstrate that through rational design of composite nanostructures one can harvest visible light through the SPR effect to enhance the photocatalytic activities initiated by UV-light, and thus realize more effectively utilization of the whole solar spectrum for energy conversion.

  7. Rough surface Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles to fabricating high sensitivity SERS immunochromatographic sensors.

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    Fu, Qiangqiang; Liu, Hongwu Liu; Wu, Ze; Liu, An; Yao, Cuize; Li, Xiuqing; Xiao, Wei; Yu, Shiting; Luo, Zhi; Tang, Yong

    2015-11-14

    Immunochromatographic sensors (ICSs) are inexpensive, simple, portable, and robust, thus making ICSs commonplace in clinical diagnoses, food testing, and environmental monitoring. However, commonly used gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) ICSs have low sensitivity. Therefore, we developed highly sensitive surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) ICSs. To enhance the sensitivity of SERS ICSs, rough surface core-shell Au@Ag nanoparticles (RSAu@AgNPs) were prepared by coating silver on the surface of gold nanoflowers (AuNFs). Then these nanoparticles were used as SERS substrate in the SERS ICSs, after which the SERS ICSs were implemented to detect haemoglobin and heavy metal cadmium ion (Cd(2+)). The limit of detection (LOD) of the SERS ICSs for detecting haemoglobin was 8 ng/mL, and the linear range of the SERS ICSs was from 31.3 to 2000 ng/mL. The LOD of the SERS ICSs for detecting Cd(2+) was 0.05 ng/mL and the linear analysis range was from 0.05 to 25 ng/mL. The cross reactivity of the SERS ICSs was studied and results showed that the SERS ICSs exhibited highly specific for detection of haemoglobin and Cd(2+), respectively. The SERS ICSs were then used to detect haemoglobin (spiked in serum and in stool) and Cd(2+) (spiked in tap water, river water, and soil leaching water), and the results showed high recovery. These characteristics indicated that SERS ICSs were ideal tools for clinical diagnosis and environmental pollution monitoring.

  8. Photon energy dependence of circular dichroism of the Au(111) surface state

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    Ärrälä, M.; Nieminen, J.; Braun, J.; Ebert, H.; Lindroos, M.

    2013-11-01

    Through relativistic photoemission calculations for the Au(111) surface state at the Fermi level, we study the photon energy dependence of circular dichroism. The dichromatic signal (DS) pattern changes 23 times with photon energies between 7 and 100 eV, and we have found 13 different patterns in the k∥ map at the Fermi level for the DS from the Au(111) surface state with normal incidence light. We show that the photon energy dependence of DS is very complex even in the simplest case. The sign change in the circular dichroism as a function of photon energy is related to the relative phases of the complex expansion coefficients of different outgoing partial waves in a time-reversed low-energy electron diffraction state. With off-normal incidence, the z component of the incoming photon field is dominant, and the fine structure seen in the DS in the normal incidence case is lost very rapidly, moving from a normal to an off-normal incidence. We also report that the Rashba split surface state of Au(111) has a significant component of d-type orbital due to relativistic effects and the computational setup used.

  9. Enzyme-catalyzed bio-pumping of electrons into au-nanoparticles: a surface plasmon resonance and electrochemical study.

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    Lioubashevski, Oleg; Chegel, Vladimir I; Patolsky, Fernando; Katz, Eugenii; Willner, Itamar

    2004-06-09

    The enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx) is reconstituted on a flavin adenin dinucleotide (FAD, 1) cofactor-functionalized Au-nanoparticle (Au-NP), 1.4 nm, and the GOx/Au-NP hybrid is linked to a bulk Au-electrode by a short dithiol, 1,4-benzenedithiol (2), or a long dithiol, 1,9-nonanedithiol (3), monolayer. The reconstituted GOx/Au-NP hybrid system exhibits electrical communication between the enzyme redox cofactor and the Au-NP core. Because the thiol monolayers provide a barrier for electron tunneling, the electron transfer occurring upon the biocatalytic oxidation of glucose results in the Au-NPs charging. The charging of the Au-NPs alters the plasma frequency and the dielectric constant of the Au-NPs, thus leading to the changes of the dielectric constant of the interface. These are reflected in pronounced shifts of the plasmon angle, theta(P), in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectra. As the biocatalytic charging phenomenon is controlled by the concentration of glucose, the changes in the theta(P) values correlate with the concentration of glucose. The biocatalytic charging process is characterized by following the differential capacitance of the GOx/Au-NP interface and by monitoring the potential generated on the bulk Au-electrode. The charging of the GOx/Au-NPs is also accomplished in the absence of glucose by the application of an external potential on the electrode, that resulted in similar plasmon angle shifts. The results allowed us to estimate the number of electrons stored per Au-NP at variable concentrations of glucose in the presence of the two different thiol linkers.

  10. Quantum Mechanical Study of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Adsorption on Au Surfaces.

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    Chang, Kuan; Chen, Jingguang G; Lu, Qi; Cheng, Mu-Jeng

    2017-03-27

    There is increasing interest in using N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) as surface ligands to stabilize transition-metal nanoparticles (NPs) and to replace thiols for the preparation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold surfaces. This type of surface decoration is advantageous because it leads to improved catalytic activity of NPs and increased stability of SAM, as shown by recent experiments. In this work, we used quantum mechanics combined with periodic surface models to study the adsorption of NHCs on the Au(111) surface. We found that NHCs prefer to bind to the top site with adsorption energies (ΔEs) varying from 1.69 to 2.34 eV, depending on the type of NHC, and the inclusion of solvents in the calculations leads to insignificant variation in the calculated ΔEs. Three types of NHCs were found to bind to Au(111) more tightly and therefore should be better stabilizers than those commonly used. Importantly, by analyzing electronic structures using the Bader charge and energy decomposition analysis, we find that during adsorption NHC acts as an electron donor, transferring its electron density from the lone pair orbital at the carbene center to the empty d orbital of Au with negligible π-back-donation. This binding pattern is very different from that of CO, a ligand commonly used in organometallics, where both interactions are equally important. This leads to the identification of the protonation energies of NHCs as a descriptor for predicting ΔEs, providing a convenient method for computational high-throughput screening for better NHC-type surface ligands.

  11. Imaging of surface plasmon polariton propagation on a Au thin film by using tip-enhanced Rayleigh scattering

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    Ogawa, Y., E-mail: y.ogawa@ap.titech.ac.jp [Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Oh-Okayama 2-12-1, Tokyo 152-8551 (Japan); Takahashi, S.; Nakajima, D.; Minami, F. [Department of Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Oh-Okayama 2-12-1, Tokyo 152-8551 (Japan)

    2013-01-15

    Surface plasmon polariton (SPP) propagation on a Au thin film has been observed by tip-enhanced Rayleigh scattering. The interference pattern has been observed around the edge of the film. The interference is due to the near-field scattering light at the tip and SPP radiation from the edge of the film. From the interference width, we evaluated the wave number of SPP on the Au film. By changing the wavelength of the incidence light, we have obtained the dispersion relation of the SPP. The experimentally obtained dispersion relation is well corresponding to the calculated one using bulk Au parameters. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We observed surface plasmon polariton propagation on Au film by tip-enhanced Rayleigh scattering. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The dispersion relation was obtained by changing the wavelength of the incidence light. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The dispersion relation is well corresponding to the calculated one using bulk Au parameters.

  12. Heterodiffusion of Ag adatoms on imperfect Au(1 1 0) surfaces

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    El koraychy, E.; Sbiaai, K.; Mazroui, M.; Ferrando, R.; Boughaleb, Y.

    2017-02-01

    The hetero-diffusion of Ag adatoms on imperfect Au(1 1 0) surfaces is studied using Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The atomic interactions are described by an Embedded Atom Method (EAM) potential. Static activation energies governing various diffusion processes (jumps and exchanges) are calculated by quenched MD, finding that activation energies for interlayer mobility at straight step edges are somewhat larger than those on the flat surface in the cross-channel [1 0 0]-direction, while interlayer barriers at kinks are considerably lower. Dynamic activation energies are calculated at high temperature from the Arrhenius plots of different diffusion mechanisms and compared to static barriers.

  13. Surface structure characterization of ultra-thin films of Au deposited on Pd(111)

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    Pancotti, A.; de Siervo, A.; Nascente, P. A. P.; Landers, R.

    2016-06-01

    Ultra-thin films of Au were deposited on the Pd(111) surface and then characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), and X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) generated by synchrotron radiation. The Au films were deposited at room temperature (300 K) and subsequently annealed at 400 °C (673 K) and 610 °C (883 K). XPD analyses indicated that the gold films were 7 and 6 ML thick, for the annealing temperatures of 400 °C and 610 °C, respectively. The film interlayer distances exhibited an oscillatory behavior, with a 5% contraction between the top and the second layers, a 3% expansion between the second and the third layers, for the film annealed at 400 °C, and a 2% expansion in the interlayer distance between the top and the second layers and a 4% contraction between the second and the third layers, for the film annealed at 610 °C. For both annealing temperatures, the interlayer distances between the third and the fourth layers and between the fourth and the fifth layers exhibited a 1% expansion and a 2% contraction. For the film annealed at 610 °C, XPD results revealed that the Pd(111) surface was covered by Au islands, with some bare patches exposed.

  14. The adsorption of ethylene on Au/Pd(100) alloy surfaces

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    Li, Zhenjun; Thuening, Theodore; Tysoe, Wilfred T.

    2016-04-01

    The surface chemistry of ethylene is explored on model Au/Pd(100) alloy surfaces using a combination of temperature-programmed desorption and reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy. The heat of adsorption of ethylene on the model alloy surface is found to increase monotonically with increasing palladium coverage in the alloy, from ~ 33 kJ/mol for a completely gold-covered surface to ~ 80 kJ/mol as the gold coverage decreases to zero. A large change in heat of adsorption is found for palladium coverages between 0 and ~ 0.35 monolayers, where previous studies have shown that the surface comprises exclusively isolated palladium sites. The heat of adsorption changes more slowly for higher palladium coverages, when palladium-palladium bridge sites appear. Vinyl species are identified for palladium coverages above ~ 0.8 ML from a vibrational mode at ~ 1120 cm- 1, which disappears when the sample is heated to ~ 250 K, due to vinyl decomposition.

  15. Studies of di-jet survival and surface emission bias in Au+Au collisions via angular correlations with respect to back-to-back leading hadrons

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    2011-01-01

    We report first results from an analysis based on a new multi-hadron correlation technique, exploring jet-medium interactions and di-jet surface emission bias at RHIC. Pairs of back-to-back high transverse momentum hadrons are used for triggers to study associated hadron distributions. In contrast with two- and three-particle correlations with a single trigger with similar kinematic selections, the associated hadron distribution of both trigger sides reveals no modification in either relative pseudo-rapidity or relative azimuthal angle from d+Au to central Au+Au collisions. We determine associated hadron yields and spectra as well as production rates for such correlated back-to-back triggers to gain additional insights on medium properties.

  16. Building the Chessboard-like Supramolecular Structure on Au (111) Surfaces

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    Dou, Ruifen; Zhang, Ping; Zhong, Dingyong; Fuchs, Harald; Wang, Yue; Chi, Lifeng

    2013-01-01

    We investigate an anthracene derivative, 3(5)-(9-anthryl) pyrazole (ANP), self-assembled on the Au (111) surface by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A chessboard-like network structure composed of ANP molecules is found, covering the whole Au (111) substrate. Our STM results and DFT calculations reveal that the formation of chessboard-like networks originates from a basic unit cell, a tetramer structure, which is formed by four ANP molecules connected through C-H-N hydrogen-bonds. The hydrogen bonds inside each tetramer and the molecular adsorption interaction are fundamentally important in providing a driving force for formation of the supramolecular networks.

  17. Surface noble metal modified PdM/C (M = Ru, Pt, Au) as anode catalysts for direct ethanol fuel cells

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    Mao, Han; Huang, Tao, E-mail: huangt@fudan.edu.cn; Yu, Aishui, E-mail: asyu@fudan.edu.cn

    2016-08-15

    In this article, we studied the surface noble metal modification on Pd nanoparticles, other than the homogeneous or core-shell structure. The surface modification will lead to the uneven constitution within the nanoparticles and thus more obvious optimization effect toward the catalyst brought by the lattice deformation. The surface of the as-prepared Pd nanoparticles was modified with Ru, Pt or Au by a moderate and green approach, respectively. XPS results confirm the interactive electron effects between Pd and the modified noble metal. Electrochemical measurements show that the surface noble metal modified catalysts not only show higher catalytic activity, but also better stability and durability. The PdM/C catalysts all exhibit good dispersion and very little agglomeration after long-term potential cycles toward ethanol oxidation. With only 10% metallic atomic ratio of Au, PdAu/C catalyst shows extraordinary catalytic activity and stability, the peak current reaches 1700 mA mg{sup −1} Pd, about 2.5 times that of Pd/C. Moreover, the PdAu/C maintains 40% of the catalytic activity after 4500 potential cycles. - Highlights: • Pd-based catalysts with complicated exposed facets. • Much enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability with about 10% noble metal M (M = Ru, Pt, Au) on Pd nanoparticles. • The outstanding electrocatalytic performance of PdAu/C towards ethanol oxidation after the Au modification.

  18. Study of Au/Cr multilayer thin-film surface morphology, structure and constituents on borosilicate glass, and quartz surfaces

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    Lavoie, John; Kemble, Eric; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    2014-03-01

    Au/Cr/substrate multilayer thin films have a wide area of applications in both industry and proof of concept investigations in device engineering. Borosilicate glass and quartz are used for substrate materials. Typically, Cr deposition on substrates give rise to Stanski-Krastonov (SK) like growth while Frank-van der Merwe (FM) like growth is desired in many engineering applications. A thermal evaporator is used to deposit Cr with a thickness of ~ 100nm on the previously mentioned substrates. The additional Au layer is then deposited via magnetron sputter deposition at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (~ 1ML/min) onto the Cr thin film. These systems were then annealed using different temperatures for various durations. After annealing these systems were characterized via Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) probes for surface topography and structure. Further, the ambient contamination and elemental distribution/diffusion at annealing was investigated via Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).

  19. Comparative adsorption of phenyl selenolate and selenocyanate on Au nanoparticle surfaces

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    Lim, Jong Kuk [Department of Chemistry, Soongsil University, Seoul 156-743 (Korea, Republic of); Joo, Sang-Woo [Department of Chemistry, Soongsil University, Seoul 156-743 (Korea, Republic of)]. E-mail: sjoo@ssu.ac.kr

    2007-03-30

    UV-vis absorbance spectra taken at different elapsed time for the surface plasmon band shift indicated that the self-assembly of PhSeCN on gold should be slower than that of phenyl selenolate (PhSeH). A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) study showed that a trace amount of CN species could remain on Au surfaces when aromatic selenocyanates are reduced to give CN and their selenium atoms bound to the surface. Our concentration dependent SERS spectra suggested that the CN adsorption should be more favorable at higher concentrations of PhSeCN as indicated from more prominent intensites of the CN stretching vibration at 2110-2150 cm{sup -1}.

  20. Fabrication of a Au-polystyrene sphere substrate with three-dimensional nanofeatures for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Hu, Xiaotang; Xu, Zongwei; Li, Kang; Fang, Fengzhou; Wang, Liyang

    2015-11-01

    Methods for fabricating three-dimensional nanofeature arrays for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) substrates were explored by combining the self-assembly of nanoscale polystyrene (PS) spheres with subsequent Au film ion sputter coating modulation. The substrate's nanoscale hot-spot features were controlled using the Au coating film thickness regulation and focused ion beam (FIB) nano-patterning regulation methods. Scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy were employed to analyze the substrate morphology and the enhancement mechanism of the three-dimensional SERS substrate. PS microspheres with diameters of 151 nm and 360 nm were coated with Au layers of different thicknesses ranging from 10 nm to 270 nm. The configuration of the Au-PS spheres can be regulated to hexagonal close packing with nanoscale V-shaped slits with a 10-20 nm gap pattern. Nanoscale Au particles and clusters with a clear outline covered the surface of the PS spheres, in which the multiple-scale structures increase the specific surface area of the SERS-active substrate. Nanoscale cracks formed on the smaller Au-PS spheres with a diameter of 151 nm, which also exhibited strong SERS activity. The substrate surface temperature regularly increased after Au coating, and the thermal expansion coefficient difference and PS glass transition properties were studied to explain the Au-PS spheres nanofeature configuration development. The fabricated Au-PS spheres SERS feature is a type of three-dimensional and highly ordered array, which can show Raman scattering characteristics by providing a SERS enhancement factor of greater than 107.

  1. Vanadium and molybdenum oxide thin films on Au(111). Growth and surface characterization

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    Guimond, Sebastien

    2009-06-04

    The growth and the surface structure of well-ordered V{sub 2}O{sub 3}, V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and MoO{sub 3} thin films have been investigated in this work. These films are seen as model systems for the study of elementary reaction steps occurring on vanadia and molybdena-based selective oxidation catalysts. It is shown that well-ordered V{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) thin films can be prepared on Au(111). The films are terminated by vanadyl groups which are not part of the V{sub 2}O{sub 3} bulk structure. Electron irradiation specifically removes the oxygen atoms of the vanadyl groups, resulting in a V-terminated surface. The fraction of removed vanadyl groups is controlled by the electron dose. Such surfaces constitute interesting models to probe the relative role of both the vanadyl groups and the undercoordinated V ions at the surface of vanadia catalysts. The growth of well-ordered V{sub 2}O{sub 5}(001) and MoO{sub 3}(010) thin films containing few point defects is reported here for the first time. These films were grown on Au(111) by oxidation under 50 mbar O{sub 2} in a dedicated high pressure cell. Contrary to some of the results found in the literature, the films are not easily reduced by annealing in UHV. This evidences the contribution of radiation and surface contamination in some of the reported thermal reduction experiments. The growth of ultrathin V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and MoO{sub 3} layers on Au(111) results in formation of interface-specific monolayer structures. These layers are coincidence lattices and they do not correspond to any known oxide bulk structure. They are assumed to be stabilized by electronic interaction with Au(111). Their formation illustrates the polymorphic character and the ease of coordination units rearrangement which are characteristic of both oxides. The formation of a second layer apparently precedes the growth of bulk-like crystallites for both oxides. This observation is at odds with a common assumption that crystals nucleate as soon as a

  2. Blood surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy based on Ag and Au nanoparticles for nasopharyngeal cancer detection

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    Lin, Duo; Ge, Xiaosong; Lin, Xueliang; Chen, Guannan; Chen, Rong

    2016-05-01

    This study aims to evaluate and compare the utility of blood surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) based on Au or Ag nanoparticles (NPs), respectively, for detection of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). A rapid home-made Raman system was employed for SERS measurement, and high quality SERS spectra can be recorded from blood plasma samples belonging to 60 healthy volunteers and 100 NPC patients, using both metallic NPs. The spectral differences under Ag-SERS measurement between the normal and cancer groups are more significant than Au-SERS. Principal component analysis combined with linear discriminant analysis (PCA-LDA) was used for differentiating the two blood groups with a diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of 90% and 95%, respectively, using Ag-SERS method, which has almost a 20% improvement in diagnostic specificity in comparison to Au-SERS. This exploratory study demonstrates that blood SERS based on Ag NPs is capable of achieving a better diagnostic performance for NPC detection, and has promising potential for improving NPC screening.

  3. Intermixing behaviors of PCBM with CuPc on Au(1 1 1) surface

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    Masui, Akane; Sakaue, Hiroyuki; Takahagi, Takayuki; Suzuki, Hitoshi

    2016-09-01

    The behavior of phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and copper-phthalocyanine (CuPc) on a Au(1 1 1) surface was investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). When CuPc was deposited in addition to PCBM it entered and disturbed the regularly spaced double row superstructure of the PCBM molecules. PCBM intermixed with CuPc to form a new square shaped superstructure that consisted of six to eight PCBM molecules with a CuPc molecule in its center. The intermixing of these materials that was observed indicated that they possessed an attractive interaction.

  4. Self-Assembled Structures of Benzoic Acid on Au(111) Surface

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    Vu, Thu-Hien; Wandlowski, Thomas

    2017-02-01

    Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy combined with cyclic voltammetry were employed to explore the self-assembly of benzoic acid (BA) on a Au(111) substrate surface in a 0.1-M HClO4 solution. At the negatively charged surface, BA molecules form two highly ordered physisorbed adlayers with their phenyl rings parallel to the substrate surface. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy images reveal the packing arrangement and internal molecular structures. The striped pattern and zigzag structure of the BA adlayers are composed of parallel rows of dimers, in which two BA molecules are bound through a pair of O-H···O hydrogen bonds. Increasing the electrode potential further to positive charge densities of Au(111) leads to the desorption of the physisorbed hydrogen-bonded networks and the formation of a chemisorbed adlayer. BA molecules change their orientation from planar to upright fashion, which is accompanied by the deprotonation of the carboxyl group. Furthermore, potential-induced formation and dissolution of BA adlayers were also investigated. Structural transitions between the various types of ordered adlayers occur according to a nucleation and growth mechanism.

  5. TMAA surface-molecule photon interactions on Au-supported TiO2 nanocrystals

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    Osgood, Richard; Potapenko, Denis; Li, Zhisheng

    2015-03-01

    Nanostructured titanium dioxide is a versatile photocatalytic material. While its photocatalytic properties have been extensively studied in liquid/gas-phase environments, studies of the physics of photoinduced dynamics and reactions on bare well characterized titania nanoparticles using surface science tools have been lacking. Here we explore these photoinduced properties of TMAA-dosed TiO2 nanocrystals prepared in situ on Au(111) substrate with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD). Photodesorption of trimethyl acetic acid was chosen as a model for light-driven reaction dynamics since it is easily imaged with STM and since this system has been the subject of many earlier studies. For comparison, we explored dynamics of TMAA on TiO2 rutile(110) by exposing it to monochromatized UV light and by injecting charges from the STM tip. We then demonstrated that 1-3 nm high and 10-25 nm wide nanocrystals of TiO2 grown on Au(111) surface also exhibit photoreaction activity for TMAA when illumined with UV light. TPD results, which provided surface-averaged information, agree well with STM data and demonstrate TMAA desorption on a single-molecule basis.

  6. In situ STM imaging and direct electrochemistry of Pyrococcus furiosus ferredoxin assembled on thiolate-modified Au(111) surfaces

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Christensen, Hans Erik Mølager; Ooi, Bee Lean

    2004-01-01

    We have addressed here electron transfer (ET) of Pyrococcus furiosus ferredoxin (PfFd, 7.5 kDa) in both homogeneous solution using edge plane graphite (EPG) electrodes and in the adsorbed state by electrochemistry on surface-modified single-crystal Au(111) electrodes, This has been supported...... surface modified by the same functional group monolayer and to address diffusionless direct electrochemistry, as well as surface microstructures of the protein monolayer. PfFd molecules were found to assemble on either mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) or cysteine-modified Au(111) surfaces in stable monolayers...

  7. Epitaxial niobium (011) surfaces as a template for Cu(3)Au

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    Appleton, Randal Scott

    2001-10-01

    The symmetry breaking between ABC and ACB stacking twins in the growth of Cu3Au (111) thin films on Nb (011) is investigated. Nb films, similar to the buffer layers upon which Cu3Au is grown, are studied with low energy electron microscopy for the first time. Microscopy of the Nb surface reveals the organization of an oxygen-induced Nb surface which reconstructs into a stripe phase at and just below T0 = 1230 +/- 30°C. Above this temperature the reconstruction lifts. At temperatures more than 100K below T0 the surface is dominated by a single reconstruction variant. This symmetry breaking is attributed to shear from anisotropic thermal contraction of the Al2O3 substrate. The response of stripes to in-plane shear is also observed within strain fields caused by dislocations in the Nb film. These behaviors lead to a model of stripe behavior based on a competition between surface and bulk elastic energy. Additionally, LEEM studies show steps on the Nb surface which coalesce into bcc {110} nanofacets. The nanofacets intersect the (011) plane at 90° and 60° angles and completely accommodate sample miscut at low temperature. At high temperature the steps are of single height and occur in all orientations. A phase diagram is proposed for the surface facets as a function of temperature and miscut azimuth. Cu3Au films are grown under a number of conditions, which isolates step nucleation as the key to the stacking bias. The stacking ratio has a sinusoidal dependance on miscut azimuth. The ratio depends on miscut magnitude first linearly but with a rapid increase for miscuts; near 1°. This behavior fits well with a model of selective step nucleation for adatoms within diffusion distance of surface steps. Variations in average adatom chemistry and size have little effect, leaving the best explanation for stacking selection as an adatom affinity for step nucleation due to increased coordination number and reduced energy at step sites.

  8. Characteristics of localized surface plasmons excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles.

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    Tanaka, Daisuke; Imazu, Keisuke; Sung, Jinwoo; Park, Cheolmin; Okamoto, Koichi; Tamada, Kaoru

    2015-10-07

    The fundamental characteristics of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles (AgNPs and AuNPs, respectively) were investigated. Mixed monolayered films were fabricated at the air-water interface at different mixing ratios. The films retained their phase-segregated morphologies in which AuNPs formed several 10 to 100 nm island domains in a homogeneous AgNP matrix phase. The LSPR bands originating from the self-assembled domains shifted to longer wavelengths as the domain size increased, as predicted by a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation. The FDTD simulation also revealed that even an alternating-lattice-structured two-dimensional (2D) AgNP/AuNP film retained two isolated LSPR bands, revealing that the plasmon resonances excited on each particle did not couple even in a continuous 2D sheet, unlike in the homologous NP system. The fluorescence quenching test of Cy3 and Cy5 dyes confirmed that the independent functions of AuNPs and AgNPs remained in the mixed films, whereas the AuNPs exhibited significantly higher quenching efficiency for the Cy3 dye compared with AgNPs due to the overlap of the excitation/emission bands of the dyes with the AuNP LSPR band. Various applications can be considered using this nanoheterostructured plasmonic assembly to excite spatially designed, high-density LSPR on macroscopic surfaces.

  9. Zinc (hydr)oxide/graphite oxide/AuNPs composites: role of surface features in H₂S reactive adsorption.

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    Giannakoudakis, Dimitrios A; Bandosz, Teresa J

    2014-12-15

    Zinc hydroxide/graphite oxide/AuNPs composites with various levels of complexity were synthesized using an in situ precipitation method. Then they were used as H2S adsorbents in visible light. The materials' surfaces were characterized before and after H2S adsorption by various physical and chemical methods (XRD, FTIR, thermal analysis, potentiometric titration, adsorption of nitrogen and SEM/EDX). Significant differences in surface features and synergistic effects were found depending on the materials' composition. Addition of graphite oxide and the deposition of gold nanoparticles resulted in a marked increase in the adsorption capacity in comparison with that on the zinc hydroxide and zinc hydroxide/AuNP. Addition of AuNPs to zinc hydroxide led to a crystalline ZnO/AuNP composite while the zinc hydroxide/graphite oxide/AuNP composite was amorphous. The ZnOH/GO/AuNPs composite exhibited the greatest H2S adsorption capacity due to the increased number of OH terminal groups and the conductive properties of GO that facilitated the electron transfer and consequently the formation of superoxide ions promoting oxidation of hydrogen sulfide. AuNPs present in the composite increased the conductivity, helped with electron transfer to oxygen, and prevented the fast recombination of the electrons and holes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Surface plasmon-enhanced ultraviolet photodetectors by using Au nanoparticles embedded in MgZnO thin films

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    Guo, Z. X.; Jiang, D. Y.; Zhao, M.; Zheng, T.; Lv, J. W.; Pei, J. N.; Hu, N.; Gao, S.; Liang, Q. C.; Zhao, J. X.; Hou, J. H.; Qin, J. M.

    2017-09-01

    This paper demonstrates surface plasmons (SPs) enhanced MgZnO ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors grown by a radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique, and the magnesium concentration is 30%. Predominantly, well-defined Au NPs with different sizes were produced embedded in MgZnO thin films. Notably, at 30 V applied bias, the proper combination MgZnO/Au NPs (40 s), responsivity as high as 341.08 A/W is achieved after optimizing the process. Impressively, the excellent comprehensive performance of MgZnO/Au NPs UV photodetectors should have great applied potential, a physical mechanism is given to explain the above results.

  11. Controlled electrodeposition of Au monolayer film on ionic liquid

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    Ma, Qiang; Pang, Liuqing; Li, Man; Zhang, Yunxia; Ren, Xianpei; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-05-01

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles have been attractive for centuries for their vibrant appearance enhanced by their interaction with sunlight. Nowadays, there have been tremendous research efforts to develop them for high-tech applications including therapeutic agents, sensors, organic photovoltaics, medical applications, electronics and catalysis. However, there remains to be a challenge to fabricate a monolayer Au coating with complete coverage in controlled fashion. Here we present a facile method to deposit a uniform Au monolayer (ML) film on the [BMIM][PF6] ionic liquid substrate using an electrochemical deposition process. It demonstrates that it is feasible to prepare a solid phase coating on the liquid-based substrate. Moreover, the thickness of the monolayer coating can be controlled to a layer-by-layer accuracy.

  12. Internal-Modified Dithiol DNA-Directed Au Nanoassemblies: Geometrically Controlled Self-Assembly and Quantitative Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Properties

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    Yan, Yuan; Shan, Hangyong; Li, Min; Chen, Shu; Liu, Jianyu; Cheng, Yanfang; Ye, Cui; Yang, Zhilin; Lai, Xuandi; Hu, Jianqiang

    2015-11-01

    In this work, a hierarchical DNA-directed self-assembly strategy to construct structure-controlled Au nanoassemblies (NAs) has been demonstrated by conjugating Au nanoparticles (NPs) with internal-modified dithiol single-strand DNA (ssDNA) (Au-B-A or A-B-Au-B-A). It is found that the dithiol-ssDNA-modified Au NPs and molecule quantity of thiol-modified ssDNA grafted to Au NPs play critical roles in the assembly of geometrically controlled Au NAs. Through matching Au-DNA self-assembly units, geometrical structures of the Au NAs can be tailored from one-dimensional (1D) to quasi-2D and 2D. Au-B-A conjugates readily give 1D and quasi-2D Au NAs while 2D Au NAs can be formed by A-B-Au-B-A building blocks. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) measurements and 3D finite-difference time domain (3D-FDTD) calculation results indicate that the geometrically controllable Au NAs have regular and linearly “hot spots”-number-depended SERS properties. For a certain number of NPs, the number of “hot spots” and accordingly enhancement factor of Au NAs can be quantitatively evaluated, which open a new avenue for quantitative analysis based on SERS technique.

  13. Peptide-Directed PdAu Nanoscale Surface Segregation: Toward Controlled Bimetallic Architecture for Catalytic Materials.

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    Bedford, Nicholas M; Showalter, Allison R; Woehl, Taylor J; Hughes, Zak E; Lee, Sungsik; Reinhart, Benjamin; Ertem, S Piril; Coughlin, E Bryan; Ren, Yang; Walsh, Tiffany R; Bunker, Bruce A

    2016-09-27

    Bimetallic nanoparticles are of immense scientific and technological interest given the synergistic properties observed when two different metallic species are mixed at the nanoscale. This is particularly prevalent in catalysis, where bimetallic nanoparticles often exhibit improved catalytic activity and durability over their monometallic counterparts. Yet despite intense research efforts, little is understood regarding how to optimize bimetallic surface composition and structure synthetically using rational design principles. Recently, it has been demonstrated that peptide-enabled routes for nanoparticle synthesis result in materials with sequence-dependent catalytic properties, providing an opportunity for rational design through sequence manipulation. In this study, bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles are synthesized with a small set of peptides containing known Pd and Au binding motifs. The resulting nanoparticles were extensively characterized using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and high-energy X-ray diffraction coupled to atomic pair distribution function analysis. Structural information obtained from synchrotron radiation methods was then used to generate model nanoparticle configurations using reverse Monte Carlo simulations, which illustrate sequence dependence in both surface structure and surface composition. Replica exchange with solute tempering molecular dynamics simulations were also used to predict the modes of peptide binding on monometallic surfaces, indicating that different sequences bind to the metal interfaces via different mechanisms. As a testbed reaction, electrocatalytic methanol oxidation experiments were performed, wherein differences in catalytic activity are clearly observed in materials with identical bimetallic composition. Taken together, this study indicates that peptides could be used to arrive at bimetallic surfaces with enhanced catalytic properties, which could be leveraged

  14. Phase modification and surface plasmon resonance of Au/WO{sub 3} system

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    Bose, R. Jolly; Kavitha, V.S. [Department of Optoelectronics, University of Kerala, Kariyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram 691574, Kerala (India); Sudarsanakumar, C. [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarshini Hills, Kottayam 686560, Kerala (India); Pillai, V.P. Mahadevan, E-mail: vpmpillai9@gmail.com [Department of Optoelectronics, University of Kerala, Kariyavattom, Thiruvananthapuram 691574, Kerala (India)

    2016-08-30

    Highlights: • We have investigated the role of gold as catalyst and nucleation centers, for the crystallization and phase modification of tungsten oxide, in Au/WO{sub 3} matrix. • The phase change from triclinic WO{sub 3} to monoclinic W{sub 18}O{sub 49} is found to enhance with gold incorporation. • The surface plasmon resonance is observed in gold/tungsten oxide system with the appearance of an absorption band near the wavelength 604 nm. - Abstract: We report the action of gold as catalyst for the modification of phase from triclinic WO{sub 3} to monoclinic W{sub 18}O{sub 49} and nucleation centre for the formation of W{sub 18}O{sub 49} phase, in gold incorporated tungsten oxide films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique. A new band is observed near 925 cm{sup −1} in the Raman spectra of gold incorporated tungsten oxide films which is not observed in the pure tungsten oxide film. The intensity of this band enhances with gold content. A localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) band is observed near the wavelength 604 nm in gold incorporated tungsten oxide films. The integrated intensities of LSPR band and Raman band (∼925 cm{sup −1}) can be used for sensing the quantity of gold in the Au/WO{sub 3} matrix.

  15. Enthalpy-Entropy Tuning in the Adsorption of Nucleobases at the Au(111) Surface.

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    Rosa, Marta; Corni, Stefano; Di Felice, Rosa

    2014-04-08

    The interaction of DNA molecules with hard substrates is of paramount importance both for the study of DNA itself and for the variety of possible technological applications. Interaction with inorganic surfaces strongly modifies the helical shape of DNA. Hence, an accurate understanding of DNA structure and function at interfaces is a fundamental question with enormous impact in science and society. This work sets the fundamentals for the simulation of entire DNA oligomers on gold surfaces in dry and wet conditions. Thanks to the new GolDNA-AMBER force field, which was derived from first principles and includes dispersion interactions and polarization effects, we simulated self-assembled guanine and adenine monolayers on Au(111) in vacuo and the adsorption of all nucleobases on the same substrate in aqueous conditions. The periodic monolayers obtained from classical simulations match very well those from first principle calculations and experiments, assessing the robustness of the force field and motivating the application to more complex systems for which quantum calculations are not affordable and experiments are elusive. The energetics of nucleobases on Au(111) in solution reveal fundamental physicochemical effects: we find that the adsorption paradigm shifts from purely enthalpic to dominantly entropic by changing the environment and aggregation phase.

  16. Plasmonic detection of mercury via amalgam formation on surface-immobilized single Au nanorods

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    Schopf, Carola; Martín, Alfonso; Iacopino, Daniela

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Au nanorods were used as plasmonic transducers for investigation of mercury detection through a mechanism of amalgam formation at the nanorod surfaces. Marked scattering color transitions and associated blue shifts of the surface plasmon resonance peak wavelengths (λ max) were measured in individual nanorods by darkfield microscopy upon chemical reduction of Hg(II). Such changes were related to compositional changes occurring as a result of Hg–Au amalgam formation as well as morphological changes in the nanorods’ aspect ratios. The plot of λ max shifts vs. Hg(II) concentration showed a linear response in the 10–100 nM concentration range. The sensitivity of the system was ascribed to the narrow width of single nanorod scattering spectra, which allowed accurate determination of peak shifts. The system displayed good selectivity as the optical response obtained for mercury was one order of magnitude higher than the response obtained with competitor ions. Analysis of mercury content in river and tap water were also performed and highlighted both the potential and limitation of the developed method for real sensing applications. PMID:28179959

  17. A Nanostructured Bifunctional platform for Sensing of Glucose Biomarker in Artificial Saliva: Synergy in hybrid Pt/Au surfaces.

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    Raymundo-Pereira, Paulo A; Shimizu, Flávio M; Coelho, Dyovani; Piazzeta, Maria H O; Gobbi, Angelo L; Machado, Sergio A S; Oliveira, Osvaldo N

    2016-12-15

    We report on a bimetallic, bifunctional electrode where a platinum (Pt) surface was patterned with nanostructured gold (Au) fingers with different film thicknesses, which was functionalized with glucose oxidase (GOx) to yield a highly sensitive glucose biosensor. This was achieved by using selective adsorption of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) onto Au fingers, which allowed GOx immobilization only onto the Au-SAM surface. This modified electrode was termed bifunctional because it allowed to simultaneously immobilize the biomolecule (GOx) on gold to catalyze glucose, and detect hydrogen peroxide on Pt sites. Optimized electrocatalytic activity was reached for the architecture Pt/Au-SAM/GOx with 50nm thickness of Au, where synergy between Pt and Au allowed for detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) at a low applied potential (0V vs. Ag/AgCl). Detection was performed for H2O2 in the range between 4.7 and 102.7 nmol L(-1), with detection limit of 3.4×10(-9) mol L(-1) (3.4 nmol L(-1)) and an apparent Michaelis-Menten rate constant of 3.2×10(-6)molL(-1), which is considerably smaller than similar devices with monometallic electrodes. The methodology was validated by measuring glucose in artificial saliva, including in the presence of interferents. The synergy between Pt and Au was confirmed in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements with an increased electron transfer, compared to bare Pt and Au electrodes. The approach for fabricating the reproducible bimetallic Pt/Au electrodes is entirely generic and may be explored for other types of biosensors and biodevices where advantage can be taken of the combination of the two metals.

  18. Bi-and Au-Induced Reconstructions on GaAs(001)-2×4 Surface

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    TANG Zhe; YANG Shen-Yuan; JIANG Ying; WANG Wen-Xin; JIA Jin-Feng; XUE Qi-Sun; WANG En-Ge; WU Ke-Hui

    2008-01-01

    @@ Submonolayer Bi and Au adsorptions on the GaAs(001)-2×4 surface are investigated by scanning tunnelling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction and first-principles calculations. The 1 × 4 and 3 × 4 reconstructed surface induced by Bi and Au, respectively, are reveaied and their structural models are proposed based on experiments and first-principles calculations. Moreover, the validity of the recently proposed generalized electron counting (GEC) model [Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 (2006) 126103] is examined in detail by using the two surfaces. The GEC model perfectly explains the structural features, such as the characteristic short double-line structure in the Bi-1 × 4 surface and the 3× arrangement of four-atom Au clusters.

  19. Surface-confined 2D polymerization of a brominated copper-tetraphenylporphyrin on Au(111)

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    Smykalla, Lars; Korb, Marcus; Lang, Heinrich; Hietschold, Michael

    2015-01-01

    A coupling-limited approach for the Ullmann reaction-like on-surface synthesis of a two-dimensional covalent organic network starting from a halogenated metallo-porphyrin is demonstrated. Copper-octabromo-tetraphenylporphyrin molecules can diffuse and self-assemble when adsorbed on the inert Au(111) surface. Splitting-off of bromine atoms bonded at the macrocyclic core of the porphyrin starts at room temperature after the deposition and is monitored by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for different annealing steps. Direct coupling between the reactive carbon sites of the molecules is, however, hindered by the molecular shape. This leads initially to an ordered non-covalently interconnected supramolecular structure. Further heating to 300{\\deg}C and an additional hydrogen dissociation step is required to link the molecular macrocycles via a phenyl group and form large ordered polymeric networks. This approach leads to a close-packed covalently bonded network of overall good quality. The structures are characte...

  20. Ion-beam-induced nanodots formation from Au/Si thin films on quartz surface

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    Datta, D.P.; Siva, V.; Singh, A. [School of Physical Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, Jatni - 752050, Odisha (India); Joshi, S.R. [Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar 751005, Odisha (India); Kanjilal, D. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Sahoo, P.K., E-mail: pratap.sahoo@niser.ac.in [School of Physical Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, Jatni - 752050, Odisha (India)

    2016-07-15

    We report the synthesis of Si nanodots on quartz surface using ion irradiation. When a bi-layer of ultrathin Au and Si on quartz surface is irradiated by 500 keV Xe-ion beam, the bi-layer spontaneously transforms into nanodots at a fluence of 5 × 10{sup 14} ions cm{sup −2}. The spatial density and diameter of the nanodots are reduced with increase in applied ion fluence. The nanostructures exhibit photoluminescence in the visible range at room temperature where the intensity and wavelength depends upon ion fluence. The observed evolution seems to be correlated to ion beam mixing induced silicide formation at Au–Si interface.

  1. Efficient H{sub 2} production over Au/graphene/TiO{sub 2} induced by surface plasmon resonance of Au and band-gap excitation of TiO{sub 2}

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    Liu, Yang; Yu, Hongtao [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (Ministry of Education, China), School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wang, Hua, E-mail: wanghua@dlou.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (Ministry of Education, China), School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Fisheries and Life Science, Dalian Ocean University, Dalian 116023 (China); Chen, Shuo [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (Ministry of Education, China), School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Quan, Xie, E-mail: quanxie@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (Ministry of Education, China), School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Both surface plasmon resonance and band-gap excitation were used for H{sub 2} production. • Au/Gr/TiO{sub 2} composite photocatalyst was synthesized. • Au/Gr/TiO{sub 2} exhibited enhancement of light absorption and charge separation. • H{sub 2} production rate of Au/Gr/TiO{sub 2} was about 2 times as high as that of Au/TiO{sub 2}. - Abstract: H{sub 2} production over Au/Gr/TiO{sub 2} composite photocatalyst induced by surface plasmon resonance of Au and band-gap excitation of TiO{sub 2} using graphene (Gr) as an electron acceptor has been investigated. Electron paramagnetic resonance study indicated that, in this composite, Gr collected electrons not only from Au with surface plasmon resonance but also from TiO{sub 2} with band-gap excitation. Surface photovoltage and UV–vis absorption measurements revealed that compared with Au/TiO{sub 2}, Au/Gr/TiO{sub 2} displayed more effective photogenerated charge separation and higher optical absorption. Benefiting from these advantages, the H{sub 2} production rate of Au/Gr/TiO{sub 2} composite with Gr content of 1.0 wt% and Au content of 2.0 wt% was about 2 times as high as that of Au/TiO{sub 2}. This work represents an important step toward the efficient application of both surface plasmon resonance and band-gap excitation on the way to converting solar light into chemical energy.

  2. Chemical Enhancement on Surface-Enhanced Resonance Raman Scattering of Au3-1,4-BenzenedithioI-Au3 Junction

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    Xiu-rning Zhao; Xiao-rui Tian; Sha-sha Liu; Yuan-zuo Lia; Mao-du Chen

    2011-01-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) spectra of the 1,4-benzenedithiol molecule in the junction of two Au3 clusters have been calculated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT method.In order to investigate the contribution of charge transfer (CT) enhancement,the wavelengths of incident light are chosen to be at resonance with four representative excited states,which correspond to CT in four different forms.Compared with SERS spectrum,SERRS spectra are enhanced enormously with distinct enhancement factors,which can be attributed to CT resonance in different forms.

  3. Chemial Bond and Stability of Adsorption of[Au(AsS3)]2- on the Surface of Kaolinite

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    MIN Xin-min; CHEN Yun; HONG Han-lie

    2004-01-01

    Density function theory and discrete variation method (DFT-DVM) were used to study the adsorption of [Au(AsS3 ) ]2- on the surface of kaolinite. The correlation among structure, chemical bond and stability was discussed. Several models were selected with [ Au( AsS3 ) ]2- in different directions and sites. The resultsshow that the models with gold on the edge of kaolinite basal layer contain pincerlike bond among gold and severaloxygen atoms and form strong Au - O covalent bond, so these models are more stable than those with gold aboveor under the layer. The models with gold near to [ AlO2(OH)4 ] octahedra are more stable than those with goldnear to the vacancy without aluminium. These two stable tendencies in kaolinite- [ Au( AsS3 ) ]2- are stronger thanthat in kaolinite-Au systems. The interaction between [ Au( AsS3 ) ]2- and kaolinite is stronger than that betweengold and kaolinite, and this interaction is strong enough to form the surface complexes.

  4. Enhancement of Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity of Mesoporous Au-TiO2 Nanocomposites by Surface Plasmon Resonance

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mesoporous Au-TiO2 nanocomposite plasmonic photocatalyst with visible-light photoactivity was prepared by a simple spray hydrolytic method using photoreduction technique at 90∘C. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The formation of hydroxyl radicals (•OH on the surface of visible-light illuminated Au-TiO2 nanocomposites was detected by the luminescence technique using terephthalic acid as probe molecules. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of Rhodamine-B (RhB aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation (λ >  420 nm. The results revealed that the TiO2 could be crystallized via spray hydrolysis method, and the photoreduction technique was facilitated to prepare Au nanoparticles in the mesoporous TiO2 at 90∘C. The light absorption, the formation rate of hydroxyl radicals, and photocatalytic decolorization of Rhodamine-B aqueous solution were significantly enhanced by those embedded Au nanoparticles in the Au-TiO2 nanocomposites. The prepared Au-TiO2 nanocomposites exhibit a highly visible-light photocatalytic activity for photocatalytic degradation of RhB in water, and their photocatalytic activity is higher than that of the pristine TiO2 nanoparticles due to the surface plasmon resonance.

  5. Lifting of the Au(100) surface reconstruction by Pt, Cr, Fe, and Cu adsorption

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    Tempas, Christopher D.; Skomski, Daniel; Tait, Steven L.

    2016-12-01

    The adsorption and growth of metals on the surfaces of other metals is an important topic for studies of heterogeneous catalysis and bimetallic nanoparticles. The surface structure of these systems impacts nanoparticle growth, catalytic activity, and reaction selectivity. In these experiments, platinum, chromium, iron, or copper were vapor deposited on the reconstructed Au(100) surface. The initial growth of each metal was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Each of the four metals forms anisotropic rectangular islands oriented in the direction of the gold reconstruction rows. The gradual lifting of the surface reconstruction by increased metal coverage is observed, and the reconstruction is fully lifted after 0.5 ML of Pt, Cr, or Fe, or by 3.3 ML of Cu. After the reconstruction is lifted, the island shape changes from rectangular to square, illustrating the effect of surface structure on growth. Second layer islands begin to form before the completion of the first full layer.

  6. Surface Plasmon Resonance Characteristics of Optical Fiber Incorporated with Au Nano-Particles in Cladding Region.

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    Ju, Seongmin; Jeong, Seongmook; Kim, Youngwoong; Lee, Sang-Hyun; Han, Won-Taek

    2016-06-01

    A novel surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor based on specialty optical fiber having its cladding doped with Au nano-particles (NPs) was developed by modified chemical vapor deposition process. To optimize the SPR absorption and sensitivity of the fiber SPR sensor, effect of the fiber length (20 cm-90 cm) on sensing capability of refractive index (n = 1.418-1.448) was investigated. Absorption peaks appearing at 392 and 790 nm were due to SPR from Au NPs in the cladding region of the optical fiber. The SPR was found to occur at particular wavelengths around 390 nm for the corresponding refractive indices regardless of the length of the fiber, increased with the increase of the index. The measured SPR sensitivities (wavelength/RIU) of the fiber were estimated to be 407 nm/RIU, 217 nm/RIU, and 54 nm/RIU with the fiber lengths of 20 cm, 45 cm, and 90 cm, respectively. The SPR absorption intensity and FWHM decreased with the increase of the fiber length because the propagation loss of the signal through the fiber cladding region increased.

  7. Surface-confined fluorescence enhancement of Au nanoclusters anchoring to a two-dimensional ultrathin nanosheet toward bioimaging

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    Tian, Rui; Yan, Dongpeng; Li, Chunyang; Xu, Simin; Liang, Ruizheng; Guo, Lingyan; Wei, Min; Evans, David G.; Duan, Xue

    2016-05-01

    Gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) as ultrasmall fluorescent nanomaterials possess discrete electronic energy and unique physicochemical properties, but suffer from relatively low quantum yield (QY) which severely affects their application in displays and imaging. To solve this conundrum and obtain highly-efficient fluorescent emission, 2D exfoliated layered double hydroxide (ELDH) nanosheets were employed to localize Au NCs with a density as high as 5.44 × 1013 cm-2, by virtue of the surface confinement effect of ELDH. Both experimental studies and computational simulations testify that the excited electrons of Au NCs are strongly confined by MgAl-ELDH nanosheets, which results in a largely promoted QY as well as prolonged fluorescence lifetime (both ~7 times enhancement). In addition, the as-fabricated Au NC/ELDH hybrid material exhibits excellent imaging properties with good stability and biocompatibility in the intracellular environment. Therefore, this work provides a facile strategy to achieve highly luminescent Au NCs via surface-confined emission enhancement imposed by ultrathin inorganic nanosheets, which can be potentially used in bio-imaging and cell labelling.Gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) as ultrasmall fluorescent nanomaterials possess discrete electronic energy and unique physicochemical properties, but suffer from relatively low quantum yield (QY) which severely affects their application in displays and imaging. To solve this conundrum and obtain highly-efficient fluorescent emission, 2D exfoliated layered double hydroxide (ELDH) nanosheets were employed to localize Au NCs with a density as high as 5.44 × 1013 cm-2, by virtue of the surface confinement effect of ELDH. Both experimental studies and computational simulations testify that the excited electrons of Au NCs are strongly confined by MgAl-ELDH nanosheets, which results in a largely promoted QY as well as prolonged fluorescence lifetime (both ~7 times enhancement). In addition, the as-fabricated Au NC

  8. The electro-oxidative activity of cysteine on the Au electrode as evidenced by surface enhanced Raman scattering

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    Liu, Zhaojun; Wu, Guozhen

    2006-05-01

    It is demonstrated from the surface-enhanced Raman scattering that cysteine is adsorbed on the Au electrode via its carboxylate moiety. The mechanism is mainly via the charge transfer involving the π electron-rich carboxylate moiety. The adsorption of cysteine is weak that its diffusion on the Au surface is possible. The collision of two cysteine molecules may lead to the electro-oxidative formation of cystine in an irreversible way due to that the disulfide bond is not in the close vicinity of the electrode and its rupture is hampered. The physical difference as compared to its adsorption on the Ag electrode is stressed.

  9. Correlation between morphology, electron band structure, and resistivity of Pb atomic chains on the Si(5 5 3)-Au surface.

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    Jałochowski, M; Kwapiński, T; Łukasik, P; Nita, P; Kopciuszyński, M

    2016-07-20

    Structural and electron transport properties of multiple Pb atomic chains fabricated on the Si(5 5 3)-Au surface are investigated using scanning tunneling spectroscopy, reflection high electron energy diffraction, angular resolved photoemission electron spectroscopy and in situ electrical resistance. The study shows that Pb atomic chains growth modulates the electron band structure of pristine Si(5 5 3)-Au surface and hence changes its sheet resistivity. Strong correlation between chains morphology, electron band structure and electron transport properties is found. To explain experimental findings a theoretical tight-binding model of multiple atomic chains interacting on effective substrate is proposed.

  10. Structural and electrical properties of an Au film system deposited on silicone oil surfaces

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    Yang Bo; Jin Jin Sheng; Ye Quan Lin; Lao Yan Feng; Jiao Zheng Kuan; Ye Gao Xiang

    2002-01-01

    An Au thin film system, deposited on silicone oil surfaces by the thermal deposition method, has been fabricated and its structure as well as electrical properties has been studied. A web-shaped characteristic surface morphology of the films is observed. The dc sheet resistance R of the metal films on the liquid surfaces is measured during and after deposition in situ by the four-probe method. The time dependence of the sheet resistance can be explained in terms of the film growth mechanism on the oil surface. The anomalous I-V characteristics of the film system can be interpreted as a competition among the local Joule heating, hopping and tunnelling effects. It is found that the dc third-harmonic coefficient B sub 0 and the zero-power resistance R sub 0 satisfy the power-law relation B sub 0 propor to R sub 0 sup 2 sup + sup w and the exponent w is close to zero. This result indicates that the hopping and tunnelling effects in the samples are much stronger than those of the other film systems. We also find I...

  11. Study of Ag induced bimetallic (Au-Ag) nanowires on silicon (5 5 12) surfaces: Experiment and theoretical aspects

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    Bhukta, Anjan; Bagarti, Trilochan; Guha, Puspendu; Ravulapalli, Sathyavathi; Satpati, Biswarup; Rakshit, Bipul; Maiti, Paramita; Parlapalli, Venkata Satyam

    2017-10-01

    The reconstructed vicinal (high index) silicon surfaces, such as, Si (5 5 12) composes row-like structures that can be used as templates for growing aligned nanowires. By using a sub-monolayers of Ag, prior to Au deposition on reconstructed Si (5 512) surface, intermixing of Au and Ag, enhancement of aspect ratio of bimetallic Au-Ag nanowires with tunable morphology is reported. This is attributed to a combined effect of pre-grown Ag strips as nucleation centers for incoming Au ad-atoms and anisotropic Au-Ag intermixing. To achieve optimum conditions for the growth of larger aspect ratio Au-Ag nanostructures, the growth kinetics have been studied by varying growth and annealing temperatures. At ≈400 °C, the Ag diffused into silicon substrate and the inter-diffusion found to inhibit the formation of Au-Ag bimetallic nanostructures. Controlled experiments under ultra-high vacuum condition in a molecular beam epitaxy system and in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy measurements along with ex-situ scanning transmission and secondary electron microscopy measurements have been carried out to understand the bimetallic nanostructure growth. Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations based on kinematics of ad-atoms on an anisotropic template with a solid on solid model in which the relative ratios of binding energies (that are obtained from the Density Functional Theory) have been used and the KMC simulations results agree with the experimental observations. Advantage of having bimetallic structures as effective substrates for Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy application is demonstrated by detecting Rhodamine 6 G (R6G) molecule at the concentration of 10-7M.

  12. Coupling between Surface Plasmon Resonance and electric current in Au stripes

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    Garcia, Miguel Angel; Serrano, Aida; de La Venta, Jose

    2009-03-01

    Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is the most outstanding feature of noble metal films. SPR consists on a collective oscillation of the conduction electrons when excited optically in the appropriate geometrical and energy conditions. The electrical current passing trough the metal film involves also the movement of conduction electrons. Thus, coupling effects are expected between SPR and electrical resistivity. A modification of the SPR when a electrical current passes through the film, could allow the modulation of an optical signal by a electrical one. Similarly, when the film is illuminated at the SPR conditions, the oscillation of the conduction electrons and local heating can induce an enhancement of the electric resistivity that can be used to translate an optical signal into a electric one. Those effects could be useful in the development of new fast optoelectronic transducers. We present here results on Au stripes illuminated to induce the SPR while electric currents flow with different orientation with respect to the light polarization

  13. Long term testing for dropwise condensation using self-assembled monolayer coatings of n-octadecyl mercaptan

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    Vemuri, S.; Kim, K.J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States); Wood, B.D. [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 (United States); Govindaraju, S.; Bell, T.W. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States)

    2006-03-01

    Two different types of hydrophobic coatings have been analyzed experimentally for their ability to promote dropwise condensation (DWC). For any technique used for promoting dropwise condensation, the longevity of the coating is critical if it is to be used in any further applications. Previous studies using self-assembled monolayers of n-octadecyl mercaptan have not reported any information on the ability for promoting DWC beyond 500h of experimentation. In the current research experiments were carried out using self-assembled monolayers for more than 2600h of experimentation and it showed good dropwise phenomena. Stearic acid solution (SAM-1) and n-octadecyl mercaptan solution (SAM-2) were used to form an ultra-thin organic hydrophobic film on the surface. An oxide layer was initially formed on the substrate surface before coating the surface with monolayers. The oxide layer formed on the substrate surface tends to improve the bonding between the substrate and the monolayers which eventually improves the longevity of the coating. In general, a SAM system with a long-chain, hydrophobic group is nano-resistant, meaning that such a system forms a protective hydrophobic layer with negligible heat transfer resistance but a much stronger bond. When compared to complete filmwise condensation, the SAM-2 (n-octadecyl mercaptan) coating increased the condensation heat transfer coefficient by a factor of approximately 3 after 100h of experimentation and by a factor of approximately 1.8 after 2600h of experimentation for copper alloy surfaces, under vacuum condition (33.86kPa). Lifetime of maintaining dropwise condensation is greatly dependent on the bonding of SAM coating to the condensing surface, form the experimental investigation it was evident that n-octadecyl mercaptan showed good DWC due to its covalent bonding with the substrate surface when compared to that of stearic acid which is bonded to the substrate surface by hydrogen bonding. Contact angles were measured for

  14. Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds by Self-assembled Monolayer Coated Sensor Array with Concentration-independent Fingerprints

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    Chang, Ye; Tang, Ning; Qu, Hemi; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Daihua; Zhang, Hao; Pang, Wei; Duan, Xuexin

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we have modeled and analyzed affinities and kinetics of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) adsorption (and desorption) on various surface chemical groups using multiple self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) functionalized film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) array. The high-frequency and micro-scale resonator provides improved sensitivity in the detections of VOCs at trace levels. With the study of affinities and kinetics, three concentration-independent intrinsic parameters (monolayer adsorption capacity, adsorption energy constant and desorption rate) of gas-surface interactions are obtained to contribute to a multi-parameter fingerprint library of VOC analytes. Effects of functional group’s properties on gas-surface interactions are also discussed. The proposed sensor array with concentration-independent fingerprint library shows potential as a portable electronic nose (e-nose) system for VOCs discrimination and gas-sensitive materials selections.

  15. Comparing Ullmann Coupling on Noble Metal Surfaces: On-Surface Polymerization of 1,3,6,8-Tetrabromopyrene on Cu(111) and Au(111)

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Song, Fei; Nguyen, Manh-Thuong;

    2016-01-01

    The on-surface polymerization of 1,3,6,8-tetrabromopyrene (Br4Py) on Cu(111) and Au(111) surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions was investigated by a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations...

  16. Photoluminescent Au-Ge composite nanodots formation on SiO2 surface by ion induced dewetting

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    Datta, D. P.; Siva, V.; Singh, A.; Kanjilal, D.; Sahoo, P. K.

    2017-09-01

    Medium energy ion irradiation on a bilayer of Au and Ge on SiO2 is observed to result in gradual morphological evolution from an interconnected network to a nanodot array on the insulator surface. Structural and compositional analyses reveal composite nature of the nanodots, comprising of both Au and Ge. The growing nanostructures are found to be photoluminescent at room temperature where the emission intensity and wavelengths vary with morphology. The growth of such nanostructures can be understood in terms of dewetting of the metal layer under ion irradiation due to ion-induced melting along the ion tracks. The visible PL emission is found to be related with evolution of the Au-Ge nanodots. The study indicates a route towards single step synthesis of metal-semiconductor nanodots on insulator surface.

  17. Electromagnetic Enhancement Factor of Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering of Rh6G Molecules on Au Nanoparticles

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    Seo, Jaetae; Kim, Wanjoong; Jung, Sungsoo

    2009-05-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of molecules on nanometals has been intensively studied for technical application of bio-chemical sensing. Among physical origins of SERS enhancement, the electromagnetic effect is the most fundamental contribution of SERS enhancement. Relevant REF of C-C stretching mode of Rh6G near 1511 cm-1 was shown two-order enhancement with 5-nm Au colloidal nanoparticles. The REF was greatly enhanced up to ˜six orders with ˜35 nm Au particles, and was enhanced ˜five orders with 40-nm Au nanoparticles. The reduction of REF with smaller sizes is possibly due to the scattering of conduction electrons on particles surfaces; that with larger sizes is probably due to tips or complex structures. This work at Hampton University was supported by the National Science Foundation (HRD-0734635, HRD-0630372, and ESI-0426328/002) and the U.S. Army Research Office (W911NF-07-1-0608).

  18. Assembling of redox proteins on Au(111) surfaces: A scanning probe microscopy investigation for application in bio-nanodevices

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    Andolfi, L. [Biophysics and Nanoscience Centre, INFM-CNISM, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Universita della Tuscia, Viterbo, I-01100 (Italy); Bizzarri, A.R. [Biophysics and Nanoscience Centre, INFM-CNISM, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Universita della Tuscia, Viterbo, I-01100 (Italy); Cannistraro, S. [Biophysics and Nanoscience Centre, INFM-CNISM, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Universita della Tuscia, Viterbo, I-01100 (Italy)]. E-mail: cannistr@unitus.it

    2006-09-25

    The morphology and conductive properties of azurin molecules, chemically attached to sulfhydryl terminated alkanethiol monolayer assembled on Au(111) surface, are mapped at single molecule level and compared with those observed for the same molecule immobilised on bare Au(111). High-resolution Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy shows that the protein molecules immobilised on modified gold, better reproduces the crystallographic height of the protein, than that immobilised on bare gold. Such a height recovering is also found in the Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy images. Consistently, a good tunnelling conduction of azurins on the modified gold electrode is demonstrated by Tunnelling Spectroscopy. Cyclic voltammetry measurements show, in addition, that the redox activity of azurin molecules covalently immobilised on sulfhydryl functionalised Au(111) surface is retained. These results are discussed in connection with possible use of this linker in the assembling of nano-hybrid systems.

  19. Relative humidity sensor based on surface plasmon resonance of D-shaped fiber with polyvinyl alcohol embedding Au grating

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    Yan, Haitao; Han, Daofu; Li, Ming; Lin, Bo

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and characterization of a D-shaped fiber coated with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) embedding an Au grating-based relative humidity (RH) sensor. The Au grating is fabricated on a D-shaped fiber to match the wave-vector and excite the surface plasmon, and the PVA is embedded in the Au grating as a sensitive cladding film. The refractive index of PVA changes with the ambient humidity. Measurements in a controlled environment show that the RH sensor can achieve a sensitivity of 5.4 nm per relative humidity unit in the RH range from 0% to 70% RH. Moreover, the surface plasmon resonance can be realized and used for RH sensing at the C band of optical fiber communication instead of the visible light band due to the metallic grating microstructure on the D-shaped fiber.

  20. Theoretical and experimental study on competitive adsorption of SF6 decomposed components on Au-modified anatase (101) surface

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Dong, Xingchen; Gui, Yingang

    2016-11-01

    Partial discharge inside gas insulated switchgear in electric systems will lead to the decomposition of SF6 gas, the insulating medium, producing several kinds of characteristic components. Detecting the species and concentrations of decomposed components of SF6 is considered a feasible way of early-warning to avoid occurrence of sudden fault. As a research hotspot in gas-sensing field, TiO2 nanotubes possess wide application prospect in online monitoring of fault gases in gas insulated switchgear. In this paper, adsorption parameters of SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2, characteristic products of SF6 decomposition, on Au-doped anatase TiO2 (101) surface were calculated using software Materials Studio. The adsorption processes of gas molecules on Au-doped anatase TiO2 (101) surface were theoretically analyzed, which can be used to explain the gas-sensing mechanism of TiO2 nanotubes sensor. Besides, adsorption parameters of Au-doped anatase TiO2 (101) surface were compared with those of intrinsic anatase TiO2 (101) surface. As can be concluded, Au doping changes the sensitivity and selectivity of TiO2 nanotubes to the above three kinds of gases. Furthermore, gas-sensing experiment of intrinsic and Au-doped TiO2 nanotubes to SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2 was carried out, of which the results were consistent with simulation analysis. Research of this paper illustrates sensitive and selective changes of TiO2 nanotubes gas sensor after Au doping, which lays foundation for preparation of gas sensors applied for detection of partial discharge inside gas insulated switchgear.

  1. Surface-enhanced fluorescence immunosensor using Au nano-crosses for the detection of microcystin-LR.

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    Li, Yun; Sun, Jiadi; Wu, Longyun; Ji, Jian; Sun, Xiulan; Qian, Yongzhong

    2014-12-15

    A surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) immunosensor for the detection of microcystin-LR was developed using Au nano-crosses as fluorescence enhancement nanoparticles and cy5 as a fluorescence label molecule. The SEF effects of cy5 in the proximity of Au nanorods and gold nano-crosses was investigated by using Au nanorods or nano-crosses coated negative-charged glass surfaces. Fluorescence measurements indicated that SEF was influenced by the size, shape and distribution of the Au nanoparticles, with an appropriate spacer layer between the Au nanoparticles and the cy5. The enhancement factor was from 2.3- to 35-fold. Under optimal conditions, the SEF immunosensor exhibited a good linear response at microcystin-LR concentrations of 0.02-16 ng mL(-1) (R(2)=0.9981). The limit of detection was 0.007 ng mL(-1) with little adsorption of microcystin-RR, microcystin-LW, and microcystin-LF. High microcystin-LR recoveries were obtained from naturally contaminated fish samples. The SEF immunosensor allows the reliable detection of microcystin-LR in seafood, and has potential in simple, sensitive detection applications.

  2. Atomic structure of screw dislocations intersecting the Au(111) surface: A combined scanning tunneling microscopy and molecular dynamics study

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    Engbæk, Jakob; Schiøtz, Jakob; Dahl-Madsen, Bjarke;

    2006-01-01

    The atomic-scale structure of naturally occurring screw dislocations intersecting a Au(111) surface has been investigated both experimentally by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and theoretically using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The step profiles of 166 dislocations were measured usi...

  3. Change of the surface electronic structure of Au(111) by a monolayer MgO(001) film

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    Pan, Yi; Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim [Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin (Germany); Benedetti, Stefania [CNR, Istituto Nanoscienze, Centro S3, Via G. Campi 213/a, 41100 Modena (Italy)

    2011-07-01

    Monolayer films of MgO(001) have been prepared on an Au(111) surface and explored with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The symmetry mismatch between the hexagonal substrate and the squared over-layer results in the formation of a (6 x 1) super-lattice, as revealed from the distinct stripe pattern observed in the STM. The presence of the oxide film modifies the potential situation at the interface, which induces a substantial up-shift of the Shockley-type surface band on Au(111). The resulting MgO/Au interface band is also characterized by a pseudo-gap at around 0.5 eV that opens at the position of the new Brillouin zone of the enlarged (6 x 1) cell. In addition, the oxide layer gives rise to a drastic decrease of the Au(111) work function, as deduced from the energy position of field-emission resonance on the bare and MgO-covered surface. The work function drop is explained by an interfacial charge transfer from the oxide film into the electro-negative gold surface.

  4. Effect of Na adsorption on the structural and electronic properties of Si(111)√3 × √3-Au surface.

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    Bondarenko, L V; Matetskiy, A V; Yakovlev, A A; Tupchaya, A Y; Gruznev, D V; Ryzhkova, M V; Tsukanov, D A; Borisenko, E A; Chukurov, E N; Denisov, N V; Vilkov, O; Vyalikh, D V; Zotov, A V; Saranin, A A

    2014-02-05

    Adsorption of ∼0.1 ML of Na onto the Si(111)√3 × √3-Au surface held at 300 °C has been found to induce pronounced changes in its structural and electronic properties. Domain wall networks, characteristic of the pristine surface, are removed completely, leading to the formation of a highly ordered homogeneous surface. The original atomic arrangement of the Si(111)√3 × √3-Au is preserved and Na atoms occupy T4 adsorption sites at the centers of surface Si trimers. Upon Na adsorption, a pronounced metallic S1 surface-state band develops. It is characterized by a large spin splitting (momentum splitting at the Fermi level Δk∥ = 0.027 Å(-1) and consequent energy splitting ΔEF = 110 meV), large electron filling (on the order of 0.5 electrons per √3 × √3 unit cell) and small effective electron mass of (0.028 ± 0.006)me. The natural consequence of the latter properties is a high surface conductivity of the Si(111)√3 × √3-(Au, Na) surface.

  5. Non-lithographic SERS substrates: tailoring surface chemistry for Au nanoparticle cluster assembly.

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    Adams, Sarah M; Campione, Salvatore; Caldwell, Joshua D; Bezares, Francisco J; Culbertson, James C; Capolino, Filippo; Ragan, Regina

    2012-07-23

    Near-field plasmonic coupling and local field enhancement in metal nanoarchitectures, such as arrangements of nanoparticle clusters, have application in many technologies from medical diagnostics, solar cells, to sensors. Although nanoparticle-based cluster assemblies have exhibited signal enhancements in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensors, it is challenging to achieve high reproducibility in SERS response using low-cost fabrication methods. Here an innovative method is developed for fabricating self-organized clusters of metal nanoparticles on diblock copolymer thin films as SERS-active structures. Monodisperse, colloidal gold nanoparticles are attached via a crosslinking reaction on self-organized chemically functionalized poly(methyl methacrylate) domains on polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) templates. Thereby nanoparticle clusters with sub-10-nanometer interparticle spacing are achieved. Varying the molar concentration of functional chemical groups and crosslinking agent during the assembly process is found to affect the agglomeration of Au nanoparticles into clusters. Samples with a high surface coverage of nanoparticle cluster assemblies yield relative enhancement factors on the order of 10⁹ while simultaneously producing uniform signal enhancements in point-to-point measurements across each sample. High enhancement factors are associated with the narrow gap between nanoparticles assembled in clusters in full-wave electromagnetic simulations. Reusability for small-molecule detection is also demonstrated. Thus it is shown that the combination of high signal enhancement and reproducibility is achievable using a completely non-lithographic fabrication process, thereby producing SERS substrates having high performance at low cost.

  6. Localized surface plasmon resonance-based hybrid Au-Ag nanoparticles for detection of Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B

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    Zhu, Shaoli; Du, ChunLei; Fu, Yongqi

    2009-09-01

    A triangular hybrid Au-Ag nanoparticles array was proposed for the purpose of biosensing in this paper. Constructing the hybrid nanoparticles, an Au thin film is capped on the Ag nanoparticles which are attached on glass substrate. The hybrid nanoparticles array was designed by means of finite-difference and time-domain (FDTD) algorithm-based computational numerical calculation and optimization. Sensitivity of refractive index of the hybrid nanoparticles array was obtained by the computational calculation and experimental detection. Moreover, the hybrid nanoparticles array can prevent oxidation of the pure Ag nanoparticles from atmosphere environment because the Au protective layer was deposited on top of the Ag nanoparticles so as to isolate the Ag particles from the atmosphere. We presented a novel surface covalent link method between the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect-based biosensors with hybrid nanoparticles array and the detected target molecules. The generated surface plasmon wave from the array carries the biological interaction message into the corresponding spectra. Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B (SEB), a small protein toxin was directly detected at nanogramme per milliliter level using the triangular hybrid Au-Ag nanoparticles. Hence one more option for the SEB detection is provided by this way.

  7. Chemically stable Au nanorods as probes for sensitive surface enhanced scattering (SERS) analysis of blue BIC ballpoint pens

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    Alyami, Abeer; Saviello, Daniela; McAuliffe, Micheal A. P.; Cucciniello, Raffaele; Mirabile, Antonio; Proto, Antonio; Lewis, Liam; Iacopino, Daniela

    2017-08-01

    Au nanorods were used as an alternative to commonly used Ag nanoparticles as Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) probes for identification of dye composition of blue BIC ballpoint pens. When used in combination with Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), Au nanorod colloids allowed identification of the major dye components of the BIC pen ink, otherwise not identifiable by normal Raman spectroscopy. Thanks to their enhanced chemical stability compared to Ag colloids, Au nanorods provided stable and reproducible SERS signals and allowed easy identification of phthalocyanine and triarylene dyes in the pen ink mixture. These findings were supported by FTIR and MALDI analyses, also performed on the pen ink. Furthermore, the self-assembly of Au nanorods into large area ordered superstructures allowed identification of BIC pen traces. SERS spectra of good intensity and high reproducibility were obtained using Au nanorod vertical arrays, due to the high density of hot spots and morphological reproducibility of these superstructures. These results open the way to the employment of SERS for fast screening analysis and for quantitative analysis of pens and faded pens which are relevant for the fields of forensic and art conservation sciences.

  8. Enhanced Stability in Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor Using Prism Coupler Based on Au/Bi2O3 Bilayer Film

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    Gaoyao Wei

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR sensing has become a comprehensive utilized technology for detection, measurement and analysis in a wide spectrum of fields, ranging from biotechnology, environmental monitoring to food and drug monitoring. In this study, Au/Bi2O3 bilayer films with various layer thicknesses were deposited by thermal evaporation method on BK7 prism substrates and then post-annealing was conducted under ambient conditions. The adhesive strength of Au/Bi2O3 and Bi2O3/prism was measured with different layer thicknesses. Also, the SPR responses (reflectance vs. incident angle were investigated as a function of the thickness of Bi2O3 layer in the Kretschmann geometry using ethanol as dielectric. The results indicate that the adhesive strength between Au and prism was improved more than 3 times by introducing the Bi2O3 as buffer layer. And the SPR dips also demonstrate that SPR sensor based on Au/Bi2O3 bilayer films is practical, although the height of SPR dip with about 6nm Bi2O3 is approximately 4 times weaker than that of monolayer Au and the width (defined as FWHM broadens from 9° to 11°.

  9. Reversible and irreversible changes of surface morphology by order-disorder transition in CuAu alloy

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    Sachl, Jindrich; Sima, Vladimir; Pfeiler, Wolfgang

    2004-09-22

    The change of symmetry from the disordered fcc structure to tetragonal or orthorhombic structure is accompanied in CuAu alloy by anisotropy of lattice parameters and also by local generation of c-variants of structural antiphase domains. Macroscopic results of these processes can be observed as a dynamic change of the surface morphology. Some surface changes are reversible, on the other hand the internal stresses connected with the order-disorder transformation are also responsible for irreversible surface deformation effects. The domain structure formation can be influenced by external load and a shape memory effect can be observed at special conditions in CuAu. A combination of in-situ microscopic video cinematography and post-mortem 3-D atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used for the surface study. The AFM images have enabled a detailed analysis of the surface morphology and the cinematography has given an in-situ information dealing with conditions and kinetics of observed surface changes. Measurements on CuAu single- and poly-crystalline samples have been made for a wide variety of experimental conditions (heating/cooling rates, external load, thermal history of the sample)

  10. Spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy study of the Au(1 1 1) Shockley surface state

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    Muntwiler, Matthias E-mail: m.muntwiler@physik.unizh.ch; Hoesch, Moritz; Petrov, Vladimir N.; Hengsberger, Matthias; Patthey, Luc; Shi Ming; Falub, Mihaela; Greber, Thomas; Osterwalder, Juerg

    2004-07-01

    The spin character of the splitting of the Shockley surface state on Au(111) is directly verified by measurements of the in-plane and out-of-plane spin polarizations in angle-resolved photoemission spectra. The two parabolic sub-bands that are momentum-shifted with respect to each other, reveal a distinct, opposite spin polarization that within the errors lies in the surface plane. The measured in-plane orientation of the spin vectors is consistent with the simple spin structure expected from a nearly-free-electron model, where the polarization axis is tangential to the Fermi surface of the surface state.

  11. Revisiting magnetism of capped Au and ZnO nanoparticles: Surface band structure and atomic orbital with giant magnetic moment

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    Hernando, Antonio; Crespo, Patricia [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-CSIC-ADIF, Las Rozas. P.O. Box 155, 28230 Madrid (Spain); Dept. Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain); Garcia, Miguel Angel [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/ Kelsen, 5, Madrid 28049 (Spain); Coey, Michael [Trinity College Dublin, Dublin (Ireland); Ayuela, Andres; Echenique, Pedro Miguel [Centro de Fisica de Materiales, CFM-MPC CSIC-UPV/EHU, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), 20018 San Sebastian (Spain); Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Fac. de Quimicas, Universidad del Pais Vasco UPV-EHU, 20018 San Sebastian (Spain)

    2011-10-15

    In this article we review the exotic magnetism of nanoparticles (NPs) formed by substances that are not magnetic in bulk as described with generality in Section 1. In particular, the intrinsic character of the magnetism observed on capped Au and ZnO NPs is analysed. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) analysis has shown that the magnetic moments are intrinsic and lie in the Au and Zn atoms, respectively, as analysed in Section 2, where the general theoretical ideas are also revisited. Since impurity atoms bonded to the surface act as donor or acceptor of electrons that occupy the surface states, the anomalous magnetic response is analysed in terms of the surface band in Section 3. Finally, Section 4 summarizes our last theoretical proposal. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Grafting of functionalized [Fe(III)(salten)] complexes to Au(111) surfaces via thiolate groups: surface spectroscopic characterization and comparison of different linker designs.

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    Jacob, Hanne; Kathirvel, Ketheeswari; Petersen, Finn; Strunskus, Thomas; Bannwarth, Alexander; Meyer, Sven; Tuczek, Felix

    2013-07-01

    Functionalization of surfaces with spin crossover complexes is an intensively studied topic. Starting from dinuclear iron(III)-salten complexes [Fe(salten)(pyS)]2(BPh4)2 and [Fe(thiotolylsalten)(NCS)]2 with disulfide-containing bridging ligands, corresponding mononuclear complexes [Fe(salten)(pyS)](+) and [Fe(thiotolylsalten)(NCS)] are covalently attached to Au(111) surfaces (pySH, pyridinethiol; salten, bis(3-salicylidene-aminopropyl)amine). The adsorbed monolayers are investigated by infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) in combination with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). Comparison of the surface vibrational spectra with bulk data allows us to draw conclusions with respect to the geometry of the adsorbed complexes. An anomaly is observed in the spectra of the surface-adsorbed monolayer of [Fe(salten)(pyS)](+), which suggests that the salten ligand is partially decoordinated from the Fe(III) center and one of its phenolate arms binds to the Au(111) surface. For complex [Fe(thiotolylsalten)(NCS)] that is bound to the Au(111) surface via a thiolate-functionalized salten ligand, this anomaly is not observed, which indicates that the coordination sphere of the complex in the bulk is retained on the surface. The implications of these results with respect to the preparation of surface-adsorbed monolayers of functional transition-metal complexes are discussed.

  13. Formation of recent Pb-Ag-Au mineralization by potential sub-surface microbial activity.

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    Tornos, Fernando; Velasco, Francisco; Menor-Salván, César; Delgado, Antonio; Slack, John F; Escobar, Juan Manuel

    2014-08-06

    Las Cruces is a base-metal deposit in the Iberian Pyrite Belt, one of the world's best-known ore provinces. Here we report the occurrence of major Pb-Ag-Au mineralization resulting from recent sub-surface replacement of supergene oxyhydroxides by carbonate and sulphide minerals. This is probably the largest documented occurrence of recent microbial activity producing an ore assemblage previously unknown in supergene mineralizing environments. The presence of microbial features in the sulphides suggests that these may be the first-described natural bacteriomorphs of galena. The low δ(13)C values of the carbonate minerals indicate formation by deep anaerobic microbial processes. Sulphur isotope values of sulphides are interpreted here as reflecting microbial reduction in a system impoverished in sulphate. We suggest that biogenic activity has produced around 3.1 × 10(9) moles of reduced sulphur and 10(10) moles of CO2, promoting the formation of ca. 1.19 Mt of carbonates, 114,000 t of galena, 638 t of silver sulphides and 6.5 t of gold.

  14. Highly accessible Pt nanodots homogeneously decorated on Au nanorods surface for sensing

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    Feng, Xun [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Li, Xin [College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Shi, Hongyan; Huang, Hao [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Wu, Xiaochun [CAS Key Laboratory of Standardization and Measurement for Nanotechnology, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Song, Wenbo, E-mail: wbsong@jlu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2014-12-10

    Highlights: • Seed-growth of highly-dispersed catalytic Pt nanodot on Au nanorod (PtND@AuNR). • Good accessibility of catalytic sites was evidenced by its peroxidase-like activity. • Excellent assay performances of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} at PtND@AuNR-based sensor. - Abstract: Some nanostructures are reported to possess enzyme-mimetic activities similar to those of natural enzymes. Herein, highly-dispersed Pt nanodots on Au nanorods (HD- PtNDs@AuNRs) with mimetic peroxidase activity were designed as an active electrode modifier for fabrication of a hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) electrochemical sensor. The HD-PtNDs@AuNRs were synthesized by a seed-mediated growth approach and confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and UV–vis spectroscopy. The electrochemical and catalytical performances of HD-PtNDs@AuNRs towards H{sub 2}O{sub 2} reduction were investigated in detail by cyclic voltammetry and amperometry. The HD-PtNDs@AuNRs modified electrode displayed a high catalytic activity to H{sub 2}O{sub 2} at −0.10 V (versus SCE), a rapid response within 5 s, a wide linear range of 2.0–3800.0 μM, a detection limit of 1.2 μM (S/N = 3), and a high sensitivity of 181 μA mM{sup −1} cm{sup −2}. These results suggested a promising potential of fabricating H{sub 2}O{sub 2} electrochemical sensor using HD- PtNDs@AuNRs.

  15. Emission of correlated electron pairs from Au(111) and Cu(111) surfaces under low-energy electron impact: Contribution of surface states, d-states and spin effects

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    Samarin, S., E-mail: samar@physics.uwa.edu.au [Centre for Atomic, Molecular and Surface Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009 (Australia); Research Institute of Physics, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Artamonov, O.M. [Research Institute of Physics, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Guagliardo, P. [Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, UWA, Perth (Australia); Pravica, L. [Centre for Atomic, Molecular and Surface Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009 (Australia); Baraban, A. [Research Institute of Physics, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Schumann, F.O. [Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, D-06120 Halle (Germany); Williams, J.F. [Centre for Atomic, Molecular and Surface Physics, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009 (Australia)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Spin-polarized two-electron spectroscopy (e,2e) was applied for studying surface states on Cu(111) and Au(111). • Relative (to d-states) contribution of surface states in the (e,2e) spectrum decreases exponentially when primary electron energy increases from 14 to 30 eV. • Spin asymmetry is readily observed in the spectra of Au(111) whereas in the spectra of Cu(111) the spin effect is negligible. - Abstract: The emission of correlated electron pairs excited from surfaces of Au(111) and Cu(111) by low-energy electrons is measured and analyzed. Energy and momentum conservation allows identification of electron pairs involving excitation of electrons from Shockley surface states and from valence d-states. The relative contributions of surface and d-states to the measured spectra of correlated electron pairs is shown to depend on the primary electron energy and is larger from surface states at relatively small primary energies. The use of a spin-polarized incident electron beam highlights the spin effects in producing an electron pair. Measurements show that spin effects are larger for the pair excitation from the valence d-states than for pairs excited from the surface states.

  16. NO2 interaction with Au atom adsorbed on perfect and defective MgO(100) surfaces: density functional theory calculations.

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    Ammar, H Y; Eid, Kh M

    2013-10-01

    The interactions of nitrogen dioxide molecule (NO2) on Au atom adsorbed on the surfaces of metal oxide MgO (100) on both anionic (O2-) and defect (F(s) and F(s)(+)-centers) sites have been studied using the Density Functional Theory (DFT) in combination with embedded cluster model. The adsorption energies of NO2 molecule (N-down as well as O-down) on O(-2), F(s) and F(s)(+)-sites were considered. Full optimization for the additive materials and partial optimization for MgO substrate surfaces have been done. The formation energies were evaluated for F(s) and F(s)(+) of MgO substrate surfaces. Some parameters, the Ionization Potential (IP) and electron Affinity (eA), for defect free and defect containing surfaces have been calculated. The interaction properties of NO2 have been analyzed in terms of the adsorption energy, the electron donation (basicity), the elongation of N-O bond length and the charge distribution by using Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analysis. The adsorption properties were examined by calculation of the Density of State (DOS). The presence of the Au atom increases the surface chemistry of the anionic O(2-)-site of MgO substrate surfaces. On the other hand, the presence of the Au atom decreases the surface chemistry of the F(s) and F(s)(+)-sites of MgO substrate surfaces. Generally, the NO2 molecule is strongly adsorbed (chemisorption) on the MgO substrate surfaces containing F(s) and F(s)(+)-centers.

  17. Electron scattering at surfaces and grain boundaries in thin Au films

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    Henriquez, Ricardo [Departamento de Física, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Casilla 110-V, Valparaíso (Chile); Flores, Marcos; Moraga, Luis [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Blanco Encalada 2008, Casilla 487-3, Santiago 8370449 (Chile); Kremer, German [Bachillerato, Universidad de Chile, Las Palmeras 3425, Santiago 7800024 (Chile); González-Fuentes, Claudio [Departamento de Física, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Casilla 110-V, Valparaíso (Chile); Munoz, Raul C., E-mail: ramunoz@ing.uchile.cl [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Blanco Encalada 2008, Casilla 487-3, Santiago 8370449 (Chile)

    2013-05-15

    The electron scattering at surfaces and grain boundaries is investigated using polycrystalline Au films deposited onto mica substrates. We vary the three length scales associated with: (i) electron scattering in the bulk, that at temperature T is characterized by the electronic mean free path in the bulk ℓ{sub 0}(T); (ii) electron-surface scattering, that is characterized by the film thickness t; (iii) electron-grain boundary scattering, that is characterized by the mean grain diameter D. We varied independently the film thickness from approximately 50 nm to about 100 nm, and the typical grain size making up the samples from 12 nm to 160 nm. We also varied the scale of length associated with electron scattering in the bulk by measuring the resistivity of each specimen at temperatures T, 4 K < T < 300 K. Cooling the samples to 4 K increases ℓ{sub 0}(T) by approximately 2 orders of magnitude. Detailed measurements of the grain size distribution as well as surface roughness of each sample were performed with a Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM). We compare, for the first time, theoretical predictions with resistivity data employing the two theories available that incorporate the effect of both electron-surface as well as electron-grain boundary scattering acting simultaneously: the theory of A.F. Mayadas and M. Shatzkes, Phys. Rev. 1 1382 (1970) (MS), and that of G. Palasantzas, Phys. Rev. B 58 9685 (1998). We eliminate adjustable parameters from the resistivity data analysis, by using as input the grain size distribution as well as the surface roughness measured with the STM on each sample. The outcome is that both theories provide a fair representation of both the temperature as well as the thickness dependence of the resistivity data, but yet there are marked differences between the resistivity predicted by these theories. In the case of the MS theory, when the average grain diameter D is significantly smaller than ℓ{sub 0}(300) = 37 nm, the electron mean

  18. Effect of surface plasmon resonance on the photocatalytic activity of Au/TiO2 under UV/visible illumination.

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    Tseng, Yao-Hsuan; Chang, I-Guo; Tai, Yian; Wu, Kung-Wei

    2012-01-01

    In this study, gold-loaded titanium dioxide was prepared by an impregnation method to investigate the effect of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) on photoactivity. The deposited gold nanoparticles (NPs) absorb visible light because of SPR. The effects of both the gold content and the TiO2 size of Au/TiO2 on SPR and the photocatalytic efficiency were investigated. The morphology, crystal structure, light absorption, emission from the recombination of a photoexcited electron and hole, and the degree of aggregation were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible-diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-VIS-DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and turbidimetry, respectively. Photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the decolorization of methyl orange solution over modified titania under UV and UV/GLED (green light emitting diode) illumination. Au/TiO2 NPs exhibited an absorption peak (530-570 nm) because of SPR. The results of our photocatalytic experiments indicated that the UV-inducedly photocatalytic reaction rate was improved by simultaneously using UV and green light illumination; this corresponds to the adsorption region of SPR. Au/TiO2 could use the enhanced electric field amplitude on the surface of the Au particle in the spectral vicinity of its plasmon resonance and thus improve the photoactivity. Experimental results show that the synergistic effect between UV and green light for the improvement of photoactivity increases with increasing the SPR absorption, which in turn is affected by the Au content and TiO2 size.

  19. Dynamics of H2 dissociation on the close-packed (111) surface of the noblest metal: H2 + Au(111)

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    Wijzenbroek, Mark; Helstone, Darcey; Meyer, Jörg; Kroes, Geert-Jan

    2016-10-01

    We have performed calculations on the dissociative chemisorption of H2 on un-reconstructed and reconstructed Au(111) with density functional theory, and dynamics calculations on this process on un-reconstructed Au(111). Due to a very late barrier for dissociation, H2 + Au(111) is a candidate H2-metal system for which the dissociative chemisorption could be considerably affected by the energy transfer to electron-hole pairs. Minimum barrier geometries and potential energy surfaces were computed for six density functionals. The functionals tested yield minimum barrier heights in the range of 1.15-1.6 eV, and barriers that are even later than found for the similar H2 + Cu(111) system. The potential energy surfaces have been used in quasi-classical trajectory calculations of the initial (v,J) state resolved reaction probability for several vibrational states v and rotational states J of H2 and D2. Our calculations may serve as predictions for state-resolved associative desorption experiments, from which initial state-resolved dissociative chemisorption probabilities can be extracted by invoking detailed balance. The vibrational efficacy ηv=0→1 reported for D2 dissociating on un-reconstructed Au(111) (about 0.9) is similar to that found in earlier quantum dynamics calculations on H2 + Ag(111), but larger than found for D2 + Cu(111). With the two functionals tested most extensively, the reactivity of H2 and D2 exhibits an almost monotonic increase with increasing rotational quantum number J. Test calculations suggest that, for chemical accuracy (1 kcal/mol), the herringbone reconstruction of Au(111) should be modeled.

  20. Surface plasmon dispersion engineering via double-metallic AU/AG layers for nitride light-emitting diodes

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    Tansu, Nelson; Zhao, Hongping; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Guangyu

    2014-04-01

    A double-metallic deposition process is used whereby adjacent layers of different metals are deposited on a substrate. The surface plasmon frequency of a base layer of a first metal is tuned by the surface plasmon frequency of a second layer of a second metal formed thereon. The amount of tuning is dependent upon the thickness of the metallic layers, and thus tuning can be achieved by varying the thicknesses of one or both of the metallic layers. In a preferred embodiment directed to enhanced LED technology in the green spectrum regime, a double-metallic Au/Ag layer comprising a base layer of gold (Au) followed by a second layer of silver (Ag) formed thereon is deposited on top of InGaN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) on a sapphire/GaN substrate.

  1. Surface Properties of Unintentionally Doped GaN Film and Its Contact Behaviour with Ni/Cr/Au Compound Metals

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    苑进社; 陈光德; 齐鸣; 李爱珍; 谢伦军

    2003-01-01

    The surface properties of GaN films grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy were investigated by using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy, while the depth profile was analysed by the Ar ion sputtering method. The contaminants carbon and silicon are chiefly adsorbed onto the surface while oxygen and aluminium diffuse into the bulk to distribute in a certain depth. The mixture oxides is roughly 0.1 μm in thickness. Based on the analytical results of XPS of the GaN films, the Ni/Cr/Au interdigital metalsemiconductor-metal (MSM) structure has been fabricated. It has been found that the contact behaviour of the Ni/Cr/Au/undoped GaN exhibits a linear Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristic under dark and 362-nm light excitation without annealing treatment. The lower resistance of the MSM structure has also been observed.

  2. Density functional study on mechanism of CO oxidation with activated water on O/Au (111 ) surface

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    ZHANG WenHua; LI ZhenYu; LUO Yi; YANG JinLong

    2009-01-01

    With density functional theory, the mechanism of water-enhanced CO oxidation on oxygen pre-covered Au (111) surface is theoretically studied. First, water is activated by the pro-covered oxygen atom and dissociates to OHad. group. Then, OHads reacts with COads to form chemisorbed HOCOads. Finally, with the aid of water, HOCOads dissociates to CO2. The whole process can be described as 1/2H2Oads + H2Oads + 1/2Oads+ COads→H3Oads + CO2,gas. One CO2 is formed with only 1/2 pro-covered oxygen atom. That is why more CO2 is observed when water is present on oxygen pro-covered Au (111) surface. Activation energy of each elementary step is low enough to allow the reaction to proceed at low temperature.

  3. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic studies of the Au-pentacene interface: A combined experimental and theoretical investigation

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    Adil, D.; Guha, S.

    2013-07-01

    It has recently been shown [D. Adil and S. Guha, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 12779 (2012)], 10.1021/jp3031804 that a large enhancement in the Raman intensity due to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is observed from pentacene when probed through the Au contact in organic field-effect transistors (OFET) structures. Here, the SERS spectrum is shown to exhibit a high sensitivity to disorder introduced in the pentacene film by Au atoms. The Raman signature of the metal-semiconductor interface in pentacene OFETs is calculated with density-functional theory by explicitly considering the Au-pentacene interaction. The observed enhancement in the 1380 cm-1 and the 1560 cm-1 regions of the experimental Raman spectrum of pentacene is successfully modeled by Au-pentacene complexes, giving insights into the nature of disorder in the pentacene sp2 network. Finally, we extend our previous work on high-operating voltage pentacene OFETs to low-operating voltage pentacene OFETs. No changes in the SERS spectra before and after subjecting the OFETs to a bias stress are observed, concurrent with no degradation in the threshold voltage. This shows that bias stress induced performance degradation is, in part, caused by field-induced structural changes in the pentacene molecule. Thus, we confirm that the SERS spectrum can be used as a visualization tool for correlating transport properties to structural changes, if any, in organic semiconductor based devices.

  4. Preparation of Multifunctional Fe@Au Core-Shell Nanoparticles with Surface Grafting as a Potential Treatment for Magnetic Hyperthermia

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    Ren-Jei Chung

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Iron core gold shell nanoparticles grafted with Methotrexate (MTX and indocyanine green (ICG were synthesized for the first time in this study, and preliminarily evaluated for their potential in magnetic hyperthermia treatment. The core-shell Fe@Au nanoparticles were prepared via the microemulsion process and then grafted with MTX and ICG using hydrolyzed poly(styrene-alt-maleic acid (PSMA to obtain core-shell Fe@Au-PSMA-ICG/MTX nanoparticles. MTX is an anti-cancer therapeutic, and ICG is a fluorescent dye. XRD, TEM, FTIR and UV-Vis spectrometry were performed to characterize the nanoparticles. The data indicated that the average size of the nanoparticles was 6.4 ± 09 nm and that the Au coating protected the Fe core from oxidation. MTX and ICG were successfully grafted onto the surface of the nanoparticles. Under exposure to high frequency induction waves, the superparamagnetic nanoparticles elevated the temperature of a solution in a few minutes, which suggested the potential for an application in magnetic hyperthermia treatment. The in vitro studies verified that the nanoparticles were biocompatible; nonetheless, the Fe@Au-PSMA-ICG/MTX nanoparticles killed cancer cells (Hep-G2 via the magnetic hyperthermia mechanism and the release of MTX.

  5. STEM-EELS analysis of multipole surface plasmon modes in symmetry-broken AuAg nanowire dimers

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    Schubert, Ina; Sigle, Wilfried; van Aken, Peter A.; Trautmann, Christina; Toimil-Molares, Maria Eugenia

    2015-03-01

    Surface plasmon coupling in nanowires separated by small gaps generates high field enhancements at the position of the gap and is thus of great interest for sensing applications. It is known that the nanowire dimensions and in particular the symmetry of the structures has strong influence on the plasmonic properties of the dimer structure. Here, we report on multipole surface plasmon coupling in symmetry-broken AuAg nanowire dimers. Our dimers, consisting of two nanowires with different lengths and separated by gaps of only 10 to 30 nm, were synthesized by pulsed electrochemical deposition in ion track-etched polymer templates. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy in scanning transmission electron microscopy allows us to resolve up to nine multipole order surface plasmon modes of these dimers spectrally separated from each other. The spectra evidence plasmon coupling between resonances of different multipole order, resulting in the generation of additional plasmonic modes. Since such complex structures require elaborated synthesis techniques, dimer structures with complex composition, morphology and shape are created. We demonstrate that finite element simulations on pure Au dimers can predict the generated resonances in the fabricated structures. The excellent agreement of our experiment on AuAg dimers with finite integration simulations using CST microwave studio manifests great potential to design complex structures for sensing applications.

  6. Surface structures and compositions of Au-Rh bimetallic nanoclusters supported on thin-film Al2O3/NiAl(100) probed with CO

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    Lee, Hsuan; Liao, Zhen-He; Hsu, Po-Wei; Hung, Ting-Chieh; Wu, Yu-Cheng; Lin, Yuwei; Wang, Jeng-Han; Luo, Meng-Fan

    2017-07-01

    The surface structures and compositions of Au-Rh bimetallic nanoclusters on an ordered thin film of Al2O3/NiAl(100) were investigated, primarily with infrared reflection absorption spectra and temperature-programmed desorption of CO as a probe molecule under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions and calculations based on density-functional theory. The bimetallic clusters were formed by sequential deposition of vapors of Au and Rh onto Al2O3/NiAl(100) at 300 K. Alloying in the clusters was active and proceeded toward a specific structure—a fcc phase, (100) orientation, and Rh core-Au shell structure, regardless of the order of metal deposition. For Au clusters incorporating deposited Rh, the Au atoms remained at the cluster surface through position exchange and became less coordinated; for deposition in reverse order, deposited Au simply decorated the surfaces of Rh clusters. Both adsorption energy and infrared absorption intensity were enhanced for CO on Au sites of the bimetallic clusters; both of them are associated with the bonding to Rh and also a decreased coordination number of CO-binding Au. These enhancements can thus serve as a fingerprint for alloying and atomic inter-diffusion in similar bimetallic systems.

  7. Efficient electrostatic self-assembly of one-dimensional CdS-Au nanocomposites with enhanced photoactivity, not the surface plasmon resonance effect

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    Liu, Siqi; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2013-09-01

    A series of CdS nanowire-Au nanocomposites (CdS NW-Au NCs) with different weight addition ratios of Au nanoparticles (NPs) are successfully synthesized by using a simple and efficient electrostatic self-assembly method at room temperature for utilizing the natural surface charge properties of the CdS NWs and Au NPs. These natural surface charge properties are dependent on the synthesis approaches. The probe reactions for photocatalytic selective reduction of nitroaromatic compounds in the aqueous phase under visible light irradiation are utilized to evaluate the photoactivity of this series of as-prepared CdS NW-Au NCs. The CdS NW-Au NCs exhibit significantly enhanced photoactivity as compared to the CdS nanowires (CdS NWs). The addition of Au NPs into the CdS NW domain enables efficient enhancement of the lifetime and transfer of photogenerated charge carriers from CdS NWs under visible light irradiation. However, the addition of excess amounts of Au NPs not only influences the penetration of light but the Au NPs also become the recombination centers, and result in decreased photoactivity. The optimal proportion of the Au NPs is proved to be 1 wt%, which indicates the synergistic effect between the CdS NWs and Au NPs. In addition, the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Au NPs is proved to not play an efficient role in the reaction and the possible photocatalytic reaction mechanism is proposed. It is hoped that this work could aid in the fabrication of 1-D semiconductor-metal nanocomposites by using such a simple and efficient electrostatic self-assembly strategy. In addition, it is also expected to enrich and supplement their application as visible light photocatalysts toward selective organic transformations through our investigation.A series of CdS nanowire-Au nanocomposites (CdS NW-Au NCs) with different weight addition ratios of Au nanoparticles (NPs) are successfully synthesized by using a simple and efficient electrostatic self-assembly method at room

  8. Gd2O3-doped silica @ Au nanoparticles for in vitro imaging cancer biomarkers using surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Xiao, Lifu; Tian, Xiumei; Harihar, Sitaram; Li, Qifei; Li, Li; Welch, Danny R.; Zhou, Anhong

    2017-06-01

    There has been an interest in developing multimodal approaches to combine the advantages of individual imaging modalities, as well as to compensate for respective weaknesses. We previously reported a composite nano-system composed of gadolinium-doped mesoporous silica nanoparticle and gold nanoparticle (Gd-Au NPs) as an efficient MRI contrast agent for in vivo cancer imaging. However, MRI lacks sensitivity and is unsuitable for in vitro cancer detection. Thus, here we performed a study to use the Gd-Au NPs for detection and imaging of a widely recognized human cancer biomarker, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), in individual human cancer cells with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The Gd-Au NPs were sequentially conjugated with a monoclonal antibody recognizing EGFR and a Raman reporter molecule, 4-meraptobenzoic acid (MBA), to generate a characteristic SERS signal at 1075 cm- 1. By spatially mapping the SERS intensity at 1075 cm- 1, cellular distribution of EGFR and its relocalization on the plasma membrane were measured in situ. In addition, the EGFR expression levels in three human cancer cell lines (S18, A431 and A549) were measured using this SERS probe, which were consistent with the comparable measurements using immunoblotting and immunofluorescence. Our SERS results show that functionalized Gd-Au NPs successfully targeted EGFR molecules in three human cancer cell lines and monitored changes in single cell EGFR distribution in situ, demonstrating its potential to study cell activity under physiological conditions. This SERS study, combined with our previous MRI study, suggests the Gd-Au nanocomposite is a promising candidate contrast agent for multimodal cancer imaging.

  9. Effect of surface tension on self-termination in Au tip fabrication for tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Chaunchaiyakul, Songpol; Yano, Takeshi; Krukowski, Pawel; Kuwahara, Yuji

    2016-09-01

    The effect of surface tension on the fabrication of Au tips was investigated. When using a 12 M HCl aqueous solution, the etching process did not consistently self-terminate after the lower part of the wire dropped, resulting in the poor reproducibility of the tip sharpness. However, using an ethanolic solution of 12 mol/l HCl, a self-terminating etching process was always observed, resulting in the improved reproducibility of sharp tips. We attribute this to the reduced surface compared to that of aqueous HCl. The obtained tips were used in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy experiments, in which significant signal enhancement was observed.

  10. Focused-ion-beam-fabricated Au nanorods coupled with Ag nanoparticles used as surface-enhanced Raman scattering-active substrate for analyzing trace melamine constituents in solution

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    Sivashanmugan, Kundan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Liao, Jiunn-Der, E-mail: jdliao@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Liu, Bernard Haochih; Yao, Chih-Kai [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2013-10-24

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) is made by focused ion beam. •Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) is competent to sense target molecules in a solution. •Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} SERS active substrate can detect a single molecule of crystal violet. •Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} as a SERS-active substrate can distinguish melamine contaminants at low concentrations (e.g., 10{sup −12} M). -- Abstract: A well-ordered Au-nanorod array with a controlled tip ring diameter (Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) was fabricated using the focused ion beam method. Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was then coupled with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to bridge the gaps among Au nanorods. The effect of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} and Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was particularly verified using crystal violet (CV) as the molecular probe. Raman intensity obtained from a characteristic peak of CV on Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was estimated by an enhancement factor of ≈10{sup 7} in magnitude, which increased ≈10{sup 12} in magnitude for that on Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}. A highly SERS-active Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} was furthermore applied for the detection of melamine (MEL) at very low concentrations. Raman-active peaks of MEL (10{sup −3} to 10{sup −12} M) in water or milk solution upon Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} or Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} were well distinguished. The peaks at 680 and 702 cm{sup −1} for MEL molecules were found suitable to be used as the index for sensing low-concentration MEL in a varied solution, while that at 1051 cm{sup −1} was practical to interpret MEL molecules in water or milk solution bonded with Au (i.e., Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) or Ag (i.e., Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d}) surface. At the interface of Ag NPs/Au{sub N}Rs{sub d} and MEL molecules in milk solution, a laser-induced electromagnetic field or hotspot effect was produced and

  11. Large-Area Au-Nanoparticle-Functionalized Si Nanorod Arrays for Spatially Uniform Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Lin, Dongdong; Wu, Zilong; Li, Shujie; Zhao, Wenqi; Ma, Chongjun; Wang, Jie; Jiang, Zuimin; Zhong, Zhenyang; Zheng, Yuebing; Yang, Xinju

    2017-01-18

    In this study, large-area hexagonal-packed Si nanorod (SiNR) arrays in conjunction with Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) were fabricated for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). We have achieved ultrasensitive molecular detection with high reproducibility and spatial uniformity. A finite-difference time-domain simulation suggests that a wide range of three-dimensional electric fields are generated along the surfaces of the SiNR array. With the tuning of the gap and diameter of the SiNRs, the produced long decay length (>130 nm) of the enhanced electric field makes the SERS substrate a zero-gap system for ultrasensitive detection of large biomolecules. In the detection of R6G molecules, our SERS system achieved an enhancement factor of >10(7) with a relative standard deviation as small as 3.9-7.2% over 30 points across the substrate. More significantly, the SERS substrate yielded ultrasensitive Raman signals on long amyloid-β fibrils at the single-fibril level, which provides promising potentials for ultrasensitive detection of amyloid aggregates that are related to Alzheimer's disease. Our study demonstrates that the SiNRs functionalized with AuNPs may serve as excellent SERS substrates in chemical and biomedical detection.

  12. Prediction of two-dimensional topological insulator by forming a surface alloy on Au/Si(111) substrate

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    Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Chou, Hsin-Lei; Crisostomo, Christian P.; Huang, Zhi-Quan; Wu, Shih-Yu; Kuo, Chien-Cheng; Yeh, Wang-Chi V.; Lin, Hsin; Bansil, Arun

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TIs), which can be integrated into the modern silicon industry, are highly desirable for spintronics applications. Here, using first-principles electronic structure calculations, we show that the Au/Si(111)-√{3 } substrate can provide a platform for hosting 2D TIs obtained through the formation of surface alloys with a honeycomb pattern of adsorbed atoms. We systematically examined elements from groups III to VI of the periodic table at 2/3 monolayer coverage on Au/Si(111)-√{3 }, and found that In, Tl, Ge, and Sn adsorbates result in topologically nontrivial phases with band gaps varying from 0 to 50 meV. Our scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction experiments confirm the presence of the honeycomb pattern when Bi atoms are deposited on Au/Si(111)-√{3 }, in accord with our theoretical predictions. Our findings pave the way for using surface alloys as a potential route for obtaining viable 2D TI platforms.

  13. Atomic force microscopy recognition of protein A on Staphylococcus aureus cell surfaces by labelling with IgG–Au conjugates

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    Elena B. Tatlybaeva

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The labelling of functional molecules on the surface of bacterial cells is one way to recognize the bacteria. In this work, we have developed a method for the selective labelling of protein A on the cell surfaces of Staphylococcus aureus by using nanosized immunogold conjugates as cell-surface markers for atomic force microscopy (AFM. The use of 30-nm size Au nanoparticles conjugated with immunoglobulin G (IgG allowed the visualization, localization and distribution of protein A–IgG complexes on the surface of S. aureus. The selectivity of the labelling method was confirmed in mixtures of S. aureus with Bacillus licheniformis cells, which differed by size and shape and had no IgG receptors on the surface. A preferential binding of the IgG–Au conjugates to S. aureus was obtained. Thus, this novel approach allows the identification of protein A and other IgG receptor-bearing bacteria, which is useful for AFM indication of pathogenic microorganisms in poly-component associations.

  14. A ternary functional Ag@GO@Au sandwiched hybrid as an ultrasensitive and stable surface enhanced Raman scattering platform

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    Zhang, Cong-yun; Hao, Rui; Zhao, Bin; Hao, Yao-wu; Liu, Ya-qing

    2017-07-01

    The graphene-mediated surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates by virtues of plasmonic metal nanostructures and graphene or its derivatives have attracted tremendous interests which are expected to make up the deficiency of traditional plasmonic metal substrates. Herein, we designed and fabricated a novel ternary Ag@GO@Au sandwich hybrid wherein the ultrathin graphene oxide (GO) films were seamlessly wrapped around the hierarchical flower-like Ag particle core and meanwhile provided two-dimensional anchoring scaffold for the coating of Au nanoparticles (NPs). The surface coverage density of loading Au NPs could be readily controlled by tuning the dosage amount of Au particle solutions. These features endowed the sandwiched structures high enrichment capability for analytes such as aromatic molecules and astonishing SERS performance. The Raman signals were enormously enhanced with an ultrasensitive detection limit of rhodamine-6G (R6G) as low as 10-13 M based on the chemical enhancement from GO and multi-dimensional plasmonic coupling between the metal nanoparticles. In addition, the GO interlayer as an isolating shell could effectively prevent the metal-molecule direct interaction and suppress the oxidation of Ag after exposure at ambient condition which enabled the substrates excellent reproducibility with less than 6% signal variations and prolonged life-time. To evaluate the feasibility and the practical application for SERS detection in real-world samples based on GO sandwiched hybrid as SERS-active substrate, three different prohibited colorants with a series of concentrations were measured with a minimum detected concentration down to 10-9 M. Furthermore, the prepared GO sandwiched nanostructures can be used to identify different types of colorants existing in red wine, implying the great potential applications for single-particle SERS sensing of biotechnology and on-site monitoring in food security.

  15. Colloidal Au-enhanced surface plasmon resonance imaging: application in a DNA hybridization process

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    Manera, M. G.; Spadavecchia, J.; Taurino, A.; Rella, R.

    2010-03-01

    The detection of the DNA hybridization mechanism using monodispersed gold nanoparticles as labels is an interesting alternative to increase the sensitivity of the SPR imaging technique. DNA-modified Au nanoparticles (DNA-Au NPs) containing single-stranded (ss) portions of DNA were prepared by monitoring their monolayer formation by UV-vis spectroscopy. The hybridization process between specific thio-oligonucleotides immobilized on the DNA-Au NPs and the corresponding complementary strands is reported and compared with the traditional hybridization process on properly self-assembled thin gold films deposited on glass substrates. A remarkable signal amplification is observed, following the incorporation of colloidal Au into a SPR biosensing experiment, resulting in an increased SPR response to DNA-DNA interactions. In particular Fusarium thiolated DNA (5'HS poly(T)15ATC CCT CAA AAA CTG CCG CT-3) and trichothecenes complementary DNA (5'-AGC GGC AGT TTT TGA GGG AT-3') sequences have been explored due to their possible application to agro-industry for the control of food quality.

  16. Surface Morphology and Electrical Resistivity in Polycrystalline Au/Cu/Si(100 System

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    T. E. Novelo

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This work describes the analysis of morphology and electrical resistivity (ρ obtained in the Au/Cu/Si system. The Au/Cu bilayers were deposited by thermal evaporation technique with thicknesses from 50 to 250 nm on SiOx/Si(100 substrates. The Au : Cu concentration ratio of the samples was of 25 : 75 at%. The bilayers were annealed into a vacuum oven with argon atmosphere at 660 K for one hour. The crystalline structures of AuCu and CuSi alloys were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM, the atomic force microscopy (AFM, and the energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS were used to study the morphology, final thickness, and the atomic concentration of the alloys formed, respectively. The four-point probe technique was used to measure the electrical resistivity (ρ in the prepared alloys as a function of thickness. The ρ value was measured and it was numerically compared with the Fuchs–Sondheimer (FS and the Mayadas–Shatzkes (MS models of resistivity. Results show values of electrical resistivity between 0.9 and 1.9 μΩ-cm. These values are four times smaller than the values of the AuCu systems reported in literature.

  17. Onset of Intense Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering and Aggregation in the Au@Ag System

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    Priya Bhatia

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Gold core/silver shell (Au@Ag nanoparticles of ~37 ± 5 nm diameter generate intense SERS (λEX=785 nm responses in solution when they interact with the SERS labels rhodamine 6G (R6G, 4-mercaptopyridine (MPY, and 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (MBA. Herein the relationship between SERS intensity, aggregation, and adsorption phenomenon isobserved by titrating Au@Ag with the above labels. As the labels adsorb to the Au@Ag, they drive aggregation as evidenced by the creation of NIR extinction peaks, and the magnitude of this NIR extinction (measured at 830 nm correlates very closely to magnitude of the intense SERS signals. The label MBA is an exception since it does not trigger aggregation nor does it result in intense SERS; rather intense SERS is recovered only after MBA coated Au@Ag is aggregated with KCl. An “inner filter” model is introduced and applied to compensate for solution extinction when the exciting laser radiation is significantly attenuated. This model permits a summary of the SERS responses in the form of plots of SERS intensity versus the aggregate absorption at 830 nm, which shows the excellent correlation between intense SERS and LSPR bands extinction.

  18. Effects of pressure, temperature and atomic exchanges on phase separation dynamics in Au/Ni(111) surface alloy: Kinetic Monte Carlo study

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    Zvejnieks, G. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Kengaraga 8, LV-1063 Riga (Latvia); Ibenskas, A., E-mail: ibenskas@pfi.lt [Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Semiconductor Physics Institute, Gostauto 11, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Tornau, E.E. [Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Semiconductor Physics Institute, Gostauto 11, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2015-11-15

    Instability of the Au/Ni(111) surface alloy is studied in different CO gas pressure, p, and temperature limits using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. We analyze the reaction front dynamics and formation of Au clusters using the model which takes into account surface adatom pair and three-body interactions, CO adsorption and desorption, catalytic carbonyl formation reaction, Au and Ni adatom diffusion and their concerted exchange. Variation of interaction parameters allows us to identify three possible reaction front propagation limits with different pressure dependencies: (i) slow channel-like flow in agreement with experimental data [1] (step flow rate, R, increases with p), (ii) intermediate regime (weak p–dependence), and (iii) fast homogeneous flow (R decreases with p). We find that only Au–Ni exchange, contrary to both Ni–CO and Au–CO exchanges, significantly reduces the number of screened Ni atoms inside the Au clusters and stimulates the occurrence of Ni-free Au clusters. The size of Au islands depends on both pressure and temperature. At a fixed temperature it decreases with pressure due to an increased step flow rate. In the high temperature limit, despite the step flow rate exponential increase with temperature, the cluster size increases due to an enhanced Au mobility. - Highlights: • Kinetic Monte Carlo study of Au–Ni surface alloy instability to CO pressure and temperature. • Three reaction front propagation regimes. • In channel-like regime, the step flow rate increases with CO pressure as in experiment. • Ni-free Au islands are obtained when Au-Ni adatom exchange mechanism is considered. • The size of Au islands decreases with pressure and increases with temperature.

  19. Effects of surface functionalization on the adsorption of human serum albumin onto nanoparticles – a fluorescence correlation spectroscopy study

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    Pauline Maffre

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available By using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS, we have studied the adsorption of human serum albumin (HSA onto Fe–Pt nanoparticles (NPs, 6 nm radius, CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs, 5 nm radius and Au and Ag nanoclusters (1–4 nm radius, which are enshrouded by various water-solubilizing surface layers exposing different chemical functional groups (carboxyl, amino and both, thereby endowing the NPs with different surface charges. We have also measured the effects of modified surface functionalizations on the protein via succinylation and amination. A step-wise increase in hydrodynamic radius with protein concentration was always observed, revealing formation of protein monolayers coating the NPs, independent of their surface charge. The differences in the thickness of the protein corona were rationalized in terms of the different orientations in which HSA adsorbs onto the NPs. The midpoints of the binding transition, which quantifies the affinity of HSA toward the NP, were observed to differ by almost four orders of magnitude. These variations can be understood in terms of specific Coulombic interactions between the proteins and the NP surfaces.

  20. Growth mechanism, surface and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures deposited on various Au-seeded thickness obtained by mist-atomization

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    Afaah, A. N.; Aadila, A.; Asib, N. A. M.; Mohamed, R.; Rusop, M.; Khusaimi, Z.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, growth mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures on non-seeded glass, 6 nm and 12 nm Au seed layer obtained by mist-atomization was proposed. ZnO films were successfully deposited on glass substrate with different thickness of Au seed layer i.e. 6 nm and 12 nm. The surface and optical properties of the prepared samples were investigated using Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and photoluminescence (PL). FESEM micrograph show that ZnO nanostructure deposited on 6 nm Au seed layer has uniform formation and well distributed. From PL spectroscopy, the UV emission shows that ZnO deposited on 6 nm Au seed layer has the more intense UV intensity which proved that high crystal quality of nanostructured ZnO deposited on 6 nm Au seed layer.

  1. Characterization of Si(1 1 1){radical}(3) Multiplication-Sign {radical}(3)-(Au,In) surface by optical second-harmonic generation

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    Ignatovich, K.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Zotov, A.V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, 690950 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Department of Electronics, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service, 690600 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Saranin, A.A. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, 5 Radio Street, 690041 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, 690950 Vladivostok (Russian Federation)

    2012-03-01

    We investigated the change of optical second harmonic generation (SHG) intensity in the course of Si(1 1 1){radical}(3) Multiplication-Sign {radical}(3)-(Au,In) surface formation and during subsequent In island growth on this surface. The Si(1 1 1){radical}(3) Multiplication-Sign {radical}(3)-(Au,In) surface is essentially a modified Si(1 1 1)-{alpha}-{radical}(3) Multiplication-Sign {radical}(3)-Au surface in which the domain-wall network (characteristic of the original surface) is completely eliminated due to In adsorption. This surface shows up as the one having homogeneous highly ordered atomic structure. Its formation is accompanied by the extremely high (namely, tenfold) increase of the SHG signal. It was recognized that this increase is associated with an extraordinary high long-range atomic ordering of the Si(1 1 1){radical}(3) Multiplication-Sign {radical}(3)-(Au,In) surface, while its other peculiar features, developing the 2D electron gas system and occurrence of the 2D gas of mobile adatoms on it, produce minor effects. Growth of random In islands on Si(1 1 1){radical}(3) Multiplication-Sign {radical}(3)-(Au,In) at RT In deposition leads to the decrease of SHG signal indicating its sensitivity to the surface inhomogeneity not only in atomic scale but in the mesascopic scale also.

  2. Surface chemistry of Au/TiO2: Thermally and photolytically activated reactions

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    Panayotov, Dimitar A.; Morris, John R.

    2016-03-01

    The fascinating particle size dependence to the physical, photophysical, and chemical properties of gold has motivated thousands of studies focused on exploring the ability of supported gold nanoparticles to catalyze chemical transformations. In particular, titanium dioxide-supported gold (Au/TiO2) nanoparticles may provide the right combination of electronic structure, structural dynamics, and stability to affect catalysis in important practical applications from environmental remediation to selective hydrogenation to carbon monoxide oxidation. Harnessing the full potential of Au/TiO2 will require a detailed atomic-scale understanding of the thermal and photolytic processes that accompany chemical conversion. This review describes some of the unique properties exhibited by particulate gold before delving into how those properties affect chemistry on titania supports. Particular attention is given first to thermally driven reactions on single crystal system. This review then addresses nanoparticulate samples in an effort begin to bridge the so-called materials gap. Building on the foundation provided by the large body of work in the field of thermal catalysis, the review describes new research into light-driven catalysis on Au/TiO2. Importantly, the reader should bear in mind throughout this review that thermal chemistry and thermal effects typically accompany photochemistry. Distinguishing between thermally-driven stages of a reaction and photo-induced steps remains a significant challenge, but one that experimentalists and theorists are beginning to decipher with new approaches. Finally, a summary of several state-of-the-art studies describes how they are illuminating new frontiers in the quest to exploit Au/TiO2 as an efficient catalyst and low-energy photocatalyst.

  3. Plasmonic Au/CdMoO{sub 4} photocatalyst: Influence of surface plasmon resonance for selective photocatalytic oxidation of benzylic alcohol

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    Bi, Jinhong, E-mail: bijinhong@fzu.edu.cn [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Minhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Research Institute of Photocatalysis, State Key Laboratory Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Zhou, Zhiyong; Chen, Mengying [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Minhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Liang, Shijing [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fuzhou University, Minhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Research Institute of Photocatalysis, State Key Laboratory Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); He, Yunhui; Zhang, Zizhong [Research Institute of Photocatalysis, State Key Laboratory Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Wu, Ling, E-mail: wuling@fzu.edu.cn [Research Institute of Photocatalysis, State Key Laboratory Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Au/CdMoO{sub 4} composites were constructed for the first time. • Au/CdMoO{sub 4} showed superior activity for selective oxidation of benzylic alcohol. • The visible light photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the SPR effect of Au. - Abstract: Novel visible-light-driven plasmonic Au/CdMoO{sub 4} photocatalysts were synthesized by hydrothermal process following chemical reduction process. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show the catalysts exhibited strong visible light absorption due to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Au nanoparticles. Compared to CdMoO{sub 4}, Au/CdMoO{sub 4} composites displayed superior photocatalytic activities for the selective oxidation of benzylic alcohol to benzaldehyde under visible light. The highest conversion was obtain by the 1.6% Au loaded CdMoO{sub 4}. The mechanism for the selective oxidation of benzylic alcohol in the Au/CdMoO{sub 4} system is proposed.

  4. Ordered arrays of semi-crown ligands on an Au(111) electrode surface:in situ STM study

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    PAN Gebo; LI Huijing; YUAN Qunhui; CHEN Yongjun; WAN Lijun; BAI Chunli

    2004-01-01

    In situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and cyclic voltammetry were employed to investigate the adsorption structures of three semi-crown ligands on an Au(111) surface under the potential control. It is found that all the molecules formed ordered arrays in 0.1 mol/L HCIO4solution, although their geometric structures are complex and asymmetric. The driving force was supposed to come from the balance between intermolecular and molecule-substrate interactions.High resolution STM images revealed internal molecular structures, orientations and packing arrangements in the ordered adlayers. The results are useful for preparing ordered arrays of transition metal-mediated nanostructures.

  5. In situ structural study on underpotential deposition of Ag on Au(111) electrode using surface X-ray scattering technique

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    KONDO, Toshihiro; Morita, Jun; Okamura, Masayuki; Saito, Toshiya; Uosaki, Kohei

    2002-01-01

    In situ surface X-ray scattering (SXS) measurements were carried out to study the structure of a Ag layer on a Au(111) electrode formed by underpotential deposition (upd) in sulfuric acid solution. Specular rod profiles showed that a monolayer of Ag was formed at a potential between the second and third upd peaks, and a bilayer of Ag was formed at a potential between the third upd peak and bulk deposition. Non-specular rod profiles demonstrated that electrochemically deposited Ag atoms both i...

  6. A surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopic study of pH dependent water adsorption on Au

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    Dunwell, Marco; Yan, Yushan; Xu, Bingjun

    2016-08-01

    The potential dependent behavior of near-surface water on Au film electrodes in acidic and alkaline solutions is studied using a combination of attenuated total reflectance surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy and chronoamperometry. In acid, sharp νOH peaks appear at 3583 cm- 1 at high potentials attributed to non-H-bonded water coadsorbed in the hydration sphere of perchlorate near the electrode surface. Adsorbed hydronium bending mode at near 1680 cm- 1 is observed at low potentials in low pH solutions (1.4, 4.0, 6.8). At high pH (10.0, 12.3), a potential-dependent OH stretching band assigned to adsorbed hydroxide emerges from 3400-3506 cm- 1. The observation of adsorbed hydroxide, even on a weakly oxophilic metal such as Au, provides the framework for further studies of hydroxide adsorption on other electrodes to determine the role of adsorbed hydroxide on important reactions such as the hydrogen oxidation reaction.

  7. Effects of nanosecond-pulsed laser irradiation on nanostructure formation on the surface of thin Au films on SiO{sub 2} glass substrates

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    Yu, Ruixuan [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Shibayama, Tamaki, E-mail: shiba@ufml.caret.hokudai.ac.jp [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Meng, Xuan; Takayanagi, Shinya [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Yoshida, Yutaka; Yatsu, Shigeo; Watanabe, Seiichi [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan)

    2014-01-15

    In this study, we investigated nanostructure formations on the surface of Au thin films deposited on SiO{sub 2} glass substrates after nanosecond-pulsed laser irradiation, also the correlation between the nanostructures parameters and the photoabsorption peak. Spherical Au nanoparticle/SiO{sub 2} glass nanocomposites were formed on the surface of the Au thin films deposited on the SiO{sub 2} glass substrates after nanosecond-pulsed laser irradiation in air with a wavelength of 532 nm at a repetition rate of 2 Hz and a laser energy density of 0.7 kJ/m{sup 2}. Au nanoparticles were periodically arranged on the substrates under laser irradiation perpendicular to the direction of the electrical field vector of the laser light, the average diameter of Au nanoparticles was increased from 59.3 to 67.4 nm and the average distance of the laser induced periodical structure was decreased from 1.3 to 1.0 μm as the number of laser pulses increased from 1000 to 1500. After 2000 pulses irradiation, an additional laser irradiation induced periodical structure was formed in the direction parallel to the electrical field vector of the laser. The average periodicity of this nanostructure perpendicular to the initial nanostructure was 560 nm, which is close to the wavelength of the nanosecond-pulsed laser used in this study. The average diameter of these Au nanoparticles is 41.9 nm which is smaller than that of the Au nanoparticles formed after 1000 pulses irradiation. Au nanoparticles were generally dispersed on the surface while some were embedded in the substrate. After 1500 pulses irradiation, the diameter of the Au nanoparticles on the Au(30 nm)/SiO{sub 2}(0.8 mm) is relatively larger than that of the Au nanoparticles on the Au(20 nm)/SiO{sub 2}(0.1 mm). Each of laser irradiated sample showed an own photoabsorption peak clearly in this study. Furthermore, effects of the average diameter of the Au nanoparticles on the photoabsorption peak are discussed.

  8. An investigation of Au/Ti multilayer thin-films: surface morphology, structure and interfacial/surface migration of constituents under applied thermal stress

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    Senevirathne, Indrajith; Kemble, Eric; Lavoie, John

    2014-03-01

    Multilayer thin films are ubiquitous in industry. Au/Ti/substrate is unique due to possible biological applications in proof of concept devices. Material used for substrates include borosilicate glass, and quartz. Typical Ti depositions on substrates give rise to Stanski-Krastonov (SK) like growth while Frank-van der Merwe (FM) like growth is preferred. Ti films with thickness of ~ 100nm were deposited onto varying substrates using a thermal evaporator. The additional Au layer is then deposited via magnetron sputter deposition at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (~ 1ML/min) onto the Ti thin film. These systems were annealed at varying temperatures and at different durations. Systems were investigated via AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) probes to examine the surface morphology, and structure. Further, the ambient contamination and elemental distribution/diffusion at annealing was investigated via Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). PASSHE FPDC Annual Grant (LOU # 2010-LHU-03)

  9. Electric-field noise from carbon-adatom diffusion on a Au(110) surface: first-principles calculations and experiments

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    Kim, E; Hite, D A; McKay, K S; Pappas, D P; Weck, P F; Sadeghpour, H

    2016-01-01

    The decoherence of trapped-ion quantum gates due to heating of their motional modes is a fundamental science and engineering problem. This heating is attributed to electric-field noise arising from the trap-electrode surfaces. In this work, we investigate the source of this noise by focusing on the diffusion of carbon-containing adsorbates on the surface of Au(110). We show by density functional theory, based on detailed scanning probe microscopy, how the carbon adatom diffusion on the gold surface changes the energy landscape, and how the adatom dipole moment varies with the diffusive motion. A simple model for the diffusion noise, which varies quadratically with the variation of the dipole moment, qualitatively reproduces the measured noise spectrum, and the estimate of the noise spectral density is in accord with measured values.

  10. Electric-field noise from carbon-adatom diffusion on a Au(110) surface: First-principles calculations and experiments

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    Kim, E.; Safavi-Naini, A.; Hite, D. A.; McKay, K. S.; Pappas, D. P.; Weck, P. F.; Sadeghpour, H. R.

    2017-03-01

    The decoherence of trapped-ion quantum gates due to heating of their motional modes is a fundamental science and engineering problem. This heating is attributed to electric-field noise arising from the trap-electrode surfaces. In this work, we investigate the source of this noise by focusing on the diffusion of carbon-containing adsorbates on the surface of Au(110). We show by density functional theory, based on detailed scanning probe microscopy, how the carbon adatom diffusion on the gold surface changes the energy landscape and how the adatom dipole moment varies with the diffusive motion. A simple model for the diffusion noise, which varies quadratically with the variation of the dipole moment, predicts a noise spectrum, in accordance with the measured values.

  11. On the electronic, structural, and thermodynamic properties of Au supported on α-Fe2O3 surfaces and their interaction with CO

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    Nguyen, Manh-Thuong; Farnesi Camellone, Matteo; Gebauer, Ralph

    2015-07-01

    Extensive first principles calculations are carried out to investigate Au monomers and dimers supported on α-Fe2O3(0001) surfaces in terms of structure optimizations, electronic structure analyses, and ab initio thermodynamics calculations of surface phase diagrams. All computations rely on density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation (Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE)) and account for on-site Coulomb interactions via inclusion of a Hubbard correction (PBE+U). The relative stability of Au monomers/dimers on the stoichiometric termination of α-Fe2O3(0001) decorated with various vacancies (multiple oxygen vacancies, iron vacancy, and mixed iron-oxygen vacancies) has been computed as a function of the oxygen chemical potential. The charge rearrangement induced by Au at the oxide contact is analyzed in detail and discussed. On one hand, ab initio thermodynamics predicts that under O-rich conditions, structures obtained by replacing a surface Fe atom with a Au atom are thermodynamically stable over a wide range of temperatures. On the other hand, the complex of a CO molecule on a Au atom substituting surface Fe atoms is thermodynamically stable only in a much more narrow range of values of the O chemical potential under O-rich conditions. In the case of a Au dimer, under O-rich conditions, supported Au atoms at an O-Fe di-vacancy are more stable. However, upon CO adsorption, the complex of a CO molecule and 2 Au atoms located at a single Fe vacancy is more favorable.

  12. Fabrication of DNA nanowires by orthogonal self-assembly and DNA intercalation on a Au patterned Si/SiO2 surface.

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    Kobayashi, Katsuaki; Tonegawa, Naoya; Fujii, Sho; Hikida, Jiro; Nozoye, Hisakazu; Tsutsui, Ken; Wada, Yasuo; Chikira, Makoto; Haga, Masa-Aki

    2008-11-18

    A novel Ru complex bearing both an acridine group and anchoring phosphonate groups was immobilized on a surface in order to capture double-stranded DNAs (dsDNAs) from solution. At low surface coverage, the atomic force microscopy (AFM) image revealed the "molecular dot" morphology with the height of the Ru complex ( approximately 2.5 nm) on a mica surface, indicating that four phosphonate anchor groups keep the Ru complex in an upright orientation on the surface. Using a dynamic molecular combing method, the DNA capture efficiency of the Ru complex on a mica surface was examined in terms of the effects of the number of molecular dots and surface hydrophobicity. The immobilized surface could capture DNAs; however, the optimal number of molecular dots on the surface as well as the optimal pull-up speed exist to obtain the extended dsDNAs on the surface. Applying this optimal condition to a Au-patterned Si/SiO 2 (Au/SiO 2) surface, the Au electrode was selectively covered with the Ru complex by orthogonal self-assembly of 4-mercaptbutylphosphonic acid (MBPA), followed by the formation of a Zr (4+)-phosphonate layer and the Ru complex. At the same time, the remaining SiO 2 surface was covered with octylphosphonic acid (OPA) by self-assembly. The selective immobilization of the Ru complex only on the Au electrode was identified by time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) imaging on the chemically modified Au/SiO 2 surface. The construction of DNA nanowires on the Au/SiO 2 patterned surface was accomplished by the molecular combing method of the selective immobilized Ru complex on Au electrodes. These interconnected nanowires between Au electrodes were used as a scaffold for the modification of Pd nanoparticles on the DNA. Furthermore, Cu metallization was achieved by electroless plating of Cu metal on a priming of Pd nanoparticles on the Pd-covered DNA nanowires. The resulting Cu nanowires showed a metallic behavior with relatively high resistance.

  13. Modification in surface properties of poly-allyl-diglycol-carbonate (CR-39 implanted by Au+ ions at different fluences

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    Sagheer Riffat

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Ion implantation has a potential to modify the surface properties and to produce thin conductive layers in insulating polymers. For this purpose, poly-allyl-diglycol-carbonate (CR-39 was implanted by 400 keV Au+ ions with ion fluences ranging from 5 × 1013 ions/cm2 to 5 × 1015 ions/cm2. The chemical, morphological and optical properties of implanted CR-39 were analyzed using Raman, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The electrical conductivity of implanted samples was determined through four-point probe technique. Raman spectroscopy revealed the formation of carbonaceous structures in the implanted layer of CR-39. From FT-IR spectroscopy analysis, changes in functional groups of CR-39 after ion implantation were observed. AFM studies revealed that morphology and surface roughness of implanted samples depend on the fluence of Au ions. The optical band gap of implanted samples decreased from 3.15 eV (for pristine to 1.05 eV (for sample implanted at 5 × 1015 ions/cm2. The electrical conductivity was observed to increase with the ion fluence. It is suggested that due to an increase in ion fluence, the carbonaceous structures formed in the implanted region are responsible for the increase in electrical conductivity.

  14. Formation of patterned arrays of Au nanoparticles on SiC surface by template confined dewetting of normal and oblique deposited nanoscale films

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it; Grimaldi, M.G.

    2013-06-01

    We report on the formation of patterned arrays of Au nanoparticles (NPs) on 6H SiC surface. To this end, we exploit the thermal-induced dewetting properties of a template confined deposited nanoscale Au film. In this approach, the Au surface pattern order, on the SiC substrate, is established by a template confined deposition using a micrometric template. Then, a dewetting process of the patterned Au film is induced by thermal processes. We compare the results, about the patterns formation, obtained for normal and oblique deposited Au films. We show that the normal and oblique depositions, through the same template, originate different patterns of the Au film. As a consequence of these different starting patterns, after the thermal processes, different patterns for the arrays of NPs originating from the dewetting mechanisms are obtained. For each fixed deposition angle α, the pattern evolution is analyzed, by scanning electron microscopy, as a function of the annealing time at 1173 K (900 °C). From these analyses, quantitative evaluations on the NPs size evolution are drawn. - Highlights: • Micrometric template-confined nanoscale gold films are deposited on silicon carbide. • The dewetting process of template-confined gold films on silicon carbide is studied. • Comparison of dewetting process of normal and oblique deposited gold films is drawn. • Patterned arrays of gold nanoparticles on silicon carbide surface are produced.

  15. Molecular and electronic structure of osmium complexes confined to Au(111) surfaces using a self-assembled molecular bridge

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    Llave, Ezequiel de la; Herrera, Santiago E.; Adam, Catherine; Méndez De Leo, Lucila P.; Calvo, Ernesto J.; Williams, Federico J., E-mail: fwilliams@qi.fcen.uba.ar [INQUIMAE-CONICET, Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química-Física, Facultad Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pabellón 2, Buenos Aires C1428EHA (Argentina)

    2015-11-14

    The molecular and electronic structure of Os(II) complexes covalently bonded to self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au(111) surfaces was studied by means of polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopies, scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Attachment of the Os complex to the SAM proceeds via an amide covalent bond with the SAM alkyl chain 40° tilted with respect to the surface normal and a total thickness of 26 Å. The highest occupied molecular orbital of the Os complex is mainly based on the Os(II) center located 2.2 eV below the Fermi edge and the LUMO molecular orbital is mainly based on the bipyridine ligands located 1.5 eV above the Fermi edge.

  16. Au nanoparticles decorated SiO{sub 2} nanowires by dewetting on curved surfaces: facile synthesis and nanoparticles-nanowires sizes correlation

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it; Grimaldi, M. G. [Universita di Catania, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia (Italy)

    2013-09-15

    We report a solid-state synthesis for SiO{sub 2} nanowires (NWs) (up to 20 microns in length and from about 40 to about 150 nm in diameter) coated by Au nanoparticles (NPs) (from about 20 to about 80 nm in diameter). This protocol is based on three steps: (1) large area production of very long SiO{sub 2} NWs on a Si surface exploiting a simple Au/Si solid-state reaction at high temperature; (2) coating of the SiO{sub 2} NWs by a Au film of desired thickness using sputtering depositions; and (3) a thermal process to induce a dewetting process of the Au-film coating the SiO{sub 2} NWs to obtain Au NPs on the curved surface of the NWs. The morphology evolution of the SiO{sub 2} NWs was followed, in each step, by scanning electron microscopy analyses. They allowed to correlate the evolution of the NPs size with the NWs sizes for different thicknesses of the starting Au-film coating the NWs and different annealing temperatures of the dewetting process. Some theoretical concepts, related to the dewetting process of a film on a curved surface were used to describe the experimental data. The main advantages of the proposed protocols include: (i) simplicity and low-cost (it is based only on sputtering depositions and thermal processes), and (ii) versatility based on the possibility of tuning Au-film thickness and annealing temperature to tune the NPs-NWs sizes ratio. These advantages can make this technique suitable for the mass production of Au NPs-coated SiO{sub 2} NWs toward applications in electronic devices, biosensors, and nanoscale optical devices.

  17. On the role of metal particle size and surface coverage for photo-catalytic hydrogen production; a case study of the Au/CdS system

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    Majeed, I.

    2015-09-25

    Photo-catalytic hydrogen production has been studied on Au supported CdS catalysts under visible light irradiation in order to understand the effect of Au particle size as well as the reaction medium properties. Au nanoparticles of size about 2-5 nm were deposited over hexagonal CdS particles using a new simple method involving reduction of Au3+ ions with iodide ions. Within the investigated range of Au (between 1 and 5 wt. %) fresh particles with mean size of 4 nm and XPS Au4f/Cd3d surface ratio of 0.07 showed the highest performance (ca. 1 molecule of H2 / Auatom s−1) under visible light irradiation (>420 nm and a flux of 35 mW/cm2). The highest hydrogen production rate was obtained from water (92%)-ethanol (8%) in an electrolyte medium (Na2S-Na2SO3). TEM studies of fresh and used catalysts showed that Au particle size increases (almost 5 fold) with increasing photo-irradiation time due to photo-agglomeration effect yet no sign of deactivation was observed. A mechanism for hydrogen production from ethanol-water electrolyte mixture is presented and discussed.

  18. In Vivo Neural Recording and Electrochemical Performance of Microelectrode Arrays Modified by Rough-Surfaced AuPt Alloy Nanoparticles with Nanoporosity

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    Zongya Zhao

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to reduce the impedance and improve in vivo neural recording performance of our developed Michigan type silicon electrodes, rough-surfaced AuPt alloy nanoparticles with nanoporosity were deposited on gold microelectrode sites through electro-co-deposition of Au-Pt-Cu alloy nanoparticles, followed by chemical dealloying Cu. The AuPt alloy nanoparticles modified gold microelectrode sites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, cyclic voltammetry (CV and in vivo neural recording experiment. The SEM images showed that the prepared AuPt alloy nanoparticles exhibited cauliflower-like shapes and possessed very rough surfaces with many different sizes of pores. Average impedance of rough-surfaced AuPt alloy nanoparticles modified sites was 0.23 MΩ at 1 kHz, which was only 4.7% of that of bare gold microelectrode sites (4.9 MΩ, and corresponding in vitro background noise in the range of 1 Hz to 7500 Hz decreased to 7.5 μ V rms from 34.1 μ V rms at bare gold microelectrode sites. Spontaneous spike signal recording was used to evaluate in vivo neural recording performance of modified microelectrode sites, and results showed that rough-surfaced AuPt alloy nanoparticles modified microelectrode sites exhibited higher average spike signal-to-noise ratio (SNR of 4.8 in lateral globus pallidus (GPe due to lower background noise compared to control microelectrodes. Electro-co-deposition of Au-Pt-Cu alloy nanoparticles combined with chemical dealloying Cu was a convenient way for increasing the effective surface area of microelectrode sites, which could reduce electrode impedance and improve the quality of in vivo spike signal recording.

  19. The fabrication of stable superhydrophobic surfaces using a thin Au/Pd coating over a hydrophilic 3C-SiC nanorod network

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    Khan, Afzal [Materials Science Centre, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Sohail, Shiraz [Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Jacob, Chacko, E-mail: cxj14_holiday@yahoo.com [Materials Science Centre, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India)

    2015-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Superhydrophobicity achieved using a metallic coating on a nanorod surface of 3C-SiC. • Hierarchical nanostructures made up of nanorod network with thin Au/Pd coating. • Surface adsorbed organic contaminants further lowered the surface energy. • High water contact angle (160°) and very low sliding angle (<5°) of a water droplet. • Reproducibility of the results was checked over a period of 14 months. - Abstract: In this work, it has been demonstrated that for hydrophilic materials, like SiC, etc., superhydrophobicity can be achieved by coating them with a material like Au/Pd with surface adsorbed organic contaminants, rather than modifying them by fluoropolymers as is usually done. Dense and randomly aligned 3C-SiC nanorods were grown in a cold-wall APCVD reactor using Ni as a catalyst which formed a network of micro/nano air pockets and exhibited superhydrophobic behavior when modified by an Au/Pd metal alloy coating by forming hierarchical nanostructures with surface adsorbed organic contaminants. A high water contact angle (160°), very low sliding angle (<5°), rebounding and a rubber ball-like behavior of a water droplet were observed on such a metal (Au/Pd) modified surface of 3C-SiC nanorods. The durability of the surface and reproducibility of the results was checked over a period of about 14 months under ambient atmosphere at room temperature, which demonstrates the long term stability of these superhydrophobic surfaces.

  20. Evolution of the surface plasmon resonance of Au:TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite thin films with annealing temperature

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    Borges, J., E-mail: joelborges@fisica.uminho.pt [Universidade do Minho, Centro/Departamento de Física (Portugal); Buljan, M.; Sancho-Parramon, J.; Bogdanovic-Radovic, I.; Siketic, Z. [Rudjer Boskovic Institute (Croatia); Scherer, T.; Kübel, C. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) and Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility - KNMF (Germany); Bernstorff, S. [Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy); Cavaleiro, A. [University of Coimbra, SEG-CEMUC, Mechanical Engineering Department (Portugal); Vaz, F.; Rolo, A. G. [Universidade do Minho, Centro/Departamento de Física (Portugal)

    2014-12-15

    This paper reports on the changes in the structural and morphological features occurring in a particular type of nanocomposite thin-film system, composed of Au nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed in a host TiO{sub 2} dielectric matrix. The structural and morphological changes, promoted by in-vacuum annealing experiments of the as-deposited thin films at different temperatures (ranging from 200 to 800 °C), resulted in a well-known localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) phenomenon, which gave rise to a set of different optical responses that can be tailored for a wide number of applications, including those for optical-based sensors. The results show that the annealing experiments enabled a gradual increase of the mean grain size of the Au NPs (from 2 to 23 nm), and changes in their distributions and separations within the dielectric matrix. For higher annealing temperatures of the as-deposited films, a broad size distribution of Au NPs was found (sizes up to 100 nm). The structural conditions necessary to produce LSPR activity were found to occur for annealing experiments above 300 °C, which corresponded to the crystallization of the gold NPs, with an average size strongly dependent on the annealing temperature itself. The main factor for the promotion of LSPR was the growth of gold NPs and their redistribution throughout the host matrix. On the other hand, the host matrix started to crystallize at an annealing temperature of about 500 °C, which is an important parameter to explain the shift of the LSPR peak position to longer wavelengths, i.e. a red-shift.

  1. HCl dissociating on a rigid Au(111) surface: A six-dimensional quantum mechanical study on a new potential energy surface based on the RPBE functional

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    Liu, Tianhui; Fu, Bina; Zhang, Dong H.

    2017-04-01

    The dissociative chemisorption of HCl on the Au(111) surface has recently been an interesting and important subject, regarding the discrepancy between the theoretical dissociation probabilities and the experimental sticking probabilities. We here constructed an accurate full-dimensional (six-dimensional (6D)) potential energy surface (PES) based on the density functional theory (DFT) with the revised Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (RPBE) functional, and performed 6D quantum mechanical (QM) calculations for HCl dissociating on a rigid Au(111) surface. The effects of vibrational excitations, rotational orientations, and site-averaging approximation on the present RPBE PES are investigated. Due to the much higher barrier height obtained on the RPBE PES than on the PW91 PES, the agreement between the present theoretical and experimental results is greatly improved. In particular, at the very low kinetic energy, the QM-RPBE dissociation probability agrees well with the experimental data. However, the computed QM-RPBE reaction probabilities are still markedly different from the experimental values at most of the energy regions. In addition, the QM-RPBE results achieve good agreement with the recent ab initio molecular dynamics calculations based on the RPBE functional at high kinetic energies.

  2. On the role of localized surface plasmon resonance in UV-Vis light irradiated Au/TiO₂ photocatalysis systems: pros and cons.

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    Lin, Zhongjin; Wang, Xiaohong; Liu, Jun; Tian, Zunyi; Dai, Loucheng; He, Beibei; Han, Chao; Wu, Yigui; Zeng, Zhigang; Hu, Zhiyu

    2015-03-07

    The role of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in UV-Vis light irradiated Au/TiO2 photocatalysis systems has been investigated, and it is demonstrated experimentally for the first time that both pros and cons of LSPR exist simultaneously for this photocatalytic reaction. We have proved that when operating under mixed UV and green light irradiation, the LSPR injected hot electrons (from the Au nanoparticles to TiO2 under green light irradiation) may surmount the Schottky barrier (SB) formed between the Au nanoparticles and TiO2, and flow back into the TiO2. As a result, these electrons may compensate for and even surpass those transferred from TiO2 to the Au nanoparticles, thus accelerating the recombination of UV excited electron-hole pairs in TiO2. This is the negative effect of LSPR. On the other hand, more hot electrons existing on the surface of the Au nanoparticles due to LSPR would favor the photocatalytic reaction, which accompanied by the negative effect dominates the overall photocatalytic performance. The presented results reveal the multi-faceted essence of LSPR in Au/TiO2 structures, and is instructive for the application of metal-semiconductor composites in photocatalysis. Moreover, it is confirmed that the extent to which the above pros and cons of LSPR dominate the overall photocatalytic reaction depends on the intensity ratio of visible to UV light.

  3. Transport properties of iron-porphyrin molecule sandwiched between Au surfaces

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    Kondo, Hisashi [Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); CMSC, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: KONDO.Hisashi@nims.go.jp; Kino, Hiori; Nara, Jun [CMSC, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Ohno, Takahisa [Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); CMSC, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); MANA, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

    2008-09-30

    The transport properties of an iron-porphyrin molecule sandwiched between Au(1 1 1) electrodes are investigated using the non-equilibrium Green's function method based on the density functional theory, and in particular, the dependence on a terminal-atom position is studied. We consider four models for terminal-atom positions. It is found that the transport properties of the junction system are very sensitive to a terminal-atom position. We also find that the contribution of the d-orbitals of the Fe atom to the transport properties around the Fermi energy strongly changes, depending on a terminal-atom position. From these results, we propose a suitable terminal-atom position for the molecular sensor discussed in the other paper.

  4. Metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc molecule adsorbed on the Au(111 surface: formation of a wide domain along a single lattice direction

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    Tadahiro Komeda, Hironari Isshiki and Jie Liu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM, we observed the bonding configuration of the metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc molecule adsorbed on the Au(111 surface. A local lattice formation started from a quasi-square lattice aligned to the close-packed directions of the Au(111 surface. Although we expected the lattice alignment to be equally distributed along the three crystallographically equivalent directions, the domain aligned normal to the ridge of the herringbone structure was missing in the STM images. We attribute this effect to the uniaxial contraction of the reconstructed Au(111 surface that can account for the formation of a large lattice domain along a single crystallographical direction.

  5. Enzyme-free surface plasmon resonance aptasensor for amplified detection of adenosine via target-triggering strand displacement cycle and Au nanoparticles

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    Yao, Gui-Hong [Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Liang, Ru-Ping, E-mail: liangrp@163.com [Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Huang, Chun-Fang; Zhang, Li [Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Qiu, Jian-Ding, E-mail: jdqiu@ncu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Department of Chemical Engineering, Pingxiang College, Pingxiang 337055 (China)

    2015-04-29

    Highlights: • We presented an enhancing strategy for adenosine detection via target-triggering strand displacement cycle and Au NPs. • The method exhibited a low detection limit of 0.21 pM. • High specificity of aptamers to target much favors for the selectivity improvement of the SPR assays. - Abstract: Herein, we combine the advantage of aptamer technique with the amplifying effect of an enzyme-free signal-amplification and Au nanoparticles (NPs) to design a sensitive surface plasmon resonance (SPR) aptasensor for detecting small molecules. This detection system consists of aptamer, detection probe (c-DNA1) partially hybridizing to the aptamer strand, Au NPs-linked hairpin DNA (Au-H-DNA1), and thiolated hairpin DNA (H-DNA2) previously immobilized on SPR gold chip. In the absence of target, the H-DNA1 possessing hairpin structure cannot hybridize with H-DNA2 and thereby Au NPs will not be captured on the SPR gold chip surface. Upon addition of target, the detection probe c-DNA1 is forced to dissociate from the c-DNA1/aptamer duplex by the specific recognition of the target to its aptamer. The released c-DNA1 hybridizes with Au-H-DNA1 and opens the hairpin structure, which accelerate the hybridization between Au-H-DNA1 and H-DNA2, leading to the displacement of the c-DNA1 through a branch migration process. The released c-DNA1 then hybridizes with another Au-H-DNA1 probe, and the cycle starts anew, resulting in the continuous immobilization of Au-H-DNA1 probes on the SPR chip, generating a significant change of SPR signal due to the electronic coupling interaction between the localized surface plasma of the Au NPs and the surface plasma wave. With the use of adenosine as a proof-of-principle analyte, this sensing platform can detect adenosine specifically with a detection limit as low as 0.21 pM, providing a simple, sensitive and selective protocol for small target molecules detection.

  6. Self-assembly of various Au nanocrystals on functionalized water-stable PVA/PEI nanofibers: a highly efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates with high density of "hot" spots.

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    Zhu, Han; Du, MingLiang; Zhang, Ming; Wang, Pan; Bao, ShiYong; Zou, Meiling; Fu, YaQin; Yao, JuMing

    2014-04-15

    We have demonstrated a facile approach for the fabrication of flexible and reliable sulfydryl functionalized PVA/PEI nanofibers with excellent water stability for the self-assembly of Au nanocrystals, such as Au nanoparticles (AuNPs), Au nanoflowers (AuNFs) and Au nanorods (AuNRs), used as the highly efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates for the detection of rhodamine B (RhB). Various methods were employed to cross-link the PVA nanofibers with better morphology and porous structures after immersing in water for desired times. Various SERS-active Au nanocrystals, such as AuNPs, AuNFs, and AuNRs have been successfully synthesized. After the grafting of MPTES on the cross-linked PVA/PEI nanofibers, the Au nanocrystals can easily be self-assembled on the surfaces of the nanofibers because of the strong interactions of the Au-S chemical bondings. The Au nanocrystals self-assembled throughout the PVA/PEI nanofibers used as SERS substrates all exhibit enhanced SERS signals of RhB compared with their individual nanocrystals. It is mainly due to the close interparticle distance, mutual orientation and high density of "hot" spots, that can strongly affect the overall optical response and the SERS enhancement. By changing the amounts of the self-assembled AuNFs on the nanofibers, we can control the density of the "hot" spots. With the increased amounts of the AuNFs throughout the nanofibers, the SERS substrates show enhanced Raman signals of the RhB, indicating that the increased density of "hot" spots can directly lead to the SERS enhancement. The AuNFs/(PVA/PEI) SERS substrates show good sensitivity, reliability and low detection limit (10(-9) M). The presented approach can be broadly applicable to the assembly of different types of plasmonic nanostructures and these novel materials with strong SERS enhancement can be applied in bioanalysis and biosensors.

  7. Focused ion beam-fabricated Au micro/nanostructures used as a surface enhanced Raman scattering-active substrate for trace detection of molecules and influenza virus

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    Lin, Ying-Yi; Liao, Jiunn-Der; Ju, Yu-Hung; Chang, Chia-Wei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Shiau, Ai-Li, E-mail: jdliao@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Microbiology and Immunology, National Cheng Kung University, No 1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2011-05-06

    The focused ion beam (FIB) technique was used to precisely fabricate patterned Au micro/nanostructures (fibAu). The effects of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on the fibAu samples were investigated by adjusting the geometrical, dimensional, and spacing factors. The SERS mechanism was evaluated using low-concentration rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules, physically adsorbed or suspended on/within the micro/nanostructures. The results indicated that for detecting R6G molecules, hexagon-like micro/nanostructures induced a higher electromagnetic mechanism (EM) due to the availability of multiple edges and small curvature. By decreasing the dimensions from 300 to 150 nm, the laser-focused area contained an increasing number of micro/nanostructures and therefore intensified the excitation of SERS signals. Moreover, with an optimized geometry and dimensions of the micro/nanostructures, the relative intensity/surface area value reached a maximum as the spacing was 22 nm. An exponential decrease was found as the spacing was increased, which most probably resulted from the loss of EM. The spacing between the micro/nanostructures upon the fibAu was consequently regarded as the dominant factor for the detection of R6G molecules. By taking an optimized fibAu to detect low-concentration influenza virus, the amino acids from the outermost surface of the virus can be well distinguished through the SERS mechanism.

  8. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Self-assembled Monolayers of 1-Adamantanethiolate and Its Derivatives on Au(111)Surfaces

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    ZHOU, Jun-Hong; ZHU, Rui-Xin; SHI, Liang-Wei; ZHANG, Tao; CHEN, Min-Bo

    2007-01-01

    The self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of 1-adamantanethiolate and its derivatives on Au(111) surface were investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculation indicates that the most stable configuration for absorption is at the face centered cubic (fcc)-bridge site. Canonical ensemble molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were carried out to study the structures and energies of the SAMs. The ordered structures of the SAMs were analyzed by means of radial distribution function and the relative stability of the SAMs was compared. It was concluded by the comparison of various contributions to the SAM formation energy that the formation of the SAMs was determined by the intermolecular nonbonding interaction and the chemical bonding interaction of sulfur and gold.

  9. Improving the sensitivity of immunoassay based on MBA-embedded Au@SiO2 nanoparticles and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Wei, Chao; Xu, Min-Min; Fang, Cong-Wei; Jin, Qi; Yuan, Ya-Xian; Yao, Jian-Lin

    2017-03-01

    Traditional "sandwich" structure immunoassay is mainly based on the self-assembly of "antibody on solid substrate-antigen-antibody with nanotags" architectures, and the sensitivity of this strategy is critically depended on the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities and stability of nanotags. Therefore, the rational design and fabrication on the SERS nanotags attracts the common interests to the bio-related detecting and imaging. Herein, silica encapsulated Au with mercaptobenzoic acid (MBA) core-shell nanoparticles (Au-MBA@SiO2) are fabricated instead of the traditional naked Au or Ag nanoparticles for the SERS-based immunoassay on human and mouse IgG antigens. The MBA molecules facilitate the formation of continuous pinhole-free silica shell and are also used as SERS labels. The silica shell is employed to protect MBA labels and to isolate Au core from the ambient solution for blocking the aggregation. This shell also played the similar role to BSA in inhibiting the nonspecific bindings, which allowed the procedures for constructing "sandwich" structures to be simplified. All of these merits of the Au-MBA@SiO2 brought the high performance in the related immunoassay. Benefiting from the introduction of silica shell to encapsulate MBA labels, the detection sensitivity was improved by about 1- 2 orders of magnitude by comparing with the traditional approach based on naked Au-MBA nanoparticles. This kind of label-embedded core-shell nanoparticles could be developed as the versatile nanotags for the bioanalysis and bioimaging.

  10. Hierarchical self-assembly of designed 2x2-alpha-helix bundle proteins on Au(111) surfaces

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    Wackerbarth, Hainer; Tofteng, A.P.; Jensen, K.J.

    2006-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers of biomolecules on atomically planar surfaces offer the prospect of complex combinations of controlled properties, e. g., for bioelectronics. We have prepared a novel hemi-4-alpha-helix bundle protein by attaching two alpha-helical peptides to a cyclo-dithiothreitol (cyclo......-DTT) template. The protein was de novo designed to self-assemble in solution to form a 4-alpha-helix bundle, whereas the disulfide moiety enables the formation of a self-assembled monolayer on a Au(111) surface by opening of the disulfide, thus giving rise to a two-step self-assembly process. The 2 x 2-alpha......-helix bundle protein and its template were studied by X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS), electrochemical methods, and electrochemical in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (in situ STM). XPS showed that the cyclo-DTT opens on adsorption to a gold surface with the integrity of the 2 x 2- R-helix bundle...

  11. Arrays of ZnO nanorods decorated with Au nanoparticles as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates for rapid detection of trace melamine

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    Yi, Zao [College of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Yi, Yong [Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Luo, Jiangshan; Li, Xibo [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, 621900 (China); Xu, Xibin [College of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Jiang, Xiaodong [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, 621900 (China); Yi, Yougen, E-mail: yougenyi@mail.csu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Tang, Yongjian [Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, 621900 (China)

    2014-10-15

    In this paper, as a new, highly sensitive and uniform hybrid surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate, arrays of ZnO nanorods (ZnO-NRs) decorated with Au nanoparticles (Au-NPs) have been prepared. This hybrid substrate manifests high SERS sensitivity to melamine and a detection limit as low as 1.0×10{sup −10} M (1.26 µg L{sup −1}). A maximum enhancement factor of 1.0×10{sup 9} can be obtained with the ZnO NF–Au (sample 2) film. Au-NPs gaps in the array can create lots of SERS “hot spots” that mainly contribute to the high SERS sensitivity. Moreover, the supporting chemical enhancement effect of ZnO-NRs and the better enrichment effect ascribed to the large surface area of the substrate also help to achieve a lower detection limit. The promising advantages of easy sample pretreatment, short detection time and low cost makes the arrays of ZnO-NRs decorated with Au-NPs substrate a potential detection tool in the field of food safety.

  12. Surface enhanced vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles study of L-cysteine adsorption on noble trimetallic Au/Pt@Rh clusters.

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    Loganathan, B; Chandraboss, V L; Senthilvelan, S; Karthikeyan, B

    2015-09-07

    The Rh shell of the Au/Pt/Rh trimetallic nanoparticles induces a wide variety of interesting surface reactions by allowing the adsorption of amino acids like L-cysteine (L-Cys). We present a snapshot of theoretical and experimental investigation of L-Cys adsorption on the surface of noble trimetallic Au/Pt@Rh colloidal nanocomposites. Density functional theoretical (DFT) investigations of L-Cys interaction with the Rhodium (Rh) shell of a trimetallic Au/Pt@Rh cluster in terms of geometry, binding energy (E(B)), binding site, energy gap (E(g)), electronic and spectral properties have been performed. L-Cys establishes a strong interaction with the Rh shell. It binds to Rh by the S1-site, which makes a stable L-Cys-Rh surface complex. DFT can be taken as a valuable tool to assign the vibrational spectra of the adsorption of L-Cys on trimetallic Au/Pt@Rh colloidal nanocomposites and mono-metallic Rh nanoparticles. Surface-enhanced infrared spectroscopy (SEIRS) with L-Cys on a Rh6 cluster surface has been simulated for the first time. Experimental information on the L-Cys-Rh surface complex is included to examine the interaction. The experimental spectral observations are in good agreement with the simulated DFT results. Characterization of the synthesized trimetallic Au/Pt@Rh colloidal nanocomposites has been done by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) with selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, zeta potential, zeta deviation analysis and UV-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopic studies.

  13. In-plane X-ray diffraction study of the C-60/Au(110) p(6x5) reconstructed surface by direct methods

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    Torrelles, X.; Rius, J.; Pedio, M.; Felici, R.; Rudolf, P.; Ferrer, S.; Miravitlles, C.; Alvarez, J.

    1999-01-01

    Adsorption of C60 on the highly anisotropic Au(110) 1 × 2 reconstructed surface leads to an ordered quasi hexagonal 6 × 5 superstructure. This interfacial reconstruction has been investigated by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. Analysis of the in-plane data set reveals four C60 molecules per (6

  14. In-plane X-ray diffraction study of the C-60/Au(110) p(6x5) reconstructed surface by direct methods

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    Torrelles, X.; Rius, J.; Pedio, M.; Felici, R.; Rudolf, P.; Ferrer, S.; Miravitlles, C.; Alvarez, J.

    1999-01-01

    Adsorption of C60 on the highly anisotropic Au(110) 1 × 2 reconstructed surface leads to an ordered quasi hexagonal 6 × 5 superstructure. This interfacial reconstruction has been investigated by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. Analysis of the in-plane data set reveals four C60 molecules per (6

  15. CO adsorption on small Au{sub n} (n = 1–4) structures supported on hematite. II. Adsorption on the O-rich termination of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) surface

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    Pabisiak, Tomasz; Kiejna, Adam, E-mail: kiejna@ifd.uni.wroc.pl [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Wrocław, Plac M. Borna 9, 50-204 Wrocław (Poland); Winiarski, Maciej J. [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Wrocław, Plac M. Borna 9, 50-204 Wrocław (Poland); Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław (Poland)

    2016-01-28

    The adsorption of small Au{sub n} (n = 1–4) nanostructures on oxygen terminated α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) surface was investigated using density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) form with Hubbard correction U, accounting for strong electron correlations (PBE+U). The structural, energetic, and electronic properties were examined for two classes of the adsorbed Au{sub n} nanostructures with vertical and flattened configurations. Similarly to the Fe-terminated α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) surface considered in Part I, the flattened configurations were found energetically more favored than vertical ones. The binding of Au{sub n} to the O-terminated surface is much stronger than to the Fe-termination. The adsorption bonding energy of Au{sub n} and the work function of the Au{sub n}/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) systems decrease with the increased number of Au atoms in a structure. All of the adsorbed Au{sub n} structures are positively charged. The bonding of CO molecules to the Au{sub n} structures is distinctly stronger than on the Fe-terminated surface; however, it is weaker than the binding to the bare O-terminated surface. The CO molecule binds to the Au{sub n}/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) system through a peripheral Au atom partly detached from the Au{sub n} structure. The results of this work indicate that the most energetically favored sites for adsorption of a CO molecule on the Au{sub n}/α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) systems are atoms in the Au{sup 0.5+} oxidation state.

  16. Protein-nanoparticle interactions: the effects of surface compositional and structural heterogeneity are scale dependent

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    Huang, Rixiang; Carney, Randy P.; Stellacci, Francesco; Lau, Boris L. T.

    2013-07-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) in the biological environment are exposed to a large variety and concentration of proteins. Proteins are known to adsorb in a `corona' like structure on the surface of NPs. In this study, we focus on the effects of surface compositional and structural heterogeneity on protein adsorption by examining the interaction of self-assembled monolayer coated gold NPs (AuNPs) with two types of proteins: ubiquitin and fibrinogen. This work was designed to systematically investigate the role of surface heterogeneity in nanoparticle-protein interaction. We have chosen the particles as well as the proteins to provide different types (in distribution and length-scale) of heterogeneity. The goal was to unveil the role of heterogeneity and of its length-scale in the particle-protein interaction. Dynamic light scattering and circular dichroism spectroscopy were used to reveal different interactions at pH above and below the isoelectric points of the proteins, which is related to the charge heterogeneity on the protein surface. At pH 7.4, there was only a monolayer of proteins adsorbed onto the NPs and the secondary structure of proteins remained intact. At pH 4.0, large aggregates of nanoparticle-protein complexes were formed and the secondary structures of the proteins were significantly disrupted. In terms of interaction thermodynamics, results from isothermal titration calorimetry showed that ubiquitin adsorbed differently onto (1) AuNPs with charged and nonpolar terminals organized into nano-scale structure (66-34 OT), (2) AuNPs with randomly distributed terminals (66-34 brOT), and (3) AuNPs with homogeneously charged terminals (MUS). This difference in adsorption behavior was not observed when AuNPs interacted with fibrinogen. The results suggested that the interaction between the proteins and AuNPs was influenced by the surface heterogeneity on the AuNPs, and this influence depends on the scale of surface heterogeneity and the size of the proteins

  17. Extracellular Saccharide-Mediated Reduction of Au(3+) to Gold Nanoparticles: New Insights for Heavy Metals Biomineralization on Microbial Surfaces.

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    Kang, Fuxing; Qu, Xiaolei; Alvarez, Pedro J J; Zhu, Dongqiang

    2017-02-15

    Biomineralization is a critical process controlling the biogeochemical cycling, fate, and potential environmental impacts of heavy metals. Despite the indispensability of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) to microbial life and their ubiquity in soil and aquatic environments, the role played by EPS in the transformation and biomineralization of heavy metals is not well understood. Here, we used gold ion (Au(3+)) as a model heavy metal ion to quantitatively assess the role of EPS in biomineralization and discern the responsible functional groups. Integrated spectroscopic analyses showed that Au(3+)was readily reduced to zerovalent gold nanoparticles (AuNPs, 2-15 nm in size) in aqueous suspension of Escherichia coli or dissolved EPS extracted from microbes. The majority of AuNPs (95.2%) was formed outside Escherichia coli cells, and the removal of EPS attached to cells pronouncedly suppressed Au(3+) reduction, reflecting the predominance of the extracellular matrix in Au(3+) reduction. XPS, UV-vis, and FTIR analyses corroborated that Au(3+) reduction was mediated by the hemiacetal groups (aldehyde equivalents) of reducing saccharides of EPS. Consistently, the kinetics of AuNP formation obeyed pseudo-second-order reaction kinetics with respect to the concentrations of Au(3+) and the hemiacetal groups in EPS, with minimal dependency on the source of microbial EPS. Our findings indicate a previously overlooked, universally significant contribution of EPS to the reduction, mineralization, and potential detoxification of metal species with high oxidation state.

  18. First principle study of cysteine molecule on intrinsic and Au-doped graphene surface as a chemosensor device.

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    Zhang, Zhuxia; Jia, Husheng; Ma, Fei; Han, Peide; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2011-04-01

    To search for a high sensitivity sensor for cysteine, we investigated the adsorption of cysteine on intrinsic and Au-doped graphene sheets using density functional theory calculations. Binding energy is primarily determined by the type of atom which is closer to the adsorbed sheet. Compared with intrinsic graphene, Au-doped graphene system has higher binding energy value and shorter connecting distance, in which strong Au-S, Au-N and Au-O chemical bond interaction play the key role for stability. Furthermore, the density of states results show orbital hybridization between cysteine and Au-doped graphene sheet, but slight hybridization between the cysteine molecule and intrinsic graphene sheet. Large charge transfers exist in Au-doped graphene-cysteine system. The results of DOS and charge transfer calculations suppose that the electronic properties of graphene can be tuned by the adsorption site of cysteine. Therefore, graphene and Au-doped graphene system both possess sensing ability, except that Au-doped graphene is a better sensor for cysteine than intrinsic graphene.

  19. Interface electronic structures of reversible double-docking self-assembled monolayers on an Au(111) surface.

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    Zhang, Tian; Ma, Zhongyun; Wang, Linjun; Xi, Jinyang; Shuai, Zhigang

    2014-04-13

    Double-docking self-assembled monolayers (DDSAMs), namely self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) formed by molecules possessing two docking groups, provide great flexibility to tune the work function of metal electrodes and the tunnelling barrier between metal electrodes and the SAMs, and thus offer promising applications in both organic and molecular electronics. Based on the dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT) in comparison with conventional DFT, we carry out a systematic investigation on the dual configurations of a series of DDSAMs on an Au(111) surface. Through analysing the interface electronic structures, we obtain the relationship between single molecular properties and the SAM-induced work-function modification as well as the level alignment between the metal Fermi level and molecular frontier states. The two possible conformations of one type of DDSAM on a metal surface reveal a strong difference in the work-function modification and the electron/hole tunnelling barriers. Fermi-level pinning is found to be a key factor to understand the interface electronic properties.

  20. Effects of ion and nanosecond-pulsed laser co-irradiation on the surface nanostructure of Au thin films on SiO{sub 2} glass substrates

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    Yu, Ruixuan; Meng, Xuan; Takayanagi, Shinya [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Shibayama, Tamaki, E-mail: shiba@qe.eng.hokudai.ac.jp; Yatsu, Shigeo; Ishioka, Junya; Watanabe, Seiichi [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan)

    2014-04-14

    Ion irradiation and short-pulsed laser irradiation can be used to form nanostructures on the surfaces of substrates. This work investigates the synergistic effects of ion and nanosecond-pulsed laser co-irradiation on surface nanostructuring of Au thin films deposited under vacuum on SiO{sub 2} glass substrates. Gold nanoparticles are randomly formed on the surface of the substrate after nanosecond-pulsed laser irradiation under vacuum at a wavelength of 532 nm with a repetition rate of 10 Hz and laser energy density of 0.124 kJ/m{sup 2}. Gold nanoparticles are also randomly formed on the substrate after 100-keV Ar{sup +} ion irradiation at doses of up to 3.8 × 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}, and nearly all of these nanoparticles are fully embedded in the substrate. With increasing ion irradiation dose (number of incident laser pulses), the mean diameter of the Au nanoparticles decreases (increases). However, Au nanoparticles are only formed in a periodic surface arrangement after co-irradiation with 6000 laser pulses and 3.8 × 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}. The periodic distance is ∼540 nm, which is close to the wavelength of the nanosecond-pulsed laser, and the mean diameter of the Au nanoparticles remains at ∼20 nm with a relatively narrow distribution. The photoabsorption peaks of the ion- or nanosecond-pulsed laser-irradiated samples clearly correspond to the mean diameter of Au nanoparticles. Conversely, the photoabsorption peaks for the co-irradiated samples do not depend on the mean nanoparticle diameter. This lack of dependence is likely caused by the periodic nanostructure formed on the surface by the synergistic effects of co-irradiation.

  1. Comparing Ullmann Coupling on Noble Metal Surfaces: On-Surface Polymerization of 1,3,6,8-Tetrabromopyrene on Cu(111) and Au(111).

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Song, Fei; Nguyen, Manh-Thuong; Li, Zheshen; Studener, Florian; Stöhr, Meike

    2016-04-18

    The on-surface polymerization of 1,3,6,8-tetrabromopyrene (Br4 Py) on Cu(111) and Au(111) surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions was investigated by a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Deposition of Br4 Py on Cu(111) held at 300 K resulted in a spontaneous debromination reaction, generating the formation of a branched coordination polymer network stabilized by C-Cu-C bonds. After annealing at 473 K, the C-Cu-C bonds were converted to covalent C-C bonds, leading to the formation of a covalently linked molecular network of short oligomers. In contrast, highly ordered self-assembled two-dimensional (2D) patterns stabilized by both Br-Br halogen and Br-H hydrogen bonds were observed upon deposition of Br4 Py on Au(111) held at 300 K. Subsequent annealing of the sample at 473 K led to a dissociation of the C-Br bonds and the formation of disordered metal-coordinated molecular networks. Further annealing at 573 K resulted in the formation of covalently linked disordered networks. Importantly, we found that the chosen substrate not only plays an important role as catalyst for the Ullmann reaction, but also influences the formation of different types of intermolecular bonds and thus, determines the final polymer network morphology. DFT calculations further support our experimental findings obtained by STM and XPS and add complementary information on the reaction pathway of Br4 Py on the different substrates.

  2. Surface-plasmon-enhanced photodetection in planar Au-GaAs Schottky junctions

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    Daboo, C.; Baird, M.J.; Hughes, H.P. (PCS Group, Cavendish Lab., Cambridge (UK)); Apsley, N. (Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Great Malvern (UK)); Jones, G.A.C.; Frost, J.E.F.; Peacock, D.C.; Ritchie, D.A. (Semiconductor Physics Group, Cavendish Lab., Cambridge (UK))

    1990-08-01

    Surface plasmon resonances have been used to enhance the quantum efficiency in a gold on n-type GaAs Schottky barrier on a suitable prism coupler in the Kretschmann-Raether attenuated total reflection geometry. We have investigated the gold thickness dependence of reflectivity and quantum efficiency for p-polarized and s-polarized light of a wavelength 1152 nm, below the GaAs band gap. Theoretical modelling of the reflectivity and quantum efficiency has been carried out. Both the experimental data and modelling indicate that optimum coupling to the surface plasmon, evidenced by a minimum in reflectivity with a corresponding peak in quantum efficiency for p-polarized light only, occurs for a gold thickness of about 40 nm. (orig.).

  3. Investigation of oxygen reduction and methanol oxidation reaction activity of PtAu nano-alloy on surface modified porous hybrid nanocarbon supports

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    Parambath Vinayan, Bhaghavathi; Nagar, Rupali; Ramaprabhu, Sundara

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the electrocatalytic activity of PtAu alloy nanoparticles supported on various chemically modified carbon morphologies towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and methanol oxidation reaction (MOR). The surface-modification of graphene nanosheets (f-G), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWNTs) and (graphene nanosheets-carbon nanotubes) hybrid support (f-G-MWNTs) were carried out by soft functionalization method using a cationic polyelectrolyte poly-(diallyldimethyl ammonium chloride). The Pt and PtAu alloy nanoparticles were dispersed over chemically modified carbon supports by sodium-borohydride assisted modified polyol reduction method. The electrochemical performance of all electrocatalysts were studied by half- and full-cell proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) measurements and PtAu/f-G-MWNTs catalyst comparatively yielded the best catalytic performance. PEMFC full cell measurements of PtAu/f-G-MWNTs cathode electrocatalyst yield a maximum power density of 319 mW cm-2 at 60 °C without any back pressure,which is 2.1 times higher than that of cathode electrocatalyst Pt on graphene support. The high ORR and MOR activity of PtAu/f-G-MWNTs electrocatalyst is due to the alloying effect and inherent beneficial properties of porous hybrid nanocarbon support.

  4. Improved surface plasmon enhanced photodetection at an Au-GaAs Schottky junction using a novel molecular beam epitaxy grown Otto coupling structure

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    Daboo, C.; Baird, M.J.; Hughes, H.P. (PCS Group, Cavendish Lab., Cambridge (UK)); Apsley, N.; Emeny, M.T. (Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Great Malvern (UK))

    1991-06-05

    Measurements of reflectivity and photocurrent as a function of angle of incidence and wavelength have been made for a GaAs-AlAs-GaAs-Au Schottky structure based on an Otto coupling geometry which allows incident p-polarized radiation to couple to the surface plasmon (SP) mode at the Au-GaAs interface. At resonance, E fields associated with the SP excitation are concentrated at the GaAs-Au Schottky interface itself, enabling strong enhancement of the internal photoemission photocurrent across the Schottky barrier. Enhancement factors of the order of 20 have been achieved. A direct comparison between the resonant effects of exciting the SP at the GaAs-Au Schottky junction itself and at the outer Au-air interface has been made. A simple model for the photocurrent in the device indicates that the excited photocarriers created in the gold film have a very short scattering length {delta}{approx equal}10 nm, which emphasizes the importance of exciting the SP at the Schottky interface. (orig.).

  5. An accurate full-dimensional potential energy surface for H–Au(111): Importance of nonadiabatic electronic excitation in energy transfer and adsorption

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    Janke, Svenja M.; Auerbach, Daniel J.; Kandratsenka, Alexander, E-mail: akandra@mpibpc.mpg.de [Institute for Physical Chemistry, Göttingen University, Tammannstr. 6, 37077 Göttingen (Germany); Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Am Faßberg 11, 37077 Göttingen (Germany); Wodtke, Alec M. [Institute for Physical Chemistry, Göttingen University, Tammannstr. 6, 37077 Göttingen (Germany); Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Am Faßberg 11, 37077 Göttingen (Germany); International Center for Advanced Studies of Energy Conversion, Göttingen University, Göttingen (Germany)

    2015-09-28

    We have constructed a potential energy surface (PES) for H-atoms interacting with fcc Au(111) based on fitting the analytic form of the energy from Effective Medium Theory (EMT) to ab initio energy values calculated with density functional theory. The fit used input from configurations of the H–Au system with Au atoms at their lattice positions as well as configurations with the Au atoms displaced from their lattice positions. It reproduces the energy, in full dimension, not only for the configurations used as input but also for a large number of additional configurations derived from ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) trajectories at finite temperature. Adiabatic molecular dynamics simulations on this PES reproduce the energy loss behavior of AIMD. EMT also provides expressions for the embedding electron density, which enabled us to develop a self-consistent approach to simulate nonadiabatic electron-hole pair excitation and their effect on the motion of the incident H-atoms. For H atoms with an energy of 2.7 eV colliding with Au, electron-hole pair excitation is by far the most important energy loss pathway, giving an average energy loss ≈3 times that of the adiabatic case. This increased energy loss enhances the probability of the H-atom remaining on or in the Au slab by a factor of 2. The most likely outcome for H-atoms that are not scattered also depends prodigiously on the energy transfer mechanism; for the nonadiabatic case, more than 50% of the H-atoms which do not scatter are adsorbed on the surface, while for the adiabatic case more than 50% pass entirely through the 4 layer simulation slab.

  6. Potential-induced structural transitions of DL-homocysteine monolayers on Au(111) electrode surfaces

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Demetriou, Anna; Welinder, Anne Christina

    2005-01-01

    -S reductive desorption at -0.8 V (SCE) in 0.1 M NaOH, while the charge is only about 8 x 10(-6) C cm(-2) (pH 7.7) for the 0 to -0.1 V peak. This suggests a capacitive origin. The peak potential and shape depend on pH. At pH 7.7 both cathodic and anodic peak currents reach a maximum, but drop at both higher....... This process is reversible. We propose that the voltammetric peaks are capacitive. The ordered domains are formed only around the potential of zero charge (pzc) and dissipate at potentials on either side of the peak, inducing mirror charge flow in the metallic electrode as the charged -COO- and -NH3+ groups...... approach the surface. No bands for carboxylate coordinated to the surface were observed in SNIFTIRS implying more subtle orientation changes of the charged groups on transcending the voltammetric peak. This scenario is incorporated in a simple phenomenological model....

  7. Laser-induced periodic surface structure formation resulting from single-pulse ultrafast irradiation of Au microstructures on a Si substrate

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    Murphy, Ryan D.; Torralva, Ben; Adams, David P.; Yalisove, Steven M.

    2013-05-01

    We have observed laser-induced periodic surface structure (LIPSS) formation with sub-micron periodicities after single-pulse ultrafast irradiation of isolated, 110 nm-tall Au microstructures on Si substrates. Fresnel diffraction patterns are established on both the structure surface and surrounding Si substrate when light is scattered by feature edges, and the resultant intensity distribution is partially responsible for LIPSS formation. LIPSS form for any in-plane, laser polarization orientation with respect to surface feature edges, although the LIPSS amplitude varies with the orientation. This explains the formation of LIPSS patterns having different wavevectors and amplitudes after multi-pulse irradiation of initially smooth surfaces.

  8. Reversible molecular switching at a metal surface: A case study of tetra- tert-butyl-azobenzene on Au(1 1 1)

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    Wolf, Martin; Tegeder, Petra

    2009-06-01

    Molecular switches represent a fascinating class of functional molecules, whose properties can be reversibly changed between different molecular states by excitation with light or other external stimuli. Using surface science concepts like self assembly to align such molecules in a well-defined geometry at solid surfaces, new functional properties may arise, which are relevant for different fields like, e.g., molecular electronics, sensing or biocompatible interfaces. For a microscopic understanding of molecular switching at surfaces, it is essential to obtain detailed knowledge on the underlying elementary processes, for instance the excitation mechanism in photoinduced switching. Here we present a case study of a specifically designed azobenzene derivative on a metal surface, namely tetra- tert-butyl-azobenzene (TBA) adsorbed on Au(1 1 1), which is so far one of the best studied system for which reversible conformational changes have been demonstrated. TBA/Au(1 1 1) can thus be viewed as model system in order to gain deeper insights into molecular switching processes at metal surfaces. We have studied the photoinduced and thermally activated reversible switching of TBA in direct contact with a Au(1 1 1) surface using two-photon photoemission (2PPE) and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). The trans/cis-isomerization of TBA is accompanied by reversible changes in the geometrical and electronic structure of the molecules, allowing to gain mechanistic and quantitative insight into the switching process. In particular, the cross sections for the photoisomerization, the ratio between the cis- and trans-TBA in the photostationary state, and the activation energy for the thermally induced cis→trans reaction have been determined and are found to be strongly reduced compared to the corresponding quantities in the liquid phase. Furthermore, the mechanism of optical excitation and molecular switching of TBA on Au(1 1 1) has been identified to arise

  9. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Metal Phthalocyanines on a Au(111) Surface with a Ni Tip

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    JIA Zhi-Chun; HU Zhen-Peng; ZHAO Ai-Di; LI Zhen-Yu; LI Bin

    2011-01-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of metal phthalocyanines (MPc) adsorbed on a A u(111) surface with a Ni(111) scanning tunneling microscopy tip is simulated on the basis of first-principles calculations and a modified Bardeen approximation.Local d orbital symmetry matching between the molecule and the Ni tip brings obvious negative differential resistance (NDR) phenomena,of which,bias voltage and resonant orbitals can be tuned sensitively by the central ion of the molecule.Different dependences of the NDR peak on the tip-molecule distance at two bias polarities and rectifying phenomena are also interpreted in terms of specific structures of 3d orbitals of the adsorbed MPc and Ni tip.

  10. Patterning molecular scale paramagnets at Au Surface: A root to Magneto-Molecular-Electronics

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    Messina, Paul C; Sorace, L; Rovai, D; Caneschi, A; Gatteschi, Dante; Messina, Paolo; Mannini, Matteo; Sorace, Lorenzo; Rovai, Donella; Caneschi, Andrea; Gatteschi, Dante

    2004-01-01

    Few examples of the exploitation of molecular magnetic properties in molecular electronics are known to date. Here we propose the realization of Self assembled monolayers (SAM) of a particular stable organic radical. This radical is meant to be used as a standard molecule on which to prove the validity of a single spin reading procedure known as ESR-STM. We demonstrate here that the radical is chemically anchored at the surface, preserves its magnetic functionality and can be imaged by STM. STM and ESR investigations of the molecular film is reported. We also discuss a range of possible applications, further than ESR-STM, of magnetic monolayers of simple purely organic magnetic molecule.

  11. Surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy-Au(1 1 1-20 nm)/sulphuric acid - new aspects and challenges

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    Wandlowski, Th.; Ataka, K.; Pronkin, S.; Diesing, D

    2004-03-30

    The structure and orientation of water molecules on Au(1 1 1-20 nm) film electrodes in contact with aqueous sulphuric acid solution was studied by surface enhanced infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (SEIRAS) employing an attenuated total reflection (ATR) configuration (ATR-SEIRAS) with a vertical spectroelectrochemical cell. The spectrum of interfacial water is strongly dependent on electrode potential, ionic strength and pH. Coadsorption of hydronium ions with weakly hydrogen-bonded water molecules was found at EE{sub pzc} strong hydrogen-bonding among water molecules and to coadsorbed sulphate species exists. Based on pH-dependent electrochemical, spectroscopic and in situ STM investigations, a new model is suggested to represent the ordered ({radical}3 x {radical}7) adlayer at maximum sulphate coverage {theta}=0.2: a Zundel or hydrated hydronium ion H{sub 5}O{sub 2}{sup +}, in which one proton is shared between two water molecules, bridges adjacent sulphate species via hydrogen-bonds along the main diagonal of the ({radical}3 x {radical}7) unit cell. This alternating arrangement gives rise to a long-range ordered, 2D network of sulphate and water species interconnected by hydrogen-bonds, and capable to form hydrogen-bonds with second-layer water species. The suggested model is consistent with all experimental observations as well as predictions from quantum-chemical and molecular dynamic simulations.

  12. Fabrication of Au- and Ag–SiO{sub 2} inverse opals having both localized surface plasmon resonance and Bragg diffraction

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    Erola, Markus O.A.; Philip, Anish; Ahmed, Tanzir; Suvanto, Sari; Pakkanen, Tuula T., E-mail: Tuula.Pakkanen@uef.fi

    2015-10-15

    The inverse opal films of SiO{sub 2} containing metal nanoparticles can have both the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of metal nanoparticles and the Bragg diffraction of inverse opal crystals of SiO{sub 2}, which are very useful properties for applications, such as tunable photonic structures, catalysts and sensors. However, effective processes for fabrication of these films from colloidal particles have rarely been reported. In our study, two methods for preparation of inverse opal films of SiO{sub 2} with three different crystal sizes and containing gold or silver nanoparticles (NPs) via self-assembly using electrostatic interactions and capillary forces are reported. The Bragg diffraction of inverse opal films of SiO{sub 2} in the presence and absence of the template was measured and predicted on the basis of with UV–vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The preparation methods used provided good-quality inverse opal SiO{sub 2} films containing highly dispersed, plasmonic AuNPs or AgNPs and having both Bragg diffractions and LSPRs. - Graphical abstract: For syntheses of SiO{sub 2} inverse opals containing Au/Ag nanoparticles two approaches and three template sizes were employed. Self-assembly of template molecules and metal nanoparticles occurred using electrostatic interactions and capillary forces. Both the Bragg diffraction of the photonic crystal and the localized surface plasmon resonance of Au/Ag nanoparticles were detected. - Highlights: • Fabrication methods of silica inverse opals containing metal nanoparticles studied. • Three template sizes used to produce SiO{sub 2} inverse opals with Au/Ag nanoparticles. • PS templates with Au nanoparticles adsorbed used in formation of inverse opals. • Ag particles infiltrated in inverse opals with capillary and electrostatic forces. • Bragg diffractions of IOs and surface plasmon resonances of nanoparticles observed.

  13. Suppression of surface plasmon resonance in Au nanoparticles upon transition to the liquid state.

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    Gerasimov, V S; Ershov, A E; Gavrilyuk, A P; Karpov, S V; Ågren, H; Polyutov, S P

    2016-11-14

    Significant suppression of resonant properties of single gold nanoparticles at the surface plasmon frequency during heating and subsequent transition to the liquid state has been demonstrated experimentally and explained for the first time. The results for plasmonic absorption of the nanoparticles have been analyzed by means of Mie theory using experimental values of the optical constants for the liquid and solid metal. The good qualitative agreement between calculated and experimental spectra support the idea that the process of melting is accompanied by an abrupt increase of the relaxation constants, which depends, beside electron-phonon coupling, on electron scattering at a rising number of lattice defects in a particle upon growth of its temperature, and subsequent melting as a major cause for the observed plasmonic suppression. It is emphasized that observed effect is fully reversible and may underlie nonlinear optical responses of nanocolloids and composite materials containing plasmonic nanoparticles and their aggregates in conditions of local heating and in general, manifest itself in a wide range of plasmonics phenomena associated with strong heating of nanoparticles.

  14. Resonant core spectroscopies of the charge transfer interactions between C60 and the surfaces of Au(111), Ag(111), Cu(111) and Pt(111)

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    Gibson, Andrew J.; Temperton, Robert H.; Handrup, Karsten; O'Shea, James N.

    2017-03-01

    Charge transfer interactions between C60 and the metal surfaces of Ag(111), Cu(111), Au(111) and Pt(111) have been studied using synchrotron-based photoemission, resonant photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. By placing the X-ray absorption and valence band spectra on a common binding energy scale, the energetic overlap of the unoccupied molecular orbitals with the density of states of the underlying metal surface have been assessed in the context of possible charge transfer pathways. Resonant photoemission and resonant Auger data, measuring the valence region as a function of photon energy for C60 adsorbed on Au(111) reveals three constant high kinetic energy features associated with Auger-like core-hole decay involving an electron transferred from the surface to the LUMO of the molecule and electrons from the three highest occupied molecular orbitals, respectively and in the presence of ultra-fast charge transfer of the originally photoexcited molecule to the surface. Data for the C60/Ag(111) surface reveals an additional Auger-like feature arising from a core-hole decay process involving more than one electron transferred from the surface into the LUMO. An analysis of the relative abundance of these core-hole decay channels estimates that on average 2.4 ± 0.3 electrons are transferred from the Ag(111) surface into the LUMO. A core-hole clock analysis has also been applied to assess the charge transfer coupling in the other direction, from the molecule to the Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces. Resonant photoemission and resonant Auger data for C60 molecules adsorbed on the Pt(111) and Cu(111) surfaces are shown to exhibit no super-Auger features, which is attributed to the strong modification of the unoccupied molecular orbitals arising from stronger chemical coupling of the molecule to the surface.

  15. Anisotropic In Situ-Coated AuNPs on Screen-Printed Carbon Surface for Enhanced Prostate-Specific Antigen Impedimetric Aptasensor

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    Do, Tram T. N.; Van Phi, Toan; Nguy, Tin Phan; Wagner, Patrick; Eersels, Kasper; Vestergaard, Mun'delanji C.; Truong, Lien T. N.

    2016-12-01

    An impedimetric aptasensor has been used to study the effect of charge transfer on the binding of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to its aptamer. Full understanding of this mechanism will be beneficial to further improve its sensitivity for PSA detection in human semen at physiologically relevant concentrations. Bare gold electrodes (SPAuEs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-coated screen-printed carbon ink electrodes (AuNPs/SPCEs) were coated with aptamer solution at various concentrations and the sensor response to increasing PSA concentration in buffer solution examined. AuNPs were deposited onto carbon electrodes in 10 cycles. AuNPs/SPCEs were then coated with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid prior to aptamer immobilization at dose of 5 μg mL-1. The results indicate that anisotropic AuNPs/SPCEs outperform bare gold electrodes in terms of decreased amount of aptamer bunches as well as the number of intermediate PSA-aptamer complexes formed on the electrode surface. The key finding is that the fabricated aptasensor is sensitive enough [limit of detection (LoD) 1.95 ng mL-1] for early diagnosis of prostate cancer and displays linear response in the physiologically relevant concentration range (0 ng mL-1 to 10 ng mL-1), as shown by the calibration curve of the relative change in electron transfer resistance (ΔR CT) versus PSA concentration when aptamer/SAM/AuNPs/SPCEs were exposed to buffer containing PSA at different concentrations.

  16. Understanding the atomic-level process of CO-adsorption-driven surface segregation of Pd in (AuPd)147 bimetallic nanoparticles.

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    An, Hyesung; Ha, Hyunwoo; Yoo, Mi; Kim, Hyun You

    2017-08-24

    When the elements that compose bimetallic catalysts interact asymmetrically with reaction feedstock, the surface concentration of the bimetallic catalysts and the morphology of the reaction center evolve dynamically as a function of environmental factors such as the partial pressure of the triggering molecule. Relevant experimental and theoretical findings of the dynamic structural evolution of bimetallic catalysts under the reaction conditions are emerging, thus enabling the design of more consistent, reliable, and efficient bimetallic catalysts. In an initial attempt to provide an atomic-level understanding of the adsorption-induced structural evolution of bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) under CO oxidation conditions, we used density functional theory to study the details of CO-adsorption-driven Pd surface segregation in (AuPd)147 bimetallic NPs. The strong CO affinity of Pd provides a driving force for Pd surface segregation. We found that the vertex site of the NP becomes a gateway for the initial Pd-Au swapping and the subsequent formation of an internal vacancy. This self-generated internal vacancy easily diffuses inside the NP and activates Pd-Au swapping pathways in the (100) NP facet. Our results reveal how the surface and internal concentrations of bimetallic NPs respond immediately to changes in the reaction conditions. Our findings should aid in the rational design of highly active and versatile bimetallic catalysts by considering the environmental factors that systematically affect the structure of bimetallic catalysts under the reaction conditions.

  17. The influences of surface plasmons and thermal effects on femtosecond laser-induced subwavelength periodic ripples on Au film by pump-probe imaging

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    Zhou, Kan; Jia, Xin; Jia, Tianqing; Cheng, Ke; Cao, Kaiqiang; Zhang, Shian; Feng, Donghai; Sun, Zhenrong

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, the influences of surface plasmons and thermal effects on the formation of subwavelength periodic ripples on Au films irradiated by 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses were studied by collinear pump-probe imaging. The spatial and temporal resolutions of the experiment were 300 nm and 1 ps, respectively. No periodic ripples were observed on the Au film during ablation by the first pump pulse, but during ablation by the second pump pulse the appearance of transient ripples was evident from a delay time of hundreds of picoseconds to several nanoseconds. These ripples, however, were not retained after solidification. When the sample was immersed in water during ablation, however, the ripples were retained. It is proposed that, during the second laser pulse irradiation, the surface defects produced by the first pulse induced surface plasmon polaritons on the Au film, which caused a modulated energy deposition and the formation of transient ripples. The weak electron-phonon coupling and significant residual heat erase these ripples after the molten surface was solidified.

  18. U2 center, adsorption, coadsorption and epitaxial growth of Cu, Ag and Au on LiH(0 0 1) surface: DFT calculations

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    Shalabi, A. S.; El-Mahdy, A. M.; Eid, Kh. M.; Kamel, M. A.; El-Barbary, A. A.

    2001-08-01

    U2 center, adsorption, coadsorption and epitaxial growth of Cu, Ag and Au on LiH(0 0 1) surface have been studied using quantum clusters embedded in a simulated coulomb field that closely approximates the Madelung potential of the host surface and density functional theory calculations with effective core potentials on Ag, Cu and Au. The metal atoms are preferentially adsorbed on the top of the anionic species and the physical adsorption of metal atoms is enhanced by ≈0.0147 hartrees under the effect of U2 center imperfection. No barrier heights were detected for diffusion of metal atoms on the surface. The adsorption energies follow the trend Au>Cu>Ag and are correctly explained in terms of the band structure. In several cases the coadsorption is greater than the adsorption of a single adsorbate and metal atoms grows expitaxially on the surface following the growth mode mechanism: (i) M/H, (ii) M 2/LiH, (iii) M 3/Li 2H, (iv) M 4/Li 2H 2.

  19. One pot aqueous synthesis of nanoporous Au85Pt15 material with surface bound Pt islands: an efficient methanol tolerant ORR catalyst

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    Anandha Ganesh, P.; Jeyakumar, D.

    2014-10-01

    For the first time, we are reporting the synthesis of Au100-xPtx nanoporous materials in the size range of 7-10 nm through the galvanic replacement of Ag by Pt from Au100-xAg2x spherical nano-alloys (x = 20, 15, 10 and 5) in an aqueous medium. The galvanic replacement reaction follows the `Volmer-Weber' growth mode, resulting in the formation of surface bound platinum islands on a nanoporous gold surface. The high angle annular dark field image and low angle X-ray diffraction studies confirm the presence of nanoporous Au100-xPtx NPs. The electrochemical studies using the Au85Pt15/C catalyst show excellent methanol tolerance behaviour and better performance towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in terms of high mass activity, mass-specific activity and figure of merit (FOM) when compared to HiSPEC Pt/C commercial catalyst. Preliminary studies on a full cell using nanoporous Au85Pt15/C (loading 1.0 mg cm-2) as the cathode material and Pt-Ru/C (loading: 0.5 mg cm-2) as the anode material performed better (38 mW cm-2) than the HiSPEC Pt/C cathode material (16 mW cm-2).For the first time, we are reporting the synthesis of Au100-xPtx nanoporous materials in the size range of 7-10 nm through the galvanic replacement of Ag by Pt from Au100-xAg2x spherical nano-alloys (x = 20, 15, 10 and 5) in an aqueous medium. The galvanic replacement reaction follows the `Volmer-Weber' growth mode, resulting in the formation of surface bound platinum islands on a nanoporous gold surface. The high angle annular dark field image and low angle X-ray diffraction studies confirm the presence of nanoporous Au100-xPtx NPs. The electrochemical studies using the Au85Pt15/C catalyst show excellent methanol tolerance behaviour and better performance towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in terms of high mass activity, mass-specific activity and figure of merit (FOM) when compared to HiSPEC Pt/C commercial catalyst. Preliminary studies on a full cell using nanoporous Au85Pt15/C (loading 1.0 mg

  20. Au and Al Schottky barrier formation on GaAs (100) surfaces prepared by thermal desorption of a protective arsenic coating

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    Spindt, C.J.; Yamada, M.; Meissner, P.L.; Miyano, K.E.; Herrera, A.; Spicer, W.E. (Stanford Electronics Laboratories, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-4055 (US)); Arko, A.J. (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (US))

    1991-07-01

    Soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy has been used to investigate the initial stages of Schottky barrier formation on GaAs (100) surfaces prepared by the thermal desorption of an As cap. This work was motivated by a previous study (Brillson {ital et} {ital al}., J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B {bold 6}, 1263 (1988)) of identically grown and capped samples which reported unpinned'' Schottky barrier formation, with barrier heights falling over a wide range (0.75 eV) of energies. This large energy range is a striking result, as a considerable number of prior studies on both (110) and (100) surfaces have found that all metals will pin in a narrow (0.25 eV) range near midgap. Since Au and Al are the extremes of the larger 0.75 eV span of Schottky barriers, we have studied the deposition of these two metals. We found that the barrier height measurements on the low doped {ital n}-type samples used in this work and in the paper referenced above are affected by photovoltaic effects, even at room temperature. These photovoltaic effects cause shifts in the band bending, which are an artifact of the measurement. We also performed measurements on more heavily doped samples, and the photovoltaic effects were removed. In addition, we point out that Au--Ga alloying makes the case of Au potentially misleading. With the photovoltaic effects removed, and the Au--Ga alloying carefully accounted for, we found that the barriers heights for Au and Al differ by only 0.25 eV.

  1. The IP6 micelle-stabilized small Ag cluster for synthesizing Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles and the tunable surface plasmon resonance effect

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    Wang, Na; Wen, Ying; Wang, Yao; Zhang, Rui; Chen, Xiyao; Ling, Bo; Huan, Shuangyan; Yang, Haifeng

    2012-04-01

    The stable small Ag seeds (size in diameter inositol hexakisphosphoric (IP6) micelles. Then Ag-Au bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized through a replacement reaction with the rapid interdiffusion process between such small Ag seeds in nanoclusters and HAuCl4. Adjusting the dosage of HAuCl4 resulted in different products, which possessed unique surface plasmon resonances (SPR). The morphologies of the as-made nanoparticles were observed using transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy and their compositions were determined by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Among them, the Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles with the cauliflower-like structure had a suitable SPR for highly sensitive Raman detection application as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate with a long-term stability of six months.

  2. CO adsorption on small Au{sub n} (n = 1–4) structures supported on hematite. I. Adsorption on iron terminated α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) surface

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    Pabisiak, Tomasz; Kiejna, Adam, E-mail: kiejna@ifd.uni.wroc.pl [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Wrocław, Plac M. Borna 9, 50-204 Wrocław (Poland); Winiarski, Maciej J. [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Wrocław, Plac M. Borna 9, 50-204 Wrocław (Poland); Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław (Poland)

    2016-01-28

    This is the first of two papers dealing with the adsorption of Au and formation of Au{sub n} nanostructures (n = 1–4) on hematite (0001) surface and adsorption of CO thereon. The stoichiometric Fe-terminated (0001) surface of hematite was investigated using density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) form with Hubbard correction U, accounting for strong electron correlations (PBE+U). The structural, energetic, and electronic properties of the systems studied were examined for vertical and flattened configurations of Au{sub n} nanostructures adsorbed on the hematite surfaces. The flattened ones, which can be viewed as bilayer-like structures, were found energetically more favored than vertical ones. For both classes of structures the adsorption binding energy increases with the number of Au atoms in a structure. The adsorption of Au{sub n} induces charge rearrangement at the Au{sub n}/oxide contact which is reflected in work function changes. In most considered cases Au{sub n} adsorption increases the work function. A detailed analysis of the bonding electron charge is presented and the corresponding electron charge rearrangements at the contacts were quantified by a Bader charge analyses. The interaction of a CO molecule with the Au{sub n} nanostructures supported on α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) and the oxide support was studied. It is found that the CO adsorption binding to the hematite supported Au{sub n} structures is more than twice as strong as to the bare hematite surface. Analysis of the Bader charges on the atoms showed that in each case CO binds to the most positively charged (cationic) atom of the Au{sub n} structure. Changes in the electronic structure of the Au{sub n} species and of the oxide support, and their consequences for the interactions with CO, are discussed.

  3. Experimental studies of di-jet survival and surface emission bias in Au + Au collisions via angular correlations with respect to back-to-back leading hadrons

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    Agakishiev, H.; Aggarwal, M.M.; Braidot, E; Mischke, A.; Peitzmann, T.; Zoulkarneeva, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We report first results from an analysis based on a new multi-hadron correlation technique, exploring jet-medium interactions and di-jet surface emission bias at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Pairs of back-to-back high-transverse-momentum hadrons are used for triggers to study asso

  4. Single-molecule conductivity of non-redox and redox molecules at pure and gold-mined Au(111)-electrode surfaces

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Chi, Qijin; Ulstrup, Jens

    metalloproteins such as blue copper, heme, and iron-sulfur proteins as well as redox metalloenzymes are other new targets for single-molecule electrochemical and bioelectrochemical surface science. Electrochemistry combined with scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy in aqueous chemical or biological...... to surface-mined Au-atoms. In addition the SAMs ensure protein/enzyme immobilization gentle enough that the proteins retain electron transfer or enzyme activity in a variety of local environments. The second area is the mapping and control of the immobilized redox molecules and metalloproteins themselves...

  5. Green synthesis, characterization of Au-Ag core-shell nanoparticles using gripe water and their applications in nonlinear optics and surface enhanced Raman studies

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    Kirubha, E.; Palanisamy, P. K.

    2014-12-01

    In recent years there has been excessive progress in the ‘green’ chemistry approach for the synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles. Bimetallic nanoparticles have gained special significance due to their unique tunable optical properties. Herein we report a facile one-pot, eco-friendly synthesis of Au-Ag bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles using gripe water as reducing as well as stabilizing agent. The as-synthesized Au-Ag nanoparticles are characterized using UV-Vis spectroscopy to determine the surface plasmon resonance, and using transmission electron microscopy to study the morphology and the particle size. The optical nonlinearity of the bimetallic nanoparticles investigated by z-scan technique using femtosecond Ti:sapphire is in the order of 109. The nonlinear optical parameters such as the nonlinear refractive index n2, nonlinear absorption coefficient β and the third order nonlinear susceptibility χ3 are measured for various wavelengths from 700 nm to 950 nm. The Au-Ag nanoparticles are also used in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic studies to enhance the Raman signals of rhodamine 6G.

  6. Gold deposition on pyrite and the common sulfide minerals: An STM/STS and SR-XPS study of surface reactions and Au nanoparticles

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    Mikhlin, Yuri L.; Romanchenko, Alexander S.

    2007-12-01

    Gold species spontaneously deposited on pyrite and chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, galena, sphalerite from HAuCl 4 solutions at room temperature, as well as the state of the reacted mineral surfaces have been characterized using synchrotron radiation X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (SR-XPS), scanning tunneling microscopy and tunneling spectroscopy (STM/STS). The deposition of silver from 10 -4 M AgNO 3 has been examined for comparison. Gold precipitates as metallic nanoparticles (NPs) from about 3 nm to 30 nm in diameter, which tends to aggregate forming larger particles, especially on pyrite. The Au 4f binding energies increase up to 1 eV with decreasing size of individual Au 0 NPs, probably due to the temporal charging in the final state. Concurrently, a positive correlation between the tunneling current and the particle size was found in STS. Both these size effects were observed for unusually large, up to 20 nm Au particles. In contrast, silver deposited on the minerals as nanoparticles of semiconducting sulfide showed no shifts of photoelectron lines and different tunneling spectra. The quantity of gold deposited on pyrite and other minerals increased with time; it was lower for fracture surfaces and it grew if minerals were moderately pre-oxidized, while the preliminary leaching in Fe(III)-bearing media inhibited the following Au deposition. After the contact of polished minerals with 10 -4 M AuCl4- solution (pH 1.5) for 10 min, the gold uptake changed in the order CuFeS 2 > ZnS > PbS > FeAsS > FeS 2 > Fe 7S 8. It was noticed that the open circuit (mixed) potentials of the minerals varied in approximately the same order, excepting chalcopyrite. We concluded that the potentials of minerals were largely determined by Fe(II)/Fe(III) couple, whereas the reduction of gold complexes had a minor effect. As a result, the deposition of gold, although it proceeded via the electrochemical mechanism, increased with decreasing potential. This suggests, in particular, that the

  7. First principles investigation of the activity of thin film Pt, Pd and Au surface alloys for oxygen reduction

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Hansen, Heine Anton; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2015-01-01

    of Au with mixed Pt/Pd skins. The activity of the binary and ternary catalysts is explained through weakening of the OH binding energy caused by solute elements. However, given the low alloy formation energies it may be difficult to tune and retain the composition under operating conditions...

  8. First principles investigation of the activity of thin film Pt, Pd and Au surface alloys for oxygen reduction

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Hansen, Heine Anton; Rossmeisl, Jan;

    2015-01-01

    Further advances in fuel cell technologies are hampered by kinetic limitations associated with the sluggish cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. We have investigated a range of different formulations of binary and ternary Pt, Pd and Au thin films as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction. The most...

  9. Experimental and theoretical study of the adsorption of fumaramide [2]rotaxane on Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces

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    Mendoza, S.M.; Whelan, C.M.; Jalkanen, J.-P.; Zerbetto, F.; Gatti, F.; Kay, E.R.; Leigh, D.A.; Lubomska, Monika; Rudolf, Petra

    2005-01-01

    Thin films of fumaramide [2] rotaxane, a mechanically interlocked molecule composed of a macrocycle and a thread in a "bead and thread" configuration, were prepared by vapor deposition on both Ag(111) and Au(111) substrates. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution electron-energy-

  10. [The study of dimethoate by means of vibrational and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy on Au/Ag core-shell nanoparticles].

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    He, Qiang; Li, Si; Yu, Dan-Ni; Zhou, Gunag-Ming; Ji, Fang-Ying; Subklew, Guenter

    2010-12-01

    The vibrational structure of dimethoate, with its solid state and saturated solutions at acidic and basic conditions, was characterized with combination of means of FTIR and FT-Raman vibrational spectroscopy technology, and the comprehensive information about the dimethoate molecular groups' vibrational features was obtained. The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of dimethoate at different concentrations with different acidic and basic conditions, and adsorbed on the substrate's surface of the core-shell Au/Ag nanoparticles, were also obtained. The adsorption states of dimethoate's molecule on the substrate's surface of the core-shell Au/Ag nanoparticles and the effects by the different acid-base conditions were investigated, with speculation of the adsorption mechanism. From the results, v(as)(NH), v(as)(CH3), v(O=C-N), tau(O=C-N), v(P-O), v(P=S), v(C-C) and delta(P-O-C) are the characteristic peaks of inner dimethoate structure's vibrations; and the concentration range in which dimethoate could interact with core-shell Au/Ag nanoparticles fully is about 1.0 x 10(-3) mol * L(-1) both in acidic and basic conditions. Dimethoate's molecule interacts with SERS' substrate surface mainly through P-O-C, O=C-C, (S-CH2), P=S, and CH3 structures; and the effects of dimethoate's hydrolysis path in acidic and basic conditions on the adsorption are discussed, which give some good references for the research of organophosphorus pesticides' transformations in different environmental systems.

  11. Selective oxidation of vinyl chloride on Ag2O(100), Cu2O(100), and Au2O(100) surfaces: A density functional theory study

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    Ren, Rui-Peng; Cheng, Lu; Lv, Yong-Kang

    2014-12-01

    Vinyl chloride (VC) is the simplest asymmetric olefin molecule and is greatly harmful to the environment and human health. To find an effective oxidation approach to decrease VC emission, the selective oxidation reaction of the VC molecule on Ag2O(100), Cu2O(100), and Au2O(100) surfaces has been investigated by using density functional theory in the present work. Five different reaction pathways in two steps on the three surfaces have been proposed and discussed. The result shows that the formation of chloroacetadehyde is more favored than the formation of chloroethylene epoxide and acetyl chloride, and the activation energy of chloroacetadehyde formation on the Ag2O(100) surface is lower than that on the other two surfaces.

  12. Ultrasensitive electrochemical immunoassay for surface array protein, a Bacillus anthracis biomarker using Au-Pd nanocrystals loaded on boron-nitride nanosheets as catalytic labels.

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    Sharma, Mukesh Kumar; Narayanan, J; Pardasani, Deepak; Srivastava, Divesh N; Upadhyay, Sanjay; Goel, Ajay Kumar

    2016-06-15

    Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, is a well known bioterrorism agent. The determination of surface array protein (Sap), a unique biomarker for B. anthracis can offer an opportunity for specific detection of B. anthracis in culture broth. In this study, we designed a new catalytic bionanolabel and fabricated a novel electrochemical immunosensor for ultrasensitive detection of B. anthracis Sap antigen. Bimetallic gold-palladium nanoparticles were in-situ grown on poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) functionalized boron nitride nanosheets (Au-Pd NPs@BNNSs) and conjugated with the mouse anti-B. anthracis Sap antibodies (Ab2); named Au-Pd NPs@BNNSs/Ab2. The resulting Au-Pd NPs@BNNSs/Ab2 bionanolabel demonstrated high catalytic activity towards reduction of 4-nitrophenol. The sensitivity of the electrochemical immunosensor along with redox cycling of 4-aminophenol to 4-quinoneimine was improved to a great extent. Under optimal conditions, the proposed immunosensor exhibited a wide working range from 5 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL with a minimum detection limit of 1 pg/mL B. anthracis Sap antigen. The practical applicability of the immunosensor was demonstrated by specific detection of Sap secreted by the B. anthracis in culture broth just after 1h of growth. These labels open a new direction for the ultrasensitive detection of different biological warfare agents and their markers in different matrices.

  13. Pd-Au nanoparticle decorated carbon nanotube as a sensing layer on the surface of glassy carbon electrode for electrochemical determination of ceftazidime.

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    Shahrokhian, Saeed; Salimian, Razieh; Rastgar, Shokoufeh

    2014-01-01

    A simple electrodeposition method is employed to construct a thin film modifier of palladium-gold nanoparticles (Pd-AuNPs) decorated multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) on the surface of glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Morphology and property of Pd-AuNPs-MWCNT have been examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Electrochemical performance of Pd-AuNPs-MWCNT/GCE for detection of ceftazidime (CFZ) has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV). This nanostructured film modified electrode effectively exhibited enhanced properties for detection of ceftazidime (CFZ). The effects of various experimental variables such as, the amount of casted MWCNT, time and potential of deposition of metal nanoparticles and the pH of the buffered solution on the electrode response are optimized. The proposed electrode showed a linear dynamic range of 0.05-50μM and the detection limit of 1nM for the CFZ. The modified electrode successfully supports the sensitive detection of trace amounts of the CFZ in pharmaceutical and clinical preparations.

  14. Enhanced spectrophotometric detection of Hg in water samples by surface plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles after preconcentration with vortex-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction

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    Martinis, Estefanía M.; Wuilloud, Rodolfo G.

    2016-10-01

    This article presents an efficient, simple, and cost-effective method for the determination of trace amounts of Hg by vortex-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction (VALLME) coupled to microvolume UV-Vis spectrophotometry. This method correlates changes in the intensity of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of tetraoctylammonium bromide (TOABr) coated Au nanoparticles (NPs) after interaction with Hg2+ ion. Spectroscopic measurements of the TOABr-coated Au NPs phase with particular absorption properties (strong and well-defined absorption bands) after analyte extraction by VALLME, provide an accurate and sensitive determination of Hg in water samples, comparable with measurements obtained by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). Different variables including sample volume, extraction time, and TOABr-coated Au NPs dispersion volume were carefully studied; final experimental conditions were 5 mL, 120 μL and 5 min respectively. The limit of detection (LOD) was 0.8 ng mL- 1. The calibration curve was linear at concentrations between the limit of quantification (LOQ) (4.9 ng mL- 1) and up to at least 120 ng mL- 1 of Hg. The relative standard deviation for six replicate determinations of 20 ng mL- 1 of Hg was 4.7%. This method exhibited an excellent analytical performance in terms of selectivity and sensitivity and it was finally applied for Hg determination in spiked tap and mineral water samples.

  15. Au-coated ZnO nanorods on stainless steel fiber for self-cleaning solid phase microextraction-surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Li, Bo; Shi, Yu-e; Cui, Jingcheng; Liu, Zhen; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zhan, Jinhua, E-mail: jhzhan@sdu.edu.cn

    2016-06-07

    Solid phase microextraction-surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SPME–SERS), combining the pretreatment and determination functions, has been successfully used in environmental analysis. In this work, Au-coated ZnO nanorods were fabricated on stainless steel fiber as a self-cleaning SERS-active SPME fiber. The ZnO nanorods grown on stainless steel fiber were prepared via a simple hydrothermal approach. Then the obtained nanostructures were decorated with Au nanoparticles through ion-sputtering at room temperature. The obtained SERS-active SPME fiber is a reproducible sensitivity sensor. Taking p-aminothiophenol as the probe molecule, the RSD value of the SERS-active SPME fiber was 8.9%, indicating the fiber owned good uniformity. The qualitative and quantitative detection of crystal violet and malachite green was also achieved. The log–log plot of SERS intensity to crystal violet and malachite green concentration showed a good linear relationship. Meanwhile, this SERS-active SPME fiber can achieve self-cleaning owning to the excellent photocatalytic performance of ZnO nanorods. Crystal violet was still successfully detected even after five cycles, which indicated the high reproducibility of this SERS-active SPME fiber. - Graphical abstract: Au-coated ZnO NRs on stainless steel fiber were used as SERS-active SPME fiber with good extraction effect, high SERS sensitivity. Self-cleaning function of the fiber was achieved based on the photocatalytic degradation property of ZnO nanorods by UV irradiation. - Highlights: • Au-coated ZnO nanorods on stainless steel fiber as a SERS-active SPME fiber was fabricated. • The SERS-active SPME fiber can directly extract and detect the crystal violet and malachite green. • The SERS-active SPME fiber owns good extraction effect, and high SERS sensitivity. • Self-cleaning property of the fiber were achieved based on the photocatalytic degradation property of ZnO.

  16. Electrochemistry and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy of pure and redox-marked DNA- and UNA-based oligonucleotides on Au(111)-electrode surfaces

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    Hansen, Allan Glargaard; Salvatore, Princia; Karlsen, K.

    2013-01-01

    We have studied adsorption and electrochemical electron transfer of several 13- and 15-base DNA and UNA (unlocked nucleic acids) oligonucleotides (ONs) linked to Au(111)-electrode surfaces via a 50-C6-SH group using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and scanning tunnelling microscopy in aqueous buffer under...... electrochemical potential control (in situ STM). 2,20,60,200-Terpyridine (terpy) onto which the transition metal ions Fe2+/3+, Os2+/3+ and Ru2+/3+ could be coordinated after UNA monolayer formation was attached to UNA via a flexible linker. The metal centres offer CV probes and in situ STM contrast markers...

  17. Comparative Analysis of Cobalt Oxide Nanoisland Stability and Edge Structures on Three Related Noble Metal Surfaces: Au (111), Pt (111) and Ag (111)

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    Fester, Jakob; Bajdich, Michal; Walton, Alexander

    2017-01-01

    Metal oxide nanostructures and thin films grown on metallic substrates have attracted strong attention as model catalysts and as interesting inverse catalyst systems in their own right. In this study, we investigate the role of metal support in the growth and stabilization of cobalt oxide...... nanostructures on the three related (111) surfaces of Au, Pt and Ag, as investigated by means of high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy and DFT calculations. All three substrates promote the growth of crystalline CoOx (x = 1−2) islands under oxidative conditions, but we find several noteworthy differences...... for water dissociation....

  18. M\\TiO₂ (M=Au, Ag) transparent aqueous sols and its application on polymeric surface antibacterial post-treatment.

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    Wu, Liangzhuan; Yu, Yuan; Song, Le; Zhi, Jinfang

    2015-05-15

    In this paper, we reported a simple and mild chemical method for synthesis of crystalline metal\\TiO2 (M=Au, Ag) transparent aqueous sols at low temperature (80°C). It should be found that the as-synthesized metal\\TiO2 sols could easily be coated on the flexible PET surfaces of the through the as-developed electroless-plating-like solution deposition (EPLSD) procedure. The as-prepared metal\\TiO2 sols and related flexible thin film were characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD, UV-vis, and FTIR analysis. The results showed that the Au and Ag nanoparticles can significantly improve the optical absorption properties of TiO2 due to the surface plasmon generated by the noble metal, which in turn enhanced the photo-induced antibacterial performance of the as-prepared metal\\TiO2 flexible film. Moreover, the photo-generated electrons could transfer between the metal and titanium dioxide under different irradiation (ultraviolet or visible light), which could significantly reduce the recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes, resulting in the better photo-induced antibacterial performance. Therefore, the EPLSD procedure may be used as a general polymeric surface antibacterial post-treatment procedure for preparing the metal\\TiO2 flexible film because of the noble metal enhanced antibacterial performance. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Electrical characterization and nanoscale surface morphology of optimized Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact for AlGaN/GaN HEMT.

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    Wang, Cong; Kim, Nam-Young

    2012-02-07

    Good ohmic contacts with low contact resistance, smooth surface morphology, and a well-defined edge profile are essential to ensure optimal device performances for the AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors [HEMTs]. A tantalum [Ta] metal layer and an SiNx thin film were used for the first time as an effective diffusion barrier and encapsulation layer in the standard Ti/Al/metal/Au ohmic metallization scheme in order to obtain high quality ohmic contacts with a focus on the thickness of Ta and SiNx. It is found that the Ta thickness is the dominant factor affecting the contact resistance, while the SiNx thickness affects the surface morphology significantly. An optimized Ti/Al/Ta/Au ohmic contact including a 40-nm thick Ta barrier layer and a 50-nm thick SiNx encapsulation layer is preferred when compared with the other conventional ohmic contact stacks as it produces a low contact resistance of around 7.27 × 10-7 Ω·cm2 and an ultra-low nanoscale surface morphology with a root mean square deviation of around 10 nm. Results from the proposed study play an important role in obtaining excellent ohmic contact formation in the fabrication of AlGaN/GaN HEMTs.

  20. Nanoscale lithography mediated by surface self-assembly of 16-[3,5-bis(mercaptomethyl)phenoxy]hexadecanoic acid on Au(111) investigated by scanning probe microscopy.

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    Zhai, Xianglin; Lee, Han Ju; Tian, Tian; Lee, T Randall; Garno, Jayne C

    2014-08-25

    The solution-phase self-assembly of bidentate 16-[3,5-bis(mercapto-methyl)phenoxy]hexadecanoic acid (BMPHA) on Au(111) was studied using nano-fabrication protocols with scanning probe nanolithography and immersion particle lithography. Molecularly thin films of BMPHA prepared by surface self-assembly have potential application as spatially selective layers in sensor designs. Either monolayer or bilayer films of BMPHA can be formed under ambient conditions, depending on the parameters of concentration and immersion intervals. Experiments with scanning probe-based lithography (nanoshaving and nanografting) were applied to measure the thickness of BMPHA films. The thickness of a monolayer and bilayer film of BMPHA on Au(111) were measured in situ with atomic force microscopy using n-octadecanethiol as an internal reference. Scanning probe-based nanofabrication provides a way to insert nanopatterns of a reference molecule of known dimensions within a matrix film of unknown thickness to enable a direct comparison of heights and surface morphology. Immersion particle lithography was used to prepare a periodic arrangement of nanoholes within films of BMPHA. The nanoholes could be backfilled by immersion in a SAM solution to produce nanodots of n-octadecanethiol surrounded by a film of BMPHA. Test platforms prepared by immersion particle lithography enables control of the dimensions of surface sites to construct supramolecular assemblies.

  1. C70 self-assembly on In- and Tl-adsorbed Si(111)√{ 3 } ×√{ 3 } -Au surfaces

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    Olyanich, D. A.; Mararov, V. V.; Utas, T. V.; Zotov, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2017-02-01

    Behavior of C70 fullerenes adsorbed onto the In- and Tl-modified Si(111)√{ 3 } ×√{ 3 } -Au surfaces at room temperature (RT) and 112 K has been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy observations and compared with the known results for the C60s on the same surfaces. During island growth at 112 K, both C70 and C60 are characterized by the same critical island size i=1. The difference is in an island shape as C70s tend to form chain-like islands built of double or triple molecular rows along the [ 1 bar 10 ] Si(111) substrate directions. At RT, C70s have a lower mobility as compared to C60s. In contrast to the C60 magic islands, the C70 islands do not demonstrate any strong preference for specific shapes or sizes. Extended C70 arrays exhibit a stripe-like 3×1 reconstruction where a single row of bright fullerenes mediated by a double row of dim fullerenes. The reconstruction is due to the different orientations of C70s within the layer which does not relate to the structure of the underlying Au/Si(111) substrate. This is in contrast to the hexagonal reconstructions of C60s where the bright fullerenes occupy the specific adsorption site atop Au trimers. The difference in the behavior of C70 and C60 is plausibly affected by the non-spherical shape of C70 molecule and a greater intermolecular C70-C70 interaction.

  2. Surface effects on the mechanical elongation of AuCu nanowires: De-alloying and the formation of mixed suspended atomic chains

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    Lagos, M. J. [Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, R. Sergio B. de Holanda 777, 13083-859 Campinas-SP (Brazil); Laboratório Nacional de Nanotecnologia-LNNANO, 13083-970 Campinas-SP (Brazil); Autreto, P. A. S.; Galvao, D. S., E-mail: galvao@ifi.unicamp.br; Ugarte, D. [Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, R. Sergio B. de Holanda 777, 13083-859 Campinas-SP (Brazil); Bettini, J. [Laboratório Nacional de Nanotecnologia-LNNANO, 13083-970 Campinas-SP (Brazil); Sato, F.; Dantas, S. O. [Departamento de Física, ICE, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, 36036-330 Juiz de Fora-MG (Brazil)

    2015-03-07

    We report here an atomistic study of the mechanical deformation of Au{sub x}Cu{sub (1−x)} atomic-size wires (nanowires (NWs)) by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy experiments. Molecular dynamics simulations were also carried out in order to obtain deeper insights on the dynamical properties of stretched NWs. The mechanical properties are significantly dependent on the chemical composition that evolves in time at the junction; some structures exhibit a remarkable de-alloying behavior. Also, our results represent the first experimental realization of mixed linear atomic chains (LACs) among transition and noble metals; in particular, surface energies induce chemical gradients on NW surfaces that can be exploited to control the relative LAC compositions (different number of gold and copper atoms). The implications of these results for nanocatalysis and spin transport of one-atom-thick metal wires are addressed.

  3. Rotationally-Resolved Scattering of Formaldehyde from the 111Au Surface: AN Axis Specific Rotational Rainbow and its Role in Trapping Probability

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    Park, Barratt; Krueger, Bastian C.; Meyer, Sven; Kandratsenka, Alexander; Wodtke, Alec; Schaefer, Tim

    2017-06-01

    The conversion of translational to rotational motion often plays a major role in the trapping of small molecules at surfaces, a crucial first step for a wide variety of chemical processes that occur at gas-surface interfaces. However, to date most quantum-state resolved surface scattering experiments have been performed on diatomic molecules, and very little detailed information is available about how the structure of non-linear polyatomic molecules influences the mechanisms for energy exchange with surfaces. In the current work, we employ a new rotationally-resolved 1+1' resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) scheme to measure rotational distribution in formaldehyde molecules directly scattered from the Au(111) surface at incident kinetic energies in the range 0.3-1.2 eV. The results indicate a pronounced propensity to excite a-axis rotation (twirling) rather than b- or c-axis rotation (tumbling or cartwheeling), and are consistent with a rotational rainbow scattering model. Classical trajectory calculations suggest that the effect arises--to zeroth order--from the three-dimensional shape of the molecule (steric effects). The results have broad implications for the enhanced trapping probability of prolate and near-prolate molecules at surfaces.

  4. Evolution of a high local strain in rolling up MoS2 sheets decorated with Ag and Au nanoparticles for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Hwang, Da Young; Hack Suh, Dong

    2017-01-01

    We report that a high local strain was obtained for multilayer MoS2 nanoscrolls decorated with noble nanoparticles (Ag and Au NPs) using a rolling process beyond breaking or slipping of MoS2. The local strain was estimated through the bending strain in the nanoscrolls and the extent of coverage of Ag and Au NPs decorated on MoS2, exhibiting magnified surface-enhanced Raman scattering. TEM images showed that the MoS2-Ag and MoS2-Au nanoscrolls have a tube-like morphology decorated with NPs on the inner and outer sides of the MoS2 nanoscrolls. In the Raman spectra, we confirmed the red shift and broadness of the FWHM for nanoscrolls in the eigenvectors of the {{{E}}}{2{{g}}+}1 and {{{E}}}{2g+}1 modes. From the Grüneisen parameter γ and the shear deformation potential β, we obtained peak shifts of ˜4.9 cm-1/% at {{{E}}}{2g-}1 and ˜1.1 cm-1/% strain at {{{E}}}{2g+}1 for free-standing MoS2. According to the obtained relationship of the Raman shift and the induced uniaxial tensile strain, the {{{E}}}{2g-}1 and {{{E}}}{2g+}1 peaks shifted upwards to around -12.8 cm-1 and -2.9 cm-1, respectively, and can be converted to an induced uniaxial tensile strain of about 2.6% for MoS2-Ag nanoscrolls.

  5. Au and Al Schottky barrier formation on GaAs (100) surfaces prepared by thermal desorption of a protective arsenic coating

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    Spindt, C.J.; Yamada, M.; Meissner, P.L.; Miyano, K.E.; Herrera, A.; Spicer, W.E. (Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Stanford Electronics Labs.); Arko, A.J. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)); Woodall, J.M.; Pettit, G.D. (International Business Machines Corp., Yorktown Heights, NY (United States). Thomas J. Watson Research Center)

    1991-01-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy has been used as a tool to investigate the initial stages of Schottky barrier formation on GaAs (100) surfaces. This is a popular technique that has been used by many researchers in the past to measure the band bending (or shift) of the valence band and conduction band (a measure of the Schottky barrier shift), while the Fermi level remains fixed at the system ground (i.e., the ground of the spectrometer). Metal deposition on a semiconductor surface can alter the Schottky barrier at the surface and pin the Fermi level near the middle of the energy gap. Extremely clean and crystallographically perfect surfaces are required in this study. Toward this end, a method of protecting the GaAs surface was employed which consists of capping the GaAs surface with a layer of As. Upon introduction into the high vacuum system the As is thermally desorbed, revealing a pure GaAs surface. Our work was motivated by a previous study (Brillson et al) on similarly capped specimens, which suggested that metal overlayers do not pin the Schottky barrier in GaAs. Barrier heights varied by as much as 0.75 eV between Al and Au overlayers. This large energy range is a striking result in view of the fact that a considerable number of prior studies on both (110) and (100) surfaces have found that all metals will pin within a narrow (0.25 eV) range at midgap. We repeated the measurements of Brillson on the identically doped samples used in their study using two extreme range metals of Au and Al as overlayers. We found that the barrier height measurements on low doped n-type samples used in this work and in the previous work are affected by photovoltaic effects, even at room temperature. This was determined from taking spectra at a number of temperatures between 20 K and room temperature and looking for shifts. 16 refs., 7 figs.

  6. Control of Surface Plasmon Resonance of Au/SnO2 by Modification with Ag and Cu for Photoinduced Reactions under Visible-Light Irradiation over a Wide Range.

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    Tanaka, Atsuhiro; Hashimoto, Keiji; Kominami, Hiroshi

    2016-03-18

    Gold particles supported on tin(IV) oxide (0.2 wt% Au/SnO2) were modified with copper and silver by the multistep photodeposition method. Absorption around λ=550 nm, attributed to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au, gradually shifted to longer wavelengths on modification with Cu and finally reached λ=620 nm at 0.8 wt% Cu. On the other hand, the absorption shifted to shorter wavelength with increasing amount of Ag and reached λ=450 nm at 0.8 wt% Ag. These Cu- and Ag-modified 0.2 wt% Au/SnO2 materials (Cu-Au/SnO2 and Ag-Au/SnO2) and 1.0 wt% Au/SnO2 were used for mineralization of formic acid to carbon dioxide in aqueous suspension under irradiation with visible light from a xenon lamp and three kinds of light-emitting diodes with different wavelengths. The reaction rates for the mineralization of formic acid over these materials depend on the wavelength of light. Apparent quantum efficiencies of Cu-Au/SnO2, Au/SnO2, and Ag-Au/SnO2 reached 5.5% at 625 nm, 5.8% at 525 nm, and 5.1% at 450 nm, respectively. These photocatalysts can also be used for selective oxidation of alcohols to corresponding carbonyl compounds in aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation. Broad responses to visible light in formic acid mineralization and selective alcohol oxidation were achieved when the three materials were used simultaneously. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Intermixed adatom and surface-bound adsorbates in regular self-assembled monolayers of racemic 2-butanethiol on Au(111).

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    Ouyang, Runhai; Yan, Jiawei; Jensen, Palle S; Ascic, Erhad; Gan, Shiyu; Tanner, David; Mao, Bingwei; Niu, Li; Zhang, Jingdong; Tang, Chunguang; Hush, Noel S; Reimers, Jeffrey R; Ulstrup, Jens

    2015-04-07

    In situ scanning tunneling microscopy combined with density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations reveal a complex structure for the self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of racemic 2-butanethiol on Au(111) in aqueous solution. Six adsorbate molecules occupy a (10×√3)R30° cell organized as two RSAuSR adatom-bound motifs plus two RS species bound directly to face-centered-cubic and hexagonally close-packed sites. This is the first time that these competing head-group arrangements have been observed in the same ordered SAM. Such unusual packing is favored as it facilitates SAMs with anomalously high coverage (30%), much larger than that for enantiomerically resolved 2-butanethiol or secondary-branched butanethiol (25%) and near that for linear-chain 1-butanethiol (33%).

  8. Utilization of surface plasmon resonance of Au/Pt nanoparticles for highly photosensitive ZnO nanorods network based plasmon field effect transistor

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    Kumar, Ashish; Dixit, Tejendra; Palani, I. A.; Nakamura, D.; Higashihata, M.; Singh, Vipul

    2017-09-01

    Hydrothermally processed highly photosensitive ZnO nanorods based plasmon field effect transistors (PFETs) have been demonstrated utilizing the surface plasmon resonance coupling of Au and Pt nanoparticles at Au/Pt and ZnO interface. A significantly enhanced photocurrent was observed due to the plasmonic effect of the metal nanoparticles (NPs). The Pt coated PFETs showed Ion/Ioff ratio more than 3 × 104 under the dark condition, with field-effect mobility of 26 cm2 V-1 s-1 and threshold voltage of -2.7 V. Moreover, under the illumination of UV light (λ = 350 nm) the PFET revealed photocurrent gain of 105 under off-state (-5 V) of operation. Additionally, the electrical performance of PFETs was investigated in detail on the basis of charge transfer at metal/ZnO interface. The ZnO nanorods growth temperature was preserved at 110 °C which allowed a low temperature, economical and simple method to develop highly photosensitive ZnO nanorods network based PFETs for large scale production.

  9. Infra-red reflection absorption spectroscopic study on adsorption structures of acrolein on polycrystalline gold and Au(111) surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions

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    Akita, M.; Osaka, N.; Itoh, K.

    1998-05-01

    Infra-red reflection absorption (IRA) spectra were measured at 80 K under ultra-high vacuum conditions for acrolein adsorbed on two kinds of gold films; Au(111) and polycrystalline gold surfaces. Upon increasing the amount of exposure from 0.02 to 200 L (1 L=1×10 -6 Torr·s), the adsorbate at Au(111) gave rise to a series of sharp IRA bands due to a CH 2 out-of-plane wagging vibration [ ω(CH 2)] successively, indicating discrete adsorption states, i.e. 964 (type 1)→978(type 1')→991(type 2)→1003 cm -1(type 3). All these states have the molecular plane parallel to the surface; type 1 is in an isolated state, and type 2 is in an associated state with a two-dimensional arrangement, whereas type 3 forms an ordered multilayered structure. Type 1' was tentatively assigned either to a trapped state at step sites or to an associated state forming small oligomers at the surface. Only type 3 gives rise to IRA bands due to ν(CO), which appears at 1677 cm -1 as a singlet at relatively small exposure levels and splits into doublets, giving the 1686 and 1672 cm -1 components at 2.0 L. The doublets were explained as being due to a crystal field splitting, which conforms to the fact that the adsorbate forms an ordered three-dimensional arrangement. The IRA spectrum of type 3 is readily converted to that of a more stable polycrystalline state upon increasing the temperature from 80 to 100 K. Thus, type 3 is a thermodynamically metastable state. Acrolein adsorbed on a polycrystalline gold film assumes an amorphous state in the exposure level of 0.06-4.8 L, giving broad IRA bands due to ν(CO) and ω(CH 2) in the 1686-1699 and 974-991 cm -1 regions, respectively. The IRA spectra of acrolein adsorbed on Ag(111) were also measured, which indicated that the adsorbates exist in a less ordered state than those on Au(111), although a multilayered structure gives IRA features that are almost identical with those of type 3.

  10. Self-consistent linear-muffin-tin-orbitals coherent-potential technique for bulk and surface calculations: Cu-Ni, Ag-Pd, and Au-Pt random alloys

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    Abrikosov, I. A.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1993-01-01

    energies and work functions for three fcc-based alloys (Cu-Ni, Ag-Pd, and Au-Pt) over the complete concentration range. The calculated mixing enthalpies for the Ag-Pd and Au-Pt systems agrees with experimental values, and the calculated concentration dependence of the lattice parameters agrees...... with experiment for all three systems. We find that the calculated surface energies and work functions in the unsegregated case exhibit a small positive deviation from a linear concentration dependence. Finally, we performed a segregation analysis based on the calculated surface energies by means of a simple...

  11. Epitaxial Al/GaN and Au/GaN junctions on as-grown GaN(0001) 1 x 1 surfaces

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    Orani, D.; Rubini, S.; Pelucchi, E.; Bonanni, B. [Laboratorio Nazionale TASC-INFM, Area di Ricerca, S.S. 14, Km. 163.5, 34012 Trieste (Italy); Piccin, M. [Laboratorio Nazionale TASC-INFM, Area di Ricerca, S.S. 14, Km. 163.5, 34012 Trieste (Italy); Also with Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Trieste, 34127 Trieste (Italy); Franciosi, A. [Laboratorio Nazionale TASC-INFM, Area di Ricerca, S.S. 14, Km. 163.5, 34012 Trieste (Italy); Passaseo, A.; Cingolani, R. [INFM e Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Universita' di Lecce, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Khan, A. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States)

    2005-04-01

    GaN(0001) epilayers were fabricated by rf-plasma enhanced molecular beam epitaxy on GaN templates. The templates were grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on sapphire. The layers exhibited the 2 x 2 reconstruction of the Ga-face during growth and the 1 x 1 reconstruction upon cooling. On such surfaces, Al/n-GaN and Au/n-GaN junctions were fabricated in-situ by molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy studies allowed us to determine n-type Schottky barrier heights of 0.61{+-}0.06 and 0.98{+-}0.06 eV, respectively, for the two types of epitaxial junctions. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  12. Au@TiO2核壳纳米粒子光催化过程的表面增强拉曼光谱研究%In-situ Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Investigation of Photocatalysis at Au@ TiO2 Surface

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    刘伟; 郭清华; 秦维; 姚建林; 顾仁敖

    2011-01-01

    Based on the polyelectrolyte-mediated electrostatic adsorption (layer by layer method) , Au@ TiO2 core shell nanoparticles were prepared through the modification of the different layers of bis ( ammonium lactate) titanium dihydroxide ( TALH) on Au nanoparticles followed with a calcination. By using thiophenol as probe, the surface enhanced Raman scattering ( SERS) effect was observed from Au nanoparticles attached with the TiO2 precursor. The SERS effect was dependent on the shell thickness. After coated with three layers of TALH, SERS effect from the Au nanoparticles core disappeared. The photocatalytic processes of methylene blue( MB) was investigated on Au @ TiO2 by in-situ SERS under UV illumination. The observation of C-N-C skeleton deformation vibrational mode at 450 and 504 cm"' indicated that MB adsorbed on the Au@ TiO2 surface in a dimmer or polymer formation at the initial stage. With the increase of the UV illumination time, the band at 481 cm-1 assigned to the monomer of MB was enhanced and the bands at 1180 and 1073 cm" assigned to the C-H relevant vibrational modes disappeared. It indicated that the photocatalytic degradation of MB on Au @ TiO2 underwent the transformation of dimmer or polymer to the monomer initially, followed with the degradation of methyl group. Results indicate in-situ SERS technique combined with UV illumination might be developed as one of powerful tools for monitoring the photocatalytic reactions.%利用聚电解质的静电吸附作用(层层组装),在Au纳米粒子表面包裹上不同层数的二氧化钛前驱体二(2-羟基丙酸)二氢氧化铵合钛(TALH),通过退火形成Au@ TiO2复合纳米粒子,以苯硫酚(TP)作为探针分子对退火前复合纳米粒子不同壳层厚度的SERS效应进行表征,研究发现,SERS信号强度的变化与壳层厚度密切相关,当Au表面包裹至3层TALH时,信号几乎完全消失.结合紫外照射,利用SERS对亚甲基蓝(MB)在TiO2壳层表面的光催化降解过程进

  13. 一步合成具有SERS性能的Au NPs/rGO复合粉体%One-pot synthesis of gold nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites with Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering properties

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    李毅; 杨娟; 陈祖磊; 钟涛; 郑思辉; 曾炜炜

    2016-01-01

    采用简单、快速的微波辐射法,以绿色无毒的抗坏血酸为还原剂,一步还原氧化石墨烯(GO)和氯金酸(HAuCl4)混合分散液制备纳米金/石墨烯(Au NPs/rGO)复合粉体.采用UV-Vis,XRD,SEM,TEM,AFM和拉曼光谱仪对复合粉体结构和表面拉曼增强散射(Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering,SERS)性能进行表征.微波辐射法可以快速合成AuNPs/r GO复合粉体,GO和HAuCl4质量比对r GO片层上Au NPs负载量具有调控作用,质量比为1∶3时,Au NPs的负载量最多;Au NPs/r GO复合粉体具有良好的SERS性能和荧光猝灭性,r GO的化学增强和Au NPs的电磁场增强起到了良好的协同作用;复合粉体在612 cm-1处吸收峰的增强因子达到了1.37×106.

  14. Effects of the embedding kinetics on the surface nano-morphology of nano-grained Au and Ag films on PS and PMMA layers annealed above the glass transition temperature

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    Ruffino, F.; Grimaldi, M.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Universita di Catania, Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, Catania (Italy); Torrisi, V.; Marletta, G. [University of Catania, CSGI, Laboratory for Molecular Surface and Nanotechnology (LAMSUN), Department of Chemical Sciences, Catania (Italy)

    2012-06-15

    The morphology evolution of nano-grained Ag and Au films deposited on polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymeric layers were studied, using the atomic force microscopy technique, when annealed above the polymers glass transition temperature. The main effects on the morphology changes were identified with those concerning the embedding kinetics of the Ag and Au nanoparticles in the PS or PMMA layers. The embedding process of the nanoparticles follows as a consequence of the long-range mobility of the polymeric chains above the glass transition temperature. In particular, the dependence of the nanoparticles mean height and surface density on the annealing time at various temperatures was quantified. The analyses of these behaviors allowed us: (1) to distinguish the overall embedding process in a first stage in which a thin wetting layer of the polymer coats the nanoparticles followed by a true embedding process of the nanoparticles into the polymer layer; (2) to evaluate the characteristic coating time for the Ag and Au nanoparticles in the PS and PMMA in the first stage; (3) to evaluate the characteristic embedding velocity for the Ag and Au nanoparticles in the PS and PMMA in the second stage; (4) to derive the activation energies for the embedding process of the Ag and Au nanoparticles in PS and PMMA; (5) to identify the embedding statistics of the Ag and Au nanoparticles in PS and PMMA with a ''failure'' Weibull statistics. (orig.)

  15. The structure, energetics, and nature of the chemical bonding of phenylthiol adsorbed on the Au(111) surface: implications for density-functional calculations of molecular-electronic conduction.

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    Bilić, Ante; Reimers, Jeffrey R; Hush, Noel S

    2005-03-01

    The adsorption of phenylthiol on the Au(111) surface is modeled using Perdew and Wang density-functional calculations. Both direct molecular physisorption and dissociative chemisorption via S-H bond cleavage are considered as well as dimerization to form disulfides. For the major observed product, the chemisorbed thiol, an extensive potential-energy surface is produced as a function of both the azimuthal orientation of the adsorbate and the linear translation of the adsorbate through the key fcc, hcp, bridge, and top binding sites. Key structures are characterized, the lowest-energy one being a broad minimum of tilted orientation ranging from the bridge structure halfway towards the fcc one. The vertically oriented threefold binding sites, often assumed to dominate molecular electronics measurements, are identified as transition states at low coverage but become favored in dense monolayers. A similar surface is also produced for chemisorption of phenylthiol on Ag(111); this displays significant qualitative differences, consistent with the qualitatively different observed structures for thiol chemisorption on Ag and Au. Full contours of the minimum potential energy as a function of sulfur translation over the crystal face are described, from which the barrier to diffusion is deduced to be 5.8 kcal mol(-1), indicating that the potential-energy surface has low corrugation. The calculated bond lengths, adsorbate charge and spin density, and the density of electronic states all indicate that, at all sulfur locations, the adsorbate can be regarded as a thiyl species that forms a net single covalent bond to the surface of strength 31 kcal mol(-1). No detectable thiolate character is predicted, however, contrary to experimental results for alkyl thiols that indicate up to 20%-30% thiolate involvement. This effect is attributed to the asymptotic-potential error of all modern density functionals that becomes manifest through a 3-4 eV error in the lineup of the adsorbate and

  16. Monolayers of a De Novo Designed 4-Alpha-Helix Bundle Carboprotein and Partial Structures on Au(111)-Surfaces

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    Brask, Jesper; Wackerbarth, Hainer; Jensen, Knud Jørgen

    2002-01-01

    Mapping of structure and function of proteins adsorbed on solid surfaces is important in many contexts. Electrochemical techniques based on single-crystal metal surfaces and in situ scanning probe microscopies (SPM) have recently opened new perspectives for mapping at the single-molecule level. D...

  17. van der Waals-corrected Density Functional Theory simulation of adsorption processes on noble-metal surfaces: Xe on Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111)

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    Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi

    2016-01-01

    The DFT/vdW-WF2s1 method based on the generation of localized Wannier functions, recently developed to include the van der Waals interactions in the Density Functional Theory and describe adsorption processes on metal surfaces by taking metal-screening effects into account, is applied to the case of the interaction of Xe with noble-metal surfaces, namely Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111). The study is also repeated by adopting the DFT/vdW-QHO-WF variant relying on the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator model which describes well many-body effects. Comparison of the computed equilibrium binding energies and distances, and the $C_3$ coefficients characterizing the adatom-surface van der Waals interactions, with available experimental and theoretical reference data shows that the methods perform well and elucidate the importance of properly including screening effects. The results are also compared with those obtained by other vdW-corrected DFT schemes, including PBE-D, vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, rVV10, and by the simpler Local Dens...

  18. Effet de l'etat de la surface de l'acier au carbone 300W sur l'entartrage par la gibbsite dans le procede Bayer

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    Gavril, Liliana

    Une etude a ete effectuee sur l'entartrage des surfaces en acier au carbone par la gibbsite dans le procede Bayer. Trois methodes ont ete utilisees afin de determiner le mecanisme de formation du tartre: mesure de la vitesse d'entartrage, etude electrochimique et protection cathodique. Cette etude demontre que le tartre de gibbsite est un tartre de cristallisation et que l'etat physico-chimique de la surface metallique a une influence marquee sur l'entartrage. Ainsi, l'oxyde en surface a ete identifie comme un facteur determinant pour l'entartrage. Les essais electrochimiques ont montre que la couche d'oxyde formee dans les solutions Bayer est un oxyde mixte de fer et d'aluminium. Les essais de protection cathodique a courant constant valident le role determinant joue par l'oxyde sur l'entartrage, puisqu'en empechant l'oxyde de se former, l'entartrage est pratiquement elimine. Le mecanisme d'adherence du tartre a l'acier implique trois etapes, soit l'oxydation du metal, la formation de la goethite/goethite alumineuse sur l'oxyde et finalement, la germination de la gibbsite sur la goethite/goethite alumineuse.

  19. Van Der Waals-Corrected Density Functional Theory Simulation of Adsorption Processes on Noble-Metal Surfaces: Xe on Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111)

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    Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi; Ambrosetti, Alberto

    2016-10-01

    The DFT/vdW-WF2s1 method based on the generation of localized Wannier functions, recently developed to include the van der Waals interactions in the density functional theory and describe adsorption processes on metal surfaces by taking metal-screening effects into account, is applied to the case of the interaction of Xe with noble-metal surfaces, namely Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111). The study is also repeated by adopting the DFT/vdW-QHO-WF variant relying on the quantum harmonic oscillator model which describes well many body effects. Comparison of the computed equilibrium binding energies and distances, and the C_3 coefficients characterizing the adatom-surface van der Waals interactions, with available experimental and theoretical reference data shows that the methods perform well and elucidates the importance of properly including screening effects. The results are also compared with those obtained by other vdW-corrected DFT schemes, including PBE-D, vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, rVV10, and by the simpler local density approximation and semi-local (PBE) generalized gradient approximation approaches.

  20. 硅胶表面AuCl4-印迹聚乙烯亚胺的制备及识别特性研究%Preparation of AuCl4- Imprinted Polyethyleneimine on Silica Gel Surface and Recognition Capability for Gold Ions

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    岳晓霞; 张栋; 杜瑞奎; 张永奇; 王靖雯; 安富强

    2015-01-01

    A functional graft material PEI-g-SiO2 was prepared via grafting functional polymer PEI (polyethyleneimine, PEI) onto the surface of silica gel particles. Then, PEI macromolecules grafted onto the surface of silica gel particles were crosslinked to produce ionic imprinted material IIP-PEI-g-SiO2by using AuCl4- as template ions and ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (EGDE) as the crosslinking agent. The adsorption ability of IIP-PEI-g-SiO2 for AuCl4- was investigated through the static method. The experiment results showed that the ionic imprinted material IIP-PEI-g-SiO2displayed excellent adsorption performance and great ability of recognition memory for AuCl4-. The adsorption capacity could be up to 23.59 mg/g, and the relative selectivity coefficients relative to Cu2+ was 32.45. Furthermore, IIP-PEI-g-SiO2 also possessed an excellent reusability.%将功能高分子聚乙烯亚胺(polyethyleneimine,PEI)化学接枝在硅胶微粒表面,形成功能接枝材料PEI-g-SiO2;再以AuCl4-为模板离子,乙二醇二缩水甘油醚(EGDE)为交联剂,将接枝在硅胶表面的PEI大分子链进行交联,同时实施AuCl4-的印迹,制备了AuCl4-印迹材料IIP-PEI-g-SiO2。采用静态法考察了IIP-PEI-g-SiO2对AuCl4-的吸附特性。实验结果表明,IIP-PEI-g-SiO2对AuCl4-具有优良的吸附性能与较强的记忆识别能力。吸附容量可以达到23.59 mg/g,相对于Cu2+,印迹材料对AuCl4-的选择性系数为32.45。此外,IIP-PEI-g-SiO2还具有优良的重复使用性能。

  1. [Quantitative surface analysis of Pt-Co, Cu-Au and Cu-Ag alloy films by XPS and AES].

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    Li, Lian-Zhong; Zhuo, Shang-Jun; Shen, Ru-Xiang; Qian, Rong; Gao, Jie

    2013-11-01

    In order to improve the quantitative analysis accuracy of AES, We associated XPS with AES and studied the method to reduce the error of AES quantitative analysis, selected Pt-Co, Cu-Au and Cu-Ag binary alloy thin-films as the samples, used XPS to correct AES quantitative analysis results by changing the auger sensitivity factors to make their quantitative analysis results more similar. Then we verified the accuracy of the quantitative analysis of AES when using the revised sensitivity factors by other samples with different composition ratio, and the results showed that the corrected relative sensitivity factors can reduce the error in quantitative analysis of AES to less than 10%. Peak defining is difficult in the form of the integral spectrum of AES analysis since choosing the starting point and ending point when determining the characteristic auger peak intensity area with great uncertainty, and to make analysis easier, we also processed data in the form of the differential spectrum, made quantitative analysis on the basis of peak to peak height instead of peak area, corrected the relative sensitivity factors, and verified the accuracy of quantitative analysis by the other samples with different composition ratio. The result showed that the analytical error in quantitative analysis of AES reduced to less than 9%. It showed that the accuracy of AES quantitative analysis can be highly improved by the way of associating XPS with AES to correct the auger sensitivity factors since the matrix effects are taken into account. Good consistency was presented, proving the feasibility of this method.

  2. Extracellular Electron Transfer from Aerobic Bacteria to Au-Loaded TiO2 Semiconductor without Light: A New Bacteria-Killing Mechanism Other than Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance or Microbial Fuel Cells.

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    Wang, Guomin; Feng, Hongqing; Gao, Ang; Hao, Qi; Jin, Weihong; Peng, Xiang; Li, Wan; Wu, Guosong; Chu, Paul K

    2016-09-21

    Titania loaded with noble metal nanoparticles exhibits enhanced photocatalytic killing of bacteria under light illumination due to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) property. It has been shown recently that loading with Au or Ag can also endow TiO2 with the antibacterial ability in the absence of light. In this work, the antibacterial mechanism of Au-loaded TiO2 nanotubes (Au@TiO2-NT) in the dark environment is studied, and a novel type of extracellular electron transfer (EET) between the bacteria and the surface of the materials is observed to cause bacteria death. Although the EET-induced bacteria current is similar to the LSPR-related photocurrent, the former takes place without light, and no reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced during the process. The EET is also different from that commonly attributed to microbial fuel cells (MFC) because it is dominated mainly by the materials' surface, but not the bacteria, and the environment is aerobic. EET on the Au@TiO2-NT surface kills Staphylococcus aureus, but if it is combined with special MFC bacteria, the efficiency of MFC may be improved significantly.

  3. Structure and stress in Cu/Au and Fe/Au systems: A molecular dynamics study

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    Zientarski, Tomasz, E-mail: martom@dyzio.umcs.lublin.pl [Department for the Modelling of Physico-Chemical Processes, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, ul. Gliniana 33, 20-614 Lublin (Poland); Chocyk, Dariusz [Department of Applied Physics, Lublin University of Technology, ul. Nadbystrzycka 38, 20-618 Lublin (Poland)

    2014-07-01

    Growth of Fe and Cu thin films on Au substrate and stress evolution were modeled using molecular dynamics simulation. The interactions in the system are described by embedded atom method. The kinematical theory of scattering is performed to identify the structure obtained from simulations. The gold layers undergo reconstruction before deposition. The deposited copper atoms do not disturb the atoms in the reconstructed gold layer, but the deposited iron atoms cause the disappearance of the reconstructed gold surfaces. In both systems Cu/Au and Fe/Au, in the early stage of growth one observes compressive stress. Next, Cu/Au systems have the compressive stress, while in the case of Fe/Au the tensile stress is observed. In the Fe/Au system, the body-centered cubic lattice of Fe changes its orientation relative to the Au layer. In the Fe/Au system we observed a larger diffusion of Au atoms than in Cu/Au systems. - Highlights: • The kinematical theory of scattering is performed to identify the structure. • The correlation between the stress and the deformation is observed. • The relaxation of the stress depends on the orientation of layers. • The lattice of Fe changes its orientation relative to the Au layer in the Fe/Au system. • The Cu layer continues the lattice of Au in the Cu/Au system.

  4. Hierarchical self-assembly of designed 2x2-alpha-helix bundle proteins on Au(111) surfaces

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    Wackerbarth, Hainer; Tofteng, A.P.; Jensen, K.J.

    2006-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers of biomolecules on atomically planar surfaces offer the prospect of complex combinations of controlled properties, e. g., for bioelectronics. We have prepared a novel hemi-4-alpha-helix bundle protein by attaching two alpha-helical peptides to a cyclo-dithiothreitol (cyclo...... proteins retained. The surface properties of the DTT and 2 x 2- R-helix bundle protein adlayer were characterized by interfacial capacitance and impedance techniques. Reductive desorption was used to determine the coverage of the adlayers, giving values of 65 and 16 mu C cm(-2) for DTT and 2 x 2-helix...

  5. The oxidant and laser power-dependent plasmon-driven surface photocatalysis reaction of p-aminothiophenol dimerizing into p,p‧-dimercaptoazobenzene on Au nanoparticles

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    Tan, Enzhong; Yin, Penggang; Yu, Chunna; Yu, Ge; Zhao, Chang

    2016-09-01

    Recently, plasmon-driven surface photocatalysis (PDSPC) reactions have attracted more and more attention by means of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) because we can in situ monitor the reaction process and determine the final products and their quantities by the real-time SERS spectrum. In this work, self-assembly AuNPs with both high catalytic activity and strong SERS effect were used as a bifunctional platform for in situ monitoring of PDSPC reactions. p-Aminothiophenol (PATP), a famous model molecule, was selected as a probe molecule and FeCl3 and NaClO were selected as oxidants. In this way, oxidation reaction of PATP dimerizing into p,p‧-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB) has been investigated by SERS, and the results show that oxidant and laser power can alter the conversion rate of the reaction. This work provides a novel approach for controlling PDSPC reaction rate, which may be useful for understanding the mechanism of PDSPC reactions.

  6. Study of Schottky contact between Au and NiO nanowire by conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM): The case of surface states

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    Zhang, Yidong

    2015-05-01

    In this work, NiO nanowires have been synthesized by a hydrothermal reaction of NiCl2 with Na2C2O4 in the presence of ethylene glycol at 180 °C for 12 h, then calcinated at 400 °C for 2 h. The NiO nanowires were analyzed by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The resulting current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the NiO nanowires exhibited a clear rectifying behavior. This rectify behavior was attributed to the formation of a Schottky contact between Au coated atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip and NiO nanowires (nano-M/SC) which was dominated by the surface states in NiO itself. Photo-assisted conductive AFM (PC-AFM) was used to demonstrate how the I-V characteristics are influenced by the surface states. Our I-V results also showed that the nano-M/SCs had a good photoelectric switching effect at reverse bias.

  7. The oxidant and laser power-dependent plasmon-driven surface photocatalysis reaction of p-aminothiophenol dimerizing into p,p'-dimercaptoazobenzene on Au nanoparticles.

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    Tan, Enzhong; Yin, Penggang; Yu, Chunna; Yu, Ge; Zhao, Chang

    2016-09-05

    Recently, plasmon-driven surface photocatalysis (PDSPC) reactions have attracted more and more attention by means of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) because we can in situ monitor the reaction process and determine the final products and their quantities by the real-time SERS spectrum. In this work, self-assembly AuNPs with both high catalytic activity and strong SERS effect were used as a bifunctional platform for in situ monitoring of PDSPC reactions. p-Aminothiophenol (PATP), a famous model molecule, was selected as a probe molecule and FeCl3 and NaClO were selected as oxidants. In this way, oxidation reaction of PATP dimerizing into p,p'-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB) has been investigated by SERS, and the results show that oxidant and laser power can alter the conversion rate of the reaction. This work provides a novel approach for controlling PDSPC reaction rate, which may be useful for understanding the mechanism of PDSPC reactions.

  8. 基于Au/SiO2纳米粒子的结晶紫表面增强拉曼特性研究%Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering Activities of Crystal Violet Based on Au/SiO2

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    张浩然; 满石清

    2011-01-01

    Nanoparticles Au/SiO2 ,consisting of a silica core with a gold shell, were prepared by a combination of molecular self-assembly and the subsequent electroless plating of gold. The surfaceenhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities of Au/SiO2 were investigated by employing biological dye, crystal violet (CV), as the probe molecule. The chloride.ion effects on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities of Au/SiO2 were studied. It was found that chloride ion could further enhance the SERS, which mainly arose from the aggregation of Au/SiO2, and a lot of "hot spots"produced. Au/SiO2 (5× 1010 mL-1) was used as the active substrate, KC1 (0.01 mol/L) as the extra intensifier and the detection limit of crystal violet (CV) in solution was 5 × l0-10 mol/L.%采用自组装-化学镀法制备了以SiO2为核,Au为壳层的核壳结构纳米粒子(Au/SiO2),以生物染色剂结晶紫为探针分子,研究了Au/SiO2的表面增强拉曼散射(SERS)效应,并考察了C1-对SERS增强效应的影响.实验表明,C1-对SERS有明显的增强效果,这主要是由于C1-的加入使得Au/SiO2发生团聚,产生大量"热点",从而使SERS增强效果进一步加强.以Au/SiO2(5×10(10)mL(-1))为活性基底,KCl(0.01mol/L)为额外增强剂,在水溶液中实现了对结晶紫(CV)的痕量检出,最低检测浓度可达到5×10(-10)mol/L.

  9. Ordered arrays of semi-crown ligands on an Au(111) electrode surface: in situ STM study

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    PAN; Gebo; LI; Huijing; YUAN; Qunhui; CHEN; Yongjun; WAN; L

    2004-01-01

    chiral gallium Lewis acid catalysts with semi-crown ligands for aqueous asymmetric Mukaiyama aldol reactions, Chem. Commun., 2002, 24:2994-2995.[15]Wan, L.-J., Terashima, M., Noda, H. et al., Molecular orientation and ordered structure of benzenethiol adsorbed on gold(111), J.Phys. Chem. B, 2000, 104: 3563-3569.[16]Angerstein-Kozlowska, H., Conway, B. E., Hamelin, A. et al.,Elementary steps of electrochemical oxidation of single-crystal planes of Au Part Ⅱ. A chemical and structural basis of oxidation of the (111) plane, J. Electroanal. Chem., 1987, 228: 429-453.[17]Wild, M., Berner, S., Suzuki, H. et al., A novel route to molecular self-assembly: Self-intermixed monolayer phases, Chem. Phys.Chem., 2002, 10: 881-885.

  10. Contribution aux etudes de signaux radar de surfaces de mer et mise au point d'un traitement rapide

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    Jousselme, Anne-Laure

    Dans le but d'utiliser un radar comme instrument de mesures oceanographiques, il apparai t necessaire de developper des techniques pour extraire les caracteristiques d'une surface de mer a partir du signal recu par le radar. La plupart des algorithmes existant considerent les images radar comme des photographies de la surface oceanique, negligeant l'effet de la vitesse de rotation du radar sur le signal, ainsi que le systeme de coordonnees polaires intrinseque de l'image radar. De plus, a cause de la loudeur des calculs, ces methodes ne peuvent fournir de resultats dans des applications en temps reel. La premiere partie de notra travail consiste a modeliser et quantifier l'effet de la distorsion du spectre oceanique provoquee par une vitesse de rotation du radar trop faible. Les resultats permettent de definir clairement les vitesses de rotation du radar pour lesquelles cette distorsion est negligeable. La deuxieme partie prospose un algorithme de traitement en temps reel qui extrait les informations caracteristiques principales de la surface de mer observee, i.e., la longueur d'onde et la direction des vagues. Cette estimation, basees sur une modelisation autoregressive offre une ouverture pour le traitement des signaux en temps reel. A travers cette approche, une succession de signaux unidimensionnels est traitee, ce qui conduit a l'elimination naturelle de la distorsion introduite dans le spectre du signal.

  11. High enhancement factor of Au nano triangular prism structure for surface enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering

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    Zhang, Zuyin; Song, Guofeng

    2017-02-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy (CARS) is a well-known detecting tool in biosensing and nonlinear spectroscopy. It can provide a non-invasive alternative without the need for exogenous labels, while the enhancement factor for surface plasmon resonances (SPR) are extensively used to increase the local field close to the oscillators and which can obtain high enhancement. In this work, we investigate the enhancement factor of our structure for surface-enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. The absorption spectrum of the structure has been studied, a wide range of absorption has been realized. The enhancement can be as high as 10{16} over standard CARS. Our design is very useful for improving the enhancement factor of surface-enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. Project supported by the National Key Research Program of China (No. 2011ZX01015-001) and the National Basic Research Program of China (Nos. 2011CBA00608, 2012CB619203, 2015CB351902, 2015CB932402).

  12. Au/HClO4 interface: Influence of preparation technique of the electrode surface and specific anion adsorption

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    A HAMMADI

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available We present electrochemical impedance spectra made on gold alloy containing 30% silver electrodes of various roughnesses in aqueous perchlorate acid solution as supporting electrolyte in the absence and the presence of mM of specifically adsorbed halide ions X (X = Br-, Cl-, I-, at potentials where the dominant electrode process is the adsorption of the above anions. Efforts were mainly concentrated on the importance of surface preparation technique of the electrode and its influence on impedance spectra. Atomic scale inhomogeneities are introduced by mechanical treatment and can be decreased by annealing. Due to the annealing the double layer behaves as (almost an ideal capacitance in the absence of specific adsorption though surface roughness remains the same. A study of the related impedance behaviour in the presence of adsorbates even at very low concentrations (10-4M, revealed capacitance dispersion increasing with the extent of specific anion adsorption at the gold/silver surface.

  13. Significant enhancement of yellow-green light emission of TiO2 thin films using Au localized surface plasmons: effect of dielectric MgO spacer layer thickness.

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    Zhang, Cen; Liu, Weizhen; Xu, Haiyang; Ma, Jiangang; Liu, Yichun

    2014-05-01

    TiO2/MgO/Au composite thin films with different MgO spacer layer thicknesses (0-41 nm) were fabricated on c-sapphire substrates by sputtering and pulsed laser deposition. Through optimizing the thickness of MgO spacer layer, which can effectively prevent nonradiative Förster resonant energy transfer and charge transfer between Au and TiO2, defect-related yellow-green light emission of TiO2 thin film was greatly enhanced - 12 times. The enhancement mechanism is attributed to the efficient increase of luminescence efficiency of deep levels in TiO2 induced by resonant coupling between localized surface plasmons in Au nanoparticles and electron-hole pairs in defect-related levels of TiO2.

  14. Polymerase chain reaction of Au nanoparticle-bound primers

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    SHEN Hebai; HU Min; YANG Zhongnan; WANG Chen; ZHU Longzhang

    2005-01-01

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a useful technique for in vitro amplification of a DNA fragment. In this paper, a PCR procedure using Au nanoparticle (AuNP) -bound primers was systemically studied. The 5′-SH- (CH2)6-modified primers were covalently attached to the AuNP surface via Au-S bonds, and plasmid pBluescript SK was used as a template. The effects of the concentration of AuNP-bound primers, annealing temperature and PCR cycles were evaluated, respectively. The results indicate that PCR can proceed successfully under optimized condition, with either forward or reverse primers bound to the AuNP surface or with both the two primers bound to the AuNP surface. Development of PCR procedure based on AuNPs not only makes the isolation of PCR products very convenient, but also provides novel methods to prepare AuNP-bound ssDNA and nanostructured material.

  15. Shift of localized surface plasmon resonance by Ar-ion irradiation of Ag–Au bimetallic films deposited on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystals

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    Meng, Xuan [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Shibayama, Tamaki, E-mail: shiba@qe.eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Yu, Ruixuan; Takayanagi, Shinya [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Watanabe, Seiichi [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita-13, Nishi-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan)

    2013-11-01

    Effects of Ar-ion induced surface nanostructuring were studied using 100 keV Ar-ion irradiation of 30 nm Ag–Au bimetallic films deposited on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystals, under irradiation fluences ranging from 5.0 × 10{sup 15} cm{sup −2} to 6.3 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2}. Scanning electron microscope was used to study the ion-beam-induced surface nanostructuring. As the irradiation fluence increased, dewetting of the bimetallic films on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate was observed, and formation of isolated Ag–Au nanostructures sustained on the substrate were obtained. Next, thermal annealing was performed under high vacuum at 1073 K for 2 h; a layer of photosensitive Ag–Au alloy nanoballs partially embedded in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate was obtained when higher fluence irradiation (>3.8 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2}) was used. The microstructures of the nanoballs were investigated using a transmission electron microscope, and the nanoballs were found to be single crystals with a FCC structure. In addition, photoabsorption spectra were measured, and localized surface plasmon resonance peaks were observed. With increase in the irradiation fluence, the size of the Ag–Au nanoballs on the substrate decreased, and a blue-shift of the LSPR peaks was observed. Further control of the LSPR frequency over a wide range was achieved by modifying the chemical components, and a red-shift of the LSPR peaks was observed as the Au concentration increased. In summary, ion irradiation is an effective approach toward surface nanostructuring, and the nanocomposites obtained have potential applications in optical devices.

  16. The odd-proton effects on the potential energy surfaces of odd mass Tl, Au, Ir and Re isotopes

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    De Wieclawik, W; Larsson, S E; Leander, G; Vieu, C; Dionisio, J S

    1976-01-01

    The total potential energy surfaces of thallium, gold, iridium and rhenium odd mass isotopes are calculated microscopically as functions of the quadrupole deformation, epsilon /sub 2/, when the odd protons occupy definite orbitals. The nuclear shapes and the static equilibrium deformations of these nuclei are deduced from the results of these calculations for the proton orbitals nearest to the Fermi level. The influence of the hexadecapole deformation, epsilon /sub 4/, on these results is investigated too. Finally, a few experimental data available for these odd mass nuclei are correlated to the corresponding theoretical results. (16 refs).

  17. Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation as SERS substrates

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    M. Vinod

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Chemically pure colloidal suspensions of gold and silver nanoparticles were synthesized using pulsed laser ablation. The dependence of laser fluence on the surface plasmon characteristics of the nanoparticles was investigated. Au:Ag colloidal suspensions were prepared by mixing highly monodisperse Au and Ag nanocolloids. The plasmon band of these mixtures was found to be highly sensitive to Au:Ag concentration ratio and wavelength of the laser beam used in the ablation process. The Au:Ag mixture consists of almost spherical shaped nanostructures with a tendency to join with adjacent ones. The surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of the Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal suspensions was tested using crystal violet as probe molecules. Enhancement in Raman signal obtained with Au:Ag substrates was found to be promising and strongly depends on its plasmon characteristics.

  18. Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation as SERS substrates

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    M. Vinod; K.G.Gopchandran

    2014-01-01

    Chemically pure colloidal suspensions of gold and silver nanoparticles were synthesized using pulsed laser ablation. The dependence of laser fluence on the surface plasmon characteristics of the nanoparticles was investigated. Au:Ag colloidal suspensions were prepared by mixing highly monodisperse Au and Ag nanocolloids. The plasmon band of these mixtures was found to be highly sensitive to Au:Ag concentration ratio and wavelength of the laser beam used in the ablation process. The Au:Ag mixture consists of almost spherical shaped nanostructures with a tendency to join with adjacent ones. The surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of the Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal suspensions was tested using crystal violet as probe molecules. Enhancement in Raman signal obtained with Au:Ag substrates was found to be promising and strongly depends on its plasmon characteristics.

  19. Enhanced activity for supported Au clusters: Methanol oxidation on Au/TiO2(110)

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    Tenney, Samuel A.; Cagg, Brett A.; Levine, Mara S.; He, Wei; Manandhar, Kedar; Chen, Donna A.

    2012-08-01

    Gold clusters supported on TiO2(110) exhibit unusual activity for the oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde. Temperature programmed desorption studies of methanol on Au clusters show that both Au and titania sites are necessary for methanol reaction. Isotopic labeling experiments with CD3OH demonstrate that reaction occurs via Osbnd H bond scission to form a methoxy intermediate. When the TiO2 surface is oxidized with 18O2 before or after Au deposition, methanol reaction produces H218O below 300 K, indicating that oxygen from titania promotes Osbnd H bond scission and is incorporated into desorbing products. XPS experiments provide additional evidence that during methanol reaction on the Au/TiO2 surface, methanol adsorption occurs on TiO2, given that the titania support becomes slightly oxidized after exposure to methanol in the presence of Au clusters. While the role of TiO2 is to dissociate the Osbnd H bond and form the reactive methoxy intermediate, the role of the Au sites is to remove hydrogen from the surface as H2, thus preventing the recombination of methoxy and hydrogen to methanol. The decrease in formaldehyde yield with increasing Au coverage above 0.25 ML suggests that reaction occurs at Au-titania interfacial sites; scanning tunneling microscopy images of various Au coverages confirm that the number of interfacial sites at the perimeter of the Au clusters decreases as the Au coverage is increased between 0.25 and 5 ML.

  20. Au microstructure and the functional properties of Ni/Au finishes on ceramic IC packages

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    Winters, E.D.; Baxter, W.K. [Coors Electronic Package Co., Chattanooga, TN (United States); Braski, D.N.; Watkins, T.R. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Ni/Au plated finishes used on thick-film metallized multilayer ceramic packages for integrated circuits must meet functional requirements such as bondability, sealability, and solderability. Their ability to do so is dependent, among other things, on the ability of the Au deposit to inhibit the grain boundary diffusion and subsequent surface oxidation of Ni. In this study, the relation between functional performance, Ni diffusionr ate, and Au microstructure was examined. Extent of Ni diffusion during heating was determined by Auger electron spectroscopy for several electrolytic and electroless Ni/Au finishing processes. Results were correlated with differences in Au microstructures determined by SEM, atomic force microscopy, and XRD.

  1. 离子液体中Au(111)和Pt(111)表面Ge欠电位沉积的现场STM研究%Underpotential Deposition of Germanium on Au(111) and Pt(111) Surfaces in Ionic Liquids

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    谢旭芬; 颜佳伟; 梁景洪; 李纪军; 张梦; 毛秉伟

    2014-01-01

    本文研究BMIPF6离子液体中Au(111)和Pt(111)表面Ge的电沉积行为.循环伏安法测试结果表明,在含0.1 mol· LlGeCL的BMIPF6溶液Au(111)和Pt(111)表面均有两个与Ge沉积过程相关的还原峰.第一个还原峰包含了Ge4+还原成Ge2+及Ge的欠电位沉积,第二个还原峰对应Ge的本体沉积.现场扫描隧道显微镜研究结果表明,Ge在Au(111)和Pt(11 1)表面均有两层欠电位沉积.第一层欠电位沉积厚度平均约为0.25 nm、形貌平整、带有缝隙的亚单层结构.第二层欠电位沉积形貌相对粗糙的点状团簇结构.该欠电位沉积过程伴随表面合金化.

  2. Au-nanoparticles grafted on plasma treated PE

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    Svorcik, V., E-mail: vaclav.svorcik@vscht.c [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Chaloupka, A. [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Rezanka, P. [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (Czech Republic); Slepicka, P. [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Kolska, Z. [Department of Chemistry, J.E. Purkyne University, 400 96 Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic); Kasalkova, N.; Hubacek, T.; Siegel, J. [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2010-03-15

    Polyethylene (PE) surface was treated with Ar plasma. Activated surface was grafted from methanol solution of 1,2-ethanedithiol. Then the sample was immersed into freshly prepared colloid solution of Au-nanoparticles. Finally Au layer was sputtered on the samples. Properties of the modified PE were studied using various methods: AFM, EPR, RBS and nanoindentation. It was shown that the plasma treatment results in degradation of polymer chain (AFM) and creation of free radicals by EPR. After grafting with dithiol, the concentration of free radicals declines. The presence of Au and S in the surface layer after the coating with Au-nanoparticles was proved by RBS. Plasma treatment changes PE surface morphology and increases surface roughness, too. Another significant change in surface morphology and roughness was observed after deposition of Au-nanoparticles. Nanoindentation measurements show that the grafting with Au-nanoparticles increases adhesion of subsequently sputtered Au layer.

  3. Au-nanoparticles grafted on plasma treated PE

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    Švorčík, V.; Chaloupka, A.; Řezanka, P.; Slepička, P.; Kolská, Z.; Kasálková, N.; Hubáček, T.; Siegel, J.

    2010-03-01

    Polyethylene (PE) surface was treated with Ar plasma. Activated surface was grafted from methanol solution of 1,2-ethanedithiol. Then the sample was immersed into freshly prepared colloid solution of Au-nanoparticles. Finally Au layer was sputtered on the samples. Properties of the modified PE were studied using various methods: AFM, EPR, RBS and nanoindentation. It was shown that the plasma treatment results in degradation of polymer chain (AFM) and creation of free radicals by EPR. After grafting with dithiol, the concentration of free radicals declines. The presence of Au and S in the surface layer after the coating with Au-nanoparticles was proved by RBS. Plasma treatment changes PE surface morphology and increases surface roughness, too. Another significant change in surface morphology and roughness was observed after deposition of Au-nanoparticles. Nanoindentation measurements show that the grafting with Au-nanoparticles increases adhesion of subsequently sputtered Au layer.

  4. In situ fabrication of ultrathin porous alumina and its application for nanopatterning Au nanocrystals on the surface of ion-sensitive field-effect transistors.

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    Kisner, A; Heggen, M; Fischer, W; Tillmann, K; Offenhäusser, A; Kubota, L T; Mourzina, Y

    2012-12-07

    In situ fabrication in a single step of thin films of alumina exhibiting a thickness of less than 100 nm and nanopores with a highly regular diameter distribution in order to pattern nanostructures over field-effect devices is a critical issue and has not previously been demonstrated. Here we report the fabrication in situ of 50 nm thick ultrathin nanoporous alumina membranes with a regular pore size directly over metal-free gate ion-sensitive field-effect transistors. Depositing thin films of aluminum by an electron beam at a relatively low rate of deposition on top of chips containing the transistors and using a conventional single-step anodization process permits the production of a well-adhering nanoporous ultrathin layer of alumina on the surface of the devices. The anodization process does not substantially affect the electrical properties of the transistors. The small thickness and pore size of ultrathin alumina membranes allow them to be sequentially employed as masks for patterning Au nanocrystals grown by an electroless approach directly on the top of the transistors. The patterning process using a wet chemical approach enables the size of the patterned crystals to be controlled not only by the dimensions of the pores of alumina, but also by the concentration of the reactants employed. Surface modification of these nanocrystals with alkanethiol molecules demonstrates that the electrostatic charge of the functional groups of the molecules can modulate the electrical characteristics of the transistors. These results represent substantial progress towards the development of novel nanostructured arrays on top of field-effect devices that can be applied for chemical sensing or non-volatile memories.

  5. Effect of Au Precursor and Support on the Catalytic Activity of the Nano-Au-Catalysts for Propane Complete Oxidation

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    Ali, Arshid M; Daous, Muhammad A; Arafat, Ahmed; AlZahrani, Abdulraheem A; Alhamed, Yahia; Tuerdimaimaiti, Abudula; Petrov, Lachezar A

    2015-01-01

    ...(s) for the propane oxidation. Oxidation state, size, and dispersion of Au nanoparticles in the Au-catalysts, surface area, crystallinity, phase structure, and redox property of the support are the key aspects for the complete propane oxidation...

  6. Hydrology of surface waters and thermohaline circulation during the last glacial period; Hydrologie des eaux de surface et circulation thermohaline au cours de la derniere periode glaciaire

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    Vidal, L.

    1996-03-27

    Sedimentological studies on oceanic cores from the north Atlantic have revealed, over the last glacial period, abrupt climatic changes with a periodicity of several thousand years which contrasts strongly with the glacial-interglacial periodicity (several tens of thousand years). These periods of abrupt climate changes correspond to massive icebergs discharges into the north Atlantic. The aim of this work was to study the evolution of the thermohaline circulation in relation to these episodic iceberg discharges which punctuated the last 60 ka. To reconstruct the oceanic circulation in the past, we have analysed oxygen and carbon stable isotopes on benthic foraminifera from north Atlantic deep-sea cores. First of all, the higher temporal resolution of sedimentary records has enabled us to establish a precise chrono-stratigraphy for the different cores. Then, we have shown the close linkage between surface water hydrology and deep circulation, giving evidence of the sensibility of thermohaline circulation to melt water input in the north Atlantic ocean. Indeed, changes in deep circulation are synchronous from those identified in surface waters and are recorded on a period which lasted {approx} 1500 years. Deep circulation reconstructions, before and during a typical iceberg discharge reveal several modes of circulation linked to different convection sites at the high latitudes of the Atlantic basin. Moreover, the study of the last glacial period gives the opportunity to differentiate circulation changes due to the external forcing (variations of the orbital parameters) and those linked to a more local forcing (icebergs discharges). 105 refs., 50 figs., 14 tabs., 4 appends.

  7. Time evolution of relativistic d + Au and Au + Au collisions

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    Wolschin, G; Mizoguchi, T; Suzuki, N; Biyajima, Minoru; Mizoguchi, Takuya; Suzuki, Naomichi; Wolschin, Georg

    2006-01-01

    The evolution of charged-particle production in collisions of heavy ions at relativistic energies is investigated as function of centrality in a nonequilibrium-statistical framework. Precise agreement with recent d + Au and Au + Au data at sqrt(s_NN) = 200 GeV is found in a Relativistic Diffusion Model with three sources for particle production. Only the midrapidity source comes very close to local equilibrium, whereas the analyses of the overall pseudorapidity distributions show that the systems remain far from statistical equilibrium.

  8. Cooperative Assembly of Magic Number C60-Au Complexes

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    Xie, Yang-Chun; Tang, Lin; Guo, Quanmin

    2013-11-01

    We report the assembly of magic number (C60)m-(Au)n complexes on the Au(111) surface. These complexes have a unique structure consisting of a single atomic layer Au island wrapped by a self-selected number (seven, ten, or twelve) of C60 molecules. The smallest structure consisting of 7 C60 molecules and 19 Au atoms, stable up to 400 K, has a preferred orientation on the surface. We propose a globalized metal-organic coordination mechanism for the stability of the (C60)m-(Au)n complexes.

  9. Au-Ag@Au Hollow Nanostructure with Enhanced Chemical Stability and Improved Photothermal Transduction Efficiency for Cancer Treatment.

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    Jiang, Tongtong; Song, Jiangluqi; Zhang, Wenting; Wang, Hao; Li, Xiaodong; Xia, Ruixiang; Zhu, Lixin; Xu, Xiaoliang

    2015-10-07

    Despite the fact that Au-Ag hollow nanoparticles (HNPs) have gained much attention as ablation agents for photothermal therapy, the instability of the Ag element limits their applications. Herein, excess Au atoms were deposited on the surface of a Au-Ag HNP by improving the reduction power of l-ascorbic acid (AA) and thereby preventing the reaction between HAuCl4 and the Ag element in the Au-Ag alloy nanostructure. Significantly, the obtained Au-Ag@Au HNPs show excellent chemical stability in an oxidative environment, together with remarkable increase in extinction peak intensity and obvious narrowing in peak width. Moreover, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) was used to simulate the optical properties and electric field distribution of HNPs. The calculated results show that the proportion of absorption cross section in total extinction cross section increases with the improvement of Au content in HNP. As predicted by the theoretical calculation results, Au-Ag@Au nanocages (NCs) exhibit a photothermal transduction efficiency (η) as high as 36.5% at 808 nm, which is higher than that of Au-Ag NCs (31.2%). Irradiated by 808 nm laser at power densities of 1 W/cm(2), MCF-7 breast cancer cells incubated with PEGylated Au-Ag@Au NCs were seriously destroyed. Combined together, Au-Ag@Au HNPs with enhanced chemical stability and improved photothermal transduction efficiency show superior competitiveness as photothermal agents.

  10. A highly reactive and enhanced thermal stability nanocomposite catalyst based on Au nanoparticles assembled in the inner surface of SiO₂ hollow nanotubes.

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    Xiang, Sanming; Zhou, Yuming; Zhang, Yiwei; Zhang, Zewu; Sheng, Xiaoli; Zhou, Shijian; Yang, Zunbing

    2014-07-28

    A novel hollow tubular SiO2-Au catalyst with a mesoporous structure (HTMS) was successfully fabricated by a combination of the sol-gel and calcination processes. This method involves the preparation of modified MWCNTs, the sequential deposition of Au and then silica layers through the sol-gel processes, and finally the calcination at the desired temperature to remove the MWCNTs. The obtained samples were characterized by several techniques, such as N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, UV-Vis spectra, X-ray diffraction and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). The results established that a different calcination temperature has an obvious influence on the morphology and structure of the final hollow tubular. When the temperature is 550 °C, the obtained materials exhibit the distinctly tubular structure because of the decomposition of MWCNTs and the preservation of hollow tubes. Furthermore, in the catalyst system, the mesoporous silica layer can act as the physical barrier to resist the agglomeration and sintering of Au nanoparticles even after being subjected to harsh treatments up to 650 °C. In our experiments, the catalytic activities of HTMS SiO2-Au were investigated by photometrically monitoring the reduction of p-nitrophenol (p-NPh) by an excess of NaBH4. It was found that the prepared HTMS SiO2-Au catalysts exhibited a high catalytic activity and this sample could be easily recycled without a decrease of the catalytic activities in the reaction.

  11. Unravelling Thiol’s Role in Directing Asymmetric Growth of Au Nanorod–Au Nanoparticle Dimers

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    Huang, Jianfeng

    2015-12-15

    Asymmetric nanocrystals have practical significance in nanotechnologies but present fundamental synthetic challenges. Thiol ligands have proven effective in breaking the symmetric growth of metallic nanocrystals but their exact roles in the synthesis remain elusive. Here, we synthesized an unprecedented Au nanorod-Au nanoparticle (AuNR-AuNP) dimer structure with the assistance of a thiol ligand. On the basis of our experimental observations, we unraveled for the first time that the thiol could cause an inhomogeneous distribution of surface strains on the seed crystals as well as a modulated reduction rate of metal precursors, which jointly induced the asymmetric growth of monometallic dimers. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  12. Engineered fabrication of ordered arrays of Au-NiO-Au nanowires

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    Perego, Daniele; Franz, Silvia; Bestetti, Massimiliano; Cattaneo, Laura; Brivio, Stefano; Tallarida, Grazia; Spiga, Sabina

    2013-02-01

    In the present paper, a novel method to fabricate ordered arrays of Au/NiO/Au nanowires is described, with the aim of filling the gap between the fundamental study of the electrical properties of scattered single nanowires and the engineered fabrication of nanowire arrays. This approach mainly consists of the following steps: (a) electrodeposition of Au/Ni/Au nanowires into an ordered porous anodic aluminum oxide template; (b) mechanical polishing of the sample to expose the gold tips of Au/Ni/Au nanowires to the template surface; (c) in situ annealing of the Au/Ni/Au nanowires without removing the template. The resulting structure consists in an ordered array of Au/NiO/Au nanowires slightly protruding out of a flat aluminum oxide template. Unlike current approaches, with the described method it is not necessary to remove the template in order to oxidize the middle metal, thus allowing the availability of an entire set of metal/oxide/metal nanowires ordered in a two-dimensional matrix and where single heterojunctions can be accessed individually.

  13. Engineered fabrication of ordered arrays of Au-NiO-Au nanowires.

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    Perego, Daniele; Franz, Silvia; Bestetti, Massimiliano; Cattaneo, Laura; Brivio, Stefano; Tallarida, Grazia; Spiga, Sabina

    2013-02-01

    In the present paper, a novel method to fabricate ordered arrays of Au/NiO/Au nanowires is described, with the aim of filling the gap between the fundamental study of the electrical properties of scattered single nanowires and the engineered fabrication of nanowire arrays. This approach mainly consists of the following steps: (a) electrodeposition of Au/Ni/Au nanowires into an ordered porous anodic aluminum oxide template; (b) mechanical polishing of the sample to expose the gold tips of Au/Ni/Au nanowires to the template surface; (c) in situ annealing of the Au/Ni/Au nanowires without removing the template. The resulting structure consists in an ordered array of Au/NiO/Au nanowires slightly protruding out of a flat aluminum oxide template. Unlike current approaches, with the described method it is not necessary to remove the template in order to oxidize the middle metal, thus allowing the availability of an entire set of metal/oxide/metal nanowires ordered in a two-dimensional matrix and where single heterojunctions can be accessed individually.

  14. Temperature dependence of exciton-surface plasmon polariton coupling in Ag, Au, and Al films on In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N/GaN quantum wells studied with time-resolved cathodoluminescence

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    Estrin, Y.; Rich, D. H., E-mail: danrich@bgu.ac.il [Department of Physics and The Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B 653, Beer-Sheva 84105 (Israel); Keller, S.; DenBaars, S. P. [Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Departments, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93111 (United States)

    2015-01-28

    The optical properties and coupling of excitons to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) in Ag, Au, and Al-coated In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N/GaN multiple and single quantum wells (SQWs) were probed with time-resolved cathodoluminescence. Excitons were generated in the metal coated SQWs by injecting a pulsed high-energy electron beam through the thin metal films. The Purcell enhancement factor (F{sub p}) was obtained by direct measurement of changes in the temperature-dependent radiative lifetime caused by the SQW exciton-SPP coupling. Three chosen plasmonic metals of Al, Ag, and Au facilitate an interesting comparison of the exciton-SPP coupling for energy ranges in which the SP energy is greater than, approximately equal to, and less than the excitonic transition energy for the InGaN/GaN QW emitter. A modeling of the temperature dependence of the Purcell enhancement factor, F{sub p}, included the effects of ohmic losses of the metals and changes in the dielectric properties due to the temperature dependence of (i) the intraband behavior in the Drude model and (ii) the interband critical point transition energies which involve the d-bands of Au and Ag. We show that an inclusion of both intraband and interband effects is essential when calculating the ω vs k SPP dispersion relation, plasmon density of states (DOS), and the dependence of F{sub p} on frequency and temperature. Moreover, the “back bending” in the SPP dispersion relation when including ohmic losses can cause a finite DOS above ω{sub sp} and lead to a measurable F{sub p} in a limited energy range above ω{sub sp}, which can potentially be exploited in plasmonic devices utilizing Ag and Au.

  15. THE SURFACE EFFECT ON THE TENSILE STRENGTH OF MICROMACHINED POLYSILICON FILMS FOR MEMS

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    Ding Jianning; Yang Jichang; Wen Shizhu

    2005-01-01

    In order to accomplish reliable mechanical design of MEMS, the influences of surface roughness and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on the mechanical properties of micromachined polysilicon films for MEMS are investigated. Surface effect on the fracture properties of micromachined polysilicon films is evaluated with a new microtensile testing method using a magnet-coil force actuator. Statistical analysis of the surface roughness effects on the tensile strength predicated the surface roughness characterization of polysilicon films being tested and the direct relation of the mechanical properties with the surface roughness features. The fracture strength decreases with the increase of the surface roughness. The octadecyltrichlorosilane self-assembled monolayers coating leads to an increase of the average fracture strength up to 32.46%. Surface roughness and the hydrophobic properties of specimen when coated with OTS films are the two main factors influencing the tensile strength of micromachined polysilicon films for MEMS.

  16. Macroscopic Dynamical Description of Rotating au + au System

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    Cârjan, N.; Siwek-Wilczyńska, K.; Skwira-Chalot, I.; Wilczyński, J.

    Events with more than two heavy fragments have been abundantly observed in heavy-ion semi-peripheral (fission-like) reaction 197Au+197Au at 15 MeV/nucleon. This raised interesting questions about their origin and about the time-scale at which they occur. As a possible explanation of this process, the surface instability of the cylindrical neck that is formed along the path from contact to reseparation of the rotating Au+Au system is investigated in the present paper. For this purpose the Los Alamos finite-range macroscopic dynamical model was used. The calculations were performed at relatively high angular momenta, L = 100 to 300 ħ, for two types of dissipation mechanisms: two-body viscosity and one-body dissipation. Various initial nuclear deformations and initial kinetic energies in the fission direction were considered. The resulting dynamical evolution in the multidimensional deformation space always led to multifragment scission configurations suggesting that ternary and quaternary break-up can occur during the heavy-ion reaction studied.

  17. Multiscale Modeling of Au-Island Ripening on Au(100

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    Karin Kleiner

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a multiscale modeling hierarchy for the particular case of Au-island ripening on Au(100. Starting at the microscopic scale, density functional theory was used to investigate a limited number of self-diffusion processes on perfect and imperfect Au(100 surfaces. The obtained structural and energetic information served as basis for optimizing a reactive forcefield (here ReaxFF, which afterwards was used to address the mesoscopic scale. Reactive force field simulations were performed to investigate more diffusion possibilities at a lower computational cost but with similar accuracy. Finally, we reached the macroscale by means of kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC simulations. The reaction rates for the reaction process database used in the kMC simulations were generated using the reactive force field. Using this strategy, we simulated nucleation, aggregation, and fluctuation processes for monoatomic high islands on Au(100 and modeled their equilibrium shape structures. Finally, by calculating the step line tension at different temperatures, we were able to make a direct comparison with available experimental data.

  18. Electrochemical Nucleation of Au onn-Type Semiconductor Silicon Electrode Surface%n型半导体硅电极表面Au的电化学成核机理

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    吴小英; 杨丽坤; 闫慧; 杨防祖; 田中群; 周绍民

    2015-01-01

    在成功实现半导体硅表面电沉积致密金膜的柠檬酸盐镀金实际应用体系中,运用循环伏安和电位阶跃法研究了Au在n型Si(111)电极表面的电沉积过程和成核机理.结果表明,在该体系中, Au在Si表面呈现不可逆电极过程,成核过电位达到250 mV;根据Cottrell方程求得扩散系数D =(1.81±0.14)×10–4 cm2s–1;运用Scharifker-Hills (SH)理论模型对比分析拟合实验结果,表明Au在n型Si表面遵循扩散控制下的三维连续成核机理;通过扫描电子显微镜观察Au初期成核、生长形貌,进一步证实了Au的三维连续成核机制,并讨论了阶跃电位和阶跃时间对Au核形貌和密度的影响.%Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry have been used to investigate the mechanism of gold electrodeposition on then-Si(111) electrode surface from a citrate bath, which had successfully applied to directly electroplate a dense gold film on the silicon surface. The results show that Au electrodeposition on the n-type silicon surface is an irreversible process, and the nucleation overpotential reaches 250 mV. According to Cottrell equation, the diffusion coefficient (D) is calculated to be (1.81 ± 0.14) × 10−4 cm2s−1. The Scharifker-Hils (SH) model was used to analyze the experimental data. Agreement between the fitting curves and the theoretical curves confirms that the nucleation process of Au electrodeposition on then-type silicon surface follows the progressive nucleation mechanism with three-dimensional growth under diffusion control. To further confirm the progressive nucleation mechanism, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the nucleation and growth of Au deposits at the initial stage of electrodeposition. The SEM results show that the morphology and density of the Au deposits are affected by the electrochemical deposition potential and time.

  19. The self assembly of thymine at Au(110)/liquid interfaces

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    Molina Contreras, J.R. [Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica y Electronica, Instituto Tecnologico de Aguascalientes, Mexico (Mexico); Smith, C.I.; Bowfield, A.; Weightman, P. [Physics Department, University of Liverpool (United Kingdom); Tillner, F. [Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Konstanz (Germany)

    2012-06-15

    We show that thymine self-assembles into an ordered structure when adsorbed at a Au(110)/liquid interface. Reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS) shows that as found for cytosine and adenine the adsorbed thymine molecules are oriented essentially vertically on the Au(110) surface with the molecule aligned along one of the principal axes of the Au(110) surface. Simulations of the RA spectra to an empirical model indicates that as found for adsorbed cytosine and adenine, thymine is aligned along the [1 anti 10] direction on the Au(110) surface. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. DFT study of Hg adsorption on M-substituted Pd(1 1 1) and PdM/γ-Al2O3(1 1 0) (M = Au, Ag, Cu) surfaces

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    Wang, Jiancheng; Yu, Huafeng; Geng, Lu; Liu, Jianwen; Han, Lina; Chang, Liping; Feng, Gang; Ling, Lixia

    2015-11-01

    The adsorption of Hgn (n = 1-3) on the Au-, Ag-, Cu-substituted Pd(1 1 1) surfaces as well as the PdM/γ-Al2O3(1 1 0) (M = Au, Ag, Cu) surfaces has been investigated using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations. It is found that M-substituted Pd(1 1 1) surfaces show as good Hg adsorption capacity as the perfect Pd(1 1 1) at low Hg coverage, while the Hg adsorption capacity is only slightly weakened at high Hg coverage. On the basis of stepwise adsorption energies analysis, it is concluded that M-substituted Pd(1 1 1) surfaces can contribute to the binding of Hg atom on the surfaces at high Hg coverage. The electronic properties of the second metal atoms are the main factor contributes to the Hg adsorption capacity. Gas phase Pd2 shows better Hg adsorption capacity than Pd2/γ-Al2O3, while PdM/γ-Al2O3 can adsorb Hg more efficiently than bare PdM clusters. It suggests that the γ-Al2O3 support can enhance the activity of PdM for Hg adsorption and reduces the activity of Pd2. It is also found that Pd is the main active composition responsible for the interaction of mercury with the surface for PdM/γ-Al2O3 sorbent. Taking Hg adsorption capacity and economic costs into account, Cu addition is a comparatively good candidate for Hg capture.

  1. Influence of surface structure on single or mixed component self-assembled monolayers via in situ spectroelectrochemical fluorescence imaging of the complete stereographic triangle on a single crystal Au bead electrode.

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    Yu, Zhinan Landis; Casanova-Moreno, Jannu; Guryanov, Ivan; Maran, Flavio; Bizzotto, Dan

    2015-01-14

    The use of a single crystal gold bead electrode is demonstrated for characterization of self-assembled monolayers (SAM)s formed on the bead surface expressing a complete set of face centered cubic (fcc) surface structures represented by a stereographic projection. Simultaneous analysis of many crystallographic orientations was accomplished through the use of an in situ fluorescence microscopic imaging technique coupled with electrochemical measurements. SAMs were prepared from different classes of molecules, which were modified with a fluorescent tag enabling characterization of the influence of electrical potential and a direct comparison of the influence of surface structure on SAMs adsorbed onto low index, vicinal and chiral surfaces. The assembly of alkylthiol, Aib peptide and DNA SAMs are studied as a function of the electrical potential of the interface revealing how the organization of these SAMs depend on the surface crystallographic orientation, all in one measurement. This approach allows for a simultaneous determination of SAMs assembled onto an electrode surface onto which the whole fcc stereographic triangle can be mapped, revealing the influence of intermolecular interactions as well as the atomic arrangement of the substrate. Moreover, this method enables study of the influence of the Au surface atom arrangement on SAMs that were created and analyzed, both under identical conditions, something that can be challenging for the typical studies of this kind using individual gold single crystal electrodes. Also demonstrated is the analysis of a SAM containing two components prepared using thiol exchange. The two component SAM shows remarkable differences in the surface coverage, which strongly depends on the surface crystallography enabling estimates of the thiol exchange energetics. In addition, these electrode surfaces enable studies of molecular adsorption onto the symmetry related chiral surfaces since more than one stereographic triangle can be

  2. Synthesis and characterization of Au@Pt nanoparticles

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    ZHAO Dan; WU Gang; XU Boqing

    2005-01-01

    Aucore-Ptshell (Au@Pt) nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature by reducing K2PtCl6 with hydrogen in the solution containing Au colloids and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The particles obtained were characterized with UV-Vis, TEM and XPS techniques. UV-Vis spectra show that the surface plasmon absorption feature of Au colloids is significantly reduced with increasing the amount of reduced Pt. TEM images that the metals are found always appear as spherical nanoparticles and their sizes grow apparently due to the reduction of PtCl62- ions, indicating that Pt is deposited from solution onto Au particle surface and forms a Pt-layer with uniform thickness. In the XPS spectra, the signals of Au metal decrease due to the reductive deposition of Pt on the surface of the Au colloids. UV-Vis and XPS data are consistent in showing that when the amount of Pt in the AuPt colloids is increased to reach an overall atomic ratio of Pt/Au=2, the Pt deposits form a shell covering completely the surface of Au particles, demonstrating the core-shell structure of the synthesized AuPt particles.

  3. Magnetism of Au Nanoparticles on Sulfolubus Acidocaldarius S-Layer

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    Bartolome, Juan; Bartolome, F.; Garcia, L. M.; Figueroa, A. I.; Herrmannsdoerfer, T.; Skrotzki, R.; Schoenemann, R.; Wosnitza, J.; Selenska-Pobell, S.; Geissler, A.; Reitz, T.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.

    2011-03-01

    Au nanoparticles (NP) with diameters of a few nm have been synthesized on a protein S-layer of Sulfolobus Acidocaldarius bacteria. SQUID magnetization (1.8 K T 300 Kand 0 B 7 T) showssuperparamagneticbehavioratlow - T . ItsoriginlaysattheAuNP ' s , ashasbeenprovenbyAuL 2,3- edgeXMCDspectroscopy , performedintherange 2.2 T 20 KanduptoB app = 17 T . XMCDanalysisyieldsatotalmagneticmomentperAuatom μAu = 0.050 (1) μB , aparticleaveragemomentm part = 2.3 μB , Auorbitaltospinmomentratioofm L / m S = 0.29 Curie and - like superparamagnetism. Au - S bonds are detected by S K - edge XAS measurements. Besides , EXAFS at the Au L 3 -edge shows that the Au NP internal structure is fcc, and Au-S bonds are located at the particle surface. An increase of the hole charge carrier density in the Au 5d band due to electron transfer with the S-layer explains the Au magnetism. The observed magnetic moment per Au atom is 25 times larger than those previously found by XMCD in Au-thiol capped NPs.

  4. Au plasmonics in a WS{sub 2}-Au-CuInS{sub 2} photocatalyst for significantly enhanced hydrogen generation

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    Cheng, Zhongzhou [CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Wang, Zhenxing, E-mail: wangzx@nanoctr.cn, E-mail: hej@nanoctr.cn; Shifa, Tofik Ahmed; Wang, Fengmei; Zhan, Xueying; Xu, Kai; He, Jun, E-mail: wangzx@nanoctr.cn, E-mail: hej@nanoctr.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Liu, Quanlin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-11-30

    Promoting the activities of photocatalysts is still the critical challenge in H{sub 2} generation area. Here, a Au plasmon enhanced photocatalyst of WS{sub 2}-Au-CuInS{sub 2} is developed by inserting Au nanoparticles between WS{sub 2} nanotubes and CuInS{sub 2} (CIS) nanoparticles. Due to the localized surface plasmonic resonance properties from Au nanoparticles, WS{sub 2}-Au-CIS shows the best performance as compared to Au-CIS, CIS, WS{sub 2}-CIS, CIS-Au, WS{sub 2}-Au, and WS{sub 2}-CIS-Au. The surface plasmonic resonance effects dramatically intensify the absorption of visible light and help to inject hot electrons into the semiconductors. Our findings open up an efficient method to optimize the type-II structures for photocatalytic water splitting.

  5. Seed-mediated growth and manipulation of Au nanorods via size-controlled synthesis of Au seeds

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    Liu Juncheng; Duggan, Jennifer N.; Morgan, Joshua; Roberts, Christopher B., E-mail: croberts@eng.auburn.edu [Auburn University, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States)

    2012-12-15

    Seed-mediated growth of gold (Au) nanorods with highly controllable length, width, and aspect ratio was accomplished via carefully size-controlled synthesis of the original Au seeds. A slow dynamic growth of Au nanoparticle seeds was observed after reduction of the Au salt (i.e., hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (III) hydrate) by sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) in the presence of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). As such, the size of the Au nanoparticle seeds can therefore be manipulated through control over the duration of the reaction period (i.e., aging times of 2, 8, 48, 72, and 144 h were used in this study). These differently sized Au nanoparticles were subsequently used as seeds for the growth of Au nanorods, where the additions of Au salt, CTAB, AgNO{sub 3}, and ascorbic acid were employed. Smaller Au nanoparticle seeds obtained via short growth/aging time resulted in Au nanorods with higher aspect ratio and thus longer longitudinal surface plasmon wavelength (LSPW). The larger Au nanoparticle seeds obtained via longer growth/aging time resulted in Au nanorods with lower aspect ratio and shorter LSPW.

  6. Collective flow in Au + Au collisions

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    Ritter, H.G.; EOS Collaboration

    1994-05-01

    Based on a preliminary sample of Au + Au collisions in the EOS time projection chamber at the Bevalac, we study sideward flow as a function of bombarding energy between 0.25A GeV and 1.2A GeV. We focus on the increase in in-plane transverse momentum per nucleon with fragment mass. We also find event shapes to be close to spherical in the most central collisions, independent of bombarding energy and fragment mass up to {sup 4}He.

  7. Influence of Au Nanoparticle Shape on Au@Cu2O Heterostructures

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    Jie Zhu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of metal-semiconductor heterostructures may allow the combination of function of the corresponding components and/or the enhanced performance resulting from the interactions between all the components. In this paper, Au@Cu2O core-shell heterostructures are prepared by a seed-growth method, using different-shaped Au nanocrystals as the seeds such as nanorods, octahedra, decahedra, dots, and nanocubes. The results revealed that the final structure of Au@Cu2O was greatly influenced by the shape of the seeds used. Exposure of Cu2O{111} and Cu2O{001} favored when the overgrowth happened on Au{111} and Au{001} surface, respectively. The size of the product can also be tuned by the amount of the seeds. The results reported here provide a thinking clue to modulate the shape and size of core-shell nanocrystals, which is useful in developing new materials with desired performance.

  8. Study on antibacterial activity of chemically synthesized PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite

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    Boomi, Pandi [Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu (India); Prabu, Halliah Gurumallesh, E-mail: hgprabu2010@gmail.com [Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu (India); Manisankar, Paramasivam [Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu (India); Ravikumar, Sundaram [Department of Oceanography and Coastal Area Studies, School of Marine Sciences, Alagappa University, Thondi Campus 623 409, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New method of synthesizing PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite. • Surface Plasmon resonance and formation of composite at nano level were analyzed. • HR-TEM study revealed uniform distribution of nanoparticles. • PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited good antibacterial activity. - Abstract: Pristine polyaniline (PANI), PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization method using aniline as monomer, ammonium persulphate as oxidant and metal (Ag, Au and Ag-Au) colloids. UV-Vis analysis exhibited surface Plasmon resonances of Ag, Au, Ag-Au nanoparticles. FT-IR spectra revealed the shift in peak position of N-H stretching. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm the presence of Ag, Au and Au-Ag nanoparticles. HR-TEM images show nanosizes of Ag, Au, Ag-Au and the incorporation of such nanoparticles into the PANI matrix. Pristine PANI, PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites were tested for antibacterial activity by agar well diffusion method. PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited higher antibacterial activity against both gram-positive [Streptococcus sp. (MTCC 890), Staphylococcus sp. (MTCC 96)] and gram-negative bacteria [Escherichia coli (MTCC 1671) and Klebsiella sp. (MTCC 7407)] when compared with PANI-Ag nanocomposite, PANI-Au nanocomposite and pristine PANI. The novelty of this study is the polymer-bimetal synthesis and its antibacterial potential.

  9. The use of bimetallic Au(Cu)-coated microelectrodes for improved detection of cystine

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    Papadimitriou, Sofia; Mintsouli, Ioanna; Kokkinidis, Georgios; Sotiropoulos, Sotiris

    2011-01-01

    Au shell – (Au-Cu) core coatings on carbon microdisc electrodes (30 m diameter) have been prepared by a two-step technique whereby Cu particles electrodeposited onto carbon supports(first step) had their surface layers replaced by Au (second step). The latter has been achieved by means of spontaneous partial replacement of the non-precious metal deposits of Cu by Au upon their immersion in the chlorolaurate-based solution: 3 Cu/C + 2 AuCl4 2 Au (Cu)/C + 3 Cu2+ + 8 Cl . The Au-Cu coated ...

  10. Nanostructuring thin Au films on transparent conductive oxide substrates

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Crupi, I. [Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Carria, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Kimiagar, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Forsat Shirazi St. North Eskanari St. Azadi Rd. No 136, 13185/768 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Simone, F.; Grimaldi, M.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Thermal-induced morphology evolution of Au nanoclusters on ITO is studied. ► Laser irradiation-induced morphology evolution of thin Au film on ITO is studied. ► Au nanorings formation on ITO is presented. ► Au nanoclusters formation on ITO is presented. -- Abstract: Fabrication processes of Au nanostructures on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) surface by simple, versatile, and low-cost bottom-up methodologies are investigated in this work. A first methodology exploits the patterning effects induced by nanosecond laser irradiations on thin Au films deposited on ITO surface. We show that after the laser irradiations, the Au film break-up into nanoclusters whose mean size and surface density are tunable by the laser fluence. A second methodology exploits, instead, the patterning effects of standard furnace thermal processes on the Au film deposited on the ITO. We observe, in this case, a peculiar shape evolution from pre-formed nanoclusters during the Au deposition stage on the ITO, to holed nanostructures (i.e. nanorings), during the furnace annealing processes. The nanorings depth, height, width, and surface density are shown to be tunable by annealing temperature and time.

  11. Phase and amplitude recovery and diffraction image generation method: structure of Sb/Au(110)-radical3xradical3R54.7 degrees from surface X-ray diffraction.

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    Fung, R; Shneerson, V L; Lyman, P F; Parihar, S S; Johnson-Steigelman, H T; Saldin, D K

    2007-05-01

    The discovery that the phase problem of diffraction from non-periodic objects may be solved by oversampling the diffraction intensities in reciprocal space with respect to a Nyquist criterion has opened up new vistas for structure determination by diffraction methods. A similar principle may be applied to the problem of surface X-ray diffraction (SXRD), where, owing to the breaking of a crystal periodicity normal to its surface, diffraction data consist of a set of superstructure rods (SRs) due to scattering from the parts of the surface whose structure is different from that of the truncated bulk and of crystal truncation rods (CTRs), formed by interfering contributions from the surface and the bulk. A phase and amplitude recovery and diffraction image generation method (PARADIGM) is described that provides a prescription for finding the unmeasured amplitudes and phases of the surface contributions to the CTRs in addition to the phases of the SRs, directly from the diffraction data. The resulting ;diffraction image' is the basis of a determination of the previously unknown multidomain structure of Sb/Au(110)-radical3xradical3R54.7 degrees.

  12. Phase and Amplitude Recover and Diffraction Image Generation Method: Structure of Sb/Au(110)-3 x 3R54.7 degrees from Surface X-ray Diffraction

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    Fung,R.; Shneerson, V.; Lyman, P.; Parihar, S.; Johnson-Steigelman, H.; Saldin, D.

    2007-01-01

    The discovery that the phase problem of diffraction from non-periodic objects may be solved by oversampling the diffraction intensities in reciprocal space with respect to a Nyquist criterion has opened up new vistas for structure determination by diffraction methods. A similar principle may be applied to the problem of surface X-ray diffraction (SXRD), where, owing to the breaking of a crystal periodicity normal to its surface, diffraction data consist of a set of superstructure rods (SRs) due to scattering from the parts of the surface whose structure is different from that of the truncated bulk and of crystal truncation rods (CTRs), formed by interfering contributions from the surface and the bulk. A phase and amplitude recovery and diffraction image generation method (PARADIGM) is described that provides a prescription for finding the unmeasured amplitudes and phases of the surface contributions to the CTRs in addition to the phases of the SRs, directly from the diffraction data. The resulting 'diffraction image' is the basis of a determination of the previously unknown multidomain structure of Sb/Au(110)-{radical}3 x 3R54.7{sup o}.

  13. Real-time monitoring of lipid transfer between vesicles and hybrid bilayers on Au nanoshells using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)

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    Kundu, Janardan; Levin, Carly S.; Halas, Naomi J.

    2009-09-01

    To investigate the dynamics of exchange/transfer of lipids between membranes, we have studied the interaction of donor-deuterated DMPC vesicles with DMPC hybrid bilayers on Au nanoshells using SERS. Experimental data confirm partial lipid exchange/transfer in the outer leaflet of the hybrid bilayer. The kinetics of the exchange/transfer process follows a first order process with a rate constant of 1.3 × 10-4 s-1. Changes in lipid phase behavior caused by the exchange/transfer process were characterized using generalized polarization measurements. In situ lipid transfer can potentially be utilized for preparation of asymmetric supported lipid bilayers and for incorporation of reporter lipids in biological membranes.To investigate the dynamics of exchange/transfer of lipids between membranes, we have studied the interaction of donor-deuterated DMPC vesicles with DMPC hybrid bilayers on Au nanoshells using SERS. Experimental data confirm partial lipid exchange/transfer in the outer leaflet of the hybrid bilayer. The kinetics of the exchange/transfer process follows a first order process with a rate constant of 1.3 × 10-4 s-1. Changes in lipid phase behavior caused by the exchange/transfer process were characterized using generalized polarization measurements. In situ lipid transfer can potentially be utilized for preparation of asymmetric supported lipid bilayers and for incorporation of reporter lipids in biological membranes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Nanoshell extinction spectra and SEM, SERS spectral reproducibility, and details of experimental procedures. See DOI: 10.1039/b9nr00063a

  14. Ru dye functionalized Au-SiO2@TiO2 and Au/Pt-SiO2@TiO2 nanoassemblies for surface-plasmon-induced visible light photocatalysis.

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    Theil, Frank; Dellith, Andrea; Dellith, Jan; Undisz, Andreas; Csáki, Andrea; Fritzsche, Wolfgang; Popp, Jürgen; Rettenmayr, Markus; Dietzek, Benjamin

    2014-05-01

    The most commonly used material in photocatalysis is TiO2. Since TiO2 absorbs only UV-light, photosensitizers are used to extend these catalysts' absorption properties into the Vis/NIR spectral range. In this work we merge the commonly used approach of dye sensitization with the only recently developed approach of functionalizing the catalyst with plasmonically active metal nanoparticles in order to achieve synergistic effects between these two types of visible light sensitization. To this end SiO2@TiO2 nanostructures are functionalized with gold nanoparticles or a combination of gold/platinum nanoparticles loaded with Ru dyes and thoroughly characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging as well as energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV/VIS and surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) spectroscopy. The photocatalytic performance is tested by applying the benchmark experiment of methylene blue degradation. Spectroscopic investigations and electron microscopy proof the successful synthesis of the envisioned structure. The photocatalytic activity of the nanostructures shows up to 52% higher first order rate constants compared to the corresponding nanostructures without further dye functionalization.

  15. Nonlinear optical properties of Au/PVP composite thin films

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    Shen Hong; Cheng Bo-Lin; Lu Guo-Wei; Wang Wei-Tian; Guan Dong-Yi; Chen Zheng-Hao; Yang Guo-Zhen

    2005-01-01

    Colloidal Au and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) composite thin films are fabricated by spin-coating method. Linear optical absorption measurements of the Au/PVP composite films indicate an absorption peak around 530 nm due to the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles. Nonlinear optical properties are studied using standard Z-scan technique, and experimental results show large optical nonlinearities of the Au/PVP composite films. A large value of films.

  16. Modelling Adsorption of Foam-Forming Surfactants on Heterogeneous Surfaces Using the Surface Excess Formalism Conception de modèle pour l'adsorption des agents tensio-actifs moussants sur des surfaces hétérogènes en faisant appel au formalisme de l'excès de surface

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    Mannhardt K.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Adsorption at the solid/liquid interface is detrimental to most enhanced oil recovery processes that make use of surfactants. This paper describes several extensions to a previously described surface excess model of adsorption in flow through porous media [7, 8]. It is shown that two parameters of the model, the monolayer coverages of surfactant and water, can be determined independently, thus reducing the number of adjustable parameters in the model from six to four. Experimental evidence suggests that the selectivity, previously assumed constant, should be a function of concentration. A functional form of selectivity that is derived from thermodynamic principles is incorporated into the model. Finally, adsorption on heterogeneous surfaces is discussed, and a simple form of surface heterogeneity (a bimodal distribution of selectivities is incorporated into the model and its benefits in determining adsorption isotherms from core flood data are demonstrated. L'adsorption à l'interface solide/liquide nuit aux procédés de RAH qui utilisent des tensio-actifs. Pour la réussite de ces procédés, il est par conséquent impératif de connaître les niveaux d'adsorption et de bien en comprendre les mécanismes. Le modèle qui fait appel au concept d'excès de surface pour décrire l'adsorption dans les écoulements traversant un milieu poreux a été décrit dans des articles précédents et a été utilisé pour évaluer l'adsorption d'un certain nombre d'agents tensioactifs moussants [7,8]. Le présent article étudie trois développements de ce modèle. Le modèle d'adsorption comporte un ensemble de paramètres ajustables qui sont utilisés pour faire correspondre les concentrations d'effluents simulées et expérimentales lors d'une injection en milieu poreux. Ces paramètres peuvent ensuite être utilisés pour calculer les isothermes d'adsorption de certains systèmes. Deux des paramètres du modèle, les revêtements monocouche de

  17. Electrostatic assembles and optical properties of Au CdTe QDs and Ag/Au CdTe QDs

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    Yang, Dongzhi; Wang, Wenxing; Chen, Qifan; Huang, Yuping; Xu, Shukun

    2008-09-01

    Au-CdTe and Ag/Au-CdTe assembles were firstly investigated through the static interaction between positively charged cysteamine-stabilized CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and negatively charged Au or core/shell Ag/Au nano-particles (NCs). The CdTe QDs synthesized in aqueous solution were capped with cysteamine which endowed them positive charges on the surface. Both Au and Ag/Au NCs were prepared through reducing precursors with gallic acid obtained from the hydrolysis of natural plant poly-phenols and favored negative charges on the surface of NCs. The fluorescence spectra of CdTe QDs exhibited strong quenching with the increase of added Au or Ag/Au NCs. Railey resonance scattering spectra of Au or Ag/Au NCs increased firstly and decreased latter with the concentration of CdTe QDs, accompanied with the solution color changing from red to purple and colorless at last. Experimental results on the effects of gallic acid, chloroauric acid tetrahydrate and other reagents demonstrated the static interaction occurred between QDs and NCs. This finding reveals the possibilities to design and control optical process and electromagnetic coupling in hybrid structures.

  18. Effect of Au clustering on ferromagnetism in Au doped TiO2 films: theory and experiments investigation

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    Zou, Zhaorui; Zhou, Zhongpo; Wang, Haiying; Yang, Zongxian

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated the physical properties especially the magnetic properties of the TiO2 films and Au cluster doped TiO2 films fabricated by sol-gel and sputtering methods combined experiments and first-principles calculations. All the samples annealed under air and N2 atmosphere respectively exhibit room temperature ferromagnetism with the crystal phase of anatase. The values of the saturation magnetizations are in the order of Au δ-doped TiO2 (annealed in N2)>undoped TiO2 (annealed in air)>Au δ-doped TiO2 (annealed in air). The first principles calculation results show that the formation energy of Au cluster doped TiO2 films is lower than that of the oxygen vacancy and Au cluster codoped TiO2 films. The effects of the Au cluster dopant are the retard of the formation of surface oxygen vacancy and the electrons transfer from 3d states of Ti atoms to Au 5d states in Au cluster doped TiO2 films. The codoping of surface oxygen vacancies, bulk oxygen vacancies and Au clusters led to the spin-split of Ti 3d and O 2p in Au cluster doped TiO2 films (annealed in N2) which yield the highest saturation magnetization.

  19. Preparation and characterization of planar Ni–Au bimetallic model catalysts

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    Yang, Fan, E-mail: fan.yang@chem.tamu.edu; Yao, Yunxi; Yan, Zhen; Min, Hlaing; Goodman, D. Wayne

    2013-10-15

    Ni–Au bimetallic model catalysts were prepared as thin films on Re(0 0 0 1) or Ru(0 0 0 1) single crystal substrates. Surface compositions and electronic structures of the Ni–Au thin films were characterized by low energy ion scattering spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. Surface alloys were prepared by annealing Ni–Au thin films from 500 to 800 K, resulting in substantial surface enrichment of Au. Annealing a Ni–Au thin film with a 1:1 bulk composition ratio at 700 K for 10 min resulted in a surface alloy with 84% (atomic concentration) of Au in the outermost surface layer. The surface atomic structure was investigated using CO as probe molecules, which exclusively adsorbs on the Ni atoms rather than on the Au atoms at room temperature. Polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy of CO adsorption on Ni–Au surface alloys showed that CO adsorption on two-fold bridge sites decreased and finally disappeared with an increase of Au surface concentration. The absence of Ni bridge site CO adsorption indicated that Ni atoms were isolated by Au atoms on Ni–Au alloyed surface.

  20. Jets and dijets in Au+Au and p+p collisions at RHIC

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    Hardtke, D.; STAR Collaboration

    2002-12-09

    Recent data from RHIC suggest novel nuclear effects in the production of high p{sub T} hadrons. We present results from the STAR detector on high p{sub T} angular correlations in Au+Au and p+p collisions at {radical}S = 200 GeV/c. These two-particle angular correlation measurements verify the presence of a partonic hard scattering and fragmentation component at high p{sub T} in both central and peripheral Au+Au collisions. When triggering on a leading hadron with p{sub T}>4 GeV, we observe a quantitative agreement between the jet cone properties in p+p and all centralities of Au+Au collisions. This quantitative agreement indicates that nearly all hadrons with p{sub T}>4 GeV/c come from jet fragmentation and that jet fragmentation properties are not substantially modified in Au+Au collisions. STAR has also measured the strength of back-to-back high p{sub T} charged hadron correlations, and observes a small suppression of the back-to-back correlation strength in peripheral collisions, and a nearly complete disappearance o f back-to-back correlations in central Au+Au events. These phenomena, together with the observed strong suppression of inclusive yields and large value of elliptic flow at high p{sub T}, are consistent with a model where high p{sub T} hadrons come from partons created near the surface of the collision region, and where partons that originate or propagate towards the center of the collision region are substantially slowed or completely absorbed.

  1. Enhancing the reactivity of gold: Nanostructured Au(111) adsorbs CO

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    Hoffmann, F. M.; Hrbek, J.; Ma, S.; Park, J. B.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Stacchiola, D. J.; Senanayake, S. D.

    2016-08-01

    Low-coordinated sites are surface defects whose presence can transform a surface of inert or noble metal such as Au into an active catalyst. Starting with a well-ordered Au(111) surface we prepared by ion sputtering gold surfaces modified by pits, used microscopy (STM) for their structural characterization and CO spectroscopy (IRAS and NEXAFS) for probing reactivity of surface defects. In contrast to the Au(111) surface CO adsorbs readily on the pitted surfaces bonding to low-coordinated sites identified as step atoms forming {111} and {100} microfacets. Pitted nanostructured surfaces can serve as interesting and easily prepared models of catalytic surfaces with defined defects that offer an attractive alternative to vicinal surfaces or nanoparticles commonly employed in catalysis science.

  2. Au nanostructures: an emerging prospect in cancer theranostics.

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    Nie, Xin; Chen, Chunying

    2012-10-01

    Au nanoparticles have been used in biomedical applications since ancient times. However, the rapid development of nanotechnology over the past century has led to recognition of the great potential of Au nanoparticles in a wide range of applications. Advanced fabrication techniques allow us to synthesize a variety of Au nanostructures possessing physiochemical properties that can be exploited for different purposes. Functionalization of the surface of Au nanoparticles further eases their application in various roles. These advantages of Au nanoparticles make them particularly suited for cancer treatment and diagnosis. The small size of Au particles enables them to preferentially accumulate at tumor sites to achieve in vivo targeting after systemic administration. Efficient light absorption followed by rapid heat conversion makes them very promising in photothermal therapy. The facile surface chemistry of Au nanoparticles eases delivery of drugs, ligands or imaging contrast agents in vivo. In this review, we summarize recent development of Au nanoparticles in cancer theranostics including imaging-based detection, photothermal therapy, chemical therapy and drug delivery. The multifunctional nature of Au nanoparticles means they hold great promise as novel anti-cancer therapeutics.

  3. Au-Rh and Au-Pd nanocatalysts supported on rutile titania nanorods: structure and chemical stability.

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    Konuspayeva, Zere; Afanasiev, Pavel; Nguyen, Thanh-Son; Di Felice, Luca; Morfin, Franck; Nguyen, Nhat-Tai; Nelayah, Jaysen; Ricolleau, Christian; Li, Z Y; Yuan, Jun; Berhault, Gilles; Piccolo, Laurent

    2015-11-14

    Au, Rh, Pd, Au-Rh and Au-Pd nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by colloidal chemical reduction and immobilized on hydrothermally-prepared rutile titania nanorods. The catalysts were characterized by aberration-corrected TEM/STEM, XPS, and FTIR, and were evaluated in the hydrogenation of tetralin in the presence of H2S. Oxidizing and reducing thermal treatments were employed to remove the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) surfactant. Reduction in H2 at 350 °C was found efficient for removing the PVA while preserving the size (ca. 3 nm), shape and bimetallic nature of the NPs. While Au-Pd NPs are alloyed at the atomic scale, Au-Rh NPs contain randomly distributed single-phase domains. Calcination-reduction of Au-Rh NPs mostly leads to separated Au and Rh NPs, while pre-reduction generates a well-defined segregated structure with Rh located at the interface between Au and TiO2 and possibly present around the NPs as a thin overlayer. Both the titania support and gold increase the resistance of Rh and Pd to oxidation. Furthermore, although detrimental to tetralin hydrogenation initial activity, gold stabilizes the NPs against surface sulfidation in the presence of 50 ppm H2S, leading to increased catalytic performances of the Au-Rh and Au-Pd systems as compared to their Rh and Pd counterparts.

  4. Synthesis of bio-inspired Ag–Au nanocomposite and its anti-biofilm efficacy

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    S NEWASE; A V BANKAR

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, bio-inspired Ag–Au nanocomposite was synthesized using banana peel extract (BPE) powder. The Ag–Au nanocomposite was characterized using various techniques such as UV–vis spectrophotometry,transmission electron microscopy (TEM) attached with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Efficiency of AuNPs, AgNPs and Ag–Au nanocomposite was tested for their antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIM 2948. The Ag–Au nanocomposite exhibits enhanced antimicrobial activity over its monometallic counterparts. Anti-biofilm activity of AgNPs, AuNPs and Ag–Au nanocomposite against P. aeruginosa was evaluated on glass surfaces. The Ag–Au nanocomposite exhibited the highest biofilm reduction (70–80%) when compared with individual AgNPs and AuNPs. Effect of AuNPs, AgNPs and Ag–Au nanocomposite on biofilm formation was evaluated in 96 wells microtiter plates. The percentage of biofilm inhibition was sharply increased with increasing concentration of AuNPs, AgNPs and Ag–Au composite. However, Au–Ag nanocomposite showed the highest biofilm inhibition when compared with individual AuNPs and AgNPs. This synergistic anti-biofilm activity of Ag–Au nanocomposite has an importance in the development of novel therapeutics against multidrug-resistant bacterial biofilm.

  5. 低速Ar~(q+)(q=7-14)离子入射Au表面激发的X射线谱%X-ray Spectra Excited in Ar~(q+)(q=7-14)Incidence on Au Surface

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    任惠娟; 张小安; 肖国青

    2009-01-01

    The Au atomic Mα characteristic X-ray spectrum has been measured for the slow highly charged ions Ar~(q+) (q= 7-14) impacting on Au surface. The result shows that as long as the charge state of projectile is higher(q=11), the characteristic X-rays of heavy atomic can be effectively excited even though the ionic beam is very weak(nA magnitude) , and the single ionic X-ray yield is in the order of 10~(-8) and increases with potential energies of projectiles.%研究了高电荷态离子~(40)Ar~(q+)(q=7-14)轰击金属Au表面产生的特征X射线谱.实验结果表明,在弱束流(nA量级)的情况下,对于动能相同的入射离子,当电荷态比较高(q=11)时,便能有效地激发靶原子的特征X射线,单离子的X射线产额高达10~(-8)量级.分析结果显示,入射离子的势能、动能和这种相互作用特有的镜像相互作用势能沉积在靶表面,使靶原子内壳层电子激发和电离,形成空穴和产生外壳层电子填充空穴辐射特征X射线,特征X射线的产额随入射离子的势能(电荷态)的增加而增加.

  6. Facile preparation of SERS and catalytically active Au nanostructures using furfuryl derivatives

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    Kim, Ki-Jung; Kim, Hyun-Chul; Park, Minsun; Huh, Seong

    2017-08-01

    Six different types of Au nanostructures with rough surfaces were readily prepared through the redox reactions between Au precursor, AuCl4-, and furfuryl derivatives without extra metal surface capping ligands, in deionized water at room temperature. Furfuryl alcohol (FA) or furfurylamine (FFA) was used as a sole reducing agent for the reduction of Au precursor. Both FA and FFA effectively polymerized during the redox reactions to form polyfuran polymers. These polymers are thought to act as surface capping ligands during the formation of Au nanostructures. Experiments were conducted with three different concentrations of each furfuryl derivative. Interestingly, Au particles prepared from the reaction with varying concentration of FA or FFA showed large differences in size, and revealed that the higher the ratios of [FA]/[AuCl4-] or [FFA]/[AuCl4-], the smaller the size of Au particles. The size of Au particles was in the range of 1 μm to under 30 nm. Among these samples, two nanostructured Au particles, AuFA-4 and AuFFA-1, deposited on a Si wafer by a simple drop-casting method, were revealed as highly active surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates for the detection of methylene blue (MB) and crystal violet (CV). High SERS enhancement factors (EFs) of 106 ∼ 108 for MB and CV were observed. Small size Au nanoparticles (AuFFA-2 and AuFFA-4) were also found to be very active for the catalytic hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4 at room temperature. AuFFA-2 could be recycled eight times, without losing its activity.

  7. Au/ZnO nanoarchitectures with Au as both supporter and antenna of visible-light

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    Liu, Tianyu; Chen, Wei; Hua, Yuxiang; Liu, Xiaoheng

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we fabricate Au/ZnO nanostructure with smaller ZnO nanoparticles loaded onto bigger gold nanoparticles via combining seed-mediated method and sol-gel method. The obtained Au/ZnO nanocomposites exhibit excellent properties in photocatalysis process like methyl orange (MO) degradation and oxidative conversion of methanol into formaldehyde under visible light irradiation. The enhanced properties were ascribed to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Au nanoparticles, which could contribute to the separation of photo-excited electrons and holes and facilitate the process of absorbing visible light. This paper contributes to the emergence of multi-functional nanocomposites with possible applications in visible-light driven photocatalysts and makes the Au/ZnO photocatalyst an exceptional choice for practical applications such as environmental purification of organic pollutants in aqueous solution and the synthesis of fine chemicals and intermediates.

  8. Charge optimized many body (COMB) potentials for Pt and Au

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    Antony, A. C.; Akhade, S. A.; Lu, Z.; Liang, T.; Janik, M. J.; Phillpot, S. R.; Sinnott, S. B.

    2017-06-01

    Interatomic potentials for Pt and Au are developed within the third generation charge optimized many-body (COMB3) formalism. The potentials are capable of reproducing phase order, lattice constants, and elastic constants of Pt and Au systems as experimentally measured or calculated by density functional theory. We also fit defect formation energies, surface energies and stacking fault energies for Pt and Au metals. The resulting potentials are used to map a 2D contour of the gamma surface and simulate the tensile test of 16-grain polycrystalline Pt and Au structures at 300 K. The stress-strain behaviour is investigated and the primary slip systems {1 1 1} are identified. In addition, we perform high temperature (1800 K for Au and 2300 K for Pt) molecular dynamics simulations of 30 nm Pt and Au truncated octahedron nanoparticles and examine morphological changes of each particle. We further calculate the activation energy barrier for surface diffusion during simulations of several nanoseconds and report energies of 0.62+/- 0.16 eV for Pt and 1.44+/- 0.06 eV for Au. This initial parameterization and application of the Pt and Au potentials demonstrates a starting point for the extension of these potentials to multicomponent systems within the COMB3 framework.

  9. Tuning the chemical activity through PtAu nanoalloying: a first principles study

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2013-06-21

    The electronic structure and adsorption properties of 1.5 nm sized Pt, Au, and PtAu nanoclusters are studied by density functional theory. We explain the recent experimental finding that 20% Au content in PtAu nanoparticles is optimal to induce a dramatically different catalytic behavior. Our results show that the d-band center together with the density of states at the Fermi energy can be used as an indicator of the chemical activity of PtAu nanoclusters. The most favorable adsorption sites on the cluster surfaces as a function of the Pt/Au ratio are identified using atomic H as a probe.

  10. Au pair trajectories

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    Dalgas, Karina Märcher

    2015-01-01

    Since 2000, thousands of young Filipino migrants have come to Denmark as au pairs. Officially, they are there to “broaden their cultural horizons” by living temporarily with a Danish host family, but they also conduct domestic labor in exchange for food and money, which allows them to send import...... the Danish au pair scheme therefore speaks to current research on domestic work migration, the transnational family relations of young Filipina migrants and the forms of self-transformation that Filipino migration might engender.......Since 2000, thousands of young Filipino migrants have come to Denmark as au pairs. Officially, they are there to “broaden their cultural horizons” by living temporarily with a Danish host family, but they also conduct domestic labor in exchange for food and money, which allows them to send...... ethnographic component of the dissertation consists of four articles, all emphasizing the au pairs’ agency by viewing their migration as a dynamic personal and social experience. Arguing that Filipina au pairs tend to be understood primarily from the perspective of their precarious situation as domestic...

  11. Generalised coexistence of a low work function and a stable surface : CaAl4 and BaAuIn3

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    Uijttewaal, M. A.; de Wijs, G. A.; de Groot, R. A.

    2006-01-01

    Cathodes are used in many devices ranging from microwave ovens to organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Crucial materials properties are a low work function (Phi) and a (relatively) stable surface. The relation between the two was not clear for more-complex metals. Our previous paper [M.A. Uijttewa

  12. Generalised coexistence of a low work function and a stable surface : CaAl4 and BaAuIn3

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    Uijttewaal, M. A.; de Wijs, G. A.; de Groot, R. A.

    2006-01-01

    Cathodes are used in many devices ranging from microwave ovens to organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Crucial materials properties are a low work function (Phi) and a (relatively) stable surface. The relation between the two was not clear for more-complex metals. Our previous paper [M.A.

  13. Growth and structure of Co/Au magnetic thin films; Croissance et structure des couches minces magnetiques Co/Au

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    Marsot, N

    1999-01-14

    We have studied the growth and the crystallographic structure of magnetic ultra thin cobalt/gold films (Co/Au), in order to investigate the correlations between their magnetic and structural properties. Room temperature (R.T.) Co growth on Au (111) proceeds in three stages. Up to 2 Co monolayers (ML), a bilayer island growth mode is observed. Between 2 and 5 ML, coalescence of the islands occurs, covering the substrate surface and a Co/Au mixing is observed resulting from the de-construction of the Herringbone reconstruction. Finally, beyond 5 ML, the CoAu mixing is buried and the Co growth continues in a 3-D growth. Annealing studies at 600 K on this system show a smoothing effect of the Co film, and at the same time, segregation of Au atoms. The quality of the Co/Au interface (sharpness) is not enhanced by the annealing. The local order was studied by SEXAFS and the long range order by GIXRD showing that the Co film has a hexagonal close packed structure, with an easy magnetization axis perpendicular to the surface. From a local order point of view, the Co grows with an incoherent epitaxy and keeps its own bulk parameters. The GIXRD analysis shows a residual strain in the Co film of 4%. The difference observed between the local order analysis and the long range order results is explained in terms of the low dimensions of the diffracting domains. The evolution of film strains, as a function of the Co coverage, shows a marked deviation from the elastic strain theory. Modification of the strain field in the Co film as a function of the Au coverage is studied by GIXRD analysis. The Au growth study, at R.T., shows no evidence of a Au/Co mixing in the case of the Au/Co interface. The Au overlayer adopts a twinned face centred cubic structure on the rough Co film surface. (author)

  14. Low-pressure ETEM Studies of Au assisted MgO Nanorod Growth

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    Duchstein, Linus Daniel Leonhard; Damsgaard, Christian Danvad; Hansen, Thomas Willum;

    2014-01-01

    Environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) studies MgO nanorod growth from Au catalyst nanoparticles in a controlled gas atmosphere have been performed, in order to elucidate the mobility of Au surface atoms and the configuration of the Au/MgO interface. MgO nanorod growth is driven...

  15. Spin resonance transport properties of a single Au atom in S-Au-S junction and Au-Au-Au junction

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    Fangyuan, Wang; Guiqin, Li

    2016-07-01

    The spin transport properties of S-Au-S junction and Au-Au-Au junction between Au nanowires are investigated with density functional theory and the non-equilibrium Green's function. We mainly focus on the spin resonance transport properties of the center Au atom. The breaking of chemical bonds between anchor atoms and center Au atom significantly influences their spin transmission characteristics. We find the 0.8 eV orbital energy shift between anchor S atoms and the center Au atom can well protect the spin state stored in the S-Au-S junction and efficiently extract its spin state to the current by spin resonance mechanism, while the spin interaction of itinerant electrons and the valence electron of the center Au atom in the Au-Au-Au junction can extract the current spin information into the center Au atom. Fermi energy drift and bias-dependent spin filtering properties of the Au-Au-Au junction may transform information between distance, bias, and electron spin. Those unique properties make them potential candidates for a logical nanocircuit. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grants No. 2011CB921602) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 20121318158).

  16. Indicateurs cles au Canada

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    Warren, Paul

    2005-01-01

    Au cours des dernieres annees, on s'est beaucoup interesse sur la scene internationale aux indicateurs cles. Le present document se veut un tour d'horizon des efforts deployes recemment au Canada en vue d'elaborer des indicateurs cles du bien etre economique, social, environnemental et physique. Y sont classifies et examines en detail plus de 40 projets et publications portant sur ce sujet. Y figurent aussi l'enumeration breve de 20 autres projets, ainsi que des renvois a plusieurs enquetes a...

  17. Au nanoparticles films used in biological sensing

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    Rosales Perez, M; Delgado Macuil, R; Rojas Lopez, M; Gayou, V L [Centro de Investigacion en BiotecnologIa Aplicada del IPN, Tepetitla Tlaxcala Mexico C.P. 90700 (Mexico); Sanchez Ramirez, J F, E-mail: mrosalespe@ipn.m [CICATA Legaria Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    2009-05-01

    Lactobacillus para paracasei are used commonly as functional food and probiotic substances. In this work Au nanoparticles self-assembled films were used for Lactobacillus para paracasei determination at five different concentrations. Functionalized substrates were immersed in a colloidal solution for one and a half hour at room temperature and dried at room temperature during four hours. After that, drops of Lactobacillus para paracasei in aqueous solution were put into the Au nanoparticles film and let dry at room temperature for another two hours. Infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflectance sampling mode was used to observe generation peaks due to substrate silanization, enhancement of Si-O band intensity due to the Au colloids added to silanized substrate and also to observe the enhancement of Lactobacillus para paracasei infrared intensity of the characteristic frequencies at 1650, 1534 and 1450 cm{sup -1} due to surface enhancement infrared absorption.

  18. Plasmonic Au islands on polymer nanopillars

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    Knoben, Wout; Brongersma, Sywert H; Crego-Calama, Mercedes, E-mail: wout.knoben@imec-nl.nl [Holst Centre/IMEC, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2011-07-22

    The refractive index sensitivity of localized surface plasmon resonance sensors can be improved by placing the plasmonic metal particles on pillars instead of on a planar substrate. In this paper, a simple and versatile colloidal lithography method for the fabrication of plasmonic Au islands on top of polymer nanopillars is described. The pillar height is controlled by varying the thickness of the initial polymer film. An increased pillar height results in a blue shift of the absorption spectrum of the Au islands. This is explained by a decreased effective refractive index around the islands. For pillars higher than approximately 40 nm no further blue shift is observed, in agreement with the decay length of the electromagnetic field around the islands. Pillar-supported Au islands were also fabricated on a flexible foil, demonstrating the potential of the method described here for the fabrication of flexible plasmonic substrates. Benefits and limitations of the method and of using polymers as the pillar material are discussed.

  19. Au nanoparticles films used in biological sensing

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    Rosales Pérez, M.; Delgado Macuil, R.; Rojas López, M.; Gayou, V. L.; Sánchez Ramírez, J. F.

    2009-05-01

    Lactobacillus para paracasei are used commonly as functional food and probiotic substances. In this work Au nanoparticles self-assembled films were used for Lactobacillus para paracasei determination at five different concentrations. Functionalized substrates were immersed in a colloidal solution for one and a half hour at room temperature and dried at room temperature during four hours. After that, drops of Lactobacillus para paracasei in aqueous solution were put into the Au nanoparticles film and let dry at room temperature for another two hours. Infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflectance sampling mode was used to observe generation peaks due to substrate silanization, enhancement of Si-O band intensity due to the Au colloids added to silanized substrate and also to observe the enhancement of Lactobacillus para paracasei infrared intensity of the characteristic frequencies at 1650, 1534 and 1450 cm-1 due to surface enhancement infrared absorption.

  20. Structural and optical studies of Au doped titanium oxide films

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    Alves, E., E-mail: ealves@itn.pt [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear (ITN), 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Centro de Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Gama Pinto, 21649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); Franco, N.; Barradas, N.P. [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear (ITN), 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Centro de Fisica Nuclear da Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Gama Pinto, 21649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); Nunes, B. [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear (ITN), 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Lopes, J. [Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (Portugal); Cavaleiro, A. [SEC-CEMUC - Universidade de Coimbra, Dept. Eng. Mecanica, Polo II, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Torrell, M.; Cunha, L.; Vaz, F. [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes (Portugal)

    2012-02-01

    Thin films of TiO{sub 2} were doped with Au by ion implantation and in situ during the deposition. The films were grown by reactive magnetron sputtering and deposited in silicon and glass substrates at a temperature around 150 Degree-Sign C. The undoped films were implanted with Au fluences in the range of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} Au/cm{sup 2}-1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} Au/cm{sup 2} with a energy of 150 keV. At a fluence of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} Au/cm{sup 2} the formation of Au nanoclusters in the films is observed during the implantation at room temperature. The clustering process starts to occur during the implantation where XRD estimates the presence of 3-5 nm precipitates. After annealing in a reducing atmosphere, the small precipitates coalesce into larger ones following an Ostwald ripening mechanism. In situ XRD studies reveal that Au atoms start to coalesce at 350 Degree-Sign C, reaching the precipitates dimensions larger than 40 nm at 600 Degree-Sign C. Annealing above 700 Degree-Sign C promotes drastic changes in the Au profile of in situ doped films with the formation of two Au rich regions at the interface and surface respectively. The optical properties reveal the presence of a broad band centered at 550 nm related to the plasmon resonance of gold particles visible in AFM maps.

  1. Optical Behaviour of ZnO/Au Nanojunctions

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    Shital V. Kahane

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO/Au nanojunctions were prepared by electrochemical method at room temperature. Nanojunction formation is vivid from appearance of ZnO and Au features in x-ray diffraction pattern. Optical absorption spectra reveal excitonic as well as surface plasmon resonance (SPR feature in case of nanojunctions. Bleaching of the excitonic feature associated with the blue shift, is a signature of charge transfer from Au to ZnO at the interface of nanojunction. An increase in intensity of band edge luminescence and quenching of green emission indicates the passivation of surface defects due to formation of nanojunctions.

  2. Atomically thin Pt shells on Au nanoparticle cores: facile synthesis and efficient synergetic catalysis

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    Engelbrekt, Christian; Seselj, Nedjeljko; Poreddy, Raju

    2016-01-01

    We present a facile synthesis protocol for atomically thin platinum (Pt) shells on top of gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) (Au@PtNPs) in one pot under mild conditions. The Au@PtNPs exhibited remarkable stability (> 2 years) at room temperature. The synthesis, bimetallic nanostructures and catalytic...... clearly show that the active surface is dominated by Pt with a specific surface area above 45 m2 per gram of Pt. Interactions with the Au core increase the activity of the Pt shell by up to 55% and improve catalytic selectivity compared to pure Pt. The Au@Pt NPs show exciting catalytic activity...

  3. 基于表面等离子体共振效应的Ag(Au)/半导体纳米复合光催化剂的研究进展%Research progress of Ag(Au)/semiconductor nanohybrid photocatalysts based on surface plasmon resonance

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    邵先坤; 郝勇敢; 刘同宣; 胡路阳; 王媛媛; 李本侠

    2016-01-01

    由具有表面等离子体共振(surface plasmon resonance,SPR)效应的贵金属(Ag、Au等)纳米粒子和半导体纳米结构组成的纳米复合光催化剂具有优异的可见光光催化活性,成为新型光催化材料的研究热点之一。本文综述了Ag(Au)/半导体纳米复合光催化剂的制备方法、基本性质以及光催化应用方面的一些重要研究进展;重点介绍了Ag(Au)等纳米粒子的表面等离子共振增强可见光催化活性的机理,以及Ag(Au)纳米粒子与不同类型半导体复合的光催化剂的光催化性能,其中所涉及的半导体包括金属氧化物、硫化物和其他一些半导体;本领域未来几年的研究热点将集中于新型高效的 Ag(Au)/半导体纳米复合光催化剂的微结构调控及其用于可见光驱动有机反应的机理研究。本文为基于SPR效应构建Ag(Au)/半导体纳米复合光催化剂的研究提供了有力的参考依据,并且指出Ag(Au)/半导体纳米复合光催化剂的研究是发展可见光高效光催化剂的重要方向。%Nanohybrid photocatalysts composed of noble metal nanoparticles (Ag,Au,etc.) with surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect and semiconductor nanostructures have become one of the research hotspots in the field of advanced photocatalysis because of their excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. This review summarized some significant research progress about the basic properties,preparation methods and the photocatalytic applications of the plasmonic Ag(Au)/semiconductor nanohybrid photocatalysts. We emphatically introduced the mechanism for the enhanced effect of Ag(Au) nanoparticles with SPR on visible light response photocatalytic activity,as well as the photocatalytic performance of the nanohybrid photocatalysts composed of Ag(Au) nanoparticles and different types of semiconductors,including metal oxides,metal chalcogenides and other semiconductors. The research in this

  4. Catalytic activity of Au nanoparticles

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    Larsen, Britt Hvolbæk; Janssens, Ton V.W.; Clausen, Bjerne

    2007-01-01

    Au is usually viewed as an inert metal, but surprisingly it has been found that Au nanoparticles less than 3–5 nm in diameter are catalytically active for several chemical reactions. We discuss the origin of this effect, focusing on the way in which the chemical activity of Au may change with par......Au is usually viewed as an inert metal, but surprisingly it has been found that Au nanoparticles less than 3–5 nm in diameter are catalytically active for several chemical reactions. We discuss the origin of this effect, focusing on the way in which the chemical activity of Au may change...... with particle size. We find that the fraction of low-coordinated Au atoms scales approximately with the catalytic activity, suggesting that atoms on the corners and edges of Au nanoparticles are the active sites. This effect is explained using density functional calculations....

  5. Magnetic susceptibilities of liquid Cr-Au, Mn-Au and Fe-Au alloys

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    Ohno, S.; Shimakura, H. [Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences, Higashijima, Akiha-ku, Niigata 956-8603 (Japan); Tahara, S. [Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara-cho, Okinawa 903-0213 (Japan); Okada, T. [Niigata College of Technology, Kamishin’eicho, Nishi-ku, Niigata 950-2076 (Japan)

    2015-08-17

    The magnetic susceptibility of liquid Cr-Au, Mn-Au, Fe-Au and Cu-Au alloys was investigated as a function of temperature and composition. Liquid Cr{sub 1-c}Au{sub c} with 0.5 ≤ c and Mn{sub 1-c}Au{sub c} with 0.3≤c obeyed the Curie-Weiss law with regard to their dependence of χ on temperature. The magnetic susceptibilities of liquid Fe-Au alloys also exhibited Curie-Weiss behavior with a reasonable value for the effective number of Bohr magneton. On the Au-rich side, the composition dependence of χ for liquid TM-Au (TM=Cr, Mn, Fe) alloys increased rapidly with increasing TM content, respectively. Additionally, the composition dependences of χ for liquid Cr-Au, Mn-Au, and Fe-Au alloys had maxima at compositions of 50 at% Cr, 70 at% Mn, and 85 at% Fe, respectively. We compared the composition dependences of χ{sub 3d} due to 3d electrons for liquid binary TM-M (M=Au, Al, Si, Sb), and investigated the relationship between χ{sub 3d} and E{sub F} in liquid binary TM-M alloys at a composition of 50 at% TM.

  6. Graphene nanoribbons synthesized from molecular precursor polymerization on Au(110)

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    Massimi, Lorenzo; Ourdjini, Oualid; Della Pia, Ada; Mariani, Carlo; Betti, Maria Grazia [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, I - 00185 Roma (Italy); Cavaliere, Emanuele; Gavioli, Luca [i-LAMP & Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Cattolica, 25121 Brescia (Italy)

    2015-06-23

    A spectroscopic study of 10,10-dibromo-9,9 bianthracene (DBBA) molecules deposited on the Au(110) surface is presented, by means of ultraviolet and X-ray photoemission, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Through a thermally activated procedure, these molecular precursors polymerize and eventually form graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with atomically controlled shape and width, very important building blocks for several technological applications. The GNRs observed by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) appear as short segments on top of the gold surface reconstruction, pointing out the delicate balance among surface diffusion and surface corrugation in their synthesis on the Au(110) surface.

  7. Solid-Phase Equilibria in the Au-As, Au-Ga-Sb, Au-In-As, and Au-In-Sb Ternaries.

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    1986-02-28

    AD6i5 469 SOLID- PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN THE Ru-As AU-GA-SB AU-IN-AS- 1/17 AND AU-IN-SB TERNAR (U) CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF CHEMISTRY AND...REPORT & PERIOD COVERED SOLID- PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN THE Au-Ga-As, Au-Ga-Sb Thchnical Report Au-In-As, and Au-In-Sb TEARIEIS S. PERFORMING ORG. REPORT NUMBER...CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGEMI*n Does Entepd) 4./ lie- . .- - - - - -- -- Solid Phase Equilibria in the Au-Ga-As, Au-Ga-Sb, Au-In-As, and Au-In-Sb Ternaries C

  8. Au修饰ZnO纳米带制备及光催化特性研究%Fabrication and Photocatalytic Properties of ZnO Surface Modification of Au by Hydrothermal Process

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    曲铭镭

    2015-01-01

    A sample hydrothermal process is proposed for the fabrication of ZnO nanobelt,through of evaporation grow Au modified on the surface of ZnO nanobelt,The as-grown samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy( SEM),X-ray diffraction( XRD)and photoluminescence( PL). We studied the influence of diauxic growth on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanobelts,The tesults turn out that,the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanobelt /ZnO nanowire composite structrue is enhanced.%通过水热法制备ZnO纳米带,通过溅射的方法在ZnO纳米带进行表面Au修饰。通过扫描电镜、X射线衍射、光致发光等测试手段对样品的形貌、结构和光学性质进行表征。研究ZnO纳米带Au修饰前后的光催化活性的变化。结果表明,Au修饰ZnO纳米带样品对甲基橙降解效果有明显的提高。

  9. Au@AuPt nanoparticles embedded in B-doped graphene: A superior electrocatalyst for determination of rutin

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    Chen, Xianlan; Yang, Guangming; Feng, Shaoping; Shi, Ling; Huang, Zhaolong; Pan, Haibo; Liu, Wei

    2017-04-01

    A hydrothermal approach was used to prepare B-doped graphene with B2O3 as reductant and boron source. Results reveal that the boron atoms have been successfully embedded into graphene with a high content of a total B species (2.85 at.%). Then, B-doped graphene was exfoliated further into monolayer nanosheet by impregnating Au@AuPt core-shell nanoparticles (Au@AuPt NPs) because boron atom creates a net positive charge, which facilitates Au@AuPt NPs adsorption to form Au@AuPt NPs/B-doped graphene hybrid nanocatalysts. After that, the Au@AuPt NPs/B-doped hybrid suspension was dropped on glassy carbon electrode for sensing rutin. In this way, the dispersed carboxyl units of B-doped graphene can form hydrogen bonding with the phenolic hydroxyl groups of rutin, making rutin enrich easily on modified electrode surface to enhance the electrochemical response. At the same time, its electrochemical mechanism on the modified electrode was elucidated using cyclic voltammetry. It was found that its electrochemical behavior on modified electrode surface was a surface-controlled quasi-reversible process, and the charge transfer coefficient (α) and electron transfer number (n) were 0.296 and 2, respectively. This electrochemical sensor for rutin provided a wide linear response range of 2.00 × 10-9-4.00 × 10-6 M with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 2.84 × 10-10 M. The proposed method was applied successfully to selective determination of rutin in Tablets with acceptable recovery range (97.23-101.65%).

  10. Theoretical studies of acrolein hydrogenation on Au20 nanoparticle

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    Li, Zhe; Chen, Zhao-Xu; He, Xiang; Kang, Guo-Jun

    2010-05-01

    Gold nanoparticles play a key role in catalytic processes. We investigated the kinetics of stepwise hydrogenation of acrolein on Au20 cluster model and compared with that on Au(110) surface. The rate-limiting step barrier of CC reduction is about 0.5 eV higher than that of CO hydrogenation on Au(110) surface. On Au20 nanoparticle, however, the energy barrier of the rate-determining step for CC hydrogenation turns out to be slightly lower than the value for the CO reduction. The selectivity difference on the two substrate models are attributed to different adsorption modes of acrolein: via the CC on Au20, compared to through both CC and CO on Au(110). The preference switch implies that the predicted selectivity of competitive hydrogenation depends on substrate model sensitively, and particles with more low-coordinated Au atoms than flat surfaces are favorable for CC hydrogenation, which is in agreement with experimental result.

  11. A simple electrochemical biosensor based on AuNPs/MPS/Au electrode sensing layer for monitoring carbamate pesticides in real samples.

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    Song, Yonghai; Chen, Jingyi; Sun, Min; Gong, Coucong; Shen, Yuan; Song, Yonggui; Wang, Li

    2016-03-05

    A simple electrochemical biosensor for quantitative determination of carbamate pesticide was developed based on a sensing interface of citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)/(3-mercaptopropyl)-trimethoxysilane (MPS)/gold electrode (Au). The biosensor was fabricated by firstly assembling three-dimensional (3D) MPS networks on Au electrode and subsequently assembling citrate-capped AuNPs on 3D MPS network via AuS bond. The interface of AuNPs/MPS/Au was negatively charged originating from the citrate coated on AuNPs that would repulse the negatively charged ferricyanide ([Fe(CN)6](3-/4-)) to produce a negative response. In the presence of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and acetylthiocholine (ATCl), the AChE catalyzes the hydrolysis of ATCl into positively charged thiocholine which would replace the citrate on AuNPs through the strong AuS bond and convert the negative charged surface to be positively charged. The resulted positively charged AuNPs/MPS/Au then attracted the [Fe(CN)6](3-/4-) to produce a positive response. Based on the inhibition of carbamate pesticides on the activity of AChE, the pesticide could be quantitatively determined at a very low potential. The linear range was from 0.003 to 2.00 μM. The sensing platform was also proved to be suitable for carbamate pesticides detection in practical sample. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Emission characteristics of AuSiBe field ion sources

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    Drandarov, N.; Georgieva, St.; Nikolov, B.; Donchev, T. (Bylgarska Akademiya na Naukite, Sofia (Bulgaria). Inst. po Elektronika)

    A ribbon type AuSiBe alloy field ion source, which combines the advantages of both hairpin type sources and reservoir type sources, has been constructed. The current-voltage characteristics of this source have been investigated. Hysteresis and four differentiated emission regions have been observed for them. By means of scanning electronic microscopy, it has been established that this complicated behaviour of the I-V curves and the angular distribution of the extracted ions are associated with the shape of the emitting surface. The mass spectrum of the emitted ions has been determined by means of an E x B mass filter. Considerable emission of Au[sup +], AuBe[sub 3][sup 2+], Si[sup 2+], Be[sup 2+], AuBe[sub 3][sup +], Be[sup +], Si[sup +], and Au[sup 2+] has been observed. (author).

  13. Partial oxidation of methanol catalyzed with Au/TiO2, Au/ZrO2 and Au/ZrO2-TiO2 catalysts

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    Hernández-Ramírez, E.; Wang, J. A.; Chen, L. F.; Valenzuela, M. A.; Dalai, A. K.

    2017-03-01

    Mesoporous TiO2, ZrO2 and ZrO2-TiO2 mixed oxides were synthesized by the sol-gel method and the Au/TiO2, Au/ZrO2 and Au/ZrO2-TiO2 catalysts were prepared by deposition-precipitation method using urea solution as a precipitating agent. These materials were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and in situ FTIR-pyridine (FTIR-Py) adsorption. XRD patterns of the samples confirmed the formation of ZrTiO4 phase in the ZrO2-TiO2 mixed oxides. TEM micrographs showed that nanosized gold particles on the catalyst had an average diameter smaller than 5 nm. Metallic gold (Au0) and oxidized Au species (Aunδ+) on the surface of the catalysts were evidenced by UV-vis and XPS characterization. In the partial oxidation of methanol (POM) reaction, among the six catalysts, the high metallic Au0/Au+ ratio and low surface acidity in the Au/ZrO2 catalysts are chiefly responsible for the highest hydrogen production rate in the whole temperature range between 210 and 300 °C. Methanol decomposition as secondary reaction was favored on TiO2-based catalysts at higher temperature, producing a large amount of CO. Formation of ZrO2-TiO2 solid solution resulted in generation of both Brønsted and Lewis acid sites; as a result, dehydrogenation and oxidative dehydrogenation of methanol was allowed over Au/ZrO2-TiO2 catalysts.

  14. Synthesis of 4H/fcc-Au@Metal Sulfide Core-Shell Nanoribbons.

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    Fan, Zhanxi; Zhang, Xiao; Yang, Jian; Wu, Xue-Jun; Liu, Zhengdong; Huang, Wei; Zhang, Hua

    2015-09-02

    Although great advances on the synthesis of Au-semiconductor heteronanostructures have been achieved, the crystal structure of Au components is limited to the common face-centered cubic (fcc) phase. Herein, we report the synthesis of 4H/fcc-Au@Ag2S core-shell nanoribbon (NRB) heterostructures from the 4H/fcc Au@Ag NRBs via the sulfurization of Ag. Remarkably, the obtained 4H/fcc-Au@Ag2S NRBs can be further converted to a novel class of 4H/fcc-Au@metal sulfide core-shell NRB heterostructures, referred to as 4H/fcc-Au@MS (M = Cd, Pb or Zn), through the cation exchange. We believe that these novel 4H/fcc-Au@metal sulfide NRB heteronanostructures may show some promising applications in catalysis, surface enhanced Raman scattering, solar cells, photothermal therapy, etc.

  15. /Au Back Contacts

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    Paudel, Naba R.; Compaan, Alvin D.; Yan, Yanfa

    2014-08-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of CdTe thin-film solar cells with Cu-free MoO3- x /Au back contacts. CdTe solar cells with sputtered CdTe absorbers of thicknesses from 0.5 to 1.75 μm were fabricated on Pilkington SnO2:F/SnO2-coated soda-lime glasses coated with a 60- to 80-nm sputtered CdS layer. The MoO3- x /Au back contact layers were deposited by thermal evaporation. The incorporation of MoO3- x layer was found to improve the open circuit voltage ( V OC) but reduce the fill factor of the ultrathin CdTe cells. The V OC was found to increase as the CdTe thickness increased.

  16. Electron beam induced evolution in Au, Ag, and interfaced heterogeneous Au/Ag nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Yuzi; Sun, Yugang

    2015-08-28

    A sintering process of nanoparticles made of Ag, Au, and interfaced Ag/Au heterodimers was investigated by in situ transmission electron microscopy at room temperature. Such a process is driven by the illumination of a high-energy electron beam accelerated at 200 kV that promotes atom diffusion in the nanoparticles that are in physical contact. Upon electron illumination, adjacent Au nanoparticles gradually merge together to form a larger particle along with the reduction of the surface area despite the fact that orientated attachment is not observed. According to the detailed analysis of the size change of the particles and the contact area, it was found that the nanoparticle fusion process is significantly different from the well-established thermal diffusion mechanism. In addition to the similar fusion process of Au nanoparticles, Ag nanoparticles undergo apparent sublimation induced by knock on damage because the transferred energy from the electron beam to nanoparticles is higher than the surface binding energy of Ag atoms when the electron scattering angle is larger than 112°. The particles with a smaller size diffuse faster. Surface diffusion dominates at the beginning of the fusion process followed by slower lattice diffusion. Electron beam illumination can transform the interfaced Au/Ag dimers to Au@Ag core-shell particles followed by a slow removal of the Ag shells. This process under normal electron beam illumination is a lot faster than the thermally driven process. Both diffusion and sublimation of Ag atoms are dependent on the intensity of the electron beam, i.e., a higher beam intensity is favorable to accelerate both the processes.

  17. $\\pi-\\Xi$ correlations in d+Au and Au+Au collisions at STAR

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    Chaloupka, Petr

    2007-01-01

    Qualitative comparison of source sizes from pi-Xi correlations analyses in d+Au and Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN)=200G GeV and sqrt(s_NN)=62 GeV is presented. For the most central Au+Au collisions at sqrt(s_NN)=200 GeV we report first quantitative results concerning size of the pi-Xi source and relative shift of the average emission points between pi and Xi showing that the homogeneity region of Xi source is smaller then that of pion and significantly shifted in the transverse direction.

  18. Enantiospecific adsorption of cysteine on a chiral Au34 cluster

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    Pelayo, José de Jesús; Valencia, Israel; Díaz, Gabriela; López-Lozano, Xóchitl; Garzón, Ignacio L.

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of biological molecules like chiral amino acids with chiral metal clusters is becoming an interesting and active field of research because of its potential impact in, for example, chiral molecular recognition phenomena. In particular, the enantiospecific adsorption (EA) of cysteine (Cys) on a chiral Au55 cluster was theoretically predicted a few years ago. In this work, we present theoretical results, based on density functional theory, of the EA of non-zwitterionic cysteine interacting with the C3-Au34 chiral cluster, which has been experimentally detected in gas phase, using trapped ion electron diffraction. Our results show that, indeed, the adsorption energy of the amino acid depends on which enantiomers participate in the formation Cys-Au34 chiral complex. EA was obtained in the adsorption modes where both the thiol, and the thiol-amino functional groups of Cys are adsorbed on low-coordinated sites of the metal cluster surface. Similarly to what was obtained for the Cys-Au55 chiral complex, in the present work, it is found that the EA is originated from the different strength and location of the bond between the COOH functional group and surface Au atoms of the Au34 chiral cluster. Calculations of the vibrational spectrum for the different Cys-Au34 diastereomeric complexes predict the existence of a vibro-enantiospecific effect, indicating that the vibrational frequencies of the adsorbed amino acid depend on its handedness.

  19. Fabrication of monodisperse FePt rate at Au core-shell nanoparticles

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    Wei, D.H. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115 (China); Hung, D.S. [Department of Information and Telecommunications Engineering, Ming Chuan University, Taipei 111 (China); Ho, C.S.; Wang, J.W. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tunghai University, Taichung 407 (China); Yao, Y.D. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei 104 (China)

    2007-12-15

    Hydrophobic FePt rate at Au core-shell nanoparticles were chemically synthesized and with controllable surface-function properties. The enhanced optical property is due to the contribution of Au shell. The surface modification of FePt rate at Au nanoiparticles by using 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) was hydrophilic through ligand exchange and with good biocompatibility for future multi-functional applications. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Magnetic Anisotropic Energy Gap and Strain Effect in Au Nanoparticles

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    Shih Po-Hsun

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the observation of the size effect of thermal magnetization in Au nanoparticles. The thermal deviation of the saturation magnetization departs substantially from that predicted by the Bloch T3/2-law, indicating the existence of magnetic anisotropic energy. The results may be understood using the uniaxial anisotropy Heisenberg model, in which the surface atoms give rise to polarized moments while the magnetic anisotropic energy decreases as the size of the Au nanoparticles is reduced. There is a significant maximum magnetic anisotropic energy found for the 6 nm Au nanoparticles, which is associated with the deviation of the lattice constant due to magnetocrystalline anisotropy.

  1. Assembling Bare Au Nanoparticles at Positively Charged Templates

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    Wang, Wenjie; Zhang, Honghu; Kuzmenko, Ivan; Mallapragada, Surya; Vaknin, David

    2016-05-26

    In-situ X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and grazing incidence X-ray small-angle scattering (GISAXS) reveal that unfunctionalized (bare) gold nanoparticles (AuNP) spontaneously adsorb to a cationic lipid template formed by a Langmuir monolayer of DPTAP (1,2-dihexadecanoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane) at vapor/aqueous interfaces. Analysis of the XRR yields the electron density profile across the chargedinterfaces along the surface normal showing the AuNPs assemble with vertical thickness comparable to the particle size. The GISAXS analysis indicates that the adsorbed mono-particle layer exhibits shortrange in-plane correlations. By contrast, single-stranded DNA-functionalized AuNPs, while attracted to the positively charged surface (more efficiently with the addition of salt to the solution), display less in-plane regular packing compared to bare AuNPs.

  2. Assembling Bare Au Nanoparticles at Positively Charged Templates

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    Wang, Wenjie; Zhang, Honghu; Kuzmenko, Ivan; Mallapragada, Surya; Vaknin, David

    2016-05-01

    In-situ X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and grazing incidence X-ray small-angle scattering (GISAXS) reveal that unfunctionalized (bare) gold nanoparticles (AuNP) spontaneously adsorb to a cationic lipid template formed by a Langmuir monolayer of DPTAP (1,2-dihexadecanoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane) at vapor/aqueous interfaces. Analysis of the XRR yields the electron density profile across the charged-interfaces along the surface normal showing the AuNPs assemble with vertical thickness comparable to the particle size. The GISAXS analysis indicates that the adsorbed mono-particle layer exhibits short-range in-plane correlations. By contrast, single-stranded DNA-functionalized AuNPs, while attracted to the positively charged surface (more efficiently with the addition of salt to the solution), display less in-plane regular packing compared to bare AuNPs.

  3. Ethylene binding to Au/Cu alloy nanoparticles

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    Gammage, Michael D.; Stauffer, Shannon; Henkelman, Graeme; Becker, Michael F.; Keto, John W.; Kovar, Desiderio

    2016-11-01

    Weak chemisorption of ethylene has been shown to be an important characteristic in the use of metals for the separation of ethylene from ethane. Previously, density functional theory (DFT) has been used to predict the binding energies of various metals and alloys, with Ag having the lowest chemisorption energy amongst the metals and alloys studied. Here Au/Cu alloys are investigated by a combination of DFT calculations and experimental measurements. It is inferred from experiments that the binding energy between a Au/Cu alloy and ethylene is lower than to either of the pure metals, and DFT calculations confirm that this is the case when Au segregates to the particle surface. Implications of this work suggest that it may be possible to further tune the binding energy with ethylene by compositional and morphological control of films produced from Au-surface segregated alloys.

  4. Plasmonic enhancement of visible-light water splitting with Au-TiO2 composite aerogels.

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    DeSario, Paul A; Pietron, Jeremy J; DeVantier, Devyn E; Brintlinger, Todd H; Stroud, Rhonda M; Rolison, Debra R

    2013-09-07

    We demonstrate plasmonic enhancement of visible-light-driven splitting of water at three-dimensionally (3D) networked gold-titania (Au-TiO2) aerogels. The sol-gel-derived ultraporous composite nanoarchitecture, which contains 1 to 8.5 wt% Au nanoparticles and titania in the anatase form, retains the high surface area and mesoporosity of unmodified TiO2 aerogels and maintains stable dispersion of the ~5 nm Au guests. A broad surface plasmon resonance (SPR) feature centered at ~550 nm is present for the Au-TiO2 aerogels, but not Au-free TiO2 aerogels, and spans a wide range of the visible spectrum. Gold-derived SPR in Au-TiO2 aerogels cast as films on transparent electrodes drives photoelectrochemical oxidation of aqueous hydroxide and extends the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 from the ultraviolet region to visible wavelengths exceeding 700 nm. Films of Au-TiO2 aerogels in which Au nanoparticles are deposited on pre-formed TiO2 aerogels by a deposition-precipitation method (DP Au/TiO2) also photoelectrochemically oxidize aqueous hydroxide, but less efficiently than 3D Au-TiO2, despite having an essentially identical Au nanoparticle weight fraction and size distribution. For example, 3D Au-TiO2 containing 1 wt% Au is as active as DP Au/TiO2 with 4 wt% Au. The higher photocatalytic activity of 3D Au-TiO2 derives only in part from its ability to retain the surface area and porosity of unmodified TiO2 aerogel. The magnitude of improvement indicates that in the 3D arrangement either a more accessible photoelectrochemical reaction interphase (three-phase boundary) exists or more efficient conversion of excited surface plasmons into charge carriers occurs, thereby amplifying reactivity over DP Au/TiO2. The difference in photocatalytic efficiency between the two forms of Au-TiO2 demonstrates the importance of defining the structure of Au[parallel]TiO2 interfaces within catalytic Au-TiO2 nanoarchitectures.

  5. Microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films

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    Sun Zhao-Qi; Cai Qi; Song Xue-Ping

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films with different Au contents are studied.The microstructural analysis shows that the films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Au nanoparticles with a mean size of 9.8-21.4nm.Spectral analysis suggests that the surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption peak of Au particles appears at λ=492-537nm.With increasing Au content,absorption peak intensity increases,profile narrows and location redshifts.Theoretical absorption spectra are calculated based on Maxwell-Garnett theory and compared with experimental spectra.

  6. Structural, electrical and magnetic properties of single Au-Ni/NiO-Au nanowires

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    Steinweg, Corinna; Sewcz, Rene; Baldus, Sabrina; Fischer, Saskia F. [Werkstoffe und Nanoelektronik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Germany); Daub, Mihaela [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle (Germany); Nielsch, Kornelius [Multifunctional Nanostructures, Universitaet Hamburg (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Ferromagnetic metallic nanowires are of high interest for magnetic sensing and storage applications. However, due to surface oxidation of the nanowires electrical contacts easily lead to high-contact resistances of a few k{omega}. Here, we present multisegmented Au-Ni(NiO)-Au nanowires with a direct Au-Ni interface. Individual nanowires were laterally contacted in a four-terminal geometry via optical lithography, electron-beam lithography, thermal evaporation and lift-off patterning. The nanowires exhibit low-ohmic contacts of about 20 {omega}. The resistivity decreases with the temperature (300 K to 4.2 K) and is in the order of that of high-purity bulk nickel. The longitudinal anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) is about 1.5 % at 80 K and decreases with higher temperatures, 0.5 % at 300 K. The coercive field and the AMR are investigated for different angles between the current and magnetic field.

  7. Density functional studies of small Au clusters adsorbed on α-FeOOH: Structural and electronic properties

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    Fortunato, Leandro F.; Zubieta, Carolina E. [INQUISUR (UNS-CONICET) and Departamento de Química, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Av. Alem 1253, Bahía Blanca (Argentina); Fuente, Silvia A.; Belelli, Patricia G. [IFISUR (UNS-CONICET) and Departamento de Física, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Av. Alem 1253, Bahía Blanca (Argentina); Ferullo, Ricardo M., E-mail: caferull@criba.edu.ar [INQUISUR (UNS-CONICET) and Departamento de Química, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Av. Alem 1253, Bahía Blanca (Argentina)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • On the hydroxylated surface, the adsorption of Au clusters is relatively weak. • Au-oxide interaction induces a polarization of the Au particles on the bare surface. • A predominance of planar (111) arrangements was obtained on both surfaces. • Comparing both surfaces, atom-by-atom nucleation energies show opposite behaviors. - Abstract: We report a density functional theory (DFT) investigation on the interaction of tiny Au{sub n} (n = 1–5) clusters with the bare and hydroxylated (110) surfaces of goethite (α-FeOOH). Both adsorption and atom-by-atom nucleation processes were modeled. The adsorption is shown to be strong on the bare surface and takes place preferentially through the interaction of Au atoms with unsaturated surface oxygen anions, accompanied with an electronic charge transfer from the metal to the support. Au{sub 3}, Au{sub 4} and Au{sub 5} planar structures resulted to be particularly stable due to polarization effects; indeed, Coulombic repulsion between basal Au atoms and surface oxygen anions promotes the displacement of the electronic density toward terminal Au atoms producing a Au{sup +δ}(basal)/Au{sup −δ}(terminal) polarization. On the hydroxylated surface, Au clusters adsorb more weakly with respect to the bare surface, mainly through monocoordinated surface hydroxyl groups and tricoordinated oxygen ions. Concerning the nucleation mechanism, while on the hydroxylated surface the nucleation energy is governed by the spin of the interacting systems, on the bare surface polarization effects seems to play a predominant role.

  8. Developing an aqueous approach for synthesizing Au and M@Au (M = Pd, CuPt) hybrid nanostars with plasmonic properties

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    Du, Jingshan; Xiong, Yalin; Lin, Zhuoqing; Zhang, Hui; Yang, Deren

    2014-01-01

    Anisotropic Au nanoparticles show unique localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties, which make it attractive in optical, sensing, and biomedical applications. In this contribution, we report a general and facile strategy towards aqueous synthesis of Au and M@Au (M = Pd, CuPt) hybrid nanostars by reducing HAuCl4 with ethanolamine in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). According to electron microscopic observation and spectral monitoring, we found that the layered epitaxial growth mode (i.e., Frank-van der Merwe mechanism) contributes to the enlargement of the core, while, the random attachment of Au nanoclusters onto the cores accounts for the formation of the branches. Both of them are indispensable for the formation of the nanostars. The LSPR properties of the Au nanoparticles have been well investigated with morphology control via precursor amount and growth temperature. The Au nanostars showed improved surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) performance for rhodamine 6G du...

  9. Interfacial Electrochemical Electron Transfer Processes in Bacterial Biofilm Environments on Au(111)

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    Hu, Yifan; Zhang, Jingdong; Ulstrup, Jens

    2010-01-01

    was followed by sampling at given times, drying the samples naturally, and imaging. The electrochemical investigations were based on single-crystal Au(111)-electrode surfaces to exclude polycrystallinity as a cause of inhomogeneous voltammetric broadening on the biofilm covered electrode surfaces. The redox......)(6)](3+2+) (positively charged, biofilm growth inhibitor) and [Co(terpy)(2)](3+2+) (positively charged, no biofilm growth inhibition) displayed fully reversible CV on biofilm covered electrodes, almost indistinguishable from CV at bare Au(111)-electrode surfaces. In comparison, CVs of [Fe(CN)(6)](3-/4-) and [IrCl6......](3-/4-) (both negatively charged and no growth inhibition) were distorted from planar diffusion behavior on bare Au(111)-electrode surfaces toward spherical diffusion behavior on S. mutans biofilm covered Au(111)-electrode surfaces. DNAase teatment of the biofilm covered Au(111)-electrode surface partly...

  10. Au pairs on Facebook

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    Dalgas, Karina Märcher

    2016-01-01

    Ethnographers are increasingly making use of Facebook to acquire access and general acquaintance with their field of study. However, little has been written on how Facebook is used methodologically in research that does not have social media sites as the main focus of interest. This article argues...... that engagement with Facebook as a methodological tool can be useful in research among migrants in highly politicised fields. Pointing to a discursive construction of Filipina au pairs as victims of labour exploitation, the article shows how fieldwork on Facebook enables the exploration of the ways in which...... and on Facebook....

  11. Elections au Bundestag

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    2015-01-01

    Quelle influence ont eue programmes et personnalités politiques sur la campagne et les résultats des élections au Bundestag de 2013 ? Et avec quelles conséquences sur la façon de diriger le pays ? Politistes, sociologues, chercheurs en communication et responsables politiques abordent ces questions sous quatre angles : recherche électorale, recherche sur les partis, recherche en communication et recherche sur la gouvernance. (Solène Hazouard)

  12. Au pairs on Facebook

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    Dalgas, Karina Märcher

    2016-01-01

    Ethnographers are increasingly making use of Facebook to acquire access and general acquaintance with their field of study. However, little has been written on how Facebook is used methodologically in research that does not have social media sites as the main focus of interest. This article argues...... that engagement with Facebook as a methodological tool can be useful in research among migrants in highly politicised fields. Pointing to a discursive construction of Filipina au pairs as victims of labour exploitation, the article shows how fieldwork on Facebook enables the exploration of the ways in which...... and on Facebook....

  13. Selective Oxidation of Glycerol over Carbon-Supported AuPd Catalysts

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    Ketchie,W.; Murayama, M.; Davis, R.

    2007-01-01

    Carbon-supported AuPd bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized, characterized, and evaluated as catalysts in the aqueous-phase selective oxidation of glycerol. The bimetallic catalysts were synthesized by two different methods. The first method involved the deposition of Au onto the surface of 3-nm supported Pd particles by catalytic reduction of HAuCl{sub 4} in aqueous solution by H{sub 2}. The second method used the formation of a AuPd sol that was subsequently deposited onto a carbon support. Characterization of the catalysts using analytical transmission electron microscopy, H{sub 2} titration, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Au L{sub III} and Pd K-edges confirmed that the first synthesis method successfully deposited Au onto the Pd particles. Results from the AuPd sol catalyst also revealed that Au was preferentially located on the surface. Measurement of glycerol oxidation rates (0.3 M glycerol, 0.6 M NaOH, 10 atm O{sub 2}, 333 K) in a semibatch reactor gave a turnover frequency (TOF) of 17 s{sup -1} for monometallic Au and 1 s{sup -1} for monometallic Pd, with Pd exhibiting a higher selectivity to glyceric acid. Although the activity of the bimetallic AuPd catalysts depended on the amount of Au present, none of them had a TOF greater than that of the monometallic Au catalyst. However, the AuPd catalysts had higher selectivity to glyceric acid compared with the monometallic Au. Because a physical mixture of monometallic Au and Pd catalysts also gave higher selectivity to glyceric acid, the Pd is proposed to catalyze the decomposition of the side product H{sub 2}O{sub 2} that is also formed over the Au but is detrimental to the selectivity toward glyceric acid.

  14. Controlling Au Photodeposition on Large ZnO Nanoparticles.

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    Fernando, Joseph F S; Shortell, Matthew P; Noble, Christopher J; Harmer, Jeffrey R; Jaatinen, Esa A; Waclawik, Eric R

    2016-06-08

    This study investigated how to control the rate of photoreduction of metastable AuCl2(-) at the solid-solution interface of large ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) (50-100 nm size). Band-gap photoexcitation of electronic charge in ZnO by 370 nm UV light yielded Au NP deposition and the formation of ZnO-Au NP hybrids. Au NP growth was observed to be nonepitaxial, and the patterns of Au photodeposition onto ZnO NPs observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were consistent with reduction of AuCl2(-) at ZnO facet edges and corner sites. Au NP photodeposition was effective in the presence of labile oleylamine ligands attached to the ZnO surface; however, when a strong-binding dodecanethiol ligand coated the surface, photodeposition was quenched. Rates of interfacial electron transfer at the ZnO-solution interface were adjusted by changing the solvent, and these rates were observed to strongly depend on the solvent's permittivity (ε) and viscosity. From measurements of electron transfer from ZnO to the organic dye toluidine blue at the ZnO-solution interface, it was confirmed that low ε solvent mixtures (ε ≈ 9.5) possessed markedly higher rates of photocatalytic interfacial electron transfer (∼3.2 × 10(4) electrons·particle(-1)·s(-1)) compared to solvent mixtures with high ε (ε = 29.9, ∼1.9 × 10(4) electrons·particle(-1)·s(-1)). Dissolved oxygen content in the solvent and the exposure time of ZnO to band-gap, near-UV photoexcitation were also identified as factors that strongly affected Au photodeposition behavior. Production of Au clusters was favored under conditions that caused electron accumulation in the ZnO-Au NP hybrid. Under conditions where electron discharge was rapid (such as in low ε solvents), AuCl2(-) precursor ions photoreduced at ZnO surfaces in less than 5 s, leading to deposition of several small, isolated ∼6 nm Au NP on the ZnO host instead.

  15. Surface Attachment of Gold Nanoparticles Guided by Block Copolymer Micellar Films and Its Application in Silicon Etching

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    Mingjie Wei

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Patterning metallic nanoparticles on substrate surfaces is important in a number of applications. However, it remains challenging to fabricate such patterned nanoparticles with easily controlled structural parameters, including particle sizes and densities, from simple methods. We report on a new route to directly pattern pre-formed gold nanoparticles with different diameters on block copolymer micellar monolayers coated on silicon substrates. Due to the synergetic effect of complexation and electrostatic interactions between the micellar cores and the gold particles, incubating the copolymer-coated silicon in a gold nanoparticles suspension leads to a monolayer of gold particles attached on the coated silicon. The intermediate micellar film was then removed using oxygen plasma treatment, allowing the direct contact of the gold particles with the Si substrate. We further demonstrate that the gold nanoparticles can serve as catalysts for the localized etching of the silicon substrate, resulting in nanoporous Si with a top layer of straight pores.

  16. Long-range order of organized oligonucleotide monolayers on Au(111) electrodes

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    Wackerbarth, Hainer; Grubb, Mikala; Zhang, Jingdong;

    2004-01-01

    , with electrochemical potential control of both the sample electrode and the tip. All the data are based on single-crystal, atomically planar Au(111)-electrode surfaces. The high sensitivity of such surfaces provides accurate HS-10A and HS-10AT electrode coverages on the basis of the reductive desorption of the Au...

  17. Au@Pt nanostructures: a novel photothermal conversion agent for cancer therapy.

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    Tang, Jinglong; Jiang, Xiumei; Wang, Liming; Zhang, Hui; Hu, Zhijian; Liu, Ying; Wu, Xiaochun; Chen, Chunying

    2014-04-07

    Due to aspect ratio dependent localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR), gold nanorods (Au NRs) can be tuned to have a strong absorption in the near infrared region (NIR) and convert light to heat energy, which shows promises in cancer photothermal therapy. In this study, we introduced another more efficient NIR photothermal agent, Au nanorods coated with a shell of Pt nanodots (Au@Pt nanostructures). After surface modification with Pt dots, the Au@Pt nanostructure became a more efficient photothermal therapy agent as verified both in vitro and in vivo. To clarify the mechanism, we assessed the interaction between the MDA-MB-231 cells with Au@Pt or Au NRs. Results showed that the slightly higher uptake and the reduced sensitivity of the longitudinal SPR band on the intracellular aggregate state may contribute to the better photothermal efficiency for Au@Pt NRs. The theoretical studies further confirmed that the Au@Pt nanostructure itself exhibited better photothermal efficiency compared to Au NRs. These advantages make the Au@Pt nanostructure a more attractive and effective agent for cancer photothermal therapy than general Au NRs.

  18. Selenolate gold complexes with aurophilic Au(I)-Au(I) and Au(I)-Au(III) interactions.

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    Canales, Silvia; Crespo, Olga; Gimeno, M Concepción; Jones, Peter G; Laguna, Antonio

    2004-11-01

    The gold(I) selenolate compound [Au(2)(SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)] (dppf = 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene) has been prepared by reaction of [Au(2)Cl(2)(mu-dppf)] with PhSeSiMe(3) in a molar ratio 1:2. This complex reacts with gold(I) or gold(III) derivatives to give polynuclear gold(I)-gold(I) or gold(I)-gold(III) complexes of the type [Au(4)(mu-SePh)(2)(PPh(3))(2)(mu-dppf)](OTf)(2), [Au(3)(C(6)F(5))(3)(mu-SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)], or [Au(4)(C(6)F(5))(6)(mu-SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)], with bridging selenolate ligands. The reaction of [Au(2)(SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)] with 1 equiv of AgOTf leads to the formation of the insoluble Ag(SePh) and the compound [Au(2)(mu-SePh)(mu-dppf)]OTf. The complexes [Au(4)(C(6)F(5))(6)(mu-SePh)(2)(mu-dppf)] and [Au(2)(mu-SePh)(mu-dppf)]OTf (two different solvates) have been characterized by X-ray diffraction studies and show the presence of weak gold(I)-gold(III) interactions in the former and intra- and intermolecular gold(I)-gold(I) inter-actions in the later.

  19. Dependence of SERS enhancement on the chemical composition and structure of Ag/Au hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Chaffin, Elise; O'Connor, Ryan T; Barr, James; Huang, Xiaohua; Wang, Yongmei

    2016-08-01

    Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) such as silver (Ag) and gold (Au) have unique plasmonic properties that give rise to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Generally, Ag NPs have much stronger plasmonic properties and, hence, provide stronger SERS signals than Au NPs. However, Ag NPs lack the chemical stability and biocompatibility of comparable Au NPs and typically exhibit the most intense plasmonic resonance at wavelengths much shorter than the optimal spectral region for many biomedical applications. To overcome these issues, various experimental efforts have been devoted to the synthesis of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for the purpose of SERS detections. However, a complete understanding on how the SERS enhancement depends on the chemical composition and structure of these nanoparticles has not been achieved. In this study, Mie theory and the discrete dipole approximation have been used to calculate the plasmonic spectra and near-field electromagnetic enhancements of Ag/Au hybrid NPs. In particular, we discuss how the electromagnetic enhancement depends on the mole fraction of Au in Ag/Au alloy NPs and how one may use extinction spectra to distinguish between Ag/Au alloyed NPs and Ag-Au core-shell NPs. We also show that for incident laser wavelengths between ∼410 nm and 520 nm, Ag/Au alloyed NPs provide better electromagnetic enhancement than pure Ag, pure Au, or Ag-Au core-shell structured NPs. Finally, we show that silica-core Ag/Au alloy shelled NPs provide even better performance than pure Ag/Au alloy or pure solid Ag and pure solid Au NPs. The theoretical results presented will be beneficial to the experimental efforts in optimizing the design of Ag/Au hybrid NPs for SERS-based detection methods.

  20. Formation of Au-Silane Bonds

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    Shira Yochelis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Many intriguing aspects of molecular electronics are attributed to organic-inorganic interactions, yet charge transfer through such junctions still requires fundamental study. Recently, there is a growing interest in anchoring groups, which considered dominating the charge transport. With this respect, we choose to investigate self-assembly of disilane molecules sandwiched between gold surface and gold nanoparticles. These assemblies are found to exhibit covalent bonds not only between the anchoring Si groups and the gold surfaces but also in plane crosslinks that increase the monolayer stability. Finally, using scanning tunneling spectroscopy we demonstrate that the disilane molecules provide strong electrical coupling between the Au nanoparticles and a superconductor substrate.

  1. Bi-functional Au/FeS (Au/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}) composite for in situ SERS monitoring and degradation of organic pollutants

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    Ma, Shuzhen; Cai, Qian; Lu, Kailing; Liao, Fan, E-mail: fliao@suda.edu.cn; Shao, Mingwang, E-mail: mwshao@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices & Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University (China)

    2016-01-15

    The bi-functional Au/FeS (Au/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}) composite was fabricated by in situ reducing Au nanoparticles onto the surface of FeS (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}). The as-prepared FeS possessed a multi-structure composed of plenty of nanoplates, which were coated by Au nanoparticles with an average size of ∼47.5 nm. While the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} showed a thin hexagonal sheet containing Au nanoparticles on its surface with an average size of ∼79.0 nm. Both the as-prepared Au/FeS and Au/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites exhibited excellent SERS performance, capable of enhancing the Raman signals of R6G molecules with the enhancement factor up to 1.81 × 10{sup 6} and 7.60 × 10{sup 4}, respectively. Moreover, Au/FeS (Au/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}) composite also has been verified to have intrinsic peroxidase-like activity, which could decompose H{sub 2}O{sub 2} into hydroxyl radicals and then degrade organic pollutants into small molecules. Therefore, SERS can be used to real-time and in situ monitoring the degradation process of R6G molecules, employing the Au/FeS (Au/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}) composite both as SERS substrate and catalyst. Graphical abstract: SERS was used to real-time and in situ monitoring the degradation of R6G, employing the Au/FeS and Au/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites both as SERS substrates and catalysts.

  2. Deep level anomalies in silicon doped with radioactive Au atoms

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    Bollmann, J; Henry, M O; McGlynn, E; Knack, S

    1999-01-01

    DLTS investigations on n- and p-type silicon samples implanted with various radioactive Hg isotopes which decay fully or partly through the series Au/Pt/(Ir) are reported. The deep Au-donor level at E/sub v/+0.374(3) eV is observed in all cases. In p-type silicon its energy differs significantly (E/sub v/+0.438(3) eV). Both Au and Pt are found to produce two acceptor levels in n-type material. An additional donor-like level at E/sub v/+0.499(4) eV is shown to be due to Au. In all detected levels, one atom of Au or Pt is involved and the concentration decreases towards crystal surface. A key result is that, despite the presence of the Au donor in the samples, for all decay series involving Au to Pt conversion we have never observed the appearance of the Pt-donor. (6 refs).

  3. Density functional theory investigation of benzenethiol adsorption on Au(111)

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    Nara, Jun; Higai, Shin’ichi; Morikawa, Yoshitada

    2004-01-01

    We have studied the adsorption of benzenethiol molecules on the Au(111) surface by using first principles total energy calculations. A single thiolate molecule is adsorbed at the bridge site slightly shifted toward the fcc-hollow site, and is tilted by 61degrees from the surface normal. As for th...

  4. Significant Broadband Photocurrent Enhancement by Au-CZTS Core-Shell Nanostructured Photocathodes.

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    Zhang, Xuemei; Wu, Xu; Centeno, Anthony; Ryan, Mary P; Alford, Neil M; Riley, D Jason; Xie, Fang

    2016-03-21

    Copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) is a promising material for harvesting solar energy due to its abundance and non-toxicity. However, its poor performance hinders their wide application. In this paper gold (Au) nanoparticles are successfully incorporated into CZTS to form Au@CZTS core-shell nanostructures. The photocathode of Au@CZTS nanostructures exhibits enhanced optical absorption characteristics and improved incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) performance. It is demonstrated that using this photocathode there is a significant increase of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of a photoelectrochemical solar cell of 100% compared to using a CZTS without Au core. More importantly, the PCE of Au@CZTS photocathode improved by 15.8% compared to standard platinum (Pt) counter electrode. The increased efficiency is attributed to plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET) between the Au nanoparticle core and the CZTS shell at wavelengths shorter than the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) peak of the Au and the semiconductor bandgap.

  5. Tuning plasmonic and chemical enhancement for SERS detection on graphene-based Au hybrids

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    Liang, Xiu; Liang, Benliang; Pan, Zhenghui; Lang, Xiufeng; Zhang, Yuegang; Wang, Guangsheng; Yin, Penggang; Guo, Lin

    2015-11-01

    Various graphene-based Au nanocomposites have been developed as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates recently. However, efficient use of SERS has been impeded by the difficulty of tuning SERS enhancement effects induced from chemical and plasmonic enhancement by different preparation methods of graphene. Herein, we developed graphene-based Au hybrids through physical sputtering gold NPs on monolayer graphene prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) as a CVD-G/Au hybrid, as well as graphene oxide-gold (GO/Au) and reduced-graphene oxide (rGO/Au) hybrids prepared using the chemical in situ crystallization growth method. Plasmonic and chemical enhancements were tuned effectively by simple methods in these as-prepared graphene-based Au systems. SERS performances of CVD-G/Au, rGO/Au and GO/Au showed a gradually monotonic increasing tendency of enhancement factors (EFs) for adsorbed Rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules, which show clear dependence on chemical bonds between graphene and Au, indicating that the chemical enhancement can be steadily controlled by chemical groups in a graphene-based Au hybrid system. Most notably, we demonstrate that the optimized GO/Au was able to detect biomolecules of adenine, which displayed high sensitivity with a detection limit of 10-7 M as well as good reproducibility and uniformity.Various graphene-based Au nanocomposites have been developed as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates recently. However, efficient use of SERS has been impeded by the difficulty of tuning SERS enhancement effects induced from chemical and plasmonic enhancement by different preparation methods of graphene. Herein, we developed graphene-based Au hybrids through physical sputtering gold NPs on monolayer graphene prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) as a CVD-G/Au hybrid, as well as graphene oxide-gold (GO/Au) and reduced-graphene oxide (rGO/Au) hybrids prepared using the chemical in situ crystallization growth method. Plasmonic

  6. Surface-enhanced fluorescence and surface-enhanced Raman scattering of push-pull molecules: sulfur-functionalized 4-amino-7-nitrobenzofurazan adsorbed on Ag and Au nanostructured substrates.

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    Muniz-Miranda, Maurizio; Del Rosso, Tommaso; Giorgetti, Emilia; Margheri, Giancarlo; Ghini, Giacomo; Cicchi, Stefano

    2011-04-01

    We investigated the chemisorption of self-assembled monolayers of sulfur-functionalized 4-amino-7-nitrobenzofurazan on gold and silver nanoisland films (NIFs) by means of surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The ligand is a push-pull molecule, where an intramolecular charge transfer occurs between an electron-donor and an electron-acceptor group, thus exhibiting nonlinear optical properties that are related to both SERS and SEF effects. The presence of different heteroatoms in the molecule ensures the possibility of chemical interaction with both silver and gold substrates. The SERS spectra suggest that furazan is bound to silver via lone pairs of the nitrogen atoms, whereas the ligand is linked to gold via a sulfur atom. Silver NIFs provide more efficient enhancement of both fluorescence and Raman scattering in comparison with gold NIFs. The present SEF and SERS investigation could provide useful information for foreseeing changes in the nonlinear responses of this push-pull molecule.

  7. In situ growth of Au nanocrystals on graphene oxide sheets

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    Qin, Yong; Li, Juan; Kong, Yong; Li, Xiazhang; Tao, Yongxin; Li, Shan; Wang, Yuan

    2014-01-01

    Au nanocrystals (AuNCs) with a size of 10-20 nm decorated on graphene oxide (GO) were fabricated successfully through a hydrothermal reduction and crystallization route without any extra reductants and capping agents. The hydrophobic areas of GO benefit the formation of nanocrystals (NCs) with {111} facets totally exposed; however, the hydrophilic areas are detrimental to the crystallization. The morphology of AuNCs could be tailored by the degree of oxidation on the GO surface. The shape-controllable and reducing properties of GO are in favor of ``clean'' synthesis of noble metal NCs decorated on graphene.Au nanocrystals (AuNCs) with a size of 10-20 nm decorated on graphene oxide (GO) were fabricated successfully through a hydrothermal reduction and crystallization route without any extra reductants and capping agents. The hydrophobic areas of GO benefit the formation of nanocrystals (NCs) with {111} facets totally exposed; however, the hydrophilic areas are detrimental to the crystallization. The morphology of AuNCs could be tailored by the degree of oxidation on the GO surface. The shape-controllable and reducing properties of GO are in favor of ``clean'' synthesis of noble metal NCs decorated on graphene. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Fig. S1-S4. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04714h

  8. Formation of Au/Pd Alloy Nanoparticles on TMV

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    Jung-Sun Lim

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A gold-palladium (AuPd solid solution alloy was successfully deposited on the genetically engineered tobacco mosaic virus (TMV1Cys by the biosorption of Au(III and Pd(II precursors and the reduction of the Au(III and Pd(II to their respective metals or metal alloy. The resulting morphologies of alloy nanoparticles deposited on the TMV1Cys were observed with transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and the AuPd alloy formation was supported with surface plasmon resonance (SPR and selected area electron diffraction (SAED. In addition, selected alloy nanoparticles on the TMV1Cys were analyzed further with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS to confirm the presence of gold and palladium. Our result implies that biotemplated metal mineralization is a potentially useful methodology to prepare alloy nanoparticles.

  9. Ordered Au Nanodisk and Nanohole Arrays: Fabrication and Applications

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    Zheng, Yue Bing

    2010-01-01

    We have utilized nanosphere lithography (NSL) to fabricate ordered Au nanodisk and nanohole arrays on substrates and have studied the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the arrays. Through these investigations, we demonstrate that the angle- dependent behavior of the LSPR in the Au nanodisk arrays enables real-time observation of exciton-plasmon couplings. In addition, we show that the NSL-fabricated Au nanohole arrays can be applied as templates for patterning micro-/nanoparticles under capillary force. The unique structural and plasmonic characteristics of the Au nanodisk and nano- hole arrays, as well as the low-cost and high-throughput NSL-based nanofabrication technique, render these arrays excellent platforms for numerous engineering applications. © 2010 by ASME.

  10. Au Centenaire Immortel

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    Jean Marie Théodat

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Le septième cahier est d’abord l’occasion de rendre hommage, Sur le Métier, à Claude Lévi-Strauss dont c’est le centième anniversaire aujourd’hui. Il arrive que l’oeuvre d’un seul homme soit le symbole de toute une culture, et que son prestige rejaillisse sur tout un pays, jusqu’à instituer celui-ci en modèle aux yeux du reste du monde. La France est heureuse de rendre hommage au plus prestigieux de ses penseurs, véritable trésor vivant, dont les travaux continuent d’irriguer une pensée fécon...

  11. ITS au Japon

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    JANIN, JF; LOUETTE, E; MALLEJACQ, P; PAGNY, R; YGNACE, JL

    2003-01-01

    Dans le cadre de l'accord de coopération signe entre les ministres des transports français et japonais en janvier 2002, des échanges de mission sont organisés de manière à comparer de façon concrète les développements des programmes its dans les deux pays. La première mission française avait eu lieu en mai 2002 à Tokyo. Elle a permis d'organiser un premier séminaire à l'arche de la défense il y a un an au cours duquel les experts japonais ont présenté leurs projets. Un second séminaire s'est ...

  12. Heterostructured Au/Pd-M (M = Au, Pd, Pt) nanoparticles with compartmentalized composition, morphology, and electrocatalytic activity

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    Lutz, Patrick S.; Bae, In-Tae; Maye, Mathew M.

    2015-09-01

    The synthesis, processing, and galvanic exchange of three heterostructured nanoparticle systems is described. The surface accessibility and redox potential of a Au/Pd-Ag dumbbell nanoparticle, where a Au/Pd core/shell region, and a silver region make up the domains, was used to prepare the new nanostructures with controlled composition, morphology, and microstructure. Results indicate that the silver domain was particularly susceptible to galvanic displacement, and was exchanged to Au/Pd-M (M = Au, Pd, Pt). Interestingly, the dumbbell morphology remained after exchange, and the silver region was transformed to hollow, parachute, or concentric domains respectively. The morphology and microstructure change was visualized via TEM and HRTEM, and the composition changes were probed via STEM-EDS imaging and XPS. The electrocatalytic activity of the Au/Pd-M towards methanol oxidation was studied, with results indicating that the Au/Pd-Pt nanoparticles had high activity attributed to the porous nature of the platinum domains.The synthesis, processing, and galvanic exchange of three heterostructured nanoparticle systems is described. The surface accessibility and redox potential of a Au/Pd-Ag dumbbell nanoparticle, where a Au/Pd core/shell region, and a silver region make up the domains, was used to prepare the new nanostructures with controlled composition, morphology, and microstructure. Results indicate that the silver domain was particularly susceptible to galvanic displacement, and was exchanged to Au/Pd-M (M = Au, Pd, Pt). Interestingly, the dumbbell morphology remained after exchange, and the silver region was transformed to hollow, parachute, or concentric domains respectively. The morphology and microstructure change was visualized via TEM and HRTEM, and the composition changes were probed via STEM-EDS imaging and XPS. The electrocatalytic activity of the Au/Pd-M towards methanol oxidation was studied, with results indicating that the Au/Pd-Pt nanoparticles had

  13. A facile strategy to fabricate Au/TiO2 nanotubes photoelectrode with excellent photoelectrocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Guowei; Miao, Hui; Hu, Xiaoyun; Mu, Jianglong; Liu, Xixi; Han, Tongxin; Fan, Jun; Liu, Enzhou; Yin, Yunchao; Wan, Jun

    2017-01-01

    Highly ordered titanium dioxide nanotubes (TiO2 NTs) were prepared by a low-temperature hydrothermal process with Ti sheet as precursor in NaOH solutions. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) were then deposited on the surface of TiO2 NTs by a microwave-assisted chemical reduction route. The investigation reveal that the Au NPs are well dispersed on the surface of TiO2 NTs in metallic state, and Au NPs can effectively promote the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Besides, Au NPs also can enhance the visible light absorption of TiO2 NTs due to their localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect. The experimental results indicate that 0.5 Au/TiO2 NTs film with an photocurrent of 19.0 μA/cm2 exhibits the highest photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity, when under a low bias of 0.5 V, in the degradation of methylene blue (MB). Additionally, the mechanism for the enhanced PEC performance of Au/TiO2 NTs is preliminarily discussed. The Au NPs decorated TiO2 NTs displayed a more effective separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The enhanced visible light absorption was owning to the Au NPs localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect. Finally, the mechanism for the enhanced PEC performance of Au/TiO2 NTs was also proposed.

  14. An investigation of enhanced secondary ion emission under Au(n)+ (n = 1-7) bombardment.

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    Nagy, G; Gelb, L D; Walker, A V

    2005-05-01

    We investigate the mechanism of the nonlinear secondary ion yield enhancement using Au(n)+ (n = 1, 2, 3, 5, 7) primary ions bombarding thin films of Irganox 1010, DL-phenylalanine and polystyrene on Si, Al, and Ag substrates. The largest differences in secondary ion yields are found using Au+, Au2+, and Au3+ primary ion beams. A smaller increase in secondary ion yield is observed using Au5+ and Au7+ primary ions. The yield enhancement is found to be larger on Si than on Al, while the ion yield is smaller using an Au+ beam on Si than on Al. Using Au(n)+ ion structures obtained from Density Functional Theory, we demonstrate that the secondary yield enhancement is not simply due to an increase in energy per area deposited into the surface (energy deposition density). Instead, based on simple mechanical arguments and molecular dynamics results from Medvedeva et al, we suggest a mechanism for nonlinear secondary ion yield enhancement wherein the action of multiple concerted Au impacts leads to efficient energy transfer to substrate atoms in the near surface region and an increase in the number of secondary ions ejected from the surface. Such concerted impacts involve one, two, or three Au atoms, which explains well the large nonlinear yield enhancements observed going from Au+ to Au2+ to Au3+ primary ions. This model is also able to explain the observed substrate effect. For an Au+ ion passing through the more open Si surface, it contacts fewer substrate atoms than in the more dense Al surface. Less energy is deposited in the Si surface region by the Au+ primary ion and the secondary ion yield will be lower for adsorbates on Si than on Al. In the case of Au(n)+ the greater density of Al leads to earlier break-up of the primary ion and a consequent reduction in energy transfer to the near-surface region when compared with Si. This results in higher secondary ion yields and yield enhancements on silicon than aluminum substrates.

  15. Two-stage melting of Au-Pd nanoparticles.

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    Mejía-Rosales, Sergio J; Fernandez-Navarro, Carlos; Pérez-Tijerina, Eduardo; Montejano-Carrizales, Juan Martín; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2006-07-06

    Several series of molecular dynamics runs were performed to simulate the melting transition of bimetallic cuboctahedral nanoparticles of gold-palladium at different relative concentrations to study their structural properties before, in, and after the transition. The simulations were made in the canonical ensemble, each series covering a range of temperatures from 300 to 980 K, using the Rafii-Tabar version of the Sutton and Chen interatomic potential for metallic alloys. We found that the melting transition temperature has a strong dependence on the relative concentrations of the atomic species. We also found that, previous to the melting transition, the outer layer of the nanoparticle gets disordered in what can be thought as a premelting stage, where Au atoms near the surface migrate to the surface and remain there after the particle melts as a whole. The melting of the surface below Tm is consistent with studies of the interaction of a TEM electron beam with Au and Au-Pd nanoparticles.

  16. Application of Turkevich Method for Gold Nanoparticles Synthesis to Fabrication of SiO2@Au and TiO2@Au Core-Shell Nanostructures

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    Paulina Dobrowolska

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The Turkevich synthesis method of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs was adopted for direct fabrication of SiO2@Au and TiO2@Au core-shell nanostructures. In this method, chloroauric acid was reduced with trisodium citrate in the presence of amine-functionalized silica or titania submicroparticles. Core-shells obtained in this way were compared to structures fabricated by mixing of Turkevich AuNPs with amine-functionalized silica or titania submicroparticles. It was found that by modification of reaction conditions of the first method, such as temperature and concentration of reagents, control over gold coverage on silicon dioxide particles has been achieved. Described method under certain conditions allows fabrication of semicontinuous gold films on the surface of silicon dioxide particles. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing use of Turkevich method to direct fabrication of TiO2@Au core-shell nanostructures.

  17. Supported bimetallic Pt-Au nanoparticles: Structural features predicted by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Morrow, Brian H.; Striolo, Alberto

    2010-04-01

    We have utilized all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to study bimetallic Pt-Au nanoparticles supported by carbonaceous materials at 700 K. Nanoparticles containing 250 atoms with 25%, 50%, and 75% Pt ( Pt62Au188 , Pt125Au125 , and Pt188Au62 , respectively) were considered. A single graphite sheet and bundles of seven (10,10), (13,13), and (20,20) single-walled carbon nanotubes were used as supports. It was found that Pt125Au125 forms a well-defined Pt core covered by an Au shell, regardless of the support. Pt62Au188 exhibits a mixed Pt-Au core with an Au shell. Pt188Au62 has a Pt core with a mixed Pt-Au shell. The support affects the atomic distribution. We investigated the percentage of nanoparticle surface atoms that are Pt. Our results show that for Pt62Au188 and Pt125Pt125 , this percentage is lowest when there is no support and highest when carbon nanotubes are supports. We studied the size of clusters of Pt atoms on the nanoparticle surface, finding that the geometry of the support influences the distribution of cluster sizes. Finally, we found that the coordination states of the atoms on the nanoparticle surface are affected by the support structure. These results suggest that it is possible to tailor the distribution of atoms in Pt-Au nanoparticles by controlling the nanoparticle composition and the support geometry. Such level of control is desirable for improving selectivity of catalysts.

  18. Controlled building of CdSe@ZnS/Au and CdSe@ZnS/ Au2S/Au nanohybrids

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    Raquel E. Galian[1; Pilar Diaz[1; Antonio Ribera[1; Alejandro Rincon-Bertolin[1; Said Agouram[2; Julia Perez-Prieto[1

    2015-01-01

    The addition of Au3. to spherical amine-capped CdSe@ZnS nanoparticles in toluene at room temperature and under darkness can lead to ternary CdSe@ZnS/Au nanohybrids. We demonstrate that this happens only when the nanoparticles possess a relatively thin ZnS shell, thus showing that thickness plays a key role in gold deposition on the CdSe@ZnS nanoparticle surface. Our hypothesis is that the amine ligand acts as the reductant of Au3+ ions into Au+ ions, whose affinity for sulfur would keep them at the CdSe@ZnS surface. This interaction stabilizes the Au+ ion, making it less prone to reduction than a non-coordinated Au+ ion. In CdSe@ZnS with a thin shell, Au+ ions at the surface of, or most probably within, the ZnS shell cause the transfer of Cd2+ ions into the solution. Subsequently, the core Se2- anion, which is a better reductant than the shell S2- reduces Au+ ions to Au(0), and large gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are quickly deposited on the CdSe@ZnS surface in room temperature process, leading to ternary CdSe@ZnS/Au nanohybrids. In solution, these ternary nanohybrids progressively transform into quaternary CdSe@ZnS/Au2S/Au nanohybrids due to the reaction of the shell S2- anion with the remaining Au+ at the CdSe@ZnS surface, thus leading to the growth of Au2S nanoparticles on the CdSe@ZnS surface while Zn concomitantly leaches from the nanohybrid into the solution. Photoirradiation of the heterostructures with visible light enhances their emission efficiency. Comparatively, irradiation of the precursors, i.e., CdSe@ZnS nanoparticles, causes a drastic decrease in their emission accompanied by a blue shift of their emission maximum. The optical properties of these nanohybrids were analyzed by absorption and fluorescence (steady-state and time-resolved) spectroscopy, and the composition of the samples and the chemical states were determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

  19. Polarimetric Detection of Enantioselective Adsorption by Chiral Au Nanoparticles – Effects of Temperature, Wavelength and Size

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    Nisha Shukla

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available R- and S-propylene oxide (PO have been shown to interact enantiospecifically with the chiral surfaces of Au nanopar‐ ticles (NPs modified with D- or L-cysteine (cys. This enantiospecific interaction has been detected using optical polarimetry measurements made on solutions of the D- or L-cys modified Au (cys/Au NPs during addition of racemic PO. The selective adsorption of one enantiomer of the PO onto the cys/Au NP surfaces results in a net rotation of light during addition of the racemic PO to the solution. In order to optimize the conditions used for making these measurements and to quantify enantiospecific adsorption onto chiral NPs, this work has measured the effect of temperature, wavelength and Au NP size on optical rotation by solutions containing D- or L-cys/Au NPs and racemic PO. Increasing temperature, decreasing wave‐ length and decreasing NP size result in larger optical rotations.

  20. Quantitative Interpretation of the Low-Bias Conductance of Au-Mesitylene-Au Molecular Junctions Formed from Mesitylene Monolayers.

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    Wang, Hao; Jiang, Zhuoling; Wang, Yongfeng; Sanvito, Stefano; Hou, Shimin

    2016-07-18

    The atomic structure and electronic transport properties of Au-mesitylene-Au molecular junctions formed from a mesitylene monolayer without any anchoring groups are investigated by employing the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. The intermolecular and adsorbate-substrate interactions are described by the non-local optB88 van der Waals functional. Two types of Au-mesitylene-Au molecular junctions are constructed, in which either an isolated mesitylene molecule or a mesitylene molecule embedded into a monolayer lying flat on one electrode surface is in contact with an atomic protrusion of the other electrode surface. The calculated low-bias conductance values of these two junctions are both in quantitative agreement with the reported experimental values [S. Afsari, Z. Li, and E. Borguet, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9771; Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 9929]. This indicates that the measured conductance is intrinsic at the single-molecule Au-mesitylene-Au junction and that the intermolecular interactions in the mesitylene monolayer have little effect.

  1. Amperometric Immunosensor for Carbofuran Detection Based on MWCNTs/GS-PEI-Au and AuNPs-Antibody Conjugate

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    Xiangyou Wang

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an amperometric immunosensor for the detection of carbofuran was developed. Firstly, multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and graphene sheets-ethyleneimine polymer-Au (GS-PEI-Au nanocomposites were modified onto the surface of a glass carbon electrode (GCE via self-assembly. The nanocomposites can increase the surface area of the GCE to capture a large amount of antibody, as well as produce a synergistic effect in the electrochemical performance. Then the modified electrode was coated with gold nanoparticles-antibody conjugate (AuNPs-Ab and blocked with BSA. The monoclonal antibody against carbofuran was covalently immobilized on the AuNPs with glutathione as a spacer arm. The morphologies of the GS-PEI-Au nanocomposites and the fabrication process of the immunosensor were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, ultraviolet and visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, respectively. Under optimal conditions, the immunosensor showed a wide linear range, from 0.5 to 500 ng/mL, with a detection limit of 0.03 ng/mL (S/N = 3. The as-constructed immunosensor exhibited notable performance features such as high specificity, good reproducibility, acceptable stability and regeneration performance. The results are mainly due to the excellent properties of MWCNTs, GS-PEI-Au nanocomposites and the covalent immobilization of Ab with free hapten binding sites for further immunoreaction. It provides a new avenue for amperometric immunosensor fabrication.

  2. Amperometric immunosensor for carbofuran detection based on MWCNTs/GS-PEI-Au and AuNPs-antibody conjugate.

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    Zhu, Ying; Cao, Yaoyao; Sun, Xia; Wang, Xiangyou

    2013-04-19

    In this paper, an amperometric immunosensor for the detection of carbofuran was developed. Firstly, multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene sheets-ethyleneimine polymer-Au (GS-PEI-Au) nanocomposites were modified onto the surface of a glass carbon electrode (GCE) via self-assembly. The nanocomposites can increase the surface area of the GCE to capture a large amount of antibody, as well as produce a synergistic effect in the electrochemical performance. Then the modified electrode was coated with gold nanoparticles-antibody conjugate (AuNPs-Ab) and blocked with BSA. The monoclonal antibody against carbofuran was covalently immobilized on the AuNPs with glutathione as a spacer arm. The morphologies of the GS-PEI-Au nanocomposites and the fabrication process of the immunosensor were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet and visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. Under optimal conditions, the immunosensor showed a wide linear range, from 0.5 to 500 ng/mL, with a detection limit of 0.03 ng/mL (S/N = 3). The as-constructed immunosensor exhibited notable performance features such as high specificity, good reproducibility, acceptable stability and regeneration performance. The results are mainly due to the excellent properties of MWCNTs, GS-PEI-Au nanocomposites and the covalent immobilization of Ab with free hapten binding sites for further immunoreaction. It provides a new avenue for amperometric immunosensor fabrication.

  3. Density functional studies of small Au clusters adsorbed on α-FeOOH: Structural and electronic properties

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    Fortunato, Leandro F.; Zubieta, Carolina E.; Fuente, Silvia A.; Belelli, Patricia G.; Ferullo, Ricardo M.

    2016-11-01

    We report a density functional theory (DFT) investigation on the interaction of tiny Aun (n = 1-5) clusters with the bare and hydroxylated (110) surfaces of goethite (α-FeOOH). Both adsorption and atom-by-atom nucleation processes were modeled. The adsorption is shown to be strong on the bare surface and takes place preferentially through the interaction of Au atoms with unsaturated surface oxygen anions, accompanied with an electronic charge transfer from the metal to the support. Au3, Au4 and Au5 planar structures resulted to be particularly stable due to polarization effects; indeed, Coulombic repulsion between basal Au atoms and surface oxygen anions promotes the displacement of the electronic density toward terminal Au atoms producing a Au+δ(basal)/Au-δ(terminal) polarization. On the hydroxylated surface, Au clusters adsorb more weakly with respect to the bare surface, mainly through monocoordinated surface hydroxyl groups and tricoordinated oxygen ions. Concerning the nucleation mechanism, while on the hydroxylated surface the nucleation energy is governed by the spin of the interacting systems, on the bare surface polarization effects seems to play a predominant role.

  4. DEPENDENCE OF DOMAIN STRUCTURES ON Au THICKNESS IN Co/Au MULTILAYER FILMS

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    1998-01-01

    The magnetic force images and surface topography images of sputtered Co/Au multilayer films in remnant state were measured by magnetic force microscopy. From the surface magnetic structures shown in the magnetic force images it can be seen that the domain pattern and size vary with the increase of the thickness t of the non-ferromagnetic Au layer remarkably. With the measurements of the effective perpendicular anisotropy Ku and the domain period d, it was found that there are similar trends of d and Ku as functions of t. The variations of the domain pattern and size were qualitatively interpreted in terms of magnetic domain theory, the theoretical relations of d and the domain wall energy ow vs t were calculated. As t = 8.5 AL(1AL=0.235nm), the largest ow is 11mJ/m2.

  5. Spherical and polygonal shape of Au nanoparticles coated functionalized polymer microspheres

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    Xu, Ting; Li, Yingzhi; Zhang, Junxian; Qi, Yalong; Zhao, Xin; Zhang, Qinghua, E-mail: qhzhang@dhu.edu.cn

    2015-08-01

    Highlights: • PS/PPy with well-defined core/shell structures was prepared in aqueous solution. • Au NPs were coated on PS/PPy by the fixation and continuous growth process. • Mercapto-groups played a role in the number and morphology of Au shell. • PS/PPy/Au had homogeneous and dense Au coatings with different shape. - Abstract: Uniform polystyrene (PS)/polypyrrole (PPy) composite microspheres with well-defined core/shell structures are synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) are successfully coated on the surface of PS/PPy microspheres by means of electrostatic interactions due to the functionalized PPy coatings supplying sufficient amino groups and the additive of mercapto acetic acid. Furthermore, the as-prepared PS/PPy/Au microspheres serving as seeds facilitate Au NPs further growth by in situ reduction in HAuCl{sub 4} solution to obtain PS/PPy/Au spheres with the core/shell/shell structure. Morphology observation demonstrates that the monodisperse PS/PPy/Au microspheres compose of uniform cores and the compact coatings containing distinct two layers. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope confirm the existence of PPy and Au on the surface of the composite spheres. This facile approach to preparing metal-coated polymer spheres supplies the potential applications in biosensors, electronics and medical diagnosis.

  6. Laser nanostructuring of Au/Ag and Au/Ni films for application in SERS

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    Nikov, Ru. G.; Nedyalkov, N. N.; Atanasov, P. A.; Grochowska, K.; Iwulska, A.; Sliwinski, G.

    2013-03-01

    In this paper results on laser nanostructuring of Au/Ag and Au/Ni thin films are presented. The nanostructuring leads to formation of arrays of bimetallic nanoparticles. The fabrication of the these structures is made using a two step procedure. Initially, thin films are deposited on quartz substrates by classical pulsed laser deposition method. In order to produce Au/Ag or Au/Ni thin films, targets with two sections consist the different metals are used. Thin films with different concentrations of the two metals are obtained by changing the area of the different sections in the target. The as prepared films are then annealed by nanosecond laser pulses delivered by Nd:YAG laser system operated at λ = 355 nm. It is found that the laser annealing may lead to nanostructuring of the deposited films as at certain conditions decomposition into monolayers of nanoparticles with narrow size distribution is obtained. The performed EDX analyses indicate that the fabricated particles are composed by a bimetallic system of the basic metals used. The transmission spectra of the obtained structures show evidences of plasmon excitations. The bimetal nanostructures are covered with Rhodamine 6G and then tested as active substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

  7. Synthesis, Morphology, and Optical Properties of Au/CdS Hybrid Nanocomposites Stabilized by Branched Polymer Matrices

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    V. A. Chumachenko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Metal/semiconductor (Au/CdS nanocomposites were synthesized in the solution of branched D-g-PAA polymer. TEM and DLS of Au/CdS/D-g-PAA nanocomposites revealed complicated nanocomposite structure consisting of the Au nanoparticles (NPs of 6 nm in size surrounded by small CdS NPs with size of 3 nm. These nanocomposites formed the aggregates-clusters with average size of 50–800 nm. Absorption spectra of Au/CdS nanocomposites consist of the bands of excitons in CdS NPs and surface plasmons in Au ones. The surface plasmon band of gold NPs is red shifted and broadened in Au/CdS/D-g-PAA nanocomposites comparing to the one of Au NPs in Au/D-g-PAA proving the fact of close location of CdS and Au NPs in the synthesized Au/CdS/D-g-PAA nanocomposites. The PL spectra of Au/CdS nanocomposites originate from the radiative transitions in excitons in CdS NPs. The 4-fold increase of intensity of free exciton PL is observed for CdS NPs in Au/CdS/D-g-PAA comparing to CdS ones in CdS/D-g-PAA that is due to PL enhancement by local field of surface plasmons of Au NPs. Also, the 12-fold decrease of intensity of localized exciton PL is observed for CdS NPs in Au/CdS/D-g-PAA comparing to CdS ones in CdS/D-g-PAA. Most probably, it is due to passivation of the surface of CdS NPs carried out by the Au ones.

  8. Investigation of adsorption behavior of mercury on Au(111) from first principles.

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    Lim, Dong-Hee; Aboud, Shela; Wilcox, Jennifer

    2012-07-03

    The structural and electronic properties of Hg, SO(2), HgS, and HgO adsorption on Au(111) surfaces have been determined using density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation. The adsorption strength of Hg on Au(111) increases by a factor of 1.3 (from -9.7 to -12.6 kcal/mol) when the number of surface vacancies increases from 0 to 3; however, the adsorption energy decreases with more than three vacancies. In the case of SO(2) adsorption on Au(111), the Au surface atoms are better able to stabilize the SO(2) molecule when they are highly undercoordinated. The SO(2) adsorption stability is enhanced from -0.8 to -9.3 kcal/mol by increasing the number of vacancies from 0 to 14, with the lowest adsorption energy of -10.2 kcal/mol at 8 Au vacancies. Atomic sulfur and oxygen precovered-Au(111) surfaces lower the Hg stability when Hg adsorbs on the top of S and O atoms. However, a cooperative effect between adjacent Hg atoms is observed as the number of S and Hg atoms increases on the perfect Au(111) surface, resulting in an increase in the magnitude of Hg adsorption. Details of the electronic structure properties of the Hg-Au systems are also discussed.

  9. Centrality dependence of antiproton production in Au+Au collisions

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    Beavis, D.; Bennett, M.J.; Carroll, J.B.; Chiba, J.; Chikanian, A.; Crawford, H.; Cronqvist, M.; Dardenne, Y.; Debbe, R.; Doke, T.; Engelage, J.; Greiner, L.; Hallman, T.J.; Hayano, R.S.; Heckman, H.H.; Kashiwagi, T.; Kikuchi, J.; Kumar, S.; Kuo, C.; Lindstrom, P.J.; Mitchell, J.W.; Nagamiya, S.; Nagle, J.L.; Pope, J.K.; Stankus, P.; Tanaka, K.H.; Welsh, R.C.; Zhan, W. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York (United States)]|[A.W. Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (United States)]|[University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles California (United States)]|[National Laboratory for High Energy Physics (KEK), Tsukuba (Japan)]|[University of California Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley California (United States)]|[Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan)]|[University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)]|[Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley California (United States)]|[Universities Space Sciences Research Association/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland (United States)]|[Nevis Laboratory, Columbia University, Irvington, New York (United States)]|[Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); (E878 Collaboration)

    1995-11-13

    We have measured the yields of antiprotons in Au+Au interactions in the rapidity range 1.2{lt}{ital y}{lt}2.8 as a function of centrality using a beam line spectrometer. The shapes of the invariant multiplicity distributions at {ital p}{sub {ital t}}=0 are used to explore the dynamics of antiproton production and annihilation. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital The} {ital American} {ital Physical} {ital Society}.

  10. True nature of an archetypal self-assembly system: mobile Au-thiolate species on Au(111).

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    Yu, Miao; Bovet, N; Satterley, Christopher J; Bengió, S; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Milligan, P K; Jones, Robert G; Woodruff, D P; Dhanak, V

    2006-10-20

    Alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) phases on Au(111) have been assumed to involve direct S head group bonding to the substrate. Using x-ray standing wave experiments, we show the thiolate actually bonds to gold adatoms; self-organization in these archetypal SAM systems must therefore be governed by the movement of these Au-S-R moieties on the surface between two distinct local hollow sites on the surface. The results of recent ab initio total energy calculations provide strong support for this description, and a rationale for the implied significant molecular mobility in these systems.

  11. Green synthesis and characterization of Au@Pt core-shell bimetallic nanoparticles using gallic acid

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    Zhang, Guojun; Zheng, Hongmei; Shen, Ming; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xiaosan

    2015-06-01

    In this study, we developed a facile and benign green synthesis approach for the successful fabrication of well-dispersed urchin-like Au@Pt core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) using gallic acid (GA) as both a reducing and protecting agent. The proposed one-step synthesis exploits the differences in the reduction potentials of AuCl4- and PtCl62-, where the AuCl4- ions are preferentially reduced to Au cores and the PtCl62- ions are then deposited continuously onto the Au core surface as a Pt shell. The as-prepared Au@Pt NPs were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM); high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM); scanning electron microscope (SEM); UV-vis absorption spectra (UV-vis); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transmission infrared spectra (FT-IR). We systematically investigated the effects of some experimental parameters on the formation of the Au@Pt NPs, i.e., the reaction temperature, the molar ratios of HAuCl4/H2PtCl6, and the amount of GA. When polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP) was used as a protecting agent, the Au@Pt core-shell NPs obtained using this green synthesis method were better dispersed and smaller in size. The as-prepared Au@Pt NPs exhibited better catalytic activity in the reaction where NaBH4 reduced p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol. However, the results showed that the Au@Pt bimetallic NPs had a lower catalytic activity than the pure Au NPs obtained by the same method, which confirmed the formation of Au@Pt core-shell nanostructures because the active sites on the surfaces of the Au NPs were covered with a Pt shell.

  12. Face au risque

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    Grosse, Christian; November, Valérie

    2007-01-01

    Ce volume collectif sur le risque inaugure la collection L'ÉQUINOXE. Ancré dans l'histoire pour mesurer les continuités et les ruptures, il illustre la manière dont les sciences humaines évaluent et mesurent les enjeux collectifs du risque sur les plans politiques, scientifiques, énergétiques, juridiques et éthiques. Puisse-t-il nourrir la réflexion sur la culture et la prévention du risque. Ses formes épidémiques, écologiques, sociales, terroristes et militaires nourrissent les peurs actuelles, structurent les projets sécuritaires et constituent - sans doute - les défis majeurs à notre modernité. Dans la foulée de la richesse scientifique d'Equinoxe, L'ÉQUINOXE hérite de son esprit en prenant à son tour le pari de contribuer - non sans risque - à enrichir en Suisse romande et ailleurs le champ éditorial des sciences humaines dont notre société a besoin pour forger ses repères. Après Face au risque suivra cet automne Du sens des Lumières. (MICHEL PORRET Professeur Ordinaire à la F...

  13. A facile approach to fabricate Au nanoparticles loaded SiO{sub 2} microspheres for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Tang, Mingyi, E-mail: mingyitjucu@163.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Science, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300134 (China); Huang, Guanbo, E-mail: gbhuang2007@hotmail.com [Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li, Xianxian; Pang, Xiaobo [Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Science, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300134 (China); Qiu, Haixia [Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2015-07-15

    Hydrophilic and biocompatible macromolecules were used to improve and simplify the process for the fabrication of core/shell SiO{sub 2}@Au composite particles. The influence of polymers on the morphology of SiO{sub 2}@Au particles with different size of SiO{sub 2} cores was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optical property of the SiO{sub 2}@Au particles was studied with UV–Vis spectroscopy. The results indicate that the structure and composition of macromolecules affect the morphology of Au layers on SiO{sub 2} microspheres. The SiO{sub 2}@Au particles prepared in the presence of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) have thin and complete Au nanoshells owing to their inducing act in preferential growth of Au nanoparticles along the surface of SiO{sub 2} microspheres. SiO{sub 2}@Au particles can be also prepared from SiO{sub 2} microspheres modified with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane in the presence of PVA or PVP. This offers a simple way to fabricate a Au layer on SiO{sub 2} or other microspheres. The SiO{sub 2}@Au particles demonstrated high catalytic activity in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. - Highlights: • Facile direct deposition method for Au nanoparticles on silica microspheres. • Influence of different types of macromolecule on the formation of Au shell. • High catalytic performance of Au nanoparticles on silica microspheres.

  14. Rotating Au nanorod and nanowire driven by circularly polarized light.

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    Liaw, Jiunn-Woei; Chen, Ying-Syuan; Kuo, Mao-Kuen

    2014-10-20

    The wavelength-dependent optical torques provided by a circularly polarized (CP) plane wave driving Au nanorod (NR) and nanowire (NW) to rotate constantly were studied theoretically. Using the multiple multipole method, the resultant torque in terms of Maxwell's stress tensor was analyzed. Numerical results show that the optical torque spectrum is in accordance with the absorption spectrum of Au NR/NW. Under the same fluence, the maximum optical torque occurs at the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Au NR/NW, accompanied by a severe plasmonic heating. The rotation direction of the light-driven NR/NW depends on the handedness of CP light. In contrast, the optical torque exerted on Au NR/NW illuminated by a linearly polarized light is null at LSPR. Due to the plasmonic effect, the optical torque on Au NR/NW by CP light is two orders of magnitude larger than that on a dielectric NR/NW of the same size. The steady-state rotation of NR/NW in water, resulting from the balance of optical torque and viscous torque, was also discussed. Our finding shed some light on manipulating a CP light-driven Au NR/NW as a rotating nanomotor for a variety of applications in optofluidics and biophysics.

  15. QCM and EC-SPR Studies of Cytochrome c Self-assembled on Au Electrode and Enhancement of SPR Signal by Au Nanoparticles

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    WANG Yan-yan; JIANG Yan-xia; ZHOU You-chen; LI Yan-yan; MA Zhi-fang; SUN Shi-gang

    2012-01-01

    Quartz crystal microbalance(QCM) and cyclic voltammetry(CV) were used to characterize the monolayer of cytochrome c(Cyt c),which was adsorbed on gold film modified with alkanethiol mixed monolayer.A direct comparison of protein surface coverages calculated from QCM and cyclic voltammetric measurements illustrates that the ratio of the electroactive Cyt c to the total surface-confined Cyt c is 34%,which suggests that the orientation is a main factor affecting the electroactivity of Cyt c.Moreover,surface plasmon resonance(SPR) measurement combined with CV "in situ" was used to investigate the conformational change of Cyt c in the redox process.Besides,Au nanoparticles(Au NPs) were adsorbed on the surface of Cyt c.The result indicates that Au NPs promote electron transfer between Cyt c and the gold electrode,and SPR result suggests Au NPs enhance SPR signal.

  16. Solution plasma synthesis of Au nanoparticles for coating titanium dioxide to enhance its photocatalytic activity

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    Nakasugi, Yuki; Saito, Genki [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Yamashita, Toru [Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Sakaguchi, Norihito [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Akiyama, Tomohiro, E-mail: takiyama@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Center for Advanced Research of Energy and Materials, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2015-05-29

    A convenient method for coating titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) by Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) is demonstrated in solution plasma to improve the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}. AuNPs from a metallic Au electrode were bonded to the surface of a commercial TiO{sub 2} powder, which acted as a catalyst support, with the reaction taking place in an electrolyte solution. The effect of diverse plasma conditions on the size and productivity of the AuNPs was investigated initially to provide a reference in the absence of TiO{sub 2}. At 290 V, “partial plasma” was attained, with only a weak light emission surrounding the Au electrode. Conditions then evolved to “full plasma”, with a strong orange emission at 330 V. Partial or full status was maintained for 1 h at 300 and 400 V, respectively. At the transition to full, the AuNP particle size increased from 3.72 to 6.09 nm and the productivity increased dramatically from 0.025 to 0.87 mg h{sup −1} mm{sup −2}. Stronger plasma very efficiently synthesized AuNPs, and therefore, it was adopted for further study. AuNP-TiO{sub 2} combinations were formed by applying 400 V to a TiO{sub 2}-dispersed solution. In these experiments, TiO{sub 2} coated with AuNPs was synthesized; these combinations of AuNP-TiO{sub 2} had 0.44 mol% of Au. The photocatalytic activity of AuNP-TiO{sub 2} was investigated by measuring the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). Under UV irradiation, the AuNP-TiO{sub 2} particles removed up to 95% of the dye in 70 min. Commercial TiO{sub 2} achieves values closer to 85%. The results thus raise the possibility that solution plasma methods can be generalized as a means for achieving catalysis-enhancing coatings. - Highlights: • Au nanoparticles with a diameter of several nm were synthesized by solution plasma. • The effect of plasma conditions on the Au nanoparticles formation was investigated. • High resolution TEM was conducted to investigate the crystal structure. • Au nanoparticles were coated

  17. Hydrogen evolution on Au(111) covered with submonolayers of Pd

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    Björketun, Mårten; Karlberg, Gustav; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2011-01-01

    . The energetics of adsorption and desorption of hydrogen on/from different types of sites on the Pd-Au(111) surface are assessed by means of density functional theory calculations combined with thermodynamic modeling. Based on the density functional and Monte Carlo data, the hydrogen evolution activity......A theoretical investigation of electrochemical hydrogen evolution on Au(111) covered with submonolayers of Pd is presented. The size and shape of monoatomically high Pd islands formed on the Au(111) surface are determined using Monte Carlo simulations, for Pd coverages varying from 0.02 to 0.95 ML...... line defects for Pd island formation and hydrogen evolution are discussed. It is argued, with support from theoretical data, that this kind of defects is likely to be responsible for a dramatic increase in activity observed experimentally [ChemPhysChem 7, 985 (2006); Electrochim. Acta 52, 5548 (2007...

  18. Au-Ag hollow nanostructures with tunable SERS properties

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    Jiji, S. G.; Gopchandran, K. G.

    2017-01-01

    Fabrication of hollow Au-Ag nanoparticles is done by the sequential action of galvanic replacement and Kirkendall effect. Polyol synthesized silver nanoparticles were used as templates and the size of cavities is controlled by the systematic addition of the HAuCl4. Au-Ag nanoparticles carved in different depths were tested for application as substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering. Two medically important Raman active analytes-Nile blue chloride and Crystal violet were used in the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) performance analysis. A systematic study has been made on the Raman enhancement of hollow nanoparticles fabricated with different cavity dimensions and compared with that of the silver templates used. The enhancement observed for these hollow substrates with cavities is of interest since Au protected hollow nanostructures are vital and an active area of interest in drug delivery systems.

  19. Low-pressure ETEM Studies of Au assisted MgO Nanorod Growth

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    Wagner, Jakob Birkedal; Duchstein, Linus Daniel Leonhard; Ming, Lin;

    with the support and their surroundings. However, information about the crystal structure of their bulk and surface is often obtained from measurements averaged over large numbers of particles. Here, we present environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) studies of the growth of MgO nanorods from Au...... catalyst nanoparticles in a controlled gas atmosphere, in order to elucidate the mobility of Au surface atoms and the configuration of the Au/MgO interface. The particles are synthesized by depositing a thin layer of Au onto MgO smoke particles. The Au agglomerates into particles that are a few nanometers...... in diameter, providing a model system for the investigation of nanoparticle surface and interface properties. Earlier studies report that MgO nanorod growth is driven by the electron beam. The growth is, however, strongly dependent on the gaseous environment in the microscope. We have studied the electron...

  20. Thermodynamic assessment of Au-Zr system

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    李志华; 金展鹏; 刘华山

    2003-01-01

    Au-Zr binary system was reassessed by using the calculation phase diagram (CALPHAD) technique based on experimental thermodynamic data and newly reported phase diagrams. The excess Gibbs energies of the three terminal solutions and the liquid phases were formulated with Redlich-Kister polynomial. All the intermetallic phases were treated as stoichiometric compounds with the exception of ZrAu which is modeled by a two-sublattice model, (Au,Zr) : (Au, Zr). The results show that there exist seven intermetallics: Zr3Au, Zr2Au, Zr5Au4,Zr7Au10, ZrAu2 , ZrAu3, and ZrAu4 in the system. The eutectoid reaction: β(Zr) →α(Zr)+Zr3Au takes place at 1 048 K and the maximal solubility of Au in α-Zr is 4.7 % (mole fraction). The maximal solubility of Zr in Au is 6.0%(mole fraction) at 1 347 K. The homogeneity range of ZrAu phase is about 44.5%-52.9%(mole fraction) of Au. The present assessment fits experimental data very well.

  1. Versatile and efficient catalysts for energy and environmental processes: Mesoporous silica containing Au, Pd and Au-Pd

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    da Silva, Anderson G. M.; Fajardo, Humberto V.; Balzer, Rosana; Probst, Luiz F. D.; Lovón, Adriana S. P.; Lovón-Quintana, Juan J.; Valença, Gustavo P.; Schreine, Wido H.; Robles-Dutenhefner, Patrícia A.

    2015-07-01

    We described a versatile approach for the synthesis of Au/MCM-41, Pd/MCM-41 and Au-Pd/MCM-41 by the direct incorporation of the noble metals into the MCM-41 framework. The structural, textural and chemical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), N2-adsorption (BET and BJH methods), H2-chemisorption, small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The nanomaterials, being comprised of Au, Pd and Au-Pd nanoparticles and possessing high surface areas were applied as versatile and efficient catalysts in benzene, toluene and o-xylene (BTX) oxidation and in the steam reforming of ethanol for hydrogen production. The results revealed that the catalytic behavior in both processes was influenced by the experimental conditions and the nature of the catalyst employed. The Au-Pd/MCM-41 catalyst was the most active in the BTX total oxidation. On the basis of characterization data, it was proposed that the close contact between Pd and Au and the higher dispersion of Pd may be responsible for the enhanced activity of the bimetallic catalyst. However, the strong interaction between the noble metals did not improve the performance of the bimetallic catalyst in ethanol steam reforming, the Pd/MCM-41 catalyst being the most active and selective for hydrogen production.

  2. Controlling the stereochemistry and regularity of butanethiol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111)

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    Yan, Jiawei; Ouyang, Runhai; Jensen, Palle Skovhus;

    2014-01-01

    The rich stereochemistry of the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of four butanethiols on Au(111) is described, the SAMs containing up to 12 individual C, S, or Au chiral centers per surface unit cell. This is facilitated by synthesis of enantiomerically pure 2-butanethiol (the smallest unsubstitu...

  3. Structural and optical properties of solid-state synthesized Au dendritic structures

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    Gentile, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia - Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia - Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Romano, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia - Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Boninelli, S. [MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Reitano, R.; Piccitto, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia - Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Grimaldi, M.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia - Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); MATIS IMM-CNR, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Au dendritic structures were produced on surfaces. • The chemical and structural properties of the dendritic structures are presented. • The optical properties of the dendritic structures are presented. • The ability of the dendritic structures to serve as light scattering centers is presented. - Abstract: Au dendrites (Au Ds) are synthesized, on various substrates, by a simple physical methodology involving the deposition of a thin Au film on a Si surface followed by thermal processes at high temperatures (>1273 K) in an inert ambient (N{sub 2}), using fast heating and cooling rates (1273 K/min). Microscopic analyses reveal the evolution, thanks to the thermal processes, of the Au film from a continuous coating to dendritic structures covering the entire sample surface. In particular, transmission electron microscopy analyses indicate that, below the Au surface, the dendritic structures consist of Si atoms originating from the substrate. Furthermore, optical characterizations reveal the ability of the Au Ds to serve as scattering centers in the infrared region. Finally, on the basis of the experimental observations, a phenomenological model for the growth of the Au Ds is proposed.

  4. Nanoscale Wire Bonding of Individual Ag Nanowires on Au Substrate at Room Temperature

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    Peng, Peng; Guo, Wei; Zhu, Ying; Liu, Lei; Zou, Guisheng; Zhou, Y. Norman

    2017-07-01

    The controllable wire bonding of individual Ag nanowires onto a Au electrode was achieved at room temperature. The plastic deformation induced by pressure using nanoindentation could break the protective organic shell on the surface of the Ag nanowires and cause atomic contact to promote the diffusion and nanojoining at the Ag and Au interface. Severe slip bands were observed in the Ag nanowires after the deformation. A metallic bond was formed at the interface, with the Ag diffusing into the Au more than the Au diffused into the Ag. This nanoscale wire bonding might present opportunities for nanoscale packaging and nanodevice design.

  5. Enantiospecific adsorption of cysteine on a chiral Au34 cluster

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    de Jesús Pelayo, José; Valencia, Israel; Díaz, Gabriela; López-Lozano, Xóchitl; Garzón, Ignacio L.

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of biological molecules like chiral amino acids with chiral metal clusters is becoming an interesting and active field of research because of its potential impact in, for example, chiral molecular recognition phenomena. In particular, the enantiospecific adsorption (EA) of cysteine (Cys) on a chiral Au55 cluster was theoretically predicted a few years ago. In this work, we present theoretical results, based on density functional theory, of the EA of non-zwitterionic cysteine interacting with the C3-Au34 chiral cluster, which has been experimentally detected in gas phase, using trapped ion electron diffraction. Our results show that, indeed, the adsorption energy of the amino acid depends on which enantiomers participate in the formation Cys-Au34 chiral complex. EA was obtained in the adsorption modes where both the thiol, and the thiol-amino functional groups of Cys are adsorbed on low-coordinated sites of the metal cluster surface. Similarly to what was obtained for the Cys-Au55 chiral complex, in the present work, it is found that the EA is originated from the different strength and location of the bond between the COOH functional group and surface Au atoms of the Au34 chiral cluster. Calculations of the vibrational spectrum for the different Cys-Au34 diastereomeric complexes predict the existence of a vibro-enantiospecific effect, indicating that the vibrational frequencies of the adsorbed amino acid depend on its handedness. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Atomic Cluster Collisions (7th International Symposium)", edited by G. Delgado Barrio, A. Solov'Yov, P. Villarreal, R. Prosmiti.

  6. Ag/Au/Pt trimetallic nanoparticles with defects: preparation, characterization, and electrocatalytic activity in methanol oxidation

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    Thongthai, Kontee; Pakawanit, Phakkhananan; Chanlek, Narong; Kim, Jun-Hyun; Ananta, Supon; Srisombat, Laongnuan

    2017-09-01

    Two series of Ag x /Au/Pt y trimetallic nanoparticles (Ag x Au1Pt2 with x ranging from 1-5 and Ag4Au1Pt y with y ranging from 1-3) were prepared by a sequential chemical reduction method that involved the deposition of Pt on preformed Ag/Au core-shell particles by systematically controlling the amount of Ag, Au, and Pt metal precursor solutions. The structural changes (the diameters and increased surface roughness from the defective features) and absorption patterns (the significant reduction of the peak intensities) of the nanoparticles examined with TEM and UV-vis spectroscopy indicated the selective incorporation of Pt on the Ag/Au nanoparticles regardless of their compositions. In addition, a combination of WDX, XRD, and XPS analyses quantitatively and qualitatively confirmed the successful formation of the Ag x Au1Pt2 and Ag4Au1Pt y trimetallic nanoparticles. Subsequently, these series of nanoparticles were deposited on multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to evaluate their electrocatalytic property in the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) as a function of their metal compositions. The results showed that the electrocatalytic activities of all Ag4/Au1/Pt y systems were higher than those of typical Pt on the MWCNTs. In particular, the Ag4Au1Pt2 nanoparticles exhibited the highest electrocatalytic property for the MOR, suggesting the importance of the proper combination of metal constituents and structures to regulate the activity in electrocatalytic systems.

  7. Enhanced Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen Using Au@TiO2 Plasmonic Film.

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    Guo, Limin; Liang, Kun; Marcus, Kyle; Li, Zhao; Zhou, Le; Mani, Prabhu Doss; Chen, Hao; Shen, Chen; Dong, Yajie; Zhai, Lei; Coffey, Kevin R; Orlovskaya, Nina; Sohn, Yong-Ho; Yang, Yang

    2016-12-28

    Novel Au@TiO2 plasmonic films were fabricated by individually placing Au nanoparticles into TiO2 nanocavity arrays through a sputtering and dewetting process. These discrete Au nanoparticles in TiO2 nanocavities showed strong visible-light absorption due to the plasmonic resonance. Photoelectrochemical studies demonstrated that the developed Au@TiO2 plasmonic films exhibited significantly enhanced catalytic activities toward oxygen reduction reactions with an onset potential of 0.92 V (vs reversible hydrogen electrode), electron transfer number of 3.94, and limiting current density of 5.2 mA cm(-2). A superior ORR activity of 310 mA mg(-1) is achieved using low Au loading mass. The isolated Au nanoparticle size remarkably affected the catalytic activities of Au@TiO2, and TiO2 coated with 5 nm Au (Au5@TiO2) exhibited the best catalytic function to reduce oxygen. The plasmon-enhanced reductive activity is attributed to the surface plasmonic resonance of isolated Au nanoparticles in TiO2 nanocavities and suppressed electron recombination. This work provides comprehensive understanding of a novel plasmonic system using isolated noble metals into nanostructured semiconductor films as a potential alternative catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction.

  8. Magnetic Au Nanoparticles on Archaeal S-Layer Ghosts as Templates

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    Sonja Selenska-Pobell

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Cell‐ghosts representing empty cells of the archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, consisting only of their highly ordered and unusually stable outermost proteinaceous surface layer (S‐layer, were used as templates for Au nanoparticles fabrication. The properties of these archaeal Au nanoparticles differ significantly from those produced earlier by us onto bacterial S‐layer sheets. The archaeal Au nanoparticles, with a size of about 2.5 nm, consist exclusively of metallic Au(0, while those produced on the bacterial S‐layer had a size of about 4 nm and represented a mixture of Au(0 and Au(III in the ratio of 40 to 60 %. The most impressive feature of the archaeal Au nanoparticles is that they are strongly paramagnetic, in contrast to the bacterial ones and also to bulk gold. SQUID magnetometry and XMCD measurements demonstrated that the archaeal Au nanoparticles possess a rather large magnetic moment of about 0.1 µB/atom. HR‐ TEM‐EDX analysis revealed that the archaeal Au nanoparticles are linked to the sulfur atoms of the thiol groups of the amino acid cysteine, characteristic only for archaeal S‐layers. This is the first study demonstrating the formation of such unusually strong magnetic Au nanoparticles on a non‐modified archaeal S‐layer.

  9. XPS/STM study of model bimetallic Pd–Au/HOPG catalysts

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    Bukhtiyarov, Andrey V., E-mail: avb@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Lavrentieva Ave. 5, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova str. 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Prosvirin, Igor P., E-mail: prosvirin@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Lavrentieva Ave. 5, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova str. 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Bukhtiyarov, Valerii I., E-mail: vib@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Lavrentieva Ave. 5, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova str. 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The model Pd–Au/HOPG catalysts preparation has been studied by XPS and STM. • Model “core–shell” type Pd–Au/HOPG catalysts with different Pd/Au ratios were prepared. • Heating of the “core–shell” Pd–Au/HOPG samples up to 400 °C leads to alloy formation. • Contribution of parameters controlling the properties of Pd–Au alloyed particles has been discussed. - Abstract: The preparation of model bimetallic Pd–Au/HOPG catalysts has been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. Initially, model “core–shell” type Pd–Au/HOPG catalysts with similar particle size distribution (5–8 nm), but with different densities of particle locations on the HOPG surface and Pd/Au atomic ratios are prepared. Further, their thermal stability is studied within a temperature range of 50–500 °C at UHV conditions. It has been shown that annealing the model catalysts at a temperature range of 300–400 °C leads to formation of Pd–Au alloyed particles. Enhancement of heating temperature up to 500 °C results in sintering of bimetallic nanoparticles. Contribution of different parameters controlling the properties of Pd–Au alloyed particles has been discussed.

  10. Superior antibacterial activity of GlcN-AuNP-GO by ultraviolet irradiation.

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    Govindaraju, Saravanan; Samal, Monica; Yun, Kyusik

    2016-12-01

    A complete bacterialysis analysis of glucosamine-gold nanoparticle-graphene oxide (GlcN-AuNP-GO) and UV-irradiated GlcN-AuNP-GO was conducted. Analytical characterization of GlcN-AuNPs, GO and GlcN-AuNP-GO revealed UV-Vis absorbance peak at around 230 and 500nm. Microscopic characterization of prepared nanomaterials was performed by scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopy, and high-resolution transmission microscopy. The results confirmed that the GlcN-AuNPs were uniformly decorated on the surface and edges of graphene sheets. In addition, potent antibacterial activity of GlcN-AuNP-GO that was UV irradiated for 10min and normal GlcN-AuNP-GO was detected, compared to the standard drug kanamycin, against both Gram-negative and positive bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and fluorescence intensity spectra results for Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis showed that the UV-irradiated GlcN-AuNP-GO has better antibacterial activity than normal GlcN-AuNP-GO and kanamycin. Morphological changes were detected by AFM after treatment. These results confirmed that GlcN-AuNP-GO is a potent antibacterial agent with good potential for use in manufacturing medical instruments, pharmaceutical industries and in waste water treatment. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Interface effects on tunneling magnetoresistance in organic spintronics with flexible amine-Au links.

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    Gorjizadeh, Narjes; Quek, Su Ying

    2013-10-18

    Organic spintronics is a promising emerging field, but the sign of the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) is highly sensitive to interface effects, a crucial hindrance to applications. A key breakthrough in molecular electronics was the discovery of amine-Au link groups that give a reproducible conductance. Using first-principles calculations, we predict that amine-Au links give improved reproducibility in organic spintronics junctions with Au-covered Fe leads. The Au layers allow only states with sp character to tunnel into the molecule, and the flexibility of amine-Au links results in a narrow range of TMR for a fixed number of Au layers. Even as the Au thickness changes, the TMR remains positive as long as the number of Au layers is the same on both sides of the junction. Since the number of Au layers on Fe surfaces or Fe nanoparticles can now be experimentally controlled, amine-Au links provide a route towards robust TMR in organic spintronics.

  12. shells 1*ITODO, AU

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    Michael Horsfall

    determines its adsorption capacities (ii) chemical structure that ... unique properties including large surface area, high degree of ..... Hazelnut, Almond and Apricot Stones. J. of Harzard. Mat . ... of activated carbon from oil palm empty fruit Bunch.

  13. Methylene blue and neutral red electropolymerisation on AuQCM and on modified AuQCM electrodes: an electrochemical and gravimetric study.

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    Barsan, Madalina M; Pinto, Edilson M; Brett, Christopher M A

    2011-03-28

    The phenazine monomers neutral red (NR) and methylene blue (MB) have been electropolymerised on different quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) substrates: MB at AuQCM and nanostructured ultrathin sputtered carbon AuQCM (AuQCM/C), and NR on AuQCM and on layer-by-layer films of hyaluronic acid with myoglobin deposited on AuQCM (AuQCM-{HA/Mb}(6)). The surface of the electrode substrates was characterised by atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the frequency changes during potential cycling electropolymerisation of the monomer were monitored by the QCM. The study investigates how the monomer chemical structure together with the electrode morphology and surface structure can influence the electropolymerisation process and the electrochemical properties of the phenazine-modified electrodes. Differences between MB and NR polymerisation, as well as between the different substrates were found. The electrochemical properties of the PNR-modified electrodes were analysed by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and compared with the unmodified AuQCM. The results are valuable for future applications of modified AuQCM as substrates for electroactive polymer film deposition and applications in redox-mediated electrochemical sensors and biosensors.

  14. Fluorescence enhancement of acridine orange in a water solution by Au nanoparticles