Istituto dei materiali per l'elettronica ed il magnetismo     
D'Addato S., Grillo V., Altieri S., Frabboni S., Rossi F., Valeri S. Assembly and Fine Analysis of Ni/MgO Core/Shell Nanoparticles. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 115 (29) pp. 14044 - 14049. ACS Publications, 2011.
We obtained assemblies of Ni/MgO core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) by using a special experimental setup, in which a beam of preformed Ni nanoclusters, obtained by sputtering and aggregation, is co-deposited with evaporated Mg on a substrate, in a controlled O2 atmosphere. In situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ex situ energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM) show that the Ni core remains metallic, whereas Mg, located in the shell, is completely oxidized. Detailed high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and geometric phase analyses reveal the multitwinned icosahedral structure of the Ni core and details the arrangement of the MgO shell. This combined effort of controlled assembly of NPs and fine analysis offers intriguing possibilities in the design of nanoscale materials.
URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp202247j
DOI: 10.1021/jp202247j
Subject nanoparticles

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