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Self-assembly of oxide-supported metal clusters into ring-like structures.
Meinander, Kristoffer; Nordlund, Kai; Keinonen, Juhani.
  • Meinander K; Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
Nanotechnology ; 24(3): 035602, 2013 Jan 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23263704
Self-assembly is a phenomenon that continuously occurs at the nanoscale, as atoms form predetermined building blocks such as molecules and clusters, which then themselves gather into structures of a larger scale. The interplay of competing forces is a decisive factor in the emergence of these organized systems, but the precise mechanism by which this self-assembly progresses is seldom known. Using a combination of physical cluster deposition and atomic force microscopy, we have investigated the spontaneous formation of µm-sized rings of SiO(x)-supported metal nanoclusters. With the help of molecular dynamics simulations, we show that the competition between short-range van der Waals attractions and long-range repulsive dipolar forces, induced by the ionic surface, plays a key role in the self-assembly of these structures.





Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Idioma: Inglês Revista: Nanotechnology Ano de publicação: 2013 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: Finlândia