- Size and shape of metal particles governs their electronic and optical properties as well as their chemical (catalytic) response
- Particle nucleation on oxides preferentially occurs on defects and domain boundaries
- Oxide doping enables control of the particle shapes
- Particle geometry determined by interfacial adhesion, ionization potential of ad-metal and lattice match with the oxide support
- Unusual crystal structures of nanoparticles to maximize metal-oxygen bonds across the interface
Ensemble of Mg particles and single hcp-type deposit grown on MgO (10×10 nm2)
For details: Growth and Morphology of Metal Clusters on MgO, Benedetti et al., Phys. Rev. B 83 (2011) 125423.
- 3D growth of gold on pure CaO due to small metal-oxide adhesion
- Charge transfer from Mo-dopants into gold increases adhesion and triggers formation of 2D particles
Gold deposition on pure and Mo-doped CaO films (100×100 nm2)
For details: Tailoring the Shape of Metal Particles by Doping the Oxide Support, Shao et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50 (2011) 11525.