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Bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles on SiO2 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 SiO2 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 …
Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 
1 Jun 2011
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Volume: 13 Issue: 6 Pages: 2329-2341
Journal of Nanoparticle Research