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Ligand-protected gold nanoparticles exhibit large local curvatures, features rapidly varying over small scales, and chemical heterogeneity. Their imaging by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can, in principle, provide direct information on the architecture of their ligand shell, yet STM images require laborious analysis and are challenging to interpret. Here, we report a straightforward, robust, and rigorous method for the quantitative analysis of the multiscale features contained in STM images of samples consisting of functionalized Au nanoparticles deposited onto Au/mica. The method relies on the analysis of the topographical power spectral density (PSD) and allows us to extract the characteristic length scales of the features exhibited by nanoparticles in STM images. For the mixed-ligand-protected Au nanoparticles analyzed here, the characteristic length scale is 1.2 ± 0.1 nm, whereas for the homoligand Au NPs …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
12 Nov 2013

Fabio Biscarini, Quy Khac Ong, Cristiano Albonetti, Fabiola Liscio, Maria Longobardi, Kunal S Mali, Artur Ciesielski, Javier Reguera, Christoph Renner, Steven De Feyter, Paolo Samorì, Francesco Stellacci

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Volume: 29 Issue: 45 Pages: 13723-13734