Transition from disordered to long-range ordered nanoparticles on Al 2 O 3 /Ni 3 Al(111)

N. Alyabyeva 1 A. Ouvrard 1 A.-M. Zakaria 1 F. Charra 2 B. Bourguignon 1
2 LEPO - Laboratoire d'Electronique et nanoPhotonique Organique
SPEC - UMR3680 - Service de physique de l'état condensé, IRAMIS - Institut Rayonnement Matière de Saclay
Abstract : Application of preparation recipes of the literature failed to produce an ordered array of NPs on our particular Ni3Al sample. This has motivated a systematic survey of Pd NP nucleation as a function of experimental parameters. We have shown that the increase of oxidation temperature during the preparation of Al2O3 ultra-thin film on Ni3Al(111) leads to a transition from disordered to long-range ordered Pd nanoparticle (NP) nucleation. Alumina films were prepared at different temperatures ranging from 990 to 1140 K. Crystallinity, electronic structure of the alumina film and Pd nucleation and growth have been investigated using Low Energy Electron Diffraction and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy. NP density and long-range order nucleation along the so-called “dot structure” of 4.2 nm periodicity, strongly increase for temperatures higher than a threshold value of 1070 ± 20 K. This transition relies on the alumina film improvement and suggests that the modulation of Pd adsorption energy at nucleation centres which is necessary to nucleate NPs at ordered sites, requires higher preparation temperature. Long-range ordered NPs with a high density were obtained 140 K above reported recipes in the literature. This optimized temperature has been tested on a fresh sample (issued from the same supplier) for which just a few cleanings were enough to obtain long-range ordered NPs. Presumably the variability of the optimal oxidation temperature for our samples with respect to the literature is related to fluctuations of the stoichiometry from sample to sample.
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Applied Surface Science, Elsevier, 2018, 444, pp.423 - 429. 〈10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.03.025〉
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N. Alyabyeva, A. Ouvrard, A.-M. Zakaria, F. Charra, B. Bourguignon. Transition from disordered to long-range ordered nanoparticles on Al 2 O 3 /Ni 3 Al(111). Applied Surface Science, Elsevier, 2018, 444, pp.423 - 429. 〈10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.03.025〉. 〈hal-01872167〉

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