The basis for the formation of stable metal clusters on an electrode surface

Mario Del Popolo, E.P.M. Leiva, M. Mariscal, W. Schmickler

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Abstract

Metal nanoclusters can be produced cheaply and precisely in an electrochemical environment. Experimentally this method works in some systems, but not in others, and the unusual stability of the clusters has remained a mystery. We have simulated the deposition of the clusters using classical molecular dynamics and studied their stability by grand-canonical Monte Carlo simulations. We find that electrochemically stable clusters occur only in those cases where the two metals involved form stable alloys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1013
Number of pages5
JournalNanotechnology
Volume14
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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