Christine Mottet

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Chemically ordered bimetallic nanoparticles are promising candidates for magnetic-storage applications. However, the use of sub-10 nm nanomagnets requires further study of possible size effects on their physical properties. Here, the effects of size and morphology on the order-disorder phase transition temperature of CoPt nanoparticles (T(C)(NP)) have been(More)
A new family of magic cluster structures is found by genetic global optimization, whose results are confirmed by density functional calculations. These clusters are Ag-Ni and Ag-Cu nanoparticles with an inner Ni or Cu core and an Ag external shell, as experimentally observed for Ag-Ni, and present a polyicosahedral character. The interplay of the core-shell(More)
We show by molecular dynamics simulations on three systems (B/A=Pd/Ag, Cu/Ag, and Ni/Ag) that three-shell metallic nanoparticles made by a core of a metal A, an intermediate shell of metal B and an external shell of metal A (A-B-A nanoparticles) can be grown by deposition of B atoms onto an A core. The growth of the intermediate B shell is triggered by the(More)
The structure and chemical ordering of CoPt nanoclusters in the size range of 1 to 3 nm are investigated by global optimization methods and Monte Carlo simulations using a many body potential derived from the tight binding model. For the smaller systems (number of atoms N < 100), the optimized clusters display a polyicosahedral-like atomic structure with a(More)
Core/shell CuAg and alloyed CoPt have been synthesized using two vapor phase deposition techniques. For CuAg prepared by Thermal Evaporation (TE), the size and the morphology of the Cu cores are the key parameters to promote the formation of the core/shell arrangement. For CoPt synthesized by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), the growth kinetics of(More)
The crossovers among the most abundant structural motifs (icosahedra, decahedra and truncated octahedra) of Pd-Au nanoalloys have been determined theoretically in a size range between 2 and 7 nm and for three compositions equivalent to Pd3Au, PdAu and PdAu3. The chemical ordering and segregation optimisation are performed via Monte Carlo simulations using(More)
We show by molecular dynamics simulations that the melting temperature of clusters can be tuned by selective doping. In fact, a single Ni or Cu impurity in Ag icosahedral clusters considerably increases the melting temperature even for sizes of more than a hundred atoms. The upward shift is correlated to the strain relaxation induced by a small central(More)
It is known that the surface-plasmon resonance (SPR) in small spherical Au nanoparticles of about 2 nm is strongly damped. We demonstrate that small Au nanorods with a high aspect ratio develop a strong longitudinal SPR, with intensity comparable to that in Ag rods, as soon as the resonance energy drops below the onset of the interband transitions due to(More)
In the last decade two principal factors have stimulated the progressive regain of interest for non-reactive metal/oxide interfaces. On one hand, the efforts invested by the community of model catalysis in analysing the reactivity properties of supported metal nano-clusters have resulted in an abundance of high quality experimental data. They have also(More)
Experimental evidence suggests that Pd clusters on MgO, known to be good reaction catalysts, have face centered cubic (fcc) epitaxial structures. The structure of such clusters is the result of the interplay of Pd-Pd and Pd-substrate bonds, the former inclined to favor icosahedral (Ih) and decahedral (Dh)-like structures, the latter leading to place Pd(More)