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The deposition of ionized beams of size-selected atomic clusters onto well-defined substrates represents a new method of preparing nanostructured surfaces, with lateral feature sizes in the range 1-10 nm. 'Pinning' of the incident clusters prevents the diffusion of the clusters on the surface, and thus preserves the gas-phase cluster size, even at room(More)
Gold nanoparticles ranging in diameter from 1 to 8 nanometers were prepared on top of silicon wafers in order to study the size dependence of their oxidation behavior when exposed to atomic oxygen. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed a maximum oxidation resistance for "magic-number" clusters containing 55 gold atoms. This inertness is not related to(More)
The self-organization of diblock copolymers into micellar structures in an appropriate solvent allows the deposition of well ordered arrays of pure metal and alloy nanoparticles on flat surfaces with narrow distributions in particle size and interparticle spacing. Here we investigated the influence of the materials (substrate and polymer) and deposition(More)
Cubic boron nitride (c-BN), although offering a number of highly attractive properties comparable to diamond, like hardness, chemical inertness and a large electronic bandgap, up to now has not found the attention it deserves. This mostly has to do with preparational problems, with easy chemical routes not available and, instead, the necessity to apply(More)
Gold nanoclusters of a size approaching the molecular limit (<3 nm) were prepared on Si substrates in order to study alloy formation on the nanometer scale. For this purpose, indium atoms are deposited on top of the gold particles at room temperature and the formation of AuIn(2) is studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in situ. It is observed that the(More)
X-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra at both the Fe and Pt L(3,2) edges were measured on wet-chemically synthesized monodisperse Fe(50)Pt(50) particles with a mean diameter of 6.3 nm before and after complete removal of the organic ligands and the oxide shell covering the particles by soft hydrogen plasma resulting in a pure metallic(More)
The cluster compound Au55(PPh3)12Cl6 has been reanalyzed by photoelectron spectroscopy giving direct evidence for a nonmetallic behavior of the individual Au clusters as long as their ligand shell remains intact. The exposure to x-rays during the measurements is found to partly decompose the shell by removal of the chlorine atoms, resulting in a metallic(More)
We show computationally that ligation allows tuning of the magnetostructural properties of the Pd(13) cluster. The bare, phosphine and thiol capped clusters were investigated at the density functional level. The most stable conformers of the bare cluster are of high spin, septet and nonet and of distorted C(3v), C(s) and I(h) geometries. Ligation stabilizes(More)
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