Diffusive dynamics of nanoparticles in arrays of nanoposts.


The diffusive dynamics of dilute dispersions of nanoparticles of diameter 200-400 nm were studied in microfabricated arrays of nanoposts using differential dynamic microscopy and single particle tracking. Posts of diameter 500 nm and height 10 μm were spaced by 1.2-10 μm on a square lattice. As the spacing between posts was decreased, the dynamics of the nanoparticles slowed. Moreover, the dynamics at all length scales were best represented by a stretched exponential rather than a simple exponential. Both the relative diffusivity and the stretching exponent decreased linearly with increased confinement and, equivalently, with decreased void volume. The slowing of the overall diffusive dynamics and the broadening distribution of nanoparticle displacements with increased confinement are consistent with the onset of dynamic heterogeneity and the approach to vitrification.

DOI: 10.1021/nn4007303

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@article{He2013DiffusiveDO, title={Diffusive dynamics of nanoparticles in arrays of nanoposts.}, author={Kai He and Firoozeh Babaye Khorasani and Scott T. Retterer and Darrell K Thomas and Jacinta C Conrad and Ramanan Krishnamoorti}, journal={ACS nano}, year={2013}, volume={7 6}, pages={5122-30} }