Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 173–178

Growth of coatings on nanoparticles by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition


  • Bin Zhang
    • Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Minnesota
  • Ying-Chih Liao
    • Hewlett Packard Corporation
  • Steven L. Girshick
    • Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Minnesota
    • Department of ChemistryUniversity of Minnesota
Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-007-9238-2

Cite this article as:
Zhang, B., Liao, Y., Girshick, S.L. et al. J Nanopart Res (2008) 10: 173. doi:10.1007/s11051-007-9238-2


Photoinduced chemical vapor deposition was used to grow organic coatings on NaCl nanoparticles. Aerosolized nanoparticles were mixed with a vapor-phase coating reactant and introduced into a room-temperature, atmospheric-pressure cell, where the mixture was exposed to 172-nm radiation from a Xe2* excimer lamp. Several coating reactants were investigated; the most successful was methyl methacrylate (MMA). Tandem differential mobility analysis (TDMA) was used to determine coating thicknesses as a function of initial particle size. For NaCl particles ranging from 20 to 60 nm in mobility diameter, the thicknesses ranged from sub-nm to 20 nm depending on MMA flow rate and initial particle size.


Chemical vapor depositionAerosolTandem differential mobility analysisNanoparticlePhotochemistryCoatingsNanocomposites

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