, Volume 11, Issue 8, pp 2137-2143
Date: 27 Dec 2008

Ripening of nanowire-supported gold nanoparticles

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Abstract

Gold nanoparticles have applications ranging from catalysts for low temperature oxidation of CO to solar energy capture in the infrared. For all these applications, particle size and shape are critical. In this study, nanoparticle gold formed on GaN nanowires by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition was annealed at temperatures ranging from 150 to 270 °C for 24 h. Particle size was measured before and after annealing using a field emission scanning electron microscope. Ripening of the gold particles was observed even at the lowest annealing temperatures of the study. The particle growth kinetics showed an Arrhenius relationship with activation energy of 27.38 kJ/mol. This value suggests that ripening occurs by particle migration and coalescence rather than adatom diffusion.