Nano Research

, Volume 4, Issue 12, pp 1261–1267

Surface dislocation nucleation mediated deformation and ultrahigh strength in sub-10-nm gold nanowires

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12274-011-0177-y

Cite this article as:
Lu, Y., Song, J., Huang, J.Y. et al. Nano Res. (2011) 4: 1261. doi:10.1007/s12274-011-0177-y


The plastic deformation and the ultrahigh strength of metals at the nanoscale have been predicted to be controlled by surface dislocation nucleation. In situ quantitative tensile tests on individual 〈111〉 single crystalline ultrathin gold nanowires have been performed and significant load drops observed in stress-strain curves suggest the occurrence of such dislocation nucleation. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) imaging and molecular dynamics simulations demonstrated that plastic deformation was indeed initiated and dominated by surface dislocation nucleation, mediating ultrahigh yield and fracture strength in sub-10-nm gold nanowires.


Nanowiresin situ transmission electron microscope (TEM)mechanical characterizationdislocation nucleationplasticity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials ScienceRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mining & Materials EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA
  4. 4.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringMITCambridgeUSA