Kinematics of gold nanoparticles manipulation in situ transmission electron microscopy

  • Diego Alducin
  • Gilberto Casillas
  • Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo
  • Arturo Ponce
  • Miguel José-YacamánEmail author
Research Paper


Nanostructured materials such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanowires are subject to different forces regimes compared with their macroscopic counterparts. In this work, we report the experimental manipulation of an individual gold nanoparticle (96 nm) capped with PVP considering forces surrounding the nanoparticle such as adhesion, friction, and the external load in real time, and how the differences between these forces produce distinct motions. Combining a scanning probe tool within a transmission electron microscope, we manipulated a gold nanoparticle and recorded the sliding and rolling kinematic motions. Our observations show quantitatively the adhesion force, maximum rolling resistance, and friction coefficients of the probe and the surface of the capped particle as well as particle and substrate surface.


Adhesion force Friction force Metallic nanoparticles In situ transmission electron microscopy 



This project was supported by grants from the National Center for Research Resources (5 G12RR013646-12) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (G12MD007591) from the National Institutes of Health. We also thank support from NSF grants DMR-1103730 and NSF PREM Grant # DMR 0934218. Finally, the authors would like to acknowledge the Department of Defense #64756-RT-REP and the Welch Foundation grant award # AX-1615.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego Alducin
    • 1
  • Gilberto Casillas
    • 1
  • Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo
    • 1
  • Arturo Ponce
    • 1
  • Miguel José-Yacamán
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUnited States

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