Manipulation of Metal Nanoparticles on Insulating Surfaces

  • Clemens Barth
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Atom and Single Molecule Machines book series (AASMM)


In this chapter, it will be shown that with nanometer precision metal nanoparticles can be laterally moved on a surface of an insulator by using the AFM tip. After a general description of requirements needed for lateral manipulation experiments, the surface morphology and lateral manipulation experiments are discussed for the particular case gold nanoparticles on NaCl(001). It will be shown that defects of the NaCl(001) surface underneath the nanoparticles have a strong influence on the manipulation characteristics. At the end, promising perspectives in the field of defect-mediated manipulation of nanoparticles are described.


Gold metal nanoparticles Insulating surfaces NaCl(001) Vacancies Lateral manipulation Noncontact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM) Constant height mode imaging Kelvin probe force microscopy Heterogeneous catalysis Nanotribology Nanofriction 



The author is particularly grateful for a part of the experimental work done by G. Cabailh. He expresses his very great appreciation to T. Hyninnen and A.S. Foster for the numerical simulations and fruitful collaboration they have had together in the recent past. Stimulating discussions with C.R. Henry and S. Gauthier are also greatly appreciated. The author acknowledges the European Science Foundation for financial support through the FANAS project NOMCIS and the French agency for Research (Agence Nationale pour la Recherche, ANR) for financial support through the programs CANA and MISS.


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  1. 1.CNRSAix-Marseille UniversitéMarseille Cedex 09France

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