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Title: Kinetically controlled fabrication of single-crystalline TiO 2 nanobrush architectures with high energy {001} facets

Here, this study demonstrates that precise control of nonequilibrium growth conditions during pulsed laser deposition (PLD) can be exploited to produce single-crystalline anatase TiO 2 nanobrush architectures with large surface areas terminated with high energy {001} facets. The data indicate that the key to nanobrush formation is controlling the atomic surface transport processes to balance defect aggregation and surface-smoothing processes. High-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy data reveal that defect-mediated aggregation is the key to TiO 2 nanobrush formation. The large concentration of defects present at the intersection of domain boundaries promotes aggregation of PLD growth species, resulting in the growth of the single-crystalline nanobrush architecture. This study proposes a model for the relationship between defect creation and growth mode in nonequilibrium environments, which enables application of this growth method to novel nanostructure design in a broad range of materials.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Advanced Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2198-3844
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; nanobrush; anatase; defect-mediated aggregation; single crystalline; pulsed laser deposition
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OSTI ID: 1349946; OSTI ID: 1351772