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Title: Growth of Pd Nanoclusters on Single-Layer Graphene on Cu(111)

We report scanning tunneling microscopy results on the nucleation and growth of Pd nanoclusters on a single layer of graphene on the Cu(111) surface. The shape, organization, and structural evolution of the Pd nanoclusters were investigated using two different growth methods, continuous and stepwise. The size and shape of the formed nanoclusters were found to greatly depend on the growth technique used. The size and density of spherical Pd nanoclusters increased with increasing coverage during stepwise deposition as a result of coarsening of existing clusters and continued nucleation of new clusters. In contrast, continuous deposition gave rise to well-defined triangular Pd clusters as a result of anisotropic growth on the graphene surface. Exposure to ethylene caused a decrease in the size of the Pd clusters. As a result, this is attributed to the exothermic formation of ethylidyne on the cluster surfaces and an accompanying weakening of the Pd–Pd bonding.
Authors:
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  1. Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces and Biophysical Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2017; Journal ID: ISSN 1520-6106
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1406111