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Title: Evolution of dealloying induced strain in nanoporous gold crystals

For this paper, we studied the evolution of dealloying-induced strain along the {111} in a Ag-Au nano-crystal in situ, during formation of nanoporous gold at the initial stage of dealloying using Bragg coherent x-ray diffractive imaging. The maximum strain magnitude in the crystal doubled in 10 s of dealloying. Although formation of nano-pores just began at the surface, the greatest strain is located 60-80 nm deep within the crystal. Dealloying induced a compressive strain in this region, indicating volume shrinkage occurred during pore formation. The crystal interior showed a small tensile strain, which can be explained by 'pulling' of the dealloyed region by the non-dealloyed region during volume reduction. A surface strain relaxation developed, attributed to atomic rearrangement during dealloying. This clearer understanding of the role of strain in the initial stages of formation of nanoporous gold by dealloying can be exploited for development of new sensors, battery electrodes, and materials for catalysis.
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  1. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering; Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). National Synchrotron Light Source
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
  3. Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Center for Nanoscale Materials
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Center for Nanoscale Materials
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Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364; NANOHL
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; AC02-06CH11357
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Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 17; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
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