Role of defects in the nucleation and growth of Au nanoclusters on SiO 2 thin films

B. K. Min, W. T. Wallace, A. K. Santra, D. W. Goodman

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Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), in conjunction with the nucleation and growth of Au clusters, has been used to identify and quantify various types of defects on ordered, SiO 2 thin films grown on Mo(112). On a low-defect surface, Au clusters nucleate and grow at line defects with metal deposition at room temperature, whereas deposition at 850 K leads to cluster decoration primarily at step edges. On a highly defective surface, clusters nucleate and grow at point defects (oxygen vacancies and/or oxygen vacancy complexes) on the terraces, with some clusters grown on oxygen vacancy complexes remaining even after an 850 K anneal. The average cluster density for low Au coverages deposited at room temperature is identical to that obtained for the same Au coverage deposited at 850 K, consistent with complete titration of point defects by the nucleating clusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16339-16343
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct 21
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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