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Creating Nanoscale Ag Patterns On The Si(111)–(√3 × √3)R30°-Ag Surface Via Guided Self-Assembly, Alex Belianinov, Barış Ünal, Michael C. Tringides, Patricia A. Thiel Jul 2012

Creating Nanoscale Ag Patterns On The Si(111)–(√3 × √3)R30°-Ag Surface Via Guided Self-Assembly, Alex Belianinov, Barış Ünal, Michael C. Tringides, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Publications

Patterns of Ag nanostructures can be created on the Si(111)–(√3 × √3)R30°-Ag surface, using a simple two-step process in ultrahigh vacuum. First, patterns are created using the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope. Second, Ag is deposited at room temperature. The Ag diffuses over long distances on the surface and selectively aggregates at the patterned regions. The size of the Ag features is ∼3–4 nm.


High-Precision Tracking With Non-Blinking Quantum Dots Resolves Nanoscale Vertical Displacement, Kyle Marchuk, Yijun Guo, Wei Sun, Javier Vela, Ning Fang Mar 2012

High-Precision Tracking With Non-Blinking Quantum Dots Resolves Nanoscale Vertical Displacement, Kyle Marchuk, Yijun Guo, Wei Sun, Javier Vela, Ning Fang

Chemistry Publications

Novel non-blinking quantum dots (NBQDs) were utilized in three-dimensional super-localization, high-precision tracking applications under an automated scanning-angle total internal reflection fluorescence microscope (SA-TIRFM). NBQDs were randomly attached to stationary microtubules along the radial axis under gliding assay conditions. By automatically scanning through a wide range of incident angles with different evanescent-field layer thicknesses, the fluorescence intensity decay curves were obtained. Fit with theoretical decay functions, the absolute vertical positions were determined with sub-10-nm localization precision. The emission intensity profile of the NBQDs attached to kinesin-propelled microtubules was used to resolve the self-rotation of gliding microtubules within a small vertical distance ...


Growth Morphology And Thermal Stability Of Metal Islands On Graphene, Xiaojie Liu, Myron Hupalo, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, Michael C. Tringides Jan 2012

Growth Morphology And Thermal Stability Of Metal Islands On Graphene, Xiaojie Liu, Myron Hupalo, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, Michael C. Tringides

Chemistry Publications

We performed an experiment to study the thermal stability of metal on graphene. We show that Fe, Gd, Dy, and Eu on graphene exhibit island growth morphology. The 3D islands of Fe, Gd, and Dy show a small decrease in island density and an increase in the height/width aspect ratio upon thermal annealing. By contrast, coarsening of Eu islands to a close flat film is observed after annealing to 365 K. By investigating the fundamental interactions (i.e., adsorption energies and diffusion barriers) between the metal adatoms and graphene using ab initio calculations, we predict that most of the ...


High Island Densities And Long Range Repulsive Interactions: Fe On Epitaxial Graphene, Steven Michael Binz, Myron Hupalo, Xiaojie Liu, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, E. H. Conrad, Michael C. Tringides Jan 2012

High Island Densities And Long Range Repulsive Interactions: Fe On Epitaxial Graphene, Steven Michael Binz, Myron Hupalo, Xiaojie Liu, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, E. H. Conrad, Michael C. Tringides

Chemistry Publications

The understanding of metal nucleation on graphene is essential for promising future applications, especially of magnetic metals which can be used in spintronics or computer storage media. A common method to study the grown morphology is to measure the nucleated island density n as a function of growth parameters. Surprisingly, the growth of Fe on graphene is found to be unusual because it does not follow classical nucleation: n is unexpectedtly high, it increases continuously with the deposited amount θ and shows no temperature dependence. These unusual results indicate the presence of long range repulsive interactions. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations ...