Configuration of microbially synthesized Pd-Au nanoparticles studied by STEM-based techniques

DT Tran, Ian Jones, Jon Preece, Roy Johnston, K Deplanche, Lynne Macaskie

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Bimetallic Pd-Au particles synthesized using Desulfovibrio desulfuricans bacteria are characterized using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) with a high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) detector combined with energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) silicon drift detector (SDD) elemental mapping and plasmon electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). When combined with EDX, theoretical considerations or EELS, the atomic-number contrast (Z-contrast) provided by HAADF-STEM is effective in characterizing the compositional configuration of the bimetallic nanoparticles. Homogeneous mixing and complex segregations have been found for different particles in this work. The EELS study has also found different behaviours corresponding to surface plasmon resonances in different regions of a single particle due to its heterogeneity and anisotropy. HAADF-STEM tomography has been performed to obtain three-dimensional (3D) visualization of the nanoparticles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number055701
Number of pages1
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2012


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