Condensed Matter Physics, 2017, vol. 20, No. 3, 33804

Title: Self-assembled metallic nanoparticle template — a new approach of surface nanostructuring at nanometer scale
  A. Taleb (PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech — CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, 75005, Paris, France; Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 Place Jussieu, 75231 Paris Cedex, France) ,
  V. Ivanova (CEA Tech, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble, France)

In the present work, the formation of silver and copper nanostructures on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) modified with self-assembled gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) is demonstrated. Surface patterning with nanometer resolution was achieved. Different methods such as field emission scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to illustrate a selective deposition of silver and copper on Au NPs. The mechanism of silver and copper ions reduction on Au NP with n-dodecanethiol coating is discussed.

Key words: nanopatterning, electrodeposition, gold nanoparticles, silver and copper deposits
PACS: 81.07.-b, 81.16.-c, 81.16.Rf, 81.15.Pq, 81.16.Dn

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