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Catalytic Nanotruss Structures Realized by Magnetic Self-Assembly in Pulsed Plasma
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Plasma and Coating Physics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6602-7981
Umeå Univ, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: Nano letters (Print), ISSN 1530-6984, E-ISSN 1530-6992, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 3132-3137Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tunable nanostructures that feature a high surface area are firmly attached to a conducting substrate and can be fabricated efficiently over significant areas, which are of interest for a wide variety of applications in, for instance, energy storage and catalysis. We present a novel approach to fabricate Fe nanoparticles using a pulsed-plasma process and their subsequent guidance and self-organization into well-defined nanostructures on a substrate of choice by the use of an external magnetic field. A systematic analysis and study of the growth procedure demonstrate that nondesired nanoparticle agglomeration in the plasma phase is hindered by electrostatic repulsion, that a polydisperse nanoparticle distribution is a consequence of the magnetic collection, and that the formation of highly networked nanotruss structures is a direct result of the polydisperse nanoparticle distribution. The nanoparticles in the nanotruss are strongly connected, and their outer surfaces are covered with a 2 nm layer of iron oxide. A 10 mu m thick nanotruss structure was grown on a lightweight, flexible and conducting carbon-paper substrate, which enabled the efficient production of H-2 gas from water splitting at a low overpotential of 210 mV and at a current density of 10 mA/cm(2).

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2018. Vol. 18, no 5, p. 3132-3137
Keywords [en]
Nanotrusses; nanowires; nanoparticles; iron; electrocatalysis; pulsed sputtering
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Materials Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148107DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00718ISI: 000432093200055PubMedID: 29624405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148107DiVA, id: diva2:1211310
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 14.0276Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2019-11-11
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1. Plasma Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Magnetic Nanoparticles
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plasma Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Magnetic Nanoparticles
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Nanomaterials are important tools for enabling technological progress as they can provide dramatically different properties as compared to the bulk counterparts. The field of nanoparticles is one of the most investigated within nanomaterials, thanks to the existing, relatively simple, means of manufacturing. In this thesis, high-power pulsed hollow cathode sputtering is used to nucleate and grow magnetic nanoparticles in a plasma. This sputtering technique provides a high degree of ionization of the sputtered material, which has previously been shown to aid in the growth of the nanoparticles. The magnetic properties of the particles are utilized and makes it possible for the grown particles to act as building blocks for self-assembly into more sophisticated nano structures, particularly when an external magnetic field is applied. These structures created are termed “nanowires” or “nanotrusses”, depending on the level of branching and inter-linking that occurs.

Several different elements have been investigated in this thesis. In a novel approach, it is shown how nanoparticles with more advanced structures, and containing material from two hollow cathodes, can be fabricated using high-power pulses. The dual-element particles are achieved by using two distinct and individual elemental cathodes, and a pulse process that allows tuning of individual pulses separately to them. Nanoparticles grown and investigated are Fe, Ni, Pt, Fe-Ni and Ni-Pt. Alternatively, the addition of oxygen to the process allows the formation of oxide or hybrid metal oxide – metal particles. For all nanoparticles containing several elements, it is demonstrated that the stoichiometry can be easily varied, either by the amount of reactive gas let into the process or by tuning the amount of sputtered material through adjusting the electric power supplied to the different cathodes.

One aim of the presented work is to find a suitable material for the use as a catalyst in the production of H2 gas through the process of water splitting. H2 is a good candidate to replace fossil fuels as an energy carrier. However, rare elements (such as Ir or Pt) needs to be used as the catalyst, otherwise a high overpotential is required for the splitting to occur, leading to a low efficiency. This work demonstrates a possible route to avoid this, by using nanomaterials to increase the surface-to-volume ratio, as well as optimizing the elemental ratio between different materials to lower the amount of noble elements required. 

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2019. p. 58
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 2007
Keywords
Plasma, Synthesis, Self-Assembly, Magnetic, Nanoparticles
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161300 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-161300 (DOI)9789176850091 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-12-10, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2019-11-08 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved

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