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PEEM, LEED and PES temperature study of Eu doped Gd2O3 nanoparticles and their interactions with silicon
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
MAX-lab, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Molecular Surface Physics and Nano Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
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Abstract [en]

We report the formation of silicate and silicide by annealing of a SiOx surface, with low coverage of Eu doped Gd2O3 nanoparticles. Interestingly, the annealing temperature required for removal of native oxide from the Si substrate decreases with as much as 200 degrees in presence of the nanoparticles. XPEEM, LEEM and MEM are used to monitor the silicide/silicate formation and SiOx removal. Fragmentation of the nanoparticles is observed, and the SiOx layer is gradually removed. Eu is migrating to clean Si areas during the annealing process, while Gd is found in areas where oxide is still present. This annealing process is clearly facilitated in the presence of rare-earth based nanoparticles, where nanoparticles are suggested to function as reaction sites. Reduction of the annealing temperature of SiOx substrates is also observed in presence of pure Eu3+ and Gd3+ ions, but to lesser extent. The significant reduction of the annealing temperature of SiO by several hundred degrees, in presence of Eu doped Gd2O3 nanoparticles, is remarkable. This type of material may find applications both within optoelectronics and processing microelectronic industry.

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2013.
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PEEM, LEED, PES, rare-earth, silicon, annealing
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-91848DiVA: diva2:619327
Available from: 2013-05-03 Created: 2013-05-03 Last updated: 2015-05-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Synthesis, Surface Modification, and Characterization of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles: Nanoprobes for Signal Enhancement in Biomedical Imaging
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Synthesis, Surface Modification, and Characterization of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles: Nanoprobes for Signal Enhancement in Biomedical Imaging
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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In this thesis we investigate crystalline metal oxide nanoparticles of our own design to obtain nanoprobes for signal enhancement and bioimaging purposes. We report fabrication, surface modification and characterization of nanoparticles based on zinc (Zn), and rare earths (i.e. gadolinium (Gd) and europium (Eu)) singly and in combination. Our ZnO nanoparticles show high potential as fluorescent probes and Gd2O3 nanoparticles are promising as nanoprobes for MR signal enhancement. A combined Zn, Gd material is investigated as a potential dual probe. Interestingly, this nanoprobe shows, compared to the pure oxides, both increased fluorescent quantum yield and do induce improved relaxivity and by that enhanced MR signal. Nanoparticles composed of Eu doped Gd2O3 are also investigated in terms of their ability to interact with silicon surfaces. The presence of nanoparticles shows a catalytic effect on the annealing procedure of SiOx.

Surface modification of Gd and Zn based nanoparticles is performed, in a first step to improve stabilization of the nanoparticle core. Both carboxylic acids (paper I) and a thiol terminated silane (paper II and III) are used for this purpose. In a second step, a polyethylene glycol (PEG) is used for surface modification, to increase the biocompatibility of the nanoparticles. The Mal PEG NHS is chemically linked to thiol terminated silane groups via a maleimide coupling (Paper II). The presence of free NHS functional groups is intended to enable further linking of specific molecules for targeting purposes. The fluorescent dye rhodamine was, as a proof of concept, linked via the NHS functional group to the PEGylated Gd2O3 nanoparticles (Paper II). In Paper III, an alternative linking strategy is investigated, using iodized PEG2-Biotin for coupling via the iodide unit to the thiol terminated silane on ZnO nanoparticles. The resulting surface modified nanoparticles are investigated by means of coordination chemistry and coupling efficiency using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, near edge X-ray absorption fine structure  spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 58 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1510
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Natural Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91849 (URN)978-91-7519-646-6 (ISBN)
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2013-05-24, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-05-03 Created: 2013-05-03 Last updated: 2015-06-03Bibliographically approved

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