Growth of three-shell onionlike bimetallic nanoparticles

F Baletto, C Mottet, R Ferrando

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We show by molecular dynamics simulations on three systems (B/A = Pd/Ag, Cu/Ag, and Ni/Ag) that three-shell metallic nanoparticles made by a core of a metal A, an intermediate shell of metal B and an external shell of metal A (A-B-A nanoparticles) can be grown by deposition of B atoms onto an A core. The growth of the intermediate B shell is triggered by the fact that the most favorable positions for isolated B impurities inside A clusters are located just one layer below the cluster surface
Original languageEnglish
Article number135504
Pages (from-to)135504/1-135504/4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2003


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