Nonlinear size-dependent melting of the silica-encapsulated silver nanoparticles

Chengying Tang, Yun Mo Sung, Joonho Lee

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In spite of the recent report of the in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy observation of the melting of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) in Chen et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 253104 (2010)], no consistent experimental investigation coupled with theoretical analysis has been reported so far. We report the size-dependence of the melting temperature (T m) of Ag NPs by both differential scanning calorimetry experiments and thermodynamic assessments. Thermodynamically calculated T m for the Ag NPs showed a nonlinear function with respect to the inverse of the particle size and agreed well with the present and reported experimental results within an error of 1 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number201903
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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