Support effects on the nucleation, growth, and morphology of gold nano-clusters

Byoung Koun Min, W. T. Wallace, D. W. Goodman

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The nucleation, growth, and morphology of gold (Au) clusters on an irreducible oxide (SiO 2), highly reduced TiO x (x ∼ 1), and less reduced TiO x (x ∼ 2) were investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with the goal of understanding the relationship between the nucleation, growth, and morphology of Au clusters and the reducibility of the oxide support. Au clusters show preferential nucleation and growth on a TiO x surface compared to a SiO 2 surface. In addition, higher densities of Au clusters were found on highly reduced TiO x, suggesting that reduced Ti sites play a role as an active site for the nucleation and growth of Au clusters.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 15
Externally publishedYes



  • Catalysis
  • Defects
  • Metal clusters
  • Nucleation
  • Scanning tuneling microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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