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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 436;

Ag Nanotwin-Assisted Grain Growth-Induced by Stress in SiO2/Ag/SiO2 Nanocap Arrays

Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, Jilin Normal University, Changchun 130103, China
College of Physics, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, China
College of Chemistry, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000, China
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Received: 1 June 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 14 June 2018
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A trilayer SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap array was prepared on a two-dimensional template. When annealed at different temperatures, the curvature of the SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap arrays increased, which led to Ag nanocap shrinkage. The stress provided by the curved SiO2 layer induced the formation of Ag nanotwins. Ag nanotwins assisted the growth of nanoparticles when the neighboring nanotwins changed the local misorientations. Nanocap shrinkage reduced the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) coupling between neighboring nanocaps; concurrently, grain growth decreased the SPR coupling between the particles in each nanocap, which led to a red shift of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) bands and decreased the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. View Full-Text
Keywords: SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap arrays; grains growth; SERS SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap arrays; grains growth; SERS

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Zhang, F.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Chen, L.; Liu, Y.; Yang, J. Ag Nanotwin-Assisted Grain Growth-Induced by Stress in SiO2/Ag/SiO2 Nanocap Arrays. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 436.

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