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Characteristics of Pd and Pt Nanoparticles Produced by Nanosecond Laser Irradiations of Thin Films Deposited on Topographically-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxides

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BRIT (Bio-Nanotech Research Innovation Tower), Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 89, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia (Ettore Majorana), Università di Catania and MATIS CNR-IMM, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
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Coatings 2019, 9(2), 68; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9020068
Received: 10 November 2018 / Revised: 7 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 24 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Surface Treatment by Laser-Assisted Techniques)
Pd and Pt nanoparticles on Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) are produced. This outcome is reached by processing nanoscale-thick Pd and Pt films deposited on the FTO surface by nanosecond laser pulse. Such laser processes are demonstrated to initiate a dewetting phenomenon in the deposited metal films and lead to the formation of the nanoparticles. In particular, the effect of the film’s thickness on the mean size of the nanoparticles, when fixed the laser fluence, is studied. Our results indicate that the substrate topography influences the dewetting process of the metal films and, as a consequence, impacts on the nanoparticle characteristics. The results concerning the Pd and Pt nanoparticles’ sizes versus starting films thickness and substrate topography are discussed. In particular, the presented discussion is based on the elucidation of the effect of the substrate topography effect on the dewetting process through the excess of chemical potential. Finally, Raman analysis on the fabricated samples are presented. They show, in particular for the case of the Pd nanoparticles on FTO, a pronounced Raman signal enhancement imputable to plasmonic effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pd; Pt; FTO; laser irradiations; dewetting; nanoparticles Pd; Pt; FTO; laser irradiations; dewetting; nanoparticles
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Torrisi, V.; Censabella, M.; Piccitto, G.; Compagnini, G.; Grimaldi, M.G.; Ruffino, F. Characteristics of Pd and Pt Nanoparticles Produced by Nanosecond Laser Irradiations of Thin Films Deposited on Topographically-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxides. Coatings 2019, 9, 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9020068

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Torrisi V, Censabella M, Piccitto G, Compagnini G, Grimaldi MG, Ruffino F. Characteristics of Pd and Pt Nanoparticles Produced by Nanosecond Laser Irradiations of Thin Films Deposited on Topographically-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxides. Coatings. 2019; 9(2):68. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9020068

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Torrisi, Vanna; Censabella, Maria; Piccitto, Giovanni; Compagnini, Giuseppe; Grimaldi, Maria G.; Ruffino, Francesco. 2019. "Characteristics of Pd and Pt Nanoparticles Produced by Nanosecond Laser Irradiations of Thin Films Deposited on Topographically-Structured Transparent Conductive Oxides" Coatings 9, no. 2: 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9020068

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