Complex surface structure of (110) terminated strontium titanate nanododecahedra

Lawrence A. Crosby, Robert M. Kennedy, Bor Rong Chen, Jianguo Wen, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier, Michael J. Bedzyk, Laurence Marks*

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The surface structure of (110) faceted strontium titanate nanoparticles synthesized via solvothermal method has been resolved using high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM). We demonstrate that the surface is a titania-rich structure containing tetrahedrally coordinated TiO4 units similar to the family of (n × 1) reconstructions observed on (110) surfaces of bulk crystalline strontium titanate. When compared with prior results for (001) terminated strontium titanate single crystals made with traditional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation techniques, the results demonstrate that many models for oxide nanoparticles need to be revisited. This work serves as a reminder that attention must be paid to the surface of nanoparticles. Even with a simple perovskite as the starting point the end result can be very complex. As more materials are synthesized on the nanoscale, this will become increasingly important to take into consideration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16606-16611
Number of pages6
Issue number37
StatePublished - Oct 7 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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