Segregation in bimetallic nanoparticles

Lingxuan Peng, Emilie Ringe, Richard P. Van Duyne, Laurence D. Marks*

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Bimetallic nanoparticles are of interest due to their physical and chemical properties, which differ from their monometallic counterparts, and are dependent on size, composition and structure. Their unique chemical and physical properties make them useful in many optical, electronic and catalytic applications. In this perspective article we discuss segregation in bimetallic nanoparticles and highlight a recent analytical model based on minimization of energy. Computational approaches are discussed, along with a few examples and a comparison with the analytical approach. Experimental evidence for surface segregation is described, and finally, future directions are suggested. From this review of theoretical and experimental information it appears that a general consensus is starting to emerge that there are size-dependent variations in segregation in nanoparticles with the experimental data reasonably consistent with the theoretical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27940-27951
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number42
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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