Under electron-beam irradiation, dendritic platinum nanosheets structurally evolve into metastable "holey" nanosheets. Monte Carlo simulations of this structural transformation agree well with electron microscope images detailing the ripening process. The experiments and simulations show that nanoscale holes of a critical size are persistent and give holey sheets their morphological stability and sustained high surface area. Platinum nanostructures composed of these holey nanosheets exhibit improved durability in electrocatalytic reactions due to their remarkable ripening resistance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering