June 24, 2013
Brookhaven Lab physicists Peter Sutter, Eli Sutter, and Xiao Tong (left to right) with one of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials instruments used to characterize the new nanoparticle structures.
BNL scientists have discovered a way to create uniquely structured gold-indium nanoparticles that combine high stability, great catalytic potential, and a simple synthesis process. These new nanostructures might enhance many different commercial and industrial processes including acting as an efficient material for catalytic converters in cars.
The researchers were studying oxidation processes through which metals and alloys combine with oxygen when they discovered a room-temperature process that transforms a simple alloy into a nanostructure with remarkable properties.
The research was conducted at Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) whose unique state-of-the-art instruments and techniques – transmission electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and ion-scattering spectroscopy – accelerated the research and proved central to this discovery.
2013-4093 | INT/EXT | Media & Communications Office
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