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Nucleation Control in the Aggregative Growth of Bismuth Nanocrystals

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posted on 25.01.2011, 00:00 by Vernal N. Richards, Shawn P. Shields, William E. Buhro
The kinetics and mechanism of Bi-nanocrystal growth from the precursor Bi[N(SiMe3)2]3 are determined at various Na[N(SiMe3)2] additive concentrations. The results establish that aggregative nucleation and growth processes dominate Bi-nanocrystal formation. The time dependence of the aggregative nucleation rate−the nucleation function−is determined over the range of Na[N(SiMe3)2] concentrations studied. The time width of aggregative nucleation (Δtn) is shown to remain reasonably narrow, and to correlate with the final Bi-nanocrystal size distribution. The maximum aggregative nucleation rate (Γmax) is shown to vary systematically with Na[N(SiMe3)2] concentration, producing a systematic variation in the final nanocrystal mean size. The Na[N(SiMe3)2] additive functions as both a nucleation-control agent and an Ostwald-ripening agent.