Zolnai, Z., Petrik, P., Deak, A., Pothorszky, S., Zambo, D., Vertesy, G., Nagy, N., Rossall, Andrew and Van den Berg, Jakob (2016) A Three Dimensional Analysis of Au-Silica Core-Shell Nanoparticles Using Medium Energy Ion Scattering. In: High Resolution Depth Profiling Conference (HRDP08), 7th-11th August 2016, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

The medium energy ion scattering (MEIS) facility at the IIAA Huddersfield has been used
for the analysis of a monolayer of Au-silica core-shell nanoparticles deposited on Si substrate.
Both spherical and rod shape particles were investigated and the spectra produced by 100 keV He+
ions scattered through angles of 90º and 125º were compared with the results of RBS-MAST [1]
simulations performed on artificial 3D model cells containing the nanoparticles. The thickness of
the silica shell, the diameter of the Au spheres, and the diameter and length of the Au nano-rods
were determined from best fits of the measured set of MEIS spectra.
In addition, the effect of ion irradiation on the silica shell and gold core was monitored by
MEIS measurements in conjunction with RBS-MAST simulations. Ion bombardment was
performed under largely different conditions, i.e., by 30 keV Ar+, 150 keV Fe+, or 2.8 MeV N+
ions in the dose range of 2×1015 - 2×1016 cm-2. Significant changes in the particle geometry can be
observed due to ion beam-induced sputtering and recoil effects, the significance of which was
estimated from full-cascade SRIM simulations.
Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), Field emission scanning electron microscopy
(FESEM), and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) techniques have been applied as complementary
characterization tools to monitor the amount of gold and surface morphology on the un-irradiated
and irradiated sample areas. We show that MEIS can yield spatial information on the geometrical
changes of particulate systems at the nanometre scale.


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