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Template-controlled mineralization: Determining film granularity and structure by surface functionality patterns

Blumenstein, N.J.; Berson, J.; Walheim, S.; Atanasova, P.; Baier, J.; Bill, J.; Schimmel, T.

We present a promising first example towards controlling the properties of a self-assembling mineral film by means of the functionality and polarity of a substrate template. In the presented case, a zinc oxide film is deposited by chemical bath deposition on a nearly topography-free template structure composed of a pattern of two self-assembled monolayers with different chemical functionality. We demonstrate the template-modulated morphological properties of the growing film, as the surface functionality dictates the granularity of the growing film. This, in turn, is a key property influencing other film properties such as conductivity, piezoelectric activity and the mechanical properties. A very pronounced contrast is observed between areas with an underlying fluorinated, low energy template surface, showing a much more (almost two orders of magnitude) coarse-grained film with a typical agglomerate size of around 75 nm. In contrast, amino-functionalized surface areas induce the growth of a very smooth, fine-grained surface with a roughness of around 1 nm. The observed influence of the template on the resulting clear contrast in morphology of the growing film could be explained by a contrast in surface adhesion energies and surface diffusion rates of the nanoparticles, which nucleate in solution and subsequently deposit on the functionalized substrate.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/110102800
Veröffentlicht am 24.10.2018
DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.6.180
Zitationen: 3
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Nanotechnologie (INT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2190-4286
KITopen-ID: 110102800
HGF-Programm 43.22.01 (POF III, LK 01) Functionality by Design
Erschienen in Beilstein journal of nanotechnology
Verlag Beilstein-Institut
Band 6
Seiten 1763-1768
Nachgewiesen in Scopus
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