A method was found for creating ordered nanoparticles whose size and theoretical order-disorder temperature are ideal for study in the TEM. Specifically FePt, NiPt, FeNiPt and AuCu nanoparticles were studied. We were able to show how a nanoparticle's size affects its order-disorder temperature (Tod). When the particles were around 6 nm in diameter there was a shift downward of the Tod of 10-15 percent compared to the bulk. While particles around 10 nm in diameter experienced a downward shift of 0-6 percent compared to the bulk. One can approximate that particles less than 10-15 nm in diameter would show significant decreases in order-disorder temperature. We confirmed that alumina prevents copper losses, compositions were well within percent error. In addition we showed that when the alumina used is thin enough the images are not adversely affected and charging is not an issue.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sutherland, Gregory J., "Characterization of Order-Disorder Phase Transition Temperature for Select Nanoparticles" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 5592.
nanoparticle, order-disorder, FeNiPt, alumina