A cutting-edge goal in nanoscience is to develop reliable tools to generate, size-select, and soft-land nanocluster particles on a substrate. The endgame is to be able to obtain well-controlled films, arrays, or networks of pure or compound nanoparticles with size and composition known precisely to within an atom. Such samples will be of great utility for research and applications in nanoelectronics, optics, catalysis, spectroscopy, solar energy, and other uses.
Nanoparticle deposition apparatus
We are working
a setup which includes a magnetron sputtering/condensation
invented in Freiburg (Germany) and manufactured by Mantis
a high-range/high throughput quadrupole mass
spectrometer, and a
substrate deposition chamber. We
able to generate, deposit and image metal nanoparticles ranging from 1
to 10 nm
in diameter (~10-104 atoms).