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High-Resolution EM of Colloidal Nanocrystal Growth Using Graphene Liquid Cells

Science  06 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6077, pp. 61-64
DOI: 10.1126/science.1217654

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Abstract

We introduce a new type of liquid cell for in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) based on entrapment of a liquid film between layers of graphene. The graphene liquid cell facilitates atomic-level resolution imaging while sustaining the most realistic liquid conditions achievable under electron-beam radiation. We employ this cell to explore the mechanism of colloidal platinum nanocrystal growth. Direct atomic-resolution imaging allows us to visualize critical steps in the process, including site-selective coalescence, structural reshaping after coalescence, and surface faceting.

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