3-Dimensional Scanning of Entire Unit Cells in Single Nanoparticles.

Junyoung Heo, Dohun Kang, Sungin Kim, Hoje Chun, Byungchan Han, Byung Hyo Kim, Jungwon Park

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Properties of nanomaterials such as optical, electrical, and chemical properties are strongly correlated with lattice symmetry, making characterization of lattice symmetry essential. We introduce a symmetry analysis method using 3D atomic coordinates obtained by Brownian one-particle 3D reconstruction. The method allows direct and quantitative analysis of symmetrical properties and delivers local structural characteristics of individual platinum (Pt) nanoparticles in unit-cell level. Local structural deformations of the Pt nanoparticles such as lattice distortion and internal symmetry breakage are demonstrated, revealing that the crystal structure of sub-3 nm Pt nanoparticles generally maintains FCC crystallinity and exhibits localized deviation from their bulk counterpart.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202200057
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
J.P. acknowledges Institutes for Basic Science (IBS−R006‐D1), the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. NRF‐2020R1A2C2101871, No. NRF‐2017R1A5A1015365, and No. NRF‐2019M3E6A1064877)j. B.H.K., J.H., S.K., and J.P. acknowledge support by Samsung Science and Technology Foundation under project number SSTF‐BA1802‐08 for the development of the structural analysis algorithm. Theoretical computation was supported by the National Supercomputing Center with supercomputing resources including technical support (KSC‐2019‐CRE‐0119). J.P. acknowledges support by Samsung Research Funding & Incubation Center of Samsung Electronics under Project Number SRFC‐MA2002‐03 for the use of computation resources. H.C. and B.H. were supported by the Global Frontier Program through the Global Frontier Hybrid Interface Materials (GFHIM) of the NRF funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (project no. 2013M3A6B1078882). B.H.K. acknowledges the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (No. NRF‐2021R1C1C1014339).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry


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