Characterization of Nanomaterials with Total Scattering and Pair Distribution Function Analysis: Examples from Metal Oxide Nanochemistry

Authors

  • Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark;, Email: kirsten@chem.ku.dk

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2021.368

Keywords:

Metal oxide nanoparticles, Pair distribution function analysis, Structure analysis, X-ray scattering

Abstract

The development of new functional nanomaterials builds on an understanding of the intricate relation between material structure and properties. Only by knowing the atomic arrangement can the mechanisms responsible for material properties be elucidated and new materials and technologies developed. Nanomaterials challenge the crystallographic techniques often used for structure characterization, and the structure of many nanomaterials are therefore often assumed to be 'cut-outs' of the corresponding bulk material. Here, I will discuss how Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis of total scattering data can aid nanochemists in obtaining a structural understanding of nanoscale materials, focusing on examples from metal oxide chemistry.

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Published

2021-05-28

How to Cite

[1]
K. M. Ø. Jensen, Chimia 2021, 75, 368, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2021.368.

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Scientific Articles