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Growth of epitaxial anatase nano islands on SrTiO(001) by dip coating

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  • F.E. Oropeza
  • K.H.L. Zhang
  • A. Regoutz
  • R.G. Egdell
  • V.K. Lazarov
  • D. Wermeille
  • C.G. Poll


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DatePublished - 3 Apr 2013
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1438-1444
Original languageEnglish


High temperature annealing of ultrathin anatase-TiO(001) thin films deposited on SrTiO(001) substrates by a dip coating method leads to the self-assembly of an array of square-shaped epitaxial anatase islands with lateral dimensions of order 150 nm. The procedure developed here provides a very cheap and simple approach to preparation of oriented anatase nanocrystals with a distribution of surface terminations very different to that found in free-standing material. In particular, the {101} facets which are dominant for unsupported nanocrystalline anatase are completely absent, and the (001) islands are instead bounded by sloping {103} side facets.

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