Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 29, Number 1, January 2005
|Page(s)||51 - 54|
|Section||Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies|
|Published online||30 August 2004|
On the melting of polyhedral elemental nanosolids
Université de Mons-Hainaut, 23 avenue Maistriau,
7000 Mons, Belgium
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 22 June 2004
Accepted: 25 June 2004
Published online: 30 August 2004
The phase diagram of nanoparticles is known to be a function of their size. Since this dependence is also a function of the surface to volume ratio and of the surface tensions, it is expected that it varies with the shape of the nanoparticles. The variation of the melting temperature of polyhedral elemental nanosolids is studied theoretically. It turns out that, in most cases, the size variation of the melting temperature of a sphere is less than for the other shapes. However, there is no general rule regarding the order of the shape parameters of the polyhedra.
PACS: 64.70.Nd – Structural transitions in nanoscale materials / 64.70.Dv – Solid-liquid transitions / 61.46.+w – Nanoscale materials: clusters, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanocrystals
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