Atom-resolved characterization on the growth and structure evolution of nanocrystals

Author(s): Rongming Wang

Nanoscale characterization has enabled the discovery of many novel functional materials which started from understanding important relationships between material properties and morphologies. Therefore, nanoscale characterization has become an important research topic in nanoscience. Here we demonstrate the research of the growth and structure evolution of transition metal nanocrystals at atomic scale.

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