A new and original method is presented to synthesize Pt, Cu, and PtxCuy nanoparticles (NPs) anchored onto an inorganic nanopowder substrate (TiO2), based on the plasma degradation, within an Ar/NH3 radiofrequency plasma discharge, of solid organometallics (Cu and Pt acetylacetonate), mixed with TiO2. Both chemical and crystallographic characterizations confirm the formation of metastable alloyed Pt-Cu nanoparticles. The difference of Pt and Cu concentrations in NPs measured with a volume technique (X-ray diffraction) and a surface technique (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) suggests a Pt concentration gradient within NPs attributed to a difference in organometallics degradation kinetics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number129576
JournalMaterials Letters
Early online date18 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2021


  • Alloys
  • Nanoparticle
  • RF-ICP plasma


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