Thermodynamics of nanoalloys
This article reviews recent advances in our understanding of how temperature affects the structure and the phase of multimetallic nanoparticles. Focusing on bimetallic systems, we discuss the interplay of size, shape and chemical order on the stable configurations at thermal equilibrium. Besides some considerations about experimental evidence for thermally-induced transformations, most insight is generally gained from theory and computation. The perspectives offered by mesoscopic approaches (i.e. corrected from the bulk) and atomistic simulations complement each other and often provide detailed information about the respective roles of coordination, composition and more generally surface effects to be evaluated. Order–disorder transitions and the melting phase change are strongly altered in nanoscale systems, and we describe how they possibly impact entire phase diagrams.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Recent advances in the chemical physics of nanoalloys