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February 2017

Researchers Reveal Atomic Structure of Nanoparticle in Unprecedented Detail


Scientific Achievement

Molecular Foundry scientists and users determine the precise 3D location and identity of all 23,000 atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle

Significance and Impact

The technique revealed chemical order and disorder in individual grains, shedding light on the material’s properties, which could lead to new ways to improve its magnetic performance for use in high-density, next-generation hard drives.

Research Details


Y. Yang, C-C. Chen, M. C. Scott, C. Ophus, R. Xu, A. Pryor, L. Wu, F. Sun, W. Theis, J. Zhou, M. Eisenbach, P. R. C. Kent, R. F. Sabirianov, H. Zeng, P. Ercius & J. Miao, Nature. 2017 Feb 1;542(7639):75-79.