Surface-controlled mechanical properties of bulk nanoporous gold
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Technische Universität Hamburg
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This study highlights a smart hybrid material based on nanoporous gold in an aqueous electrolyte whose stiffness and strength are reversibly tuned by external stimuli. The tunability of these effective mechanical properties is realized via application of electric potentials to the large gold-electrolyte interface of the material, and consequent control of the surface state through electrical polarization and adsorption. The experiments are implemented in situ under environmental control in a dynamic mechanical analyzer and a mechanical testing device. The results of the in situ experiments provide conclusive evidence for the impact of surface excess elasticity on the effective elastic response of nanostructures and support a hypothesis that surface tension is a dominant factor in controlling their plasticity.
Surface Excess Elasticity