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Classical nucleation theory predicts that a binary system which is non-miscible in the bulk should become miscible at the nanoscale when lowering its size below a critical size. Here we tackle the problem of miscibility in nanoalloys with a combination of ab-initio and atomistic calculations, developing a statistical-mechanics approach for the free energy cost of forming phase-separated aggregates. We apply it to the controversial case of AuCo nanoalloys. AuCo is non-miscible in the bulk, but a rich variety of nanoparticle configurations, both phase-separated and intermixed, has been obtained experimentally. Our calculations strongly point to the permanence of an equilibrium miscibility gap down to the nanoscale, and to the non-existence of a critical size below which phase separation is impossible. We show that this is due to nanoscale effects of general character, caused by the existence of preferred nucleation sites in nanoparticles, which lower the free-energy cost for phase separation with respect to bulk systems.
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Name: Nano letters
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The interval between two successive CELL DIVISIONS during which the CHROMOSOMES are not individually distinguishable. It is composed of the G phases (G1 PHASE; G0 PHASE; G2 PHASE) and S PHASE (when DNA replication occurs).
The phase of cell nucleus division following PROMETAPHASE, in which the CHROMOSOMES line up across the equatorial plane of the MITOTIC SPINDLE APPARATUS prior to separation.
Functionalization of exogenous substances to prepare them for conjugation in PHASE II DETOXIFICATION. Phase I enzymes include CYTOCHROME P450 enzymes and some OXIDOREDUCTASES. Excess induction of phase I over phase II detoxification leads to higher levels of FREE RADICALS that can induce CANCER and other cell damage. Induction or antagonism of phase I detoxication is the basis of a number of DRUG INTERACTIONS.
The period of the CELL CYCLE following DNA synthesis (S PHASE) and preceding M PHASE (cell division phase). The CHROMOSOMES are tetraploid in this point.
The separation of individuals or groups resulting in the lack of or minimizing of social contact and/or communication. This separation may be accomplished by physical separation, by social barriers and by psychological mechanisms. In the latter, there may be interaction but no real communication.