Ultrasonic Nebulization for TEM Sample Preparation on Single-Layer Graphene Grids

Joshua G. Hinman, Jordan J. Hinman, Blanka E. Janicek, Pinshane Y. Huang, Kenneth S. Suslick, Catherine J. Murphy

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Spray-coating using ultrasonic nebulization is reported for depositing nanoparticles on a TEM grid without many of the drying artifacts that are often associated with drop-casting. Spray-coating is suitable for preparing TEM samples on fragile support materials, such as suspended single-layer graphene, that rupture when samples are prepared by drop-casting. Additionally, because ultrasonic nebulization produces uniform droplets, nanoparticles deposited by spray-coating occur on the TEM grid in clusters, whose size is dependent on the concentration of the nanoparticle dispersion, which may allow the concentration of nanoparticle dispersions to be estimated using TEM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1938-1943
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 13 2019


  • Nanoparticle
  • graphene
  • nebulization
  • spray
  • transmission electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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