Using SrTiO3 nanocuboids as a model system, we show with aberration-corrected high resolution electron microscopy at sub-Å resolution that surface relaxations or reconstructions are present on the nanocuboids, depending on the synthetic process. Oleic acid synthesis, acetic acid synthesis, and microwave-assisted acetic acid synthesis result in a SrO termination, TiO2-rich reconstruction, and mixed termination, respectively. The experimental atomic positions are in better agreement with density functional theory calculations using an exact-exchange corrected PBEsol functional than the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional.
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