Platinum grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on SrTiO3(001) surfaces was studied as a function of Pt coverage and post-deposition thermal treatment. The combination of atomic-force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray fluorescence, x-ray reflectivity, and grazing-incidence small-angle x-ray scattering reveals significant changes in the nanoscale surface morphology and crystallinity for the differently prepared films. Surfaces with Pt coverages from 1 to 40 monolayers (ML) show different initial morphologies that evolve into different final Pt microstructures after annealing to 800 °C. These distinct nanoscale structural changes are explained by surface diffusion and the surface and interface energies for noble metals on oxides.
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