In tin the changes in electronic properties are important because they influence the superconducting properties. While tin is only a superconductor well below room temperature, tin nanoparticles mentioned in the reference article show the band gap can be increased by 60%.
|Configuration||5s2 5p2 4d10|
|Melting point||232 ℃|
|Boiling point||2602 ℃|
- Synthesis of Nanoparticles of Cu, Sb, Sn, SnSb and Cu2Sb by Densification and Atomization Process synthesis doi:10.1166/jnn.2009.dk13
- Observation of shell effects in superconducting nanoparticles of Sn functionality doi:10.1038/nmat2768
Key trends at the nanoscale
The pie chart presented here is based on the distribution of research literature across various fields of application research over the period 1992 to 2017. The value listed is the number of papers discussing Tin related to nanoparticles, sorted by application field. This gives an indication which applications are being or have been researched and where the core interest is. However, the distribution does not correct for the total publications in a given application field. So, a high score for a given application field indicates there is considerable interest in the element in that field, but it may also mean the field itself has considerable more publications than other fields. Therefore, the pie chart gives a general overview only. The application fields themselves are discussed in more detail on our Nanoparticles page.
Additionally, the total number of publications provides some insight in the amount of research into Tin used in nanoparticles in general. Typically, a well-researched element will show 1000 or more publications over the 1992-2017 period.
Alloys and composites
The graph below presents an analysis of literature on core-shell, alloy and composite particles with tin as a component of such nanoparticles. It shows possible combinations for alloy or composite nanoparticles and reflects research interest during the 1992-2017 period.