We use a green sputtering technique to deposit a Pt/Cu alloy target on liquid polyethylene glycol (PEG) to obtain well-dispersed and stable Pt29Cu71 alloy nanoparticles (NPs). The effects of sputtering current, rotation speed of the stirrer, sputtering time, sputtering period, and temperature of PEG on the particle size are studied systematically. Our key results demonstrate that the aggregation and growth of Pt/Cu alloy NPs occurred at the surface as well as inside the liquid polymer after the particles landed on the liquid surface. According to particle size analysis, a low sputtering current, high rotation speed for the stirrer, short sputtering period, and short sputtering time are found to be favorable for producing small-sized single crystalline alloy NPs. On the other hand, varying the temperature of the liquid PEG does not have any significant impact on the particle size. Thus, our findings shed light on controlling NP growth using the newly developed green sputtering deposition technique.
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