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Experimental and theoretical studies of trimethylene sulfide-derived nanostructures on p- and n-type h-silicon(100)-2 x 1

Dogel, Stanislav A. and DiLabio, Gino A. and Zikovsky, Janik and Pitters, Jason L. and Wolkow, Robert A. (2007) Experimental and theoretical studies of trimethylene sulfide-derived nanostructures on p- and n-type h-silicon(100)-2 x 1. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 111 (32). pp. 11965-11969.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp072011l

Abstract

The nanoscale structuring of molecules on silicon surfaces is one approach for combining the tuneable properties of chemical species with the functionality of semiconductor materials. In this study, we report on the growth characteristics of trimethylene sulfide (TMS) on p- and n-type H-Si(100)-2 x 1. The nanostructures formed by TMS on either surface are indistinguishable by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). However, high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and modeling by density functional theory indicate that the molecular attachment mechanism differs with dopant type. Our results show that TMS adds to a surface silicon dangling bond through the formation of a Si-S bond on p-type silicon and through the formation of a Si-C bond on n-type silicon. In both cases, the added TMS undergoes ring opening following covalent bond formation with the surface. The different ring-opened radicals are able to abstract a hydrogen atom from one of two neighboring silicon dimers. The overall reaction produces TMS-derived nanostructures that grow via a square-wave pattern on the neighboring edges of two dimer rows.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:2274
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:06 Jan 2009 12:19
Last Modified:19 Jan 2009 15:52

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