A Theoretical Study of the Effect of Dopants on Diamond (100) Surface Stabilization for Different Termination Scenarios
2015 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 119, no 5, 2545-2556 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The effect of dopants (N or B) on differently terminated diamond (100)-2 × 1 surfaces has in the present study been studied theoretically by using DFT (density functional theory) under periodic boundary conditions. The terminating species, X, include H, OH, Oontop, and Obridge. As a result of geometry optimization, the C–N and C–B bond lengths were calculated to be longer than for the situation with saturated binding conditions (i.e., the situation where N (or B) are binding to three other atoms, instead of four). Moreover, the X–Csurface-dopant angles were observed to decrease for the N-doped and increase for the B-doped senarios. In addition, the atomic charges and bond populations for the region surrounding the dopants were also carefully analyzed in order to compare the surface stabilization situations for non-, N- and B-doped diamond surfaces. For the H-terminated diamond surfaces, the C–H bonds became weakened when substituationally doped with either N or B. For the O-terminated diamond surfaces (i.e., both Oontop, and Obridge), the results showed opposite trends by strengthening (or weakening) the C–O bonds for the N- (or B-) doped system, respectivly. The adsorption energies for the various terminating species were observed to decrease when going from a nondoped to an N-doped situation and finally over to a B-doped situation. This is a result that strongly correlates with the calculated Csurface–X (X = H, OH, Oontop, Obridge) bond lengths. In addition, the effect of surface termination on the diamond surface stabilization energy, was observed to be in the following order: Obridge > Otop > H > OH. This result was valid for both non-, N- and B-doped diamond surfaces. The calculated spin density calculations indicated a local distribution of the unpaired electron in the N- and B-doped systems, respectively. This is a result that showed a strong correlation to the bond lengths surrounding the dopants and to the calculated adsorption energies for the terminating species, X. Moreover, the surface electronic structures (i.e., surface states) for the N- and B-doped systems were calculated and visualized by performing pDOS calculations. The results showed a shift of the Fermi levels for the N- and B-doped situations. As expected, the Fermi level was shifted toward the conduction band for the N-doped surfaces and toward the valence band for the B-doped systems. In addition, the pDOS spectra for the Oontop-termination showed extra states around the Fermi level, which were the result induced by the radical nature of this type of termination species.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington, DC, 2015. Vol. 119, no 5, 2545-2556 p.
Diamond, surface terminations, dopants
Research subject Chemistry with specialization in Materials Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242826DOI: 10.1021/jp511077vISI: 000349136400035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242826DiVA: diva2:785291
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, MATCON-238201