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Diffraction Paradox: An Unusually Broad Diffraction Background Marks High Quality Graphene, Shen Chen, Michael Horn-Von Hoegen, Patricia A. Thiel, Michael C. Tringides Oct 2019

Diffraction Paradox: An Unusually Broad Diffraction Background Marks High Quality Graphene, Shen Chen, Michael Horn-Von Hoegen, Patricia A. Thiel, Michael C. Tringides

Chemistry Publications

The realization of the unusual properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials requires the formation of large domains of single-layer thickness, extending over the mesoscale. It is found that the formation of uniform graphene on SiC, contrary to textbook diffraction, is signaled by a strong bell-shaped component (BSC) around the (00) and G(10) spots (but not around the substrate spots). The BCS is also seen on graphene grown on metals, because a single uniform graphene layer can be also grown with large lateral size. It is only seen by electron diffraction but not with x-ray or He scattering. Although the origin ...


Energetics Of Cu Adsorption And Intercalation At Graphite Step Edges, Yong Han, Ann Lii-Rosales, Michael C. Tringides, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel Mar 2019

Energetics Of Cu Adsorption And Intercalation At Graphite Step Edges, Yong Han, Ann Lii-Rosales, Michael C. Tringides, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Publications

To assess the energetics of Cu intercalation on defective graphite, the chemical potentials and binding energies for Cu at graphite step edges are calculated for three main configurations: an isolated atom, a chain, and an atom attached to a chain. As expected, for Cu interacting directly with a graphite step edge, the strength of interaction depends on the stability of the step, with Cu binding more strongly at a less-stable step. However, the relationship is reversed when considering binding of a Cu atom attached to a chain. Taken together, these trends mean that if the graphite step is less stable ...


Squeezed Nanocrystals: Equilibrium Configuration Of Metal Clusters Embedded Beneath The Surface Of A Layered Material, Scott E. Julien, Ann Lii-Rosales, Kai-Tak Wan, Yong Han, Michael C. Tringides, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel Jan 2019

Squeezed Nanocrystals: Equilibrium Configuration Of Metal Clusters Embedded Beneath The Surface Of A Layered Material, Scott E. Julien, Ann Lii-Rosales, Kai-Tak Wan, Yong Han, Michael C. Tringides, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel

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Shapes of functional metallic nanocrystals, typically synthesized either free in solution or supported on surfaces, are key for controlling properties. Here, we consider a novel new class of metallic nanocrystals, copper islands embedded near the surface of graphite, which can be considered a model system for metals embedded beneath surfaces of layered materials, or beneath supported membranes. We develop a continuum elasticity (CE) model for the equilibrium shape of these islands, and compare its predictions with experimental data. The CE model incorporates appropriate surface energy, adhesion energies, and strain energy. The agreement between the CE model and the data is ...


Physical Properties Of Single Crystalline R Mg 2 Cu 9 ( R = Y , Ce − Nd , Gd − Dy , Yb ) And The Search For In-Plane Magnetic Anisotropy In Hexagonal Systems, Tai Kong, William R. Meier, Qisheng Lin, Scott M. Saunders, S. L. Bud’Ko, Rebecca Flint, Paul C. Canfield Jan 2016

Physical Properties Of Single Crystalline R Mg 2 Cu 9 ( R = Y , Ce − Nd , Gd − Dy , Yb ) And The Search For In-Plane Magnetic Anisotropy In Hexagonal Systems, Tai Kong, William R. Meier, Qisheng Lin, Scott M. Saunders, S. L. Bud’Ko, Rebecca Flint, Paul C. Canfield

Chemistry Publications

Single crystals ofRMg2Cu9 (R = Y, Ce-Nd, Gd-Dy, Yb) were grown using a high-temperature solution growth technique and were characterized by measurements of room-temperature x-ray diffraction, temperature-dependent specific heat, and temperature- and field-dependent resistivity and anisotropic magnetization. YMg2Cu9 is a nonlocal- moment-bearing metal with an electronic specific heat coefficient, γ ∼ 15 mJ/mol K2. Yb is divalent and basically non-moment-bearing in YbMg2Cu9. Ce is trivalent in CeMg2Cu9 with two magnetic transitions being observed at 2.1 K and 1.5 K. PrMg2Cu9 does not exhibit any magnetic phase transition down to 0.5 K. The other members being studied (R = Nd ...


Evolution Of Two-Dimensional Wormlike Nanoclusters On Metal Surfaces, Woei Wu Pai, John F. Wendelken, C. R. Stoldt, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu Apr 2001

Evolution Of Two-Dimensional Wormlike Nanoclusters On Metal Surfaces, Woei Wu Pai, John F. Wendelken, C. R. Stoldt, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

Chemistry Publications

A pinch-off phenomenon is discovered in the evolution of 2D wormlike nanoclusters formed in homoepitaxial adlayers. This feature is shown to distinguish mass transport via periphery diffusion from other mechanisms. Continuum modeling of such evolution accurately describes experimental observations, particularly if one incorporates the anisotropy in step-edge line tension.