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Chemistry Publications

2012

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

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Growth Morphology And Thermal Stability Of Metal Islands On Graphene, Xiaojie Liu, Myron Hupalo, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, Michael C. Tringides Jan 2012

Growth Morphology And Thermal Stability Of Metal Islands On Graphene, Xiaojie Liu, Myron Hupalo, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, Michael C. Tringides

Chemistry Publications

We performed an experiment to study the thermal stability of metal on graphene. We show that Fe, Gd, Dy, and Eu on graphene exhibit island growth morphology. The 3D islands of Fe, Gd, and Dy show a small decrease in island density and an increase in the height/width aspect ratio upon thermal annealing. By contrast, coarsening of Eu islands to a close flat film is observed after annealing to 365 K. By investigating the fundamental interactions (i.e., adsorption energies and diffusion barriers) between the metal adatoms and graphene using ab initio calculations, we predict that most of the ...


High Island Densities And Long Range Repulsive Interactions: Fe On Epitaxial Graphene, Steven Michael Binz, Myron Hupalo, Xiaojie Liu, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, E. H. Conrad, Michael C. Tringides Jan 2012

High Island Densities And Long Range Repulsive Interactions: Fe On Epitaxial Graphene, Steven Michael Binz, Myron Hupalo, Xiaojie Liu, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Wen-Cai Lu, Patricia A. Thiel, Kai-Ming Ho, E. H. Conrad, Michael C. Tringides

Chemistry Publications

The understanding of metal nucleation on graphene is essential for promising future applications, especially of magnetic metals which can be used in spintronics or computer storage media. A common method to study the grown morphology is to measure the nucleated island density n as a function of growth parameters. Surprisingly, the growth of Fe on graphene is found to be unusual because it does not follow classical nucleation: n is unexpectedtly high, it increases continuously with the deposited amount θ and shows no temperature dependence. These unusual results indicate the presence of long range repulsive interactions. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations ...