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Destabilization Of Ag Nanoislands On Ag(100) By Adsorbed Sulfur, Mingmin Shen, Selena M. Russell, Da-Jiang Liu, Patricia A. Thiel Jan 2011

Destabilization Of Ag Nanoislands On Ag(100) By Adsorbed Sulfur, Mingmin Shen, Selena M. Russell, Da-Jiang Liu, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Publications

Sulfur accelerates coarsening of Ag nanoislands on Ag(100) at 300 K, and this effect is enhanced with increasing sulfur coverage over a range spanning a few hundredths of a monolayer, to nearly 0.25 monolayers. We propose that acceleration of coarsening in this system is tied to the formation of AgS2 clusters primarily at step edges. These clusters can transport Ag more efficiently than can Ag adatoms (due to a lower diffusion barrier and comparable formation energy). The mobility of isolated sulfur on Ag(100) is very low so that formation of the complex is kinetically limited at ...


Low-Temperature Adsorption Of H2s On Ag(111), Selena M. Russell, Da-Jiang Liu, Maki Kawai, Yousoo Kim, Patricia A. Thiel Jan 2010

Low-Temperature Adsorption Of H2s On Ag(111), Selena M. Russell, Da-Jiang Liu, Maki Kawai, Yousoo Kim, Patricia A. Thiel

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H2S forms a rich variety of structures on Ag(111) at low temperature and submonolayer coverage. The molecules decorate step edges, exist as isolated entities on terraces, and aggregate into clusters and islands, under various conditions. One type of island exhibits a (×)R25.3° unit cell. Typically, molecules in the clusters and islands are separated by about 0.4 nm, the same as the S–S separation in crystalline H2S. Density functional theory indicates that hydrogen-bonded clusters contain two types of molecules. One is very similar to an isolated adsorbed H2S molecule, with both ...