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Silicon nanowires terminated with methyl functionalities exhibit stronger Si–C bonds than equivalent 2D surfaces

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Abstract

Silicon nanowires (Si NWs) terminated with methyl functionalities exhibit higher oxidation resistance under ambient conditions than equivalent 2D Si(100) and 2D Si(111) surfaces having similar or 10–20% higher initial coverage. The kinetics of methyl adsorption as well as complementary surface analysis by XPS and ToF SIMS attribute this difference to the formation of stronger Si–C bonds on Si NWs, as compared to 2D Si surfaces. This finding offers the possibility of functionalising Si NWs with minimum effect on the conductance of the near-gap channels leading towards more efficient Si NW electronic devices.

Graphical abstract: Silicon nanowires terminated with methyl functionalities exhibit stronger Si–C bonds than equivalent 2D surfaces

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The article was received on 18 Nov 2008, accepted on 17 Feb 2009 and first published on 12 Mar 2009


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B820559K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 3845-3848
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    Silicon nanowires terminated with methyl functionalities exhibit stronger Si–C bonds than equivalent 2D surfaces

    M. Y. Bashouti, Y. Paska, S. R. Puniredd, T. Stelzner, S. Christiansen and H. Haick, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 3845
    DOI: 10.1039/B820559K

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