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Non-phase-separated 2D B–C–N alloys via molecule-like carbon doping in 2D BN: atomic structures and optoelectronic properties

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Abstract

Two-dimensional (2D) B–C–N alloys have recently attracted much attention but unfortunately, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) B–C–N alloys typically phase separate. In spite of that, our analysis of the B–C–N alloy fabricated by electron-beam irradiation suggests that non-phase-separated B–C–N may in fact exist with a carbon concentration up to 14 at%. While this analysis points to a new way to overcome the phase-separation in 2D B–C–N, by first-principles calculations, we show that these B–C–N alloys are made of motifs with even numbers of carbon atoms, in particular, dimers or six-fold rings (in a molecule-like form), embedded in a 2D BN network. Moreover, by tuning the carbon concentration, the band gap of the B–C–N alloys can be reduced by 35% from that of BN. Due to a strong overlap of the wavefunctions at the conduction band and valance band edges, the non-phase-separated B–C–N alloys maintain the strong optical absorption of BN.

Graphical abstract: Non-phase-separated 2D B–C–N alloys via molecule-like carbon doping in 2D BN: atomic structures and optoelectronic properties

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The article was received on 12 May 2018, accepted on 20 Aug 2018 and first published on 20 Aug 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03028F
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 23106-23111
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    Non-phase-separated 2D B–C–N alloys via molecule-like carbon doping in 2D BN: atomic structures and optoelectronic properties

    X. Ren, S. Xia, X. Li, N. Chen, X. Wang, D. Wang, Z. Chen, S. Zhang and H. Sun, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 23106
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP03028F

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