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Elastic limit of silicane

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Abstract

Silicane is a fully hydrogenated silicene–a counterpart of graphene–having promising applications in hydrogen storage with capacities larger than 6 wt%. Knowledge of its elastic limit is critical in its applications as well as tailoring its electronic properties by strain. Here we investigate the mechanical response of silicane to various strains using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. We illustrate that non-linear elastic behavior is prominent in two-dimensional nanomaterials as opposed to bulk materials. The elastic limits defined by ultimate tensile strains are 0.22, 0.28, and 0.25 along armchair, zigzag, and biaxial directions, respectively, an increase of 29%, 33%, and 24% respectively in reference to silicene. The in-plane stiffness and Poisson ratio are reduced by a factor of 16% and 26%, respectively. However, hydrogenation/dehydrogenation has little effect on its ultimate tensile strengths. We obtained high order elastic constants for a rigorous continuum description of the nonlinear elastic response. The limitation of second, third, fourth, and fifth order elastic constants are in the strain range of 0.02, 0.08, and 0.13, and 0.21, respectively. The pressure effect on the second order elastic constants and Poisson's ratio were predicted from the third order elastic constants. Our results could provide a safe guide for promising applications and strain-engineering the functions and properties of silicane monolayers.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2014, accepted on 31 Jul 2014 and first published on 05 Aug 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4NR01831A
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 12071-12079
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    Elastic limit of silicane

    Q. Peng and S. De, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 12071
    DOI: 10.1039/C4NR01831A

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