Oxygen Functionalization of Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Ni(111)

Späth F, Soni H, Steinhauer J, Düll F, Bauer U, Bachmann P, Hieringer W, Görling A, Steinrück HP, Papp C (2019)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2019


DOI: 10.1002/chem.201901504


The interaction of single-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) on Ni(111) with molecular oxygen from a supersonic molecular beam led to a covalently bonded molecular oxygen species, which was identified as being between a superoxide and a peroxide. This is a rare example of an activated adsorption process leading to a molecular adsorbate. The amount of oxygen functionalization depended on the kinetic energy of the molecular beam. For a kinetic energy of 0.7 eV, an oxygen coverage of 0.4 ML was found. Near-edge X-ray adsorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy revealed a stronger bond of h-BN to the Ni(111) substrate in the presence of the covalently bound oxygen species. Oxygen adsorption also led to a shift of the valence bands to lower binding energies. Subsequent temperature-programmed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the oxygen boron bonds are stable up to approximately 580 K, when desorption, and simultaneously, etching of h-BN set in. The experimental results were substantiated by density functional theory calculations, which provided insight to the adsorption geometry, the adsorption energy and the reaction pathway.

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Späth, F., Soni, H., Steinhauer, J., Düll, F., Bauer, U., Bachmann, P.,... Papp, C. (2019). Oxygen Functionalization of Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Ni(111). Chemistry - A European Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201901504


Späth, Florian, et al. "Oxygen Functionalization of Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Ni(111)." Chemistry - A European Journal (2019).

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