Coalescence and epitaxial self-assembly of Cu nanoparticles on graphene surface: A molecular dynamics study

Ping Chi Tsai, Yeau-Ren Jeng

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摘要

A detailed understanding of surface decoration and interconnecting technologies is essential in realizing high-performance functional devices incorporating metal nanoparticle/graphene nanohybrids. This study employs classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the formation of amorphous copper (Cu) layers on a graphene surface via the collision, coalescence and nucleation of individual Cu nanoparticles (NPs) at temperatures in the range of 300–1300 K. The results indicate that the coalescence and melting temperatures are both sensitive to the particle size and the presence of the substrate. Moreover, an epitaxial interaction is found between the Cu NPs and the graphene substrate, in which mobile Cu atoms are captured and dragged to the graphene surface to produce self-assembled NP layers via a nucleation process. A series of structural evolutions and phase transitions are revealed during the thermalization process of the NPs. Finally, the results show that the presence of the substrate and associated contact epitaxy phenomenon play a key role in governing the structural morphology and thermal behavior of the Cu NP-based thin film.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)104-110
頁數7
期刊Computational Materials Science
156
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2019 一月 1

指紋

Graphite
Graphene
Self-assembly
Coalescence
Molecular Dynamics
Self assembly
coalescing
Nanoparticles
Molecular dynamics
self assembly
graphene
molecular dynamics
nanoparticles
Substrate
Nucleation
Substrates
Metal Nanoparticles
nucleation
Epitaxy
Metal nanoparticles

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computational Mathematics

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