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  1. First Principles Study of Flexoelectricity

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    Hong, Jiawang; Vanderbilt, David

    2011-03-01

    Flexoelectricity is the linear response of polarization to a strain gradient. Because strain gradients break inversion symmetry, flexoelectricity allows for charge to be extracted from deformations even in materials that are not piezoelectric. The flexoelectric effect is negligible on conventional length scales, but it becomes very strong at the nanoscale where large strain gradients can significantly affect the functional properties of dielectric thin films and superlattices. We present first-principles calculations of flexoelectric effects in nonpiezoelectric materials by introducing the strain gradient artificially in a slab geometry and obtain the flexoelectric coefficients. Furthermore, we model the results in terms of quantities, such as dynamical charges and higher multipole moments that can be computed in the bulk, bringing us closer to a full theory of flexoelectricity. R. Resta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 127601 (2010).

  2. A first principle study of hydrogenated graphdiyne

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    Qiu, Huanhuan; Sheng, Xianlei

    2018-03-01

    Based on recently synthesized two-dimensional graphdiyne, we have constructed several hydrogenated graphdiyne structures and studied their electronic structures and magnetic properties by first-principles calculations. Both direct and indirect band gap semiconductors are found in the nomagnetic hydrogenated configurations. Moreover, half semiconductors are found in the magnetic ground states of some hydrogenated graphdiyne structures we considered, although there is no transition metal element in the materials.

  3. Electronic structure of BaFe2As2 as obtained from DFT/ASW first-principles calculations

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2010-07-02

    We use ab-initio calculations based on the augmented spherical wave method within density functional theory to study the magnetic ordering and Fermi surface of BaFe2As2, the parent compound of the hole-doped iron pnictide superconductors (K,Ba)Fe2As2, for the tetragonal I4/mmm as well as the orthorhombic Fmmm structure. In comparison to full potential linear augmented plane wave calculations, we obtain significantly smaller magnetic energies. This finding is remarkable, since the augmented spherical wave method, in general, is known for a most reliable description of magnetism. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. First principles studies of semiconductor epitaxial growth

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    Tsai, Bao-Liang

    This thesis conducts investigations mainly on the structures, energetics, and recations of semiconductor as well as oxide surfaces using first principles cluster model approach. The first part of the research work addresses the issues in the epitaxial growth of Hgsb{1-x}Cdsb{x}Te (MCT) materials. Hg divalent compounds were studied thoroughly using a variety of quantum chemical methods in order to understand the energetics of Hg precursors for growth. The (001) growth surfaces were then examined in detail using cluster model calculations. Based on these results, a novel metal-organic molecular beam epitaxial (MOMBE) growth strategy with favorable energetics for growing MCT using Hsb2C=CH-CHsb2-Hg-Cequiv C-CHsb3 is proposed. It is hoped that with this new growth strategy, the Hg vacancy and p-doping problems that currently exist in growth can be avoided. The second part of the thesis discusses the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth of cubic GaN on the (001) surface using various N sources. Surface reconstructions and the interactions of gas-phase atomic and molecular nitrogens with the surface were elucidated using cluster models. Using these results an energy phase diagram for the growth of GaN has been constructed. It suggests that excited state molecular Nsb2\\ (sp3Sigmasbsp{u}{+}) is the most favorable of all N species for growth of high quality GaN because it can undergo a dissociative chemisorption process. Ground state atomic N\\ (sp4S) is also good for growth. The doublet excited states N\\ (sp2D and sp2P) might cause surface N abstraction, leading to N vacancies in the material. Finally, a Fe(OH)sb3(Hsb2O)sb3 GVB cluster model of crystalline alpha-Fesb2Osb3 was developed. This simple model can describe the local geometry and bonding of Fe in the bulk oxide. Using quantum mechanical calculations, the orientation of the oleic imidazoline (OI) molecule bonding to the oxide surface has been determined. OI class of molecules are used extensively for corrosion

  5. Boron Fullerenes: A First-Principles Study

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    Gonzalez Szwacki Nevill

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractA family of unusually stable boron cages was identified and examined using first-principles local-density functional method. The structure of the fullerenes is similar to that of the B12icosahedron and consists of six crossing double-rings. The energetically most stable fullerene is made up of 180 boron atoms. A connection between the fullerene family and its precursors, boron sheets, is made. We show that the most stable boron sheets are not necessarily precursors of very stable boron cages. Our finding is a step forward in the understanding of the structure of the recently produced boron nanotubes.

  6. First principles study of AlBi

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    Amrani, B.; Achour, H.; Louhibi, S.; Tebboune, A.; Sekkal, N.

    2008-05-01

    Using the first principles method of the full potential linear augmented plane waves (FPLAPW), the structural and the electronic properties of AlBi are investigated. It is found that this compound has a small and direct semiconducting gap at Γ. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the dependences of the volume, the bulk modulus, the variation of the thermal expansion α, as well as the Debye temperature θ D and the heat capacity C v are successfully obtained in the whole range from 0 to 30 GPa and temperature range from 0 to 1200 K. (author)

  7. Electronic Structure of Complex Materials: from First-principles study ...

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    Electronic Structure of Complex Materials: from. First-principles study to Materials Modeling. Tanusri Saha-Dasgupta. Dept. of Materials Science & Advanced Materials. Research Unit. S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences. Salt Lake, Calcutta, INDIA http://www.bose.res.in/∼tanusri/ . – p.1/25 ...

  8. Diffusion in thorium carbide: A first-principles study

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    Pérez Daroca, D., E-mail: pdaroca@tandar.cnea.gov.ar [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650, San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, 1025, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Llois, A.M. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650, San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, 1025, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Mosca, H.O. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650, San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto de Tecnología Jorge A. Sabato, UNSAM–CNEA, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650, San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2015-12-15

    The prediction of the behavior of Th compounds under irradiation is an important issue for the upcoming Generation-IV nuclear reactors. The study of self-diffusion and hetero-diffusion is a central key to fulfill this goal. As a first approach, we obtained, by means of first-principles methods, migration and activation energies of Th and C atoms self-diffusion and diffusion of He atoms in ThC. We also calculate diffusion coefficients as a function of temperature. - Highlights: • Diffusion in thorium carbide by means of first-principles calculations is studied. • The most favorable migration event is a C atom moving through a C-vacancy aided path. • Calculated C atoms diffusion coefficients agree very well with the experimental data. • For He, the energetically most favorable migration path is through Th-vacancies.

  9. First-principles study of complex material systems

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    He, Lixin

    This thesis covers several topics concerning the study of complex materials systems by first-principles methods. It contains four chapters. A brief, introductory motivation of this work will be given in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, I will give a short overview of the first-principles methods, including density-functional theory (DFT), planewave pseudopotential methods, and the Berry-phase theory of polarization in crystallines insulators. I then discuss in detail the locality and exponential decay properties of Wannier functions and of related quantities such as the density matrix, and their application in linear-scaling algorithms. In Chapter 3, I investigate the interaction of oxygen vacancies and 180° domain walls in tetragonal PbTiO3 using first-principles methods. Our calculations indicate that the oxygen vacancies have a lower formation energy in the domain wall than in the bulk, thereby confirming the tendency of these defects to migrate to, and pin, the domain walls. The pinning energies are reported for each of the three possible orientations of the original Ti--O--Ti bonds, and attempts to model the results with simple continuum models are discussed. CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) has attracted a lot of attention recently because it was found to have an enormous dielectric response over a very wide temperature range. In Chapter 4, I study the electronic and lattice structure, and the lattice dynamical properties, of this system. Our first-principles calculations together with experimental results point towards an extrinsic mechanism as the origin of the unusual dielectric response.

  10. First-principles study of point defects in thorium carbide

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    Pérez Daroca, D., E-mail: pdaroca@tandar.cnea.gov.ar [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, (1033) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Jaroszewicz, S. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto de Tecnología Jorge A. Sabato, UNSAM-CNEA, Av. General Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Llois, A.M. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, (1033) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Mosca, H.O. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto de Tecnología Jorge A. Sabato, UNSAM-CNEA, Av. General Paz 1499, (1650) San Martin, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2014-11-15

    Thorium-based materials are currently being investigated in relation with their potential utilization in Generation-IV reactors as nuclear fuels. One of the most important issues to be studied is their behavior under irradiation. A first approach to this goal is the study of point defects. By means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory, we study the stability and formation energies of vacancies, interstitials and Frenkel pairs in thorium carbide. We find that C isolated vacancies are the most likely defects, while C interstitials are energetically favored as compared to Th ones. These kind of results for ThC, to the best authors’ knowledge, have not been obtained previously, neither experimentally, nor theoretically. For this reason, we compare with results on other compounds with the same NaCl-type structure.

  11. Point defects in thorium nitride: A first-principles study

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    Pérez Daroca, D., E-mail: pdaroca@tandar.cnea.gov.ar [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Argentina); Llois, A.M. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Argentina); Mosca, H.O. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (Argentina); Instituto de Tecnología Jorge A. Sabato, UNSAM-CNEA (Argentina)

    2016-11-15

    Thorium and its compounds (carbides and nitrides) are being investigated as possible materials to be used as nuclear fuels for Generation-IV reactors. As a first step in the research of these materials under irradiation, we study the formation energies and stability of point defects in thorium nitride by means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory. We focus on vacancies, interstitials, Frenkel pairs and Schottky defects. We found that N and Th vacancies have almost the same formation energy and that the most energetically favorable defects of all studied in this work are N interstitials. These kind of results for ThN, to the best authors' knowledge, have not been obtained previously, neither experimentally, nor theoretically.

  12. First-principles study of thermal properties of borophene.

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    Sun, Hongyi; Li, Qingfang; Wan, X G

    2016-06-01

    Very recently, a new single-element two-dimensional (2D) material borophene was successfully grown on a silver surface under pristine ultrahigh vacuum conditions which attracts tremendous interest. In this paper, the lattice thermal conductivity, phonon lifetimes, thermal expansion and temperature dependent elastic moduli of borophene are systematically studied by using first-principles. Our simulations show that borophene possesses unique thermal properties. Strong phonon-phonon scattering is found in borophene, which results in its unexpectedly low lattice thermal conductivity. Thermal expansion coefficients along both the armchair and zigzag directions of borophene show impressive negative values. More strikingly, the elastic moduli are sizably strengthened as temperature increases, and the negative in-plane Poisson's ratios are found along both the armchair and zigzag directions at around 120 K. The mechanisms of these unique thermal properties are also discussed in this paper.

  13. First-principles study of water on Cu (110) surface

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    Ren, Jun; Meng, Sheng

    2009-03-01

    The persistent demand for cheaper and high efficient catalysts in industrial chemical synthesis, such as ammonia, and in novel energy applications, hydrogen generation and purification in fuel cells motivated us to study the fundamental interaction involved in water-Cu system, with an intension to examine Cu as a possible competitive candidate for cheaper catalysts. Water structure and dissociation kinetics on a model open metal surface: Cu (110), have been investigated in detail based on first-principles electronic structure calculations. We revealed that in both monomer and overlayer forms, water adsorbs molecularly, with a high tendency for diffusion and/or desorption rather than dissociation on clean surfaces at low temperature. With the increase of the water coverage on the Cu (110) surface, the H-bond pattern lowers the dissociation barrier efficiently. More importantly, if the water molecule is dissociated, the hydrogen atoms can diffuse freely along the [110] direction, which is very useful in the hydrogen collection. In addition, we extended to study water on other noble metal (110) surfaces. The result confirms that Cu (110) is the borderline between intact and dissociative adsorption, differing in energy by only 0.08 eV. This may lead to promising applications in hydrogen generation and fuel cells.

  14. First principles study of lithium insertion in bulk silicon

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    Wan, Wenhui

    2010-09-23

    Si is an important anode material for the next generation of Li ion batteries. Here the energetics and dynamics of Li atoms in bulk Si have been studied at different Li concentrations on the basis of first principles calculations. It is found that Li prefers to occupy an interstitial site as a shallow donor rather than a substitutional site. The most stable position is the tetrahedral (Td) site. The diffusion of a Li atom in the Si lattice is through a Td-Hex-Td trajectory, where the Hex site is the hexagonal transition site with an energy barrier of 0.58 eV. We have also systematically studied the local structural transition of a LixSi alloy with x varying from 0 to 0.25. At low doping concentration (x = 0-0.125), Li atoms prefer to be separated from each other, resulting in a homogeneous doping distribution. Starting from x = 0.125, Li atoms tend to form clusters induced by a lattice distortion with frequent breaking and reforming of Si-Si bonds. When x ≥ 0.1875, Li atoms will break some Si-Si bonds permanently, which results in dangling bonds. These dangling bonds create negatively charged zones, which is the main driving force for Li atom clustering at high doping concentration. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  15. First-principle study of nanostructures of functionalized graphene

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    We present first-principle calculations of 2D nanostructures of graphene functionalized with hydrogen and fluorine, respectively, in chair conformation. The partial density of states, band structure, binding energy and transverse displacement of C atoms due to functionalization (buckling) have been calculated within the ...

  16. First-principle study of nanostructures of functionalized graphene

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    2014-06-04

    Jun 4, 2014 ... Abstract. We present first-principle calculations of 2D nanostructures of graphene functionalized with hydrogen and fluorine, respectively, in chair conformation. The partial density of states, band structure, binding energy and transverse displacement of C atoms due to functionalization (buck- ling) have ...

  17. First Principle simulations of electrochemical interfaces - a DFT study

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    Ahmed, Rizwan

    challenges regarding first principle electrochemical interface modeling in order to bridge the gap between the model interface used in simulations and real catalyst at operating conditions. Atomic scale insight for the processes and reactions that occur at the electrochemical interface presents a challenge...... electrochemical interface is challenging to model because processes that take place over the interface are complicated. First principle methods have limitations due to the various approximations in implementations and may sometimes lead to incorrect electronic structure at the electrochemical interface, which can......, as the chemical potential of proton (or pH) was not considered. However, in most of the cases, the effect of pH was negligible. We have applied this developed model to Pt(111)-water interface as an example, and constructed the corresponding Pourbaix diagram, which shows the effect of pH and potential on adsorbate...

  18. First principles pharmacokinetic modeling: A quantitative study on Cyclosporin

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    Mošat', Andrej; Lueshen, Eric; Heitzig, Martina

    2013-01-01

    renal and hepatic clearances, elimination half-life, and mass transfer coefficients, to establish drug biodistribution dynamics in all organs and tissues. This multi-scale model satisfies first principles and conservation of mass, species and momentum.Prediction of organ drug bioaccumulation...... as a function of cardiac output, physiology, pathology or administration route may be possible with the proposed PBPK framework. Successful application of our model-based drug development method may lead to more efficient preclinical trials, accelerated knowledge gain from animal experiments, and shortened time-to-market...

  19. First principle study of PEO-AgI polymer systems

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    Rao, B. Keshav; Verma, Mohan L.

    2017-07-01

    First principle calculations based on density functional theory is performed to analyze cation (Ag+) conductivity in polyethylene oxide (PEO) based systems. The relaxed polymer structures are simulated, bond lengths and the charge density distributions around interacting atoms provides the strong bonding nature between higher electro-negative oxygen and silver atoms. Projected density of states and density of states explain s-p hybridization between orbitals, to increase in cation concentration in polymer systems, to reduce in the forbidden energy gap and to increase the ionic conductivity due to gradual increase the number of dispersing AgI molecules in polymer systems.

  20. Silver Cation Coordination Study to AsW9 Ligand – A Trilacunar Arsenotungstate Compound

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    Berta Lavinia

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The main objective of this research is to find the coordination ratio between AsW9 and Ag+, as a preliminary study for synthesizing a new silver-arsenotungstate complex. Material and method: The ligand:cation molar ratio in complexes was determined by conductometric and potentiometric titrations of AsW9 with silver salts: CH3COOAg, AgNO3. Results: The ratio was obtained from the inflexion points of the curves when molar ratio was plotted versus conductivity, or from the equivalence point when silver added volume was plotted versus pH value. Each graphic shows one point of inflexion corresponding to 1:1.54 ratio of AsW9:Ag+. In the same manner, the equivalent volumes determined by graphical method gave the ratio 1:1.53. The spectral results confirmed that a AsW9:Ag+ complex was formed since the ligand absorption maxima values have been changed from 190 nm to 197 nm in the case of using AgNO3 and 196 nm for CH3COOAg corresponding to the W=Od bond, and from 246.5 nm to 274 nm (AgNO3 and 270 nm (CH3COO-Ag+ for the W-Ob,c-W bond. Conclusions: Silver cation exhibit a preference for AsW9 in a ratio of 3 to 2. This ratio can be associated to a sandwich type arrangement, with two trilacunary Keggin building blocks incorporating 3 metal cations in a tetrahedral geometry.

  1. Electronic Structures of Silicene Doped with Galium: First Principle study

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    Pamungkas Mauludi Ariesto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Following the success of graphene which possesses unique and superior properties, 2D material other than graphene become centre of interest of material scientists.Silicene, which has the same crystal structure as graphene but consist of silicon atoms rather than carbon become intriguing material due to domination of silicon as main material of electronic component. It is common to enhance electronic properties of semiconductor by adding dopant atoms. The electronic properties of Silicene doped with Gallium are investigated using first principle calculation based on density functional theory (DFT.Ga doping changes character of silicene from semimetal to conductor except silicene with Ga doping on S-site (Ga atom substitutes one Si atom which lead to semiconductor.

  2. First-principles study of Li decorated coronene graphene

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    Zhang, Yafei; Cheng, Xinlu

    2017-11-01

    We use the first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the hydrogen storage of Li decorated coronene graphene. Our result indicates that single Li atom can adsorb three H2 molecules and the adsorption energy per H2 is -0.224 eV. When four Li atoms doped, the largest hydrogen gravimetric density is 6.82 wt.% and this is higher than the 2017 target by the US department of energy (DOE). Meanwhile, the adsorption energy per H2 is -0.220 eV, which is suitable for H2 molecules to store. Therefore, Li decorated coronene graphene will be a candidate for hydrogen storage materials in the future.

  3. First principle study of manganese doped cadmium sulphide sheet

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    Kumar, Sanjeev, E-mail: drskumar11@gmail.com [Department of Physics, St. Bede' s College, Shimla-171002 (India); Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K. [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla-171005 (India)

    2014-04-24

    First-principle electronic structure calculations for cadmium sulphide (CdS) sheet in hexagonal phase, with Manganese substitution and addition, as well as including the Cd defects, are investigated. The lattice constants calculated for CdS sheet agrees fairly well with results reported for thin films experimentally. The calculations of total spin density of states and partial density of states in different cases shows substantial magnetic dipole moments acquired by the sheet. A magnetic dipole moment 5.00612 μ{sub B} and band gap of the order 1 eV are found when cadmium atom is replaced by Manganese. The magnetism acquired by the sheet makes it functionally important candidate in many applications.

  4. First principles study of α and δ-Pu

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    Chattaraj, Debabrata; Dash, Smruti

    2017-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of α-and δ-Pu has been investigated using state of the art first principles method. All the calculations have been performed using a plane wave based pseudopotential method under the framework of spin polarized density functional theory. The effect of relativistic spin-orbit interactions on these properties has been investigated. The calculated lattice parameters are found to be within ±1% of the experimental data. The cohesive energy of α-and δ-Pu are calculated to be -3.125 and -3.126 eV/atom. The nature of chemical bonding present in those phases of Pu is depicted by calculated density of states spectra. (author)

  5. First-principles study of dielectric properties of cerium oxide

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    Yamamoto, Takenori; Momida, Hiroyoshi; Hamada, Tomoyuki; Uda, Tsuyoshi; Ohno, Takahisa

    2005-01-01

    We have theoretically investigated the dielectric properties of fluorite CeO 2 as well as hexagonal and cubic Ce 2 O 3 by using first-principles pseudopotentials techniques within the local density approximation. Calculated electronic and lattice dielectric constants of CeO 2 are in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. For Ce 2 O 3 , the hexagonal phase has a lattice dielectric constant comparable to that of CeO 2 , whereas the cubic phase has a much smaller one. We have concluded that the enhancement of the dielectric constant in CeO 2 epitaxially grown on Si is not due to its lattice expansion experimentally observed nor regular formation of oxygen vacancies in CeO 2

  6. Predicted boron-carbide compounds: a first-principles study.

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    Wang, De Yu; Yan, Qian; Wang, Bing; Wang, Yuan Xu; Yang, Jueming; Yang, Gui

    2014-06-14

    By using developed particle swarm optimization algorithm on crystal structural prediction, we have explored the possible crystal structures of B-C system. Their structures, stability, elastic properties, electronic structure, and chemical bonding have been investigated by first-principles calculations with density functional theory. The results show that all the predicted structures are mechanically and dynamically stable. An analysis of calculated enthalpy with pressure indicates that increasing of boron content will increase the stability of boron carbides under low pressure. Moreover, the boron carbides with rich carbon content become more stable under high pressure. The negative formation energy of predicted B5C indicates its high stability. The density of states of B5C show that it is p-type semiconducting. The calculated theoretical Vickers hardnesses of B-C exceed 40 GPa except B4C, BC, and BC4, indicating they are potential superhard materials. An analysis of Debye temperature and electronic localization function provides further understanding chemical and physical properties of boron carbide.

  7. First principles study of O defects in CdSe

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    T-Thienprasert, J.; Limpijumnong, S.; Du, M.-H.; Singh, D.J.

    2012-01-01

    Recently, the vibrational signatures related to oxygen defects in oxygen-doped CdSe were measured using ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy by Chen et al.(2008) . They observed two absorption bands centered at ∼1991.77 and 2001.3 cm -1 , which they attributed to the LVMs of O Cd , in the samples grown with the addition of CdO and excess Se. For the samples claimed to be grown with even more excess Se, three high-frequency modes (1094.11, 1107.45, and 1126.33) were observed and assigned to the LVMs of O Se -V Cd complex. In this work, we explicitly calculated the vibrational signatures of O Cd and O Se -V Cd complex defects based on first principles approach. The calculated vibrational frequencies of O Cd and O Se -V Cd complex are inconsistent with the frequencies observed by Chen et al., indicating that their observed frequencies are from other defects. Potential defects that could explain the experimentally observed modes are suggested.

  8. Quasiballistic heat removal from small sources studied from first principles

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    Vermeersch, Bjorn; Mingo, Natalio

    2018-01-01

    Heat sources whose characteristic dimension R is comparable to phonon mean free paths display thermal resistances that exceed conventional diffusive predictions. This has direct implications to (opto)electronics thermal management and phonon spectroscopy. Theoretical analyses have so far limited themselves to particular experimental configurations. Here, we build upon the multidimensional Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) to derive universal expressions for the apparent conductivity suppression S (R ) =κeff(R ) /κbulk experienced by radially symmetric 2D and 3D sources. In striking analogy to cross-plane heat conduction in thin films, a distinct quasiballistic regime emerges between ballistic (κeff˜R ) and diffusive (κeff≃κbulk ) asymptotes that displays a logarithmic dependence κeff˜ln(R ) in single crystals and fractional power dependence κeff˜R2 -α in alloys (with α the Lévy superdiffusion exponent). Analytical solutions and Monte Carlo simulations for spherical and circular heat sources in Si, GaAs, Si0.99Ge0.01 , and Si0.82Ge0.18 , all carried out from first principles, confirm the predicted generic tendencies. Contrary to the thin film case, common approximations like kinetic theory estimates κeff≃∑Sωgreyκω and modified Fourier temperature curves perform relatively poorly. Up to threefold deviations from the BTE solutions for sub-100 nm sources underline the need for rigorous treatment of multidimensional nondiffusive transport.

  9. First Principles Study of Interactions between Dopant Atoms in Graphene

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    Al-Aqtash, Nabil; Vasiliev, Igor

    2011-03-01

    We study the interactions between the boron (B) and nitrogen (N) dopant atoms in graphene. Our calculations are carried out using density functional theory combined with the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional. The total energies, equilibrium geometries, electronic charge distributions, and densities of states of doped graphene sheets are examined in cases of B-B, N-N, and B-N co-doped graphene. The interaction energy between the two dopant atoms is found to be inversely proportional to the square of the separation distance. We find the B-B and N-N interactions to be repulsive and the B-N interaction to be attractive. The changes in the density of states observed in B- and N-doped graphene are explained in terms of electronic charge transfer. Supported by DOE DE-FG36-08GO88008.

  10. First principles study of edge carboxylated graphene quantum dots

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    Abdelsalam, Hazem; Elhaes, Hanan; Ibrahim, Medhat A.

    2018-05-01

    The structure stability and electronic properties of edge carboxylated hexagonal and triangular graphene quantum dots are investigated using density functional theory. The calculated binding energies show that the hexagonal clusters with armchair edges have the highest stability among all the quantum dots. The binding energy of carboxylated graphene quantum dots increases by increasing the number of carboxyl groups. Our study shows that the total dipole moment significantly increases by adding COOH with the highest value observed in triangular clusters. The edge states in triangular graphene quantum dots with zigzag edges produce completely different energy spectrum from other dots: (a) the energy gap in triangular zigzag is very small as compared to other clusters and (b) the highest occupied molecular orbital is localized at the edges which is in contrast to other clusters where it is distributed over the cluster surface. The enhanced reactivity and the controllable energy gap by shape and edge termination make graphene quantum dots ideal for various nanodevice applications such as sensors. The infrared spectra are presented to confirm the stability of the quantum dots.

  11. First principles studies of extrinsic and intrinsic defects in boron nitride nanotubes

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    Mashapa, MG

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available -1 Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2012/ Vol. 12, 7807?7814 First Principles Studies of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Defects in Boron Nitride Nanotubes M. G. Mashapa 1, 2, ?, N. Chetty1, and S. Sinha Ray2, 3 1Physics Department, University...

  12. First-principles study of the effect of functional groups on polyaniline backbone

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    Chen, X.P.; Jiang, J.K.; Liang, Q.H.; Yang, N.; Ye, H.Y.; Cai, M.; Shen, L.; Yang, D.G.; Ren, T.L.

    2015-01-01

    We present a first-principles density functional theory study focused on how the chemical and electronic properties of polyaniline are adjusted by introducing suitable substituents on a polymer backbone. Analyses of the obtained energy barriers, reaction energies and minimum energy paths indicate

  13. First-principles and classical molecular dynamics study of threshold displacement energy in beryllium

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    Vladimirov, P.V. [Institute for Applied Materials – Applied Materials Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Borodin, V.A., E-mail: Borodin_VA@nrcki.ru [National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, 123182 Moscow (Russian Federation); NRNU MEPhI, 115409 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2017-02-15

    Highlights: • Beryllium is a functional material of future fusion reactors. • The threshold displacement energy by fast particles is studied. • Classical and first principles simulations are used. - Abstract: Beryllium selected as a neutron multiplier material for the tritium breeding blanket of fusion reactor should withstand high doses of fast neutron irradiation. The damage produced by irradiation is usually evaluated assuming that the number of atomic displacements to the threshold displacement energy, E{sub d}, which is considered as an intrinsic material parameter. In this work the value of E{sub d} for hcp beryllium is estimated simultaneously from classical and first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. Quite similar quantitative pictures of defect production are observed in both simulation types, though the predicted displacement threshold values seem to be approximately two times higher in the first-principles approach. We expect that, after more detailed first-principles investigations, this approach can be used for scaling the damage prediction predictions by classical molecular dynamics, opening a way for more consistent calculations of displacement damage in materials.

  14. Electronic transport properties of a molecular switch with carbon nanotube electrodes: A first-principles study

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    Zhao, P.; Wang, P.J.; Zhang, Z.; Liu, D.S.

    2010-01-01

    We have studied the electronic transport properties of a new kind of optical molecular switch with two single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) electrodes using first-principles transport calculations. It is shown that the enol form shows an overall higher conductance than the keto form at low-bias voltage, which is independent of the SWCNTs' chirality. Meantime, it is possible to tune the conductance of the molecular switch by changing the chirality of the SWCNTs.

  15. First-principles study of giant thermoelectric power in incommensurate TlInSe2

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    Ishikawa, M.; Nakayama, T.; Wakita, K.; Shim, Y. G.; Mamedov, N.

    2018-04-01

    Ternary thallium compound TlInSe2 exhibits a giant Seebeck effect below around 410 K, where Tl atoms form one dimensional incommensurate (IC) arrays. To clarify the origin of large thermoelectric power in the IC phase, the electronic properties of Tl-atom super-structured TlInSe2 were studied using the first-principles calculations. It was shown that the super-structures induce strong binding states between Se-p orbitals in the nearest neighboring layers and produce large density of states near lower conduction bands, which might be one of the origins to produce large thermoelectric power.

  16. First-Principles Approach to Heat and Mass Transfer Effects in Model Catalyst Studies

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    Matera, Sebastian; Reuter, Karsten

    2009-01-01

    We assess heat and mass transfer limitations in in situ studies of model catalysts with a first-principles based multiscale modeling approach that integrates a detailed description of the surface reaction chemistry and the macro-scale flow structures. Using the CO oxidation at RuO2(110) as a prototypical example we demonstrate that factors like a suppressed heat conduction at the backside of the thin single-crystal, and the build-up of a product boundary layer above the flat-faced surface pla...

  17. Structure and stability of hcp iron carbide precipitates: A first-principles study

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    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Hexagonal close-packed (hcp iron carbides play an important role in steel processing and in steel products. The recent discovery of novel ultrafine (2–5 nm iron carbide (ε'-Fe2+xC precipitates in TRIP steel sheds a new light on the hcp family of carbides. Here we present a first-principles study on the relative stability, and the electronic, magnetic properties of the ε'-Fe2C phases. Different stackings of Fe-sheets and orderings of C atoms were investigated and compared with experimental data and with Jack’s model. We find very favorable formation enthalpies for these new members of the hcp family, and we present a first-principles-refined model for the crystal structure of the ultrafine Fe(C precipitates. These findings are useful for the characterization of nano-sized iron carbide precipitates, for understanding their role in the microstructure of steels, and for the design of novel steels having even more desirable properties.

  18. First-principles study of electron transport through monatomic Al and Na wires

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    Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Brandbyge, Mads; Tsukada, Masaru

    2000-01-01

    We present first-principles calculations of electron transport, in particular, the conduction channels of monatomic Al and Na atom wires bridged between metallic jellium electrodes. The electronic structures are calculated by the first-principles recursion-transfer matrix method, and the conducti...

  19. First-principles study on electron transport properties of carbon-silicon mixed chains

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    Hu, Wei; Zhou, Qinghua; Liang, Yan; Liu, Wenhua; Wang, Tao; Wan, Haiqing

    2018-03-01

    In this paper, the transport properties of carbon-silicon mixed chains are studied by using the first-principles. We studied five atomic chain models. In these studies, we found that the equilibrium conductances of atomic chains appear to oscillate, the maximum conductance and the minimum conductance are more than twice the difference. Their I-V curves are linear and show the behavior of metal resistance, M5 system and M2 system current ratio is the largest in 0.9 V, which is 3.3, showing a good molecular switch behavior. In the case of bias, while the bias voltage increases, the transmission peaks move from the Fermi level. The resonance transmission peak height is reduced near the Fermi level. In the higher energy range, a large resonance transmission peak reappears, there is still no energy cut-off range.

  20. First-principles study of B1 to B2 phase transition in PbS

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    Bhambhani, P.; Munjal, N.; Sharma, G.; Vyas, V.; Sharma, B. K.

    2012-07-01

    The high pressure structural phase transition in PbS has been studied by means of first-principles total energy calculations which are based on linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method within local density approximation (LDA). In the present study, the exchange scheme of Becke and correlation functional of von-Barth-Hedin (VBH) are employed. It is observed that more stable phase for PbS is NaCl type (B1) and PbS transforms to the CsCl type (B2) structure under high pressure (22.8 GPa). The calculated value of transition pressure (Pt) from B1 to B2 structure is found in good agreement with the earlier experimental and theoretical investigations.

  1. Crystal structure of Earth's inner core: A first-principles study

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    Moustafa, S. G.; Schultz, A. J.; Zurek, E.; Kofke, D. A.

    2017-12-01

    Since the detection of the Earth's solid inner core (IC) by Lehmann in 1936, its composition and crystal structure (which are essential to understand Earth's evolution) have been controversial. While seismological measurements (e.g. PREM) can give a robust estimation of the density, pressure, and elasticity of the IC, they cannot be directly used to determine its composition and/or crystal structure. Experimentally, reaching the extreme IC conditions ( 330 GPa and 6000 K) and getting reliable measurements is very challenging. First-principles calculations provide a viable alternative that can work as a powerful investigative tool. Although several attempts have been made to assess phase stability at IC conditions computationally, they often use a low level of theory for electronic structure (e.g., classical force-field), adopt approximate methods (e.g., quasiharmonic approximation, fixed hcp-c/a), or do not consider finite-size effects. The study of phase stability using accurate first-principles methods is hampered in part by the difficulty of computing the free energy (FE), the central thermodynamic quantity that determines stability, while including anharmonic and finite-size effects. Additional difficulty related to the IC in particular is introduced by the dynamical instability of one of the IC candidate structures (bcc) at low temperature. Recently [1-3], we introduced a novel method (denoted as "harmonically mapped averaging", or HMA) to efficiently measure anharmonic properties (e.g. FE, pressure, elastic modulus) by molecular simulation, yielding orders of magnitude CPU speedup compared to conventional methods. We have applied this method to the hcp candidate phase of iron at the IC conditions, obtaining first-principles anharmonic FE values with unprecedented accuracy and precision [4]. We have now completed and report HMA calculations to assess the phase stability of all IC candidate phases (fcc/hcp/bcc). This knowledge is the prerequisite for

  2. Vibrational Spectroscopy of Binary Titanium Borides: First-Principles and Experimental Studies

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Vibrational dynamics of binary titanium borides is studied from first-principles. Polarized and unpolarized Raman spectra of TiB, TiB2, and Ti3B4 are reported along with the experimental spectra of commercial powder and bulk TiB2 containing less than 1 wt.% of impurity phases. The X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, applied for phase composition examination of both bulk and powder materials, identifies only the TiB2 phase. The simulated Raman spectra together with literature data support interpretation and refinement of experimental spectra which reveal components arising from titanium dioxide (TiO2 and amorphous boron carbide (B4C impurity phases as well as graphitic carbon. These contaminations are the by-products of synthesis, consolidation, and sintering aids employed to fabricate powder and bulk titanium diboride.

  3. First-principles study of hydrogen adsorption on two-dimensional C2N sheet

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    Netrattana, Pongdet; Reunchan, Pakpoom

    2017-09-01

    First-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) are carried out to study the adsorption behaviours of molecular H2 on the graphene-like material C2N. The plausible adsorption sites on top of bonds, on carbon atom and nitrogen atom and the center of C-C hexagon and the C-N hexagon are considered. The calculated adsorption energies are found to be in the physisorption regime. We find that the most favourable site of H2 is above the center of C-N hexagon. In addition, we demonstrate the inclusion of the Van der Waals interactions through the DFT-D2 method via the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functional gives the consistent trend of H2 adsorption with that obtained via the local-density approximation (LDA) functional. The effects of Van der Waals interactions on the adsorption energies and equilibrium distance between H2 and C2N are discussed.

  4. First-principles study on electronic structures and magnetic properties of Eu-doped phosphorene

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    Luan, Zhaohui; Zhao, Lei; Chang, Hao; Sun, Dan; Tan, Changlong; Huang, Yuewu

    2017-11-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Eu-doped phosphorene with different doping concentrations were investigated by first-principles calculations for the first time. The calculations show that Eu-doped phosphorene systems are stable and have the large magnetic moments of more than 6 μB by 2.7, 6.25 and 12.5 at.% doping concentrations. The major contribution to the magnetic moment stems from the 4f states of Eu-doped atom. Meanwhile, Eu-doped atom introduces the impurity bands which can be changed by different doping concentrations. In order to determine the magnetic interaction, the different configurations for two Eu atoms doping in 3 × 3 × 1 phosphorene supercell were studied, which reveals that all of the configurations tend to form ferromagnetic. These results can provide references for inducing large magnetism of two-dimensional phosphorene, which are valuable for their applications in spintronic devices and novel semiconductor materials.

  5. Interactions of gas molecules with monolayer MoSe{sub 2}: A first principle study

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    Sharma, Munish, E-mail: munishsharmahpu@live.com; Jamdagni, Pooja; Ahluwalia, P. K. [Department. of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, H. P., 171005 (India); Kumar, Ashok [Centre for Physical Sciences, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, 151001(India)

    2016-05-23

    We present a first principle study of interaction of toxic gas molecules (NO, NO{sub 2} and SO{sub 2}) with monolayer MoSe{sub 2}. The predicted order of sensitivity of gas molecule is NO{sub 2} > SO{sub 2} > NO. Adsorbed molecules strongly influence the electronic behaviour of monolayer MoSe{sub 2} by inducing impurity levels in the vicinity of Fermi energy. NO and SO{sub 2} is found to induce p-type doping effect while semiconductor to metallic transitions occur on NO{sub 2} adsorption. Our findings may guide the experimentalist for fabricating sensor devices based on MoSe{sub 2} monolayer.

  6. The electronic and transport properties of borophane with defects: A first principles study

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    Sun, Jie; Zhang, Yujin; Leng, Jiancai; Ma, Hong

    2018-03-01

    Recent works well confirm the stability of hydrogenated borophene, known as borophane. Here, first principles studies have performed on the electronic and transport properties of borophane with defects. The calculations indicate that the introduction of defects results in different behavior of charges redistribution along x and y directions. The intrinsic electronic structure of borophane with Dirac cone is destroyed in various degrees by each type of defect. The inducing defect states lead to the occurrence of flat bands, which are not benefit for the electronic transport properties. According to the transmission spectra and I-V characteristics, these defects decrease the transmission intensity and the current value both along two directions. However, the transport anisotropy can be efficiently tuned by defect, which may contribute to the design of functional device.

  7. First-principles study of Dirac and Dirac-like cones in phononic and photonic crystals

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    Mei, Jun

    2012-07-24

    By using the k•p method, we propose a first-principles theory to study the linear dispersions in phononic and photonic crystals. The theory reveals that only those linear dispersions created by doubly degenerate states can be described by a reduced Hamiltonian that can be mapped into the Dirac Hamiltonian and possess a Berry phase of -π. Linear dispersions created by triply degenerate states cannot be mapped into the Dirac Hamiltonian and carry no Berry phase, and, therefore should be called Dirac-like cones. Our theory is capable of predicting accurately the linear slopes of Dirac and Dirac-like cones at various symmetry points in a Brillouin zone, independent of frequency and lattice structure. © 2012 American Physical Society.

  8. First-principles study of ternary fcc solution phases from special quasirandom structures

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    Shin Dongwon; Wang Yi; Liu Zikui; Walle, Axel van de

    2007-01-01

    In the present work, ternary special quasirandom structures (SQSs) for a fcc solid solution phase are generated at different compositions, x A =x B =x C =(1/3) and x A =(1/2), x B =x C =(1/4), whose correlation functions are satisfactorily close to those of a random fcc solution. The generated SQSs are used to calculate the mixing enthalpy of the fcc phase in the Ca-Sr-Yb system. It is observed that first-principles calculations of all the binary and ternary SQSs in the Ca-Sr-Yb system exhibit very small local relaxation. It is concluded that the fcc ternary SQSs can provide valuable information about the mixing behavior of the fcc ternary solid solution phase. The SQSs presented in this work can be widely used to study the behavior of ternary fcc solid solutions

  9. First principles study of the optical contrast in phase change materials

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    Caravati, S; Parrinello, M [Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, USI Campus, Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano (Switzerland); Bernasconi, M, E-mail: marco.bernasconi@mater.unimib.i [Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Via R Cozzi 53, I-20125, Milano (Italy)

    2010-08-11

    We study from first principles the optical properties of the phase change materials Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} (GST), GeTe and Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} in the crystalline phase and in realistic models of the amorphous phase generated by quenching from the melt in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The calculations reproduce the strong optical contrast between the crystalline and amorphous phases measured experimentally and exploited in optical data storage. It is demonstrated that the optical contrast is due to a change in the optical matrix elements across the phase change in all the compounds. It is concluded that the reduction of the optical matrix elements in the amorphous phases is due to angular disorder in p-bonding which dominates the amorphous network in agreement with previous proposals (Huang and Robertson 2010 Phys. Rev. B 81 081204) based on calculations on crystalline models.

  10. First-Principles Study of Lithium and Sodium Atoms Intercalation in Fluorinated Graphite

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    Fengya Rao

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The structure evolution of fluorinated graphite (CFx upon the Li/Na intercalation has been studied by first-principles calculations. The Li/Na adsorption on single CF layer and intercalated into bulk CF have been calculated. The better cycling performance of Na intercalation into the CF cathode, comparing to that of Li intercalation, is attributed to the different strength and characteristics of the Li-F and Na-F interactions. The interactions between Li and F are stronger and more localized than those between Na and F. The strong and localized Coulomb attraction between Li and F atoms breaks the C−F bonds and pulls the F atoms away, and graphene sheets are formed upon Li intercalation.

  11. First-principles study of the alkali earth metal atoms adsorption on graphene

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    Sun, Minglei; Tang, Wencheng; Ren, Qingqiang; Wang, Sake; JinYu; Du, Yanhui; Zhang, Yajun

    2015-11-01

    Geometries, electronic structures, and magnetic properties for alkali earth metal atoms absorbed graphene have been studied by first-principle calculations. For Be and Mg atoms, the interactions between the adatom and graphene are weak van der Waals interactions. In comparison, Ca, Sr and Ba atoms adsorption on graphene exhibits strong ionic bonding with graphene. We found that these atoms bond to graphene at the hollow site with a significant binding energy and large electron transfer. It is intriguing that these adatoms may induce important changes in both the electronic and magnetic properties of graphene. Semimetal graphene becomes metallic and magnetic due to n-type doping. Detailed analysis shows that the s orbitals of these adatoms should be responsible for the arising of the magnetic moment. We believe that our results are suitable for experimental exploration and useful for graphene-based nanoelectronic and data storage.

  12. A theoretical study of blue phosphorene nanoribbons based on first-principles calculations

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    Xie, Jiafeng; Si, M. S., E-mail: sims@lzu.edu.cn; Yang, D. Z.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Xue, D. S. [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2014-08-21

    Based on first-principles calculations, we present a quantum confinement mechanism for the band gaps of blue phosphorene nanoribbons (BPNRs) as a function of their widths. The BPNRs considered have either armchair or zigzag shaped edges on both sides with hydrogen saturation. Both the two types of nanoribbons are shown to be indirect semiconductors. An enhanced energy gap of around 1 eV can be realized when the ribbon's width decreases to ∼10 Å. The underlying physics is ascribed to the quantum confinement effect. More importantly, the parameters to describe quantum confinement are obtained by fitting the calculated band gaps with respect to their widths. The results show that the quantum confinement in armchair nanoribbons is stronger than that in zigzag ones. This study provides an efficient approach to tune the band gap in BPNRs.

  13. First Principles Study of Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Co-Doped Armchair Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Biao Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Using the first principles calculations, we have studied the atomic and electronic structures of single Co atom incorporated with divacancy in armchair graphene nanoribbon (AGNR. Our calculated results show that the Co atom embedded in AGNR gives rise to significant impacts on the band structures and the FM spin configuration is the ground state. The presence of the Co doping could introduce magnetic properties. The calculated results revealed the arising of spin gapless semiconductor characteristics with doping near the edge in both ferromagnetic (FM and antiferromagnetic (AFM magnetic configurations, suggesting the robustness for potential application of spintronics. Moreover, the electronic structures of the Co-doped AGNRs are strongly dependent on the doping sites and the edge configurations.

  14. Study on the intrinsic defects in tin oxide with first-principles method

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    Sun, Yu; Liu, Tingyu; Chang, Qiuxiang; Ma, Changmin

    2018-04-01

    First-principles and thermodynamic methods are used to study the contribution of vibrational entropy to defect formation energy and the stability of the intrinsic point defects in SnO2 crystal. According to thermodynamic calculation results, the contribution of vibrational entropy to defect formation energy is significant and should not be neglected, especially at high temperatures. The calculated results indicate that the oxygen vacancy is the major point defect in undoped SnO2 crystal, which has a higher concentration than that of the other point defect. The property of negative-U is put forward in SnO2 crystal. In order to determine the most stable defects much clearer under different conditions, the most stable intrinsic defect as a function of Fermi level, oxygen partial pressure and temperature are described in the three-dimensional defect formation enthalpy diagrams. The diagram visually provides the most stable point defects under different conditions.

  15. The interaction of oxygen with TiC(001): Photoemission and first-principles studies

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    Rodriguez, J.A.; Liu, P.; Dvorak, J.; Jirsak, T.; Gomes, J.; Takahashi, Y.; Nakamura, K.

    2004-01-01

    High-resolution photoemission and first-principles density-functional slab calculations were used to study the interaction of oxygen with a TiC(001) surface. Atomic oxygen is present on the TiC(001) substrate after small doses of O 2 at room temperature. A big positive shift (1.5-1.8 eV) was detected for the C 1s core level. These photoemission studies suggest the existence of strong O↔C interactions. A phenomenon corroborated by the results of first-principles calculations, which show a CTiTi hollow as the most stable site for the adsorption of O. Ti and C atoms are involved in the adsorption and dissociation of the O 2 molecule. In general, the bond between O and the TiC(001) surface contains a large degree of ionic character. The carbide→O charge transfer is substantial even at high coverages (>0.5 ML) of oxygen. At 500 K and large doses of O 2 , oxidation of the carbide surface occurs with the removal of C and formation of titanium oxides. There is an activation barrier for the exchange of Ti-C and Ti-O bonds which is overcome only by the formation of C-C or C-O bonds on the surface. The mechanism for the removal of a C atom as CO gas involves a minimum of two O adatoms, and three O adatoms are required for the formation of CO 2 gas. Due to the high stability of TiC, an O adatom alone cannot induce the generation of a C vacancy in a flat TiC(001) surface

  16. First principles study of iron-bearing MgO under ultrahigh pressure

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    Umemoto, K.; Hsu, H.

    2017-12-01

    Understanding of minerals under ultrahigh pressure is essential to model interiors of super-Earths. Chemical compositions of the super-Earths are expected to be similar to those of the Earth. Computational studies on Mg-Si-O ternary systems under ultrahigh pressures, which are difficult to be achieved by diamond-anvil-cell experiments, have been intensively performed (e.g., [1] for MgO, [2,3] for SiO2, and [4,5] for MgSiO3). However, as far as we know, these studies have been restricted to pure Mg-Si-O systems. In the mantles of super-Earths, we expect that there should be impurities as in the Earth's mantle. Among candidates of impurities, iron is especially important to model interiors of super-Earths. Here, we investigate iron-bearing MgO under ultrahigh pressures by first principles. We clarify effects of iron on the phase transition of MgO and thermodynamic quantities by first principles. The role of the 3d electrons will be elucidated. [1] Z. Wu, R. M. Wentzcovitch, K. Umemoto, B. Li, K. Hirose, and J. C. Zheng, J. Geophys. Res. 113, B06204 (2008). [2] S. Q. Wu, K. Umemoto, M. Ji, C. Z. Wang, K. M. Ho, and R. M. Wentzcovitch, Phys. Rev. B 83, 184102 (2011). [3] T. Tsuchiya and J. Tsuchiya, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 108, 1252 (2011) [4] S. Q. Wu, M. Ji, C. Z. Wang, M. C. Nguye, X. Zhao, K. Umemoto, R. M. Wentzcovitch, and K. M. Ho, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 26, 035402 (2014). [5] H. Niu, A. R. Oganov, X.-C. Chen, and D. Li, Sci. Rep. 5, 18347 (2015).

  17. Theoretical studies of aluminum and aluminide alloys using CALPHAD and first-principles approach

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    Jiang, Chao

    Heat-treatable aluminum alloys have been widely used in the automobile and aerospace industries as structural materials due to their light weight and high strength. To study the age-hardening process in heat-treatable aluminum alloys, the Gibbs energies of the strengthening metastable phases, e.g. theta ' and theta″, are critical. However, those data are not included in the existing thermodynamic databases for aluminum alloys due to the semi-empirical nature of the CALPHAD approach. In the present study, the thermodynamics of the Al-Cu system, the pivotal age-hardening system, is remodeled using a combined CALPHAD and first-principles approach. The formation enthalpies and vibrational formation entropies of the stable and metastable phases in the Al-Cu system are provided by first-principles calculations. Special Quasirandom Structures (SQS's) are applied to model the substitutionally random fee and bee alloys. SQS's for binary bee alloys are developed and tested in the present study. Finally, a self-consistent thermodynamic description of the Al-Cu system including the two metastable theta″ and theta' phases is obtained. During welding of heat-treatable aluminum alloys, a detrimental phenomenon called constitutional liquation, i.e. the local eutectic melting of second-phase particles in a matrix at temperatures above the eutectic temperature but below the solidus of the alloy, may occur in the heat-affected zone (HAZ). In the present study, diffusion code DICTRA coupled with realistic thermodynamic and kinetic databases is used to simulate the constitutional liquation in the model Al-Cu system. The simulated results are in quantitative agreement with experiments. The critical heating rate to avoid constitutional liquation is also determined through computer simulations. Besides the heat-treatable aluminum alloys, intermetallic compounds based on transition metal aluminides, e.g. NiAl and FeAl, are also promising candidates for the next-generation of high

  18. Design of BAs-AlN monolayered honeycomb heterojunction structures: A first-principles study

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    Camacho-Mojica, Dulce C.; López-Urías, Florentino, E-mail: flo@ipicyt.edu.mx

    2016-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Single-layer honeycomb heterojunction structures based on alternated and coupled ribbons of BAs and AlN are investigated using first-principles density functional theory calculations. Optimized geometries, density of states, band-gaps, formation energies, and wave functions are studied for different ribbon widths joined along the zigzag and armchair edges. Optimized heterojunction geometries results revealed that BAs narrow ribbons exhibit a corrugation effect at the interface due to a lattice mismatch. From formation energy calculations, it was found that zigzag heterojunctions are more stable than the armchair heterojunctions. - Highlights: • We design new 2D-semiconductor heterojunction nanostructures. • Monolayers formed by alternated strips (heterojunctions) of aluminum-nitride and boron-arsenide, with graphene-like structure are explored by DFT method. • Due to the lattice mismatch, an effect of corrugation was observed in heterojunctions AlN and BAs. • Electronic band gaps are strongly dependent on width and chirality (zigzag or armchair) of the strips. • Formation energy calculations revealed that zigzag heterojunctions are more stable than the armchair heterojunctions. - Abstract: BAs and AlN are semiconductor materials with an indirect and direct gap respectively in the bulk phase. Recently, electronic calculations have demonstrated that a single-layer or few layers of BAs and AlN exhibit a graphite-like structure with interesting electronic properties. In this work, infinite sheets single-layer heterojunction structures based on alternated strips with honeycomb BAs and AlN layers are investigated using first-principles density functional theory calculations. Optimized geometries, density of states, band-gaps, formation energies, and wave functions are studied for different strip widths joined along zigzag and armchair edges. Results in optimized heterojunction geometries revealed that BAs narrow strips exhibit a corrugation

  19. Lithium ion adsorption and diffusion on black phosphorene nanotube: A first-principles study

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    Cao, Jin; Shi, Jing; Hu, Yinquan; Wu, Musheng; Ouyang, Chuying; Xu, Bo

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Li ion storage performance of the single-walled black phosphorene nanotube was studied. • Li ion adsorption and diffusion on inside/outside wall of SWPNT was studied. • In-PNT system has higher adsorption energy and lower diffusion energy barrier. • 1-D tubular phosphorene improve Li storage performances as an anode material of LIBs. - Abstract: Li ion storage performance of the single-walled black phosphorene nanotube (PNT), which is considered as potential anode materials for high-performance Li-ion batteries (LIBs), is studied from first-principles calculations. The Li ion adsorption, diffusion and structural evolution of the one-dimensional armchair type PNT (aPNT) upon Li intercalation on the inside (in-PNT) and outside (out-PNT) surfaces were explored, comparing with that of the two-dimensional phosphorene (Psheet). A maximum Li storage capacity (at the intercalated state of Li 22 P 44 ) is evaluated to be 432 mAh/g. It is also shown that the in-PNT system has higher adsorption energy and lower Li diffusion energy barrier compared with that of the Psheet and the out-PNT systems. The reason on why the better Li storage performance of the in-PNT is also studied from charge distribution and transfer analysis. These results suggest that PNT can be served as potential anode material for LIBs.

  20. Lithium ion adsorption and diffusion on black phosphorene nanotube: A first-principles study

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    Cao, Jin; Shi, Jing, E-mail: sjd865@jxnu.edu.cn; Hu, Yinquan; Wu, Musheng; Ouyang, Chuying; Xu, Bo

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • Li ion storage performance of the single-walled black phosphorene nanotube was studied. • Li ion adsorption and diffusion on inside/outside wall of SWPNT was studied. • In-PNT system has higher adsorption energy and lower diffusion energy barrier. • 1-D tubular phosphorene improve Li storage performances as an anode material of LIBs. - Abstract: Li ion storage performance of the single-walled black phosphorene nanotube (PNT), which is considered as potential anode materials for high-performance Li-ion batteries (LIBs), is studied from first-principles calculations. The Li ion adsorption, diffusion and structural evolution of the one-dimensional armchair type PNT (aPNT) upon Li intercalation on the inside (in-PNT) and outside (out-PNT) surfaces were explored, comparing with that of the two-dimensional phosphorene (Psheet). A maximum Li storage capacity (at the intercalated state of Li{sub 22}P{sub 44}) is evaluated to be 432 mAh/g. It is also shown that the in-PNT system has higher adsorption energy and lower Li diffusion energy barrier compared with that of the Psheet and the out-PNT systems. The reason on why the better Li storage performance of the in-PNT is also studied from charge distribution and transfer analysis. These results suggest that PNT can be served as potential anode material for LIBs.

  1. A first-principles and experimental study of helium diffusion in periclase MgO

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    Song, Zhewen; Wu, Henry; Shu, Shipeng; Krawczynski, Mike; Van Orman, James; Cherniak, Daniele J.; Bruce Watson, E.; Mukhopadhyay, Sujoy; Morgan, Dane

    2018-02-01

    The distribution of He isotopes is used to trace heterogeneities in the Earth's mantle, and is particularly useful for constraining the length scale of heterogeneity due to the generally rapid diffusivity of helium. However, such an analysis is challenging because He diffusivities are largely unknown in lower mantle phases, which can influence the He profiles in regions that cycle through the lower mantle. With this motivation, we have used first-principles simulations based on density functional theory to study He diffusion in MgO, an important lower mantle phase. We first studied the case of interstitial helium diffusion in perfect MgO and found a migration barrier of 0.73 eV at zero pressure. Then we used the kinetic Monte Carlo method to study the case of substitutional He diffusion in MgO, where we assumed that He diffuses on the cation sublattice through cation vacancies. We also performed experiments on He diffusion at atmospheric pressure using ion implantation and nuclear reaction analysis in both as-received and Ga-doped samples. A comparison between the experimental and simulation results are shown. This work provides a foundation for further studies at high-pressure.

  2. First-principles study of cesium adsorption to weathered micaceous clay minerals

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    Okumura, Masahiko; Nakamura, Hiroki; Machida, Masahiko

    2014-05-01

    , H. Nakamura, and M. Machida, Mechanism of Strong Affinity of Clay Minerals to Radioactive Cesium : First-Principles Calculation Study for Adsorption of Cesium at Frayed Edge Sites in Muscovite, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 82, 033802 (2013).

  3. A first-principles study of He, Xe, Kr and O incorporation in thorium carbide

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    Pérez Daroca, D., E-mail: pdaroca@tandar.cnea.gov.ar [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, 1033 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Llois, A.M. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, 1033 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Mosca, H.O. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto de Tecnología Jorge A. Sabato, UNSAM-CNEA, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2015-05-15

    Thorium-based materials are currently being investigated in relation with their potential utilization in Generation-IV reactors as nuclear fuels. Understanding the incorporation of fission products and oxygen is very important to predict the behavior of nuclear fuels. A first approach to this goal is the study of the incorporation energies and stability of these elements in the material. By means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory, we calculate the incorporation energies of He, Xe, Kr and O atoms in Th and C vacancy sites, in tetrahedral interstitials and in Schottky defects along the 〈1 1 1〉 and 〈1 0 0〉 directions. We also analyze atomic displacements, volume modifications and Bader charges. This kind of results for ThC, to the best authors’ knowledge, have not been obtained previously, neither experimentally, nor theoretically. This should deal as a starting point towards the study of the complex behavior of fission products in irradiated ThC.

  4. First-principles study of intrinsic phononic thermal transport in monolayer C3N

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    Gao, Yan; Wang, Haifeng; Sun, Maozhu; Ding, Yingchun; Zhang, Lichun; Li, Qingfang

    2018-05-01

    Very recently, a new graphene-like crystalline, hole-free, 2D-single-layer carbon nitride C3N, has been fabricated by polymerization of 2,3-diaminophenazine and used to fabricate a field-effect transistor device with an on-off current ratio reaching 5. 5 ×1010 (Adv. Mater. 2017, 1605625). Heat dissipation plays a vital role in its practical applications, and therefore the thermal transport properties need to be explored urgently. In this paper, we perform first-principles calculations combined with phonon Boltzmann transport equation to investigate the phononic thermal transport properties of monolayer C3N, and meanwhile, a comparison with graphene is given. Our calculated intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity of C3N is 380 W/mK at room temperature, which is one order of magnitude lower than that of graphene (3550 W/mK at 300 K), but is greatly higher than many other typical 2D materials. The underlying mechanisms governing the thermal transport were thoroughly discussed and compared to graphene, including group velocities, phonon relax time, the contribution from phonon branches, phonon anharmonicity and size effect. The fundamental physics understood from this study may shed light on further studies of the newly fabricated 2D crystalline C3N sheets.

  5. Graphene substrate-mediated catalytic performance enhancement of Ru nanoparticles: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Xin

    2012-01-01

    The structural, energetic and magnetic properties of Ru nanoparticles deposited on pristine and defective graphene have been thoroughly studied by first-principles based calculations. The calculated binding energy of a Ru 13 nanoparticle on a single vacancy graphene is as high as -7.41 eV, owing to the hybridization between the dsp states of the Ru particles with the sp 2 dangling bonds at the defect sites. Doping the defective graphene with boron would further increase the binding energy to -7.52 eV. The strong interaction results in the averaged d-band center of the deposited Ru nanoparticle being upshifted toward the Fermi level from -1.41 eV to -1.10 eV. Further study reveals that the performance of the nanocomposites against hydrogen, oxygen and carbon monoxide adsorption is correlated to the shift of the d-band center of the nanoparticle. Thus, Ru nanoparticles deposited on defective graphene are expected to exhibit both high stability against sintering and superior catalytic performance in hydrogenation, oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  6. First-principles study of hydrogen storage in non-stoichiometric TiCx

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    Ding, Haimin; Fan, Xiaoliang; Li, Chunyan; Liu, Xiangfa; Jiang, Dong; Wang, Chunyang

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: ► The absorption of hydrogen in non-stoichiometric TiC x is thermally favorable. ► As many as four hydrogen atoms can be trapped by a carbon vacancy. ► The diffusion of hydrogen in TiC x is difficult, especially in TiC x with high x. - Abstract: In this work, the first principles calculation has been performed to study the hydrogen storage in non-stoichiometric TiC x . It is found that hydrogen absorption in stoichiometric TiC is energetically unfavorable, while it is favorable in non-stoichiometric TiC x . This indicates that the existence of carbon vacancies is essential for hydrogenation storage in TiC x . At the same time, multiple hydrogen occupancy of the vacancy has been confirmed and it is calculated that as many as four hydrogen atoms can be trapped by a carbon vacancy. These absorbed hydrogen atoms tend to uniformly distribute around the vacancy. However, it is also found that the diffusion of hydrogen atoms in TiC x is difficult, especially in TiC x with high x.

  7. Polysulfide intercalation in bilayer-structured graphitic C3N4: a first-principles study.

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    Li, Sinan; Yang, Shaobin; Shen, Ding; Sun, Wen; Shan, Xueying; Dong, Wei; Chen, Yuehui; Zhang, Xu; Mao, Yongqiang; Tang, Shuwei

    2017-12-13

    Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries have attracted increasing attention due to their high theoretical capacity, being a promising candidate for portable electronics, electric vehicles and large-scale energy storage. The interactions of bilayer structured graphitic C 3 N 4 (bi-C 3 N 4 ) with S 8 , lithium polysulfides (LiPSs), 1,3-dioxolane, 1,2-dimethoxyethane and tetrahydrofuran ether-based solvents have been studied using first-principles calculations. It has been found that the (micropore-scale) interlayer of bi-C 3 N 4 shows intimate contact and strong binding with S 8 and LiPSs due to the formation of chemical Li-N bonds. The incorporation of soluble LiPSs by the wrinkled layers of bi-C 3 N 4 with 5.5-7.2 Å interlayer pores can suppress the shuttling effect. The interlayer ultramicropores with interlayer distances of <4 Å can accommodate the small Li 2 S 2 and Li 2 S molecules, and impede the irreversible reaction between the solvents and the LiPSs. The calculated energy gap of bi-C 3 N 4 decreases to be narrow during lithiation. Our results can provide a guideline for promoting the electrochemical performance of microporous g-C 3 N 4 /sulfur composites for Li-S batteries.

  8. First principle DFT study of electric field effects on the characteristics of bilayer graphene

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    Sabzyan, Hassan; Sadeghpour, Narges [Isfahan Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Chemistry

    2017-04-01

    First principle density functional theory methods, local density and Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximations with Goedecker pseudopotential (LDA-G and PBE-G), are used to study the electric field effects on the binding energy and atomic charges of bilayer graphene (BLG) at the Γ point of the Brillouin zone based on two types of unit cells (α and β) containing n{sub C}=8-32 carbon atoms. Results show that application of electric fields of 4-24 V/nm strengths reduces the binding energies and induces charge transfer between the two layers. The transferred charge increases almost linearly with the strength of the electric field for all sizes of the two types of unit cells. Furthermore, the charge transfer calculated with the α-type unit cells is more sensitive to the electric field strength. The calculated field-dependent contour plots of the differential charge densities of the two layers show details of charge density redistribution under the influence of the electric field.

  9. Physical Properties of Superhard Diamond-Like BC5 from a First-Principles Study

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    Alp, Irem O.; Ciftci, Yasemin O.

    2018-01-01

    The first-principles calculations are carried out to investigate the structural, elastic, electronic, optical, vibrational and thermodynamic properties of superhard diamond-like BC5 (d-BC5). The structural stability of BC5 is examined for previously proposed and several probable phases including F-43m, P6/mmm, Cmcm, Pnma, P-1, P3m1, Imm2, I-4m2 and Pmma. The most energetically stable phase is predicted to be Pmma. Computed bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, elastic constant C 44 and theoretical Vickers hardness H confirm that BC5 is an ultra-incompressible and superhard material. The electronic character analysis reveals the metallicity of BC5, indicating that a strong covalent bond network through sp 3 hybridization is the origin of its excellent mechanical properties. However, P-1 is found to be dynamically stable, contrary to the other study. Therefore, the phonon, thermodynamic and electronic properties of P-1 which are not available in the literature are discussed. The calculated physical parameters are in good agreement with the theoretical and experimental results. This work is expected to provide a useful guide for designing novel boride materials having superior mechanical performance.

  10. Effects of Al substitution in Nd2Fe17 studied by first-principles calculations

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    Huang, M.; Ching, W.Y.

    1994-01-01

    We have studied the effect of Al substitution in Nd 2 Fe 17 compound by means of first-principles calculations. We first obtain the site-decomposed potentials for Fe from self-consistent calculation on Y 2 Fe 17 and the atomiclike potentials in the crystalline environment for Al and Nd. Calculations are carried out for a single Al substituting one Fe at four different Fe sites (6c), (9d), (18f ), and (18h), two Al substituting two Fe (18h), and four Al substituting three Fe (18h) and one Fe (18f ). Our results show that the Al moment is oppositely polarized to Fe. The average moment per Fe atom actually increases for Al substituting Fe (18h) and Fe (18f ) is about the same for Al substituting Fe (6c), and is drastically reduced when replacing Fe (9d). Experimentally, Al is shown to be excluded from the (9d) sites because of the small Wigner--Seitz volume. When two Fe atoms are replaced by two Al atoms, the total moment is only slightly less than when only one Fe atom is replaced, and the M s per Fe site actually increases, in agreement with the Moessbauer data. These results are analyzed in terms of the local atomic geometry and the charge transfer effect from the neighboring Fe to Al

  11. Possible room temperature ferromagnetism in Ca-doped AlP: First-principles study

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    Zhang, Yong

    2013-01-01

    Based on first-principle calculations, we have studied the electronic and magnetic properties of AlP with aluminium vacancy and calcium doping. It was found that while Al vacancy and Ca impurity themselves are nonmagnetic, they generate holes residing in P 2p orbitals that lead to magnetic moments in AlP. The coupling between two Al vacancies in AlP are always antiferromagnetic because of half-filled t 2 level. However, the coupling becomes ferromagnetic with large magnetic energy when vacancies are replaced by nonmagnetic Ca atoms. Moreover, the presence of Ca dopants reduces the formation energy of Al vacancy. These results suggest that Ca-doped AlP is a promising room temperature ferromagnetic semiconductor free of magnetic precipitates, and it may find applications in the field of spintronics. - Highlights: • “d 0 ferromagnetism” has been found in Ca-doped AlP. • Unpaired t 2 state of P atoms has an important impact on magnetic properties. • Room temperature T C may be expected in Ca-doped AlP

  12. Water confined in nanotubes and between graphene sheets: A first principle study

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    Cicero, G; Grossman, J C; Schwegler, E; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2008-10-17

    Water confined at the nanoscale has been the focus of numerous experimental and theoretical investigations in recent years, y yet there is no consensus on such basic properties et as diffusion and the nature of hydrogen bonding (HB) under confinement. Unraveling these properties is important to understand fluid flow and transport at the nanoscale, and to shed light on the solvation of biomolecules. Here we report on a first principle, computational study focusing on water confined between prototypical non polar substrate, i.e. , single wall carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets, 1 to 2.5 nm apart. The results of our molecular dynamics simulations show the presence of a thin, interfacial liquid layer ({approx} 5 Angstroms) whose microscopic structure and thickness are independent of the distance between confining layers. The prop properties of the hydrogen bonded network are very similar to those of the bulk outside the interfacial region, even in the case of strong confinement , confinement. Our findings indicate that the perturbation induced by the presence of confining media is extremely local in liquid water, and we propose that many of the effects attributed to novel phases under confinement are determined by subtle electronic structure rearrangements occurring at the interface with the confining medium.

  13. Chemical modifications and stability of phosphorene with impurities: a first principles study.

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    Boukhvalov, D W; Rudenko, A N; Prishchenko, D A; Mazurenko, V G; Katsnelson, M I

    2015-06-21

    We perform a systematic first-principles study of phosphorene in the presence of typical monovalent (hydrogen and fluorine) and divalent (oxygen) impurities. The results of our modeling suggest a decomposition of phosphorene into weakly bonded one-dimensional (1D) chains upon single- and double-side hydrogenation and fluorination. In spite of a sizable quasiparticle band gap (2.29 eV), fully hydrogenated phosphorene was found to be dynamically unstable. In contrast, complete fluorination of phosphorene gives rise to a stable structure, which is an indirect gap semiconductor with a band gap of 2.27 eV. We also show that fluorination of phosphorene from the gas phase is significantly more likely than hydrogenation due to the relatively low energy barrier for the dissociative adsorption of F2 (0.19 eV) compared to H2 (2.54 eV). At low concentrations, monovalent impurities tend to form regular atomic rows of phosphorene, though such patterns do not seem to be easily achievable due to high migration barriers (1.09 and 2.81 eV for H2 and F2, respectively). Oxidation of phosphorene is shown to be a qualitatively different process. Particularly, we observe instability of phosphorene upon oxidation, leading to the formation of disordered amorphous-like structures at high concentrations of impurities.

  14. First-principles study of single-layer C-terminated BN quantum dots

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    Qu, Li-Hua; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2013-09-01

    We present a first-principles study of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of single-layer C-terminated BN quantum dots (QDs) under different hydrotreating conditions. The morphologies of QDs with fully hydrogenated edges change slightly. For the fully bared cases, the edged C-C bonds become short and protrudent edged C atoms relax inwards therefore edged zigzag C chain tends to a straight line. The cases of the partially passivated by hydrogen atom at apex, the apex C atom is not relaxed inwards and a new C-C bond is formed. The fully hydrogenated QDs especially N-rich cases are energetically more favorable than those with bared or partially hydrogenated ones. The C-terminated BN-QDs have no magnetic moment when their protrudent edged C atoms are fully passivated by hydrogen atoms, while those with bared or partially hydrogenated edges possess magnetic moments and especially for N-rich cases their magnetic moments increase with increasing QD size n for either bared or partially hydrogenated edges. The band gap of the fully hydrogenated QDs decreases oscillatorily with increasing QD size n. Moreover, for the same size n, the energy gap is wider under N-rich condition than under B-rich condition.

  15. Defect complexes in Ti-doped sapphire: A first principles study

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    Kravchenko, L. Yu.; Fil, D. V.

    2018-01-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to study the formation of defect complexes in Ti doped α-Al2O3 crystals. The formation energies of isolated Ti3+ and Ti4+ defects, pairs, triples, and quadruples of Ti ions and Al vacancies are computed under different equilibrium conditions of Al-Ti-O related phases. Taking into account the charge neutrality of the whole system, we determine the equilibrium concentrations of simple and complex defects as well as the total equilibrium concentration of Ti in an α-Al2O3 crystal. It is shown that the equilibrium concentration of complex defects can be on the same order of or even larger than the concentrations of isolated substitutional Ti3+ and Ti4+ defects. It is found that in Ti-deficient conditions, the relative fraction of isolated defects increases and the balance is shifted towards Ti4+ defects. A universal relation between equilibrium concentrations of isolated and complex defects is obtained. The band structure of the system with complex defects is calculated and extra levels inside the band gap caused by such defects are found.

  16. A first-principles study of gas molecule adsorption on borophene

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    Tingting Liu

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Borophene, a new two-dimensional material, was recently synthesized. The unique anisotropic structure and excellent properties of borophene have attracted considerable research interest. This paper presents a first-principles study of the adsorption of gas molecules (CO, CO2, NH3, NO, NO2 and CH4 on borophene. The adsorption configurations, adsorption energies and electronic properties of the gas molecules absorpted on borophene are determined, and the mechanisms of the interactions between the gas molecules and borophene are evaluated. We find that CO, CO2, NH3, NO and NO2 are chemisorbed on borophene, while CH4 is physisorbed on borophene. Furthermore, our calculation also indicate that CO and CO2 are chemisorbed on borophene with moderate adsorption energy and NO, NO2 and NH3 are chemisorbed on borophene via strong covalent bonds. Moreover, CO is found as an electron donor, while CO2 an electron acceptor. The chemisorption of CO and CO2 on borophene increases the electrical conductivity, so It seems that borophene has the potential to be used in high-sensitivity CO and CO2 gas sensors.

  17. First-principles study of the alkali earth metal atoms adsorption on graphene

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    Sun, Minglei; Tang, Wencheng; Ren, Qingqiang; Wang, Sake; JinYu; Du, Yanhui; Zhang, Yajun

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The adsorption of Be and Mg adatoms on graphene is physisorption. • Ca, Sr, and Ba adatoms bond ionically to graphene and the most stable adsorption site for them is hollow site. • The zero band gap semiconductor graphene becomes metallic and magnetic after the adsorption of Ca, Sr, and Ba adatoms. - Abstract: Geometries, electronic structures, and magnetic properties for alkali earth metal atoms absorbed graphene have been studied by first-principle calculations. For Be and Mg atoms, the interactions between the adatom and graphene are weak van der Waals interactions. In comparison, Ca, Sr and Ba atoms adsorption on graphene exhibits strong ionic bonding with graphene. We found that these atoms bond to graphene at the hollow site with a significant binding energy and large electron transfer. It is intriguing that these adatoms may induce important changes in both the electronic and magnetic properties of graphene. Semimetal graphene becomes metallic and magnetic due to n-type doping. Detailed analysis shows that the s orbitals of these adatoms should be responsible for the arising of the magnetic moment. We believe that our results are suitable for experimental exploration and useful for graphene-based nanoelectronic and data storage.

  18. Studying the properties of a predicted tetragonal silicon by first principles

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    Xue, Han-Yu; Zhang, Can; Pang, Dong-Dong; Huang, Xue-Qian; Lv, Zhen-Long; Duan, Man-Yi

    2018-03-01

    Silicon is a very important material in many technological fields. It also has a complicated phase diagram of scientific interest. Here we reported a new allotrope of silicon obtained from crystal structure prediction. We studied its electronic, vibrational, dielectric, elastic and hardness properties by first-principles calculations. The results indicate that it is an indirect narrow-band-gap semiconductor. It is dynamically stable with a doubly degenerate infrared-active mode at its Brillouin zone center. Born effective charges of the constituent element are very small, resulting in a negligible ionic dielectric contribution. Calculated elasticity-related quantities imply that it is mechanically stable but anisotropic. There exist slowly increasing stages in the stress-strain curves of this crystal, which make it difficult to estimate the hardness of the crystal by calculating its ideal strengths. Taking advantage of the hardness model proposed by Šimůnek, we obtained a value of 12.0 GPa as its hardness. This value is lower than that of the cubic diamond-structural Si by about 5.5%.

  19. Electronic, structural, and elastic properties of metal nitrides XN (X = Sc, Y): A first principle study

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    Ekuma, Chinedu E.; Bagayoko, Diola; Jarrell, Mark; Moreno, Juana

    2012-09-01

    We utilized a simple, robust, first principle method, based on basis set optimization with the BZW-EF method, to study the electronic and related properties of transition metal mono-nitrides: ScN and YN. We solved the KS system of equations self-consistently within the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. It is shown that the band gap and low energy conduction bands, as well as elastic and structural properties, can be calculated with a reasonable accuracy when the LCAO formalism is used to obtain an optimal basis. Our calculated, indirect electronic band gap (E^Γ -X_g) is 0.79 (LDA) and 0.88 eV (GGA) for ScN. In the case of YN, we predict an indirect band gap (E^Γ -X_g) of 1.09 (LDA) and 1.15 eV (GGA). We also calculated the equilibrium lattice constants, the bulk moduli (Bo), effective masses, and elastic constants for both systems. Our calculated values are in excellent agreement with experimental ones where the latter are available.

  20. Electronic, structural, and elastic properties of metal nitrides XN (X = Sc, Y: A first principle study

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    Chinedu E. Ekuma

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available We utilized a simple, robust, first principle method, based on basis set optimization with the BZW-EF method, to study the electronic and related properties of transition metal mono-nitrides: ScN and YN. We solved the KS system of equations self-consistently within the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO formalism. It is shown that the band gap and low energy conduction bands, as well as elastic and structural properties, can be calculated with a reasonable accuracy when the LCAO formalism is used to obtain an optimal basis. Our calculated, indirect electronic band gap (EΓ−Xg is 0.79 (LDA and 0.88 eV (GGA for ScN. In the case of YN, we predict an indirect band gap (EΓ−Xg of 1.09 (LDA and 1.15 eV (GGA. We also calculated the equilibrium lattice constants, the bulk moduli (Bo, effective masses, and elastic constants for both systems. Our calculated values are in excellent agreement with experimental ones where the latter are available.

  1. First-Principles Study of Enhanced Magnetoelectric Effects at the Fe/MgO(001) Interface

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    Niranjan, M. K.; Jaswal, S. S.; Tsymbal, E. Y.; Duan, C.-G.

    2010-03-01

    The magnetoelectric effect allows affecting magnetic properties of materials by electric fields with potential for technological applications such as electrically controlled magnetic data storage. In this study we explore, using first-principles methods, the magnetoelectric effect at the Fe/MgO(001) interface^,1. By explicitly introducing an electric field in our density-functional calculations we demonstrate that the magnetic moment of Fe atoms at the interface changes linearly as a function of the applied electric field with the surface magnetoelectric coefficient being strongly enhanced as compared to that for the clean Fe(001) surface.^1 The effect originates from the increased screening charge associated with a large dielectric constant of MgO. The influence of electric field on relative occupancy of the Fe-3d orbitals leads to significant change in the surface magnetocrystalline anisotropy. These results are compared with the available experimental work.^2 Our results indicate that using high-k dielectrics at the interface with ferromagnetic metals may be very effective in controlling the magnetic properties by electric fields thereby leading to interesting device applications. ^1 C.-G. Duan et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 137201 (2008). ^2 T. Maruyama et al., Nat. Nanotech., 4, 158 (2009).

  2. First principles study of NH3 molecular adsorption on LiH (100) surfaces

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    Lu Xiaoxia; Chen Yuhong; Dong Xiao

    2012-01-01

    The adsorption of NH 3 on LiH (100) crystal surfaces was studied by first principles method. The preferred adsorption sites, adsorption energy, dissociation energy and electronic structure of the LiH (100)/NH 3 systems were calculated separately. It is found that chemical adsorption happened mainly when NH 3 molecules are on the LiH (100) crystal surfaces. When NH 3 is adsorbed on the Li top site, NH 2 is formed on the LiH (100) crystal surfaces after loss of H atom, the calculated adsorption energy, 0.511 eV, belongs to strong chemical adsorption, then the interaction is strongest. The interaction between NH 2 and the neighboring Li, H are ionic. The covalent bonds are formed between N and H atoms in NH 2 . One H 2 molecule is formed by another H atom in NH 3 and H atom from LiH (100) crystal sur- faces. The covalent bonds are formed between H and H atoms in H 2 . (authors)

  3. First principles study of nanostructured TiS2 electrodes for Na and Mg ion storage

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    Li, S. N.; Liu, J. B.; Liu, B. X.

    2016-07-01

    The development of competitive Na- and Mg-ion batteries (NIBs and MIBs) with performance comparable to Li-ion batteries is hindered by the major challenge of finding advanced electrode materials. In this work, nanostructured TiS2 electrodes including nanosheets, nanoribbons and nanotubes are shown by first principles calculations to achieve improved Na and Mg ion diffusion as compared with the bulk phase. Comparative studies between Li, Na, and Mg reveal that the diffusion kinetics of Na ions would especially benefit from the nanostructure design of TiS2. More specifically, the Na ion diffusivity turns out to be considerably higher than Li ion diffusivity, which is opposite to that observed in bulk TiS2. However, in the case of Mg ions, fast diffusion is still beyond attainment since a relatively high degree of interaction is expected between Mg and the S atoms. Edge-induced modifications of diffusion properties appear in both Na and Mg ions, while the mobility of Li ions along the ribbon edges may not be as appealing. Effects of the curvature of nanotubes on the adsorption strength and ion conductivity are also explored. Our results highlight the nanostructure design as a rich playground for exploring electrodes in NIBs and MIBs.

  4. Oxygen adsorption on the Al₉Co₂(001) surface: first-principles and STM study.

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    Villaseca, S Alarcón; Loli, L N Serkovic; Ledieu, J; Fournée, V; Gille, P; Dubois, J-M; Gaudry, E

    2013-09-04

    Atomic oxygen adsorption on a pure aluminum terminated Al9Co2(001) surface is studied by first-principle calculations coupled with STM measurements. Relative adsorption energies of oxygen atoms have been calculated on different surface sites along with the associated STM images. The local electronic structure of the most favourable adsorption site is described. The preferential adsorption site is identified as a 'bridge' type site between the cluster entities exposed at the (001) surface termination. The Al-O bonding between the adsorbate and the substrate presents a covalent character, with s-p hybridization occurring between the states of the adsorbed oxygen atom and the aluminum atoms of the surface. The simulated STM image of the preferential adsorption site is in agreement with experimental observations. This work shows that oxygen adsorption generates important atomic relaxations of the topmost surface layer and that sub-surface cobalt atoms strongly influence the values of the adsorption energies. The calculated Al-O distances are in agreement with those reported in Al2O and Al2O3 oxides and for oxygen adsorption on Al(111).

  5. A first-principles study of light non-metallic atom substituted blue phosphorene

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    Sun, Minglei [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Tang, Wencheng, E-mail: 101000185@seu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Ren, Qingqiang [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083, Hunan (China); Wang, Sa-ke [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, Jiangsu (China); Yu, Jin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Du, Yanhui [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China)

    2015-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • All the impurities are covalently bonded to blue phosphorene (with a single vacancy). • All the substituted systems are semiconductors. • B-substituted system exhibits direct bandgap semiconductor behavior. • The band gaps with spin polarization are found in C and O-substituted systems. • Our works can paves a new route at nanoscale for novel functionalities of optical and spintronics devices. - Abstract: First-principles calculations are implemented to study the geometric, electronic and magnetic properties of light non-metallic atom (B, C, N, O and F) substituted blue phosphorene. All the substituted systems are highly stable. The B-substituted system is a direct bandgap semiconductor with a bandgap size about 1.5 eV. The C, O-substituted systems are promising systems to explore two-dimensional diluted magnetic semiconductors. Magnetism is observed for C and O substitution, while for the other impurities no magnetic moment is detected. Our works paves a new route at nanoscale for novel functionalities of optical and spintronics devices.

  6. Electronic and magnetic properties of nonmetal atoms doped blue phosphorene: First-principles study

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    Zheng, Huiling; Yang, Hui [Key Laboratory of Physics and Technology for Advanced Batteries (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Wang, Hongxia [College of Mathematics, Physics and Information Science, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan 316000 (China); Du, Xiaobo [Key Laboratory of Physics and Technology for Advanced Batteries (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Yan, Yu, E-mail: yanyu@jlu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Physics and Technology for Advanced Batteries (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Using first-principles calculations, we study the geometrical structure, electronic structure and magnetic properties of substitutionally doped blue phosphorene with a series of nonmetallic atoms, including F, Cl, B, N, C, Si and O. The calculated formation energies and molecular dynamics simulations indicate that F, Cl, B, N, C, Si and O doped blue phosphorene are stable. Moreover, the substitutional doping of F, Cl, B and N cannot induce the magnetism in blue phosphorene due to the saturation or pairing of the valence electron of dopant and its neighboring P atoms. In contrast, ground states of C, Si and O doped blue phosphorene are spin-polarized and the magnetic moments induced by a doping atom are all 1.0 μ{sub B}, which is attributed to the appearance of an unpaired valence electron of C and Si and the formation of a nonbonding 3p electron of a neighboring P atom around O. Furthermore, the magnetic coupling between the moments induced by two C, Si and O are found to be long-range anti-ferromagnetic and the origin of the coupling can be attributed to the p–p hybridization interaction involving polarized electrons. - Highlights: • F, Cl, B, N, C, Si and O doped blue phosphorene are stable. • Substitutional doping of C, Si and O can produce the magnetism in blue phosphorene. • Magnetic coupling between two C, Si and O is long-range anti-ferromagnetic.

  7. Electronic and optical properties of bilayer PbI2: a first-principles study

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    Shen, Chenhai; Wang, Guangtao

    2018-01-01

    By employing first-principles methods, we investigate the effects of stacking patterns and interlayer coupling on the electronic structures and optical properties of bilayer (BL) PbI2. For optical properties, excitonic effects are considered. The results show that crystal-type BL PbI2 stacking pattern is the most stable bilayer structures with the equilibrium interlayer distance of 3.27 Å and a direct band structure. Moreover, for all considered patterns, the interlayer coupling can induce the band structures to transform from indirect to direct and also the band gap values to vary from 2.56 eV to 2.62 eV. In addition, our calculations show that the exciton binding energy of the most stable pattern is 0.81 eV, and excitonic effects have obvious influences on optical responses of BL PbI2. These results may be useful to future experimental studies on optoelectronic properties of two-dimensional BL PbI2 nanosheets.

  8. Electronic Structure of Cu(tmdt2 Studied with First-Principles Calculations

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    Kiyoyuki Terakura

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We have studied the electronic structure of Cu(tmdt2, a material related to single-component molecular conductors, by first-principles calculations. The total energy calculations for several different magnetic configurations show that there is strong antiferromagnetic (AFM exchange coupling along the crystal a-axis. The electronic structures are analyzed in terms of the molecular orbitals near the Fermi level of isolated Cu(tmdt2 molecule. This analysis reveals that the system is characterized by the half-filled pdσ(− band whose intermolecular hopping integrals have strong one-dimensionality along the crystal a-axis. As the exchange splitting of the band is larger than the band width, the basic mechanism of the AFM exchange coupling is the superexchange. It will also be shown that two more ligand orbitals which are fairly insensitive to magnetism are located near the Fermi level. Because of the presence of these orbitals, the present calculation predicts that Cu(tmdt2 is metallic even in its AFM state, being inconsistent with the available experiment. Some comments will be made on the difference between Cu(tmdt2 and Cu(dmdt2.

  9. Energetic Study of Helium Cluster Nucleation and Growth in 14YWT through First Principles

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    Yingye Gan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available First principles calculations have been performed to energetically investigate the helium cluster nucleation, formation and growth behavior in the nano-structured ferritic alloy 14YWT. The helium displays strong affinity to the oxygen:vacancy (O:Vac pair. By investigating various local environments of the vacancy, we find that the energy cost for He cluster growth increases with the appearance of solutes in the reference unit. He atom tends to join the He cluster in the directions away from the solute atoms. Meanwhile, the He cluster tends to expand in the directions away from the solute atoms. A growth criterion is proposed based on the elastic instability strain of the perfect iron lattice in order to determine the maximum number of He atoms at the vacancy site. We find that up to seven He atoms can be trapped at a single vacancy. However, it is reduced to five if the vacancy is pre-occupied by an oxygen atom. Furthermore, the solute atoms within nanoclusters, such as Ti and Y, will greatly limit the growth of the He cluster. A migration energy barrier study is performed to discuss the reduced mobility of the He atom/He cluster in 14YWT.

  10. First-principles study of native point defects in Bi2Se3

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    Xue, L.; Zhou, P.; Zhang, C. X.; He, C. Y.; Hao, G. L.; Sun, L. Z.; Zhong, J. X.

    2013-05-01

    Using first-principles method within the framework of the density functional theory, we study the influence of native point defect on the structural and electronic properties of Bi2Se3. Se vacancy in Bi2Se3 is a double donor, and Bi vacancy is a triple acceptor. Se antisite (SeBi) is always an active donor in the system because its donor level (ɛ(+1/0)) enters into the conduction band. Interestingly, Bi antisite (BiSe1) in Bi2Se3 is an amphoteric dopant, acting as a donor when μe 0.251 eV (the material is typical n-type). The formation energies under different growth environments (such as Bi-rich or Se-rich) indicate that under Se-rich condition, SeBi is the most stable native defect independent of electron chemical potential μe. Under Bi-rich condition, Se vacancy is the most stable native defect except for under the growth window as μe > 0.262 eV (the material is typical n-type) and ΔμSe < -0.459 eV (Bi-rich), under such growth window BiSe1 carrying one negative charge is the most stable one.

  11. First-principles study of native point defects in Bi2Se3

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    L. Xue

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Using first-principles method within the framework of the density functional theory, we study the influence of native point defect on the structural and electronic properties of Bi2Se3. Se vacancy in Bi2Se3 is a double donor, and Bi vacancy is a triple acceptor. Se antisite (SeBi is always an active donor in the system because its donor level (ɛ(+1/0 enters into the conduction band. Interestingly, Bi antisite (BiSe1 in Bi2Se3 is an amphoteric dopant, acting as a donor when μe 0.251 eV (the material is typical n-type. The formation energies under different growth environments (such as Bi-rich or Se-rich indicate that under Se-rich condition, SeBi is the most stable native defect independent of electron chemical potential μe. Under Bi-rich condition, Se vacancy is the most stable native defect except for under the growth window as μe > 0.262 eV (the material is typical n-type and ΔμSe < −0.459 eV (Bi-rich, under such growth window BiSe1 carrying one negative charge is the most stable one.

  12. First-principles study of point-defect production in Si and SiC

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    Windl, W.; Lenosky, T.J.; Kress, J.D.; Voter, A.F.

    1998-03-01

    The authors have calculated the displacement-threshold energy E(d) for point-defect production in Si and SiC using empirical potentials, tight-binding, and first-principles methods. They show that -- depending on the knock-on direction -- 64-atom simulation cells can be sufficient to allow a nearly finite-size-effect-free calculation, thus making the use of first-principles methods possible. They use molecular dynamics (MD) techniques and propose the use of a sudden approximation which agrees reasonably well with the MD results for selected directions and which allows estimates of Ed without employing an MD simulation and the use of computationally demanding first-principles methods. Comparing the results with experiment, the authors find the full self-consistent first-principles method in conjunction with the sudden approximation to be a reliable and easy method to predict E d . Furthermore, they have examined the temperature dependence of E d for C in SiC and found it to be negligible

  13. Hopping matrix elements from first-principles studies of overlapping fragments : Double exchange parameters in manganites

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    Stoyanova, A.; Sousa, C.; De Graaf, C.; Broer, R.

    2006-01-01

    We recently developed a scheme for first-principles calculations of hopping matrix elements between localized states in extended systems. We apply the scheme to the determination of double exchange (DE) parameters in lightly hole-doped LaMnO(3) and electron-doped CaMnO(3). DE is one of the important

  14. A first principle study on electronic property of bismuth nano tubes

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    Su Changrong; Li Jiaming

    2002-01-01

    A first principle molecular dynamics with density functional theory and ultra-soft pseudopotential has been performed on the bismuth nano tubes. The strain energies are found to follow the classical 1/R 2 strain law. The bismuth nano tubes are expected as semi-conductor with the band gaps around 0.7-0.8 eV

  15. First principles study of dissolved oxygen water adsorption on Fe (001 surfaces

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    Dong ZHANG

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to study the mechanism of dissolved oxygen content on the surface corrosion behavior of Fe-based heat transfer, the first principle is used to study the adsorption of O2 monomolecular, H2O monolayer and dissolved oxygen system on Fe-based heat transfer surface. The GGA/PBE approximation is used to calculate the adsorption energy, state density and population change during the adsorption process. Calculations prove that when the dissolved oxygen is adsorbed on the Fe-based surface, the water molecule tends to adsorb at the top sites, and the oxygen molecule tends to adsorb at Griffiths. When the H2O molecule adsorbs and interacts on the Fe (001 surface, the charge distribution of the interfacial double electric layer changes to cause the Fe atoms to lose electrons, resulting in the change of the surface potential. When the O2 molecule adsorbs on the Fe (001 crystal surfaces, the electrons on the Fe (001 surface are lost and the surface potential increases. O2 molecule and the surface of the Fe atoms are prone to electron transfer, in which O atom's 2p orbit for the adsorption of O2 molecule on Fe (001 crystal surface play a major role. With the increase of the proportion of O2 molecule in the dissolved oxygen water, the absolute value of the adsorption energy increases, and the interaction of the Fe-based heat transfer surface is stronger. This study explores the influence law of different dissolved oxygen on the Fe base heat exchange surface corrosion, and the base metal corrosion mechanism for experimental study provides a theoretical reference.

  16. First-principles study of magnetoelectric effects and ferroelectricity in complex oxides

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    Ye, Meng

    This thesis contains several investigations of magnetoelectric effects and ferroelectricity in complex oxides studied via first-principles calculations. We start by reviewing the mechanisms of ferroelectricity and magnetoelectric effects, and then we give a brief introduction to the first-principles computational methods that are involved. Next, our investigations are divided into two parts. The first half focuses on the magnetoelectric effects, while the second half is mainly on ferroelectricity. The first half aims to examine the lattice contribution to the magnetoelectricity by investigating the dynamical magnetic charge tensors induced by different mechanisms. Through the study of Cr2O3 and a fictitious material KITPite, we find that the dynamical magnetic charges driven by exchange striction are more significant than the ones induced by spin-orbit coupling. Since the lattice contribution to the magnetoelectric effect is proportional to the dynamical magnetic charges, we also study the magnetic charges and the magnetoelectric coupling in hexagonal manganite RMnO3 and ferrite RFeO3. Our results further confirm the importance of the exchange-striction mechanism in inducing large magnetic charges, but we also notice that the magnetoelectric contributions from various phonons tend to cancel each other, leading to a great reduction of the total coupling. These investigations not only provide a prediction of the magnetoelectric coupling constant in RMnO3 and RFeO3, but also emphasize the importance of phonons in magnetoelectric coupling. In the second half of the thesis, we focus on predicting new ferroelectrics in the family of corundum derivatives. Many new corundum derivatives have been synthesized recently; these are automatically polar, and many are magnetic as well. However, a polar material is only called ferroelectric if the polarization is reversible by an external field, and it is not yet clear whether or not this is the case for these new materials

  17. First Principles Study on the Interaction Mechanisms of Water Molecules on TiO2 Nanotubes

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    Jianhong Dai

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption properties of water molecules on TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2NT and the interaction mechanisms between water molecules are studied by first principles calculations. The adsorption preferences of water molecules in molecular or dissociated states on clean and H-terminated TiO2NT are evaluated. Adsorption of OH clusters on (0, 6 and (9, 0 TiO2 nanotubes are first studied. The smallest adsorption energies are −1.163 eV and −1.383 eV, respectively, by examining five different adsorption sites on each type of tube. Eight and six adsorption sites were considered for OH adsorbtion on the H terminated (0, 6 and (9, 0 nanotubes. Water molecules are reformed with the smallest adsorption energy of −4.796 eV on the former and of −5.013 eV on the latter nanotube, respectively. For the adsorption of a single water molecule on TiO2NT, the molecular state shows the strongest adsorption preference with an adsorption energy of −0.660 eV. The adsorption of multiple (two and three water molecules on TiO2NT is also studied. The calculated results show that the interactions between water molecules greatly affect their adsorption properties. Competition occurs between the molecular and dissociated states. The electronic structures are calculated to clarify the interaction mechanisms between water molecules and TiO2NT. The bonding interactions between H from water and oxygen from TiO2NT may be the reason for the dissociation of water on TiO2NT.

  18. First principles Raman study of boron and nitrogen doped planar T-graphene clusters

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    Bandyopadhyay, Arka; Pal, Parthasarathi; Chowdhury, Suman; Jana, Debnarayan

    2015-01-01

    Tetragonal graphene (TG) is one of the theoretically proposed dynamically stable graphene allotropes. In this study, the Raman spectra, IR spectra and some electronic properties of pristine and doped (single boron (B) and nitrogen (N)) TG have been investigated by first-principles based density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level. Formation energy computation indicates that for the pristine structures, stability increases with increasing cluster size. In addition, for a particular cluster size, single B doping introduces some distortion in the system while single N doping increases the stability of it. The Raman spectrum of the N doped system is dominated by a single peak but for the B doped system several intense lines are found. For all the structures low intensity similar breathing-like modes have been observed. Besides, relatively low (high) intensity Raman lines are found for single B (N) doping compared to those of the pristine one. The vibrational study also reveals the existence of a prominent phonon Raman line for pristine clusters which hardly changes its position and nature of vibration with varying cluster size. So this mode can be used for identification of pristine TG structures. Unlike pristine TG, the doped structures possess non-zero finite dipole moments due to asymmetry in charge distribution. Large values of the HOMO–LUMO gap as well as the absence of DOS at the Fermi level lead to the semiconducting nature of all the structures. All these theoretical predictions from DFT calculations may shed light on experimental observations involving TG systems. (paper)

  19. On the transparent conducting oxide Al doped ZnO: First Principles and Boltzmann equations study

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    Slassi, A. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Naji, S. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ibb University, Ibb (Yemen); Benyoussef, A. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Hamedoun, M., E-mail: hamedoun@hotmail.com [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); El Kenz, A. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco)

    2014-08-25

    Highlights: • The incorporation of Al in ZnO increases the optical band edge absorption. • Incorporated Al creates shallow donor states of Al-3s around Fermi level. • Transmittance decreases in the visible and IR regions, while it increases in the UV region. • Electrical conductivity increases and reaches almost the saturation for high concentration of Al. - Abstract: We report, in this work, a theoretical study on the electronic, optical and electrical properties of pure and Al doped ZnO with different concentrations. In fact, we investigate these properties using both First Principles calculations within TB-mBJ approximation and Boltzmann equations under the constant relaxation time approximation for charge carriers. It is found out that, the calculated lattice parameters and the optical band gap of pure ZnO are close to the experimental values and in a good agreement with the other theoretical studies. It is also observed that, the incorporations of Al in ZnO increase the optical band edge absorption which leads to a blue shift and no deep impurities levels are induced in the band gap as well. More precisely, these incorporations create shallow donor states around Fermi level in the conduction band minimum from mainly Al-3s orbital. Beside this, it is found that, the transmittance is decreased in the visible and IR regions, while it is significantly improved in UV region. Finally, our calculations show that the electrical conductivity is enhanced as a result of Al doping and it reaches almost the saturation for high concentration of Al. These features make Al doped ZnO a transparent conducting electrode for optoelectronic device applications.

  20. First-principles study of hydrogen-enhanced phosphorus diffusion in silicon

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    The Anh, Le; Lam, Pham Tien; Manoharan, Muruganathan; Matsumura, Hideki; Otsuka, Nobuo; Hieu Chi, Dam; Tien Cuong, Nguyen; Mizuta, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    We present a first-principles study on the interstitial-mediated diffusion process of neutral phosphorus (P) atoms in a silicon crystal with the presence of mono-atomic hydrogen (H). By relaxing initial Si structures containing a P atom and an H atom, we derived four low-energy P-H-Si defect complexes whose formation energies are significantly lower than those of P-Si defect complexes. These four defect complexes are classified into two groups. In group A, an H atom is located near a Si atom, whereas in group B, an H atom is close to a P atom. We found that the H atom pairs with P or Si atom and changes the nature bonding between P and Si atoms from out-of-phase conjugation to in-phase conjugation. This fact results in the lower formation energies compare to the cases without H atom. For the migration of defect complexes, we have found that P-H-Si defect complexes can migrate with low barrier energies if an H atom sticks to either P or Si atom. Group B complexes can migrate from one lattice site to another with an H atom staying close to a P atom. Group A complexes cannot migrate from one lattice site to another without a transfer of an H atom from one Si atom to another Si atom. A change in the structure of defect complexes between groups A and B during the migration results in a transfer of an H atom between P and Si atoms. The results for diffusion of group B complexes show that the presence of mono-atomic H significantly reduces the activation energy of P diffusion in a Si crystal, which is considered as a summation of formation energy and migration barrier energy, leading to the enhancement of diffusion of P atoms at low temperatures, which has been suggested by recent experimental studies

  1. First principles study of magneto-optical properties of Fe-doped ZnO

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    Shaoqiang, Guo [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Qingyu, Hou, E-mail: by0501119@126.com [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Zhenchao, Xu [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); Chunwang, Zhao [College of Science, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051 (China); College of Arts and Sciences, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306 (China)

    2016-12-15

    Studies on optical band gaps and absorption spectra of Fe-doped ZnO have conflicting conclusions, such as contradictory redshifted and blueshifted spectra. To solve this contradiction, we constructed models of un-doped and Fe-doped ZnO using first-principles theory and optimized the geometry of the three models. Electronic structures and absorption spectra were also calculated using the GGA+U method. Higher doping content of Fe resulted in larger volume of doped system, and higher total energy resulted in lower stability. Higher formation energy also led to more difficult doping. Meanwhile, the band gaps broadened and the absorption spectra exhibited an evident blue shift. The calculations were in good agreement with the experimental results. Given the unipolar structure of ZnO, four possible magnetic coupling configurations for Zn{sub 14}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 16} were calculated to investigate the magnetic properties. Results suggest that Fe doping can improve ferromagnetism in the ZnO system and that ferromagnetic stabilization was mediated by p–d exchange interaction between Fe-3d and O-2p orbitals. Therefore, the doped system is expected to obtain high stability and high Curie temperature of diluted magnetic semiconductor material, which are useful as theoretical bases for the design and preparation of the Fe-doped ZnO system’s magneto-optical properties. - Highlights: • A biomonitoring tool for the freshwater zone of template estuaries. • Water quality characterization related to nutrients and organic matter enrichment. • The percentage of a group of 24 tolerant species were capable of detecting the impairment of the water quality. • Characterization of morpho-functional traits of the selected tolerant species.

  2. A first-principles study of the SnO2 monolayer with hexagonal structure

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    Xiao, Wen-Zhi; Xiao, Gang; Wang, Ling-Ling

    2016-11-01

    We report the structural, electronic, magnetic, and elastic properties of a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb stannic oxide (SnO2) monolayer based on comprehensive first-principles calculations. The free-standing and well-ordered 2D centered honeycomb SnO2 (T-SnO2) monolayer with D3d point-group symmetry has good dynamical stability, as well as thermal stability at 500 K. The T-SnO2 monolayer is a nonmagnetic wide-bandgap semiconductor with an indirect bandgap of 2.55/4.13 eV obtained by the generalized gradient approximation with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof/Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid functional, but it acquires a net magnetic moment upon creation of a Sn vacancy defect. The elastic constants obtained from the relaxed ion model show that the T-SnO2 monolayer is much softer than MoS2. The bandgap monotonically decreases with increasing strain from -8% to 15%. An indirect-to-direct bandgap transition occurs upon applying biaxial strain below -8%. Synthesis of the T-SnO2 monolayer is proposed. We identify the Zr(0001) surface as being suitable to grow and stabilize the T-SnO2 monolayer. The unique structure and electronic properties mean that the T-SnO2 monolayer has promising applications in nanoelectronics. We hope that the present study on the stable free-standing SnO2 monolayer will inspire researchers to further explore its importance both experimentally and theoretically.

  3. First-principle study on magnetic properties of Mn/Fe codoped ZnS

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    Chen Hongxia, E-mail: chenhongxia1@sina.com [College of Physical Science and Electronic Techniques, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng 224002 (China); Department of Physics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China)

    2012-07-15

    We studied the magnetic properties of Mn/Fe codoped ZnS comparatively with and without defects using first-principle calculation. The calculated results indicate that the Mn/Fe codoped ZnS system tends to stabilize in a ferrimagnetic (FiM) configuration. To obtain a ferromagnetic (FM) configuration, we consider the doped system with defects, such as S or Zn vacancy. The calculated results indicate that the doped system with Zn vacancy favors FiM states. Although the FM states of the doped system with S vacancy are more stable than the FiM states in negative charge states, the FM states are not stable enough to exist. Finally, we replaced an S atom by a C atom in the doped system. The C atom prefers to substitute the S atom connecting Mn and Fe atoms. The formation energy of this defect is -0.40 eV, showing that Mn/Fe/C codoped ZnS can be fabricated easily by experiments. Furthermore, the FM state was lower in energy than the FiM state by 114 meV. Such a large energy difference between the FM and FiM states implies that room temperature ferromagnetism could be expected in such a system. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mn/Fe codoped ZnS system tends to stabilize in a ferrimagnetic configuration with or without defects. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer By additional C codoping, the doped system tends to stabilize in a ferromagnetic configuration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Energy difference between ferrimagnetic and ferromagnetic states is 114 meV. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This indicates room temperature ferromagnetism can be likely in such a system.

  4. First principles study of optical properties of molybdenum disulfide: From bulk to monolayer

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    Hieu, Nguyen N.; Ilyasov, Victor V.; Vu, Tuan V.; Poklonski, Nikolai A.; Phuc, Huynh V.; Phuong, Le T. T.; Hoi, Bui D.; Nguyen, Chuong V.

    2018-03-01

    In this paper, we theoretically study the optical properties of both bulk and monolayer MoS2 using first-principles calculations. The optical characters such as: dielectric function, optical reflectivity, and electron energy-loss spectrum of MoS2 are observed in the energy region from 0 to 15 eV. At equilibrium state the dielectric constant in the parallel E∥ x and perpendicular E∥ z directions are of 15.01 and 8.92 for bulk while they are 4.95 and 2.92 for monolayer MoS2, respectively. In the case of bulk MoS2, the obtained computational results for both real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant are in good agreement with the previous experimental data. In the energy range from 0 to 6 eV, the dielectric functions have highly anisotropic, whereas they become isotropic when the energy is larger than 7 eV. For the adsorption spectra and optical reflectivity, both the collective plasmon resonance and (π + σ) electron plasmon peaks are observed, in which the transition in E∥ x direction is accordant with the experiment data more than the transition in E∥ z direction is. The refractive index, extinction index, and electron energy-loss spectrum are also investigated. The observed prominent peak at 23.1 eV in the energy-loss spectra is in good agreement with experiment value. Our results may provide a useful potential application for the MoS2 structures in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  5. First-Principles View on Photoelectrochemistry: Water-Splitting as Case Study

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    Anders Hellman

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Photoelectrochemistry is truly an interdisciplinary field; a natural nexus between chemistry and physics. In short, photoelectrochemistry can be divided into three sub-processes, namely (i the creation of electron-hole pairs by light absorption; (ii separation/transport on the charge carriers and finally (iii the water splitting reaction. The challenge is to understand all three processes on a microscopic scale and, perhaps even more importantly, how to combine the processes in an optimal way. This review will highlight some first-principles insights to the above sub-processes, in~particular as they occur using metal oxides. Based on these insights, challenges and future directions of first-principles methods in the field of photoelectrochemistry will be discussed.

  6. First-principles study of extensive dopants in wurtzite ZnO

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    Huang Guiyang; Wang Chongyu; Wang Jiantao

    2010-01-01

    Based on comprehensive calculations of the transition energy levels for extensive dopant substitutional (H, Li, Na, K, Ag, B, Al, Ga, In, N, P, As, Sb, Bi, F, Cl, Br, I), we illustrate and check the validity of the first-principle calculations based on GGA and GGA+U correction method. The results indicate that there still exist large limits for quantitative correct results of first-principle calculations. Nevertheless, some qualitative useful information can be obtained by such calculations. Based on our calculation results, Li Zn , Na Zn , K Zn , N Zn and Ag Zn have the shallowest transition energy level (0/1-) for p-type doping, from shallow to deep.

  7. Thermal conductivities of phosphorene allotropes from first-principles calculations: a comparative study

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    Zhang, J.; Liu, H. J.; Cheng, L.; Wei, J.; Liang, J. H.; Fan, D. D.; Jiang, P. H.; Shi, J.

    2017-01-01

    Phosphorene has attracted tremendous interest recently due to its intriguing electronic properties. However, the thermal transport properties of phosphorene, especially for its allotropes, are still not well-understood. In this work, we calculate the thermal conductivities of five phosphorene allotropes ({\\alpha}-, \\b{eta}-, {\\gamma}-, {\\delta}- and {\\zeta}-phase) by using phonon Boltzmann transport theory combined with first-principles calculations. It is found that the {\\alpha}-phosphorene ...

  8. Anomalous Hall effect in stoichiometric Heusler alloys with native disorder: A first-principles study

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    Kudrnovský, Josef; Drchal, Václav; Turek, Ilja

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 88, č. 1 (2013), "014422-1"-"014422-8" ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP204/11/1228 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:68081723 Keywords : anomalous Hall effect * Heusler alloys * native disorder * halfmetal * first-principles * linear response theory Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.664, year: 2013

  9. Ordered Phases in Cu2NiZn: A First-Principles Monte Carlo Study

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    Simak, S.I.; Ruban, Andrei; Abrikosov, I.A.

    1998-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulations based on effective interactions obtained from first-principles calculations reveal the existence of three ordered phases in ternary Cu2NiZn: (i) "modified"-L1(0) (0-600 K), (ii) L1(2) (600-850 K), and (iii) L1(0) (850-1200 K). This is in contrast to the generally accepted...

  10. First principles studies of adsorption of Pd, Ag, Pt, and Au on yttrium disilicide nanowires

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    Jo, Chulsu; Cao, Juexian; Shinde, Aniketa; Ragan, Regina; Wu, Ruqian

    2008-03-01

    Stability and electronic properties of pristine and metal covered cylindrical yttrium disilicide, YSi 2, nanowires were investigated through first principles calculations. The YSi 2 nanowire prefers Y-rich surface morphology and is attractive toward metal adsorbates such as silver, gold, palladium, and platinum. Strong charge polarization is found from adsorbate to wires, which reduces the work function and alters the chemical activity of the core-shell structures.

  11. Quantum Manifestations of Graphene Edge Stress and Edge Instability: A First-Principles Study

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    Huang, Bing; Liu, Miao; Su, Ninghai; Wu, Jian; Duan, Wenhui; Gu, Bing-lin; Liu, Feng

    2010-01-01

    We have performed first-principles calculations of graphene edge stresses, which display two interesting quantum manifestations absent from the classical interpretation: the armchair edge stress oscillates with a nanoribbon width, and the zigzag edge stress is noticeably reduced by spin polarization. Such quantum stress effects in turn manifest in mechanical edge twisting and warping instability, showing features not captured by empirical potentials or continuum theory. Edge adsorption of H a...

  12. First-principles study of ternary Li-Al-Te compounds under high pressure

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    Wang, Youchun; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Duan, Defang; Xie, Hui; Liu, Bingbing; Zhou, Qiang; Cui, Tian

    2018-02-01

    The ternary Li-Al-Te compounds were investigated by the first-principle evolutionary calculation based on density function theory. Apart from the known structure, I-42d LiAlTe2 and P3m1 LiAlTe2, several new structures were discovered, P-3m1 LiAlTe2, Pnma LiAlTe2, C2/c Li9AlTe2, Immm Li9AlTe2 and P4/mmm Li6AlTe. We determined that the I-42d LiAlTe2 firstly changed to P-3m1 phase at 6 GPa, and then into the Pnma structure at 65 GPa, Pnma phase was stable up at least to 120 GPa. I-42d LiAlTe2 was a pseudo-direct band gap semiconductor, but P-3m1 LiAlT2 was an indirect band gap semiconductor. This may be caused by the pressure effect. Subsequently, it was metallized under pressure. Pnma LiAlTe2 was also metallic at the pressure we studied. C2/c Li9AlTe2 was stable above 4 GPa, then turned into Immm phase at 60 GPa. C2/c Li9AlTe2 was an indirect band gap semiconductor. The results show that P4/mmm Li6AlTe was stable and metallized in the pressure range of 0.7-120 GPa. The calculations of DOS and PDOS indicate that the arrangement of electrons near Fermi energy can be affected by the increase of Li. The calculated ELF results and Bader charge analysis indicate that there was no covalent bond between Al and Te atoms for high-pressure Pnma LiAlTe2, Li9AlTe2 and Li6AlTe. For Li9AlTe2 and Li6AlTe, different from LiAlTe2, Al atoms not connect with Te atoms, but link with Li atoms. The results were further proved by Mulliken population analysis. And the weak covalent bonds between Li and Al atoms stem from the hybridization of Li s and Al p presented in PDOS diagrams. We further deduced that the pressure effect and the increase of Li content may result in the disappearance of Al-Te bonds for Li-Al-Te compound under extreme pressure.

  13. A first-principles study of group IV and VI atoms doped blue phosphorene

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    Bai, Ruimin; Chen, Zheng; Gou, Manman; Zhang, Yixin

    2018-02-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we have systematically investigated the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of blue phosphorene doped by group IV and VI atoms, including C, Si, Ge, Sn, O, S, Se and Te. All the doped systems are energetically stable. Only C, Si, Ge and O-substituted systems show the characteristics of spin polarization and the magnetic moments are all 1.0 μB. Moreover, we found that C, Si, Ge and O doped systems are indirect bandgap semiconductors, while Sn, S, Se and Te doped systems present metallic property. These results show that blue phosphorene can be used prospectively in optoelectronic and spintronic devices.

  14. Physical properties of the tetragonal CuMnAs: A first-principles study

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    Máca, František; Kudrnovský, Josef; Drchal, Václav; Carva, K.; Baláž, P.; Turek, I.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 96, č. 9 (2017), s. 1-8, č. článku 094406. ISSN 2469-9950 R&D Projects: GA ČR GB14-37427G Grant - others:GA MŠk(CZ) LM2015042 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : first- principles calculations * defects * CuMnAs * transport properties Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism OBOR OECD: Condensed matter physics (including formerly solid state physics, supercond.) Impact factor: 3.836, year: 2016

  15. Molecular adsorption study of nicotine and caffeine on single-walled carbon nanotubes from first principles

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    Lee, Hyung-June; Kim, Gunn; Kwon, Young-Kyun

    2013-08-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the electronic structures and binding properties of nicotine and caffeine adsorbed on single-walled carbon nanotubes to determine whether CNTs are appropriate for filtering or sensing nicotine and caffeine molecules. We find that caffeine adsorbs more strongly than nicotine. The different binding characteristics are discussed by analyzing the modification of the electronic structure of the molecule-adsorbed CNTs. We also calculate the quantum conductance of the CNTs in the presence of nicotine or caffeine adsorbates and demonstrate that the influence of caffeine is stronger than nicotine on the conductance of the host CNT.

  16. First-principles study of the electronic transport properties of the anthraquinone-based molecular switch

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    Zhao, P., E-mail: ss_zhaop@ujn.edu.c [School of Science, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Liu, D.S. [School of Physics, State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Department of Physics, Jining University, Qufu 273155 (China); Wang, P.J.; Zhang, Z. [School of Science, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Fang, C.F.; Ji, G.M. [School of Physics, State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2011-02-15

    By applying non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism combined with first-principles density functional theory (DFT), we have investigated the electronic transport properties of the anthraquinone-based molecular switch. The molecule that comprises the switch can be converted between the hydroquinone (HQ) and anthraquinone (AQ) forms via redox reactions. The transmission spectra of these two forms are remarkably distinctive. Our results show that the current through the HQ form is significantly larger than that through the AQ form, which suggests that this system has attractive potential application in future molecular switch technology.

  17. First-principles study of the electronic transport properties of the anthraquinone-based molecular switch

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    Zhao, P.; Liu, D.S.; Wang, P.J.; Zhang, Z.; Fang, C.F.; Ji, G.M.

    2011-01-01

    By applying non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism combined with first-principles density functional theory (DFT), we have investigated the electronic transport properties of the anthraquinone-based molecular switch. The molecule that comprises the switch can be converted between the hydroquinone (HQ) and anthraquinone (AQ) forms via redox reactions. The transmission spectra of these two forms are remarkably distinctive. Our results show that the current through the HQ form is significantly larger than that through the AQ form, which suggests that this system has attractive potential application in future molecular switch technology.

  18. Diffusion of Co, Ru and Re in Ni-based superalloys: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Xingming; Deng, Huiqiu; Xiao, Shifang; Zhang, Zhi; Tang, Jianfeng; Deng, Lei; Hu, Wangyu

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • The work predicts Ni self-diffusion coefficients with first-principles calculations. • Positive binding energies imply solute–vacancy pair is not a favorable binding. • Correlation factor for solutes Co, Ru and Re are determined. • The clear trend in diffusivities of Co, Ru and Re is determined. -- Abstract: Self and impurity diffusivities in Ni-based superalloys have been investigated by first-principles calculations within five-frequency model. The vacancy formation energy, migration energy, correlation factor, solute–vacancy binding enthalpies and entropies in vacancy-mediated diffusions have been considered. The positive solute–vacancy binding energies for Co, Ru and Re indicated that the solute–vacancy pair is not a favorable binding. From the electronic point of view, the origination of the repulsive interaction between solute and vacancy has been comprehensibly expatiated on, which possibly accounts for the low diffusivity of Re element. The calculated self and impurity diffusion coefficients show a good consistent with the reported data from experiments and it is found that the trend in diffusivity is D Co > D Ni-self > D Ru > D Re

  19. First-principles calculations, experimental study, and thermodynamic modeling of the Al-Co-Cr system.

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    Xuan L Liu

    Full Text Available The phase relations and thermodynamic properties of the condensed Al-Co-Cr ternary alloy system are investigated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT and phase-equilibria experiments that led to X-ray diffraction (XRD and electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA measurements. A thermodynamic description is developed by means of the calculations of phase diagrams (CALPHAD method using experimental and computational data from the present work and the literature. Emphasis is placed on modeling the bcc-A2, B2, fcc-γ, and tetragonal-σ phases in the temperature range of 1173 to 1623 K. Liquid, bcc-A2 and fcc-γ phases are modeled using substitutional solution descriptions. First-principles special quasirandom structures (SQS calculations predict a large bcc-A2 (disordered/B2 (ordered miscibility gap, in agreement with experiments. A partitioning model is then used for the A2/B2 phase to effectively describe the order-disorder transitions. The critically assessed thermodynamic description describes all phase equilibria data well. A2/B2 transitions are also shown to agree well with previous experimental findings.

  20. A First Principles Molecular Dynamics Study Of Calcium Ion In Water

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    Lightstone, F; Schwegler, E; Allesch, M; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2005-01-28

    In this work we report on Car-Parrinello simulations of the divalent calcium ion in water, aimed at understanding the structure of the hydration shell and at comparing theoretical results with a series of recent experiments. Our paper shows some of the progress in the investigation of aqueous solutions brought about by the advent of ab initio molecular dynamics and highlights the importance of accessing subtle details of ion-water interactions from first-principles. Calcium plays a vital role in many biological systems, including signal transduction, blood clotting and cell division. In particular, calcium ions are known to interact strongly with proteins as they tend to bind well to both negatively charged (e.g. in aspartate and glutamate) and uncharged oxygens (e.g. in main-chain carbonyls). The ability of calcium to coordinate multiple ligands (from 6 to 8 oxygen atoms) with an asymmetric coordination shell enables it to cross-link different segments of a protein and induce large conformational changes. The great biochemical importance of the calcium ion has led to a number of studies to determine its hydration shell and its preferred coordination number in water. Experimental studies have used a variety of techniques, including XRD, EXAFS, and neutron diffraction to elucidate the coordination of Ca{sup 2+} in water. The range of coordination numbers (n{sub C}) inferred by X-ray diffraction studies varies from 6 to 8, and is consistent with that reported in EXAFS experiments (8 and 7.2). A wider range of values (6 to 10) was found in early neutron diffraction studies, depending on concentration, while a more recent measurement by Badyal, et al. reports a value close to 7. In addition to experimental measurements, many theoretical studies have been carried out to investigate the solvation of Ca{sup 2+} in water and have also reported a wide range of coordination numbers. Most of the classical molecular dynamics (MD) and QM/MM simulations report n{sub C} in the

  1. First Principles Study of Electronic and Magnetic Structures in Double Perovskites

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    Ball, Molly

    films of Sr2CrReO 6, where our experimental collaborators found extraordinarily large anisotropy fields and record-breaking strain-tunable magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA). We employed first principles calculations that examine the dependence of MCA on strain and could identify orbital magnetism on the Re atoms as the origin of this unique phenomenon. In the last section, we introduce double perovskites as novel lead-free halide solar cell materials, with current focus on Cs2AgBiBr 6 and Cs2AgBiCl6. While organic Pb based halides that can be synthesized without expensive clean rooms have achieved within record time efficiencies that rival that of traditional semiconductor based materials, creating quite a buzz within the field of photovoltaics, their Pb content and lacking air stability represented severe roadblocks towards market introduction. Here, we show with band structure calculations that spin-orbit coupling is a much more dominant interaction than in traditional semiconductors and thus needs to be considered when designing novel materials for maximum efficiency. The results of this study have given momentum to investigate additional halides double perovskites. Finally, we will summarize and discuss the importance of computational modeling in order to explore the wide and to date little explored composition space of double perovskites, one of the currently most promising materials classes for novel devices with unique and extremely tunable properties.

  2. First Principles Studies of Perovskites for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes

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    Salawu, Omotayo Akande

    2017-05-15

    Fundamental advances in cathode materials are key to lowering the operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Detailed understanding of the structural, electronic and defect formation characteristics are essential for rational design of cathode materials. In this thesis we employ first principles methods to study La(Mn/Co)O3 and LnBaCo2O5+δ (Ln = Pr, Gd; δ = 0.5, 1) as cathode for SOFCs. Specifically, factors affecting the O vacancy formation and migration are investigated. We demonstrate that for LaMnO3 the anisotropy effects often neglected at high operating temperatures become relevant when the temperature is lowered. We show that this fact has consequences for the material properties and can be further enhanced by strain and Sr doping. Tensile strain promotes both the O vacancy formation and migration in pristine and Sr doped LaMnO3, while Sr doping enhances the O vacancy formation but not the migration. The effect of A-site hole doping (Mg2+, Ca2+ or Ba2+) on the electronic and magnetic properties as well as the O vacancy formation and migration in LaCoO3 are studied. All three dopants are found to facilitate O vacancy formation. Substitution of La3+ with Ba2+/Mg2+ yields the lowest O vacancy formation energy for low/intermediate spin Co, implying that not only the structure, but also the spin state of Co is a key parameter. Only for low spin Co the ionic radius is correlated with the O migration barrier. Enhanced migration for intermediate spin Co is ascribed to the availability of additional space at the transition state. For LnBaCo2O5+δ we compare the O vacancy formation in GdBaCo2O5.5 (Pmmm symmetry) and GdBaCo2O6 (P4/mmm symmetry), and the influence of Sr doping. The O vacancy formation energy is demonstrated to be smaller in the already O deficient compound. This relation is maintained under Sr doping. It turns out that Sr doping can be utilized to significantly enhance the O vacancy formation in both compounds. The observed trends are

  3. Insight into the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction through first-principles study of chiral magnetic structures

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    Sandratskii, L. M.

    2017-07-01

    The purpose of the paper is to gain deeper insight into microscopic formation of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). The paper aims at the development of the physical picture able to address apparently contradicting conclusions of recent studies concerning the location of the DMI energy in the real and reciprocal spaces as well as the relation between values of the atomic moments and the DMI strength. The main tools of our study are the first-principles calculations of the energies of the spiral magnetic states with opposite chiralities. We suggest a method of the calculation of the spiral structures with account for the spin-orbit coupling (SOC). It is based on the application of the generalized Bloch theorem and generalized Bloch functions and allows to reduce the consideration of arbitrary incommensurate spiral to small chemical unit cell. The method neglects the anisotropy in the plane orthogonal to the rotation axis of the spirals that does not influence importantly the DMI energy. For comparison, the supercell calculation with full account for the SOC is performed. The concrete calculations are performed for the Co/Pt bilayer. We consider the distribution of the DMI energy in both real and reciprocal spaces and the dependence of the DMI on the number of electrons. The results of the calculations reveal a number of energy compensations in the formation of the DMI. Thus, the partial atomic contributions as functions of the spiral wave vector q are nonmonotonic and have strongly varying slopes. However, in the total DMI energy these atom-related features compensate each other, resulting in a smooth q dependence. The reason for the peculiar form of the partial DMI contributions is a q -dependent difference in the charge distribution between q and -q spirals. The strongly q -dependent relation between atomic contributions shows that the real-space distribution of the DMI energy obtained for a selected q value cannot be considered as a general

  4. Probing deactivations in Nitrogen doped ZnO by vibrational signatures: A first principles study

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    Limpijumnong, Sukit [National Synchrotron Research Center, Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand) and School of Physics, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand)]. E-mail: sukit@sut.ac.th; Li, Xiaonan [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States); Wei, Su-Huai [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States); Zhang, S.B. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States)

    2006-04-01

    Based on first principles calculations, we investigate two probable types of deactivation mechanisms that hinder current efforts of doping ZnO p-type. (i) Passivation by Hydrogen. H prefers to bind with N{sub O} at the anti-bonding site and form N{sub O}-H complexes with a binding energy of about 1 eV. (ii) Passivation by the formation of substitutional diatomic molecules (SDM). Carbon impurities and excess N strongly prefer to passivate N{sub O} and form low-energy SDM on the Oxygen site (NC){sub O} or (N{sub 2}){sub O}, both of which are donors with several-eV binding energies. Our calculated vibrational frequencies of N{sub O}-H complexes and SDMs are consistent with the frequencies recently observed by IR measurement on N-doped ZnO, which is not p-type.

  5. The Interface between Gd and Monolayer MoS2: A First-Principles Study

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    Zhang, Xuejing

    2014-12-08

    We analyze the electronic structure of interfaces between two-, four- and six-layer Gd(0001) and monolayer MoS2 by first-principles calculations. Strong chemical bonds shift the Fermi energy of MoS2 upwards into the conduction band. At the surface and interface the Gd f states shift to lower energy and new surface/interface Gd d states appear at the Fermi energy, which are strongly hybridized with the Mo 4d states and thus lead to a high spin-polarization (ferromagnetically ordered Mo magnetic moments of 0.15 μB). Gd therefore is an interesting candidate for spin injection into monolayer MoS2.

  6. A first-principles study of the electronic structure of the sulvanite compounds

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    Osorio-Guillen, J.M., E-mail: jorge.osorio@fisica.udea.edu.co [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin A.A. 1226 (Colombia); Espinosa-Garcia, W.F. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin A.A. 1226 (Colombia)

    2012-03-15

    We have investigated by means of first-principles total energy calculations the electronic structure of the sulvanite compounds: Cu{sub 3}VS{sub 4}, Cu{sub 3}NbS{sub 4} and Cu{sub 3}TaS{sub 4}; the later is a possible candidate as a p-type transparent conductor with potential applications in solar cells and electrochromic devices. The calculated electronic structure shows that these compounds are indirect band gap semiconductors, with the valence band maximum located at the R-point and the conduction band minimum located at the X-point. The character of the valence band maximum is dominated by Cu d-states and the character of the conduction band minimum is due to the d-states of the group five elements. From the calculated charge density and electron localisation function we can conclude that the sulvanite compounds are polar covalent semiconductors.

  7. First-Principles Study of Substitution of Au for Ni in Ni3Sn4

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    Tian, Yali; Wu, Ping

    2018-02-01

    First-principles calculations were performed to investigate the effects of substitution of Au for Ni on the structural, elastic, thermodynamic and electronic properties of Ni3Sn4. The calculated lattice constants for the pure phase are consistent with the reported values. Substitution of Au for Ni results in a stable thermodynamic structure. The bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, hardness and thermal conductivity are decreased and the relative brittleness is improved after substitution. A three-dimensional graphic representation of the anisotropy of Young's modulus indicates that substitution of Au for Ni increases the anisotropy. All of the compound compositions examined are metallic and nonmagnetic. The electronic density of states manifests a conjoined peak between - 6 eV and - 4 eV hybridized by Au-d electrons and Sn-p electrons when the fraction of Au atom is above 14.29 at.% in Ni3Sn4.

  8. Nonlinear Elasticity of Borocarbide Superconductor YNi2B2C: A First-Principles Study

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    Lili Liu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available First-principles calculations combined with homogeneous deformation methods are used to investigate the second- and third-order elastic constants of YNi2B2C with tetragonal structure. The predicted lattice constants and second-order elastic constants of YNi2B2C agree well with the available data. The effective second-order elastic constants are obtained from the second- and third-order elastic constants for YNi2B2C. Based on the effective second-order elastic constants, Pugh’s modulus ratio, Poisson’s ratio, and Vickers hardness of YNi2B2C under high pressure are further investigated. It is shown that the ductility of YNi2B2C increases with increasing pressure.

  9. Thermal conductivities of phosphorene allotropes from first-principles calculations: a comparative study.

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    Zhang, J; Liu, H J; Cheng, L; Wei, J; Liang, J H; Fan, D D; Jiang, P H; Shi, J

    2017-07-04

    Phosphorene has attracted tremendous interest recently due to its intriguing electronic properties. However, the thermal transport properties of phosphorene, especially for its allotropes, are still not well-understood. In this work, we calculate the thermal conductivities of five phosphorene allotropes (α-, β-, γ-, δ- and ζ-phase) by using phonon Boltzmann transport theory combined with first-principles calculations. It is found that the α-phosphorene exhibits considerable anisotropic thermal transport, while it is less obvious in the other four phosphorene allotropes. The highest thermal conductivity is found in the β-phosphorene, followed by the δ-, γ- and ζ-phase. The much lower thermal conductivity of the ζ-phase can be attributed to its relatively complex atomic configuration. It is expected that the rich thermal transport properties of phosphorene allotropes can have potential applications in the thermoelectrics and thermal management.

  10. A first-principles study of sodium adsorption and diffusion on phosphorene.

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    Liu, Xiao; Wen, Yanwei; Chen, Zhengzheng; Shan, Bin; Chen, Rong

    2015-07-07

    The structural, electronic, electrochemical as well as diffusion properties of Na doped phosphorene have been investigated based on first-principles calculations. The strong binding energy between Na and phosphorene indicates that Na could be stabilized on the surface of phosphorene without clustering. By comparing the adsorption of Na atoms on one side and on both sides of phosphorene, it has been found that Na-Na exhibits strong repulsion at the Na-Na distance of less than 4.35 Å. The Na intercalation capacity is estimated to be 324 mA h g(-1) and the calculated discharge curve indicates quite a low Na(+)/Na voltage of phosphorene. Moreover, the diffusion energy barrier of Na atoms on the phosphorene surface at both low and high Na concentrations is as low as 40-63 meV, which implies the high mobility of Na during the charge/discharge process.

  11. Rational design of Nb-based alloys for hydrogen separation: A first principles study

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    Byungki Ryu

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the effect of alloying metal elements on hydrogen solubility and mechanical integrity of Nb-based alloys, Nb15M1 (where M = Ca–Zn, Ge, using first principles-based calculations. In general, the chemical interaction between the interstitial H and metal is weakened as the alloying element is changed from an early to a late transition metal, leading to lower H solubility and higher resistance to H embrittlement. This effect becomes more pronounced when a smaller alloying element is used due to stronger elastic interaction between interstitial H and metal atoms. These finding may provide scientific basis for rational design of Nb-based hydrogen separation membranes with tailored H solubility to effectively suppress H embrittlement while maintaining excellent hydrogen permeation rate.

  12. Polytypism in ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe: First-principles study

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    Boutaiba, F.

    2014-06-23

    We report results of first-principles calculations based on the projector augmented wave (PAW) method to explore the structural, thermodynamic, and electronic properties of cubic (3C) and hexagonal (6H, 4H, and 2H) polytypes of II-VI compounds: ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe. We find that the different bond stacking in II-VI polytypes remarkably influences the resulting physical properties. Furthermore, the degree of hexagonality is found to be useful to understand both the ground-state properties and the electronic structure of these compounds. The resulting lattice parameters, energetic stability, and characteristic band energies are in good agreement with available experimental data. Trends with hexagonality of the polytype are investigated.

  13. First-principles studies of doped InTaO4 for photo catalytic applications

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    Hyunju, Chang; Kijeong, Kong; Yong, Soo Choi; Youngmin, Choi; Jin-Ook, Baeg; Sang-Jin, Moon

    2006-01-01

    We have calculated electronic structure of InTaO 4 using first-principle method, in order to investigate the relationship between its electronic structures and visible light absorption. We have calculated densities of states (DOS) for various states of InTaO 4 , such as pristine, oxygen vacancy, Ni-doped, and A-doped (A = C, N, and S) states. We have found that oxygen vacancy can induce the gap states and Ni-doping can narrow the band gap by generating additional states on the top of the valence band as well as on the top of the gap states. For A-doped states, it was found that N-doping and S-doping could narrow the pristine band gap inducing the additional states above the pristine valence band, while C-doping can generate the gap states in the middle of the pristine band gap. (authors)

  14. Effect of ionic substitutions on the magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrite: A first principles study

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    Vivek Dixit

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effect of substitution of various ions at the Fe sites on magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19 using first principles method based on density functional theory. The site occupancies of substituted atoms were estimated by calculating the substitution energies of different configurations. The formation probabilities of configurations were used to calculate magnetic properties of substituted strontium hexaferrite. A total of 21 elements (M were screened for their possible substitution in strontium hexaferrite, SrFe12−xMxO19 with x = 0.5. In each case the site preference of the substituted atom and the magnetic properties were calculated. We found that Bi, Sb, Sn, and Sc can effectively increase the magnetization and P, Co, Al, Ga, and Ti can enhance the anisotropy field when substituted into strontium hexaferrite.

  15. Martensitic fcc-to-hcp transformations in solid xenon under pressure: a first-principles study.

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    Kim, Eunja; Nicol, Malcolm; Cynn, Hyunchae; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2006-01-27

    First-principles calculations reveal that the fcc-to-hcp pressure-induced transformation in solid xenon proceeds through two mechanisms between 5 and 70 GPa. The dynamics of the phase transition involves a sluggish stacking-disorder growth at lower pressures (path I) that changes to a path involving an orthorhombic distortion at higher pressures (path II). The switchover is governed by a delicate interplay of energetics (enthalpy of the system for the structural stability) and kinetics (energy barrier for the transition). The two types of martensitic transformations involved in this pressure-induced structural transformation are a twinned martensitic transition at lower pressures and a slipped martensitic transition at higher pressures.

  16. First-principles study of the effects of segregated Ga on an Al grain boundary

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    Zhang Ying; Lu Guanghong; Wang Tianmin; Deng Shenghua; Shu Xiaolin; Kohyama, Masanori; Yamamoto, Ryoichi

    2006-01-01

    The effects of different amounts of segregated Ga (substitutional) on an Al grain boundary have been investigated by using a first-principles pseudopotential method. The segregated Ga is found to draw charge from the surrounding Al due to the electronegativity difference between Ga and Al, leading to a charge density reduction between Ga and Al as well as along the Al grain boundary. Such an effect can be enhanced by increasing the Ga segregation amount. With further Ga segregated, in addition to the charge-drawing effect that occurs in the Al-Ga interface, a heterogeneous α-Ga-like phase can form in the grain boundary, which greatly alters the boundary structure. These effects are suggested to be responsible for Ga-induced Al intergranular embrittlement

  17. Tailoring graphene magnetism by zigzag triangular holes: A first-principles thermodynamics study

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    Muhammad Ejaz Khan

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We discuss the thermodynamic stability and magnetic property of zigzag triangular holes (ZTHs in graphene based on the results of first-principles density functional theory calculations. We find that ZTHs with hydrogen-passivated edges in mixed sp2/sp3 configurations (z211 could be readily available at experimental thermodynamic conditions, but ZTHs with 100% sp2 hydrogen-passivation (z1 could be limitedly available at high temperature and ultra-high vacuum conditions. Graphene magnetization near the ZTHs strongly depends on the type and the size of the triangles. While metallic z1 ZTHs exhibit characteristic edge magnetism due to the same-sublattice engineering, semiconducting z211 ZTHs do show characteristic corner magnetism when the size is small <2 nm. Our findings could be useful for experimentally tailoring metal-free carbon magnetism by simply fabricating triangular holes in graphene.

  18. Experimental and first-principles study of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped zinc stannate nanowires

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    Deng, Rui

    2013-07-17

    Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in Mn-doped zinc stannate (ZTO:Mn) nanowires, which were prepared by chemical vapor transport. Structural and magnetic properties and Mn chemical states of ZTO:Mn nanowires were investigated by X-ray diffraction, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Manganese predominantly existed as Mn2+ and substituted for Zn (Mn Zn) in ZTO:Mn. This conclusion was supported by first-principles calculations. MnZn in ZTO:Mn had a lower formation energy than that of Mn substituted for Sn (MnSn). The nearest neighbor MnZn in ZTO stabilized ferromagnetic coupling. This observation supported the experimental results. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

  19. Energy band modulation of graphane by hydrogen-vacancy chains: A first-principles study

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    Bi-Ru Wu

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available We investigated a variety of configurations of hydrogen-vacancy chains in graphane by first-principles density functional calculation. We found that graphane with two zigzag H-vacancy chains segregated by one or more H chain is generally a nonmagnetic conductor or has a negligible band gap. However, the same structure is turned into a semiconductor and generates a magnetic moment if either one or both of the vacancy chains are blocked by isolated H atoms. If H-vacancy chains are continuously distributed, the structure is similar to a zigzag graphene nanoribbon embedded in graphane. It was also found that the embedded zigzag graphene nanoribbon is antiferromagnetic, and isolated H atoms left in the 2-chain nanoribbon can tune the band gap and generate net magnetic moments. Similar effects are also obtained if bare carbon atoms are present outside the nanoribbon. These results are useful for designing graphene-based nanoelectronic circuits.

  20. First-principles study of gas adsorption on γ-graphyne

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    Zhang, Peng; Song, Quan; Zhuang, Jun; Ning, Xi-Jing

    2017-12-01

    Inspired by recent successes in the development of graphene-based gas sensors capable of single gas molecule detection, we investigate the adsorption of gas molecules (NO, NO2, NH3, CO, SO2 and H2S) on γ-graphyne which has an energy gap of 0.49 eV via first-principle calculations. The results show that the adsorption of NO (or NO2) at an adsorption density of above 2% (or 4%) can change the graphyne from semiconductor to semimetal or metal, while the other molecules have little effect on the energy gap, suggesting that γ-graphyne can be used as sensitive sensor for selectively detecting NO2 or NO molecules.

  1. First-principles study of the structural and electronic properties of ultrathin silver nanowires

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    Ma, Liang-Cai; Ma, Ling; Lin, Xue-Ling; Yang, You-Zhen; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2015-12-01

    By using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory, we have systematically investigated the equilibrium structure, stability and electronic properties of silver nanowires (AgNWs) with dimer, triangular, square, pentagonal and hexagonal cross-section. It is found that, using the string tension criterion, for the triangular and square AgNWs with small diameters the preferred structures should be the hollow one with staggered configuration, while for the pentagonal and hexagonal AgNWs with bigger diameters the preferred structures should be the staggered ones which contain a linear chain along the wire axis passes through the center of the polygons, where each chain atom is just located at a point equidistant from the planes of polygons. Electronic band structures and density of states calculations show that the AgNWs with different structures exhibit metallic behavior. Charge density contours show that there is an enhanced interatomic interaction in AgNWs compared with Ag bulk.

  2. First-principles study of direct and indirect optical absorption in BaSnO3

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    Kang, Youngho; Peelaers, Hartwin; Krishnaswamy, Karthik; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2018-02-01

    We report first-principles results for the electronic structure and the optical absorption of perovskite BaSnO3 (BSO). BSO has an indirect fundamental gap, and hence, both direct and indirect transitions need to be examined. We assess direct absorption by calculations of the dipole matrix elements. The phonon-assisted indirect absorption spectrum at room temperature is calculated using a quasiclassical approach. Our analysis provides important insights into the optical properties of BSO and addresses several inconsistencies in the results of optical absorption experiments. We shed light on the variety of bandgap values that have been previously reported, concluding that the indirect gap is 2.98 eV and the direct gap is 3.46 eV.

  3. Electronic structure of carbon doped boron nitride nanotubes: a first-principles study.

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    Kahaly, Mousumi Upadhyay; Waghmare, Umesh V

    2008-08-01

    We determine atomic and electronic structures of arm-chair and zigzag boron nitride nanotubes (BN-NTs) of different diameters using first-principles pseudopotential-based density functional theory calculations. We find that the structure of BN-NTs in bundled form is slightly different from that of the isolated BN-NTs, reflecting on the inter-tube interactions. Effects of carbon doping on the electronic structure of (5,5) and (5,0) BN-NTs are determined: carbon substitution either at B-site, being energetically very stable, or at N-site can yield magnetically polarized semiconducting state, whereas carbon substitution at neighbouring B and N sites yields a non-magnetic insulating structure.

  4. First-principles study of half-metallic ferromagnetism in Zn1-xCrxSe

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    Ge Xinfeng; Zhang Yuanmin

    2009-01-01

    The first-principles full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method within the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation functional is used to investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Zn 1-x Cr x Se (x=0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0). We find that Zn 1-x Cr x Se exhibits a half-metallic characteristic, and the ferromagnetic state is more favourable in energy than the antiferromagnetic state. The calculated total magnetic moment of Zn 1-x Cr x Se per Cr atom is 4.00 μ B , which mainly arises from the Cr atom with a little contribution from the Se and Zn atoms. Furthermore, the robustness of half-metallicity with respect to the variation of lattice constants of Zn 1-x Cr x Se is discussed

  5. First-principles study of electronic and magnetic properties of BiNiO3

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    Cai, M. Q.; Yang, G. W.; Cao, Y. L.; Yu, W. H.; Wang, L. L.; Wang, Y. G.

    2007-06-01

    First-principles calculations on the electronic and magnetic properties of BiNiO3 reveal that the G-type antiferromagnetic structure with the insulating ground state is more stable than other possible configurations. The hybridization of Ni-O and Bi-O leads to the reduction of the spin magnetic moment to 1.67μB in comparison with the Ni2+ d8 configuration of 2μB. The band gap of the antiferromagnetic insulating ground state is predicted to be 0.68eV. The antiferromagnetic interaction induces the localized spins to be S =1 in the G-antiferromagnetic structure of BiNiO3.

  6. First-principles study of point defects in zinc blende structure AlSb

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    Bao Xiuli; Tao Ye; Ran Yangqiang

    2013-01-01

    The electronic structures of AlSb with vacancy defects were calculated by using density functional theory (DFT) based on the first-principle ultrasoft pseudopotentials method. The results show that the vacancy results in the local lattice distortion and the relaxation of neighboring atoms. Then vacancy effects on electronic the structure of zinc blende structure AlSb were analyzed. The results reveal that Al vacancy causes Fermi level to a lower energy, narrowing the band gap, while Sb vacancy causes Fermi level to a higher energy, narrowing the band gap and changing the semiconductor type of AlSb from p-type to n-type. The optical properties of AlSb with vacancies were investigated. The results indicate that the changes on optical properties mainly focus on low-energy region because of the electronic structure of atom neighboring vacancy. (authors)

  7. Effect of stacking faults on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of hcp Co: a first-principles study.

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    Aas, C J; Szunyogh, L; Evans, R F L; Chantrell, R W

    2013-07-24

    In terms of the fully relativistic screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method we investigate the effect of stacking faults on the magnetic properties of hexagonal close-packed (hcp) cobalt. In particular, we consider the formation energy and the effect on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) of four different stacking faults in hcp cobalt-an intrinsic growth fault, an intrinsic deformation fault, an extrinsic fault and a twin-like fault. We find that the intrinsic growth fault has the lowest formation energy, in good agreement with previous first-principles calculations. With the exception of the intrinsic deformation fault which has a positive impact on the MAE, we find that the presence of a stacking fault generally reduces the MAE of bulk Co. Finally, we consider a pair of intrinsic growth faults and find that their effect on the MAE is not additive, but synergic.

  8. First-principles thermodynamics study of phase stability in inorganic halide perovskite solid solutions

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    Bechtel, Jonathon S.; Van der Ven, Anton

    2018-04-01

    Halide substitution gives rise to a tunable band gap as a function of composition in halide perovskite materials. However, photoinduced phase segregation, observed at room temperature in mixed halide A Pb (IxBr1-x) 3 systems, limits open circuit voltages and decreases photovoltaic device efficiencies. We investigate equilibrium phase stability of orthorhombic P n m a γ -phase CsM (XxY1-x) 3 perovskites where M is Pb or Sn, and X and Y are Br, Cl, or I. Finite-temperature phase diagrams are constructed using a cluster expansion effective Hamiltonian parameterized from first-principles density-functional-theory calculations. Solid solution phases for CsM (IxBr1-x) 3 and CsM (BrxCl1-x) 3 are predicted to be stable well below room temperature while CsM (IxCl1-x) 3 systems have miscibility gaps that extend above 400 K. The height of the miscibility gap correlates with the difference in volume between end members. Also layered ground states are found on the convex hull at x =2 /3 for CsSnBr2Cl ,CsPbI2Br , and CsPbBrCl2. The impact of these ground states on the finite temperature phase diagram is discussed in the context of the experimentally observed photoinduced phase segregation.

  9. Hydrogen and fluorine co-decorated silicene: A first principles study of piezoelectric properties

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    Noor-A-Alam, Mohammad; Kim, Hye Jung; Shin, Young-Han

    2015-01-01

    A low-buckled silicene monolayer being centrosymmetric like graphene, in contrast to a piezoelectric hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), is not intrinsically piezoelectric. However, based on first principles calculations, we show that chemical co-decoration of hydrogen (H) and fluorine (F) on opposite sides of silicene (i.e., one side is decorated with H, while the other one is with F) breaks the centrosymmetry. Redistributing the charge density due to the electronegativity difference between the atoms, non-centrosymmetric co-decoration induces an out-of-plane dipolar polarization and concomitant piezoelectricity into non-piezoelectric silicene monolayer. Our piezoelectric coefficients are comparable with other known two-dimensional piezoelectric materials (e.g., hydrofluorinated graphene/h-BN) and some bulk semiconductors, such as wurtzite GaN and wurtzite BN. Moreover, because of silicene's lower elastic constants compared to graphene or h-BN, piezoelectric strain constants are found significantly larger than those of hydrofluorinated graphene/h-BN. We also predict that a wide range of band gaps with an average of 2.52 eV can be opened in a low-buckled gapless semi-metallic silicene monolayer by co-decoration of H and F atoms on the surface

  10. First-Principles Study of Phosphorene and Graphene Heterostructure as Anode Materials for Rechargeable Li Batteries.

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    Guo, Gen-Cai; Wang, Da; Wei, Xiao-Lin; Zhang, Qi; Liu, Hao; Lau, Woon-Ming; Liu, Li-Min

    2015-12-17

    There is a great desire to develop the high-efficient anodes materials for Li batteries, which require not only large capacity but also high stability and mobility. In this work, the phosphorene/graphene heterostructure (P/G) was carefully explored based on first-principles calculations. The binding energy of Li on the pristine phosphorene is relatively weak (within 1.9 eV), whereas the phosphorene/graphene heterostructure (P/G) can greatly improve the binding energy (2.6 eV) without affecting the high mobility of Li within the layers. The electronic structures show that the large Li adsorption energy and fast diffusion ability of the P/G origin from the interfacial synergy effect. Interestingly, the P/G also displays ultrahigh stiffness (Cac = 350 N/m, Czz = 464 N/m), which can effectively avoid the distortion of the pristine phosphorene after the insertion of lithium. Thus, P/G can greatly enhance the cycle life of the battery. Owing to the high capacity, good conductivity, excellent Li mobility, and ultrahigh stiffness, P/G is a very promising anode material in Li-ion batteries (LIBs).

  11. Phosphorene as an anode material for Na-ion batteries: a first-principles study.

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    Kulish, Vadym V; Malyi, Oleksandr I; Persson, Clas; Wu, Ping

    2015-06-07

    We systematically investigate a novel two-dimensional nanomaterial, phosphorene, as an anode for Na-ion batteries. Using first-principles calculations, we determine the Na adsorption energy, specific capacity and Na diffusion barriers on monolayer phosphorene. We examine the main trends in the electronic structure and mechanical properties as a function of Na concentration. We find a favorable Na-phosphorene interaction with a high theoretical Na storage capacity. We find that Na-phosphorene undergoes semiconductor-metal transition at high Na concentration. Our results show that Na diffusion on phosphorene is fast and anisotropic with an energy barrier of only 0.04 eV. Owing to its high capacity, good stability, excellent electrical conductivity and high Na mobility, monolayer phosphorene is a very promising anode material for Na-ion batteries. The calculated performance in terms of specific capacity and diffusion barriers is compared to other layered 2D electrode materials, such as graphene, MoS2, and polysilane.

  12. Doping effects on the electronic properties of armchair phosphorene nanoribbons: A first-principles study

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    Zhou, Wenzhe; Zou, Hui; Xiong, Xiang; Zhou, Yu; Liu, Rutie; Ouyang, Fangping

    2017-10-01

    On the basis of first-principles density functional theory, the different electronic structures of marginal or central doped armchair phosphorene nanoribbons with various species were calculated. It was found that the bonds between the foreign atoms and the adjacent P atoms are energetically more stable for central doping. The electronic properties of the doped ribbons are strongly related to the valence electron number of foreign atoms. B-, N-, F-, Al-doped (type Ⅰ) armchair phosphorene nanoribbons remain nonmagnetic semiconductors. The bandgap of the central doped nanoribbons is larger than that of the marginal doped nanoribbons. C, O, Si, S doping (type Ⅱ) at the edge introduce about 1 μB delocalized magnetic moment, while significantly decreasing for central doping, which is associated with electron transferring from foreign atoms to neighboring P atoms. The magnetism introduced by type Ⅱ dopants is provided by multiple orbits between the foreign atoms and the adjacent P atoms and delocalized on the edge for marginal doping. These results prove that the presence and the location of isolated electrons are both important factors for modulation of magnetic properties of armchair phosphorene nanoribbons through substitutional doping.

  13. Rectification of graphene self-switching diodes: First-principles study

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    Ghaziasadi, Hassan; Jamasb, Shahriar; Nayebi, Payman; Fouladian, Majid

    2018-05-01

    The first principles calculations based on self-consistent charge density functional tight-binding have performed to investigate the electrical properties and rectification behavior of the graphene self-switching diodes (GSSD). The devices contained two structures called CG-GSSD and DG-GSSD which have metallic or semiconductor gates depending on their side gates have a single or double hydrogen edge functionalized. We have relaxed the devices and calculated I-V curves, transmission spectrums and maximum rectification ratios. We found that the DG-MSM devices are more favorable and more stable. Also, the DG-MSM devices have better maximum rectification ratios and current. Moreover, by changing the side gates widths and behaviors from semiconductor to metal, the threshold voltages under forward bias changed from +1.2 V to +0.3 V. Also, the maximum currents are obtained from 1.12 μA to 10.50 μA. Finally, the MSM and SSS type of all devices have minimum and maximum values of voltage threshold and maximum rectification ratios, but the 769-DG devices don't obey this rule.

  14. Palladium nanoparticles/defective graphene composites as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Xin

    2012-02-02

    The impact of graphene substrate-Pd nanoparticle interaction on the O, OH, and OOH adsorption that is directly related to the electrocatalytic performance of these composites in oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) has been investigated by first-principles-based calculations. The calculated binding energy of a Pd 13 nanoparticle on a single vacancy graphene is as high as -6.10 eV, owing to the hybridization between the dsp states of the Pd particles with the sp 2 dangling bonds at the defect sites. The strong interaction results in the averaged d-band center of the deposited Pd nanoparticles shifted away from the Fermi level from -1.02 to -1.45 eV. Doping the single vacancy graphene with B or N will further tune the average d-band center and also the activity of the composite toward O, OH, and OOH adsorption. The adsorption energies of O, OH, and OOH are reduced from -4.78, -4.38, and -1.56 eV on the freestanding Pd 13 nanoparticle to -4.57, -2.66, and -1.39 eV on Pd 13/single vacancy graphene composites, showing that the defective graphene substrate will not only stabilize the Pd nanoparticles but also reduce the adsorption energies of the O-containing species to the Pd particle, and so as the poisoning of the ORR active sites. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  15. Non-metallic dopant modulation of conductivity in substoichiometric tantalum pentoxide: A first-principles study

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    Bondi, Robert J.; Fox, Brian P.; Marinella, Matthew J.

    2017-06-01

    We apply density-functional theory calculations to predict dopant modulation of electrical conductivity (σo) for seven dopants (C, Si, Ge, H, F, N, and B) sampled at 18 quantum molecular dynamics configurations of five independent insertion sites into two (high/low) baseline references of σo in amorphous Ta2O5, where each reference contains a single, neutral O vacancy center (VO0). From this statistical population (n = 1260), we analyze defect levels, physical structure, and valence charge distributions to characterize nanoscale modification of the atomistic structure in local dopant neighborhoods. C is the most effective dopant at lowering Ta2Ox σo, while also exhibiting an amphoteric doping behavior by either donating or accepting charge depending on the host oxide matrix. Both B and F robustly increase Ta2Ox σo, although F does so through elimination of Ta high charge outliers, while B insertion conversely creates high charge O outliers through favorable BO3 group formation, especially in the low σo reference. While N applications to dope and passivate oxides are prevalent, we found that N exacerbates the stochasticity of σo we sought to mitigate; sensitivity to the N insertion site and some propensity to form N-O bond chemistries appear responsible. We use direct first-principles predictions of σo to explore feasible Ta2O5 dopants to engineer improved oxides with lower variance and greater repeatability to advance the manufacturability of resistive memory technologies.

  16. First principles study of the electronic structure and magnetic properties of YFeO3 oxide

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    Stoeffler, D.; Chaker, Z.

    2017-11-01

    The electronic structure and the magnetic properties of the multiferroic YFeO3 perovskite are investigated using two different first principles methods based on the Density Functional Theory with the so-called Hubbard correction. The results obtained with both the Projector Augmented Wave method implemented into the Vienna Ab inito Simulation Package and the Full-potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave method implemented into FLEUR are compared to investigate the impact of the use of large Hubbard parameter UFe values allowing to get a reasonable bandgap. It is shown that both approaches lead to very similar results as long as the majority spin Fe d states remain hybridized with the O p states; this being the case up to UFe values around 4 eV. For larger UFe values, when the majority spin Fe d states are strongly localized and weakly hybridized with the O states, different crystal field splittings behaviors are obtained leading us to the conclusion that such large UFe values should be use with care. In addition, including the Spin-Orbit coupling contribution, the weakly canted antiferromagnetic structure is investigated and it is shown that the canting decreases when UFe is increased. Finally, the comparison with a method, taking the self-energy of the electrons (the GW approximation) into account, shows that even using small UFe values results in large distortion of the occupied part of the band structure for this particular system.

  17. First-principles studies of electronic, transport and bulk properties of pyrite FeS2

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    Banjara, Dipendra; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Franklin, LaShounda; Bagayoko, Diola

    2018-02-01

    We present results from first principle, local density approximation (LDA) calculations of electronic, transport, and bulk properties of iron pyrite (FeS2). Our non-relativistic computations employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. The implementation of the LCAO formalism followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW) method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). We discuss the electronic energy bands, total and partial densities of states, electron effective masses, and the bulk modulus. Our calculated indirect band gap of 0.959 eV (0.96), using an experimental lattice constant of 5.4166 Å, at room temperature, is in agreement with the measured indirect values, for bulk samples, ranging from 0.84 eV to 1.03 ± 0.05 eV. Our calculated bulk modulus of 147 GPa is practically in agreement with the experimental value of 145 GPa. The calculated, partial densities of states reproduced the splitting of the Fe d bands to constitute the dominant upper most valence and lower most conduction bands, separated by the generally accepted, indirect, experimental band gap of 0.95 eV.

  18. First-principles studies of electronic, transport and bulk properties of pyrite FeS2

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    Dipendra Banjara

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available We present results from first principle, local density approximation (LDA calculations of electronic, transport, and bulk properties of iron pyrite (FeS2. Our non-relativistic computations employed the Ceperley and Alder LDA potential and the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO formalism. The implementation of the LCAO formalism followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams (BZW method, as enhanced by Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF. We discuss the electronic energy bands, total and partial densities of states, electron effective masses, and the bulk modulus. Our calculated indirect band gap of 0.959 eV (0.96, using an experimental lattice constant of 5.4166 Å, at room temperature, is in agreement with the measured indirect values, for bulk samples, ranging from 0.84 eV to 1.03 ± 0.05 eV. Our calculated bulk modulus of 147 GPa is practically in agreement with the experimental value of 145 GPa. The calculated, partial densities of states reproduced the splitting of the Fe d bands to constitute the dominant upper most valence and lower most conduction bands, separated by the generally accepted, indirect, experimental band gap of 0.95 eV.

  19. Hydrogenated and halogenated blue phosphorene as Dirac materials: A first principles study

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    Sun, Minglei [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 211189 (China); Wang, Sake [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210096 (China); Yu, Jin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 211189 (China); Tang, Wencheng, E-mail: 101000185@seu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 211189 (China)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • The fully hydrogenated and halogenated blue phosphorenes are 2D Dirac materials. • The Dirac cone in fluorinated and iodinated blue phosphorenes lies exactly at the Fermi level. • The mass density of hydrogenated and fluorinated blue phosphorenes is rather small. - Abstract: Using first-principles calculations, we systematically investigate the structures and electronic properties of fully hydrogenated and halogenated blue phosphorene (P{sub 2}X{sub 2}). All these systems possess Dirac cone at high-symmetry K point, which are mainly contributed by P s p{sub x} p{sub y} orbitals. The Dirac cone in P{sub 2}F{sub 2} and P{sub 2}I{sub 2} systems lies exactly at the Fermi level. Formation energy analysis denotes that all the systems are energetically stable except P{sub 2}I{sub 2}. The mass density for P{sub 2}H{sub 2} and P{sub 2}F{sub 2} systems is rather small. Our calculations proposed that these systems, especially P{sub 2}F{sub 2} system, have great potential applications in future nanoelectronics.

  20. A First-Principle Study of B- and P-Doped Silicon Quantum Dots

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    Jieqiong Zeng

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Doping of silicon quantum dots (Si QDs is important for realizing the potential applications of Si QDs in the fields of Si QDs-based all-Si tandem solar cells, thin-film transistors, and optoelectronic devices. Based on the first-principle calculations, structural and electronic properties of hydrogen terminated Si QDs doped with single Boron (B or phosphorus (P are investigated. It is found out that the structural distortion induced by impurity doping is related to the impurity characteristic, impurity position, and the QD size according to the structural analysis. The relative energetic stability of Si QDs with a single impurity in different locations has been discussed, too Furthermore, our calculations of the band structure and electronic densities of state (DOS associated with the considered Si QDs show that impurity doping will introduce impurity states within the energy gap, and spin split occurs for some configurations. A detailed analysis of the influences of impurity position and QD size on the impurity levels has been made, too.

  1. Oxygen vacancy effects in HfO2-based resistive switching memory: First principle study

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    Yuehua Dai

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The work investigated the shape and orientation of oxygen vacancy clusters in HfO2-base resistive random access memory (ReRAM by using the first-principle method based on the density functional theory. Firstly, the formation energy of different local Vo clusters was calculated in four established orientation systems. Then, the optimized orientation and charger conductor shape were identified by comparing the isosurface plots of partial charge density, formation energy, and the highest isosurface value of oxygen vacancy. The calculated results revealed that the [010] orientation was the optimal migration path of Vo, and the shape of system D4 was the best charge conductor in HfO2, which effectively influenced the SET voltage, formation voltage and the ON/OFF ratio of the device. Afterwards, the PDOS of Hf near Vo and total density of states of the system D4_010 were obtained, revealing the composition of charge conductor was oxygen vacancy instead of metal Hf. Furthermore, the migration barriers of the Vo hopping between neighboring unit cells were calculated along four different orientations. The motion was proved along [010] orientation. The optimal circulation path for Vo migration in the HfO2 super-cell was obtained.

  2. First-principles study of magnetism in Pd3Fe under pressure

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    Dutta, Biswanath; Bhandary, Sumanta; Ghosh, Subhradip; Sanyal, Biplab

    2012-07-01

    Recent experiments on Pd3Fe intermetallics [M. L. Winterrose , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.102.237202 102, 237202 (2009)] have revealed that the system behaves like a classical invar alloy under high pressure. The experimental pressure-volume relation suggests an anomalous volume collapse and a substantial increase in bulk modulus around the pressure where invar behavior is observed. With the help of first-principles density functional theory based calculations, we have explored various magnetic phases (ferromagnetic, fully and partially disordered local moment, spin spiral) in order to understand the effect of pressure on magnetism. Our calculations reveal that the system does not undergo a transition from a ferromagnetic to a spin-disordered state, as was thought to be the possible mechanism to explain the invar behavior of this system. We rather suggest that the anomaly in the system could possibly be due to the transition from a collinear state to noncollinear magnetic states upon the application of pressure.

  3. Diffusion Mechanisms of Ag atom in ZnO crystal: A First Principles Study

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    Masoumi, Saeed; Noori, Amirreza; Nadimi, Ebrahim

    2017-12-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is currently under intensive investigation, as a result of its various applications in micro, nano and optoelectronics. However, a stable and reproducible p-type doping of ZnO is still a main challenging issue. Group IB elements such as Au, Cu and Ag, are promising candidates for p-type doping. Particularly, Ag atoms has been shown to be able to easily diffuse through the crystal structure of ZnO and lead to the p-type doping of the host crystal. However, the current understanding of Ag defects and their mobility in the ZnO crystal is still not fully explored. In this work, we report the results of our first-principles calculations based on density functional theory for Ag defects, particularly the interstitial and substitutional defects in ZnO crystal. Defect formation energies are calculated in different charged states as a function of Fermi energy in order to clarify the p-type behaviour of Ag-doped ZnO. We also investigate the diffusion behaviour and migration paths of Ag in ZnO crystal in the framework of density functional theory applying climbing image (CI) nudged elastic band method (NEB).

  4. First-principles study of γ-ray detector materials in perovskite halides

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    Im, Jino; Jin, Hosub; Stoumpos, Constantinos; Chung, Duck; Liu, Zhifu; Peters, John; Wessels, Bruce; Kanatzidis, Mercouri; Freeman, Arthur

    2013-03-01

    In an effort to search for good γ-ray detector materials, perovskite halide compounds containing heavy elements were investigated. Despite the three-dimensional network of the corner shared octahedra and the extended nature of the outermost shell, its strong ionic character leads to a large band gap, which is one of the essential criteria for γ-ray detector materials. Thus, considering high density and high atomic number, these pervoskite halides are possible candidate for γ-ray detector materials. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate electronic structures and thermodynamic properties of intrinsic defects in the selected perovskite halide, CsPbBr3. The screened-exchange local density approximation scheme was employed to correct the underestimation of the band gap in the LDA method. As a result, the calculated band gap of CsPbBr3 is found to be suitable for γ-ray detection. Furthermore, defect formation energy calculations allow us to predict thermodynamic and electronic properties of possible intrinsic defects, which affect detector efficiency and energy resolution. Supported by the office of Nonproliferation and Verification R &D under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357

  5. First-principles study of the elastic and thermodynamic properties of thorium hydrides at high pressure

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    Xiao-Lin, Zhang; Yuan-Yuan, Wu; Xiao-Hong, Shao; Yong, Lu; Ping, Zhang

    2016-05-01

    The high pressure behaviors of Th4H15 and ThH2 are investigated by using the first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT). From the energy-volume relations, the bct phase of ThH2 is more stable than the fcc phase at ambient conditions. At high pressure, the bct ThH2 and bcc Th4H15 phases are more brittle than they are at ambient pressure from the calculated elastic constants and the Poisson ratio. The thermodynamic stability of the bct phase ThH2 is determined from the calculated phonon dispersion. In the pressure domain of interest, the phonon dispersions of bcc Th4H15 and bct ThH2 are positive, indicating the dynamical stability of these two phases, while the fcc ThH2 is unstable. The thermodynamic properties including the lattice vibration energy, entropy, and specific heat are predicted for these stable phases. The vibrational free energy decreases with the increase of the temperature, and the entropy and the heat capacity are proportional to the temperature and inversely proportional to the pressure. As the pressure increases, the resistance to the external pressure is strengthened for Th4H15 and ThH2. Project supported by the Long-Term Subsidy Mechanism from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education of China.

  6. Arsenene as a promising candidate for NO and NO{sub 2} sensor: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Can [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023 (China); Key Laboratory of Radio Frequency and Micro-Nano Electronics of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu (China); Liu, Chun-Sheng, E-mail: csliu@njupt.edu.cn [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023 (China); Key Laboratory of Radio Frequency and Micro-Nano Electronics of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu (China); Yan, Xiaohong [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023 (China); Key Laboratory of Radio Frequency and Micro-Nano Electronics of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu (China); College of Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211106 (China)

    2017-03-26

    Based on first-principles calculations, we have studied the adsorption of CO, CO{sub 2}, N{sub 2}, NH{sub 3}, NO and NO{sub 2} molecules on the pristine arsenene monolayer. These gas molecules are held by an interaction that is intermediate between the physisorbed and chemisorbed states. Furthermore, the adsorption of NO and NO{sub 2} can produce a noticeable modifications of the density of states near the Fermi level. Interestingly, only the adsorption of NO and NO{sub 2} can lead to a magnetic moment of 1 μB. Therefore, our results can provide a theoretical basis for the potential applications of arsenene monolayer in gas sensing with electrical and magnetic methods. - Highlights: • A new type of two-dimensional single element semiconductor. • Investigated by first-principles calculations. • Easy desorption and good reversibility. • Gas sensing with electrical and magnetic methods.

  7. Structural and Mechanical Properties of TiN-TiC-TiO System: First Principle Study

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    Farhadizadeh, Ali Reza; Amadeh, Ahmad Ali; Ghomi, Hamidreza

    2017-11-01

    Mechanical and structural properties of ternary system of TiN-TiO-TiC are investigated using first principle methods. 70 different compositions of Ti 100 (NOC) 100 with cubic structure are examined in order to illustrate the trend of properties variations. The geometry of compounds is optimized, and then, their chemical stability is assessed. Afterward, shear, bulk and young moduli, Cauchy pressure, Zener ratio, hardness and {H}3/{E}2 ratio are computed based on elastic constants. Graphical ternary diagram is used to represent the trend of such properties when the content of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon varies. The results show that incorporation of oxygen into the system decreases the hardness and {H}3/{E}2 ratio while subsequently ductility increases due to positive Cauchy pressure. It is revealed that the maximum {H}3/{E}2 ratio occurs when both nitrogen and carbon with a little amount of oxygen are incorporated. Ti 100 N 30 C 70 owns the highest hardness and {H}3/{E}2 ratio equal to 39.5 and 0.2 GPa, respectively. In addition, the G/B of this compound, which is about 0.9, shows it is brittle. It is also observed that the solid solutions have better mechanical properties with respect to titanium nitride and titanium carbide. The obtained results could be used to enhance monolayer coatings as well as to design multilayers with specific mechanical properties. The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of University of Tehran Science and Technology Park for this research under Grant No. 94061

  8. Retention of contaminants Cd and Hg adsorbed and intercalated in aluminosilicate clays: A first principles study.

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    Crasto de Lima, F D; Miwa, R H; Miranda, Caetano R

    2017-11-07

    Layered clay materials have been used to incorporate transition metal (TM) contaminants. Based on first-principles calculations, we have examined the energetic stability and the electronic properties due to the incorporation of Cd and Hg in layered clay materials, kaolinite (KAO) and pyrophyllite (PYR). The TM can be (i) adsorbed on the clay surface as well as (ii) intercalated between the clay layers. For the intercalated case, the contaminant incorporation rate can be optimized by controlling the interlayer spacing of the clay, namely, pillared clays. Our total energy results reveal that the incorporation of the TMs can be maximized through a suitable tuning of vertical distance between the clay layers. Based on the calculated TM/clay binding energies and the Langmuir absorption model, we estimate the concentrations of the TMs. Further kinetic properties have been examined by calculating the activation energies, where we found energy barriers of ∼20 and ∼130 meV for adsorbed and intercalated cases, respectively. The adsorption and intercalation of ionized TM adatoms were also considered within the deprotonated KAO surface. This also leads to an optimal interlayer distance which maximizes the TM incorporation rate. By mapping the total charge transfers at the TM/clay interface, we identify a net electronic charge transfer from the TM adatoms to the topmost clay surface layer. The effect of such a charge transfer on the electronic structure of the clay (host) has been examined through a set of X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) simulations, characterizing the changes of the XANES spectra upon the presence of the contaminants. Finally, for the pillared clays, we quantify the Cd and Hg K-edge energy shifts of the TMs as a function of the interlayer distance between the clay layers and the Al K-edge spectra for the pristine and pillared clays.

  9. A first-principles study on the magnetic properties of nonmetal atom doped phosphorene monolayers.

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    Zheng, Huiling; Zhang, Jianmin; Yang, Baishun; Du, Xiaobo; Yan, Yu

    2015-07-07

    In order to induce magnetism in two-dimensional semiconductors for their applications in spintronic devices and novel chemical and electronic properties of semiconducting phosphorene, the geometrical structure, electronic and magnetic properties of doped phosphorene monolayers with a series of nonmetal atoms, including H, F, Cl, Br, I, B, C, Si, N, As, O, S and Se, were systematically investigated using first-principles calculations. The results show that although the substitutional doping of H, F, Cl, Br, I, B, N, O, S or Se results in large structural deformation at the doping sites of phosphorene monolayers, all neutral nonmetal atom doped systems are stable. The calculated formation energies reveal that the substitutional doping of numerous nonmetal atoms in phosphorene monolayer are possible under appropriate experimental conditions, and the charged dopants C(-), Si(-), S(+) and Se(+) are stable. Moreover, the substitutional doping of H, F, Cl, Br, I, B, N, As, C(-), Si(-), S(+) or Se(+) cannot induce magnetism in phosphorene monolayer due to the saturation or pairing of valence electrons of dopant and its neighboring P atoms, whereas ground states of neutral C, Si, O, S or Se doped systems are magnetic due to the appearance of an unpaired valence electron of C and Si or the formation of a nonbonding 3p electron of a neighboring P atom around O, S and Se. Furthermore, the magnetic coupling between the moments induced by two Si, O, S or Se are long-range anti-ferromagnetic and the coupling can be attributed to the hybridization interaction involving polarized electrons, whereas the coupling between the moments induced by two C is weak.

  10. Adsorption of formaldehyde molecule on the pristine and transition metal doped graphene: First-principles study

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    Chen, Xin [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Xu, Lei [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Liu, Lin-Lin; Zhao, Lu-Si; Chen, Chun-Ping [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (Jilin University), Changchun, 130012 (China); Zhang, Yong [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 (United States); Wang, Xiao-Chun, E-mail: wangxiaochun@jlu.edu.cn [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012 (China); Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (Jilin University), Changchun, 130012 (China)

    2017-02-28

    Highlights: • Formaldehyde molecule (H{sub 2}CO) is a common environmental pollutant with strong toxicity. • Total 36 different initial configurations of H{sub 2}CO molecule adsorbing onto three types of substrates have been investigated. • The Ti-doped graphene has the enough binding energy, significant changes in electronic structure, and reasonable short recovery time 10{sup −3} s. • The Ti-doped graphene is a promising candidate for detecting formaldehyde gas. - Abstract: The adsorption of H{sub 2}CO molecule on pristine and transition metal (Ti and V) doped graphene samples were investigated via a first-principles approach based on density functional theory. The most stable adsorption geometry, energy and charge transfer of H{sub 2}CO molecule on pristine and doped graphene are discussed respectively. We have found that Ti and V dopant atoms can significantly enhance the interaction between H{sub 2}CO molecule and graphene. The calculated net electron transfers, electronic density difference images and densities of states give the evidence that the H{sub 2}CO molecules stay on Ti (or V) – doped graphene by chemisorption. After H{sub 2}CO adsorption, there are significant changes in electronic structure near the Fermi level, for both two systems of Ti and V doped graphene. This indicates distinct changes of electron transport properties. We have also found that H{sub 2}CO molecule has a larger absorption energy on V-doped graphene (1.939 eV) compared with Ti-doped graphene (1.120 eV). It is shown that the Ti-doped graphene has enough binding energy, adequate changes in electronic structure and reasonable short recovery time 10{sup −3} s, making it a promising candidate for detecting formaldehyde gas.

  11. Retention of contaminants Cd and Hg adsorbed and intercalated in aluminosilicate clays: A first principles study

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    Crasto de Lima, F. D.; Miwa, R. H.; Miranda, Caetano R.

    2017-11-01

    Layered clay materials have been used to incorporate transition metal (TM) contaminants. Based on first-principles calculations, we have examined the energetic stability and the electronic properties due to the incorporation of Cd and Hg in layered clay materials, kaolinite (KAO) and pyrophyllite (PYR). The TM can be (i) adsorbed on the clay surface as well as (ii) intercalated between the clay layers. For the intercalated case, the contaminant incorporation rate can be optimized by controlling the interlayer spacing of the clay, namely, pillared clays. Our total energy results reveal that the incorporation of the TMs can be maximized through a suitable tuning of vertical distance between the clay layers. Based on the calculated TM/clay binding energies and the Langmuir absorption model, we estimate the concentrations of the TMs. Further kinetic properties have been examined by calculating the activation energies, where we found energy barriers of ˜20 and ˜130 meV for adsorbed and intercalated cases, respectively. The adsorption and intercalation of ionized TM adatoms were also considered within the deprotonated KAO surface. This also leads to an optimal interlayer distance which maximizes the TM incorporation rate. By mapping the total charge transfers at the TM/clay interface, we identify a net electronic charge transfer from the TM adatoms to the topmost clay surface layer. The effect of such a charge transfer on the electronic structure of the clay (host) has been examined through a set of X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) simulations, characterizing the changes of the XANES spectra upon the presence of the contaminants. Finally, for the pillared clays, we quantify the Cd and Hg K-edge energy shifts of the TMs as a function of the interlayer distance between the clay layers and the Al K-edge spectra for the pristine and pillared clays.

  12. First-principles study of crystalline and amorphous AlMgB{sub 14}-based materials

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    Ivashchenko, V. I.; Shevchenko, V. I., E-mail: shev@materials.kiev.ua [Institute of Problems of Material Science, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Krzhyzhanosky Str. 3, 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Turchi, P. E. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (L-352), P.O. Box 808, Livermore, California 94551 (United States); Veprek, S. [Department of Chemistry, Technical University Munich, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, D-85747 Garching (Germany); Leszczynski, Jerzy [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi 39217 (United States); Gorb, Leonid [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi 39217 (United States); Badger Technical Services, LLC, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180 (United States); Hill, Frances [U.S. Army ERDC, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180 (United States)

    2016-05-28

    We report first-principles investigations of crystalline and amorphous boron and M1{sub x}M2{sub y}X{sub z}B{sub 14−z} (M1, M2 = Al, Mg, Li, Na, Y; X = Ti, C, Si) phases (so-called “BAM” materials). Phase stability is analyzed in terms of formation energy and dynamical stability. The atomic configurations as well as the electronic and phonon density states of these phases are compared. Amorphous boron consists of distorted icosahedra, icosahedron fragments, and dioctahedra, connected by an amorphous network. The presence of metal atoms in amorphous BAM materials precludes the formation of icosahedra. For all the amorphous structures considered here, the Fermi level is located in the mobility gap independent of the number of valence electrons. The intra-icosahedral vibrations are localized in the range of 800 cm{sup −1}, whereas the inter-icosahedral vibrations appear at higher wavenumbers. The amorphization leads to an enhancement of the vibrations in the range of 1100–1250 cm{sup −1}. The mechanical properties of BAM materials are investigated at equilibrium and under shear and tensile strain. The anisotropy of the ideal shear and tensile strengths is explained in terms of a layered structure of the B{sub 12} units. The strength of amorphous BAM materials is lower than that of the crystalline counterparts because of the partial fragmentation of the boron icosahedra in amorphous structures. The strength enhancement found experimentally for amorphous boron-based films is very likely related to an increase in film density, and the presence of oxygen impurities. For crystalline BAM materials, the icosahedra are preserved during elongation upon tension as well as upon shear in the (010)[100] slip system.

  13. First-principles study of crystalline and amorphous AlMgB14-based materials

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    Ivashchenko, V. I.; Shevchenko, V. I.; Turchi, P. E. A.; Veprek, S.; Leszczynski, Jerzy; Gorb, Leonid; Hill, Frances

    2016-01-01

    We report first-principles investigations of crystalline and amorphous boron and M1 x M2 y X z B 14−z (M1, M2 = Al, Mg, Li, Na, Y; X = Ti, C, Si) phases (so-called “BAM” materials). Phase stability is analyzed in terms of formation energy and dynamical stability. The atomic configurations as well as the electronic and phonon density states of these phases are compared. Amorphous boron consists of distorted icosahedra, icosahedron fragments, and dioctahedra, connected by an amorphous network. The presence of metal atoms in amorphous BAM materials precludes the formation of icosahedra. For all the amorphous structures considered here, the Fermi level is located in the mobility gap independent of the number of valence electrons. The intra-icosahedral vibrations are localized in the range of 800 cm −1 , whereas the inter-icosahedral vibrations appear at higher wavenumbers. The amorphization leads to an enhancement of the vibrations in the range of 1100–1250 cm −1 . The mechanical properties of BAM materials are investigated at equilibrium and under shear and tensile strain. The anisotropy of the ideal shear and tensile strengths is explained in terms of a layered structure of the B 12 units. The strength of amorphous BAM materials is lower than that of the crystalline counterparts because of the partial fragmentation of the boron icosahedra in amorphous structures. The strength enhancement found experimentally for amorphous boron-based films is very likely related to an increase in film density, and the presence of oxygen impurities. For crystalline BAM materials, the icosahedra are preserved during elongation upon tension as well as upon shear in the (010)[100] slip system.

  14. First-principles study of high-conductance DNA sequencing with carbon nanotube electrodes

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    Chen, X.

    2012-03-26

    Rapid and cost-effective DNA sequencing at the single nucleotide level might be achieved by measuring a transverse electronic current as single-stranded DNA is pulled through a nanometer-sized pore. In order to enhance the electronic coupling between the nucleotides and the electrodes and hence the current signals, we employ a pair of single-walled close-ended (6,6) carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as electrodes. We then investigate the electron transport properties of nucleotides sandwiched between such electrodes by using first-principles quantum transport theory. In particular, we consider the extreme case where the separation between the electrodes is the smallest possible that still allows the DNA translocation. The benzene-like ring at the end cap of the CNT can strongly couple with the nucleobases and therefore it can both reduce conformational fluctuations and significantly improve the conductance. As such, when the electrodes are closely spaced, the nucleobases can pass through only with their base plane parallel to the plane of CNT end caps. The optimal molecular configurations, at which the nucleotides strongly couple to the CNTs, and which yield the largest transmission, are first identified. These correspond approximately to the lowest energy configurations. Then the electronic structures and the electron transport of these optimal configurations are analyzed. The typical tunneling currents are of the order of 50 nA for voltages up to 1 V. At higher bias, where resonant transport through the molecular states is possible, the current is of the order of several μA. Below 1 V, the currents associated to the different nucleotides are consistently distinguishable, with adenine having the largest current, guanine the second largest, cytosine the third and, finally, thymine the smallest. We further calculate the transmission coefficient profiles as the nucleotides are dragged along the DNA translocation path and investigate the effects of configurational variations

  15. Degradation of Alkali-Based Photocathodes from Exposure to Residual Gases: A First-Principles Study

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    Wang, Gaoxue; Batista, Enrique R.

    2017-01-01

    Photocathodes are a key component in the production of electron beams in systems such as X-ray free-electron lasers and X-ray energy-recovery linacs. Alkali-based materials display high quantum efficiency (QE), however, their QE undergoes degradation faster than metal photocathodes even in the high vacuum conditions where they operate. The high reactivity of alkali-based surfaces points to surface reactions with residual gases as one of the most important factors for the degradation of QE. In order to advance the understanding on the degradation of the QE, we investigated the surface reactivity of common residual gas molecules (e.g., O 2 , CO 2 , CO, H 2 O, N 2 , and H 2 ) on one of the best-known alkali-based photocathode materials, cesium antimonide (Cs 3 Sb), using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. Furthermore, the reaction sites, adsorption energy, and effect in the local electronic structure upon reaction of these molecules on (001), (110), and (111) surfaces of Cs 3 Sb were computed and analyzed. The adsorption energy of these molecules on Cs3Sb follows the trend of O 2 (-4.5 eV) > CO 2 (-1.9 eV) > H 2 O (-1.0 eV) > CO (-0.8 eV) > N 2 (-0.3 eV) ≈ H 2 (-0.2 eV), which agrees with experimental data on the effect of these gases on the degradation of QE. The interaction strength is determined by the charge transfer from the surfaces to the molecules. The adsorption and dissociation of O containing molecules modify the surface chemistry such as the composition, structure, charge distribution, surface dipole, and work function of Cs 3 Sb, resulting in the degradation of QE with exposure to O 2 , CO 2 , H 2 O, and CO.

  16. Adsorption and Diffusion of Lithium and Sodium on Defective Rhenium Disulfide: A First Principles Study.

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    Mukherjee, Sankha; Banwait, Avinav; Grixti, Sean; Koratkar, Nikhil; Singh, Chandra Veer

    2018-02-14

    Single-layer rhenium disulfide (ReS 2 ) is a unique material with distinctive, anisotropic electronic, mechanical, and optical properties and has the potential to be used as an anode in alkali-metal-ion batteries. In this work, first principles calculations were performed to systematically evaluate the potential of monolayer pristine and defective ReS 2 as anodes in lithium (Li)- and sodium (Na)-ion batteries. Our calculations suggest that there are several potential adsorption sites for Li and Na on pristine ReS 2 , owing to its low-symmetry structure. Additionally, the adsorption of Li and Na over pristine ReS 2 is very strong with adsorption energies of -2.28 and -1.71 eV, respectively. Interestingly, the presence of point defects causes significantly stronger binding of the alkali-metal atoms with adsorption energies in the range -2.98 to -3.17 eV for Li and -2.66 to -2.92 eV for Na. Re single vacancy was found to be the strongest binding defect for Li adsorption, whereas S single vacancy was found to be the strongest for Na. The diffusion of these two alkali atoms over pristine ReS 2 is anisotropic, with an energy barrier of 0.33 eV for Li and 0.16 eV for Na. The energy barriers associated with escaping a double vacancy and single vacancy for Li atoms are significantly large at 0.60 eV for the double-vacancy case and 0.51 eV for the single-vacancy case. Similarly, for Na, they are 0.59 and 0.47 eV, respectively, which indicates slower migration and sluggish charging/discharging. However, the diffusion energy barrier over a Re single vacancy is found to be merely 0.42 eV for a Li atom and 0.28 eV for Na. Overall, S single and double vacancies can reduce the diffusion rate by 10 3 -10 5 times for Li and Na ions, respectively. These results suggest that monolayer ReS 2 with a Re single vacancy adsorbs Li and Na stronger than pristine ReS 2 , with negligible negotiation with the charging/discharging rate of the battery, and therefore they can be used as an anode

  17. First-principles study of the contractive reconstruction of gold and silver monolayers on gold, silver and aluminum

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    Takeuchi, Noboru.

    1990-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations in conjunction with modeling techniques, the author has investigated the structures of Au and Ag monolayers on a number of metal surfaces. Au(100) has a c(26 x 68) surface unit cell and the reconstruction has been interpreted as the top layer transforming to a contracted hexagonal-close-packed layer, superimposed on the square lattice of the underlying substrate atoms. Similar reconstructions have been observed on the 5d fcc metals Ir and Pt, but not in the 4d Rh, Pd, and Ag. The author studied the energetics of a monolayer of Au and Ag using first-principles calculations. The author found that it is energetically favorable for both Au and Ag to transform from a square to hexagonal arrangement and to contract to a higher surface density, but Au gains substantially more energy than Ag. This is true both for a monolayer in isolation as well as on top of a jellium surface. The author also calculated the mismatch energy (energy loss when the top layer loses registry with the substrate) for Au and Ag, and found that Ag has a slightly higher mismatch energy. The first-principles results thus offer a strong indication that Au(100) can reconstruct but Ag will not. The reconstruction is further studied with a 2 dimensional Frenkel-Kontorowa model, with parameters extracted from the total energy calculations. The author found that it is indeed energetically favorable for the top layer of Au(100), but not for Ag, to transform to a hexagonal-close-packed structure and contract. 85 refs., 34 figs., 8 tabs

  18. A first-principles study of the electronic structure and stability of a lithium aluminum hydride for hydrogen storage.

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    Song, Y; Singh, R; Guo, Z X

    2006-04-06

    LiAlH4 holds great promise for reversible hydrogen storage, where a fundamental understanding of hydrogen interaction with the metal elements is essential to further improve its properties. The present paper reports a first-principles study of its stability and electronic structure, using a full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for high accuracy. The theoretically calculated heat of formation agrees well with experiment. The electronic structures show that the H atoms bond nonequivalently with the Al in the [AlH4]- ligand, which leads to complex dehydrogenation characteristics of LiAlH4.

  19. First-principles study for the enhanced sulfur tolerance of Ni(1 1 1) surface alloyed with Pb

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    Zhang, Yanxing; Yang, Zongxian

    2018-04-01

    The adsorption of H2S, HS, S, H and the dissociation of H2S on the Ni2Pb/Ni (1 1 1) are systematically studied using the first-principles method based on density functional theory. It is found that H2S dissociation barriers are greatly increased by alloying with Pb atoms in the Ni(1 1 1) surface, while the barrier for H2S formation is greatly reduced. In addition, the adsorption of sulfur atom is weakened a lot. The results indicate that alloying with Pb may be a good way to increase the sulfur tolerance of Ni based anode catalysts of solid oxide fuel cells.

  20. Nuclear quantum effects of light and heavy water studied by all-electron first principles path integral simulations

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    Machida, Masahiko; Kato, Koichiro; Shiga, Motoyuki

    2018-03-01

    The isotopologs of liquid water, H2O, D2O, and T2O, are studied systematically by first principles PIMD simulations, in which the whole entity of the electrons and nuclei are treated quantum mechanically. The simulation results are in reasonable agreement with available experimental data on isotope effects, in particular, on the peak shift in the radial distributions of H2O and D2O and the shift in the evaporation energies. It is found that, due to differences in nuclear quantum effects, the H atoms in the OH bonds more easily access the dissociative region up to the hydrogen bond center than the D (T) atoms in the OD (OT) bonds. The accuracy and limitation in the use of the current density-functional-theory-based first principles PIMD simulations are also discussed. It is argued that the inclusion of the dispersion correction or relevant improvements in the density functionals are required for the quantitative estimation of isotope effects.

  1. Electro-optic response of metal halide : A first-principles study

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    Amreen Bano

    2017-07-08

    Jul 8, 2017 ... A theoretical study of electronic and optical properties of metal-halide cubic perovskite, CsPbI3, ... In the case of conductors, the ... To the best of our knowledge, no attempts have been made to study the optical properties of cubic CsPbI3. In this paper, we assess the properties of halide perovskite CsPbI3 ...

  2. Conformers of hydrogenated SiC honeycomb structure: A first principles study

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    Seemita Banerjee

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The structural and electronic properties of fully hydrogenated SiC graphane-like nano-structures have been investigated. The objective of this study is to underscore the relative stability of different conformers of hydrogenated SiC sheet. All calculations are carried out using plane wave based pseudo-potential approach under the density functional theory. The results reveal that the fully hydrogenated SiC sheet forms five stable isomers, and the chair conformer is most stable. Further study through molecular dynamic simulation strategy demonstrates that even at room temperature the chair conformer remains stable.

  3. First principle study of the interaction of elemental Hg with small ...

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    Density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations have been performed so as to study the interaction of elemental mercury (Hg) with small neutral, cationic and anionic palladium clusters (Pd, = 1-6). Results of these calculations clearly indicate that frontier molecular orbital (FMO) theory is a useful method to predict the ...

  4. First principle study of the interaction of elemental Hg with small ...

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    Abstract. Density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations have been performed so as to study the inter- action of elemental mercury (Hg) with small neutral, cationic and anionic palladium clusters (Pdn, n = 1–6). Results of these calculations clearly indicate that frontier molecular orbital (FMO) theory is a useful method.

  5. Si(111)-7 x 7: First-principles study of dynamics

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    Stich, I.; Kohanoff, J.; Terakura, K.

    1995-12-01

    We present a large-scale fully ab initio molecular dynamics study of dynamical properties of the Takayanagi reconstructed Si(111)-7 x 7 surface. The simulation reproduces well the experimentally determined features of the phonon spectra and clarifies their nature and origin. Correlations are found between these dynamical properties and elements of the local electronic structure of the adatom dangling bonds. We find evidence for important anharmonic effects of below room temperature. Use of non-traditional signal-processing methods allows for a considerable insight into the details of the dynamics from a short-duration molecular dynamics trajectory. Results of this analysis significantly extend/modify the results of the previous studies based on more simplified models. (author). 29 refs, 12 figs, 1 tab

  6. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and dynamical properties of graphene oxides: A first principles study

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    Dabhi, Shweta D.; Gupta, Sanjay D.; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-05-01

    We report the results of a theoretical study on the structural, electronic, mechanical, and vibrational properties of some graphene oxide models (GDO, a-GMO, z-GMO, ep-GMO and mix-GMO) at ambient pressure. The calculations are based on the ab-initio plane-wave pseudo potential density functional theory, within the generalized gradient approximations for the exchange and correlation functional. The calculated values of lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its first order pressure derivative are in good agreement with other reports. A linear response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive the phonon frequencies. We discuss the contribution of the phonons in the dynamical stability of graphene oxides and detailed analysis of zone centre phonon modes in all the above mentioned models. Our study demonstrates a wide range of energy gap available in the considered models of graphene oxide and hence the possibility of their use in nanodevices.

  7. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and dynamical properties of graphene oxides: A first principles study

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    Dabhi, Shweta D. [Department of Physics, Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar 364001 (India); Gupta, Sanjay D. [V. B. Institute of Science, Department of Physics, C. U. Shah University, Wadhwan City - 363030, Surendranagar (India); Jha, Prafulla K., E-mail: prafullaj@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara-390002 (India)

    2014-05-28

    We report the results of a theoretical study on the structural, electronic, mechanical, and vibrational properties of some graphene oxide models (GDO, a-GMO, z-GMO, ep-GMO and mix-GMO) at ambient pressure. The calculations are based on the ab-initio plane-wave pseudo potential density functional theory, within the generalized gradient approximations for the exchange and correlation functional. The calculated values of lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its first order pressure derivative are in good agreement with other reports. A linear response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive the phonon frequencies. We discuss the contribution of the phonons in the dynamical stability of graphene oxides and detailed analysis of zone centre phonon modes in all the above mentioned models. Our study demonstrates a wide range of energy gap available in the considered models of graphene oxide and hence the possibility of their use in nanodevices.

  8. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and dynamical properties of graphene oxides: A first principles study

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    Dabhi, Shweta D.; Gupta, Sanjay D.; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-01-01

    We report the results of a theoretical study on the structural, electronic, mechanical, and vibrational properties of some graphene oxide models (GDO, a-GMO, z-GMO, ep-GMO and mix-GMO) at ambient pressure. The calculations are based on the ab-initio plane-wave pseudo potential density functional theory, within the generalized gradient approximations for the exchange and correlation functional. The calculated values of lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its first order pressure derivative are in good agreement with other reports. A linear response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive the phonon frequencies. We discuss the contribution of the phonons in the dynamical stability of graphene oxides and detailed analysis of zone centre phonon modes in all the above mentioned models. Our study demonstrates a wide range of energy gap available in the considered models of graphene oxide and hence the possibility of their use in nanodevices.

  9. Copper(110) surface in thermodynamic equilibrium with water vapor studied from first principles

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    Baghbanpourasl, Amirreza; Hingerl, Kurt; Wippermann, Stefan; Schmidt, Wolf Gero

    2013-06-01

    The adsorption of water monomers, small water clusters, water chains and water thin films on the Cu(110) surface is studied by density-functional theory (DFT) as well as using a semi-empirical scheme to include dispersion forces (DFT-D). Among the cluster structures, tetramers are most favorable. The calculated surface phase diagrams show that out of the multitude of Cu(110)-adsorbed water structures studied here (and proposed in earlier experimental and theoretical works) only monolayers resembling water ice, water-hydroxyl group layers stabilized by Bjerrum defects, and - in a narrow range of the water chemical potential - chains assembled from water pentagons are thermodynamically stable. The inclusion of van der Waals interaction increases the calculated adsorption energies, but has only minor consequences for the energetic ordering of adsorption geometries. It increases the calculated desorption temperatures from 60 K in low pressures until 150 K in near ambient pressures.

  10. First-principles studies on graphene-supported transition metal clusters

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    Sahoo, Sanjubala; Khanna, Shiv N.; Gruner, Markus E.; Entel, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Theoretical studies on the structure, stability, and magnetic properties of icosahedral TM 13 (TM = Fe, Co, Ni) clusters, deposited on pristine (defect free) and defective graphene sheet as well as graphene flakes, have been carried out within a gradient corrected density functional framework. The defects considered in our study include a carbon vacancy for the graphene sheet and a five-membered and a seven-membered ring structures for graphene flakes (finite graphene chunks). It is observed that the presence of defect in the substrate has a profound influence on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of graphene-transition metal complexes, thereby increasing the binding strength of the TM cluster on to the graphene substrate. Among TM 13 clusters, Co 13 is absorbed relatively more strongly on pristine and defective graphene as compared to Fe 13 and Ni 13 clusters. The adsorbed clusters show reduced magnetic moment compared to the free clusters

  11. Transmission Electron Microscopy of Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Nanocomposites: A First-Principles Study

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    Sola, Francisco; Xia, Zhenhai; Lebrion-Colon, Marisabel; Meador, Michael A.

    2012-01-01

    The physics of HRTEM image formation and electron diffraction of SWCNT in a polymer matrix were investigated theoretically on the basis of the multislice method, and the optics of a FEG Super TWIN Philips CM 200 TEM operated at 80 kV. The effect of nanocomposite thickness on both image contrast and typical electron diffraction reflections of nanofillers were explored. The implications of the results on the experimental applicability to study dispersion, chirality and diameter of nanofillers are discussed.

  12. First principles study of structural stability and site preference in Co3 (W,X

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    Joshi Sri Raghunath

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Since the discovery [1] of γ′ precipitate (L12 – Co3(Al, W in the Co-Al-W ternary system, there has been an increased interest in Co-based superalloys. Since these alloys have two phase microstructures (γ + γ′ similar to Ni-based superalloys [2], they are viable candidates in high temperature applications, particularly in land-based turbines. The role of alloying on stability of the γ′ phase has been an active area of research. In this study, electronic structure calculations were done to probe the effect of alloying in Co3W with L12 structure. Compositions of type Co3(W,X, (where X/Y = Mn, Fe, Ni, Pt, Cr , Al, Si, V, W, Ta, Ti, Nb, Hf, Zr and Mo were studied. Effect of alloying on equilibrium lattice parameters and ground state energies was used to calculate Vegard's coefficients and site preference related data. The effect of alloying on the stability of the L12 structure vis a vis other geometrically close packed ordered structures was also studied for a range of Co3X compounds. Results suggest that the penchant of element for the W sublattice can be predicted by comparing heats of formation of Co3X in different structures.

  13. A treatise on first-principles studies of ZnO as diluted magnetic semiconductor

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    Nayak, Sanjeev Kumar

    2012-04-24

    The scope of the present thesis is to study the properties of ZnO doped with transition metal elements by the density functional theory (DFT).cc In this thesis, there is extensive study of the electronic structure of ZnO beyond the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) as exchange-correlation functional (E{sub xc}), which is well known to be associated with some drawback in predicting the semiconducting properties. One of the methods adopted for improvement is by adding extra correlation-energy to GGA (GGA+U) in line with the Hubbard model. We find that with adding U on Zn d-orbitals, the band gap improves with simultaneous shift of the Zn d-bands to lower energies. The band gap nevertheless is still far below the experimental value. Another approach to correct for the E{sub xc} is by the treatment of screened hybrid-functionals proposed by Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE), where the contribution to the exchange energy is through the blend of some percentage of screened Hartree-Fock exchange and rest from the GGA exchange. The correlation energy is derived from GGA. This method also has limitations in describing the electronic structure of ZnO. A simple proposition of mixing the GGA+U and the hybrid-functional treatment may be a solution, which has been investigated in this work. The band structure of ZnO has been compared for various level of theory for E{sub xc}, namely, LDA, GGA, GGA+U, and HSE functionals with different screening lengths ({omega}). A proposal for HSE+U functionals has been been put forward and supported. Using some of the treatments for E{sub xc} as stated above, the magnetic properties of TM(Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni) doped ZnO are studied. Firstly, the electronic structure calculations for TM doped ZnO are done with the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) method with the LDA and using the coherent potential approximation (CPA). The exchange integrals are then calculated using the Liechtenstein's formalism, which are then used in the Monte Carlo

  14. A first principles study of adhesion and electronic structure at Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface

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    Liu, Yangzhen; Xing, Jiandong; Li, Yefei, E-mail: yefeili@126.com; Sun, Liang; Wang, Yong

    2017-05-31

    Highlights: • The surface energy of graphite (0001) and Fe (110) has been calculated and the number of layers of graphite slab and Fe slab has been estimated. • The work of adhesion of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface with different interfacial separation d{sub 0} (1.7–3 Å) has been systematically discussed. • The total electron density and electron density difference of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) are used to study the bonding characteristics. • The Interfacial energy and fracture toughness of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) are estimated. - Abstract: Using first–principles calculations, we discuss the bulk properties of bcc Fe and graphite and that of the surface, the work of adhesion, and the electronic structure of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface. In this study, the experimental results of the bulk properties of bcc Fe and graphite reveal that our adopted parameters are reliable. Moreover, the results of surface energy demonstrate that nine atomic layers of graphite (0001) and five atomic layers of Fe (110) exhibit bulk–like interiors. The lattice mismatch of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface is about 6%. The results also exhibit that the Fe atom residing on top of the second layer of graphite slab (HCP structure) is the preferred stacking sequence. The work of adhesion (W{sub ad}) of the optimized Fe/graphite interface of HCP structure is 1.36 J/m{sup 2}. Electronic structures indicate that the bonding characteristics are a mixture of covalent and ionic bonds in the HCP interface. Moreover, the magnetic moment of atoms at the interface was studied using the spin polarized density of states.

  15. Tuning the chemical activity through PtAu nanoalloying: a first principles study

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2013-06-21

    The electronic structure and adsorption properties of 1.5 nm sized Pt, Au, and PtAu nanoclusters are studied by density functional theory. We explain the recent experimental finding that 20% Au content in PtAu nanoparticles is optimal to induce a dramatically different catalytic behavior. Our results show that the d-band center together with the density of states at the Fermi energy can be used as an indicator of the chemical activity of PtAu nanoclusters. The most favorable adsorption sites on the cluster surfaces as a function of the Pt/Au ratio are identified using atomic H as a probe.

  16. Heterostructures of phosphorene and transition metal dichalcogenides for excitonic solar cells: A first-principles study

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    Ganesan, Vellayappan Dheivanayagam; Shen, Lei, E-mail: shenlei@nus.edu.sg [Engineering Science Programme, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575 (Singapore); Linghu, Jiajun; Zhang, Chun; Feng, Yuan Ping [Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2016-03-21

    Using the many-body perturbation GW theory, we study the quasiparticle conduction-band offsets of phosphorene, a two-dimensional atomic layer of black phosphorus, and transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). The calculated large exciton binding energies of phosphorene and TMDs indicate that their type-II heterostructures are suitable for excitonic thin-film solar cell applications. Our results show that these heterojunctions have a potential maximum power conversion efficiency of up to 12%, which can be further enhanced up to 20% by strain engineering.

  17. Mass spectrometric and first principles study of Al$_n$C$^-$ clusters

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    Zhao, Jijun; Liu, Bingchen; Zhai, Huajin; Zhou, Rufang; Ni, Guoquan; Xu, Zhizhan

    2001-01-01

    We study the carbon-dope aluminum clusters by using time-of-flight mass spectrum experiments and {\\em ab initio} calculations. Mass abundance distributions are obtained for anionic aluminum and aluminum-carbon mixed clusters. Besides the well-known magic aluminum clusters such as Al$_{13}^-$ and Al$_{23}^-$, Al$_7$C$^-$ cluster is found to be particularly stable among those Al$_n$C$^-$ clusters. Density functional calculations are performed to determine the ground state structures of Al$_n$C$...

  18. The interaction of iron pyrite with oxygen, nitrogen and nitrogen oxides: a first-principles study.

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    Sacchi, Marco; Galbraith, Martin C E; Jenkins, Stephen J

    2012-03-14

    Sulphide materials, in particular MoS(2), have recently received great attention from the surface science community due to their extraordinary catalytic properties. Interestingly, the chemical activity of iron pyrite (FeS(2)) (the most common sulphide mineral on Earth), and in particular its potential for catalytic applications, has not been investigated so thoroughly. In this study, we use density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the surface interactions of fundamental atmospheric components such as oxygen and nitrogen, and we have explored the adsorption and dissociation of nitrogen monoxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) on the FeS(2)(100) surface. Our results show that both those environmentally important NO(x) species chemisorb on the surface Fe sites, while the S sites are basically unreactive for all the molecular species considered in this study and even prevent NO(2) adsorption onto one of the non-equivalent Fe-Fe bridge sites of the (1 × 1)-FeS(2)(100) surface. From the calculated high barrier for NO and NO(2) direct dissociation on this surface, we can deduce that both nitrogen oxides species are adsorbed molecularly on pyrite surfaces.

  19. First principles study of vibrational dynamics of ceria-titania hybrid clusters

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    Majid, Abdul, E-mail: abdulmajid40@yahoo.com; Bibi, Maryam [University of Gujrat, Department of Physics (Pakistan)

    2017-04-15

    Density functional theory based calculations were performed to study vibrational properties of ceria, titania, and ceria-titania hybrid clusters. The findings revealed the dominance of vibrations related to oxygen when compared to those of metallic atoms in the clusters. In case of hybrid cluster, the softening of normal modes related to exterior oxygen atoms in ceria and softening/hardening of high/low frequency modes related to titania dimmers are observed. The results calculated for monomers conform to symmetry predictions according to which three IR and three Raman active modes were detected for TiO{sub 2}, whereas two IR active and one Raman active modes were observed for CeO{sub 2}. The comparative analysis indicates that the hybrid cluster CeTiO{sub 4} contains simultaneous vibrational fingerprints of the component dimmers. The symmetry, nature of vibrations, IR and Raman activity, intensities, and atomic involvement in different modes of the clusters are described in detail. The study points to engineering of CeTiO{sub 4} to tailor its properties for technological visible region applications in photocatalytic and electrochemical devices.

  20. Oxidation mechanism of chalcopyrite revealed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first principles studies

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    Xiong, Xiaolu; Hua, Xiaoming; Zheng, Yongfei; Lu, Xionggang; Li, Shenggang; Cheng, Hongwei; Xu, Qian

    2018-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) studies revealed that the iron site on the chalcopyrite (CuFeS2) surface was preferably oxidized to the Cu site when exposed to an oxidizing environment. Extensive density functional theory calculations were performed to investigate the surface structure of chalcopyrite and its reaction with both molecular oxygen (O2) and water. The adsorption and dissociation of a single O2 molecule, a single H2O molecule, as well as both molecules at the Fe and Cu sites on the CuFeS2 (001) surface were studied. Consistent with our experimental observation, the Fe site was found to be preferred for the adsorption and dissociation of O2 due to its lower energy barrier and greater exothermicity. The dissociation of H2O on the CuFeS2 (001) surface by itself was found to be unfavorable both thermodynamically and kinetically. However, the surface formed upon O2 dissociation was predicted to be much more reactive with H2O, which was attributed to favorable hydrogen transfer to the O site formed upon O2 dissociation to hydrogen transfer to the S site due to the much weaker Ssbnd H bond than the Osbnd H bond.

  1. Structural and electronic properties of sodium azide at high pressure: A first principles study

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    Zhang, Meiguang; Yin, Ketao; Zhang, Xinxin; Wang, Hui; Li, Quan; Wu, Zhijian

    2013-05-01

    The structural and electronic properties of NaN3 at high pressures were studied through ab initio calculations. Three new phases with I4/mcm, P6/m and C2/m structure were found to be stable at pressures of 6.5, 58 and 152 GPa, respectively. Similarity of the Raman spectra revealed that the experimental post-α phase should adopt the I4/mcm structure. The calculated insulator-metal transition at 58 GPa directly explained the observed darkening of NaN3 sample at above 50 GPa. The three proposed structures contain azide, N6 hexagon and polymeric nitrogen, respectively. Our finding of the novel N6 hexagon in NaN3 at moderate pressures provides a new view of the pressure-induced polymerization process of metal azides.

  2. First-principles study of adsorption-induced magnetic properties of InSe monolayers

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    Fu, Zhaoming; Yang, Bowen; Zhang, Na; Ma, Dongwei; Yang, Zongxian

    2018-04-01

    In this work we studied the adsorption-induced magnetic behaviors on the two-dimensional InSe monolayer. Six kinds of adatoms (H, B, C, N, O and F) are taken into account. It is found that the InSe with adsorbing C and F have nonzero magnetic moments and good stability. Importantly, the magnetism of C and F modified InSe monolayers completely comes from p electrons of adatoms and substrates. The strength of magnetic exchange interaction can be controlled by changing the coverage of adsorbates. This p-electron magnetic material is thought to have obvious advantages compared to conventional d- or f-electron magnets. Our research is meaningful for practical applications in spintronic electronics and two dimensional magnetic semiconductors.

  3. Electronic and optical properties of antiferromagnetic iron doped NiO - A first principles study

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    Petersen, John E.; Twagirayezu, Fidele; Scolfaro, Luisa M.; Borges, Pablo D.; Geerts, Wilhelmus J.

    2017-05-01

    Antiferromagnetic NiO is a candidate for next generation high-speed and scaled RRAM devices. Here, electronic and optical properties of antiferromagnetic NiO: Fe 25% in the rock salt structure are studied and compared to intrinsic NiO. From density of states and complex dielectric function analysis, the first optical transition is found to be at lower frequency than intrinsic NiO due to an Fe impurity level being the valence band maximum. The resulting effects on refractive index, reflectivity, absorption, optical conductivity and loss function for Fe-doped NiO are compared to those of intrinsic NiO, and notable differences are analyzed. The electronic component of the static dielectric constant of NiO: Fe 25% is calculated to be about 2% less than that of intrinsic NiO.

  4. First-principles study of intrinsic defects in CdO

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    Zhukov, V. P.; Medvedeva, N. I.; Krasilnikov, V. N.

    2018-03-01

    Using the density functional theory (DFT) in the GGA and LSDA + U approximations, we studied the effect of cadmium atoms in the interstitial sites and vacancies in the oxygen and cadmium sublattices on the electronic structure of rock-salt cadmium oxide (CdO). Migration of cadmium atoms into interstitial sites was shown to be unlikely. In the presence of oxygen vacancies, the behavior of CdO remains semiconducting and nonmagnetic. Cadmium vacancies induce d0 ferromagnetism and spin-dependent conductivity, which is semiconducting for spin-up electrons and is p-type metallic for spin-down electrons. The formation energies and free energies were calculated for oxygen vacancies and metallic cadmium phase, which allowed an explanation to be offered for the large number of vacancies and the metallic phase formed during reduction in hydrogen atmosphere.

  5. First-Principles Study of Structure Property Relationships of Monolayer (Hydroxy)Oxide-Metal Bifunctional Electrocatalysts

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    Zeng, Zhenhua; Kubal, Joseph; Greeley, Jeffrey Philip

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, on the basis of detailed density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and using Ni hydroxy(oxide) films on Pt(111) and Au(111) electrodes as model systems, we describe a detailed structural and electrocatalytic analysis of hydrogen evolution (HER) at three-phase boundaries...... of information that is inaccessible by purely experimental means, and these structures, in turn, strongly suggest that a bifunctional reaction mechanism for alkaline HER will be operative at the interface between the films, the metal substrates, and the surrounding aqueous medium. This bifunctionality produces...... important changes in the calculated barriers of key elementary reaction steps, including water activation and dissociation, as compared to traditional monofunctional Pt surfaces. The successful identification of the structures of thin metal films and three-phase boundary catalysts is not only an important...

  6. First-principles study of electronic and elastic properties of LuAl{sub 3}

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    Shukla, Pushplata, E-mail: pujashukla50@gmail.com; Shrivastava, Deepika; Sanyal, Sankar P. [Department of Physics, Barkatullah university, Bhopal 462026 (India)

    2016-05-06

    A systematic theoretical study of electronic structure of rare earth intermetallic LuAl{sub 3} has been carried out using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation(GGA) for exchange and correlation potential. The ground state properties such as lattice constant (a{sub o}), bulk modulus (B) and pressure derivative of bulk modulus (B′) were evaluated. LuAl{sub 3} has the cubic AuCu{sub 3} type crystal structure. The electronic properties of this compound have been analyzed quantatively from band structure and DOS. It is clear from band structure that this compound is metallic in nature. The calculated elastic constants infer that this compound is mechanically stable.

  7. A first-principles study of the piezoelectric properties of Niobium and Tantalum Pentoxides

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    Olga M. Giraldo-Giraldo

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 are wide-bandgap semiconductor oxides that have attracted great interest in recent years due to their technological applications, such as in electronics, telecommunications or photocatalysis. Because of this, we present a study based on firstprinciples calculations of the piezoelectric properties of the Z and β phases of Ta2O5 as well as the Z and P phases of Nb2O5 by using the Density Functional Theory and the Generalized Gradient Approximation with PBEsol parameterization. Once the equilibrium geometry was determined for each of these phases, we made a calculation using the linear response theory to determine the piezoelectric tensor associated with each phase. We discovered that the Z phase of both compounds presents good piezoelectric response. Additionally, β-Ta2O5 does not show such response.

  8. First-principle study of the AlP/Si interfacial adhesion

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    Dai Hongshang [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, 73 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061 (China); Du Jing [School of Science, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101 (China); Wang Li; Peng Chuanxiao [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, 73 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061 (China); Liu Xiangfa, E-mail: xfliu@sdu.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, 73 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061 (China); Shandong Binzhou Bohai Piston Co. Ltd., Binzhou 256602, Shandong (China)

    2010-01-15

    AlP is heterogeneous nucleation substrate of primary Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys, while studies on the nucleation mechanism at atomic level are absent. The pseudopotential-based DFT calculations have been carried out to investigate the atomic and electronic structure, bonding and adhesion of the AlP/Si interface. In total, eight geometries have been investigated, in which the interfacial stacking sequence is different. The favorable interfaces can be deduced for the reason that adhesive interface energies (W{sub ad}) are different, which cannot be obtained from the traditional mismatch theory. The interfacial density of states and Mulliken population are also investigated. It is found that the main bond between AlP and Si is covalent Al-Si or P-Si bond, accompanying some ionic characteristic.

  9. First Principles Molecular Dynamics Study of Catalysis for Polyolefins: the Ziegler-Natta Heterogeneous System.

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    Michele Parrinello

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: We review part of our recent ab initio molecular dynamics study on the Ti-based Ziegler-Natta supported heterogeneous catalysis of α-olefins. The results for the insertion of ethylene in the metal-carbon bond are discussed as a fundamental textbook example of polymerization processes. Comparison with the few experimental data available has shown that simulation can reproduce activation barriers and the overall energetics of the reaction with sufficient accuracy. This puts these quantum dynamical simulations in a new perspective as a virtual laboratory where the microscopic picture of the catalysis, which represents an important issue that still escapes experimental probes, can be observed and understood. These results are then discussed in comparison with a V-based catalyst in order to figure out analogies and differences with respect to the industrially more successful Tibased systems.

  10. First principles study of propene polymerization in Ziegler-Natta heterogeneous catalysis

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    Boero, M.; Parrinello, M.; Hueffer, S.; Weiss, H.

    2000-01-26

    In this work the authors address the problem of isotacticity in a realistic heterogeneous Ziegler-Natta system by means of ab initio molecular dynamics. A previously identified 5-fold catalytic center was selected and examined for its ability to select the appropriate olefin enantioface in the chain growth process. The first steps in the propene polymerization process were studied to determine the energetics of the initial complexation phase for the different stereochemical orientations of the incoming propene. Then the authors analyze the subsequent insertions which represent the crucial issue for the formation of a stereospecific polymer chain, and find that the 5-fold catalytic center possesses a huge degree of stereoselectivity. The role of the agostic interaction was examined which can switch from {alpha} to {beta} and allow, even in the presence of a substrate, process that can lead to chain termination.

  11. First-principles study of the transport behavior of zigzag graphene nanoribbons tailored by strain

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    Jinying Wang

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The charge transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs under uniaxial and shear strains are theoretically studied. Although all strained ZGNRs have similar metallic band structures, they show four types of transport behavior under bias voltages that depend on the type of strain and the mirror symmetry of the ZGNR. Under an applied uniaxial strain, the current of symmetric ZGNRs is consistently small, while for asymmetric ZGNRs it is large. In contrast, the current increases with increasing shear strain for symmetric ZGNRs while it decreases for asymmetric ZGNRs. The current properties merge when the shear strain exceeds a critical value, and the two systems then show similar behavior. Our results suggest that strained ZGNRs with an appropriate applied shear are ideal conducting wires.

  12. Investigation on electronic properties of functionalized arsenene nanoribbon and nanotubes: A first-principles study

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    Nagarajan, V.; Chandiramouli, R.

    2017-09-01

    The electronic properties of arsenene nanotubes and nanoribbons with hydrogenation along the zigzag and armchair edges are studied using density functional theory (DFT) technique. The structural stability of hydrogenated zigzag and armchair arsenene nanostructures are confirmed with formation energy. The electronic properties of arsenene nano-conformers are described in terms of energy band structure and projected density of states spectrum. Furthermore, owing to the influence of hydrogen passivation, buckled orientation and width of arsenene nanostructures, the band gap widens in the range of 0.38-1.13 eV. The findings of the present work confirm that the electronic properties of arsenene nanomaterial, can be fine-tuned with the influence of passivation with hydrogen, zigzag or armchair border shapes and effect of the width of nanoribbons or nanotubes, which can be utilized as spintronic device and chemical sensor.

  13. First-principles study of atomic ordering in bcc Cu-Al

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    Lanzini, F.; Gargano, P. H.; Alonso, P. R.; Rubiolo, G. H.

    2011-01-01

    The order-disorder transitions and phase stability in the body centered cubic structure of Cu-Al binary alloys are studied by means of theoretical methods. The total energy of different ordered compounds sharing a common bcc Bravais lattice was calculated within the framework of density functional theory. A set of effective cluster interactions was calculated through a cluster expansion (CE) of the total energies. The finite temperature phase diagram of bcc Cu-Al was obtained using the CE formalism coupled with the cluster variation method calculation of the configurational entropy. These results are confronted with a simpler semi-empirical approach based on effective pair interactions obtained from experiment. Both approaches predict a single first-order A2/DO3 transition for compositions close to Cu3Al, in agreement with the most recent experimental results.

  14. H2S adsorption and dissociation on NH-decorated graphene: A first principles study

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    Faye, Omar; Eduok, Ubong; Szpunar, Jerzy; Samoura, Almoustapha; Beye, Aboubaker

    2018-02-01

    The removal of H2S gas poses an emerging environmental concern because of the lack of knowledge of an efficient adsorbent. A detailed theoretical study of H2S adsorption and dissociation on NH-doped graphene (GNH) has been carried out by means of density theory calculations. Our results reveal that the adsorption of H2S molecule on GNH composite is enhanced by the presence of active site such as the NH radicals. These NH radical sites formed NHsbnd H bonds and increase the charge transfer from H2S to GNH. The dissociation of the adsorbed H2S molecule leads the chemisorption of SH radical via H-transfer to GNH, while the formation of GNH2 at a weight percent of 3.76 wt% of NH radical is an endothermic process with an energy of 0.299 eV and 0.358 eV for ortho and para-position respectively. However, at 7.25 wt% NH radical, we observed a complete dissociation of H2S molecule with an energy released of 0.711 eV for the chemisorbed S atom on GN2H4. Moreover, the H-transfer of the second H atom of H2S molecule at 3.76 wt% was energetic unfavorable. The trend of predicted results within this study reveals that NH-doped graphene (GNH) successfully adsorbed and eliminated of H2S molecule; this work unveils definitive theoretical procedures which can be tested and validated experimentally.

  15. Diffusion coefficients of rare earth elements in fcc Fe: A first-principles study

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    Wang, Haiyan; Gao, Xueyun; Ren, Huiping; Chen, Shuming; Yao, Zhaofeng

    2018-01-01

    The diffusion data and corresponding detailed insights are particularly important for the understanding of the related kinetic processes in Fe based alloys, e.g. solute strengthening, phase transition, solution treatment etc. We present a density function theory study of the diffusivity of self and solutes (La, Ce, Y and Nb) in fcc Fe. The five-frequency model was employed to calculate the microscopic parameters in the correlation factors of the solute diffusion. The interactions of the solutes with the first nearest-neighbor vacancy (1nn) are all attractive, and can be well understood on the basis of the combination of the strain-relief effects and the electronic effects. It is found that among the investigated species, Ce is the fastest diffusing solute in fcc Fe matrix followed by Nb, and the diffusion coefficients of these two solutes are about an order of magnitude higher than that of Fe self-diffusion. And the results show that the diffusion coefficient of La is slightly higher than that of Y, and both species are comparable to that of Fe self-diffusion.

  16. Atomic, electronic, and magnetic properties of bimetallic ZrCo clusters: A first-principles study

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    Chattaraj, D.; Dash, Smruti [Product Development Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Bhattacharya, Saswata [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 (India); Majumder, C., E-mail: chimaju@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2016-09-07

    Here, we report the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structures of small Zr{sub m}Co{sub n} (m + n = 2, 4, 6, and 8) alloy clusters based on spin-polarized density functional theory under the plane wave based pseudo-potential approach. The ground state geometry and other low-lying stable isomers of each cluster have been identified using the cascade genetic algorithm scheme. On the basis of the relative energy, it is found that Zr{sub 2}Co{sub 2} (for tetramer), Zr{sub 3}Co{sub 3} (for hexamer), and Zr{sub 4}Co{sub 4} (for octamer) are the most stable isomers than others. In order to underscore the hydrogen storage capacity of these small clusters, the hydrogen adsorption on the stable Zr{sub m}Co{sub n} (m + n = 2, 4, 6, and 8) clusters has also been studied. The electronic structures of Zr{sub m}Co{sub n} clusters with and without adsorbed hydrogen are described in terms of density of states spectra and charge density contours.

  17. First-principles study of the formation of glycine-producing radicals from common interstellar species

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    Sato, Akimasa; Kitazawa, Yuya; Ochi, Toshiro; Shoji, Mitsuo; Komatsu, Yu; Kayanuma, Megumi; Aikawa, Yuri; Umemura, Masayuki; Shigeta, Yasuteru

    2018-03-01

    Glycine, the simplest amino acid, has been intensively searched for in molecular clouds, and the comprehensive clarification of the formation path of interstellar glycine is now imperative. Among all the possible glycine formation pathways, we focused on the radical pathways revealed by Garrod (2013). In the present study, we have precisely investigated all the chemical reaction steps related to the glycine formation processes based on state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We found that two reaction pathways require small activation barriers (ΔE‡ ≤ 7.75 kJ mol-1), which demonstrates the possibility of glycine formation even at low temperatures in interstellar space if the radical species are generated. The origin of carbon and nitrogen in the glycine backbone and their combination patterns are further discussed in relation to the formation mechanisms. According to the clarification of the atomic correspondence between glycine and its potential parental molecules, it is shown that the nitrogen and two carbons in the glycine can originate in three common interstellar molecules, methanol, hydrogen cyanide, and ammonia, and that the source molecules of glycine can be described by any of their combinations. The glycine formation processes can be categorized into six patterns. Finally, we discussed two other glycine formation pathways expected from the present DFT calculation results.

  18. Sensing properties of monolayer borophane nanosheet towards alcohol vapors: A first-principles study.

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    Nagarajan, V; Chandiramouli, R

    2017-05-01

    The electronic properties of borophane nanosheet and adsorption behavior of three distinct alcohol vapors namely methanol, ethanol and 1-propanol on borophane nanosheet is studied using density functional theory method for the first time. The state-of-the-art provides insights on to the development of new two dimensional materials with the surface passivation on boron nanostructures. The density of states spectrum provides a clear perception on charge transfer upon adsorption of alcohol vapors on borophane nanosheets. The monolayer of borophane band gap widens upon adsorption of alcohol vapors, which can be used for the detection for volatile organic vapors. The adsorption properties of alcohol vapors on borophane base material are analyzed in terms of natural bond orbital, average energy gap variation, adsorption energy and energy gap. The most suitable adsorption sites of methanol, ethanol and 1-propanol molecules on borophane nanosheet are investigated in atomistic level. The adsorption of alcohol molecules on borophane nanosheet is found to be more favorable. The findings suggest that the monolayer borophane nanosheet can be utilized to detect the presence of alcohol vapors in the atmosphere. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. First principle studies of electronic and magnetic properties of Lanthanide-Gold (RAu) binary intermetallics

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    Ahmad, Sardar [Center for Computational Materials Science, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Department of Chemistry, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Ahmad, Rashid, E-mail: rashmad@gmail.com [Center for Computational Materials Science, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Department of Chemistry, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Jalali-Asadabadi, S. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Isfahan (UI), Hezar Gerib Avenue, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ali, Zahid [Center for Computational Materials Science, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Department of Physics, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Ahmad, Iftikhar [Center for Computational Materials Science, University of Malakand, Chakdara, 18800 Pakistan (Pakistan); Vice Chancellor, Abbott Abad University of Science and Technology, Abbott Abad (Pakistan)

    2017-01-15

    In this article we explore the electronic and magnetic properties of RAu intermetallics (R=Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) for the first time. These properties are calculated by using GGA, GGA+U and hybrid density functional theory (HF) approaches. Our calculations show that HF provides superior results, consistent to the experimentally reported data. The chemical bonding between rare-earth and gold atoms within these compounds are explained on the basis of spin dependent electronic clouds in different planes, which shows predominantly ionic and metallic nature between Au and R atoms. The Cohesive energies of RAu compounds show direct relation with the melting points. Spin-dependent electronic band structure demonstrates that all these compounds are metallic in nature. The magnetic studies show that HoAu and LuAu are stable in non-magnetic structure, PrAu is stable in ferromagnetic phase and CeAu, NdAu, SmAu, GdAu, TbAu, DyAu, ErAu, TmAu, YbAu are anti-ferromagnetic materials.

  20. The first-principle study on the stability of trans-HCOH in various solvents

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    Nur Fadilla, Rizka; Dwi Aisyah, Nufida; Dipojono, Hermawan K.; Rusydi, Febdian

    2017-05-01

    We attempt to study about the solvent effects of the stability of trans-HCOH molecules using the density-functional theory. Experimentally, trans-HCOH rearranges to H2CO with half-life of two hours [1] which we theoretically proved that it occurs through quantum tunneling. [2] In this work, we calculate the rearrangement rate of the molecules in various solvents. The solvents are selected based on their dielectric constant values, from lower to higher ones; they are benzene, dichloroethane, benzaldehyde, acetone, methanol, ethanediol, dimethylsulfoxide, formic acid, water, and formamide. We use polarizable continuum to model the solvents (PCM). We begin from determining the reaction path from trans-HCOH to H2CO and its corresponding energy barrier using intrinsic reaction coordinate calculation with PCM. Then, we use Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation to calculate the rearrangement rates. The calculation results showed a general trend in which there were arrangement rate was decreasing inversely proportional to dielectric constant value.

  1. First-principles study of interstitial hydrogen in yttria-stabilized zirconia.

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    Marinopoulos, Apostolos

    2012-02-01

    Hydrogen is a common impurity in oxides and has been known to exhibit a dual behavior: either by being a dopant or alternatively an amphoteric impurity with the transition (pinning) level, E(+/-), lying inside the gap [1]. By means of calculations based on density-functional theory (DFT) and a hybrid-functional scheme (Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof) we have studied the incorporation of hydrogen in yttria-stabilized zirconia. Equilibrium sites and formation energies were determined and the role of intrinsic oxygen vacancies needed to stabilize the cubic phase of the oxide was particularly examined. Whereas, in its positively-charged state, H^+, hydrogen was found exclusively to form a dative-type bond with O ions, the neutral paramagnetic H^0 displayed a coexistence with deep interstitial configurations with minimal lattice relaxation of the host lattice. A number of atomic-level mechanisms and migration paths were explored in order to understand this site interplay and the dynamics of neutral H^0 in a way that is consistent with the existing experimental data. [1] C.G. Van de Walle and J. Neugebauer, Nature 423, 626 (2003).

  2. Ferromagnetism in Gd doped ZnO nanowires: A first principles study

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    Aravindh, S. Assa

    2014-12-19

    In several experimental studies, room temperature ferromagnetism in Gd-doped ZnO nanostructures has been achieved. However, the mechanism and the origin of the ferromagnetism remain controversial. We investigate the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of Zn 48O48 nanowires doped with Gd, using density functional theory. Our findings indicate that substitutionally incorporated Gd atoms prefer occupying the surface Zn sites. Moreover, the formation energy increases with the distance between Gd atoms, signifying that no Gd-Gd segregation occurs in the nanowires within the concentration limit of ≤2%. Gd induces ferromagnetism in ZnO nanowires with magnetic coupling energy up to 21 meV in the neutral state, which increases with additional electron and O vacancy, revealing the role of carriers in magnetic exchange. The potential for achieving room temperature ferromagnetism and high TC in ZnO:Gd nanowires is evident from the large ferromagnetic coupling energy (200 meV) obtained with the O vacancy. Density of states shows that Fermi level overlaps with Gd f states with the introduction of O vacancy, indicating the possibility of s-f coupling. These results will assist in understanding experimental findings in Gd-doped ZnO nanowires.

  3. Magnetism, structure and chemical order in small CoPd clusters: A first-principles study

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb, E-mail: Junais.Mokkath@kaust.edu.sa

    2014-01-15

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of small Co{sub m}Pd{sub n}(N=m+n=8,m=0−N) nanoalloy clusters are studied in the framework of a generalized-gradient approximation to density-functional theory. The optimized cluster structures have a clear tendency to maximize the number of nearest-neighbor CoCo pairs. The magnetic order is found to be ferromagnetic-like (FM) for all the ground-state structures. Antiferromagnetic-like spin arrangements were found in some low-lying isomers. The average magnetic moment per atom μ{sup ¯}{sub N} increases approximately linearly with Co content. A remarkable enhancement of the local Co moments is observed as a result of Pd doping. This is a consequence of the increase in the number of Co d holes, due to CoPd charge transfer, combined with the reduced local coordination. The influence of spin–orbit interactions on the cluster properties is also discussed. - Highlights: • This work analyses the structural and magnetic properties of CoPd nanoclusters. • The magnetic order is found to be ferromagnetic-like for all the ground-state structures. • The average magnetic moment per atom increases approximately linearly with Co content. • The influence of spin–orbit interactions on the cluster properties is discussed.

  4. Magnetism, structure and chemical order in small CoPd clusters: A first-principles study

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2014-01-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of small ComPdn (N=m+n=8,m=0-N) nanoalloy clusters are studied in the framework of a generalized-gradient approximation to density-functional theory. The optimized cluster structures have a clear tendency to maximize the number of nearest-neighbor CoCo pairs. The magnetic order is found to be ferromagnetic-like (FM) for all the ground-state structures. Antiferromagnetic-like spin arrangements were found in some low-lying isomers. The average magnetic moment per atom μ̄N increases approximately linearly with Co content. A remarkable enhancement of the local Co moments is observed as a result of Pd doping. This is a consequence of the increase in the number of Co d holes, due to CoPd charge transfer, combined with the reduced local coordination. The influence of spin-orbit interactions on the cluster properties is also discussed. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  5. First Principles and Genetic Algorithm Studies of Lanthanide Metal Oxides for Optimal Fuel Cell Electrolyte Design

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    Ismail, Arif

    , the structure of SDC found in this work provides a basis for developing better solid electrolytes, which is of significant scientific and technological interest. Following the structure search, we perform an investigation of the electronic properties of SDC, to understand more about the material. Notably, we compare our calculated density of states plot to XPS measurements of pure and reduced SDC. This allows us to parameterize the Hubbard (U) term for Sm, which had not yet been done. Importantly, the DFT+U treatment of the Sm ions also allowed us to observe in our simulations the magnetization of SDC, which was found by experiment. Finally, we also study the SDC surface, with an emphasis on its structural similarities to the bulk. Knowledge of the surface structure is important to be able to understand how fuel oxidation occurs in the fuel cell, as many reaction mechanisms occur on the surface of this porous material. The groundwork for such mechanistic studies is provided in this thesis.

  6. First principles study on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Fe–Ga magnetostrictive alloys

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    Lei, Zheng; Cheng-Bao, Jiang; Jia-Xiang, Shang; Hui-Bin, Xu

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigates the electronic structure and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Fe-Ga magnetostrictive material by means of the full potential-linearized augmented plane-wave method within the generalized gradient approximation. The 3d-orbit splitting of Fe atoms in D0 3 , B2-like and L1 2 crystalline structures of Fe–Ga is calculated with consideration of the crystal field as well as the spin–orbit coupling effect. Because of the frozen orbital angular momenta of the 3d-orbit for Fe atoms in Fe–Ga magnetostrictive alloys and the spin–orbit coupling, the distribution of the electron cloud is not isotropic, which leads to the anisotropy of exchange interaction between the different atoms. A method on estimating the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Fe–Ga alloys by means of calculating orbit-projected density of states for Fe atoms is performed. The anisotropic distribution of the electron cloud of Fe atoms in these three crystalline structures of Fe–Ga is studied based on the above method showing the highest magnetic anisotropy for B2-like structure. This qualitative method comes closer to physical reality with a vivid physical view, which can evaluate the anisotropy of electron cloud for 3d transition atoms directly. The calculated results are in good agreement with both the previous theoretical computation and the tested value on the magnetic anisotropy constant, which confirms that the electron cloud anisotropy of Fe atoms could well characterize the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Fe–Ga magnetostrictive material. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  7. First principles lattice dynamics study of SnO{sub 2} polymorphs

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    Erdem, I., E-mail: ierdem@pau.edu.tr [Department of Physics, Pamukkale University, Kinikli Campus, 20020 Denizli (Turkey); Kart, H.H. [Department of Physics, Pamukkale University, Kinikli Campus, 20020 Denizli (Turkey); Cagin, T. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Texas A& M University, College Station, TX 77843-3003 (United States)

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Mode frequencies at the zone center (Γ) after LO/TO splitting are calculated. • Softening of B{sub 1g} mode at the rutile-CaCl{sub 2} phase transition is confirmed. • Dispersions of polymorphs of SnO{sub 2} are calculated for the first time except for rutile. • They show entire dynamical stability except for α-PbO{sub 2} phase. • Thermal properties are evaluated by applying quasi harmonic approximation. - Abstract: The structural properties of SnO{sub 2} polymorphs in the sequential order of observed phases in experiments are determined by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations based on local density approximation (LDA) of ultra soft pseudo potentials (US-PPs). Phonon dispersion relations are calculated by the lattice dynamics calculations. Shifts in the infrared (IR) active optical modes due to polarization (LO/TO splitting) are also calculated. Moreover, softening of B{sub 1g} mode at the rutile-CaCl{sub 2} second-order ferroelastic phase transition is confirmed. Thermal properties, such as temperature behavior of bulk modulus and thermal expansion in the rutile phase are obtained by employing quasiharmonic approximation (QHA). They are in good agreement with the available experimental results. Dynamic stabilities of SnO{sub 2} polymorphs except for the rutile phase are checked for the first time by using phonon dispersions. The rutile, CaCl{sub 2}, pyrite, ZrO{sub 2} and cotunnite type structures have shown thermodynamical stability. The cause of α-PbO{sub 2} phase showing nearly stability is discussed in the light of experimental studies. However, the fluorite type structure is definitely instable even at different pressures. It may not be one of SnO{sub 2} polymorphs.

  8. First principles lattice dynamics study of SnO2 polymorphs

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    Erdem, I.; Kart, H.H.; Cagin, T.

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Mode frequencies at the zone center (Γ) after LO/TO splitting are calculated. • Softening of B 1g mode at the rutile-CaCl 2 phase transition is confirmed. • Dispersions of polymorphs of SnO 2 are calculated for the first time except for rutile. • They show entire dynamical stability except for α-PbO 2 phase. • Thermal properties are evaluated by applying quasi harmonic approximation. - Abstract: The structural properties of SnO 2 polymorphs in the sequential order of observed phases in experiments are determined by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations based on local density approximation (LDA) of ultra soft pseudo potentials (US-PPs). Phonon dispersion relations are calculated by the lattice dynamics calculations. Shifts in the infrared (IR) active optical modes due to polarization (LO/TO splitting) are also calculated. Moreover, softening of B 1g mode at the rutile-CaCl 2 second-order ferroelastic phase transition is confirmed. Thermal properties, such as temperature behavior of bulk modulus and thermal expansion in the rutile phase are obtained by employing quasiharmonic approximation (QHA). They are in good agreement with the available experimental results. Dynamic stabilities of SnO 2 polymorphs except for the rutile phase are checked for the first time by using phonon dispersions. The rutile, CaCl 2 , pyrite, ZrO 2 and cotunnite type structures have shown thermodynamical stability. The cause of α-PbO 2 phase showing nearly stability is discussed in the light of experimental studies. However, the fluorite type structure is definitely instable even at different pressures. It may not be one of SnO 2 polymorphs

  9. First-principles study of the surface properties of U-Mo system

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    Mei, Zhi-Gang; Liang, Linyun; Yacout, Abdellatif M.

    2018-02-01

    U-Mo alloys are promising fuels for future high-performance research reactors with low enriched uranium. Surface properties, such as surface energy, are important inputs for mesoscale simulations (e.g., phase field method) of fission gas bubble behaviors in irradiated nuclear fuels. The lack of surface energies of U-Mo alloys prevents an accurate modeling of the morphology of gas bubbles and gas bubble-induced fuel swelling. To this end, we study the surface properties of U-Mo system, including bcc Mo, alpha-U, gamma-U, and gamma U-Mo alloys. All surfaces up to a maximum Miller index of three and two are calculated for cubic Mo and gamma-U and non-cubic alpha-U, respectively. The equilibrium crystal shapes of bcc Mo, alpha-U and gamma-U are constructed using the calculated surface energies. The dominant surface orientations and the area fraction of each facet are determined from the constructed equilibrium crystal shape. The disordered gamma U-Mo alloys are simulated using the Special Quasirandom Structure method. The (1 1 0) and (1 0 0) surface energies of gamma U-7Mo and U-10Mo alloys are predicted to lie between those of gamma-U and bcc Mo, following a linear combination of the two constituents' surface energies. To better compare with future measurements of surface energies, the area fraction weighted surface energies of alpha-U, gamma-U and gamma U-7Mo and U-10Mo alloys are also predicted. (C) 2017 Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. A first principles study of the electronic structure, elastic and thermal properties of UB2

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    Jossou, Ericmoore; Malakkal, Linu; Szpunar, Barbara; Oladimeji, Dotun; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2017-07-01

    Uranium diboride (UB2) has been widely deployed for refractory use and is a proposed material for Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) due to its high thermal conductivity. However, the applicability of UB2 towards high temperature usage in a nuclear reactor requires the need to investigate the thermomechanical properties, and recent studies have failed in highlighting applicable properties. In this work, we present an in-depth theoretical outlook of the structural and thermophysical properties of UB2, including but not limited to elastic, electronic and thermal transport properties. These calculations were performed within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) + U approach, using Quantum ESPRESSO (QE) code considering the addition of Coulomb correlations on the uranium atom. The phonon spectra and elastic constant analysis show the dynamic and mechanical stability of UB2 structure respectively. The electronic structure of UB2 was investigated using full potential linear augmented plane waves plus local orbitals method (FP-LAPW+lo) as implemented in WIEN2k code. The absence of a band gap in the total and partial density of states confirms the metallic nature while the valence electron density plot reveals the presence of covalent bond between adjacent B-B atoms. We predicted the lattice thermal conductivity (kL) by solving Boltzmann Transport Equation (BTE) using ShengBTE. The second order harmonic and third-order anharmonic interatomic force constants required as input to ShengBTE was calculated using the Density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT). However, we predicted the electronic thermal conductivity (kel) using Wiedemann-Franz law as implemented in Boltztrap code. We also show that the sound velocity along 'a' and 'c' axes exhibit high anisotropy, which accounts for the anisotropic thermal conductivity of UB2.

  11. Greatly enhanced adsorption of platinum on periodic graphene nanobuds: A first-principles study

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    Ashrafian, S.; Jahanshahi, M.; Ganji, M. Darvish; Agheb, R.

    2015-01-01

    . The very desirable Pt binding energy obtained accompanied by high specific surface area (because of fastened C 60 molecules) and relatively weaker O 2 binding energy of PGNBs compared with the pristine graphene lead to experimentally apprehend these novel hybrid nanostructured materials as a superior media for Pt adsorption. Our study recommends possible avenues for intensification the stability and electro-catalytic activity of platinum atoms on PGNB surfaces through hybrid engineering

  12. Greatly enhanced adsorption of platinum on periodic graphene nanobuds: A first-principles study

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    Ashrafian, S.; Jahanshahi, M. [Nanoscale Simulation Group, Nanotechnology Research Institute, School of Chemical Engineering, Babol University of Technology, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ganji, M. Darvish, E-mail: ganji_md@yahoo.com [Young Researchers and Elite club, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Agheb, R. [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 16315-1355, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-10-01

    graphene complex. The very desirable Pt binding energy obtained accompanied by high specific surface area (because of fastened C{sub 60} molecules) and relatively weaker O{sub 2} binding energy of PGNBs compared with the pristine graphene lead to experimentally apprehend these novel hybrid nanostructured materials as a superior media for Pt adsorption. Our study recommends possible avenues for intensification the stability and electro-catalytic activity of platinum atoms on PGNB surfaces through hybrid engineering.

  13. Mechanism and kinetics for ammonium dinitramide (ADN) sublimation: a first-principles study.

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    Zhu, R S; Chen, Hui-Lung; Lin, M C

    2012-11-08

    The mechanism for sublimation of NH(4)N(NO(2))(2) (ADN) has been investigated quantum-mechanically with generalized gradient approximation plane-wave density functional theory calculations; the solid surface is represented by a slab model and the periodic boundary conditions are applied. The calculated lattice constants for the bulk ADN, which were found to consist of NH(4)(+)[ON(O)NNO(2)](-) units, instead of NH(4)(+)[N(NO(2))(2)](-), agree quite well with experimental values. Results show that three steps are involved in the sublimation/decomposition of ADN. The first step is the relaxation of the surface layer with 1.6 kcal/mol energy per NH(4)ON(O)NNO(2) unit; the second step is the sublimation of the surface layer to form a molecular [NH(3)]-[HON(O)NNO(2)] complex with a 29.4 kcal/mol sublimation energy, consistent with the experimental observation of Korobeinichev et al. (10) The last step is the dissociation of the [H(3)N]-[HON(O)NNO(2)] complex to give NH(3) and HON(O)NNO(2) with the dissociation energy of 13.9 kcal/mol. Direct formation of NO(2) (g) from solid ADN costs a much higher energy, 58.3 kcal/mol. Our calculated total sublimation enthalpy for ADN(s) → NH(3)(g) + HON(O)NNO(2)) (g), 44.9 kcal/mol via three steps, is in good agreement with the value, 42.1 kcal/mol predicted for the one-step sublimation process in this work and the value 44.0 kcal/mol computed by Politzer et al. (11) using experimental thermochemical data. The sublimation rate constant for the rate-controlling step 2 can be represented as k(sub) = 2.18 × 10(12) exp (-30.5 kcal/mol/RT) s(-1), which agrees well with available experimental data within the temperature range studied. The high pressure limit decomposition rate constant for the molecular complex H(3)N···HON(O)NNO(2) can be expressed by k(dec) = 3.18 × 10(13) exp (-15.09 kcal/mol/RT) s(-1). In addition, water molecules were found to increase the sublimation enthalpy of ADN, contrary to that found in the ammonium

  14. A first principles study

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    We have used density functional theory to obtain the binding curves for a variety of hypothetical periodic structures of Al, Si, Pb, Sn and Au. Upon examining the resulting database of results for equilibrium bond lengths and radial force constants (within a nearest-neighbour model), we find that both decrease smoothly as ...

  15. First-principles study

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    Santosh singh

    2017-06-19

    Jun 19, 2017 ... behaviour of the optical spectra in the optical region for transparent conducting application. Keywords. Optoelectronic; titanium oxide. PACS Nos 73.61.GA; 78.66. 1. Introduction. Improving the optoelectronic properties of the already existing transparent conducting materials as well as searching for new ...

  16. Spin resolved electronic transport through N@C20 fullerene molecule between Au electrodes: A first principles study

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    Caliskan, Serkan

    2018-05-01

    Using first principles study, through Density Functional Theory combined with Non Equilibrium Green's Function Formalism, electronic properties of endohedral N@C20 fullerene molecule joining Au electrodes (Au-N@C20) was addressed in the presence of spin property. The electronic transport behavior across the Au-N@C20 molecular junction was investigated by spin resolved transmission, density of states, molecular orbitals, differential conductance and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. Spin asymmetric variation was clearly observed in the results due to single N atom encapsulated in the C20 fullerene cage, where the N atom played an essential role in the electronic behavior of Au-N@C20. This N@C20 based molecular bridge, exhibiting a spin dependent I-V variation, revealed a metallic behavior within the bias range from -1 V to 1 V. The induced magnetic moment, spin polarization and other relevant quantities associated with the spin resolved transport were elucidated.

  17. Electronic structure and lattice dynamics of CaPd3B studied by first-principles methods

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    Music, Denis; Ahuja, Rajeev; Schneider, Jochen M.

    2006-01-01

    Using first-principles methods, we have studied the electronic structure and lattice dynamics of CaPd 3 B and compared them to isostructural MgNi 3 C. CaPd 3 B possesses less electronic states at the Fermi level, but more phonon modes at low frequencies, than MgNi 3 C. According to the phonon density of states, low frequency acoustic modes are dominated by Pd states, corresponding to Ni in MgNi 3 C. Furthermore, these Pd modes show soft phonons, which may be significant for second-order phase transitions. Based on the comparison to MgNi 3 C, we suggest that the properties of these two compounds may be similar

  18. A first-principles study of electronic properties of H and F-terminated zigzag BNC nanoribbons

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    Alaal, Naresh [IITB-Monash Research Academy, Old CSE Building 2 nd Floor, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076, India. (India); Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076, India. (India); Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria -3800, Australia. (Australia); Medhekar, Nikhil [Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria -3800, Australia. (Australia); Shukla, Alok, E-mail: shukla@phy.iitb.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076, India. (India)

    2016-05-06

    Nanoribbons are quasi one-dimensional structures which have interesting electronic properties on the basis of their edge geometries, and width. We studied the electronic properties of hydrogen and fluorine-terminated zigzag BNC nanoribbons (BNCNRs) using a first-principles based density functional theory approach. We considered BNCNRs that were composed of an equal number of C-C and B-N dimers; one of the edges ends with an N atom and opposite edge ends with a C atom. These two edge atoms are passivated by H or F atoms. Our results suggest that hydrogen-terminated BNCNRs (H-BNCNRs) and flourine-terminated BNCNRs (F-BNCNRs) have different electronic properties. H-BNCNRs exhibit intrinsic half-metallic behavior while F-BNCNRs are indirect band gap semiconductors. Chemical functionalization of BNCNRs with H and F atoms show that BNCNRs have a diverse range of electronic properties.

  19. First-principles study of electronic properties of Si doped FeSe{sub 0.9} alloys

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    Kumar, Sandeep, E-mail: sandeep@phy.iitb.ac.in; Singh, Prabhakar P. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2016-05-23

    We have performed first-principles study of electronic and superconducting properties of FeSe{sub 0.9-x}Si{sub x} (x = 0.0, 0.05) alloys using Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Atomic Sphere Approximation within the coherent potential approximation (KKR-ASA-CPA). In our calculations, we used the local density approximation (LDA) for the exchange correlation potential. Our calculations show that these alloys are nonmagnetic in nature. We found that the substitution of Si at Se site into FeSe{sub 0.9} made subtle affects in the electronic structure with respect to the parent FeSe. The results have been analyzed in terms of changes in the density of states (DOS), band structures, Fermi surfaces and the superconducting transition temperature of FeSe{sub 0.9} and FeSe{sub 0.85}Si{sub 0.05} alloys.

  20. First-principles study of Ga-vacancy induced magnetism in β-Ga2O3.

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    Yang, Ya; Zhang, Jihua; Hu, Shunbo; Wu, Yabei; Zhang, Jincang; Ren, Wei; Cao, Shixun

    2017-11-01

    First principles calculations based on density functional theory were performed to study the electronic structure and magnetic properties of β-Ga 2 O 3 in the presence of cation vacancies. We investigated two kinds of Ga vacancies at different symmetry sites and the consequent structural distortion and defect states. We found that both the six-fold coordinated octahedral site and the four-fold coordinated tetrahedral site vacancies can lead to a spin polarized ground state. Furthermore, the calculation identified a relationship between the spin polarization and the charge states of the vacancies, which might be explained by a molecular orbital model consisting of uncompensated O 2- 2p dangling bonds. The calculations for the two vacancy systems also indicated a potential long-range ferromagnetic order which is beneficial for spintronics application.

  1. Adsorption behavior of formaldehyde on ZnO (10 1 bar 0) surface: A first principles study

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    Jin, Wentao; Chen, Guangde; Duan, Xiangyang; Yin, Yuan; Ye, Honggang; Wang, Dan; Yu, Jinying; Mei, Xuesong; Wu, Yelong

    2017-11-01

    In a first principles study of the formaldehyde adsorption on ZnO surface, we found a novel chain adsorption structure on ZnO (10 1 bar 0) plane. This adsorption structure results from the electrostatic interactions between those adsorbed formaldehyde molecules and the unique arrangement of Zn-O surface dimers on (10 1 bar 0) plane. This adsorption mechanism has the potential to extend to other wurtzite materials' (10 1 bar 0) plane and other similar cases. As the physical adsorption configurations are unstable, the chemical adsorption has to happen. The electronic properties show that the Cdbnd O double bond in CH2O turns into Csbnd O single bond and the highest occupied molecule orbital (HOMO) of formaldehyde is lifted into ZnO band gap becoming the hole trapping center. These results may be meaningful for formaldehyde degradation and detection.

  2. First-principles study of bonding mechanisms in the series of Ti, V, Cr, Mo, and their carbides and nitrides

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    Zaoui, A. [Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, 24 med bouzidi, 22000 Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria)]. E-mail: ali_zaoui@yahoo.fr; Kacimi, S. [Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, 24 med bouzidi, 22000 Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria); Bouhafs, B. [Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, 24 med bouzidi, 22000 Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria); Roula, A. [Laboratoire d' etude sur les interactions materiaux-environnements, Universite de Jijel, 18000 Jijel, Algerie (Algeria)

    2005-04-15

    The electronic structure and chemical bonding mechanism in the series of transition metals, those formed with 3d metals (Ti, V, Cr), and 4d metal (Mo), and their carbides and nitrides in the rocksalt structure are studied by means of a first-principles full potential linearized augmented plane waves method within the local density approximation (LDA). Results are given for lattice constant, bulk modulus, charge density and total and partial density of states. Our calculations demonstrate that increasing the number of valence d electrons in the core lead to larger (B) and the relativistic effects on the structural and electronic properties of MoC and MoN, if qualitatively not unexpected, are, however, surprisingly large, despite the relatively light atoms (C and N)

  3. First-principles study of structural stability and elastic property of pre-perovskite PbTiO3

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    Liu Yong; Ni Li-Hong; Ren Zhao-Hui; Xu Gang; Li Xiang; Song Chen-Lu; Han Gao-Rong

    2012-01-01

    The structural stability and the elastic properties of a novel structure of lead titanate, which is named pre- perovskite PbTiO 3 (PP-PTO) and is constructed with TiO 6 octahedral columns arranged in a one-dimensional manner, are investigated by using first-principles calculations. PP-PTO is energetically unstable compared with conventional perovskite phases, however it is mechanically stable. The equilibrium transition pressures for changing from pre- perovskite to cubic and tetragonal phases are −0.5 GPa and −1.4 GPa, respectively, with first-order characteristics. Further, the differences in elastic properties between pre-perovskite and conventional perovskite phases are discussed for the covalent bonding network, which shows a highly anisotropic character in PP-PTO. This study provides a crucial insight into the structural stabilities of PP-PTO and conventional perovskite. (condensed matter: structural, mechanical, and thermal properties)

  4. First-principles study of the interactions of hydrogen with low-index surfaces of PdCu ordered alloy

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    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available PdCu catalysts play a key role in several hydrogen-involved processes. Among these reactions, the interaction of hydrogen with PdCu essentially determines the catalytic performance. However, the response of PdCu to surrounding hydrogen has been poorly investigated, especially for specific facets of PdCu at different environment. In this work, taking temperature and hydrogen pressure into account, we studied the hydrogen-surface interactions for four low-index surfaces of PdCu through first-principles calculations. It was found that H-PdCu adsorption strong relies on the facets, hydrogen coverage, and reaction environment (temperature and H-pressure. Our work highlights the importance of the environment on the nature of catalyst surfaces and reactions and offers a plausible way to investigate the interactions between gas and the surfaces of nanocatalysts in real reactions.

  5. First-principles study of pressure-induced metal-insulator transition in BiNiO3

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    Cai, M. Q.; Yang, G. W.; Tan, X.; Cao, Y. L.; Wang, L. L.; Hu, W. Y.; Wang, Y. G.

    2007-09-01

    First-principles calculation is used to study the pressure-induced metal-insulator transition in BiNiO3. It is found that the G-antiferromagnetic insulator triclinic phase in BiNiO3 transforms to the ferromagnetic half-metallic orthorhombic phase with a volume collapse of 6.2% when the applied pressure is 3.46GPa. The interaction between neighbor Ni atoms creates the energy band gap of 1.96eV in the majority density of states. The pressure suppresses the charge disproportion of Bi. The strong hybridizations of Ni-O and Bi-O lead to the decrease of the spin magnetic moment with 1.74μB compared with the Ni3+ with d7 configuration 3μB.

  6. First principles study on mixed orthorhombic perovskite CH3NH3 Pb(I1-xBrx) 3

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    Fang, Zhou; Yi, Zhijun

    2017-11-01

    Chemically tuned inorganic-organic hybrid halide perovskites based on iodine and bromine halide anions have been studied using first-principles calculations. Firstly, our results show that the volume of CH3NH3 Pb(I1-xBrx) 3 decreases linearly with the concentration of Br ions, and the band gap can be tuned from 1.9 eV to 2.3 eV by substituting I with Br, resulting in the shift of absorption onset from 650 nm (1.9 eV) to 540 nm (2.3 eV). Secondly, our calculations show that the color of crystal can be tuned from wine to yellow by substituting I with Br.

  7. ASW Research at WHOI and SIO

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    and the seismic field in the seafloor for both ambient noise and signals transmitted by a J15-3 source (Stephen eta!., 2011; Worcester eta!. , 2013...deployed on two of the long-period OBS to study the relationship between deep ocean ambient noise and surface winds for acoustic frequencies below...08-01-2015 FINAL Sep 2010 - Sep 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Sa. CONTRACT NUMBER Col laborative Research : ASW Research at WHO I and SIO 5b. GRANT

  8. First-principles study of the nucleation and stability of ordered precipitates in ternary Al-Sc-Li alloys

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    Mao, Z.; Chen, W.; Seidman, D.N.; Wolverton, C.

    2011-01-01

    First-principles density functional calculations are used to study the nucleation and stability of L1 2 -ordered precipitates in Al-Sc-Li alloys. For dilute Al alloys, there are three possible ordered L1 2 precipitates: Al 3 Sc, Al 3 Li and an Al 3 Sc/Al 3 Li core/shell structure. To calculate the nucleation behavior, information about bulk thermodynamics (both static total energies and vibrational free energies), interfacial energetics and coherency strain is required. The study finds the following: (1) the coherency strain energies for forming coherent interfaces between Al/Al 3 Sc, Al/Al 3 Li and Al 3 Sc/Al 3 Li are relatively small, owing to the small atomic size mismatches in these systems; (2) the sublattice site preferences of Sc and Li are calculated, and it is demonstrated that Sc and Li share the same sublattice sites in both Al 3 Sc(L1 2 ) and Al 3 Li(L1 2 ), in agreement with recent experimental results; (3) the calculated solubilities of Sc and Li in α-Al alloys are in good agreement with experimental values and, for Sc, agree well with prior first-principles results; (4) the interfacial energies for Al/Al 3 Sc, Al/Al 3 Li and Al 3 Sc/Al 3 Li for (1 0 0), (1 1 0) and (1 1 1) interfaces are calculated: the values of the Al/Al 3 Sc interfacial energies are significantly larger than those of the Al/Al 3 Li and Al 3 Sc/Al 3 Li interfaces; (5) combining the bulk and interfacial energies yields the nucleation barriers and critical radii for Al 3 Sc and Al 3 Li precipitates; and (6) the energetic stability of the Al 3 Sc/Al 3 Li core/shell structure is compared with individual Al 3 Sc and Al 3 Li nuclei, and the range of precipitate sizes for which the core/shell structure is energetically favored is determined quantitatively.

  9. First-principles study on structure stabilities of α-S and Na-S battery systems

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    Momida, Hiroyoshi; Oguchi, Tamio

    2014-03-01

    To understand microscopic mechanisms of charge and discharge reactions in Na-S batteries, there has been increasing needs to study fundamental atomic and electronic structures of elemental S as well as that of Na-S phases. The most stable form of S is known to be an orthorhombic α-S crystal at ambient temperature and pressure, and α-S consists of puckered S8 rings which crystallize in space group Fddd . In this study, the crystal structure of α-S is examined by using first-principles calculations with and without the van der Waals interaction corrections of Grimme's method, and results clearly show that the van der Waals interactions between the S8 rings have crucial roles on cohesion of α-S. We also study structure stabilities of Na2S, NaS, NaS2, and Na2S5 phases with reported crystal structures. Using calculated total energies of the crystal structure models, we estimate discharge voltages assuming discharge reactions from 2Na+ xS -->Na2Sx, and discharge reactions in Na/S battery systems are discussed by comparing with experimental results. This work was partially supported by Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries (ESICB) of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), Japan.

  10. A First-Principle Theoretical Study of Mechanical and Electronic Properties in Graphene Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Junctions

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    Full Text Available The new three-dimensional structure that the graphene connected with SWCNTs (G-CNTs, Graphene Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes can solve graphene and CNTs′ problems. A comprehensive study of the mechanical and electrical performance of the junctions was performed by first-principles theory. There were eight types of junctions that were constituted by armchair and zigzag graphene and (3,3, (4,0, (4,4, and (6,0 CNTs. First, the junction strength was investigated. Generally, the binding energy of armchair G-CNTs was stronger than that of zigzag G-CNTs, and it was the biggest in the armchair G-CNTs (6,0. Likewise, the electrical performance of armchair G-CNTs was better than that of zigzag G-CNTs. Charge density distribution of G-CNTs (6,0 was the most homogeneous. Next, the impact factors of the electronic properties of armchair G-CNTs were investigated. We suggest that the band gap is increased with the length of CNTs, and its value should be dependent on the combined effect of both the graphene’s width and the CNTs’ length. Last, the relationship between voltage and current (U/I were studied. The U/I curve of armchair G-CNTs (6,0 possessed a good linearity and symmetry. These discoveries will contribute to the design and production of G-CNT-based devices.

  11. Activity and Synergy Effects on a Cu/ZnO(0001) Surface Studied Using First-Principle Thermodynamics.

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    Xiao, Jianping; Frauenheim, Thomas

    2012-09-20

    Using first-principle thermodynamics, we have studied surface phase diagrams of Cu substitutional ZnO(0001) surfaces under industrial conditions. On the one hand, the Cu substituted on Zn sites can promote efficient formation of oxygen vacancies on the ZnO(0001) surface. It can improve the activity on the Cu/ZnO(0001) surface. On the other hand, metallic monolayers containing certain Cu and Zn atoms can be also formed, accompanied by the oxygen vacancies formation. We have further investigated CO2 adsorption and reduction on these metallic monolayers. These metallic monolayers prefer to have an intermediate binding strength with the CO2 molecule. The intermediate binding strength was expected to be optimized for subsequent CO2 reduction. We have performed further studies and demonstrated successfully the improved catalysis for the subsequent CO2 reduction on these metallic monolayers. The relevant mechanism can be interpreted with the second synergy effect. The d-band states of these metallic monolayers, supported on the ZnO(0001) surface, are tuned to shift upward, that is, more close to Fermi level. Therefore, these metallic monolayers indeed exhibit promoted catalysis, in comparison with reported metallic surfaces in the literature.

  12. Influences of Stone–Wales defects on the structure, stability and electronic properties of antimonene: A first principle study

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    Hu, Yonghong, E-mail: hchyh2001@tom.com [School of Nuclear Technology and Chemistry & Biology, Hubei University of Science and Technology, Xianning 437100 (China); Wu, Yunyi [Department of Energy Materials and Technology, General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals, Beijing (China); Zhang, Shengli [Institute of Optoelectronics & Nanomaterials, Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2016-12-15

    Defects are inevitably present in materials, and their existence strongly affects the fundamental physical properties of 2D materials. Here, we performed first-principles calculations to study the structural and electronic properties of antimonene with Stone–Wales defects, highlighting the differences in the structure and electronic properties. Our calculations show that the presence of a SW defect in antimonene changes the geometrical symmetry. And the band gap decreases in electronic band structure with the decrease of the SW defect concentration. The formation energy and cohesive energy of a SW defect in antimonene are studied, showing the possibility of its existence and its good stability, respectively. The difference charge density near the SW defect is explored, by which the structural deformations of antimonene are explained. At last, we calculated the STM images for the SW defective antimonene to provide more information and characters for possible experimental observation. These results may provide meaningful references to the development and design of novel nanodevices based on new 2D materials.

  13. First-principles study of thermal expansion and thermomechanics of single-layer black and blue phosphorus

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    Sun, Hongyi; Liu, Gang; Li, Qingfang; Wan, X.G.

    2016-01-01

    The linear thermal expansion coefficients (LTEC) and thermomechanics of single-layer black and blue phosphorus are systematically studied using first-principles based on quasiharmonic approximation. We find the thermal expansion of black phosphorus is very anisotropic. The LTEC along zigzag direction has a turning from negative to positive at around 138 K, while the LTEC along armchair direction is positive (except below 8 K) and about 2.5 times larger than that along zigzag direction at 300 K. For blue phosphorus, the LTEC is negative in the temperature range from 0 to 350 K. In addition, we find that the Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio of black phosphorus along zigzag direction are 4 to 5 times larger than those along armchair direction within considered temperature range, showing a remarkable anisotropic in-plane thermomechanics property. The mechanisms of these peculiar thermal properties are also explored. This work provides a theoretical understanding of the thermal expansion and thermomechanics of this single layer phosphorus family, which will be useful in nanodevices. - Highlights: • The thermal properties of black and blue phosphorus are studied. • Black phosphorus shows remarkable anisotropic thermal expansion and thermomechanics properties. • Blue phosphorus shows novel negative thermal expansion. • The thermal expansion properties are well analyzed by grüneisen theory.

  14. Lithiation Behavior of High Capacity SiCO Anode Material for Lithium-ion Battery: A First Principle Study

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    Liao, Ningbo; Zheng, Beirong; Zhou, Hongming; Xue, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) has a reversible capacity of ∼800 mA h g −1 and is considered as a promising anode material for Li-ion battery. Further study needs to be conducted in terms of energy and structure in atomic scale, which could be very challenging for current experimental technologies. To better understand the mechanism of lithium insertion in SiCO, first principle calculations are performed to study the atomic structures, bonding mechanism, mechanical properties and lithiation voltage of lithiated SiC 1/4 O 7/4 . The predominate feature of the lithiated configuration is the presence of several Li involved tetrahedrons with the formation of Li−C/Li−O bonds. By the calculations of relative volume and bulk modulus, SiC 1/4 O 7/4 presents a considerably better performance in expansion and mechanical property than Si and SiO 1/3 . The formation energy and voltage curve also show that the lithium is more preferable in incorporation with SiC 1/4 O 7/4 than Si and SiO 1/3 , which is attributed to the formation of Li−O, Li−C bonds and corresponding Li involved tetrahedrons. Our calculations are in agreement with the available experiments, and provide a deeper insight into the lithiation mechanism of SiCO anode for Li-ion batteries

  15. Interaction of Pd single atoms with different CeO2 crystal planes: A first-principles study

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    He, Bingling; Wang, Jinlong; Ma, Dongwei; Tian, Zhixue; Jiang, Lijuan; Xu, Yan; Cheng, Sujun

    2018-03-01

    The adsorption of single Pd atoms on the various CeO2 surfaces, including (111), (110), and (100), has been studied based on the first-principles calculations. It is found that, according to the calculated adsorption energy, interaction strength between Pd and the three CeO2 surfaces follows the order of (100) > (110) > (111). Interestingly, the effect of the electron localization on the surface Ce ions due to the Pd adsorption on its adsorption stability is more significant for the (110) surface than that for the (111) and (100) surfaces. We also find that the formal oxidation states of Pd0, Pdδ+ (δ < 1) and Pd1+ may appear on the CeO2 (111) surface, and Pdδ+ (δ < 1) and Pd1+ could coexist on the CeO2 (100) surfaces. However, under suitable conditions the CeO2 (110) surface may be covered with Pd2+ ions. Present theoretical results clearly suggest that the interaction between Pd and CeO2 nanocrystals significantly depends on the crystal planes of CeO2. It is expected that our study will give useful insights into the effect of CeO2 crystal plane on the physicochemical and catalytic properties of CeO2 supported Pd catalyst.

  16. First-principles surface interaction studies of aluminum-copper and aluminum-copper-magnesium secondary phases in aluminum alloys

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    da Silva, Thiago H.; Nelson, Eric B.; Williamson, Izaak; Efaw, Corey M.; Sapper, Erik; Hurley, Michael F.; Li, Lan

    2018-05-01

    First-principles density functional theory-based calculations were performed to study θ-phase Al2Cu, S-phase Al2CuMg surface stability, as well as their interactions with water molecules and chloride (Cl-) ions. These secondary phases are commonly found in aluminum-based alloys and are initiation points for localized corrosion. Density functional theory (DFT)-based simulations provide insight into the origins of localized (pitting) corrosion processes of aluminum-based alloys. For both phases studied, Cl- ions cause atomic distortions on the surface layers. The nature of the distortions could be a factor to weaken the interlayer bonds in the Al2Cu and Al2CuMg secondary phases, facilitating the corrosion process. Electronic structure calculations revealed not only electron charge transfer from Cl- ions to alloy surface but also electron sharing, suggesting ionic and covalent bonding features, respectively. The S-phase Al2CuMg structure has a more active surface than the θ-phase Al2Cu. We also found a higher tendency of formation of new species, such as Al3+, Al(OH)2+, HCl, AlCl2+, Al(OH)Cl+, and Cl2 on the S-phase Al2CuMg surface. Surface chemical reactions and resultant species present contribute to establishment of local surface chemistry that influences the corrosion behavior of aluminum alloys.

  17. First-Principles Study of the Adsorption of Water on Tri-s-triazine-based Graphitic Carbon Nitride

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    Meñez Aspera, Susan; David, Melanie; Kasai, Hideaki

    2010-11-01

    As an initial step towards understanding the mechanism behind photocatalysis in graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), we present a first-principles density functional theory (DFT) study of H2O molecular adsorption on the tri-s-triazine-based structure. The optimization of the system determined that the most stable configuration would be on top of the two-coordinated nitrogen atom in an orientation where one O-H bond is parallel to the surface and the other one is pointing to the surface. The adsorption energy at the most stable configuration was found to be 0.82 eV with a barrier energy of ˜0.02 eV. Partial density of states (PDOS) and charge density distribution analysis show that, primarily, the bonding occurs between the hydrogen atom of the water molecule and the two-coordinated nitrogen atom of g-C3N4. Results of this study would be useful not only to better understand the mechanism behind H2O molecule adsorption but also to give insight into the role of the catalyst in the photocatalytic process.

  18. First-principles study of the Pd–Si system and Pd(001)/SiC(001) hetero-structure

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    Turchi, P.E.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Ivashchenko, V.I. [National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), Kiev (Ukraine)

    2014-11-01

    First-principles molecular dynamics simulations of the Pd(001)/3C–SiC(001) nano-layered structure were carried out at different temperatures ranging from 300 to 2100 K. Various PdSi (Pnma, Fm3m, P6m2, Pm3m), Pd2Si (P6⁻2m, P63/mmc, P3m1, P3⁻1m) and Pd3Si (Pnma, P6322, Pm3m, I4/mmm) structures under pressure were studied to identify the structure of the Pd/Si and Pd/C interfaces in the Pd/SiC systems at high temperatures. It was found that a large atomic mixing at the Pd/Si interface occurred at 1500–1800 K, whereas the Pd/C interface remained sharp even at the highest temperature of 2100 K. At the Pd/C interface, voids and a graphite-like clustering were detected. Palladium and silicon atoms interact at the Pd/Si interface to mostly form C22-Pd2Si and D011-Pd3Si fragments, in agreement with experiment.

  19. Stability, magnetic and electronic properties of cobalt–vacancy defect pairs in graphene: A first-principles study

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    Raji, Abdulrafiu T.; Lombardi, Enrico B.

    2015-01-01

    We report a first-principles investigation of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of cobalt–vacancy defect complexes in graphene, within the framework of density-functional theory (DFT), incorporating DFT+U. Specifically, we consider the interactions of cobalt and vacancies in graphene, at varying separations and sub-lattices. We show that it is energetically favorable for substitutional Co in graphene to trap an additional vacancy in graphene, forming a Co–vacancy complex. In all the configurations considered, the most stable configuration is when the Co atom is embedded in a divacancy. The magnetic moment induced on the cobalt atom varies as the vacancy–cobalt separation changes, depending not only on the separation, but also on the sub-lattice of the vacancy relative to cobalt. Furthermore, for each separation and sub-lattice considered, the linear density of states of graphene is modified such that Dirac point is either not discernible or has shifted above the Fermi energy. Since individual vacancies or transition metal (TM) atoms, such as cobalt in graphene, have mostly been studied in isolation up to now, ignoring possible transition metal–vacancy interactions, these results have important implications to the fundamental understanding of TM–vacancy defect interactions in graphene

  20. First-principles study of the adsorption properties of atoms and molecules on UN2 (001) surface

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    Xu, Mengjuan; Liu, Guangdong; Ao, Bingyun; Chen, Piheng; Hu, Wangyu; Deng, Huiqiu

    2017-09-01

    Uranium nitrides are one kind of accident-tolerant fuels and have been paid more attention recently. With the first-principles Density-Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, the adsorptions properties of some typical atoms, molecules and radical (including O, H, H2, O2, H2O and OH) adsorbed on the UN2 (001) surface have been studied in the present work. The preferred sites and stable configurations for those adsorbates on the UN2 (001) surface have been obtained. It's found that O or H atom prefers to be adsorbed at the bridge site; O2 adsorption will dissociate into two O atoms and occupy the nearest neighbor bridge sites; the interaction between H2 molecule and the UN2 (001) surface is very weak; OH prefers to occupy the bridge site with its O-H bond vertical to the surface; the surface adsorption of H2O is non-dissociated and adsorption energies are dependent on the initial structures and adsorption modes.

  1. Adsorption of 3d transition metal atoms on graphene-like gallium nitride monolayer: A first-principles study

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    Chen, Guo-Xiang; Li, Han-Fei; Yang, Xu; Wen, Jun-Qing; Pang, Qing; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2018-03-01

    We study the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of 3d transition metal (TM) atoms (Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu) adsorbed GaN monolayer (GaN-ML) using first-principles calculations. The results show that, for 6 different TM adatoms, the most stable adsorption sites are the same. The adsorption of TM atoms results in significant lattice distortions. A covalent chemical bonding character between TM adatom and GaN-ML is found in TM adsorbed systems. Except for Ni adsorbed system, all TM adsorbed systems show spin polarization implying that the adsorption of TM induces magnetization. The magnetic moments of the adsorbed systems are concentrated on the TM adatoms and the nearest-neighbor N atoms of the adsorption site contributed slightly. Our analysis shows that the GaN-ML properties can be effectively modulated by TM adsorption, and exhibit various electronic and magnetic properties, such as magnetic metals (Fe adsorption), half-metal (Co adsorption), and spin gapless semiconductor (Cu adsorption). These present properties of TM adsorbed GaN-ML may be of value in electronics and spintronics applications.

  2. First-principles study of electronic properties of FeSe{sub 1-x}S{sub x} alloys

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    Kumar, Sandeep, E-mail: sandeep@phy.iitb.ac.in; Singh, Prabhakar P. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai-400076 (India)

    2016-05-06

    We have studied the electronic and superconducting properties of FeSe{sub 1-x}S{sub x} (x = 0.0, 0.04) alloys by first-principles calculations using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Atomic Sphere Approximation within the coherent potential approximation (KKR-ASA-CPA). The electronic structure calculations show the ground states of S-doped FeSe to be nonmagnetic. We present the results of our unpolarized calculations for these alloys in terms of density of states (DOS), band structures, Fermi surfaces and the superconducting transition temperature of FeSe and FeSe{sub 0.96}S{sub 0.04} alloys. We find that the substitution of S at Se site into FeSe exhibit the subtle changes in the electronic structure with respect to the parent FeSe. We have also estimated bare Sommerfeld constant (γ{sub b}), electron-phonon coupling constant (λ) and the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) for these alloys, which were found to be in good agreement with experiments.

  3. First-principles study of the structure properties of Al(111)/6H-SiC(0001) interfaces

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    Wu, Qingjie; Xie, Jingpei; Wang, Changqing; Li, Liben; Wang, Aiqin; Mao, Aixia

    2018-04-01

    This paper presents a systematic study on the energetic and electronic structure of the Al(111)/6H-SiC(0001) interfaces by using first-principles calculation with density functional theory (DFT). There are all three situations for no-vacuum layer of Al/SiC superlattics, and two cases of C-terminated and Si-terminated interfaces are compared and analyzed. Through the density of states analysis, the initial information of interface combination is obtained. Then the supercells are stretched vertically along the z-axis, and the fracture of the interface is obtained, and it is pointed out that C-terminated SiC and Al interfaces have a better binding property. And, the fracture positions of C-terminated and Si-terminated interfaces are different in the process of stretching. Then, the distance variation in the process of stretching, the charge density differences, and the distribution of the electrons near the interface are analyzed. Al these work makes the specific reasons for the interface fracture are obtained at last.

  4. Selective gas adsorption and I-V response of monolayer boron phosphide introduced by dopants: A first-principle study

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    Cheng, Yongfa; Meng, Ruishen; Tan, Chunjian; Chen, Xianping; Xiao, Jing

    2018-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials have gained tremendous research interests for gas sensing applications because of their ultrahigh theoretical specific surface areas and unique electronic properties. Here, we investigate the adsorption of CO, SO2, NH3, O2, NO and NO2 gas molecules on pure and doped boron phosphide (BP) systems using first-principles calculations to exploit their potential in gas sensing. Our results predict that all six gas molecules show stronger adsorption interactions on impurities-doped BP over the pristine monolayer BP. Al-doped BP shows the highest sensitivity to all gas molecules, but N-doped BP is more suitable as a sensing material for SO2, NO and NO2 due to the feasibility of desorption. We further calculated the current-voltage (I-V) relation by mean of nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism. The I-V curves indicate that the electronic properties of the doping systems change significantly with gas adsorption by studying the nonparamagnetic molecules NH3 and the paramagnetic molecules NO, which can be more likely to be measured experimentally compared to graphene and phosphorene. This work explores the possibility of BP as a superior sensor through introducing the appropriate dopants.

  5. First-principles study of the electronic and optical properties of Li(Nb,Os)O3 alloys

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    Shen, Zhen-Xiong; Ren, Xinguo; He, Lixin

    2018-03-01

    Ferroelectric materials have some unique properties that are promising for photovoltaic applications. However, traditional ferroelectrics usually have a very large bandgap and therefore extremely low absorption in the visible light range. In this work, we study the electronic and optical properties of LiNb1-xOsxO3 alloys via first-principles calculations. We show that doping Os in LiNbO3 can effectively tune the bandgaps of the material. Specifically, less than 10% Os doping in LiNbO3 can reduce the bandgap from 3.78 eV to around 0.7 eV. The optical absorption of LiNb1-xOsxO3 alloys is improved to about two orders of magnitude than that of pure LiNbO3 in the visible light and infrared range. We further show that the alloys can still maintain their ferroelectricity and therefore have the potential for ferroelectric photovoltaic applications.

  6. Structural and electronic properties of free standing one-sided and two-sided hydrogenated silicene: A first principle study

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    Mohan, Brij, E-mail: brijmohanhpu@yahoo.com; Kumar, Ashok, E-mail: brijmohanhpu@yahoo.com; Ahluwalia, P. K., E-mail: brijmohanhpu@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla-171005 (India)

    2014-04-24

    We performed first-principle study of the structural and electronic properties of two-dimensional hydrogenated silicene for two configurations; one is hydrogenation along one side of silicene sheet and second is hydrogenation in both sides of silicene sheet. The one-side hydrogenated silicene is found stable at planar geometry while increased buckling of 0.725 Å is found for both-side hydrogenated silicene. The result shows that the hydrogenation occupy the extended π-bonding network of silicene, and thus it exhibits semi-conducting behaviour with a band gap of 1.77 eV and 2.19 eV for one-side hydrogenated silicene and both-side hydrogenated silicene respectively. However, both-side hydrogenated silicene of binding energy 4.56 eV is more stable than one-side hydrogenated silicene of binding energy 4.30 eV, but experimentally silicene is synthesized on substrates which interacts one side of silicene layer and only other side is available for H-atoms. Therefore, practically one-side hydrogenation is also important.

  7. Structural and electronic properties of free standing one-sided and two-sided hydrogenated silicene: A first principle study

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    Mohan, Brij; Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2014-01-01

    We performed first-principle study of the structural and electronic properties of two-dimensional hydrogenated silicene for two configurations; one is hydrogenation along one side of silicene sheet and second is hydrogenation in both sides of silicene sheet. The one-side hydrogenated silicene is found stable at planar geometry while increased buckling of 0.725 Å is found for both-side hydrogenated silicene. The result shows that the hydrogenation occupy the extended π-bonding network of silicene, and thus it exhibits semi-conducting behaviour with a band gap of 1.77 eV and 2.19 eV for one-side hydrogenated silicene and both-side hydrogenated silicene respectively. However, both-side hydrogenated silicene of binding energy 4.56 eV is more stable than one-side hydrogenated silicene of binding energy 4.30 eV, but experimentally silicene is synthesized on substrates which interacts one side of silicene layer and only other side is available for H-atoms. Therefore, practically one-side hydrogenation is also important

  8. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Fe{sub 2}-based full Heusler alloys: A first principle study

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    Dahmane, F., E-mail: fethallah05@gmail.com [Département de SM, Institue des sciences et des technologies, Centre universitaire de Tissemsilt, 38000, Tissemsilt (Algeria); Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, 22000 Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria); Mogulkoc, Y. [Department of Engineering Physics, Ankara University, Ankara (Turkey); Doumi, B.; Tadjer, A. [Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, 22000 Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique de la Matière et de Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Université de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Bin Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Rai, D.P. [Department of Physics, Pachhunga University College, Aizawl-796001 (India); Murtaza, G. [Materials Modeling Lab, Department of Physics, Islamia College University, Peshawar (Pakistan); Varshney, Dinesh [Materials Science Laboratory, School of Physics, Vigyan Bhavan, Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road Campus, Indore 452001 (India)

    2016-06-01

    Using the first-principles density functional calculations, the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the Fe{sub 2}XAl (X=Cr, Mn, Ni) compounds in both the Hg{sub 2}CuTi and Cu{sub 2}MnAl-type structures were studied by the full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange and correlation potential is treated by the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) where the results show that the Cu{sub 2}MnAl-type structure is energetically more stable than the Hg{sub 2}CuTi-type structure for the Fe{sub 2}CrAl and Fe{sub 2}MnAl compounds at the equilibrium volume. The full Heusler compounds Fe{sub 2}XAl (X=Cr, Mn) are half-metallic in the Cu{sub 2}MnAl-type structure. Fe{sub 2}NiAl has a metallic character in both CuHg{sub 2}Ti and AlCu{sub 2}Mn-type structures. The total magnetic moments of the Fe{sub 2}CrAl and Fe{sub 2}MnAl compounds are 1.0 and 2.0 μ{sub B}, respectively, which are in agreement with the Slater–Pauling rule M{sub tot}=Z{sub tot}− 24.

  9. A first-principles study on adsorption behaviors of pristine and Li-decorated graphene sheets toward hydrazine molecules

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    Zeng, Huadong; Cheng, Xinlu; Wang, Wei

    2018-03-01

    The adsorption behaviors and properties of hydrazine (N2H4) molecules on pristine and Li-decorated graphene sheets were investigated by means of first-principles based on density functional theory. We systematically analyzed the optimal geometry, average binding energy, charge transfer, charge density difference and density of states of N2H4 molecules adsorbed on pristine and Li-decorated graphene sheets. It is found that the interaction between single N2H4 molecule and pristine graphene is weak physisorption with the low binding energy of -0.026 eV, suggesting that the pristine graphene sheet is insensitive to the presence of N2H4 molecule. However, it is markedly enhanced after lithium decoration with the high binding energy of -1.004 eV, verifying that the Li-decorated graphene sheet is significantly sensitive to detect N2H4 molecule. Meanwhile, the effects of the concentrations of N2H4 molecules on two different substrates were studied detailedly. For pristine graphene substrate, the average binding energy augments apparently with increasing the number of N2H4 molecules, which is mainly attributed to the van der Waals interactions and hydrogen bonds among N2H4 clusters. Li-decorated graphene sheet has still a strong affinity to N2H4 molecules despite the corresponding average binding energy emerges a contrary tendency. Overall, Li-decorated graphene sheet could be considered as a potential gas sensor in field of hydrazine molecules.

  10. First-principles model potentials for lattice-dynamical studies: general methodology and example of application to ferroic perovskite oxides.

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    Wojdeł, Jacek C; Hermet, Patrick; Ljungberg, Mathias P; Ghosez, Philippe; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2013-07-31

    We present a scheme to construct model potentials, with parameters computed from first principles, for large-scale lattice-dynamical simulations of materials. We mimic the traditional solid-state approach to the investigation of vibrational spectra, i.e., we start from a suitably chosen reference configuration of the compound and describe its energy as a function of arbitrary atomic distortions by means of a Taylor series. Such a form of the potential-energy surface is general, trivial to formulate for any material, and physically transparent. Further, such models involve clear-cut approximations, their precision can be improved in a systematic fashion, and their simplicity allows for convenient and practical strategies to compute/fit the potential parameters. We illustrate our scheme with two challenging cases in which the model potential is strongly anharmonic, namely, the ferroic perovskite oxides PbTiO3 and SrTiO3. Studying these compounds allows us to better describe the connection between the so-called effective-Hamiltonian method and ours (which may be seen as an extension of the former), and to show the physical insight and predictive power provided by our approach-e.g., we present new results regarding the factors controlling phase-transition temperatures, novel phase transitions under elastic constraints, an improved treatment of thermal expansion, etc.

  11. First-principles molecular dynamics study of glassy GeS2: Atomic structure and bonding properties

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    Celino, M.; Le Roux, S.; Ori, G.; Coasne, B.; Bouzid, A.; Boero, M.; Massobrio, C.

    2013-11-01

    The structure of glassy GeS2 is studied in the framework of density functional theory, by using a fully self-consistent first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) scheme. A comparative analysis is performed with previous molecular dynamics data obtained within the Harris functional (HFMD) total energy approach. The calculated total neutron structure factor exhibits an unprecedented agreement with the experimental counterpart. In particular, the height of the first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) improves considerably upon the HFMD results. Both the Ge and the S subnetworks are affected by a consistent number of miscoordinations, coexisting with the main tetrahedral structural motif. Glassy GeS2 features a short-range order quite similar to the one found in glassy GeSe2, a notable exception being the larger number of edge-sharing connections. An electronic structure localization analysis, based on the Wannier functions formalism, provides evidence of a more enhanced ionic character in glassy GeS2 when compared to glassy GeSe2.

  12. Exfoliation of graphene flake from SiC substrate using hydrogen injection; a first-principle study

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    Lee, Bora; Han, Seungwu; Kim, Yong-Sung

    2009-03-01

    Recently there is an immense interest in studying graphene for investigating its unique electronic properties as well as practical applications to nanoscale devices. Up to now there are two methods to obtain graphene layers. The first one is a mechanical method in which the single graphene sheet is split off the bulk graphite crystals using adhesives. The other method is graphitization of SiC surfaces by annealing at elevated temperatures. Even though the latter approach can provide a graphene layer in a more controlled way, the exfoliation of the graphene layer still poses a big challenge. In this presentation, based on the first-principles results, we propose a novel exfoliation method using hydrogen. As a model system, the 6H-SiC(0001) 4x4 cell is used, which corresponds to the 3x3 graphene cell. We calculate the binding energy of single hydrogen atom in various places; above and below graphene surface and inside the first SiC layer. The binding energies of hydrogen are calculated for different coverages. It is found that at high coverages, the hydrogen atoms prefer to bind below the graphene surface, cutting the graphene-SiC bonds. This means that the graphene can be exfoliated in the hydrogen-rich environment. The detailed analysis including the electronic structures will be presented.

  13. Anisotropic electronic band structure of intrinsic Si(110) studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Matsushita, Stephane Yu; Takayama, Akari; Kawamoto, Erina; Hu, Chunping; Hagiwara, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuyuki; Takahashi, Takashi; Suto, Shozo

    2017-09-01

    We have studied the electronic band structure of the hydrogen-terminated Si(110)-(1 ×1 ) [H:Si(110)-(1 ×1 )] surface using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and first-principles calculations in the framework of density functional theory with local density approximation (LDA). The bulk-truncated H:Si(110)-(1 ×1 ) surface is a good template to investigate the electronic band structure of the intrinsic Si(110). In the ARPES spectra, seven bulk states and one surface state due to the H-H interaction are observed clearly. The four bulk states consisting of Si 3 px y orbitals exhibit anisotropic band dispersions along the high symmetric direction of Γ ¯-X ¯ and Γ ¯-X¯' directions, where one state shows one-dimensional character. The calculated band structures show a good agreement with the experimental results except the surface state. We discuss the exact nature of electronic band structures and the applicability of LDA. We have estimated the anisotropic effective masses of electrons and holes of Si(110) for device application.

  14. Study on the intrinsic defects in ZnO by combing first-principle and thermodynamic calculations

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    Ma, Changmin; Liu, Tingyu; Chang, Qiuxiang

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, the intrinsic point defects in ZnO crystal have been studied by the approach that integrates first-principles, thermodynamic calculations and the contributions of vibrational entropy. With temperature increasing and oxygen partial pressure decreasing, the formation energies of oxygen vacancy (VO), zinc interstitial (Zni) and zinc anti-site (ZnO) are decreasing, while it increases for zinc vacancy (VZn), oxygen interstitial (Oi) and oxygen anti-site (OZn). They are more sensitive to temperature than oxygen partial pressure. There are two interesting phenomena. First, VO or VZn have the lowest formation energies for whole Fermi level at special environment condition (such as at T = 300K, about PO2 = 10-10atm or T = 1500K, about PO2 = 104atm) and intrinsic p-type doping of ZnO is possible by VZn at these special conditions. Second, VO as donors have lowest formation energy for all Fermi level at high temperature and low oxygen partial pressure (T = 1500K, PO2 = 10-10atm). According to our analysis, the VO could produce n-type doping in ZnO at these special conditions and change p-type ZnO to n-type ZnO at condition from low temperature and high oxygen partial pressure to high temperature and low oxygen partial pressure.

  15. Oxygen adsorption on the Al9Co2(001) surface: first-principles and STM study

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    Villaseca, S Alarcón; Loli, L N Serkovic; Ledieu, J; Fournée, V; Dubois, J-M; Gaudry, É; Gille, P

    2013-01-01

    Atomic oxygen adsorption on a pure aluminum terminated Al 9 Co 2 (001) surface is studied by first-principle calculations coupled with STM measurements. Relative adsorption energies of oxygen atoms have been calculated on different surface sites along with the associated STM images. The local electronic structure of the most favourable adsorption site is described. The preferential adsorption site is identified as a ‘bridge’ type site between the cluster entities exposed at the (001) surface termination. The Al–O bonding between the adsorbate and the substrate presents a covalent character, with s–p hybridization occurring between the states of the adsorbed oxygen atom and the aluminum atoms of the surface. The simulated STM image of the preferential adsorption site is in agreement with experimental observations. This work shows that oxygen adsorption generates important atomic relaxations of the topmost surface layer and that sub-surface cobalt atoms strongly influence the values of the adsorption energies. The calculated Al–O distances are in agreement with those reported in Al 2 O and Al 2 O 3 oxides and for oxygen adsorption on Al(111). (paper)

  16. Elastic, dynamical, and electronic properties of LiHg and Li3Hg: First-principles study

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    Wang, Yan; Hao, Chun-Mei; Huang, Hong-Mei; Li, Yan-Ling

    2018-04-01

    The elastic, dynamical, and electronic properties of cubic LiHg and Li3Hg were investigated based on first-principles methods. The elastic constants and phonon spectral calculations confirmed the mechanical and dynamical stability of the materials at ambient conditions. The obtained elastic moduli of LiHg are slightly larger than those of Li3Hg. Both LiHg and Li3Hg are ductile materials with strong shear anisotropy as metals with mixed ionic, covalent, and metallic interactions. The calculated Debye temperatures are 223.5 K and 230.6 K for LiHg and Li3Hg, respectively. The calculated phonon frequency of the T2 g mode in Li3Hg is 326.8 cm-1. The p states from the Hg and Li atoms dominate the electronic structure near the Fermi level. These findings may inspire further experimental and theoretical study on the potential technical and engineering applications of similar alkali metal-based intermetallic compounds.

  17. First principles study of the magnetic properties and charge transfer of Ni-doped BiFeO3

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    Sun, Yuan; Sun, Zhenghao; Wei, Ren; Huang, Yuxin; Wang, Lili; Leng, Jing; Xiang, Peng; Lan, Min

    2018-03-01

    We present a first-principles study of electronic structures and magnetic properties in Ni-doped BiFeO3 using the density functional theory + U methods. The BiNixFe1-xO3 (x = 0.125, 0.25, 0.5) multiferroic ceramics represent ferromagnetic properties due to the ferrimagnetic order in Ni-O-Fe, and the magnetic moment rises with increase in Ni doping concentration agreeing well with experimental results. Ni atoms prefer to occupy the diagonal positions in the quasi-plane Ni-O-Fe eight-membered ring. Charge transfer from Bi 6s state to Ni 3d state through O 2p orbital lead to the 2+ oxidation state of Ni, indicating high Néel temperatures of BiNixFe1-xO3, and the electronic state of the system can be described as Bi4+xBi3+1-xNi2+xFe3+1-xO3. The spin polarization of Bi 6s state and O 2p state near the Fermi level contributes to the total magnetic moment. A spin-polarized acceptor level of about 0.4 eV constituted by Bi 6s state and O 2p state is found, which is responsible for the increase in leakage current of Ni-doped BiFeO3.

  18. Effects of carbon vacancies on the structures, mechanical properties, and chemical bonding of zirconium carbides: a first-principles study.

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    Xie, Congwei; Oganov, Artem R; Li, Duan; Debela, Tekalign Terfa; Liu, Ning; Dong, Dong; Zeng, Qingfeng

    2016-04-28

    Interstitial carbides are able to maintain structural stability even with a high concentration of carbon vacancies. This feature provides them with tunable properties through the design of carbon vacancies, and thus making it important to reveal how carbon vacancies affect their properties. In the present study, using first-principles, we have calculated the properties of a number of stable and metastable zirconium carbides ZrC1-x (x = 0 and 1/n, n = 2-8) which were predicted by the evolutionary algorithm USPEX. Effects of carbon vacancies on the structures, mechanical properties, and chemical bonding of these zirconium carbides were systematically investigated. The distribution of carbon vacancies has significant influence on mechanical properties, especially Pugh's ratio. Nonadjacent carbon vacancies enhance Pugh's ratio, while grouped carbon vacancies decrease Pugh's ratio. This is explained by the changes in strength of Zr-C and Zr-Zr bonding around differently distributed carbon vacancies. We further explored the mechanical properties of zirconium carbides with impurities (N and O) by inserting N and O atoms into the sites of carbon vacancies. The enhanced mechanical properties of zirconium carbides were found.

  19. Vibrational signatures in the THz spectrum of 1,3-DNB: A first-principles and experimental study

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    Ahmed, Towfiq; Azad, Abul K.; Chellappa, Raja; Higginbotham-Duque, Amanda; Dattelbaum, Dana M.; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Moore, David; Graf, Matthias J.

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the fundamental processes of light-matter interaction is important for detection of explosives and other energetic materials, which are active in the infrared and terahertz (THz) region. We report a comprehensive study on electronic and vibrational lattice properties of structurally similar 1,3-dinitrobenzene (1,3-DNB) crystals through first-principles electronic structure calculations and THz spectroscopy measurements on polycrystalline samples. Starting from reported x-ray crystal structures, we use density-functional theory (DFT) with periodic boundary conditions to optimize the structures and perform linear response calculations of the vibrational properties at zero phonon momentum. The theoretically identified normal modes agree qualitatively with those obtained experimentally in a frequency range up to 2.5 THz and quantitatively at much higher frequencies. The latter frequencies are set by intra-molecular forces. Our results suggest that van der Waals dispersion forces need to be included to improve the agreement between theory and experiment in the THz region, which is dominated by intermolecular modes and sensitive to details in the DFT calculation. An improved comparison is needed to assess and distinguish between intra- and intermolecular vibrational modes characteristic of energetic materials.

  20. Effect of pressure on Zircon's (ZrSiO4) Raman active modes: a first-principles study

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    Sheremetyeva, Natalya; Cherniak, Daniele; Watson, Bruce; Meunier, Vincent

    Zircon is a mineral commonly found in the Earth crust. Its remarkable properties have given rise to considerable attention. This includes possible inclusion of radioactive elements in natural samples, which allows for geochronological investigations. Subsequently, Zircon was proposed as possible host material for radioactive waste management. Internal radiation damage in zircon leads to the destruction of its crystal structure (an effect known as metamictization) which is subject to ongoing research. Recently, the effect of pressure and temperature on synthetic zircon has been analyzed experimentally using Raman spectroscopy which led to the calibration of zircon as a pressure sensor in diamond-anvil cell experiments. While there have been a number of theoretical studies, the effect of pressure on the Raman active modes of zircon has not been investigated theoretically. Here we present a first-principles pressure calibration of the Raman active modes in Zircon employing density-functional theory (DFT). We find excellent quantitative agreement of the slopes ∂ω / ∂P with the experimental ones and are able to rationalize the ω vs. P behavior based on the details of the vibrational modes.

  1. A first-principles study of phase transitions in ultrathin films of BaTiO 3

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    We determine the effects of film thickness, epitaxial strain and the nature of electrodes on ferroelectric phase transitions in ultrathin films of BaTiO3 using a first-principles effective Hamiltonian in classical molecular dynamics simulations. We present results for polarization and dielectric properties as a function of temperature ...

  2. First-principles study of van der Waals interactions and lattice mismatch at MoS2/metal interfaces

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    Farmanbar Gelepordsari, M.; Brocks, G.

    2016-01-01

    We explore the adsorption of MoS 2 on a range of metal substrates by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations. Including van der Waals forces in the density functional is essential to capture the interaction between MoS 2 and a metal surface, and obtain reliable interface

  3. First-principles study of optical properties of α-CuSe/klockmannite: Bulk and nano-layers

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    Shojaei, Ali Reza; Vaez, Aminollah; Nourbakhsh, Zahra; Madaniyan, Zeynab Sadat

    2014-01-01

    The optical properties of α-CuSe bulk and its nano-layers (NLs) have been studied by the first principles theoretical study in the framework of density functional theory. These properties are calculated with regard to dielectric function, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflection coefficient, absorption coefficient, energy-loss function, and optical conductivity. To create NLs, two different thicknesses through CuSe bulk are chosen in the (0001) direction as the first and second thicknesses. The former thickness is divided into six different NLs with variant alternations. These NLs have the same chemical composition and are structural isomers. Among the NLs, the optical properties of the most stable NL and its double thickness are calculated and compared with the bulk state. The imaginary part of dielectric function has a main peak at low energies because α-CuSe is a conductive compound in the bulk state. The electronic structure of NLs shows that they have remained conductive in x (or y) direction, but they interestingly have a dielectric behavior with an ultra-low electrical conductivity in z direction. The optical curves in the bulk and NLs show the anisotropic feature between x and z directions. In the range of infrared to red light, the bulk refractive index, n z (ω), is very large, about 6, while n x (ω) is about 3. Results show that the NLs have wide absorption curves in the range of solar spectrum from infrared to ultraviolet. - Highlights: • Optical properties of α-CuSe bulk and its nano-layers (NLs) are studied • Our calculations are performed within framework of Density functional theory using full potential method. • The NLs stabilities and thickness effect on their optical properties are discussed. • Bulk and NLs optical curves show anisotropic feature between x (or y) and z directions. • NLs showed conductivity in x (or y) direction but ultra-low conductivity in z direction

  4. Adsorption of gas molecules on graphene-like InN monolayer: A first-principle study

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    Sun, Xiang; Yang, Qun [Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, 541004 Guilin (China); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology & Systems, Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University and College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, 400044 Chongqing (China); Meng, Ruishen [Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, 541004 Guilin (China); Tan, Chunjian [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology & Systems, Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University and College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, 400044 Chongqing (China); Liang, Qiuhua [Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, 541004 Guilin (China); Jiang, Junke [Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, 541004 Guilin (China); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology & Systems, Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University and College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, 400044 Chongqing (China); Ye, Huaiyu [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology & Systems, Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University and College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, 400044 Chongqing (China); Chen, Xianping, E-mail: xianpingchen@cqu.edu.cn [Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, 541004 Guilin (China); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology & Systems, Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University and College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, 400044 Chongqing (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • A comprehensive adsorption mechanism of InN monolayer is theoretical studied to distinguish the physic/chemi-sorption. • Different adsorption sites for different gases are systematically discussed. • The influence (enhanced or weakened) of external electric field to InN-gas system is well investigated. • The influences of gas adsorption to the optical properties (work function and light adsorption ability) of InN monolayer are also researched. - Abstract: Using first-principles calculation within density functional theory (DFT), we study the gas (CO, NH{sub 3}, H{sub 2}S, NO{sub 2}, NO, SO{sub 2}) adsorption properties on the surface of single-layer indium nitride (InN). Four different adsorption sites (Bridge, In, N, Hollow) are chosen to explore the most sensitive adsorption site. On the basis of the adsorption energy, band gap and charge transfer, we find that the most energetic favourable site is changeable between In site and N site for different gases. Moreover, our results reveal that InN is sensitive to NH{sub 3}, SO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}S and NO{sub 2}, by a physisorption or a chemisorption nature. We also perform a perpendicular electric field to the system and find that the applied electric field has a significant effect for the adsorption process. Besides, we also observed the desorption effects on NH{sub 3} adsorbed at the hollow site of InN when the electric field applied. In addition, the optical properties of InN monolayer affected by different gases are also discussed. Most of the gas adsorptions will cause the inhibition of light adsorption while the others can reduce the work function or enhance the adsorption ability in visible region. Our theoretical results indicate that monolayer InN is a promising candidate for gas sensing applications.

  5. Study of Cs adsorption on (100) surface of [001]-oriented GaN nanowires: A first principle research

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    Xia, Sihao [Department of Optoelectronic Technology, School of Electronic and Optical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology Nanjing, 210094 (China); Liu, Lei, E-mail: liu1133_cn@sina.com.cn [Department of Optoelectronic Technology, School of Electronic and Optical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology Nanjing, 210094 (China); Kong, Yike [Department of Optoelectronic Technology, School of Electronic and Optical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology Nanjing, 210094 (China); Wang, Honggang; Wang, Meishan [School of Information and Electrical Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025 (China)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • B{sub N} is the most stable adsorption site. • Work function is reduced after Cs adsorption. • Surface atomic structures are reconstructed. • Surface states near fermi level is contributed to the hybridization of Cs 5s state with Ga 4p and N 2p state. • NEA surface is demonstrated after Cs adsorption on GaN nanowire surface. - Abstract: Based on first-principle study, the adsorption mechanism of Cs on (100) crystal plane of GaN nanowire surface with coverage of 1/12 monolayer is explored. It is discovered that the most stable adsorption site is B{sub N} because of its lowest adsorption energy. The work function of GaN nanowire surface is reduced by 1.69 eV and will be further reduced with increasing Cs adsorption, which promotes the development of negative electron affinity (NEA) state of the materials. Furthermore, Cs adatom will make a great influence on the surface atomic structure, oppositely, little influence on the center atomic structure. There appears a dipole moment valued −6.93 Debye on the nanowire surface contributed to the formation the heterojunction on the surface, which is beneficial to the photoelectrons liberation. After Cs adsorption, the valence band and conduction band both move to lower energy side. The surface states mainly result from the hybridization of Cs 5s state with Ga 4p state and N 2p state. This study can help us to further experiment on the Cs adsorption processing on GaN nanowire and improve the photoemission performance of GaN nanowire devices.

  6. Engineering the work function of armchair graphene nanoribbons using strain and functional species: a first principles study

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    Peng Xihong; Tang Fu; Copple, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    First principles density functional theory calculations were performed to study the effects of strain, edge passivation, and surface functional species on the structural and electronic properties of armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs), with a particular focus on the work function. The work function was found to increase with uniaxial tensile strain and decrease with compression. The variation of the work function under strain is primarily due to the shift of the Fermi energy with strain. In addition, the relationship between the work function variation and the core level shift with strain is discussed. Distinct trends of the core level shift under tensile and compressive strain were discovered. For AGNRs with the edge carbon atoms passivated by oxygen, the work function is higher than for nanoribbons with the edge passivated by hydrogen under a moderate strain. The difference between the work functions in these two edge passivations is enlarged (reduced) under a sufficient tensile (compressive) strain. This has been correlated to a direct-indirect bandgap transition for tensile strains of about 4% and to a structural transformation for large compressive strains at about - 12%. Furthermore, the effect of the surface species decoration, such as H, F, or OH with different covering density, was investigated. It was found that the work function varies with the type and coverage of surface functional species. Decoration with F and OH increases the work function while H decreases it. The surface functional species were decorated on either one side or both sides of AGNRs. The difference in the work functions between one-sided and two-sided decorations was found to be relatively small, which may suggest an introduced surface dipole plays a minor role. (paper)

  7. Structural and mechanical properties of Al―Mg―B films: Experimental study and first-principles calculations

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    Ivashchenko, V.I.; Scrynskyy, P.L. [Frantsevych Institute for Problems of Material Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Dub, S.N. [Bakul Institute for Superhard Materials, NAS of Ukraine, 2, Avtozavodska Str., 04074 Kyiv (Ukraine); Butenko, O.O.; Kozak, A.O.; Sinelnichenko, O.K. [Frantsevych Institute for Problems of Material Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2016-01-29

    The Al―Mg―B films were deposited on silicon substrates by direct current magnetron sputtering from the AlMgB{sub 14} target at low discharge power and at substrate temperature ranging from 100 to 500 °C. The deposited films have been annealed at 1000 °C in vacuum, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy, nano- and micro-indentation, and scratch testing. The films exhibit lower hardness than the bulk AlMgB{sub 14} material, which is due to their amorphous structure in which the strong intra-icosahedron B―B bonds are almost lacking and the weaker B―O bonds are predominant. After the annealing, a reduction of a number of B―O bonds and a formation of crystallites in the films lead to an increase in the nanohardness and elastic modulus. The as-deposited films exhibit a low coefficient of friction of 0.08–0.12. First-principles studies show that the icosahedra in amorphous AlMgB{sub 14}-based materials are not fully developed, which is the reason of their lower mechanical performance. - Highlights: • Al―Mg―B films were deposited at different substrate temperatures. • The as-deposited films were amorphous, whereas the annealed ones were nanostructured. • Mechanical properties were analyzed as functions of substrate and annealing temperatures. • Ab-initio MD simulations of AlMgB{sub 14}-based materials were carried out. • Both experimental and theoretical investigations enabled one to explain film properties.

  8. First-principle study of single TM atoms X (X=Fe, Ru or Os) doped monolayer WS2 systems

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    Zhu, Yuan-Yan; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2018-05-01

    We report the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of the pristine and single TM atoms X (X = Fe, Ru or Os) doped monolayer WS2 systems based on first-principle calculations. The results show that the W-S bond shows a stronger covalent bond, but the covalency is obviously weakened after the substitution of W atom with single X atoms, especially for Ru (4d75s1) with the easily lost electronic configuration. The smaller total energies of the doped systems reveal that the spin-polarized states are energetically favorable than the non-spin-polarized states, and the smallest total energy of -373.918 eV shows the spin-polarized state of the Os doped monolayer WS2 system is most stable among three doped systems. In addition, although the pristine monolayer WS2 system is a nonmagnetic-semiconductor with a direct band gap of 1.813 eV, single TM atoms Fe and Ru doped monolayer WS2 systems transfer to magnetic-HM with the total moments Mtot of 1.993 and 1.962 μB , while single TM atom Os doped monolayer WS2 systems changes to magnetic-metal with the total moments Mtot of 1.569 μB . Moreover, the impurity states with a positive spin splitting energies of 0.543, 0.276 and 0.1999 eV near the Fermi level EF are mainly contributed by X-dxy and X-dx2-y2 states hybridized with its nearest-neighbor atom W-dz2 states for Fe, Ru and Os doped monolayer WS2 system, respectively. Finally, we hope that the present study on monolayer WS2 will provide a useful theoretical guideline for exploring low-dimensional spintronic materials in future experiments.

  9. First-principles study of thermodynamical properties of random magnetic overlayers on fcc-Cu(001) substrate

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    Mašín, Martin; Bergqvist, L.; Kudrnovský, Josef; Kotrla, Miroslav; Drchal, Václav

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 87, č. 7 (2013), "075452-1"-"075452-7" ISSN 1098-0121 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/0775 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : Curie temperature * random overlayer * Heisenberg Hamiltonian * first principles * Monte Carlo simulations * magnon spectra Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics Impact factor: 3.664, year: 2013 http://prb. aps .org/abstract/PRB/v87/i7/e075452

  10. Metal-functionalized single-walled graphitic carbon nitride nanotubes: a first-principles study on magnetic property

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    Pan, Hui; Zhang, Yong-Wei; Shenoy, Vivek B; Gao, Huajian

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The magnetic properties of metal-functionalized graphitic carbon nitride nanotubes were investigated based on first-principles calculations. The graphitic carbon nitride nanotube can be either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic by functionalizing with different metal atoms. The W- and Ti-functionalized nanotubes are ferromagnetic, which are attributed to carrier-mediated interactions because of the coupling between the spin-polarized d and p electrons and the formation of the impurit...

  11. The impact of Ti and temperature on the stability of Nb5Si3 phases: a first-principles study.

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    Papadimitriou, Ioannis; Utton, Claire; Tsakiropoulos, Panos

    2017-01-01

    Nb-silicide based alloys could be used at T > 1423 K in future aero-engines. Titanium is an important additive to these new alloys where it improves oxidation, fracture toughness and reduces density. The microstructures of the new alloys consist of an Nb solid solution, and silicides and other intermetallics can be present. Three Nb 5 Si 3 polymorphs are known, namely αNb 5 Si 3 ( tI 32 Cr 5 B 3 -type, D8 l ), βNb 5 Si 3 ( tI 32 W 5 Si 3 -type, D8 m ) and γNb 5 Si 3 ( hP 16 Mn 5 Si 3 -type, D8 8 ). In these 5-3 silicides Nb atoms can be substituted by Ti atoms. The type of stable Nb 5 Si 3 depends on temperature and concentration of Ti addition and is important for the stability and properties of the alloys. The effect of increasing concentration of Ti on the transition temperature between the polymorphs has not been studied. In this work first-principles calculations were used to predict the stability and physical properties of the various Nb 5 Si 3 silicides alloyed with Ti. Temperature-dependent enthalpies of formation were computed, and the transition temperature between the low (α) and high (β) temperature polymorphs of Nb 5 Si 3 was found to decrease significantly with increasing Ti content. The γNb 5 Si 3 was found to be stable only at high Ti concentrations, above approximately 50 at. % Ti. Calculation of physical properties and the Cauchy pressures, Pugh's index of ductility and Poisson ratio showed that as the Ti content increased, the bulk moduli of all silicides decreased, while the shear and elastic moduli and the Debye temperature increased for the αNb 5 Si 3 and γNb 5 Si 3 and decreased for βNb 5 Si 3 . With the addition of Ti the αNb 5 Si 3 and γNb 5 Si 3 became less ductile, whereas the βNb 5 Si 3 became more ductile. When Ti was added in the αNb 5 Si 3 and βNb 5 Si 3 the linear thermal expansion coefficients of the silicides decreased, but the anisotropy of coefficient of thermal expansion did not change significantly.

  12. Vitreous Anorthite (CaAl2Si2O8) at High Pressure: A First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Ghosh, D. B.; Karki, B. B.

    2017-12-01

    Due to the high abundance of silicates and aluminosilicates inside the earth, their corresponding melts are likely to be one of the key transport agents in the chemical and thermal evolution of our planet and therefore, have long been the subject of investigations. Experimentally, in-situ melt properties of these materials, particularly at high pressure-temperature conditions are extremely difficult to constrain and the corresponding glass phases are considered as analogs. This, however, prohibits one-to-one comparison between the properties of silicate melt and its corresponding glass. With the aim to enable such comparison, we investigate the equation of state and structural properties of CaAl2Si2O8 glass at 300 K as a function of pressure up to 160 GPa from first principles molecular dynamics simulation results. Our results show that at ambient pressure: (i) Si's remain mostly (> 95%) under tetrahedral oxygen surroundings, (ii) unlike anorthite crystal, presence of high coordination (> 4) Al's with 30% abundance, (iii) and significant presence of both non bridging (8%) and triply (17%) coordinated oxygen. In the 0-10 GPa interval, mainly topological changes occur in the Si-O (also Al-O to some extent) surroundings in the cold compressed case in comparison to smooth increase in the average bond distance and coordination in the hot compressed case. Further compression results in gradual increases in: mean coordination, proportion of O-triclusters and increasing appearance of tetrahedral oxgyens, with Si-O (Al-O) reaching 6 (6.5) and O-T > 3 (T=Si and Al) at the highest compression. Due to the absence of kinetic barrier, the hot compressed glasses consistently produce greater densities and higher coordination numbers than the cold compression cases. Decompressed glasses show irreversible compaction along with retention of high coordination species when decompressed from > 10 GPa and degree of irreversibility depends on the peak pressure of decompression. These

  13. First-principles study on the phase transitions, crystal stabilities and thermodynamic properties of TiN under high pressure

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    Sun, Xinjun; Liu, Changdong; Guo, Yongliang; Sun, Deyan; Ke, Xuezhi

    2018-03-01

    The structural and thermodynamic properties of titanium nitride (TiN) have been investigated by merging first-principles calculations and particle-swarm algorithm. The three phases are identified for TiN, including the B1, the P63 / mmc, and the B2 phases. A new phase of anti-TiP structure with the space group P63 / mmc has been predicted. The calculated phase transition from the B1 to the P63 / mmc occurs at 270 GPa. The vibrational, elastic, and thermodynamic properties for the three phases have been calculated and discussed.

  14. High pressure stability analysis and chemical bonding of Ti1-xZrxN alloy: A first principle study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2016-01-01

    First-principles pseudo-potential calculations have been performed to analyze the stability of Ti 1-x Zr x N alloy under high pressures. The first order phase transition from B1 to B2 phase has been observed in this alloy at high pressure. The variation of lattice parameter with the change in concentration of Zr atom in Ti 1-x Zr x N is also reported in both the phases. The calculations for density of states have been performed to understand the alloying effects on chemical bonding of Ti-Zr-N alloy.

  15. Exploration of stable stoichiometries, physical properties and hardness in the Rh–Si system: a first-principles study

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    Wang, Jing-Jing; Hermann, Andreas; Kuang, Xiao-Yu; Jin, Yuan-Yuan; Lu, Cheng; Zhang, Chuan-Zhao; Ju, Meng; Si, Meng-Ting; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2015-01-01

    To understand the structural stability, physical properties, and hardness of the Rh–Si system, we have performed systematic first-principles crystal structure searches for various stoichiometries of rhodium silicides, utilizing the particle swarm optimization method. A new stable stoichiometry, Rh4Si5 with space group P21/m, has been found at atmospheric pressure, complementing the three well-known rhodium silicides of Rh2Si (Pnma), Rh5Si3 (Pbam), and RhSi (Pnma). Our calculations of the stru...

  16. Emergence of intrinsic half-metallicity in MoS2 nano-crystals : A first principles study

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    Mandal, S. C.; Chatterjee, S.; Taraphder, A.

    2017-05-01

    Using first principles density functional theory we investigate the electronic structure of MoS2 nano-crystals of diameter 1nm. Our calculations suggest that MoS2 nano-crystals are inherently half-metallic, the half-metallicity being robust with respect to the constitution as well as the morphology of the surface and also with respect to the length of the nano-crystal. Thus, MoS2 nano-crystals, may turn out to be very important for application in spintronics based solid state devices.

  17. First-principles study of rare-earth (RE) cobaltites (RE=Nd,Sm,Gd,Dy,Er,Lu)

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    Topsakal, M.; Wentzcovitch, R. M.

    2014-12-01

    The lanthanide series of the periodic table comprises 15 members ranging from Lanthanum (La) to Lutetium (Lu). Although they are more abundant than silver, and some of them are more abundant than lead, they are known as rare-earth (RE) elements. The "rare" in their name refers to the difficulty of obtaining the pure elements, not to their abundances in nature. They are never found as free metals in the Earth's crust and do not exist as pure minerals. Using first-principles plane-wave calculations, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of rare-earth cobaltites (RECoO3). Structurally consistent Hubbard U treatment was shown to essential for proper description of strongly correlated cobalt-d electrons. We successfully capture the experimentally observed structural trends and give first-principles insights on interesting phenomena related with the cobalt spin state change. It was demonstrated that increase of crystal-field splitting energy between eg-t2g orbitals and shrinking of unoccupied σ*-bonding eg bands are responsible for the increase of onset spin-state transition temperature along the series.

  18. Photocatalytic oxygen evolution from low-bandgap conjugated microporous polymer nanosheets: a combined first-principles calculation and experimental study.

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    Wang, Lei; Wan, Yangyang; Ding, Yanjun; Niu, Yuchen; Xiong, Yujie; Wu, Xiaojun; Xu, Hangxun

    2017-03-23

    Nanostructured semiconducting polymers have emerged as a very promising class of metal-free photocatalytic materials for solar water splitting. However, they generally exhibit low efficiency and lack the ability to utilize long-wavelength photons in a photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Here, based on first-principles calculations, we reveal that the two-dimensional (2D) aza-fused conjugated microporous polymer (aza-CMP) with a honeycomb network is a semiconductor with novel layer-dependent electronic properties. The bandgap of the as-synthesized aza-CMP nanosheets is measured to be 1.22 eV, suggesting that they can effectively boost light absorption in the visible and near infrared (NIR) region. More importantly, aza-CMP also possesses a valence band margin suitable for a photocatalytic OER. Taking advantage of the 2D layered nanostructure, we further show that the exfoliated ultrathin aza-CMP nanosheets can exhibit a three-fold enhancement in the photocatalytic OER. After deposition of a Co(OH) 2 cocatalyst, the hybrid Co(OH) 2 /aza-CMP photocatalyst exhibits a markedly improved performance for photocatalytic O 2 evolution. Furthermore, first-principles calculations reveal that the photocatalytic O 2 evolution reaction is energetically feasible for aza-CMP nanosheets under visible light irradiation. Our findings reveal that nanostructured polymers hold great potential for photocatalytic applications with efficient solar energy utilization.

  19. Li-Decorated β12-Borophene as Potential Candidates for Hydrogen Storage: A First-Principle Study

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    Tingting Liu

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The hydrogen storage properties of pristine β12-borophene and Li-decorated β12-borophene are systemically investigated by means of first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The adsorption sites, adsorption energies, electronic structures, and hydrogen storage performance of pristine β12-borophene/H2 and Li-β12-borophene/H2 systems are discussed in detail. The results show that H2 is dissociated into Two H atoms that are then chemisorbed on β12-borophene via strong covalent bonds. Then, we use Li atom to improve the hydrogen storage performance and modify the hydrogen storage capacity of β12-borophene. Our numerical calculation shows that Li-β12-borophene system can adsorb up to 7 H2 molecules; while 2Li-β12-borophene system can adsorb up to 14 H2 molecules and the hydrogen storage capacity up to 10.85 wt %.

  20. Role of Boron Element on the Electronic Properties of α-Nb5Si3: A First-Principle Study

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    Pan, Yong; Lin, Yuanhua

    2018-03-01

    Transition metal silicides (TMSis) are attracting increasing interest from the microelectronics and nanoelectronic industries. In this paper, we use the first-principles method to investigate the B-doped mechanism and the influence of B on the electronic properties of α-Nb5Si3. The calculated results show that B-doped Nb5Si3 is thermodynamically stable at the ground state. The calculated electronic structure shows that the thermodynamically stable B-doped Nb5Si3 is attributed to the 3D-network B-Si bonds and B-Nb bond. In particular, B element prefers to occupy B -IT4 site in comparison to other sites. Moreover, the calculated band structure indicates that Nb5Si3 exhibits metallic behavior at the ground state. We find that B-doping can improve charge overlap between conduction band and the valence band, which effectively improves the electronic properties of Nb5Si3.

  1. First-Principles Study of Charge Diffusion between Proximate Solid-State Qubits and Its Implications on Sensor Applications

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    Chou, Jyh-Pin; Bodrog, Zoltán; Gali, Adam

    2018-03-01

    Solid-state qubits from paramagnetic point defects in solids are promising platforms to realize quantum networks and novel nanoscale sensors. Recent advances in materials engineering make it possible to create proximate qubits in solids that might interact with each other, leading to electron spin or charge fluctuation. Here we develop a method to calculate the tunneling-mediated charge diffusion between point defects from first principles and apply it to nitrogen-vacancy (NV) qubits in diamond. The calculated tunneling rates are in quantitative agreement with previous experimental data. Our results suggest that proximate neutral and negatively charged NV defect pairs can form a NV-NV molecule. A tunneling-mediated model for the source of decoherence of the near-surface NV qubits is developed based on our findings on the interacting qubits in diamond.

  2. First-principles study on the electronic, optical, and transport properties of monolayer α - and β -GeSe

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    Xu, Yuanfeng; Zhang, Hao; Shao, Hezhu; Ni, Gang; Li, Jing; Lu, Hongliang; Zhang, Rongjun; Peng, Bo; Zhu, Yongyuan; Zhu, Heyuan; Soukoulis, Costas M.

    2017-12-01

    The extraordinary properties and the novel applications of black phosphorene induce the research interest in the monolayer group-IV monochalcogenides. Here using first-principles calculations, we systematically investigate the electronic, transport, and optical properties of monolayer α - and β -GeSe, revealing a direct band gap of 1.61 eV for monolayer α -GeSe and an indirect band gap of 2.47 eV for monolayer β -GeSe. For monolayer β -GeSe, the electronic/hole transport is anisotropic, with an extremely high electron mobility of 2.93 ×104cm2/Vs along the armchair direction, comparable to that of black phosphorene. Furthermore, for β -GeSe, robust band gaps nearly independent of the applied tensile strain along the armchair direction are observed. Both monolayer α - and β -GeSe exhibit anisotropic optical absorption in the visible spectrum.

  3. First-principles study of enhanced magnetic anisotropies in transition-metal atoms doped WS2 monolayer

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    Song, Yu-Xi; Tong, Wen-Yi; Shen, Yu-Hao; Gong, Shi-Jing; Tang, Zheng; Duan, Chun-Gang

    2017-11-01

    Considerable progress in contemporary spintronics has been made in recent years for developing nanoscale data memory and quantum information processing. It is, however, still a great challenge to achieve the ultimate limit of storage bit. 2D materials, fortunately, provide an alternative solution for designing materials with the expected miniaturizing scale, chemical stability as well as giant magnetic anisotropy energy. By performing first-principles calculations, we have examined two possible doping sites on a WS2 monolayer using three kinds of transition metal (TM) atoms (Mn, Fe and Co). It is found that the TM atoms prefer to stay on the W atom site. Additionally, differently from the case of Mn, doping Co and Fe atoms on the W vacancy can achieve perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a much larger magnitude, which provides a bright prospect for generating atomic-scale magnets of storage devices.

  4. Impurities in FeAs-based superconductor, SrFe2As2, studied by first-principles calculations

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    Kamiya, Toshio; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Katase, Takayoshi; Hirano, Masahiro; Hosono, Hideo

    2010-01-01

    We recently report that a superconducting transition is invoked by exposure to water vapor in undoped SrFe 2 As 2 , which occurs accompanied by shrinkage of the c-axis length of the unit cell. In this paper, we calculated structures and formation energies of O-/OH-related impurities and vacancies in SrFe 2 As 2 by first-principles calculations in order to find a model that explains the c-axis shrinkage in SrFe 2 As 2 . It was found that the incorporation of an O, OH or H 2 O molecule at an interstitial site cannot explain the c-axis shrinkage, and that formation of an As vacancy needs a large formation energy. While, Sr and Fe vacancies are formed with negative formation energies, and the Fe vacancy can explain the c-axis shrinkage.

  5. First-principles study on the effect of high In doping on the conductivity of ZnO

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    Hou Qing-Yu; Li Ji-Jun; Ying Chun; Zhao Chun-Wang; Zhao Er-Jun; Zhang Yue

    2013-01-01

    Based on the density functional theory (DFT), using first-principles plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential method, the models of the unit cell of pure ZnO and two highly In-doped supercells of Zn 0.9375 In 0.0625 O and Zn 0.875 In 0.125 O are constructed, and the geometry optimizations of the three models are carried out. The total density of states (DOS) and the band structures (BS) are also calculated. The calculation results show that in the range of high doping concentration, when the doping concentration is hihger than a specific value, the conductivity decreases with the increase of the doping concentration of In in ZnO, which is in consistence with the change trend of the experimental results

  6. Alloying effects on structural and thermal behavior of Ti1-xZrxC: A first principles study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2016-01-01

    The formation energy, equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus, Debye temperature and heat capacity at constant volume have been calculated for TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys (Ti 1-x Zr x C, x = 0,0.25.0.5,0.75,1) using first principles approach. The calculated values of lattice parameter and bulk modulus agree well with the available experimental and earlier theoretical reports. The variation of lattice parameter and bulk modulus with the change in concentration of Zr atom in Ti 1-x Zr x C has also been reported. The heat capacities of TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys have been calculated by considering both vibrational and electronic contributions.

  7. First-principles study of direct and narrow band gap semiconducting β-CuGaO2

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    Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Zhao, Xin; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2015-01-01

    Semiconducting oxides have attracted much attention due to their great stability in air or water and the abundance of oxygen. Recent success in synthesizing a metastable phase of CuGaO 2 with direct narrow band gap opens up new applications of semiconducting oxides as absorber layer for photovoltaics. Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the thermodynamic and mechanical stabilities as well as the structural and electronic properties of the β-CuGaO 2 phase. Our calculations show that the β-CuGaO 2 structure is dynamically and mechanically stable. The energy band gap is confirmed to be direct at the Γ point of Brillouin zone. The optical absorption occurs right at the band gap edge and the density of states near the valance band maximum is large, inducing an intense absorption of light as observed in experiment. (paper)

  8. Design lithium storage materials by lithium adatoms adsorption at the edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon: A first principle study

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    Guo, Gang; Mao, Yuliang; Zhong, Jianxin; Yuan, Jianmei; Zhao, Hongquan

    2017-06-01

    First-principles spin-polarized calculations are performed to design lithium storage materials using the active edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon (ZSiNR). We predict that edge-adsorption of Li adatoms on zigzag silicene nanoribbon is preferred in energy to form new type lithium storage materials. Significant charge transfer from Li adatoms to Si atoms at the edges of ZSiNR is found, indicating the main ionic interactions. It is found that the band structures of ZSiNR with Li adsorptions are sensitive with the variation of sites of adatoms at the two edges. Ferro-magnetic to antiferro-magnetic change is found in ZSiNR with symmetrical adsorption of Li adatoms at its two edges. Other unsymmetrical Li adsorptions at the edges of ZSiNR prefer to stay in ferro-magnetic state as that in narrow pristine ZSiNR.

  9. Metal-functionalized single-walled graphitic carbon nitride nanotubes: a first-principles study on magnetic property

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    2011-01-01

    The magnetic properties of metal-functionalized graphitic carbon nitride nanotubes were investigated based on first-principles calculations. The graphitic carbon nitride nanotube can be either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic by functionalizing with different metal atoms. The W- and Ti-functionalized nanotubes are ferromagnetic, which are attributed to carrier-mediated interactions because of the coupling between the spin-polarized d and p electrons and the formation of the impurity bands close to the band edges. However, Cr-, Mn-, Co-, and Ni-functionalized nanotubes are antiferromagnetic because of the anti-alignment of the magnetic moments between neighboring metal atoms. The functionalized nanotubes may be used in spintronics and hydrogen storage. PMID:21711614

  10. Metal-functionalized single-walled graphitic carbon nitride nanotubes: a first-principles study on magnetic property

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    Shenoy Vivek

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The magnetic properties of metal-functionalized graphitic carbon nitride nanotubes were investigated based on first-principles calculations. The graphitic carbon nitride nanotube can be either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic by functionalizing with different metal atoms. The W- and Ti-functionalized nanotubes are ferromagnetic, which are attributed to carrier-mediated interactions because of the coupling between the spin-polarized d and p electrons and the formation of the impurity bands close to the band edges. However, Cr-, Mn-, Co-, and Ni-functionalized nanotubes are antiferromagnetic because of the anti-alignment of the magnetic moments between neighboring metal atoms. The functionalized nanotubes may be used in spintronics and hydrogen storage.

  11. First-principles study on half-metallic zinc-blende CrS and its (001) surface

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    Xu, Bin, E-mail: hnsqxb@163.com [Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, North China university of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou 450011 (China); Chen, Leiming [Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management, Zhengzhou, 450015 (China)

    2016-11-01

    Half-metallic magnets with complete (100%) spin polarization have attracted growing interest due to the potential in spintronic applications. In this paper, we use the first-principles calculations to explain the seeming contradiction between the recent experimental ferromagnetism (Demper et al., 2012 [22]) and the previous theoretical antiferromagnetic ground state for half-metallic zinc-blende CrS, and the experimental ferromagnetism of zinc-blende CrS arises from the substrate effect. We also show that both Cr- and S-terminated (001) surfaces of CrS preserve the bulk half-metallicity. The calculated surface energy indicates that the S-terminated (001) surface is more stable than the Cr-terminated (001) surface within the whole effective Cr chemical potentials, and thus the S-terminated (001) surface is more likely than the Cr-terminated (001) surface when the CrS thin films are grown on ZnSe substrate.

  12. New two-dimensional V-V binary compounds with a honeycomb-like structure: a first-principles study

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    Xiao, Wen-Zhi; Xiao, Gang; Rong, Qing-Yan; Wang, Ling-Ling

    2018-03-01

    We systematically search for the stable structures of two-dimensional (2D) V-V binary compounds with honeycomb-like structure by using the first-principles calculation. We identify 26 stable structures out of 54 2D V-V compounds based on various assessments of stabilities: total energy, thermodynamics, and mechanics. Among them, 12 2D V-V compounds are previously unrecognized structures. For each class V-V isomer, the most stable structures are found to be β-AsP, β-SbAs, α-BiAs, α-BiSb, α 2-SbP, and α 2-BiP. For all isomers of the AsP, they are always stable, and hence PAs monolayer is most likely to be prepared experimentally. All the stable structures are semiconductors with bandgaps ranging from 0.06 eV to 2.52 eV at the Heyd–Scuseria–Ernzerhof level. Therefore, they are potential materials for versatile semiconductor devices. Our findings provide a new clue to facilitate the design of 2D materials for potential applications.

  13. Availability of surface boron species in improved oxygen reduction activity of Pt catalysts: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Libo; Zhou, Gang, E-mail: gzhou@mail.buct.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2016-04-14

    The oxidation process of boron (B) species on the Pt(111) surface and the beneficial effects of boron oxides on the oxygen reduction activity are investigated by first-principles calculations. The single-atom B anchored on the Pt surface has a great attraction for the oxygen species in the immediate environment. With the dissociation of molecular oxygen, a series of boron oxides is formed in succession, both indicating exothermic oxidation reactions. After BO{sub 2} is formed, the subsequent O atom immediately participates in the oxygen reduction reaction. The calculated O adsorption energy is appreciably decreased as compared to Pt catalysts, and more approximate to the optimal value of the volcano plot, from which is clear that O hydrogenation kinetics is improved. The modulation mechanism is mainly based on the electron-deficient nature of stable boron oxides, which normally reduces available electronic states of surface Pt atoms that bind the O by facilitating more electron transfer. This modification strategy from the exterior opens the new way, different from the alloying, to efficient electrocatalyst design for PEMFCs.

  14. The electronic structures and ferromagnetism of Fe-doped GaSb: The first-principle calculation study

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    Lin, Xue-ling; Niu, Cao-ping; Pan, Feng-chun; Chen, Huan-ming; Wang, Xu-ming

    2017-09-01

    The electronic structures and the magnetic properties of Fe doped GaSb have been investigated by the first-principles calculation based on the framework of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U schemes. The calculated results indicated that Fe atoms tend to form the anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) coupling with the nearest-neighbor positions preferentially. Compared with the anti-ferromagnetic coupling, the ferromagnetic interactions occurred at the second nearest-neighbor and third nearest-neighbor sites have a bigger superiority energetically. The effect of strong electron correlation at Fe-d orbit taking on the magnetic properties predicted by GGA+U approach demonstrated that the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling between the Fe ions is even stronger in consideration of the strong electron correlation effect. The ferromagnetism in Fe doped GaSb system predicted by our investigation implied that the doping of Fe into GaSb can be as a vital routine for manufacturing the FM semiconductors with higher Curie temperature.

  15. First-Principles Study of the Nonlinear Elasticity of Rare-Earth Hexaborides REB6 (RE = La, Ce

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    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The complete set of independent second- and third-order elastic constants of rare-earth hexaborides LaB 6 and CeB 6 are determined by the combination method of first-principles calculations and homogeneous deformation theory. The ground-state lattice parameters, second-order elastic constants, and bulk modulus are in reasonable agreement with the available experimental data. The third-order elastic constant of longitudinal mode C 111 has a larger absolute value than other shear modes, showing the contribution to lattice vibrations from longitudinal modes to be greater. The pressure derivatives of the second-order elastic constants related to the third-order elastic constants are calculated to be positive for the two hexaborides, which are consistent with those of their polycrystalline bulk modulus and shear modulus. Furthermore, the effect of pressure on the structural stability, mechanical property, and elastic anisotropy of the two hexaborides are investigated, showing a reduction in mechanical stability and an increase in ductility and anisotropy with increasing pressure.

  16. Modulating the gas sensing properties of nitrogen coordinated dopants in graphene sheets: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Haiquan; Tang, Yanan; Ma, Yaqiang; Ma, Dongwei; Zhao, Mingyu; Dai, Xianqi

    2018-01-01

    The stable geometry, electronic property and chemical reactivity of dopants (Co, Mo and B) incorporated N4 centers in graphene sheets (D-GN4) are investigated using the first-principles calculations. It is found that the GN4 sheet can strongly stabilizes the dopant and makes it more positively charged, which would regulate the adsorption behaviors of gas molecules. Compared with the adsorbed CO molecule, the D-GN4 substrates exhibit high sensitivity toward the O2 molecule. The individual CO (or O2) on the Mo-GN4 have the largest energy difference, while they have moderate adsorption energies on B-GN4 sheet. Besides, the dopants (or adsorbed gases) can effectively regulate the electronic structure and magnetic properties of GN4 (or D-GN4) systems, such as the adsorption of O2 (or CO) can decrease (or increase) the magnetic moment of Mo-GN4 system and the magnetic property of Co-GN4 is enlarged by the adsorbed O2. As a result, we may distinguish the kinds of adsorbed gases by testing the change in magnetic property of the system, which can provide important reference for exploring the surface reactivity of graphene-based materials and designing the novel gas sensors or spintronic devices.

  17. Adsorption of gas molecules on Cu impurities embedded monolayer MoS{sub 2}: A first- principles study

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    Zhao, B.; Li, C.Y. [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Department of Physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Liu, L.L. [Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Eduaction, Henan Province, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhou, B.; Zhang, Q.K. [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Department of Physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Chen, Z.Q., E-mail: chenzq@whu.edu.cn [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Department of Physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Tang, Z., E-mail: ztang@ee.ecnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education of China, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China)

    2016-09-30

    Highlights: • Embedded Cu atom is strongly constrained on the sulfur vacancy of monolayer MoS{sub 2}. • Transition-metal Cu atom can break the chemical inactivation of MoS{sub 2} surface. • MoS{sub 2}-Cu system is a promising for future application in gas molecules sensing. - Abstract: Adsorption of small gas molecules (O{sub 2}, NO, NO{sub 2} and NH{sub 3}) on transition-metal Cu atom embedded monolayer MoS{sub 2} was investigated by first-principles calculations based on the density-functional theory (DFT). The embedded Cu atom is strongly constrained on the sulfur vacancy of monolayer MoS{sub 2} with a high diffusion barrier. The stable adsorption geometry, charge transfer and electronic structures of these gas molecules on monolayer MoS{sub 2} embedded with transition-metal Cu atom are discussed in detail. It is found that the monolayer MoS{sub 2} with embedded Cu atom can effectively capture these gas molecules with high adsorption energy. The NH{sub 3} molecule acts as electron donor after adsorption, which is different from the other gas molecules (O{sub 2}, NO, and NO{sub 2}). The results suggest that MoS{sub 2}-Cu system may be promising for future applications in gas molecules sensing and catalysis, which is similar to those of the transition-metal embedded graphene.

  18. Adsorption of gas molecules on Cu impurities embedded monolayer MoS2: A first- principles study

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    Zhao, B.; Li, C. Y.; Liu, L. L.; Zhou, B.; Zhang, Q. K.; Chen, Z. Q.; Tang, Z.

    2016-09-01

    Adsorption of small gas molecules (O2, NO, NO2 and NH3) on transition-metal Cu atom embedded monolayer MoS2 was investigated by first-principles calculations based on the density-functional theory (DFT). The embedded Cu atom is strongly constrained on the sulfur vacancy of monolayer MoS2 with a high diffusion barrier. The stable adsorption geometry, charge transfer and electronic structures of these gas molecules on monolayer MoS2 embedded with transition-metal Cu atom are discussed in detail. It is found that the monolayer MoS2 with embedded Cu atom can effectively capture these gas molecules with high adsorption energy. The NH3 molecule acts as electron donor after adsorption, which is different from the other gas molecules (O2, NO, and NO2). The results suggest that MoS2-Cu system may be promising for future applications in gas molecules sensing and catalysis, which is similar to those of the transition-metal embedded graphene.

  19. Composition-dependent properties and phase stability of Fe-Pd ferromagnetic shape memory alloys: A first-principles study

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    Li, Chun-Mei; Hu, Yan-Fei

    2017-12-01

    The composition-dependent properties and their correlation with the phase stability of Fe75+xPd25-x (- 10.0 ≤x ≤10.0 ) alloys are systematically investigated by using first-principles exact muffin-tin orbitals (EMTO)-coherent potential approximation (CPA) calculations. It is shown that the martensitic transformation (MT) from L 12 to body-centered-tetragonal (bct) occurs in the ordered alloys with about -5.0 ≤x ≤10.0 . In both the L 12 and bct phases, the evaluated a and c/a agree well with the available experimental data; the average magnetic moment per atom increases whereas the local magnetic moments of Fe atoms, dependent on both their positions and the structure of the alloy, decrease with increasing x. The tetragonal shear elastic constant of the L 12 phase ( C ' ) decreases whereas that of the bct phase (Cs) increases with x. The tetragonality of the martensite ( |1 -c /a | ) increases whereas its energy relative to the austenite with a negative value decreases with Fe addition. All these effects account for the increase of MT temperature (TM) with x. The MT from L 12 to bct is finally confirmed originating from the splitting of Fe 3d Eg and T2 g bands upon tetragonal distortion due to the Jahn-Teller effect.

  20. First-principles study of defect formation in a photovoltaic semiconductor Cu2ZnGeSe4

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    Nishihara, Hironori; Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Wada, Takahiro

    2018-02-01

    The formation energies of neutral Cu, Zn, Ge, and Se vacancies in kesterite-type Cu2ZnGeSe4 were evaluated by first-principles pseudopotential calculations using plane-wave basis functions. The calculations were performed at typical points in Cu-(Zn1/2Ge1/2)-Se and Cu3Se2-ZnSe-GeSe2 pseudoternary phase diagrams for Cu2ZnGeSe4. The results were compared with those for Cu2ZnSnSe4, Cu2ZnGeS4, and Cu2ZnSnS4 calculated using the same version of the CASTEP program code. The results indicate that Cu vacancies are easily formed in Cu2ZnGeSe4 under the Cu-poor condition as in the above compounds and CuInSe2, suggesting that Cu2ZnGeSe4 is also a preferable p-type absorber material for thin-film solar cells. The formation energies of possible antisite defects, such as CuZn and CuGe, and of possible complex defects, such as CuZn+ZnCu, were also calculated and compared within the above materials. The antisite defect of CuZn, which has the smallest formation energy within the possible defects, is concluded to be the most hardly formed in Cu2ZnGeSe4 among the compounds.

  1. First principle study of LiXS2 (X = Ga, In) as cathode materials for Li ion batteries

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    Rao Feng-Ya; Ning Fang-Hua; Jiang Li-Wei; Wu Mu-Sheng; Xu Bo; Ouyang Chu-Ying; Zeng Xiang-Ming

    2016-01-01

    From first principle calculations, we demonstrate that LiXS 2 (X = Ga, In) compounds have potential applications as cathode materials for Li ion batteries. It is shown that Li can be extracted from the LiXS 2 lattice with relatively small volume change and the XS 4 tetrahedron structure framework remains stable upon delithiation. The theoretical capacity and average intercalation potential of the LiGaS 2 (LiInS 2 ) cathode are 190.4 (144.2) mAh/g and 3.50 V (3.53 V). The electronic structures of the LiXS 2 are insulating with band gaps of 2.88 eV and 1.99 eV for X = Ga and In, respectively. However, Li vacancies, which are formed through delithiation, change the electronic structure substantially from insulating to metallic structure, indicating that the electrical conductivities of the LiXS 2 compounds should be good during cycling. Li ion migration energy barriers are also calculated, and the results show that Li ion diffusions in the LiXS 2 compounds can be as good as those in the currently widely used electrode materials. (paper)

  2. Oxygen adsorption on the Al0.25Ga0.75N (0001) surface: A first-principles study

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    Fu, Jiaqi; Song, Tielei; Liang, Xixia; Zhao, Guojun

    2018-04-01

    To understand the interaction mechanism for the oxygen adsorption on AlGaN surface, herein, we built the possible models of oxygen adsorption on Al0.25Ga0.75N (0001) surface. For different oxygen coverage, three kinds of adsorption site are considered. Then the favorable adsorption sites are characterized by first principles calculation for (2 × 2) supercell of Al0.25Ga0.75N (0001) surface. On basis of the optimal adsorption structures, our calculated results show that all the adsorption processes are exothermic, indicating that the (0001) surface orientation is active towards the adsorption of oxygen. The doping of Al is advantage to the adsorption of O atom. Additionally, the adsorption energy decreases with reducing the oxygen coverage, and the relationship between them is approximately linear. Owing to the oxygen adsorption, the surface states in the fundamental band gap are significant reduced with respect to the free Al0.25Ga0.75N (0001) surface. Moreover, the optical properties on different oxygen coverage are also discussed.

  3. First-principle study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of amorphous Fe-B alloys

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    Tian Hua; Zhang Chong [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); College of Advanced Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhao Jijun, E-mail: zhaojj@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); College of Advanced Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Dong Chuang [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wen Bin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang Qing [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2012-01-15

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of amorphous Fe{sub 100-x}B{sub x} alloys (x=9, 17, 25, 27.3, 33.3, 36.3) are investigated using first-principles calculations. In these amorphous alloys, the short-range order is manifested as a series of Fe- or B-centered polyhedra such as tricapped trigonal prism, icosahedron, and bcc-like structural unit. The electron densities of states of the amorphous alloys resemble those of crystalline Fe borides, which further confirm the similarity of the local order in the amorphous and crystalline phases. All B atoms carry small negative moments of about -0.1{mu}{sub B}, while small negative moments are also found on very few Fe sites for the Fe-rich compositions (x=9, 17). The average magnetic moment per Fe atom decreases nonlinearly with increasing B composition, which can be associated with the nonlinear relationship between mass density and composition.

  4. First-principles study of alloying effects on fluorine incorporation in Al x Ga1‑x N alloys

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    Wang, Rong; Tan, Wei; Zhang, Jian; Chen, Feng-Xiang; Wei, Su-Huai

    2018-02-01

    Incorporation of fluorine (F) into the AlGaN layer is crucial to the fabrication of enhancement-mode (E-mode) AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs). However, the understanding of properties of F doping in AlGaN alloys is rather limited. Using first-principles calculations and the special quasirandom structure (SQS) approach, we investigate the alloying effects on the doping properties of F-incorporated Al x Ga1‑x N alloys. We find that substitutional F on N sites (FN) and interstitial F (Fi) are dominant defects for F in Al x Ga1‑x N alloys. For these two types of defects, both the global composition x and the local motif surrounding the dopant play important roles. On contrary, the incorporation of substitutional F on Ga sites (FGa) or Al sites (FAl) are affected only by the composition x. We also find that there exists a large asymmetric bowing for the effective formation energies of FN and Fi. These results are explained in terms of local structural distortion and electronic effects. The mechanism discussed in this paper can also be used in understanding doping in other semiconductor alloys.

  5. Design lithium storage materials by lithium adatoms adsorption at the edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon: A first principle study

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    Guo, Gang; Mao, Yuliang; Zhong, Jianxin; Yuan, Jianmei; Zhao, Hongquan

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Edge-adsorption of Li adatoms on zigzag silicene nanoribbon is preferred in energy to form new type lithium storage materials. • Significant charge transfer from Li adatoms to Si atoms is found, indicating the main ionic interactions. • The band structures of zigzag silicene nanoribbon are sensitive with the variation of sites of Li adatoms at the two edges. • The local magnetic moments at the two edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon are suppressed by the adsorptions of Li adatoms. - Abstract: First-principles spin-polarized calculations are performed to design lithium storage materials using the active edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon (ZSiNR). We predict that edge-adsorption of Li adatoms on zigzag silicene nanoribbon is preferred in energy to form new type lithium storage materials. Significant charge transfer from Li adatoms to Si atoms at the edges of ZSiNR is found, indicating the main ionic interactions. It is found that the band structures of ZSiNR with Li adsorptions are sensitive with the variation of sites of adatoms at the two edges. Ferro-magnetic to antiferro-magnetic change is found in ZSiNR with symmetrical adsorption of Li adatoms at its two edges. Other unsymmetrical Li adsorptions at the edges of ZSiNR prefer to stay in ferro-magnetic state as that in narrow pristine ZSiNR.

  6. A first-principles study of lithium-decorated hybrid boron nitride and graphene domains for hydrogen storage

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    Hu, Zi-Yu; Shao, Xiaohong; Wang, Da; Liu, Li-Min; Johnson, J. Karl

    2014-01-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to investigate the adsorption of hydrogen onto Li-decorated hybrid boron nitride and graphene domains of (BN) x C 1−x complexes with x = 1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 0, and B 0.125 C 0.875 . The most stable adsorption sites for the nth hydrogen molecule in the lithium-decorated (BN) x C 1−x complexes are systematically discussed. The most stable adsorption sites were affected by the charge localization, and the hydrogen molecules were favorably located above the C-C bonds beside the Li atom. The results show that the nitrogen atoms in the substrate planes could increase the hybridization between the 2p orbitals of Li and the orbitals of H 2 . The results revealed that the (BN) x C 1−x complexes not only have good thermal stability but they also exhibit a high hydrogen storage of 8.7% because of their dehydrogenation ability

  7. Design lithium storage materials by lithium adatoms adsorption at the edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon: A first principle study

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    Guo, Gang [Hunan Key Laboratory for Micro–Nano Energy Materials and Devices, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan, 411105 (China); Mao, Yuliang, E-mail: ylmao@xtu.edu.cn [Hunan Key Laboratory for Micro–Nano Energy Materials and Devices, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan, 411105 (China); Zhong, Jianxin [Hunan Key Laboratory for Micro–Nano Energy Materials and Devices, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xiangtan University, Hunan, 411105 (China); Yuan, Jianmei [Hunan Key Laboratory for Computation and Simulation in Science and Engineering, School of Mathematics and Computational Science, Xiangtan University, Hunan, 411105 (China); Zhao, Hongquan, E-mail: hqzhao@cigit.ac.cn [Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing, 401120 (China)

    2017-06-01

    Highlights: • Edge-adsorption of Li adatoms on zigzag silicene nanoribbon is preferred in energy to form new type lithium storage materials. • Significant charge transfer from Li adatoms to Si atoms is found, indicating the main ionic interactions. • The band structures of zigzag silicene nanoribbon are sensitive with the variation of sites of Li adatoms at the two edges. • The local magnetic moments at the two edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon are suppressed by the adsorptions of Li adatoms. - Abstract: First-principles spin-polarized calculations are performed to design lithium storage materials using the active edges of zigzag silicene nanoribbon (ZSiNR). We predict that edge-adsorption of Li adatoms on zigzag silicene nanoribbon is preferred in energy to form new type lithium storage materials. Significant charge transfer from Li adatoms to Si atoms at the edges of ZSiNR is found, indicating the main ionic interactions. It is found that the band structures of ZSiNR with Li adsorptions are sensitive with the variation of sites of adatoms at the two edges. Ferro-magnetic to antiferro-magnetic change is found in ZSiNR with symmetrical adsorption of Li adatoms at its two edges. Other unsymmetrical Li adsorptions at the edges of ZSiNR prefer to stay in ferro-magnetic state as that in narrow pristine ZSiNR.

  8. Multivalency-Driven Formation of Te-Based Monolayer Materials: A Combined First-Principles and Experimental study.

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    Zhu, Zhili; Cai, Xiaolin; Yi, Seho; Chen, Jinglei; Dai, Yawei; Niu, Chunyao; Guo, Zhengxiao; Xie, Maohai; Liu, Feng; Cho, Jun-Hyung; Jia, Yu; Zhang, Zhenyu

    2017-09-08

    Contemporary science is witnessing a rapid expansion of the two-dimensional (2D) materials family, each member possessing intriguing emergent properties of fundamental and practical importance. Using the particle-swarm optimization method in combination with first-principles density functional theory calculations, here we predict a new category of 2D monolayers named tellurene, composed of the metalloid element Te, with stable 1T-MoS_{2}-like (α-Te), and metastable tetragonal (β-Te) and 2H-MoS_{2}-like (γ-Te) structures. The underlying formation mechanism is inherently rooted in the multivalent nature of Te, with the central-layer Te behaving more metal-like (e.g., Mo), and the two outer layers more semiconductorlike (e.g., S). We also show that the α-Te phase can be spontaneously obtained from the magic thicknesses divisible by three layers truncated along the [001] direction of the trigonal structure of bulk Te, and both the α- and β-Te phases possess electron and hole mobilities much higher than MoS_{2}. Furthermore, we present preliminary but convincing experimental evidence for the layering behavior of Te on HOPG substrates, and predict the importance of multivalency in the layering behavior of Se. These findings effectively extend the realm of 2D materials to group-VI elements.

  9. First-principles study on stability and magnetism of AlnZn (n=1-9) clusters

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    Ren Xiaojun; Li Baoxing

    2010-01-01

    We have investigated the structures, stabilities and magnetism of zinc-doped Al n (n=1-9) clusters in detail by using first-principles density functional theory. Our calculated results indicate that the ground state structures of the mixed Al n Zn (n=1-9) clusters doped with one zinc atom can be obtained from the most stable structures of the pure Al n (n=2-10) clusters by substitutional type. The impurity atom causes local structural distortion due to different atomic radii and different bonding characteristics. It is found that the clusters with total atom numbers of 3 and 7 exhibit high stability. In addition, the energy gaps E g s between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) show obvious even/odd alternation with cluster size. Furthermore, we investigate the magnetism of the mixed clusters. The Al 4 Zn, Al 6 Zn and Al 8 Zn clusters with even number of electrons do not have any magnetism. All Al 1 Zn, Al 5 Zn, Al 7 Zn and Al 9 Zn clusters have the total magnetic moment of 1.0 μ B due to one unpaired electron. Unexpectedly, the Al 2 Zn and Al 3 Zn clusters show total magnetic moments of 2.0 and 3.0 μ B , respectively. The magnetism arises from the sp-d hybridization due to charge transfer and the influence of the impurity zinc atom.

  10. First-principle study of pressure-induced phase transitions and electronic properties of electride Y2C

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    Feng, Caihui; Shan, Jingfeng; Xu, Aoshu; Xu, Yang; Zhang, Meiguang; Lin, Tingting

    2017-10-01

    Trigonal yttrium hypocarbide (Y2C), crystallizing in a layered hR3 structure, is an intriguing quasi-two-dimensional electride metal with potential application for the next generation of electronics. By using an efficient structure search method in combination with first-principles calculations, we have extensively explored the phase transitions and electronic properties of Y2C in a wide pressure range of 0-200 GPa. Three structural transformations were predicted, as hR3 → oP12 → tI12 → mC12. Calculated pressures of phase transition are 20, 118, and 126 GPa, respectively. The high-pressure oP12 phase exhibits a three-dimensional extended C-Y network built up from face- and edge-sharing CY8 hendecahedrons, whereas both the tI12 and mC12 phases are featured by the presence of C2 units. No anionic electrons confined to interstitial spaces have been found in the three predicted high-pressure phases, indicating that they are not electrides. Moreover, Y2C is dynamically stable and also energetically stable relative to the decomposition into its elemental solids.

  11. Metastable state in a tensile-strained Cu Σ 5 grain boundary: A first-principles study

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    Meng, Fan-Shun; Liu, Yong-Li; Zhang, Hui; Li, Jiu-Hui; Zhao, Xing; Qi, Yang

    2018-02-01

    The Cu Σ 5 grain boundary (GB) fracture process has been simulated by the first-principles computational tensile test. An additional metastable state has been discovered during tensile tests. The energy of ideal mirror-symmetric GBs continuously changes with tensile strains. However, at high strains, more stable structures with lower energy are found when some atoms on GBs are artificially relocated. Thus the structures obtained on ideal GBs are not stable and will not occur under actual tensile experiments, which is the exact reason for the occurrence of these unstable structures, which may be considered as additional metastable states. Finally, a large amount of calculations have also been performed to search underlying, more stable GB structures and arrived at almost identical previous results. These results indicate that structures of symmetric GBs under tensile tests should be very carefully optimized by introducing small perturbations even if the energy of the system increases smoothly with increasing tensile strain. In addition, the exclusion of metastable states usually plays a major role in investigating the mechanical properties under tensile test.

  12. Hydrothermal synthesis of ZnSe:Cu quantum dots and their luminescent mechanism study by first-principles

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    Liang, Qingshuang; Bai, Yijia; Han, Lin; Deng, Xiaolong [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resources Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 10049 (China); Wu, Xiaojie [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resources Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang, Zhongchang [WPI Research Center, Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Liu, Xiaojuan, E-mail: lxjuan@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resources Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Meng, Jian, E-mail: jmeng@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resources Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2013-11-15

    An one-pot synthesis of aqueous ZnSe:Cu nanocrystals (NCs) is realized in aqueous solution by a facile yet efficient hydrothermal technique. The dopant emission spectrum of the NCs is tunable, spanning a wide range from 438 to 543 nm. Room-temperature quantum yield for the NCs prepared at the optimal conditions reaches as high as 20% without any post-treatment. The ZnSe:Cu NCs prepared in a neutral aqueous solution (pH=8) are remarkably stable and exhibit comparatively high photoluminescent quantum yield (PL QY) as high as 17%. First-principles pseudopotential calculations using plane-wave basis functions have been performed. The formation energies of copper ions occupied in the interstitial octahedron and substitutional tetrahedral Zn{sup 2+} sites have been calculated. The occupation of copper ions in the interstitial octahedral site is found to be more thermodynamics-facilitated by −0.98 eV. The density of state analysis indicates that the Cu-related emission is primary dominated by the substitutional tetrahedral Cu ions, and the large dopant related emission width of ZnSe:Cu NCs originated from the corresponding Cu 3d impurity band. Highlights: • One-pot synthesis of aqueous ZnSe:Cu nanocrystals with tunable emission and high QY%. • ZnSe:Cu NCs exhibit high QY% at neutral pH suitable for biological application. • The microscopic mechanism underlying Cu-related emission has been provided.

  13. Structural stabilities and electronic properties of Mg28-nAln clusters: A first-principles study

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    Bao-Juan Lu

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we have constructed the alloy configurations of Mg28-nAln by replacing atoms at various possible positions, starting from the stable structures of Mg28 and Al28 clusters. According to the symmetry of the cluster structure, the isomers of these initial structures have been screened with the congruence check, which would reduce computational hours and improve efficiency. Using the first-principles method, the structural evolution, mixing behavior and electronic properties of Mg28-nAln clusters are investigated for all compositions. We conclude that Al atoms prefer to reside in the central positions of Mg−Al clusters and Mg atoms tend to occupy the peripheral location. The negative mixing enthalpies imply the stabilities of these Mg-Al clusters and thus possible applications in catalysis and hydrogen storage materials. Among Mg28-nAln clusters, Mg24Al4, Mg21Al7, Mg14Al14, Mg26Al2 and Mg27Al1 present relatively high thermodynamic stabilities, and the electronic properties of these stable structures are discussed with the charge distributions around the Fermi level.

  14. Mechanical Properties and Electronic Structure of N and Ta Doped TiC: A First-Principles Study

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    Ma Shi-Qing; Liu Ying; Ye Jin-Wen; Wang Bin

    2014-01-01

    The first principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) are employed to investigate the mechanical properties and electronic structure of N and Ta doped TiC. The result shows that the co-doping of nitrogen and tantalum dilates the lattice constant and improves the stability of TiC. Nitrogen and tantalum can signiβcantly enhance the elastic constants and elastic moduli of TiC. The results of B/G and C 12 –C 44 indicate tantalum can markedly increase the ductility of TiC. The electronic structure is calculated to describe the bonding characteristic, which revealed the strong hybridization between C-p and Ta-d and between N-p and Ti-d. The hardnessis is estimated by a semi-empirical model that is based on the Mulliken overlap population and bond length. While the weakest bond takes determinative role of the hardness of materials, the addition of Ta sharply reduces the hardness of TiC. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  15. First-principles study on lithium removal from Li{sub 2}MnO{sub 3}

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    Koyama, Yukinori; Tanaka, Isao [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Yoshida, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Nagao, Miki; Kanno, Ryoji [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagatsuda, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan)

    2009-04-01

    A systematic first-principles calculation based on density functional theory is carried out to discuss the redox mechanism of Li{sub 2}MnO{sub 3}. The lattices of structural models having C2/m- and C2/c-type stacking sequences can be regarded as hexagonal, while their symmetry is monoclinic. Different stacking sequences of [Mn{sub 2/3}Li{sub 1/3}] layers do not cause differences in the energy or crystallographic structure, suggesting a disordered stacking sequence. A calculation for Li{sub 2-x}MnO{sub 3} assuming topotactic lithium removal indicates that lithium removal can occur at a potential of about 4.6 V with a wide potential plateau. The electronic structure of Li{sub 2-x}MnO{sub 3} shows that the manganese ions remain in the charge state of Mn{sup 4+} and the charge of the removed lithium ions is compensated by the oxidation of oxygen. (author)

  16. First-principles study of structural and work function properties for nitrogen-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Shao, Xiji; Li, Detian; Cai, Jianqiu; Luo, Haijun; Dong, Changkun

    2016-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Substitutional nitrogen atom doping in capped (5, 5) SWNT is investigated. • Serious defects appear from breaks of C−N bonds with N contents of above 23.3 at.%. • Work function drops after N doping and may reach 4.1 eV. - Abstract: The structural and electronic properties of the capped (5, 5) single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT), including the structural stability, the work function, and the charge transfer performance, are investigated for the substitutional nitrogen atom doping under different concentrations by first-principles density functional theory. The geometrical structure keeps almost intact with single or two N atom doping, while C−N bonds may break up with serious defects for N concentrations of 23.3 at.% and above. The SWNT remains metallic and the work function drops after doping due to the upward shift of Fermi level, leading to the increase of the electrical conductivity. N doping enhances the oxygen reduction activity stronger than N adsorption because of higher charge transfers.

  17. The effects of the impurity distribution on the electrical and optical properties of Cr2+:ZnSe nanowires: First-principles study

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    Shenyu Dai

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available The structural, electrical and mid-infrared optical properties of wurtzite structured ZnSe nanowires with different Chromium impurity distribution are investigated using first-principles calculation based on density-functional theory (DFT. The formation energies have been calculated to study the relative stabilities of different Cr doping positions. It is shown that when the Cr doping position shifted from the center to the edge, the splitting energy between 5T2 and 5E levels of Cr d-orbitals is decreased and a redshift is observed in the calculated infrared absorption spectra. A probable reason for these effects of the impurity distribution is discussed. Keywords: First-principles, Nanowires, Impurity distribution, Cr-doped ZnSe

  18. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of 3d metal trioxide clusters-doped monolayer graphene: A first-principles study

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    Rafique, Muhammad [School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001 (China); M.U.E.T, S.Z.A.B, Campus Khairpur Mir' s, Sindh (Pakistan); Shuai, Yong, E-mail: shuaiyong1978@gmail.com [School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001 (China); Tan, He-Ping; Hassan, Muhammad [School of Energy Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2017-03-31

    Highlights: • First-principles calculations are performed for TMO{sub 3} cluster-doped and TM atoms adsorbed at three O atoms-doped graphene. • Significant magnetic coupling behavior is observed between TM atoms and neighboring C and O atoms for both cases. • The direction of charge transfer is always from monolayer graphene to TMO{sub 3} clusters incorporated into graphene. • TiO{sub 3} and VO{sub 3} doped structures display dilute magnetic semiconductor behavior. • Five different orbitals (d{sub xy}, d{sub yz}, d{sub z}{sup 2}, d{sub xz} and d{sub x}{sup 2}{sub -y}{sup 2}) of 3d TM atoms give rise to magnetic moments for both cases. - Abstract: We present first-principles density-functional calculations for the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of monolayer graphene doped with 3d (Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Co, Mn and Ni) metal trioxide TMO{sub 3} halogen clusters. In this paper we used two approaches for 3d metal trioxide clusters (i) TMO{sub 3} halogen cluster was embedded in monolayer graphene substituting four carbon (C) atoms (ii) three C atoms were substituted by three oxygen (O) atoms in one graphene ring and TM atom was adsorbed at the hollow site of O atoms substituted graphene ring. All the impurities were tightly bonded in the graphene ring. In first case of TMO{sub 3} doped graphene layer, the bond length between C−O atom was reduced and bond length between TM-O atom was increased. In case of Cr, Fe, Co and Ni atoms substitution in between the O atoms, leads to Fermi level shifting to conduction band thereby causing the Dirac cone to move into valence band, however a band gap appears at high symmetric K-point. In case of TiO{sub 3} and VO{sub 3} substitution, system exhibits semiconductor properties. Interestingly, TiO{sub 3}-substituted system shows dilute magnetic semiconductor behavior with 2.00 μ{sub B} magnetic moment. On the other hand, the substitution of CoO{sub 3}, CrO{sub 3}, FeO{sub 3} and MnO{sub 3} induced 1.015 μ{sub B}, 2

  19. First principles study of structural, electronic and optical properties of Pb doped SrHfO3

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    Luo Benhua; Wang Xueye; Zhang Yu; Xia Yong

    2012-01-01

    Highlights: ► Dopant formation energy results show that Pb enters the Sr site in SrHfO 3 . ► The bandgap of Sr 0.875 Pb 0.125 HfO 3 is slightly wider compared with SrHfO 3 . ► Bonding between Hf and O is covalent whereas Sr-HfO 3 and Pb-HfO 3 are ionic. ► O 2p states and Hf 5d states play a major role in optical transitions. - Abstract: The structural, electronic and optical properties of Sr 0.875 Pb 0.125 HfO 3 are investigated using the pseudo-potential plane wave method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) by first principles. The lattice constants obtained by minimization of the total energy are in agreement with the available experimental data. Dopant formation energy results show that Pb preferentially enters the Sr site in SrHfO 3 , which is in good agreement with experimental observations. The band structures indicate that both SrHfO 3 and Sr 0.875 Pb 0.125 HfO 3 are insulators. The density of states and charge density map indicate that bonding between Hf and O is mainly covalent, whereas bonding of Sr-HfO 3 and Pb-HfO 3 is ionic. In order to understand the optical properties of Sr 0.875 Pb 0.125 HfO 3 , the dielectric functions, loss function, refractive index, absorption coefficient and reflectivity are calculated for radiation up to 40 eV.

  20. First-principles study on the gas sensing property of the Ge, As, and Br doped PtSe2

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    Zhang, Jing; Yang, Gui; Tian, Junlong; Ma, Dongwei; Wang, Yuanxu

    2018-03-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, the adsorption behaviors of H2, O2, CO, CO2, NH3, NO, and NO2 molecules on the Ge-, As- and Br-doped PtSe2 monolayers are theoretically investigated. The results indicate that it is viable for the dopant atoms to be filled into the Se vacancies under Pt-rich conditions. Ge and As act as p-type dopants, while Br acts as n-type dopant. For the adsorption of molecules, the geometrical structures, adsorption energies, charge transfers and the electronic and magnetic properties of the most stable configurations are presented and discussed. It is found that the Ge-doped PtSe2 monolayers exhibit greatly enhanced sensitivity toward O2, CO, NH3, NO and NO2 molecules and the As-doped PtSe2 monolayers are more sensitive toward O2, NH3, NO and NO2 molecules than the pristine ones. This is evident from large adsorption energies, charge transfers, and obvious changes of the electronic states due to the molecule adsorption. However, Br doping cannot enhance the sensing sensitivity of the PtSe2 monolayer. The possible reason is that when substituting for the Se atom, the doped Br with more 4p electrons and less empty orbitals are already chemically saturated by the two of the three neighboring Pt atoms, and thus lose the ability of charge exchange with the adsorbed molecules. On the contrary, the Ge and As as p-type dopants have sizable empty 4p orbitals near the Fermi level to exchange the electrons with the adsorbed molecules, and thus form strong bonds with them.

  1. H2O incorporation in the phosphorene/a-SiO2interface: a first-principles study.

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    Scopel, Wanderlã L; Souza, Everson S; Miwa, R H

    2017-02-22

    Based on first-principles calculations, we investigate (i) the energetic stability and electronic properties of single-layer phosphorene (SLP) adsorbed on an amorphous SiO 2 surface (SLP/a-SiO 2 ), and (ii) the further incorporation of water molecules at the phosphorene/a-SiO 2 interface. In (i), we find that the phosphorene sheet binds to a-SiO 2 through van der Waals interactions, even in the presence of oxygen vacancies on the surface. The SLP/a-SiO 2 system presents a type-I band alignment, with the valence (conduction) band maximum (minimum) of the phosphorene lying within the energy gap of the a-SiO 2 substrate. The structure and the surface-potential corrugations promote the formation of electron-rich and electron-poor regions on the phosphorene sheet and at the SLP/a-SiO 2 interface. Such charge density puddles are strengthened by the presence of oxygen vacancies in a-SiO 2 . In (ii), because of the amorphous structure of the surface, we consider a number of plausible geometries for H 2 O embedded in the SLP/a-SiO 2 interface. There is an energetic preference for the formation of hydroxyl (OH) groups on the a-SiO 2 surface. Meanwhile, in the presence of oxygenated water or interstitial oxygen in the phosphorene sheet, we observe the formation of metastable OH bonded to the phosphorene, and the formation of energetically stable P-O-Si chemical bonds at the SLP/a-SiO 2 interface. Further x-ray absorption spectra simulations are performed, which aim to provide additional structural/electronic information on the oxygen atoms forming hydroxyl groups or P-O-Si chemical bonds at the interface region.

  2. Stability and electronic structure of iron nanoparticle anchored on defective hexagonal boron nitrogen nanosheet: A first-principle study

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    Lin, Sen; Huang, Jing; Ye, Xinxin

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • Fe 13 nanoparticle strongly interacts with the monovacancy of h-BN nanosheet. • Significant charges are transferred from Fe 13 to the defective h-BN nanosheet. • The upshift of d-band center makes the surface Fe atoms of supported Fe 13 with higher reactivity. - Abstract: By first-principle methods, we investigate the stability and electronic structures of Fe 13 nanoparticles anchored on hexagonal boron nitrogen nanosheets (h-BNNSs) with monovacancy defect sites. It is found that the defect sites such as boron and nitrogen vacancy significantly increase the adsorption energies of Fe 13 , suggesting that the supported Fe 13 nanoparticles should be very stable against sintering at high temperatures. From the calculated density of states, we testify that the strong interaction is attributed to the coupling between the 3d orbitals of Fe atoms with the sp 2 dangling bonds at the defect sites. The Bader charge and differential charge density analyses reveal that there is significant charge redistribution at the interface between Fe 13 and the substrates, leading to positive charges located on most of the Fe atoms. Additionally, our results show that the strong binding of the nanoparticle results in the upshift of d-band center of Fe 13 toward the Fermi level, thus making the surface Fe atoms with higher reactivity. This work gives a detailed understanding the interaction between Fe 13 nanoparticle and defective h-BNNS and will provide helpful instructions in the design and synthesis of supported Fe-based catalysts in heterogeneous catalysis

  3. Thermal Conductivity of Wurtzite Zinc-Oxide from First-Principles Lattice Dynamics – a Comparative Study with Gallium Nitride

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    Wu, Xufei; Lee, Jonghoon; Varshney, Vikas; Wohlwend, Jennifer L.; Roy, Ajit K.; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-01-01

    Wurtzite Zinc-Oxide (w-ZnO) is a wide bandgap semiconductor that holds promise in power electronics applications, where heat dissipation is of critical importance. However, large discrepancies exist in the literature on the thermal conductivity of w-ZnO. In this paper, we determine the thermal conductivity of w-ZnO using first-principles lattice dynamics and compare it to that of wurtzite Gallium-Nitride (w-GaN) – another important wide bandgap semiconductor with the same crystal structure and similar atomic masses as w-ZnO. However, the thermal conductivity values show large differences (400 W/mK of w-GaN vs. 50 W/mK of w-ZnO at room temperature). It is found that the much lower thermal conductivity of ZnO originates from the smaller phonon group velocities, larger three-phonon scattering phase space and larger anharmonicity. Compared to w-GaN, w-ZnO has a smaller frequency gap in phonon dispersion, which is responsible for the stronger anharmonic phonon scattering, and the weaker interatomic bonds in w-ZnO leads to smaller phonon group velocities. The thermal conductivity of w-ZnO also shows strong size effect with nano-sized grains or structures. The results from this work help identify the cause of large discrepancies in w-ZnO thermal conductivity and will provide in-depth understanding of phonon dynamics for the design of w-ZnO-based electronics. PMID:26928396

  4. A first-principles study of the properties of four predicted novel phases of AlN

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    Yang, Ruike; Zhu, Chuanshuai; Wei, Qun; Du, Zheng

    2017-05-01

    Structural, elastic, thermodynamic, electronic and optical properties of four predicted novel AlN phases (Pmn21-AlN, Pbam-AlN, Pbca-AlN and Cmcm-AlN) are calculated using first-principles according to density function theory (DFT). These phases were found using the CALYPSO method but have not yet been synthesized experimentally. Here we predict some of their properties. The properties are analyzed by means of GGA-PBE and PBE0 respectively. The more precision results are obtained by PBE0. Cmcm-AlN owns better plasticity and it's Young's modulus has clearer anisotropy than Pmn21-AlN, Pbam-AlN and Pbca-AlN. The Debye temperature, under higher temperature, shows weak temperature dependence and approach to a constant value. The Dulong-Petit limit of all four novel AlN phases and wz-AlN is about 48 J mol-1 K-1 and they have almost the same temperature law. The band structures show that the four AlN are the wide direct band gap semiconductors, which band gaps are 5.95 (Pmn21-AlN), 5.99 (Pbam-AlN), 5.88 (Pbca-AlN) and 5.59 eV (Cmcm-AlN). The bonding behaviors are the combination of covalent and ionic nature. The dielectric constants, refractive index, reflectivity, absorption, loss spectra, conductivity and Raman spectra are also calculated in detail. All four phases have a lower plasma frequency than of wz-AlN.

  5. First-principles study of transparency and p-type conductivity of SrCu_2O_2

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    Nie, Xiliang; Wei, Su-Huai; Zhang, S. B.

    2001-03-01

    Wide band gap transparent conductive oxides (TCO) is a group of materials with unique physical properties. Despite their large band gaps (> 3 eV), thus transparent under normal conditions, the TCOs can sustain a high concentration of charged carriers and also maintain a high mobility. Most of the TCOs have n-type conductivity. Recently, SrCu_2O2 is found to be a promising p-type TCO. In this work, using first-principles band structure method, we have investigated the origin of the transparency and p-type conductivity in SrCu_2O_2. We calculated the band structures of SrCu_2O2 and its host materials CuO_2. We find that both SrCu_2O2 and CuO2 are direct band gap materials with their band edges at the zone center. Adding SrO into CuO2 reduces the d-d coupling between the Cu atoms and raises the band gap by 1.22 eV, in good agreement with experiment. The top of valence band in SrCu_2O2 is found to be mostly a Cu d and O p state and the intra-valence band transition is found to be negligible within 3 eV below the valence band maximum (VBM), thus explaining the transparency. The bottom of the conduction band minimum (CBM) is of mostly Cu d, Sr d and O p character. The calculated effective masses for the conduction band states are much larger than the valence states, opposite to the trend in conventional semiconductors and n-type TCOs. These results are explained in terms of coupling between Cu d and O p state and are found to be important in understanding the p-type transparent conductivity.

  6. Hydrogen adsorption and storage on palladium-decorated graphene with boron dopants and vacancy defects: A first-principles study

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    Ma, Ling; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei; Ji, Vincent

    2015-02-01

    The geometric stability and hydrogen capacity of Pd-decorated graphene with experimentally realizable boron dopants and various vacancy defects including single carbon vacancy (SV), "585"-type double carbon vacancy (585 DCV) and "555-777"-type double carbon vacancy (555-777 DCV) are investigated using the first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). It is found that among the four types of defective structures, Pd‧s binding energies on SV and 585 DCV defect graphene sheets exceed the cohesive energy of the Pd metal bulk, thus Pd atoms are well dispersed above defective graphene sheets and effectively prevent Pd clustering. Up to three H2 molecules can bind to Pd atom on graphene with B dopants, SV and 555-777 DCV defects. For the cases of Pd-decorated graphene with B dopants and 555-777 DCV defect, a single H2 or two H2 are molecularly chemisorbed to Pd atom in the form of Pd-H2 Kubas complex, where the stretched H-H bond is relaxed but not dissociated. Out of two adsorbed H2, the third H2 binds to Pd atom by small van der Waals (vdW) forces and the nature of bonding is very weak physisorption. Different from above two cases, three H2 are all molecularly chemisorbed to Pd atom with stretched H-H bond for Pd-decorated SV defect graphene, the hybridization of the Pd-4d orbitals with the H2-σ orbitals and the electrostatic interaction between the Pd cation and the induced H2 dipole both contribute to the H2 molecules binding, and the binding energies of 0.25-0.41 eV/H2 is in the range that can permit H2 molecules recycling at ambient conditions.

  7. The distribution trends and site preferences of alloying elements in precipitates within a Zr alloy: A combined first-principles and experimental study

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    Luan, B.F., E-mail: bfluan@cqu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Wang, J.M.; Qiu, R.S.; Tao, B.R.; He, W.J. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Zhang, X.Y.; Liu, R.P. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Liu, Q., E-mail: qingliu@cqu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2016-09-05

    Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy in scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM-EDS) technique and first-principles calculation are jointly utilized to investigate the distribution trends and site preferences of alloying elements in the precipitates within Zr-1.0Cr-0.4Fe-0.4Mo-0.4Bi alloy. Based on selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) results, the precipitates within the studied alloy are confirmed to be ZrCr{sub 2}-based Laves phase with FCC (C15) type structure. The STEM-EDS elemental mapping is acquired to clarify the distribution trends of alloying elements in precipitates, i.e. Fe>Mo>Bi. To better verify this distribution behavior, substitutional formation energies and equilibrium concentrations of ternary alloying elements in ZrCr{sub 2} Laves phase are calculated by first-principles. The calculated results show a good consistence with the STEM-EDS results. In addition, the site preferences of ternary alloying elements in ZrCr{sub 2} Laves phase are predicted by the calculation of transfer energies. Finally, the reasons accounting for different distribution trends and site preferences of alloying elements in ZrCr{sub 2} Laves phase are discussed in terms of density of states, which attributed to the pseudogap effect and hybridizations between atoms. - Highlights: • Clarified the distribution trends of Fe>Mo>Bi in precipitates by STEM-EDS. • Verified the experimental results by first-principles calculation. • Predicted the site preferences of alloying elements by first-principles calculation. • Hybridization and pseudogap lead to the strong distribution and site preferences.

  8. Extensive first-principles molecular dynamics study on Li encapsulation into C60 and its experimental confirmation.

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    Ohno, K; Manjanath, A; Kawazoe, Y; Hatakeyama, R; Misaizu, F; Kwon, E; Fukumura, H; Ogasawara, H; Yamada, Y; Zhang, C; Sumi, N; Kamigaki, T; Kawachi, K; Yokoo, K; Ono, S; Kasama, Y

    2018-01-25

    The aim of increasing the production ratio of endohedral C 60 by impinging foreign atoms against C 60 is a crucial matter of the science and technology employed towards industrialization of these functional building block materials. Among these endohedral fullerenes, Li + @C 60 exhibits a wide variety of physical and chemical phenomena and has the potential to be applicable in areas spanning the medical field to photovoltaics. However, currently, Li + @C 60 can be experimentally produced with only ∼1% ratio using the plasma shower method with a 30 eV kinetic energy provided to the impinging Li + ion. From extensive first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, it is found that the maximum production ratio of Li + @C 60 per hit is increased to about 5.1% (5.3%) when a Li + ion impinges vertically on a six-membered ring of C 60 with 30 eV (40 eV) kinetic energy, although many C 60 molecules are damaged during this collision. On the contrary, when it impinges vertically on a six-membered ring with 10 eV kinetic energy, the production ratio remains at 1.3%, but the C 60 molecules are not damaged at all. On the other hand, when the C 60 is randomly oriented, the production ratio reduces to about 3.7 ± 0.5%, 3.3 ± 0.5%, and 0.2 ± 0.03% for 30 eV, 40 eV, and 10 eV kinetic energy, respectively. Based on these observations we demonstrate the possibility of increasing the production ratio by fixing six-membered rings atop C 60 using the Cu(111) substrate or UV light irradiation. In order to assess the ideal experimental production ratio, the 7 Li solid NMR spectroscopy measurement is also performed for the multilayer randomly oriented C 60 sample irradiated by Li + using the plasma shower method combined with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). Time-of-flight mass spectroscopy measurements are also performed to cross check whether Li + @C 60 molecules are produced in the sample. The resulting experimental estimate, 4% for 30 eV incident

  9. Lower lattice thermal conductivity in SbAs than As or Sb monolayers: a first-principles study.

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    Guo, San-Dong; Liu, Jiang-Tao

    2017-12-06

    Phonon transport in group-VA element (As, Sb and Bi) monolayer semiconductors has been widely investigated in theory, and, of them, monolayer Sb (antimonene) has recently been synthesized. In this work, phonon transport in monolayer SbAs is investigated with a combination of first-principles calculations and the linearized phonon Boltzmann equation. It is found that the lattice thermal conductivity of monolayer SbAs is lower than those of both monolayer As and Sb, and the corresponding sheet thermal conductance is 28.8 W K -1 at room temperature. To understand the lower lattice thermal conductivity in monolayer SbAs than those in monolayer As and Sb, the group velocities and phonon lifetimes of monolayer As, SbAs and Sb are calculated. The calculated results show that the group velocities of monolayer SbAs are between those of monolayer As and Sb, but that the phonon lifetimes of SbAs are smaller than those of both monolayer As and Sb. Hence, the low lattice thermal conductivity in monolayer SbAs is attributed to very small phonon lifetimes. Unexpectedly, the ZA branch has very little contribution to the total thermal conductivity, only 2.4%, which is obviously different from those of monolayer As and Sb with very large contributions. This can be explained by very small phonon lifetimes for the ZA branch of monolayer SbAs. The lower lattice thermal conductivity of monolayer SbAs compared to that of monolayer As or Sb can be understood by the alloying of As (Sb) with Sb (As), which should introduce phonon point defect scattering. We also consider the isotope and size effects on the lattice thermal conductivity. It is found that isotope scattering produces a neglectful effect, and the lattice thermal conductivity with a characteristic length smaller than 30 nm can reach a decrease of about 47%. These results may offer perspectives on tuning the lattice thermal conductivity by the mixture of multiple elements for applications of thermal management and

  10. A first principles study of Nd doped cubic LaAlO{sub 3} perovskite: mBJ+U study

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    Sandeep, E-mail: sndp.chettri@gmail.com [Dept. of Physics, Mizoram University, Aizawl 796004 (India); Rai, D.P. [Dept. of Physics, Pachhunga University College, Aizawl, Mizoram 796001 (India); Shankar, A. [Department of Physics, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling 734013 (India); Ghimire, M.P. [Condensed Matter Physics Research Center, Butwal-13, Rupandehi, Lumbini (Nepal); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modlisation Mathmatique (LPQ3M), Dpartement de Technologie, Universit de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Thapa, R.K. [Dept. of Physics, Mizoram University, Aizawl 796004 (India)

    2016-11-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Nd-doped Rare earth aluminate, La{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}AlO{sub 3} (x=0–100%) are studied using the full potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method within the density functional theory. The effects of Nd substitution in LaAlO{sub 3} are studied using super-cell calculations. The electronic structures were computed using modified Beck Johnson (mBJ) potential based approximation with the inclusion of Coulomb energy (U) for Nd-4f state electrons. The La{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}AlO{sub 3} may possess half metallic behavior on Nd doping with finite density of states at E{sub F}. The direct and indirect band gaps were studied as a function of Nd concentration in LaAlO{sub 3}. The calculated magnetic moments in La{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}AlO{sub 3} were found to arise mainly from the Nd-4f state electrons. A probable half-metallic nature is suggested for these systems with supportive integral magnetic moments and high spin polarized electronic structures in these doped cases at E{sub F}. The controlled decrease in band gap with increase in concentration of Nd doping is a suitable technique for harnessing useful spintronic and magnetic devices. - Highlights: • Electronic and magnetic properties of La{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}AlO{sub 3} to study the effect of doping (x=0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%) is carried out using DFT. • Theoretically calculated U was used in the mBJ+U approximation in order to stress accuracy in band-gap determination along with electron correlation effects in rare earth ions. • A high DOS at E{sub F} for certain doping concentrations in one spin channel with insulting DOS in the other channel supported their probable use as spintronic devices. • The change in doping concentration was found suitable for rare earth aluminates for desirable properties through band-gap tuning.

  11. The electronic structure and ferromagnetism of TM (TM=V, Cr, and Mn)-doped BN(5, 5) nanotube: A first-principles study

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    He, K.H.; Zheng, G.; Chen, G.; Wan, M.; Ji, G.F.

    2008-01-01

    We study the electronic structure and ferromagnetism of V-, Cr-, and Mn-doped single-wall BN(5, 5) nanotube by using polarized spin calculations within first principles. The optimized structures show that the transition-metal atoms move outwards and the calculated electronic properties demonstrate that the isolated V-, Cr-, and Mn-doped BN(5, 5) nanotubes show half-metallicity. The total ferromagnetic moments are 2μ B , 3.02μ B , and 3.98μ B for V-, Cr-, and Mn-doped BN(5, 5), respectively. The study suggests that such transition-metal (TM)-doped nanotubes may be useful in spintronics and nanomagnets

  12. Neutron Diffraction Measurements and First Principles Study of Thermal Motion of Atoms in Select M_{n+1}AX_n and Binary MX Transition Metal Carbide Phases

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    Lane, Nina J.; Vogel, Sven C.; Hug, Gilles; Togo, Atsushi; Chaput, Laurent; Hultman, Lars; Barsoum, Michel W.

    2012-01-01

    Herein, we compare the thermal vibrations of atoms in select ternary carbides with the formula Mn+1AXn ("MAX phases," M = Ti, Cr; A = Al, Si, Ge; X = C, N) as determined from first principles phonon calculations to those obtained from high-temperature neutron powder diffraction studies. The transition metal carbides TiC, TaC, and WC are also studied to test our methodology on simpler carbides. Good qualitative and quantitative agreement is found between predicted and experimental values for t...

  13. First principles and Debye model study of the thermodynamic, electronic and optical properties of MgO under high-temperature and pressure

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    Miao, Yurun; Li, Huayang; Wang, Hongjuan; He, Kaihua; Wang, Qingbo

    2018-02-01

    First principles and quasi-harmonic Debye model have been used to study the thermodynamic properties, enthalpies, electronic and optical properties of MgO up to the core-mantle boundary (CMB) condition (137 GPa and 3700 K). Thermodynamic properties calculation includes thermal expansion coefficient and capacity, which have been studied up to the CMB pressure (137 GPa) and temperature (3700 K) by the Debye model with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local-density approximation (LDA). First principles with hybrid functional method (PBE0) has been used to calculate the electronic and optical properties under pressure up to 137 GPa and 0 K. Our results show the Debye model with LDA and first principles with PBE0 can provide accurate thermodynamic properties, enthalpies, electronic and optical properties. Calculated enthalpies show that MgO keep NaCl (B1) structure up to 137 GPa. And MgO is a direct bandgap insulator with a 7.23 eV calculated bandgap. The bandgap increased with increasing pressure, which will induce a blue shift of optical properties. We also calculated the density of states (DOS) and discussed the relation between DOS and band, optical properties. Equations were used to fit the relations between pressure and bandgaps, absorption coefficient (α(ω)) of MgO. The equations can be used to evaluate pressure after careful calibration. Our calculations can not only be used to identify some geological processes, but also offer a reference to the applications of MgO in the future.

  14. First-principles study of SO2 sensors based on phosphorene and its isoelectronic counterparts: GeS, GeSe, SnS, SnSe

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    Guo, Shiying; Yuan, Lu; Liu, Xuhai; Zhou, Wenhan; Song, Xiufeng; Zhang, Shengli

    2017-10-01

    Phosphorene and its isoelectronic counterparts, such as GeS, GeSe, SnS and SnSe monolayers, show great potential in electrical and sensing applications. Here, we study the SO2 sensing properties of phosphorene and its isoelectronic counterparts by first-principles calculations. Results predict that the SO2 molecule as electron acceptor holds high adsorption strength with the five monolayer substrates, especially for SnS and SnSe monolayers. Moreover, the electronic properties of the five substrates can be modified by the SO2 molecule, together with distinct charge transfer, rendering them promising for application as a high-performance gas sensor.

  15. Bias changing molecule–lead couple and inducing low bias negative differential resistance for electrons acceptor predicted by first-principles study

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    Min, Y.; Fang, J.H.; Zhong, C.G.; Dong, Z.C.; Zhao, Z.Y.; Zhou, P.X.; Yao, K.L.

    2015-01-01

    A first-principles study of the transport properties of 3,13-dimercaptononacene–6,21-dione molecule sandwiched between two gold leads is reported. The strong effect of negative differential resistance with large peak-to-valley ratio of 710% is present under low bias. We found that bias can change molecule–lead couple and induce low bias negative differential resistance for electrons acceptor, which may promise the potential applications in molecular devices with low-power dissipation in the future. - Highlights: • Acceptor is constructed to negative differential resistor (NDR). • NDR effect is present under low bias. • Bias change molecule–lead couple and induce NDR effect

  16. The effects of the impurity distribution on the electrical and optical properties of Cr2+:ZnSe nanowires: First-principles study

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    Dai, Shenyu; Feng, Guoying; Zhang, Yuqin; Deng, Lijuan; Zhang, Hong; Zhou, Shouhuan

    2018-03-01

    The structural, electrical and mid-infrared optical properties of wurtzite structured ZnSe nanowires with different Chromium impurity distribution are investigated using first-principles calculation based on density-functional theory (DFT). The formation energies have been calculated to study the relative stabilities of different Cr doping positions. It is shown that when the Cr doping position shifted from the center to the edge, the splitting energy between 5T2 and 5E levels of Cr d-orbitals is decreased and a redshift is observed in the calculated infrared absorption spectra. A probable reason for these effects of the impurity distribution is discussed.

  17. First principles study the effects of alkali metal and chorine adatoms on the opposite surface of graphene

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    Xinxiang, Song; Guang, Yuan; Meifeng, Dong; Mimura, Hidenori; Chun, Li; Mang, Niu

    2018-02-01

    Study of the adsorption properties of graphene has great significance for expanding its application. So far, few studies have analyzed the effects of adatoms on opposite sides of graphene. We use density functional theory to report the effects of chlorine and alkali metal adatoms on the other side of graphene. Although there is an obvious charge transfer between the adatom and graphene, the interaction between the adatoms is shielded by the large π bonds of graphene and therefore the effects of the adatom on the other side of graphene are very weak.

  18. Effect of magnetism on the vibrational properties of the Ni-Cu alloy: a first-principles study

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    de La Pena-Seaman, Omar; Bustamante-Romero, Ivan; Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter

    2013-03-01

    We have studied the lattice dynamical properties of the Ni1-xCux magnetic alloy within the framework of density functional perturbation theory, using a mixed-basis pseudopotential method and the virtual crystal approximation for modeling the alloy. The system has been investigated for both non-magnetic (NM) and ferromagnetic (FM) phases. The performance of LDA and GGA exchange-correlation functionals on the properties under study was analyzed. The structural optimization for each magnetic phase, NM and FM, in the full range of concentrations (0 BUAP-PTC-299

  19. Using "First Principles of Instruction" to Design Secondary School Mathematics Flipped Classroom: The Findings of Two Exploratory Studies

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    Lo, Chung Kwan; Hew, Khe Foon

    2017-01-01

    Flipping the classroom is a current pedagogical innovation in many schools and universities. Although interest in flipped classroom (or Inverted Classroom) continues to grow, its implementation so far has been driven more by teachers' intuitive beliefs, rather than empirically-based principles. Many studies merely replace in-class instructions…

  20. First-principles study of the electronic structure of CdS/ZnSe coupled quantum dots

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    Ganguli, N.; Acharya, S.; Dasgupta, I.

    2014-01-01

    We have studied the electronic structure of CdS/ZnSe coupled quantum dots, a novel heterostructure at the nanoscale. Our calculations reveal CdS/ZnSe coupled quantum dots are type II in nature where the anion p states play an important role in deciding the band offset for the highest occupied

  1. First-principles study of structural stability, electronic, optical and elastic properties of binary intermetallic: PtZr

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    Pagare, Gitanjali, E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Sarojini Naidu Government Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal-462016 (India); Jain, Ekta, E-mail: jainekta05@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Government M. L. B. Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal-462002 (India); Sanyal, S. P., E-mail: sps.physicsbu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal-462026 (India)

    2016-05-06

    Structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties of PtZr have been studied using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The energy against volume and enthalpy vs. pressure variation in three different structures i.e. B{sub 1}, B{sub 2} and B{sub 3} for PtZr has been presented. The equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative have been obtained using optimization method for all the three phases. Furthermore, electronic structure was discussed to reveal the metallic character of the present compound. The linear optical properties are also studied under zero pressure for the first time. Results on elastic properties are obtained using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange correlation potentials. Ductile nature of PtZr compound is predicted in accordance with Pugh’s criteria.

  2. First principle study of structural, electronic and thermodynamic behavior of ternary intermetallic compound: CeMgTl

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    R.P. Singh

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available To study the structural, electronic and thermodynamic behavior of CeMgTl, full-potential linear augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW + lo method has been used. The lattice parameters (a0, c0, bulk modulus (B0 and its first order pressure derivative (B0′ have been calculated for CeMgTl. Band structure and density of states histograms depicts that “5d” orbital electrons of Tl have dominant character in the electronic contribution to CeMgTl. Impact of the temperature and pressure on unit cell volume, bulk modulus, Debye temperature, Grüneisen parameter, specific heat and thermal expansion coefficient (α have been studied in wide temperature range (0–300 K and pressure range (0–15 GPa.

  3. Effects of metal elements in catalytic growth of carbon nanotubes/graphene: A first principles DFT study

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    Li, Jingde; Croiset, Eric; Ricardez-Sandoval, Luis

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Role of metals in the catalytic growth of CNTs or graphene was studied using DFT. • The results explain why Ni-based catalyst is suitable for growing CNTs. • Cu based alloys, e.g. Cu 8 Ni, are found appropriate catalyst for graphene synthesis. - Abstract: Role of metals in the catalytic Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphene was investigated using DFT. Crucial processes involved in the growth of CNTs/graphene: methane dissociation to produce C, C diffusion and nucleation kinetics were studied on the (1 1 1) surface of different transition metals, i.e., Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu. Based on the DFT calculation results, the present study explains why Ni-based catalyst is a suitable CVD substrate for growing CNTs: it has a moderate reactivity towards methane dissociation; low energy barrier for C atom surface diffusion, which makes C to diffuse easily to the metal/CNTs edges and contribute to CNTs growth; relatively high nucleation barriers, making it more resistant for deactivation caused by the cover of carbon clusters. Meanwhile, this study also shows that Cu may be an appropriate catalyst for graphene synthesis due to the particularly low diffusion and nucleation barriers of C atoms on Cu, which suggest that C atoms tend to be more uniformly distributed and nucleate easily on the Cu surface. Key limitation of Cu is the low reactivity of this metal towards methane dissociation. Since Fe and Ni are very reactive towards C-H bond breaking, Cu based alloys, e.g. Cu 8 Ni, were proposed as a suitable catalyst for graphene production

  4. Semiconductor growth on an oxide using a metallic surfactant and interface studies for potential gate stacks from first principles

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    Reyes Huamantinco, Andrei

    2008-05-09

    In this work the epitaxial growth of germanium on SrHfO{sub 3}(001), and the La{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7}/Si(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}/GaAs(001) interfaces were studied theoretically using the Projector-Augmented Wave (PAW) method. The PAW method is based on Density Functional Theory and it is implemented in the Car-Parrinello Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics. The goal of the germanium growth on SrHfO{sub 3}(001) is to form a germanium film with low density of defects and smooth morphology, to be used as channel in a transistor. The feasibility of using a third material to achieve germanium layer-by-layer growth was investigated. The formation of an ordered strontium film on a SrO-terminated oxide substrate, to be used as template for germanium overgrowth, was studied. Deposition of germanium on the strontium 1ML template results in wetting and thus a change of the growth mode to layer-by-layer. The germanium surface is then passivated and a germanium compound is initially formed with strontium at the surface and interface. The interfacial structure and valence band offsets of the La{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7}/Si(001) crystalline system were studied. The SrTiO{sub 3}/GaAs(001) crystalline interfaces with unpinned Fermi level were investigated. (orig.)

  5. First principle study on interfacial energetic alignment and charge transfer in quantum dots functionalized via metal-organic dye

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    Cui, Peng

    Quantum dots (QDs) are promising materials for applications in solar energy conversion because of tunable band gap, multi-exciton generation, photon-upconversion, etc. One of the main challenges of increasing solar energy conversion is to extend the lifetime of photoexcited charge-carriers in conduction band, and one of the strategies is to functionalize QD with mediator molecules. Functionalizing QD with metal-organic dye serves as the additional channel of manipulating charge transfer - the key process increasing solar energy conversion. When metal-organic dye is attached to QD, the interfacial charge transfer direction as well as the rates are determined by a balance between the energetic alignment, QD-dye interaction as well as charge-carrier relaxation dynamics. In this dissertation, we explore the effect of dye functionalization on these elements. We change the metal ion, organic ligands as well as binding geometry of dye, size of QD, polarity of solvent, and use density functional theory to study their effects on energetic alignment. Embedding density functional calculation is used to study the dipole interaction between QD and dye providing additional controllability on charge transfer excitation. At last, we apply Tully surface hopping scheme in combining with density functional theory in time domain to study the charge-carrier relaxation dynamics and charge transfer across the heterogeneous interface in QD/dye nanocrystal composite.

  6. Hydrogen release at metal-oxide interfaces: A first principle study of hydrogenated Al/SiO{sub 2} interfaces

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    Huang, Jianqiu, E-mail: jianqiu@vt.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Goodwin Hall, 635 Prices Fork Road - MC 0238, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States); Tea, Eric; Li, Guanchen [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Goodwin Hall, 635 Prices Fork Road - MC 0238, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States); Hin, Celine [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Goodwin Hall, 635 Prices Fork Road - MC 0238, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States); Department of Material Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, Goodwin Hall, 635 Prices Fork Road-MC 0238, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States)

    2017-06-01

    Highlights: • Hydrogen release process at the Al/SiO{sub 2} metal-oxide interface has been investigated. • A mathematical model that estimates the hydrogen release potential has been proposed. • Al atoms, Al−O bonds, and Si−Al bonds are the major hydrogen traps at the Al/SiO{sub 2} interface. • Hydrogen atoms are primarily release from Al−H and O−H bonds at the Al/SiO{sub 2} metal-oxide interface. - Abstract: The Anode Hydrogen Release (AHR) mechanism at interfaces is responsible for the generation of defects, that traps charge carriers and can induce dielectric breakdown in Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors. The AHR has been extensively studied at Si/SiO{sub 2} interfaces but its characteristics at metal-silica interfaces remain unclear. In this study, we performed Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to study the hydrogen release mechanism at the typical Al/SiO{sub 2} metal-oxide interface. We found that interstitial hydrogen atoms can break interfacial Al−Si bonds, passivating a Si sp{sup 3} orbital. Interstitial hydrogen atoms can also break interfacial Al−O bonds, or be adsorbed at the interface on aluminum, forming stable Al−H−Al bridges. We showed that hydrogenated O−H, Si−H and Al−H bonds at the Al/SiO{sub 2} interfaces are polarized. The resulting bond dipole weakens the O−H and Si−H bonds, but strengthens the Al−H bond under the application of a positive bias at the metal gate. Our calculations indicate that Al−H bonds and O−H bonds are more important than Si−H bonds for the hydrogen release process.

  7. A new phase of ThC at high pressure predicted from a first-principles study

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    Guo, Yongliang; Qiu, Wujie; Ke, Xuezhi; Huai, Ping; Cheng, Cheng; Han, Han; Ren, Cuilan; Zhu, Zhiyuan

    2015-08-01

    The phase transition of thorium monocarbide (ThC) at high pressure has been studied by means of density functional theory. Through structure search, a new phase with space group P 4 / nmm has been predicted. The calculated phonons demonstrate that this new phase and the previous B2 phase are dynamically stable as the external pressure is greater than 60 GPa and 120 GPa, respectively. The transformation from B1 to P 4 / nmm is predicted to be a first-order transition, while that from P 4 / nmm to B2 is found to be a second-order transition.

  8. A first principle study of the pressure dependent elastic properties of monazite LaPO{sub 4}

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    Ali, Kawsar, E-mail: ali.ksr71@gmail.com; Arya, A.; Ghosh, P. S.; Dey, G. K. [Material Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2016-05-06

    DFT based ab-initio simulations have been performed to study the effect of pressure on the elastic properties of monazite LaPO{sub 4} which is a promising host material for immobilization of high level nuclear waste. The phase is found to be stable up to 30 GPa. The calculated polycrystalline bulk, shear and Young moduli show an increasing trend as a function of pressure. The ductility and anisotropy in shear modulus of the material have been found to increase with pressure; whilethe bulk modulus anisotropy decreases with pressure.

  9. Comparative first-principles studies of prototypical ferroelectric materials by LDA, GGA, and SCAN meta-GGA

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    Zhang, Yubo; Sun, Jianwei; Perdew, John P.; Wu, Xifan

    2017-07-01

    Originating from a broken spatial inversion symmetry, ferroelectricity is a functionality of materials with an electric dipole that can be switched by external electric fields. Spontaneous polarization is a crucial ferroelectric property, and its amplitude is determined by the strength of polar structural distortions. Density functional theory (DFT) is one of the most widely used theoretical methods to study ferroelectric properties, yet it is limited by the levels of approximations in electron exchange-correlation. On the one hand, the local density approximation (LDA) is considered to be more accurate for the conventional perovskite ferroelectrics such as BaTi O3 and PbTi O3 than the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), which suffers from the so-called super-tetragonality error. On the other hand, GGA is more suitable for hydrogen-bonded ferroelectrics than LDA, which largely overestimates the strength of hydrogen bonding in general. We show here that the recently developed general-purpose strongly constrained and appropriately normed (SCAN) meta-GGA functional significantly improves over the traditional LDA/GGA for structural, electric, and energetic properties of diversely bonded ferroelectric materials with a comparable computational effort and thus enhances largely the predictive power of DFT in studies of ferroelectric materials. We also address the observed system-dependent performances of LDA and GGA for ferroelectrics from a chemical bonding point of view.

  10. First principles study of photo-oxidation degradation mechanisms in P3HT for organic solar cells.

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    Sai, Na; Leung, Kevin; Zádor, Judit; Henkelman, Graeme

    2014-05-07

    We present a theoretical study of degradation mechanisms for photoinduced oxidation in organic polymers in the condensed phase, using poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as an example. Applying density functional theory with a hybrid density functional and periodic boundary conditions that account for steric effects and permit the modeling of interchain chemical reactions, we investigate reaction pathways that may lead to the oxidation of the thiophene backbone as a critical step toward disrupting the polymer conjugation. We calculate energy barriers for reactions of the P3HT backbone with oxidizing agents including the hydroxyl radical (OH˙), hydroperoxide (ROOH), and the peroxyl radical (ROO˙), following a UV-driven radical reaction starting at the α-carbon of the alkyl side chain as suggested by infrared (IR) and X-ray photoemission (XPS) spectrosocopy studies. The results strongly suggest that an attack of OH˙ on sulfur in P3HT is unlikely to be thermodynamically favored. On the other hand, an attack of a peroxyl radical on the side chain on the P3HT backbone may provide low barrier reaction pathways to photodegradation of P3HT and other polymers with side chains. The condensed phase setting is found to qualitatively affect predictions of degradation processes.

  11. Adsorption of NO2 molecules on armchair phosphorene nanosheet for nano sensor applications - A first-principles study.

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    Nagarajan, V; Chandiramouli, R

    2017-08-01

    The electronic and NO 2 adsorption properties of hydrogenated armchair phosphorene nanosheet device is investigated through density functional theory (DFT) and non-equilibrium Green's function method (NEGF). The armchair phosphorene nanosheet is used for the detection of NO 2 gas in phosphorene molecular device. The DOS spectrum demonstrates the change in peak maxima due to transfer of electrons between NO 2 gas and phosphorene base material. The change in the peak amplitude is observed along the valance band as well as in the conduction band in the transmission spectrum of phosphorene device. I-V characteristics support the change in the current upon adsorption of NO 2 gas molecule on phosphorene molecular device. Using formation energy, structural stability of phosphorene nanosheet has been studied. The adsorption properties of NO 2 on phosphorene nanosheet have also been investigated with the help of adsorption energy, Mulliken charge and Bader charge analysis. In order to ascertain the selectivity of NO 2 gas along phosphorene molecular device in the ambient condition, the adsorption behavior of O 2 and CO 2 is also studied. The findings of the present work confirm that phosphorene molecular device can be used as a NO 2 gas sensor and also the influence of Al substitution in phosphorene nanosheet device is explored and reported. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Binding mechanisms of DNA/RNA nucleobases adsorbed on graphene under charging: first-principles van der Waals study

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    Gürel, Hikmet Hakan; Salmankurt, Bahadır

    2017-06-01

    Graphene is a 2D material that has attracted much attention due to its outstanding properties. Because of its high surface area and unique chemical and physical properties, graphene is a good candidate for biological applications. For this reason, a deep understanding of the mechanism of interaction of graphene with biomolecules is required. In this study, theoretical investigation of van der Waals effects has been conducted using density functional theory. Here we show that the order of the binding energies of five nucleobases with graphene is G  >  A  >  T  >  C  >   U. This trend is in good agreement with most of the theoretical and experimental data. Also, the effects of charging on the electronic and structural properties of the graphene-nucleubase systems are studied for the first time. We show that the binding energy can be changed by adding or removing an electron from the system. The results presented in this work provide fundamental insights into the quantum interactions of DNA with carbon-based nanostructures and will be useful for developments in biotechnology and nanotechnology.

  13. First-principles study of magnetic, electronic and optical properties of double perovskite Bi2FeMnO6

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    Ahmed, Towfiq; Yarotski, Dzmitry; Jia, Quanxi; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2015-03-01

    We study magnetic, electronic and optical properties of double perovskite Bi2FeMnO6 (BFMO) using density functional theory. In these systems, the exchange interaction between Fe and Mn sites gives rise to a ferrimagnetic ordering, which is captured in our ab initio calculations. Thin film Bi2FeMnO6 (BFMO) are generally grown on substrates such as SrTiO3 and Si. Significant strain has been experimentally observed in BFMO unit cells due to slight lattice mismatch between the thin film and substrate unit cells. In this work, we find that the net magnetic moment in BFMO depends on the ``c/a'' ratio of the unit cell, suggesting the strain dependence of magnetization in such system. We further calculate x-ray magnetic dichroism (XMCD) signals of Fe and Mn ions in BFMO for L2 and L3 edges. By applying the XMCD sum rules, we adopted an alternative approach to estimate the spin and orbital magnetic moment from our DFT calculations. We find qualitative agreement between our calculated values and the experimental measurements based on different techniques.Moreover, we study spin resolved optical conductivity and density of states in BFMO. These calculations give insight into electronic structure near Fermi energy, and dominant electronic excitations in the valence-conduction region of BFMO. This work was supported by U.S. DOE at LANL under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, the LANL LDRD Program.

  14. Adsorption of chloroform on N-doped and Al-doped graphene: A first-principle study

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    Tian, Y. L.; Ren, J. F.; Yue, W. W.; Chen, M. N.; Hu, G. C.; Yuan, X. B.

    2017-10-01

    Adsorption properties of chloroform (CHCl3) on pristine graphene, N-doped graphene and Al-doped graphene are studied by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our calculations reveal that there are higher charge transfer and smaller adsorption distance and bigger adsorption energy when CHCl3 is adsorbed on Al-doped graphene comparing with adsorptions on pristine graphene and N-doped graphene. The p-p orbital coupling between Al and Cl is stronger than those of Csbnd Cl and Nsbnd Cl, which suggests that Al-doped graphene is more sensitive to the adsorption of CHCl3. Al-doped graphene can be a good candidate for sensors or catalyst to detect and adsorb CHCl3.

  15. The effect of Cu on O adsorption on a ZnO(0001) surface: a first-principles study

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    Dai Xianqi; Yan Huijuan; Wang Jianli; Liu Yaming; Yang Zongxian; Xie, M H

    2008-01-01

    Density functional theory and a pseudopotential plane-wave approach are employed to study the effect of Cu on the adsorption of O on a ZnO(0001) surface. The results show that the Cu adlayer enhances the adsorption of O on ZnO(0001). The energetically favored configuration for Cu and O co-adsorption on ZnO(0001) is that the Cu adatoms are located at the face-centered cubic (fcc) hollow sites, while O adatoms are at the top site of the Zn-terminated ZnO(0001) surface. The possible interchange between Cu adatoms and substrate Zn atoms in the ZnO(0001)-(2 x 2) ideal surface is also examined. The result suggests that the diffusion of Cu into the ZnO substrate is not favorable under equilibrium conditions

  16. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of partially inverse spinel CoFe2O4: a first-principles study

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    Hou, Y H; Liu, Z W; Yu, H Y; Zhong, X C; Qiu, W Q; Zeng, D C; Wen, L S; Zhao, Y J

    2010-01-01

    Partially inverse spinel CoFe 2 O 4 , which may be prepared through various heat treatments, differs remarkably from the ideal inverse spinel in many properties. The structure of partially inverse spinel CoFe 2 O 4 as well as its electronic and magnetic properties through a systemic theoretical calculation of (Co 1-x Fe x ) Tet (Co x Fe 2-x ) Oct O 4 (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0) have been investigated by the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) + U approach. It is found that the Co and Fe ions prefer their high spin configurations with higher spin moments at octahedral sites in all the studied cases, in line with experimental observations. The Co ions at the octahedral sites favour being far away from each other in the partial inverse spinels, which also show half metallicity at certain inversion degrees.

  17. First-principles study on electron transport through Mn(dmit)2 molecular junction depending on relative angle between ligands

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    Egami, Yoshiyuki; Taniguchi, Makoto

    2018-02-01

    Density functional studies are performed for the conformational stability of a Mn(dmit)2 molecule and the transport properties of a Mn(dmit)2 molecular junction as functions of the relative angle θ between the two planar ligands. For an isolated Mn(dmit)2 molecule, the activation energy for the conformational transition from a coplanar conformation to a perpendicular conformation is 95 meV, whereas that for the reverse transition is only 8 meV. In the transport property calculations, spin-dependent properties are observed owing to the spin polarization that is derived from the Mn atom. In particular, for down-spin electron transport, nonmonotonic behavior with θ in the conductance spectrum is observed. It is confirmed that the d orbitals of the Mn atom play a key role in such behavior.

  18. Evolution of the bonding mechanism of ZnO under isotropic compression: A first-principles study

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    Zhou, G.C.; Sun, L.Z.; Wang, J.B.; Zhong, X.L.; Zhou, Y.C.

    2008-01-01

    The electronic structure and the bonding mechanism of ZnO under isotropic pressure have been studied by using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the density-functional theory (DFT) based on LDA+U exchange correlation (EXC) potential. We used the theory of Atoms in Molecules (AIM) method to analyze the change of the charge transfer and the bonding strength under isotropic pressure. The results of the theoretical analysis show that charge transfer between Zn and O atomic basins nearly linearly increases with the increasing pressure. Charge density along the Zn-O bond increases under the high pressure. The bonding strength and the ionicity of Zn-O bond also increase with the increasing pressure. The linear evolution process of the bonding mechanism under isotropic pressure was shown clearly in the present paper

  19. First-principles study of the (0001)-MgB2 surface finished in Mg and B

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    Segura, Sully; Martínez, Jairo Arbey Rodríguez; Moreno-Armenta, María Guadalupe

    2014-01-01

    We present a study based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) of the volume and two surfaces (0001) of MgB 2 , one of them terminated in Mg and the other one terminated in B. Each one of the surface was relaxed and their electronic properties were determined. From calculation of the enthalpy of formation we found that the Mg-terminated surface is energetically favored. The bands seem to present a formation similar to the Dirac's cone as that are presented in graphene, but in MgB 2 is above of the Fermi level. In the three cases, volume and the two surfaces, the behaviour is boron-metallic, because there are strong presence of B orbital's in the neighborhood of the Ferm level

  20. First-principles study on mechanical and elastic properties of BxAl1-xP alloys

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    Huihui Ma

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Based on density functional theory calculations, systematic calculations of the structural properties, elastic anisotropy and mechanical properties of boron alloying aluminum phosphide (BxAl1-xP ternary mixed crystal have been presented. The results of the lattice parameters, band gaps, elastic constants and elastic modulus accord with the experimental and others published data well. The band structure which is described by CASTEP method indicates they are direct gap semiconductors for the composition x = 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75. Beyond that, we studied the Debye temperatures together with the acoustic velocities for all the BxAl1-xP alloys using the obtained elastic modulus. Finally, we depicted the three dimensional surface constructions to explain the elastic anisotropy using several calculated different anisotropic indexes in our work.

  1. Calculation of Half-Metal, Debye and Curie Temperatures of Co2VAl Compound: First Principles Study

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    Arash, Boochani; Heidar, Khosravi; Jabbar, Khodadadi; Shahram, Solaymani; Masoud Majidiyan, Sarmazdeh; Rohollah Taghavi, Mendi; Sayed, Mohammad Elahi

    2015-05-01

    By FP-LAPW calculations, the structural, elastic, Debye and Curie temperatures, electronic and magnetic properties of Co2 VAl are investigated. The results indicate that Ferromagnetic (FM) phase is more stable than Anti-Ferromagnetic (AFM) and Non-magnetic (NM) ones. In addition, C11-C12 > 0, C44 > 0, and B > 0 so Co2VAl is an elastically stable material with high Debye temperature. Also, the B/G ratio exhibits a ductility behavior. The relatively high Curie temperature provides it as a favorable material for spintronic application. It's electronic and magnetic properties are studied by GGA+U approach leading to a 100% spin polarization at Fermi level. Supported by the simulation of Nano Physics Lab center of Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University

  2. Dirac cone pairs in silicene induced by interface Si-Ag hybridization: A first-principles effective band study

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    Lian, Chao; Meng, Sheng

    2017-06-01

    Using density functional theory combined with orbital-selective band unfolding techniques, we study the effective band structure of silicene (3 ×3 )/Ag(111) (4 ×4 ) structure. Consistent with the ARPES spectra recently obtained by [Feng et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 14656 (2016), 10.1073/pnas.1613434114], we observe six pairs of Dirac cones near the boundary of the Brillouin zone (BZ) of Ag (1 ×1 ) , while no Dirac cone is observed inside the BZ. Furthermore, we find that these Dirac cones are induced by the interfacial Si-Ag hybridization, mainly composed of Si pz orbitals and Ag s p bands, which is intrinsically different from the Dirac cones in free-standing silicene.

  3. Pt-decorated graphene as superior media for H2S adsorption: A first-principles study

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    Ganji, Masoud Darvish; Sharifi, Narges; Ardjmand, Mahdi; Ahangari, Morteza Ghorbanzadeh

    2012-01-01

    Highlights: ► We report the first DFT study in the H 2 S/Pt–graphene system. ► The adsorption properties of H 2 S at different possible site on the surface of pristine graphene are slightly stable presenting energies from 0.02 to 0.06 eV. ► When Pt decorates the graphene sheet on the single and double sides the H 2 S adsorption energy increase to −3.2 eV. ► A single Pt atom can locate up to seven H 2 S molecules stably binded with energies from −6.73 to −0.95 eV. ► The DOS plot indicates strong hybridization between H 2 S molecules and Pt–graphene sheet. - Abstract: The adsorption mechanism of hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) molecules on pristine and Pt-decorated graphene sheets was studied using density functional theory calculations based on local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation methods. Our calculations show that a Pt-decorated graphene system has much higher binding energy, higher net charge transfer values and shorter connecting distances than pristine graphene due to chemisorption of the H 2 S molecule. Furthermore, the calculated density of states show that orbital hybridization is visible between the H 2 S and Pt-decorated graphene sheets, while there is no evidence for hybridization between the H 2 S molecule and the pristine graphene sheet. Interestingly, we find that up to seven H 2 S molecules can stably bind to a Pt atom on each side of the graphene sheet with desirable binding energy.

  4. Adsorption studies of alcohol molecules on monolayer MoS{sub 2} nanosheet—A first-principles insights

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    Nagarajan, V.; Chandiramouli, R., E-mail: rcmoulii@gmail.com

    2017-08-15

    Highlights: • The adsorption of methanol, ethanol & 1-propanol on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet are studied. • The PDOS & band structure confirms adsorption of alcohol vapors on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet. • The adsorption of 1-propanol vapor on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is more favorable. • The alcohol molecules adsorption on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is explored in atomistic level. - Abstract: The electronic and adsorption properties of three different alcohol molecules namely methanol, ethanol and 1-propanol vapors on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is investigated using DFT method. The structural stability of MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is ascertained with formation energy. The adsorption properties of alcohol molecules on MoS{sub 2} base material is discussed in terms of average energy gap variation, Mulliken charge transfer, energy band gap and adsorption energy. The prominent adsorption sites of methanol, ethanol and 1-propanol vapors on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet are studied in atomistic level. The projected density of states (PDOS) spectrum gives the clear insights on the electronic properties of MoS{sub 2} nanosheet. The PDOS and energy band structure confirmed the adsorption of alcohol vapors on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet. The variation in the band structure and PDOS is noticed upon adsorption of methanol, ethanol and 1-propanol molecules on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet. The PDOS spectrum also reveals the variation in peak maxima owing to transfer of electron between alcohol molecules and MoS{sub 2} base material. The adsorption of 1-propanol vapor on MoS{sub 2} nanosheet is observed to be more favorable than other alcohol molecules. The findings confirm that monolayer MoS{sub 2} nanosheet can be used to detect the presence of alcohol vapors in the environment.

  5. Tuning the Adsorption of Elemental Mercury by Small Gas-Phase Palladium Clusters: First-Principles Study.

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    Kalita, Bulumoni

    2016-10-06

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to study the nature of interaction of elemental mercury (Hg) with small palladium clusters (Pd n , n = 1-6) using generalized gradient approximation method. Results of these calculations showed stronger binding of Hg with Pd 2 cluster, which, therefore, was chosen for further investigation as presented in the latter part of the third section of this report. This extended study explains the binding mechanism of Hg with alloys of Pd dimers, PdM (M = Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au) in neutral, cationic, and anionic states. Interaction energy of Hg with palladium dimer follows the trend Pd 2 + > Pd 2 > Pd 2 - . For all of the above PdM complexes, the strength of Hg binding is found to be highest in their cationic states. Mixing of Pt and Au enhances the reactivity of the cationic Pd 2 dimers, decreases it for their neutral counterparts, and does not affect much in the anionic states. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis indicates that Hg binding takes place because of the charge transfer from its s-orbitals primarily to the d-orbitals of M atoms followed by back-donation of charges from their s-orbitals to the p-orbitals of Hg atom. Moreover, the amount of charge transfer from Hg(s)→M(d) correlates with the Hg binding energy in Hg-PdM 0,± complexes. Binding of Hg in cationic Hg-PdM complexes conjointly depends on energies of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals of the PdM + dimers as well as NBO partial charges on adsorbed Hg.

  6. A theoretical study of perovskite CsXCl3 (X=Pb, Cd) within first principles calculations

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    Ilyas, Bahaa M.; Elias, Badal H.

    2017-04-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, optical acoustic and thermodynamic properties of the cubic perovskite CsPbCl3 and CsCdCl3 unit cell, were studied using an ultra-soft pseudopotential plane wave, the Trouiller-Martins-Functional was utilized to perform these calculations. The study was implemented within both the Local Density Approximation (LDA) and the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) scheme proposed by van Leeuwen-Baerends which is the same as the Perdew-Wang 92 functional have been carried out to preform our calculations. As for the Local Density Approximation (LDA) the Teter-Pade parametrization (4/93) was implemented which is the same as Perdew-Wang that in its turn reproduces the Ceperley-Alder-Functional. The computed GGA/LDA-lattice parameter for both CsCdCl3 and CsPbCl3 is in an exquisite agreement with the experimental and theoretical results. The energy band structure shows that CsCdCl3 is Γ-R indirect band gap insulator, while CsPbCl3 is an insulator with a direct band gap Γ-Γ separating the valence bands from the conduction bands, which shows metallic nature after pressure 30 GPa. A hybridization exists between Pb-p states and Cl-p states for CsPbCl3, and Cd-p states and Cs-p states for the CsCdCl3 in the valence bonding region. Optimization of both cell shape (geometry) volume were investigated as pressure of 0-20 GPa and 0-40 GPa for the CsCdCl3 and CsPbCl3 respectively. The Pressure dependence of cubic perovskite elastic constants, Young modulus, bulk and shear moduli, Lame's constants, elastic anisotropy factor, elastic wave velocities, phonon dispersion, Debye temperature and the density of states of CsXCl3 (X=Pb, Cd) were theoretically calculated and compared with the other available theoretical results. The above elastic constants reveal the fact that both compounds are stable and show nature of ductility. For the optical properties, both the static refractive index and dielectric

  7. X-ray absorption and infrared spectra of water and ice: A first-principles electronic structure study

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    Chen, Wei

    Water is of essential importance for chemistry and biology, yet the physics concerning many of its distinctive properties is not well known. In this thesis we present a theoretical study of the x-ray absorption (XA) and infrared (IR) spectra of water in liquid and solid phase. Our theoretical tools are the density functional theory (DFT), Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD), and the so-called GW method. Since a systematic review of these ab initio methods is not the task of this thesis, we only briefly recall the main concepts of these methods as needed in the course of our exposition. The focus is, instead, an investigation of what is the important physics necessary for a better description of these excitation processes, in particular, core electron excitations (in XA) that reveal the local electronic structure, and vibrational excitations (in IR) associated to the molecular dynamics. The most interesting question we are trying to answer is: as we include better approximations and more complete physical descriptions of these processes, how do the aforementioned spectra reflect the underlying hydrogen-bonding network of water? The first part of this thesis consists of the first four chapters, which focus on the study of core level excitation of water and ice. The x-ray absorption spectra of water and ice are calculated with a many-body approach for electron-hole excitations. The experimental features, even the small effects of a temperature change in the liquid, are reproduced with quantitative detail using molecular configurations generated by ab initio molecular dynamics. We find that the spectral shape is controlled by two major modifications of the short range order that mark the transition from ice to water. One is associated to dynamic breaking of the hydrogen bonds which leads to a strong enhancement of the pre-edge intensity in the liquid. The other is due to densification, which follows the partial collapse of the hydrogen bond network and is

  8. First-principles study of doping effect on the phase transition of zinc oxide with transition metal doped

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    Wu, Liang; Hou, Tingjun; Wang, Yi; Zhao, Yanfei; Guo, Zhenyu; Li, Youyong; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2012-01-01

    Highlights: ► We study the doping effect on B4, B1 structures and phase transition of ZnO. ► We calculate the phase transition barrier and phase transition path of doped ZnO. ► The transition metal doping decreases the bulk modulus and phase transition pressure. ► The magnetic properties are influenced by the phase transition process. - Abstract: Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a promising material for its wide application in solid-state devices. With the pressure raised from an ambient condition, ZnO transforms from fourfold wurtzite (B4) to sixfold coordinated rocksalt (B1) structure. Doping is an efficient approach to improve the structures and properties of materials. Here we use density-functional theory (DFT) to study doped ZnO and find that the transition pressure from B4 phase to B1 phase of ZnO always decreases with different types of transition metal (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, or Ni) doped, but the phase transition path is not affected by doping. This is consistent with the available experimental results for Mn-doped ZnO and Co-doped ZnO. Doping in ZnO causes the lattice distortion, which leads to the decrease of the bulk modulus and accelerates the phase transition. Mn-doped ZnO shows the strongest magnetic moment due to its half filled d orbital. For V-doped ZnO and Cr-doped ZnO, the magnetism is enhanced by phase transition from B4 to B1. But for Mn-doped ZnO, Fe-doped ZnO, Co-doped ZnO, and Ni-doped ZnO, B1 phase shows weaker magnetic moment than B4 phase. These results can be explained by the amount of charge transferred from the doped atom to O atom. Our results provide a theoretical basis for the doping approach to change the structures and properties of ZnO.

  9. First-principles study on influence of molybdenum on acicular ferrite formation on TiC particles in microallyed steels

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    Hua, Guomin; Li, Changsheng; Cheng, Xiaonong; Zhao, Xinluo; Feng, Quan; Li, Zhijie; Li, Dongyang; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2018-01-01

    In this study, influences of molybdenum on acicular ferrite formation on precipitated TiC particles are investigated from thermodynamic and kinetic respects. In thermodynamics, Segregation of Mo towards austenite/TiC interface releases the interfacial energy and induces phase transformation from austenite to acicular ferrite on the precipitated TiC particles. The Phase transformation can be achieved by displacive deformation along uniaxial Bain path. In addition, the segregation of Mo atom will also lead to the enhanced stability of ferrite in comparison with austenite no matter at low temperature or at high temperature. In kinetics, the Mo solute in acicular ferrite can effectively suppress the diffusion of carbon atoms, which ensures that orientation relationship between acicular ferrite and austenitized matrix can be satisfied during the diffusionless phase transformation. In contrast to ineffectiveness of TiC particles, the alloying Mo element can facilitate the formation of acicular ferrite on precipitated TiC particles, which is attributed to the above thermodynamic and kinetic reasons. Furthermore, Interfacial toughness and ductility of as-formed acicular ferrite/TiC interface can be improved simultaneously by segregation of Mo atom.

  10. First-principles studies on structural and electronic properties of GaN-AlN heterostructure nanowires.

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    Zhang, Haijun; Li, Yafei; Tang, Qing; Liu, Lu; Zhou, Zhen

    2012-02-21

    The structural and electronic properties of core-shell, eutectic, biaxial and superlattice GaN-AlN nanowires were studied through density functional theory computations. Due to more surface dangling bonds, nanowires with smaller diameters are energetically unfavorable. For the GaN-AlN heterostructure nanowires, their electronic properties highly depend on the GaN content, axial strain, configuration, and size. The valence bands are less affected by the GaN content, while the conduction bands depend on it. Hydrogen-passivated nanowires have much larger band gaps than their counterparts, since the surface states are removed by saturating the dangling bonds with hydrogen atoms. Moreover, due to multiple quantum-well structures, the confined electrons (holes) of superlattice nanowires become more localized and the difference of the mobility between the electron and hole becomes less apparent if the width of the barrier is larger. These findings are of value for better understanding heterostructure nanowires and their potential utilization. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012

  11. Diffusion and adsorption of dimers on reconstructed Pt(1 1 0) surfaces: First principle and EAM studies

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    Matrane, I.; Mazroui, M.; Sbiaai, K.

    2018-03-01

    We present a density functional theory (DFT) and embedded atom method (EAM) studies of Pt2 , Au2 and AuPt dimers adsorption and diffusion on the clean Pt (1 1 0) (1 × 1) surface and (1 × 2) (1 × 3) and (1 × 4) missing row reconstructed geometries. As a first step, adsorption energies are calculated for all considered dimers, and their stability is checked by computing the binding energies. Furthermore, the energy barriers for the elementary diffusion mechanisms (concerted jump, dissociation-reassociation and leapfrog) are calculated for dimers diffusion on all considered geometries. The potential energy profile for the leapfrog mechanism is provided for dimers diffusion on the (1 × 2) (1 × 3) and (1 × 4) missing row reconstructed geometries. Our results show that each of the three dimers exhibits a qualitatively different behaviours. In addition, the obtained results provide interesting atomistic information about dimers stability and mobility, which is required for understanding the macroscopic kinetics of crystal growth.

  12. First-principles study of Mg incorporation at wurtzite InN (0 0 0 1) and (0001-bar) surfaces

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    Ding, S.F.; Qu, X.P.; Fan, G.H.

    2009-01-01

    In this article we investigate the energetics of Mg adsorption and incorporation at the InN(0 0 0 1) and InN(0001-bar) surfaces by the method of total energy plane-wave expansions with ultra-soft pseudo potential technology based on the density functional theory (DFT) in the generalized approximation (GGA). It is found that for a 1/4 monolayer (ML) coverage of the InN(0 0 0 1) surface, Mg atoms preferentially adsorb at the bridge sites and T4 sites, but they are unstable when compared with Mg incorporated in the first three layers. For a 1/4 ML coverage of the InN(0001-bar) surface, Mg atoms preferentially adsorb at the H3 sites with the formation energy of -3.49 (eV/(2x2) supercell), which is lower than that of the T4 sites, and the formation energy increases with increasing magnesium coverage. Further study shows that the formation energy for Mg atom is lower than that of In atom, which indicates that magnesium adsorption is more favorable in these conditions.

  13. A possible highly active supported Ni dimer catalyst for O{sub 2} dissociation: A first-principles study

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    Dong, Shan [College of Physics and Materials Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan 453007 (China); Zhang, Yanxing, E-mail: 2016025@htu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Materials Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan 453007 (China); Zhang, Xilin; Mao, Jianjun [College of Physics and Materials Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan 453007 (China); Yang, Zongxian, E-mail: yzx@henannu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Materials Science, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan 453007 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Nano Functional Materials and Applications, Henan Province (China)

    2017-04-30

    Graphical abstract: The minimum energy paths (MEPs) for the dissociation process of O{sub 2} on the surfaces of bare YSZ (111) and Ni{sub n}/YSZ (111) (n = 1, 2 and 3). - Highlights: • The catalytic activity of supported metal catalysts is closely related to the size of metal particles. • The dissociation of O{sub 2} on the YSZ (111) surface is largely enhanced by the supported Ni cluster. • The supported Ni dimer is predicted to be the smallest Ni cluster needed for efficient O{sub 2} dissociation. • The results would provide an important reference to improve the activity and efficiency of the Ni/YSZ(111) nanocomposite catalysts in cost-effective materials. - Abstract: The adsorption and dissociation of O{sub 2} on the supported small nickel clusters with one-, two-, three-Ni atoms on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) (111) surfaces, as well as those on the bare YSZ(111) and Ni(111) surfaces are comparatively studied using ab initio density functional theory calculations. It is found that the dissociation of O{sub 2} on the YSZ(111) surface is largely enhanced by the supported Ni dimer, which is predicted to be the smallest Ni cluster needed for efficient O{sub 2} dissociation. The results would provide an important reference to improve the activity and efficiency of the Ni/YSZ(111) nanocomposite catalysts in cost-effective materials.

  14. Structural, electronic and spectral properties of carborane-containing boron dipyrromethenes (BODIPYs): A first-principles study.

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    Li, Xiaojun

    2017-10-05

    In this work, we reported the geometrical structures, electronic and spectral properties of the carborane-containing BODIPYs complexes using the density functional theory calculations. In two structures, the calculated main bond lengths and bond angels of structural framework are consistent with X-ray experiment, and the two BODIPYs complexes are thermodynamically and kinetically stable. The strongest DOS band is mainly dominated by the BB and BH σ-bonds of carborane fragment, whereas the π-type MOs on the pyrromethene fragment contribute to the high-energy DOS bands. Analysis of the AdNDP chemical bonding indicates that the carborane cage can be stabilized by eleven delocalized 3c2e and two delocalized 4c2e σ-bonds, while the pyrromethene fragment corresponds to five delocalized 3c2e π-bonds. In addition, the main characteristic peaks of the two simulated IR spectra for the BODIPYs complexes are properly assigned. Hopefully, all these results will be helpful for understanding the electronic structures, and further stimulate the study on the biological and medical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Anisotropic lattice thermal conductivity in three-fold degeneracy topological semimetal MoP: a first-principles study.

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2017-11-01

    Recently, three-component new fermions in topological semimetal MoP are experimentally observed (2017 Nature 546 627), which may have potential applications like topological qubits, low-power electronics and spintronics. These are closely related to thermal transport properties of MoP. In this work, the phonon transport of MoP is investigated by solving the linearized phonon Boltzmann equation within the single-mode relaxation time approximation (RTA). The calculated room-temperature lattice thermal conductivity is 18.41 [Formula: see text] and 34.71 [Formula: see text] along the in- and cross-plane directions, exhibiting very strong anisotropy. The isotope and size effects on the lattice thermal conductivity are also considered. It is found that isotope scattering produces little effect, and phonon has little contribution to the lattice thermal conductivity, when phonon mean free path (MFP) is larger than 0.15 [Formula: see text] at 300 K. It is noted that average room-temperature lattice thermal conductivity of MoP is lower than that of representative Weyl semimetal TaAs, which is due to smaller group velocities and larger Grüneisen parameters. Our works provide valuable informations for the thermal management of MoP-based nano-electronics devices, and motivate further experimental works to study thermal transport of MoP.

  16. First-principles study of XNMg{sub 3} (X = P, As, Sb and Bi) antiperovskite compounds

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    Amara, K., E-mail: kamaraphy@gmail.com [Laboratoire d’études Physiques et Chimiques, Université de Saida “Dr. Moulay Tahar”, Saida 20000 (Algeria); Zemouli, M.; Elkeurti, M. [Laboratoire d’études Physiques et Chimiques, Université de Saida “Dr. Moulay Tahar”, Saida 20000 (Algeria); Belfedal, A. [Laboratoire de Physique des Couches Minces et Matériaux pour l’Electronique, Université d’Oran Es-Sénia, Oran 31000 (Algeria); Saadaoui, F. [Laboratoire d’études Physiques et Chimiques, Université de Saida “Dr. Moulay Tahar”, Saida 20000 (Algeria)

    2013-11-05

    Highlights: •The investigated four nitrides XNMg{sub 3} (X = P, As, Sb and Bi) are mechanically stable. •AsNMg{sub 3} and PNMg{sub 3} have direct gaps, while SbNMg{sub 3} and BiNMg{sub 3} have indirect gaps. •The energy gaps using TB-mBJ are larger about 40–58% than that within GGA. •XNMg{sub 3} present mixed bonding: covalent-ionic. •Covalent nature of these materials increases when going from BiNMg{sub 3} to PNMg{sub 3}. -- Abstract: In this work, we present a study of the structural, elastic and electronic properties of the cubic antiperovskites XNMg{sub 3} (X = P, As, Sb and Bi) using the full-potential augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW + lo) within the generalized gradient approximation based on PBEsol, Perdew 2008 functional. We determined the lattice parameters, the bulk modulus B and their pressure derivative B′. In addition, the elastic properties such as elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44}), the shear modulus G, the Young modulus E, the Poisson’s ratio ν and the B/G ratio are also given. For the band structure, density of states and charge density the exchange and correlation effects were treated by the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential to prevent the shortcoming of the underestimation of the energy gaps in both LDA and GGA approximations. The obtained results are compared to available experimental data and to other theoretical calculations.

  17. The role of entropy in initializing the aggregation of peptides: a first principle study on oligopeptide oligomerization.

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    Pohl, Gábor; Jákli, Imre; Csizmadia, Imre G; Papp, Dóra; Matías, Garibotto Francisco; Perczel, András

    2012-01-28

    The initiation and progression of Alzheimer's disease is coupled to the oligo- and polymerization of amyloid peptides in the brain. Amyloid like aggregates of protein domains were found practically independent of their primary sequences. Thus, the driving force of the transformation from the original to a disordered amyloid fold is expected to lie in the protein backbone common to all proteins. In order to investigate the thermodynamics of oligomerization, full geometry optimizations and frequency calculations were performed both on parallel and antiparallel β-pleated sheet model structures of [HCO-(Ala)(1-6)-NH(2)](2) and (For-Ala(1-2)-NH(2))(1-6) peptides, both at the B3LYP and M05-2X/6-311++G(d,p)//M05-2X/6-31G(d) levels of theory, both in vacuum and in water. Our results show that relative entropy and enthalpy both show a hyperbolic decrease with increasing residue number and with increasing number of strands as well. Thus, di- and oligomerization are always thermodynamically favored. Antiparallel arrangements were found to have greater stability than parallel arrangements of the polypeptide backbones. During our study the relative changes in thermodynamic functions are found to be constant for long enough peptides, indicating that stability and entropy terms are predictable. All thermodynamic functions of antiparallel di- and oligomers show a staggered nature along the increasing residue number. By identifying and analyzing the 6 newly emerging dimer vibrational modes of the 10- and 14-membered building units, the staggered nature of the entropy function can be rationalized. Thus, the vanishing rotational and translational modes with respect to single strands are converted into entropy terms "holding tight" the dimers and oligomers formed, rationalizing the intrinsic adherence of natural polypeptide backbones to aggregate.

  18. (Sr,Ba)(Si,Ge){sub 2} for thin-film solar-cell applications: First-principles study

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    Kumar, Mukesh, E-mail: Kumar.Mukesh@nims.go.jp, E-mail: mkgarg79@gmail.com [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Umezawa, Naoto [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); TU-NIMS Joint Research Center, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin (China); Imai, Motoharu [Superconducting Properties Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

    2014-05-28

    In order to meet the increasing demand for electric power generation from solar energy conversion, the development of efficient light absorber materials has been awaited. To this end, the electronic and optical properties of advanced alkaline-earth-metals disilicides and digermanides (SrSi{sub 2}, BaSi{sub 2}, SrGe{sub 2}, and BaGe{sub 2}) are studied by means of the density functional theory using HSE06 exchange-correlation energy functional. Our calculations show that all these orthorhombic structured compounds have fundamental indirect band gaps in the range E{sub g} ≈ 0.89–1.25 eV, which is suitable for solar cell applications. The estimated lattice parameters and band gaps are in good agreement with experiments. Our calculations show that the electronic band structures of all four compounds are very similar except in the vicinity of the Γ-point. The valence band of these compounds is made up by Si(Ge)-p states, whereas the conduction band is composed of Sr(Ba)-d states. Their band alignments are carefully determined by estimating the work function of each compound using slab model. The optical properties are discussed in terms of the complex dielectric function ε(ω) = ε{sub 1}(ω) + iε{sub 2}(ω). The static and high-frequency dielectric constants are calculated, taking into account the ionic contribution. The absorption coefficient α(ω) demonstrates that a low energy dispersion of the conduction band, which results in a flat conduction band minimum, leads to large optical activity in these compounds. Therefore, alkaline-earth-metals disilicides and digermanides possess great potential as light absorbers for applications in thin-film solar cell technologies.

  19. A First Principles Study of H2 Adsorption on LaNiO3(001 Surfaces

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    Changchang Pan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption of H2 on LaNiO3 was investigated using density functional theory (DFT calculations. The adsorption sites, adsorption energy, and electronic structure of LaNiO3(001/H2 systems were calculated and indicated through the calculated surface energy that the (001 surface was the most stable surface. By looking at optimized structure, adsorption energy and dissociation energy, we found that there were three types of adsorption on the surface. First, H2 molecules completely dissociate and then tend to bind with the O atoms, forming two –OH bonds. Second, H2 molecules partially dissociate with the H atoms bonding to the same O atom to form one H2O molecule. These two types are chemical adsorption modes; however, the physical adsorption of H2 molecules can also occur. When analyzing the electron structure of the H2O molecule formed by the partial dissociation of the H2 molecule and the surface O atom, we found that the interaction between H2O and the (001 surface was weaker, thus, H2O was easier to separate from the surface to create an O vacancy. On the (001 surface, a supercell was constructed to accurately study the most stable adsorption site. The results from analyses of the charge population; electron localization function; and density of the states indicated that the dissociated H and O atoms form a typical covalent bond and that the interaction between the H2 molecule and surface is mainly due to the overlap-hybridization among the H 1s, O 2s, and O 2p states. Therefore, the conductivity of LaNiO3(001/H2 is stronger after adsorption and furthermore, the conductivity of the LaNiO3 surface is better than that of the LaFeO3 surface.

  20. First-principles study of the pentacene/Cu(1 1 1) interface: Adsorption states and vacuum level shifts

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    Toyoda, Kenji; Nakano, Yosuke; Hamada, Ikutaro; Lee, Kyuho; Yanagisawa, Susumu; Morikawa, Yoshitada

    2009-01-01

    We have studied the interaction of pentacene with a Cu(1 1 1) surface using density functional theory (DFT) within a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the van der Waals density functional [vdW-DF, M. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schroeder, D.C. Langreth, B.I. Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 (2004) 246401]. The adsorption energy is accurately predicted by vdW-DF, while the equilibrium distances between pentacene and the metal substrate (Z C ) are overestimated by both GGA and vdW-DF. The work function changes depend significantly on Z C . The experimental work function change can be successfully reproduced by GGA if the experimentally reported adsorption geometry is used, whereas the magnitude of the work function change is underestimated if calculated adsorption geometries are applied. We examined the IDIS model [H. Vazquez, R. Qszwaldowski, P. Pou, J. Ortega, R. Perez, F. Flores, A. Kahn, Europhys. Lett. 65 (2004) 802] to compare it with the GGA results. The interface dipoles estimated by the IDIS model fairly agree with the GGA results, provided that the adsorption distance is large. On the other hand, they tend to deviate from the GGA results as the adsorption distance becomes smaller, where back donation from the metal surface to the adsorbate occurs. Our analysis reveals that at experimentally reported metal-organic distance, back donation is significant enough to induce polarization of pentacene molecules perpendicular to the surface, which leads to a reduction of the work function. Thus, at the experimentally reported metal-organic distance, the work function change estimated by a simple IDIS model deviates from that calculated by self-consistent GGA calculations. We also found that at the experimentally reported metal-organic distance, the transferred electrons create weak chemical bonds between pentacene and the Cu(1 1 1) surface, illustrating the reactive nature of pentacene.

  1. An integrated experimental and first-principles computational study of carbon dioxide mineral carbonation reactions in olivine and serpentine

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    Gormley, Deirdre Marie

    This dissertation is a unique integration of experimental and theoretical methods. The central issue that is being addressed is to find a long term and economically viable solution to the disposal of carbon dioxide gas from coal power plants. Mineral carbonation reactions have emerged as a permanent solution to the well-known "Greenhouse Gas" issue. Our group here at ASU along with groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Pennsylvania State in Utah (SAIC), and the Albany Research Center (ARC) comprise the working group managed by the US Department of Energy (DOE). We have been collaborating to develop a fundamental understanding of the carbonation reactions of candidate minerals which will ultimately be used to develop a pilot plant process. Two of the candidate minerals used in mineral sequestration processes are forsterite (olivine) and lizardite (serpentine). Both candidates require pre-treatment prior to reaction with carbon dioxide. Forsterite requires attrition (grinding), while lizardite requires a pre-heat treatment (dehydroxylation) step which removes chemically bound water. In Chapter 3 of this thesis, the thermodynamic properties of seven primary oxides involved in reactions with forsterite and lizardite are compared. A novel method was developed using a theoretical molecular quantum physics approach which reproduced experimental results with great accuracy. This method can now be used for other systems where experimental thermodynamic data is unavailable. In Chapters 4 and 5, the dehydroxylation mechanism for lizardite is studied using theoretical models in conjunction with experimental results. A possible mechanism for the dehydroxylation pathway is suggested. This long-awaited result may provide new insight regarding carbonation reactions in lizardite. Chapters 6 and 7 explore the carbonation reactions in forsterite. With the help of high resolution electron microscopy images and extremely large

  2. First-principles study of structural stabilities, elastic and electronic properties of transition metal monocarbides (TMCs) and mononitrides (TMNs)

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    Rached, H.; Rached, D.; Benalia, S. [Laboratoire des Matériaux Magnétiques, Faculté des Sciences, Université Djillali Liabès de Sidi Bel-Abbès, Sidi Bel-Abbès 22000 (Algeria); Reshak, A.H., E-mail: maalidph@yahoo.co.uk [Institute of Complex Systems, FFPW, CENAKVA, University of South Bohemia in CB, Nove Hrady 37333 (Czech Republic); Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, School of Material Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Rabah, M. [Laboratoire des Matériaux Magnétiques, Faculté des Sciences, Université Djillali Liabès de Sidi Bel-Abbès, Sidi Bel-Abbès 22000 (Algeria); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique de la Matière (LPQ3M), université de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria); Bin Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-12-16

    The structural stabilities, elastic and electronic properties of 5d transition metal mononitrides (TMNs) XN with (X = Ir, Os, Re, W and Ta) and 5d transition metal monocarbides (TMCs) XC with (X = Ir, Os, Re and Ta) were investigated using the full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital (FP-LMTO) method, in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) within the local density approximation (LDA) for the exchange correlation functional. The ground state quantities such as the lattice parameter, bulks modulus and its pressure derivatives for the six considered crystal structures, Rock-salt (B1), CsCl (B2), zinc-blend (B3), Wurtzite (B4), NiAs (B8{sub 1}) and the tungsten carbides (B{sub h}) are calculated. The elastic constants of TMNs and TMCs compounds in its different stable phases are determined by using the total energy variation with strain technique. The elastic modulus for polycrystalline materials, shear modulus (G), Young's modulus (E), and Poisson's ratio (ν) are calculated. The Debye temperature (θ{sub D}) and sound velocities (v{sub m}) were also derived from the obtained elastic modulus. The analysis of the hardness of the herein studied compounds classifies OsN – (B4 et B8{sub 1}), ReN – (B8{sub 1}), WN – (B8{sub 1}) and OsC – (B8{sub 1}) as superhard materials. Our results for the band structure and densities of states (DOS), show that TMNs and TMCs compounds in theirs energetically and mechanically stable phase has metallic characteristic with strong covalent nature Metal–Nonmetal elements. - Highlights: • Structural stabilities, elastic, electronic properties of 5d TMNs XN are investigated. • 5d TMCs XC with (X = Ir, Os, Re and Ta) were investigated. • The ground state properties for the six considered crystal structure are calculated. • The elastic constants of TMNs and TMCs in its different stable phases are determined. • The elastic modulus for polycrystalline materials, G, E, and ν are calculated.

  3. First-principles studies of phase stability and crystal structures in Li-Zn mixed-metal borohydrides

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    Wang, Yongli; Zhang, Yongsheng; Wolverton, C.

    2013-07-01

    We address the problem of finding mixed-metal borohydrides with favorable thermodynamics and illustrate the approach using the example of LiZn2(BH4)5. Using density functional theory (DFT), along with the grand-canonical linear programming method (GCLP), we examine the experimentally and computationally proposed crystal structures and the finite-temperature thermodynamics of dehydrogenation for the quaternary hydride LiZn2(BH4)5. We find the following: (i) For LiZn2(BH4)5, DFT calculations of the experimental crystal structures reveal that the structure from the neutron diffraction experiments of Ravnsbæk is more stable [by 24 kJ/(mol f.u.)] than that based on a previous x-ray study. (ii) Our DFT calculations show that when using the neutron-diffraction structure of LiZn2(BH4)5, the recently theoretically predicted LiZn(BH4)3 compound is unstable with respect to the decomposition into LiZn2(BH4)5+LiBH4. (iii) GCLP calculations show that even though LiZn2(BH4)5 is a combination of weakly [Zn(BH4)2] and strongly (LiBH4) bound borohydrides, its decomposition is not intermediate between the two individual borohydrides. Rather, we find that the decomposition of LiZn2(BH4)5 is divided into a weakly exothermic step [LiZn2(BH4)5→2Zn+(1)/(5)LiBH4+(2)/(5)Li2B12H12+(36)/(5)H2] and three strong endothermic steps (12LiBH4→10LiH+Li2B12H12+13H2; Zn+LiH→LiZn+(1)/(2)H2; 2Zn+Li2B12H12→2LiZn+12B+6H2). DFT-calculated ΔHZPET=0K values for the first three LiZn2(BH4)5 decomposition steps are -19, +37, +74 kJ/(mol H2), respectively. The behavior of LiZn2(BH4)5 shows that mixed-metal borohydrides formed by mixing borohydrides of high and low thermodynamics stabilities do not necessarily have an intermediate decomposition tendency. Our results suggest the correct strategy to find intermediate decomposition in mixed-metal borohydrides is to search for stable mixed-metal products such as ternary metal borides.

  4. First-principles calculation study of mechanism of cation adsorption selectivity of zeolites. A guideline for effective removal of radioactive cesium

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    Nakamura, Hiroki; Okumura, Masahiko; Machida, Masahiko

    2013-01-01

    Zeolites have attracted attention in the reprocessing of radioactive nuclear waste because of their high selective affinity for radioisotopes of Cs. Very recently, their useful properties have been widely utilized in decontamination after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants. In this study, we study the high selectivity in the Cs adsorption of zeolites using first-principles calculations and clarify the mechanism of the cation selectivity of zeolites. We obtain energy surfaces on all capture locations for Cs/Na ions inside the micropores of a zeolite, 'mordenite', and find three crucial conditions for the highly ion-selective exchange of Na for Cs: 1) micropores with a radius of ∼3 Å, 2) a moderate Al/Si ratio, and 3) a uniform distribution of Al atoms around each micropore. These insights suggest a guideline for developing zeolites with high Cs selectivity and for enhancing the cation selectivity in more general situations. (author)

  5. Oxygen and hydroxyl adsorption on MS{sub 2} (M = Mo, W, Hf) monolayers: a first-principles molecular dynamics study

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    Iordanidou, K.; Houssa, M.; Afanas' ev, V.V.; Stesmans, A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leuven (Belgium); Pourtois, G. [IMEC, Leuven (Belgium)

    2016-11-15

    In this paper, we study the oxygen and hydroxyl adsorption on both pristine and S deficient MS{sub 2} (M = Mo, W, Hf) monolayers, using first-principles molecular dynamics calculations. Our simulations reveal that single-layer HfS{sub 2} suffers severely from oxidation, which results in the formation of strong Hf-O bonds, likely degrading the transport properties of the material. Oxygen adsorption on S deficient monolayers acts as a passivation mechanism, both ''structurally'' by saturating the dangling bonds of neighboring metal atoms and ''electronically'' by removing the S vacancy induced gap states. Hydroxyl adsorption on pristine monolayers generates spin-polarized gap states, and for HfS{sub 2} in particular, causes the Fermi level pinning close to the conduction band edge. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Rock-salt structure lithium deuteride formation in liquid lithium with high-concentrations of deuterium: a first-principles molecular dynamics study

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    Chen, Mohan; Abrams, T.; Jaworski, M. A.; Carter, Emily A.

    2016-01-01

    Because of lithium’s possible use as a first wall material in a fusion reactor, a fundamental understanding of the interactions between liquid lithium (Li) and deuterium (D) is important. We predict structural and dynamical properties of liquid Li samples with high concentrations of D, as derived from first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. Liquid Li samples with four concentrations of inserted D atoms (LiDβ , β =0.25 , 0.50, 0.75, and 1.00) are studied at temperatures ranging from 470 to 1143 K. Densities, diffusivities, pair distribution functions, bond angle distribution functions, geometries, and charge transfer between Li and D atoms are calculated and analyzed. The analysis suggests liquid-solid phase transitions can occur at some concentrations and temperatures, forming rock-salt LiD within liquid Li. We also observe formation of some D2 molecules at high D concentrations.

  7. Strain tunable magnetic properties of 3d transition-metal ion doped monolayer MoS2: A first-principles study

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    Zhu, Yupeng; Liang, Xiao; Qin, Jun; Deng, Longjiang; Bi, Lei

    2018-05-01

    In this article, a systematic study on the magnetic properties and strain tunability of 3d transition metal ions (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) doped MoS2 using first-principles calculations is performed. Antiferromagnetic coupling is observed between Mn, Fe ions and the nearest neighbor Mo ions; whereas ferromagnetic coupling is observed in Co and Ni systems. It is also shown that by applying biaxial tensile strain, a significant change of the magnetic moment is observed in all transition metal doped MoS2 materials with a strain threshold. The changes of total magnetic moment have different mechanisms for different doping systems including an abrupt change of the bond lengths, charge transfer and strain induced structural anisotropy. These results demonstrate applying strain as a promising method for tuning the magnetic properties in transition metal ion doped monolayer MoS2.

  8. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of RE{sup 3+}-doping in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}: A first-principles study

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    Hou, Y.H., E-mail: hyhhyl@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang, 330063 (China); Huang, Y.L.; Hou, S.J.; Ma, S.C. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang, 330063 (China); Liu, Z.W. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640 (China); Ouyang, Y.F. [School of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning, 530004 (China)

    2017-01-01

    RE{sup 3+}(RE=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Eu, Gd) doped cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) have been studied systematically by the first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation with Hubbard corrections (GGA+U) . The significant effects of RE{sup 3+}doping on the crystal structure, electronic and magnetic properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} have been explored. The calculated results show that the RE ions prefer substituting Fe{sup 3+} located at the octahedral sites. And the lattice constant of CoFe{sub 1.875}RE{sub 0.125}O{sub 4} (RE=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Eu and Gd) decreases due to the decreasing ionic radius of RE as the atomic number increases. The magnetic properties depend on the unpaired 4f electrons of RE{sup 3+} ions. The net magnetic moment of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} increases by doping with Eu and Gd, the reason is that there are more unpaired 4f electrons for Eu{sup 3+}and Gd{sup 3+}. However, the net magnetic moment of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} decreases by doping with La, Ce, Pr, and Nd, due to the reason that these RE ions prefer their low spin configurations. - Highlights: ●RE{sup 3+} doped cobalt ferrite have been studied by the first-principles calculations. ●The RE{sup 3+} in influencing electronic and magnetic properties was discussed. ●The influence of the 4f electrons of RE{sup 3+} on the magnetic properties was analyzed.

  9. Electron-phonon interactions from first principles

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    Giustino, Feliciano

    2017-01-01

    This article reviews the theory of electron-phonon interactions in solids from the point of view of ab initio calculations. While the electron-phonon interaction has been studied for almost a century, predictive nonempirical calculations have become feasible only during the past two decades. Today it is possible to calculate from first principles many materials properties related to the electron-phonon interaction, including the critical temperature of conventional superconductors, the carrier mobility in semiconductors, the temperature dependence of optical spectra in direct and indirect-gap semiconductors, the relaxation rates of photoexcited carriers, the electron mass renormalization in angle-resolved photoelectron spectra, and the nonadiabatic corrections to phonon dispersion relations. In this article a review of the theoretical and computational framework underlying modern electron-phonon calculations from first principles as well as landmark investigations of the electron-phonon interaction in real materials is given. The first part of the article summarizes the elementary theory of electron-phonon interactions and their calculations based on density-functional theory. The second part discusses a general field-theoretic formulation of the electron-phonon problem and establishes the connection with practical first-principles calculations. The third part reviews a number of recent investigations of electron-phonon interactions in the areas of vibrational spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, transport, and superconductivity.

  10. Credibility is the first principle

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    Beecher, William

    2002-01-01

    The first principle of an effective public affairs program on nuclear energy is credibility. If credibility is lacking, no matter how artful the message, it will not be persuasive. There has long been a problem in the United States. For years much of the industry followed the practice, when there was an event at a nuclear power plant that resulted in an unplanned release of radioactivity, to tell the public there was 'no release' if in fact the release was below the technical specifications of what the NRC mandates as being safe. The NRC is a safety regulator. It can tell nuclear power plant operators what to do, or not do, when it comes to safety, but doesn't have the right to tell them what to say to the public. The example of an emergency exercise and the NRC press release on that occasion showed the direction how companies could be influenced to behave in order to prevent such avoidably negative news coverage, i.e. attaining credibility when public anxiety is concerned

  11. Study of interfacial strain at the α-Al2O3/monolayer MoS2 interface by first principle calculations

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    Yu, Sheng; Ran, Shunjie; Zhu, Hao; Eshun, Kwesi; Shi, Chen; Jiang, Kai; Gu, Kunming; Seo, Felix Jaetae; Li, Qiliang

    2018-01-01

    With the advances in two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) based metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET), the interface between the semiconductor channel and gate dielectrics has received considerable attention due to its significant impacts on the morphology and charge transport of the devices. In this study, first principle calculations were utilized to investigate the strain effect induced by the interface between crystalline α-Al2O3 (0001)/h-MoS2 monolayer. The results indicate that the 1.3 nm Al2O3 can induce a 0.3% tensile strain on the MoS2 monolayer. The strain monotonically increases with thicker dielectric layers, inducing more significant impact on the properties of MoS2. In addition, the study on temperature effect indicates that the increasing temperature induces monotonic lattice expansion. This study clearly indicates that the dielectric engineering can effectively tune the properties of 2D TMDCs, which is very attractive for nanoelectronics.

  12. First-principles study of spin-polarized electronic band structures in ferromagnetic Zn1-xTMxS (TM = Fe, Co and Ni)

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    Saeed, Yasir

    2010-10-01

    We report a first-principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline alloys Zn1-xTMxS (TM = Fe, Co and Ni) at x = 0.25. Structural properties are computed from the total ground state energy convergence and it is found that the cohesive energies of Zn 1-xTMxS are greater than that of zincblende ZnS. We also study the spin-polarized electronic band structures, total and partial density of states and the effect of TM 3d states. Our results exhibit that Zn 0.75Fe0.25S, Zn0.75Co0.25S and Zn0.75Ni0.25S are half-metallic ferromagnetic with a magnetic moment of 4μB, 3μB and 2μB, respectively. Furthermore, we calculate the TM 3d spin-exchange-splitting energies Δx (d), Δx (x-d), exchange constants N0α and N0β, crystal field splitting (ΔEcrystEt2g-Eeg), and find that p-d hybridization reduces the local magnetic moment of TM from its free space charge value. Moreover, robustness of Zn1-xTMxS with respect to the variation of lattice constants is also discussed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Synergistic effect of alloying elements doping and external pressure on the elastic property of Ni3Al: A first-principles study

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    C. Li

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the basic electronic structures and elastic properties of Ni3Al doping with alloying elements (Re, Cr, and Mo under different pressures have been investigated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. It is shown that both alloying elements and external applied pressure contribute positively to the elastic properties of Ni3Al, and the configurations of the compounds remain almost unchanged. The calculated elastic constants and moduli increase linearly with the pressure increasing from 0 and 40 GPa. Among the alloying elements studied in the present work, Re exhibits the most significant effect compared with the other elements, showing its practical importance. Especially, if both alloying elements doping and pressure effects are considered simultaneously, which has not been considered previously, the studied compounds exhibit an even better elastic property than the simple superposition of the two influences. Such synergistic effect demonstrates promising applications of Ni-based single crystal superalloys in possible extreme mechanical environments.

  14. First-principles studies of BN sheets with absorbed transition metal single atoms or dimers: stabilities, electronic structures, and magnetic properties.

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    Ma, Dongwei; Lu, Zhansheng; Ju, Weiwei; Tang, Yanan

    2012-04-11

    BN sheets with absorbed transition metal (TM) single atoms, including Fe, Co, and Ni, and their dimers have been investigated by using a first-principles method within the generalized gradient approximation. All of the TM atoms studied are found to be chemically adsorbed on BN sheets. Upon adsorption, the binding energies of the Fe and Co single atoms are modest and almost independent of the adsorption sites, indicating the high mobility of the adatoms and isolated particles to be easily formed on the surface. However, Ni atoms are found to bind tightly to BN sheets and may adopt a layer-by-layer growth mode. The Fe, Co, and Ni dimers tend to lie (nearly) perpendicular to the BN plane. Due to the wide band gap of the pure BN sheet, the electronic structures of the BN sheets with TM adatoms are determined primarily by the distribution of TM electronic states around the Fermi level. Very interesting spin gapless semiconductors or half-metals can be obtained in the studied systems. The magnetism of the TM atoms is preserved well on the BN sheet, very close to that of the corresponding free atoms and often weakly dependent on the adsorption sites. The present results indicate that BN sheets with adsorbed TM atoms have potential applications in fields such as spintronics and magnetic data storage due to the special spin-polarized electronic structures and magnetic properties they possess.

  15. Renormalized Phonon Microstructures at High Temperatures from First-Principles Calculations: Methodologies and Applications in Studying Strong Anharmonic Vibrations of Solids

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    Tian Lan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available While the vibrational thermodynamics of materials with small anharmonicity at low temperatures has been understood well based on the harmonic phonons approximation, at high temperatures, this understanding must accommodate how phonons interact with other phonons or with other excitations. To date the anharmonic lattice dynamics is poorly understood despite its great importance, and most studies still rely on the quasiharmonic approximations. We shall see that the phonon-phonon interactions give rise to interesting coupling problems and essentially modify the equilibrium and nonequilibrium properties of materials, for example, thermal expansion, thermodynamic stability, heat capacity, optical properties, thermal transport, and other nonlinear properties of materials. The review aims to introduce some recent developements of computational methodologies that are able to efficiently model the strong phonon anharmonicity based on quantum perturbation theory of many-body interactions and first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. The effective potential energy surface of renormalized phonons and structures of the phonon-phonon interaction channels can be derived from these interdependent methods, which provide both macroscopic and microscopic perspectives in analyzing the strong anharmonic phenomena while the traditional harmonic models fail dramatically. These models have been successfully performed in the studies on the temperature-dependent broadenings of Raman and neutron scattering spectra, high temperature phase stability, and negative thermal expansion of rutile and cuprite structures, for example.

  16. A first-principles study of the SCN− chemisorption on the surface of AlN, AlP, and BP nanotubes

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    Soltani, Alireza; Taghartapeh, Mohammad Ramezani; Mighani, Hossein; Pahlevani, Amin Allah; Mashkoor, Reza

    2012-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Adsorption properties of SCN − on AlN, AlP, and BP nanotubes based on density functional theory. ▶ We demonstrate the most stable configurations (N-side) of SCN − on AlN, AlP, and BP nanotubes models. Highlights: ► The SCN − Adsorption on surface of AlN, AlP, and BP nanotubes were studied via density functional theory (DFT). ► The interaction of SCN − on the electronic properties and the NBO charge distribution of mentioned configurations are investigated. ► The studies suggest that the adsorption energies of SCN − on AlPNT is most notable in comparison with AlNNT and BPNT. - Abstract: We have performed first-principles calculations to explore the adsorption behavior of the SCN − on electronic properties of AlN, AlP, and BP nanotubes. The adsorption value of SCN − for the most stable formation on the AlPNT is about −318.16 kJ mol −1 , which is reason via the chemisorptions of SCN anion. The computed density of states (DOS) indicates that a notable orbital hybridization take place between SCN − and AlP nanotube in adsorption process. Finally, the AlP nanotube can be used to design as useful sensor for nanodevice applications.

  17. Anomalous lattice compression and magnetic ordering in CuO at high pressures: A structural study and first-principles calculations

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    Kozlenko, D. P.; DruŻbicki, K.; Kichanov, S. E.; Lukin, E. V.; Liermann, H.-P.; Glazyrin, K. V.; Savenko, B. N.

    2017-02-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of multiferroic CuO have been studied by means of neutron and x-ray powder diffraction at pressures up to 11 and 38 GPa, respectively, and by first-principles theoretical calculations. Anomalous lattice compression is observed, with enlargement of the lattice parameter a , reaching a maximum at P = 13 GPa , followed by its reduction at higher pressures. The lattice distortion of the monoclinic structure at high pressures is accompanied by a progressive change of the oxygen coordination around Cu atoms from the square fourfold towards the octahedral sixfold coordination. The pressure-induced evolution of the structural properties and electronic structure of CuO was successfully elucidated in the framework of full-electronic density functional theory calculations with range-separated HSE06, and meta-generalized gradient approximation hybrid M06 functionals. The antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state with a propagation vector q = (0.5 , 0 , -0.5 ) remains stable in the studied pressure range. From the obtained structural parameters, the pressure dependencies of the principal superexchange magnetic interactions were analyzed, and the pressure behavior of the Néel temperature as well as the magnetic transition temperature from the intermediate incommensurate AFM multiferroic state to the commensurate AFM ground state were evaluated. The estimated upper limit of the Néel temperature at P = 38 GPa is about 260 K, not supporting the previously predicted existence of the multiferroic phase at room temperature and high pressure.

  18. Effect of pressure on the Raman-active modes of zircon (ZrSiO4): a first-principles study

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    Sheremetyeva, Natalya; Cherniak, Daniele J.; Watson, E. Bruce; Meunier, Vincent

    2018-02-01

    Density-functional theory (DFT) was employed in a first-principles study of the effects of pressure on the Raman-active modes of zircon (ZrSiO4), using both the generalized gradient and local density approximations (GGA and LDA, respectively). Beginning with the equilibrium structure at zero pressure, we conducted a calibration of the effect of pressure in a manner procedurally similar to an experimental calibration. For pressures between 0 and 7 GPa, we find excellent qualitative agreement of frequency-pressure slopes partial ω /partial P calculated from GGA DFT with results of previous experimental studies. In addition, we were able to rationalize the ω vs. P behavior based on details of the vibrational modes and their atomic displacements. Most of the partial ω /partial P slopes are positive as expected, but the symmetry of the zircon lattice also results in two negative slopes for modes that involve slight shearing and rigid rotation of SiO4 tetrahedra. Overall, LDA yields absolute values of the frequencies of the Raman-active modes in good agreement with experimental values, while GGA reproduces the shift in frequency with pressure especially well.

  19. First-principles study of high spin-polarization and thermoelectric efficiency of ferromagnetic CoFeCrAs quaternary Heusler alloy

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    Bhat, Tahir Mohiuddin; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2018-03-01

    The ground state properties along with thermodynamic and thermoelectric properties of quaternary CoFeCrAs alloy within the ordered LiMgPdSn-type structure have been investigated by employing first-principles calculations. The alloy offers half-metallic ferromagnet character with an indirect band gap of 1.12 eV in the minority spin state with total spin magnetic moment of 4μB and follows Slater-Pauling relation. Effects on various properties of the material has been studied by the variation of the pressure and temperature. CoFeCrAs tenders large value of the Grüneisen parameter and small value for the thermal expansion coefficient. The materials present high Seebeck coefficient and huge power factor with the room temperature value of ∼-40 μV/K and 18 (1014 μWcm-1 K-2 s-1) respectively, which make CoFeCrAs promising candidate for efficient thermoelectric material.

  20. Study of Pb-doped Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} in crystalline phase using first principle calculations

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    Singh, Janpreet; Tripathi, S. K., E-mail: surya@pu.ac.in, E-mail: surya-tr@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Center of Advanced Study in Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India); Singh, Gurinder; Kaura, Aman [Department of UIET, Panjab University SSG Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur, Panjab (India)

    2015-08-28

    To improve the phase change characteristics of Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} (GST), doping is used as one of the effective methods. 4.4 atomic % of Pb doped GST has been studied using first principle calculations. No effect of doping on Te-Ge and Te-Sb bond length has been observed, but the Te-Te bond gets shrink with Pb doping. Due to which the Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} segregates as a second phase, with increased doping concentration of Pb in GST alloy. Using such type of calculation, we can calculate the desirable concentration of dopant atoms to prepare the desired material. We can control any segregation in required material with pre-theoretical calculations. The metallic nature of Pd doped GST has been discussed with band structure plots. The metallic character of alloys calculated as in this paper will be helpful to understand the tuning of conductivity of phase change materials, which helps to enhance the phase change properties.

  1. Structural stability and O2 dissociation on nitrogen-doped graphene with transition metal atoms embedded: A first-principles study

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    Mingye Yang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available By using first-principles calculations, we investigate the structural stability of nitrogen-doped (N-doped graphene with graphitic-N, pyridinic-N and pyrrolic-N, and the transition metal (TM atoms embedded into N-doped graphene. The structures and energetics of TM atoms from Sc to Ni embedded into N-doped graphene are studied. The TM atoms at N4V 2 forming a 4N-centered structure shows the strongest binding and the binding energies are more than 7 eV. Finally, we investigate the catalytic performance of N-doped graphene with and without TM embedding for O2 dissociation, which is a fundamental reaction in fuel cells. Compared to the pyridinic-N, the graphitic-N is more favorable to dissociate O2 molecules with a relatively low reaction barrier of 1.15 eV. However, the catalytic performance on pyridinic-N doped structure can be greatly improved by embedding TM atoms, and the energy barrier can be reduced to 0.61 eV with V atom embedded. Our results provide the stable structure of N-doped graphene and its potential applications in the oxygen reduction reactions.

  2. Defective graphene supported MPd12 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pd) nanoparticles as potential oxygen reduction electrocatalysts: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Xin

    2013-01-24

    We studied the electronic structure of MPd12 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pd) nanoparticles deposited on graphene substrates and their reactivity toward O adsorption, which are directly related to the catalytic performance of these composites in oxygen reduction reaction, by first-principles-based calculations. We found that the alloying between M and Pd can enhance the stability of nanoparticles and promote their oxygen reduction activity to be comparable with that of Pt(111). The defective graphene substrate can provide anchoring sites for these nanoparticles by forming strong metal-substrate interaction. The interfacial interaction can contribute to additional stability and further tune the averaged d-band center of the deposited alloy nanoparticles, resulting in strong interference on the O adsorption. As the O adsorption on these composites is weakened, the oxygen reduction reaction kinetics over these composites will also be promoted. These composites are thus expected to exhibit both high stability and superior catalytic performance in oxygen reduction reaction. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  3. First-principle study of the electronic band structure and the effective mass of the ternary alloy GaxIn1-xP

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    Yang, H. Q.; Song, T. L.; Liang, X. X.; Zhao, G. J.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the electronic band structure and the effective mass of the ternary alloy GaxIn1-xP are studied by the first principle calculations. The software QUANTUM ESPRESSO and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange correlations have been used in the calculations. We calculate the lattice parameter, band gap and effective mass of the ternary alloy GaxIn1-xP for the Ga composition x varying from 0.0 to 1.0 by the step of 0.125. The effect of the Ga composition on the lattice parameter and the electronic density of states are discussed. The results show that the lattice parameter varies with the composition almost linearly following the Vegard's law. A direct-to-indirect band-gap crossover is found to occur close to x = 0.7. The effective masses are also calculated at Γ(000) high symmetry point along the [100] direction. The results show that the band gap and the electron effective mass vary nonlinearly with composition x.

  4. First-principles studies on electronic structures and optical properties of two-dimensional Sn1-xTi(Zr)xS2 alloys

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    Li, Dandan; Du, Juan; Zhang, Qian; Xia, Congxin; Wei, Shuyi

    2018-03-01

    Through first-principles calculations we study the electronic structures and optical properties of two-dimensional (2D) Sn1-xTi(Zr)xS2 alloys. The results indicate that the band gap value of Sn1-xTi(Zr)xS2 alloys is decreased continuously when Ti(Zr) concentration is increased, which is very beneficial to optoelectronic devices applications. Moreover, the static dielectric constant is increased when the Ti(Zr) concentration is increased in the 2D Sn1-xTi(Zr)xS2 alloys. In addition, we also calculate the imaginary part 𝜀2(ω) dispersion of Sn1-xTi(Zr)xS2 alloys along the plane with different Ti(Zr) concentrations. The threshold energy values decrease with increasing Ti(Zr) concentrations in the Sn1-xTi(Zr)xS2 ternary alloys. Moreover, the calculations of formation energy also indicate that these 2D alloys can be fabricated under some experimental conditions. These results suggest that Ti(Zr) substituting Sn atom is an efficient way to tune the band gap and optical properties of 2D SnS2 nanosheets.

  5. First-principles calculation study of electronic structures and magnetic properties of Mn-doped perovskite crystals for solar cell applications

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    Suzuki, Atsushi; Oku, Takeo

    2018-02-01

    The electronic structures and magnetic properties of manganese (Mn)-doped formamidinium lead halide perovskite compounds (FAPbI3, where FA = NH2CHNH2 +) were investigated for solar cell application. The effects of Mn doping into FAPbI3 crystals on electronic structures, chemical shifts in nuclear magnetic resonance, and optical absorption spectra were studied by first-principles calculation on the basis of the density functional theory. The electron density distribution of the 6p orbital was delocalized on an iodine atom at the highest occupied molecular orbital, and that of the 3d orbital was localized on a Mn atom at the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital. The absorption properties in the near-infrared region originated from the first excitation process of ligand-metal charge transfer (LMCT). The chemical shifts of I-NMR and the g-tensor of Mn ions were associated with nuclear quadrupole interactions based on an electron field gradient and asymmetry parameters. The combination of LMCT with magnetic interactions is important for developing photovoltaic solar cells with a broad-band optical absorption spectrum in the near-infrared region.

  6. Putting DFT to the Test: A First-Principles Study of Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Co3O4

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    Singh, Vijay; Kosa, Monica; Majhi, Koushik; Major, Dan Thomas; Arie Zaban Collaboration, Prof.

    First-principles density functional theory (DFT) and a many-body Green's function method have been employed to elucidate the electronic, magnetic, and photonic properties of a spinel compound, Co3O4. Co3O4 is believed to be a strongly correlated material, where the on-site Coulomb interaction (U) on Co d orbitals is presumably important, although this view has recently been contested. The suggested optical band gap for this material ranges from 0.8 to 2.0 eV, depending on the type of experiments and theoretical treatment. Thus, the correlated nature of the Co d orbitals in Co3O4 and the extent of the band gap are still under debate, raising questions regarding the ability of DFT to correctly treat the electronic structure in this material. To resolve the above controversies, we have employed a range of theoretical methods, including pure DFT, DFT +U, and a range-separated exchange-correlation functional (HSE06) as well as many-body Green's function theory (i.e., the GW method). We compare the electronic structure and band gap of Co3O4 with available photoemission spectroscopy and optical band gap data and confirm a direct band gap of ca. 0.8 eV. Furthermore, we have also studied the optical properties of Co3O4 by calculating the imaginary part of the dielectric function (Im(ɛ)) , facilitating direct comparison with the measured optical absorption spectra.

  7. First-principle study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of cubic InN{sub x}P{sub 1-x} ternary alloys under hydrostatic pressure

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    Hattabi, I. [Ibn Khaldoun Univ. de Tiaret (Algeria). Lab. Synthese et Catalyse; Abdiche, A.; Riane, R. [Sidi-bel-Abbes Univ. (Algeria). Applied Materials Lab.; Moussa, R. [Sidi-bel-Abbes Univ. (Algeria). Physic Dept.; Hadji, K. [Ibn Khaldoun Univ. de Tiaret (Algeria). Science and Technology Dept.; Soyalp, F. [Yuezuencue Yil Univ., Van (Turkey). Dept. of Physics; Varshney, Dinesh [Devi Ahilya Univ., Indore (India). Materials Science Lab.; Syrotyuk, S.V. [National Univ. ' Lviv Polytechnic' , Lviv (Ukraine). Semiconductor Electronics Dept.; Khenata, R. [Mascara Univ. (Algeria). Lab. de Physique Quantique et de Modelisation Mathematique (LPQ3M)

    2016-07-01

    In this article, we present results of the first-principle study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of the InN, InP binary compounds and their related ternary alloy InN{sub x}P{sub 1-x} in the zinc-blend (ZB) phase within a nonrelativistic full potential linearised augmented plan wave (FP-LAPW) method using Wien2k code based on the density functional theory (DFT). Different approximations of exchange-correlation energy were used for the calculation of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, and first-order pressure derivative of the bulk modulus. Whereas the lattice constant decreases with increasing nitride composition x. Our results present a good agreement with theoretical and experimental data. The electronic band structures calculated using Tran-Blaha-modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) approach present a direct band gap semiconductor character for InN{sub x}P{sub 1-x} compounds at different x values. The electronic properties were also calculated under hydrostatic pressure for (P=0.00, 5.00, 10.0, 15.0, 20.0, 25.0 GPa) where it is found that the InP compound change from direct to indirect band gap at the pressure P≥7.80 GPa. Furthermore, the pressure effect on the dielectric function and the refractive index was carried out. Results obtained in our calculations present a good agreement with available theoretical reports and experimental data.

  8. First-Principle Study of the Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of Cubic InNxP1-x Ternary Alloys under Hydrostatic Pressure

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    Hattabi, I.; Abdiche, A.; Moussa, R.; Riane, R.; Hadji, K.; Soyalp, F.; Varshney, Dinesh; Syrotyuk, S. V.; Khenata, R.

    2016-09-01

    In this article, we present results of the first-principle study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of the InN, InP binary compounds and their related ternary alloy InNxP1-x in the zinc-blend (ZB) phase within a nonrelativistic full potential linearised augmented plan wave (FP-LAPW) method using Wien2k code based on the density functional theory (DFT). Different approximations of exchange-correlation energy were used for the calculation of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, and first-order pressure derivative of the bulk modulus. Whereas the lattice constant decreases with increasing nitride composition x. Our results present a good agreement with theoretical and experimental data. The electronic band structures calculated using Tran-Blaha-modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) approach present a direct band gap semiconductor character for InNxP1-x compounds at different x values. The electronic properties were also calculated under hydrostatic pressure for (P=0.00, 5.00, 10.0, 15.0, 20.0, 25.0 GPa) where it is found that the InP compound change from direct to indirect band gap at the pressure P≥7.80 GPa. Furthermore, the pressure effect on the dielectric function and the refractive index was carried out. Results obtained in our calculations present a good agreement with available theoretical reports and experimental data.

  9. Assessment on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of Nb3Ir and Nb3Pt: A first-principles study

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    Xianfeng Li

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The pressure dependent behaviors on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of the A15 structure Nb3Ir and Nb3Pt were studied using first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation and local density approximation methods. Initially, the optimized lattice constants of Nb3Ir and Nb3Pt are consistent with the available experimental and theoretical results. Furthermore, Nb3Ir is found to be more thermodynamically stable than Nb3Pt due to its lower formation enthalpy and higher melting temperature. In addition, the elastic constants of Nb3Ir and Nb3Pt show an increasing tendency, and keep mechanically stable structures under pressures to 40 GPa. Besides, the increasing Cauchy pressures and B/G values have indicated that higher pressures can improve their ductility in both Nb3Ir and Nb3Pt. Finally, the pressure-dependent behaviors on the density of states, Mulliken charges and bond lengths are discussed for both compounds.

  10. First-principles study on the electronic structure and magnetism of layered oxyselenide La2Mn2Se2O3.

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    Xu, Yuanhui; Gao, Faming; Hao, Xianfeng; Li, Zhiping

    2012-06-13

    The electronic structure and magnetism of layered oxyselenide La(2)Mn(2)Se(2)O(3) have been studied by using first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA + U methods. The G-type antiferromagnetic (AF) state is calculated to be the most stable phase among the various magnetic configurations of interest, irrespective of the choice of the functional used, which is in good agreement with the experiments. In contrast to La(2)Fe(2)Se(2)O(3) and La(2)Co(2)Se(2)O(3), in which the AF states show metallic behavior under the GGA method, we predict the ground state of La(2)Mn(2)Se(2)O(3) is a semiconductor with an indirect band gap of ∼0.52 eV via the GGA calculations. This is closely related to a closed shell configuration and large exchange splitting (∼3.5 eV) in the Mn 3d states. Moreover, the magnetic properties are also discussed in terms of the calculated Heisenberg spin exchange constants, suggesting that La(2)Mn(2)Se(2)O(3) is a strong two-dimensional magnetically frustrated system.

  11. Comparative study of perovskite-type scintillator materials CsCaI3 and KCaI3 via first-principles calculations

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    Kang, Byungkyun; Feng, Qingguo; Biswas, Koushik

    2018-02-01

    Several members of a large family of perovskite-like halides with a common chemical formula, ABX3 (A  =  monovalent, B  =  divalent, and X  =  halogen ion), are being investigated for their interesting properties and potential technological applications. CsCaI3 and KCaI3 are two such ionic compounds who are of interest in the quest for superior and cost-effective alternatives to NaI or CsI based scintillators. They are the subject of this first-principles based computational study. Both are wide-gap materials having primarily I 5p and Ca 3d characters near the valence and conduction band edges, respectively. Although built from [CaI6] octahedral motifs, structural differences between the two compounds is reflected in anisotropic electron effective mass and distinctive formation and migration of self-trapped holes. We discuss these properties as they relate to scintillation decay and proportional light yield.

  12. First-principles study on the thermodynamic stability, magnetism, and half-metallicity of full-Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}FeGe (001) surface

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    Hu, Yan; Zhang, Jian-Min, E-mail: jmzhang@snnu.edu.cn

    2017-05-10

    For the Ti{sub 2}FeGe Heusler alloy, the surface stability, electronic and magnetic properties of the various (001) surfaces have been studied by using first-principles calculations. The TiGe termination is the most stable one while the GeGe* termination is the most unstable one. Both the density of states (DOS) and atomic magnetic moments (AMMs) of the central layers are similar to the corresponding bulk characters due to no influence of surface effect as we expected. The TiGe termination has the highest spin polarization 96.67%, followed by the TiFe (67.17%), GeGe* (66.51%) and FeFe* terminations (62.02%). The TiTi* terminations has the lowest spin polarization 61.31%. The magnetic moments for atoms on the surfaces and subsurfaces of these terminations are different from the bulk case. - Highlights: • TiGe termination is the most stable while GeGe* termination is the most unstable. • TiGe termination has the highest spin polarization followed by TiFe, GeGe*, FeFe* and TiTi*. • Atomic magnetic moments at the (001) surfaces are greatly different from the bulk values.

  13. Structural phases arising from reconstructive and isostructural transitions in high-melting-point oxides under hydrostatic pressure: A first-principles study

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    Tian, Hao; Kuang, Xiao-Yu; Mao, Ai-Jie; Yang, Yurong; Xu, Changsong; Sayedaghaee, S. Omid; Bellaiche, L.

    2018-01-01

    High-melting-point oxides of chemical formula A B O3 with A =Ca , Sr, Ba and B =Zr , Hf are investigated as a function of hydrostatic pressure up to 200 GPa by combining first-principles calculations with a particle swarm optimization method. Ca- and Sr-based systems: (1) first undergo a reconstructive phase transition from a perovskite state to a novel structure that belongs to the post-post-perovskite family and (2) then experience an isostructural transition to a second, also new post-post-perovskite state at higher pressures, via the sudden formation of a specific out-of-plane B -O bond. In contrast, the studied Ba compounds evolve from a perovskite phase to a third novel post-post-perovskite structure via another reconstructive phase transition. The original characteristics of these three different post-post-perovskite states are emphasized. Unusual electronic properties, including significant piezochromic effects and an insulator-metal transition, are also reported and explained.

  14. First-principles study of site occupancy of 3d, 4d and 5d transition-metal elements in L10TiAl

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    Jiang, Chao [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    Using a statistical-mechanical Wagner-Schottky model parametrized by first-principles density-functional (DFT-GGA) calculations on 32-atom supercells, we predict the lattice site occupancy of 3d (Ti-Cu), 4d (Zr-Ag) and 5d (Hf-Au) transition-metal elements in L10 TiAl intermetallic compound as a function of both alloy composition and temperature. The effects of local atomic relaxations, anisotropic lattice distortions, as well as magnetism on point defect energetics are fully taken into account. Our calculations show that, at all alloy compositions and temperatures, Zr and Hf consistently show a preference for the Ti sublattice, while Co, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Re, Os, Ir, Pt and Au consistently show a preference for the Al sublattice. In contrast, the site preference of V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ta and W strongly depend on both alloy stoichiometry and temperature. Our calculated results compare favorably with the existing theoretical and experimental studies in the literature.

  15. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Fen-C60 and Fen-C80 (n=2-7) endohedral metallofullerene nano-cages: First principles study

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    Bezi Javan, M.; Tajabor, N.

    2012-01-01

    We studied the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of small Fe n clusters (n=2-7) endohedrally doped in icosahedral C 60 and C 80 fullerenes using first principles calculations based on the density functional theory. It is found that the encapsulated Fe n clusters inside icosahedral C 80 are energetically favorable while Fe n -C 60 metallofullerene nano-cages are not. The binding energies of the Fe n encapsulated in C 60 are positive and increase with the number of iron atoms (n) while those of the Fe n -C 80 are negative and their absolute values increase up to n=6. The encapsulation does not significantly change the enclosed cluster structure, but the total magnetic moment of the larger clusters reduces due to a stronger Fe-C hybridization. - Highlights: → Encapsulated Fe n clusters inside C 80 cage are energetically favorable while Fe n -C 60 nano-cages are not. → Encapsulation does not significantly change the enclosed cluster structure. → Total magnetic moment of the larger clusters reduces due to a stronger Fe-C hybridization.

  16. A comparative study on magnetic properties of Mo doped AlN, GaN and InN monolayers from first-principles

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    Xiao, Gang; Wang, Ling-Ling; Rong, Qing-Yan; Xu, Hai-Qing; Xiao, Wen-Zhi

    2017-11-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to comparatively study the structural, electronic structures and magnetic properties of Mo doped AlN, GaN and InN monolayers (MLs). After Mo atom doping, the semiconducting GaN and InN MLs transform to metal, while the AlN ML keeps semiconducting with a reduced gap. Total magnetic moments of 1.0 and 0.54 μB, which mainly arising from the localized Mo 4d states, are induced by doping in AlN and InN MLs, respectively, while the doped GaN ML is still nonmagnetic. Nevertheless, the excessive localization and strongly ionic character of the Mo-4d states in AlN ML directly impedes the magnetic coupling, leading to a paramagnetic ground states. A similar case is observed in Mo atoms doped InN ML. The firm N-Mo interaction prevent the impurity states permeating out the range of N-Mo pair, resulting in a quick vanishing of ferromagnetic coupling as the distance between two Mo atoms increasing. All configurations of Mo atoms doped GaN ML in this paper are room temperature ferromagnetic. Spin polarized itinerant electrons mediate the magnetic interaction between two Mo atoms. Increasing the Mo concentration may stabilize the FM state and produce a higher Curie temperature. Our calculations show that GaN nanosheets with Mo atoms doped may be a nice candidate for future spintronic devices. And we conclude that a appropriate magnitude of localization (or delocalization) is what the key point to produce room temperature ferromagnetism from this comparative study.

  17. First-principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr, Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds

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    Jaiganesh, G.; Kalpana, G.

    2013-01-01

    The first-principles study of the electronic structure and ferromagnetism of AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr and Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds have been performed in the ground-state CrB-type and hypothetical NaCl- and zinc blende-type structures by spin-polarization and non-spin-polarization calculations. The TBLMTO-ASA program was used for the purpose. In the CrB-type structure, all these compounds exhibit non-magnetic and metallic behavior. The calculations show that in the NaCl- and ZB-type structures BeSi, BeGe, BeSn, MgSi, MgGe and MgSn compounds are non-magnets whereas SrSi, SrGe, SrSn, BaSi, BaGe and BaSn compounds are ferromagnetic and metallic. Apart from this the ZB-type SrSi, SrGe, BaSi and BaGe compounds exhibit half-metallicity at their equilibrium volume with a magnetic moment of 2.0 μB per formula unit. However, ZB-type SrSn and BaSn compounds are found to exhibit half-metallic property under expansion of volume. The magnetism arises mainly from the anion p-like states and partial involvement of cation d-like states. The ground state properties like equilibrium lattice parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, magnetic moment, spin-flip-gap and majority spin band gap are calculated and compared with available results. The band structure and density of states are also presented. These materials will be useful for the study of p-electron magnetism and in spintronic devices.

  18. The adsorption of CO and NO on the MoS{sub 2} monolayer doped with Au, Pt, Pd, or Ni: A first-principles study

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    Ma, Dongwei, E-mail: dwmachina@126.com [School of Physics, Anyang Normal University, Anyang 455000 (China); Ju, Weiwei [College of Physics and Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471023 (China); Li, Tingxian; Zhang, Xiwei [School of Physics, Anyang Normal University, Anyang 455000 (China); He, Chaozheng, E-mail: hecz2013@nynu.edu.cn [Physics and Electronic Engineering College, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Ma, Benyuan [Physics and Electronic Engineering College, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); Lu, Zhansheng; Yang, Zongxian [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007 (China)

    2016-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The MoS{sub 2} monolayers doped with Au, Pt, Pd, or Ni show enhanced adsorption and sensitivity toward CO or NO molecule. - Highlights: • CO and NO adsorption on the doped MoS{sub 2} monolayers is theoretically studied. • CO and NO are chemisorbed on the doped MoS{sub 2} monolayers. • Charge transfer can be observed between the adsorbed molecule and the substrates. • Molecular adsorption can induce the change in electronic structures of the doped MoS{sub 2} monolayers. - Abstract: By performing the first-principles calculation, the adsorption of CO and NO molecules on the Au, Pt, Pd, or Ni doped MoS{sub 2} monolayer has been studied. The interaction between CO or NO with the doped MoS{sub 2} monolayer is strong and belongs to the chemisorption, as evidenced by the large adsorption energy and the short distance between the adsorbed molecules and the dopants. The charge transfer and the electronic property induced by the molecule adsorption are discussed. It is found that for both CO and NO adsorption, for all the cases charge transfer between the substrates and the adsorbed molecules has been observed. For NO, the adsorption obviously induces new impurity states in the band gap or the redistribution of the original impurity states. These can lead to the change of the transport properties of the doped MoS{sub 2} monolayer, by which the adsorbed CO or NO can be detected. The present work shows that introducing appropriate dopants may be a feasible method to improve the performance of MoS{sub 2}-based gas sensors.

  19. First-principles molecular dynamics for metals

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    Fernando, G.W.; Qian, G.; Weinert, M.; Davenport, J.W.

    1989-01-01

    A Car-Parrinello-type first-principles molecular-dynamics approach capable of treating the partial occupancy of electronic states that occurs at the Fermi level in a metal is presented. The algorithms used to study metals are both simple and computationally efficient. We also discuss the connection between ordinary electronic-structure calculations and molecular-dynamics simulations as well as the role of Brillouin-zone sampling. This extension should be useful not only for metallic solids but also for solids that become metals in their liquid and/or amorphous phases

  20. Atomic structure and potential energy of β-Si3N4/diamond interface in the process of detachment: A first-principles study

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    Chen, Naichao; Chen, Yingchao; Ai, Jun; Li, Cheng; He, Ping; Ren, Jianxing; Zhu, Quanjun

    2018-03-01

    Peeling is regarded as a main technique barrier for the application of coating. Many factors affects the peeling of coating. Among them, the interfacial properties between coating and substrate plays a vital role. In this work, the β-Si3N4/diamond interface is conducted as the sample to study the changes in atomic structure and potential energy in the process of detachment by the first-principles calculations. The β-Si3N4/diamond (2 × 2) crystal unit is used as the calculated model. The detachment is simulated by moving up β-Si3N4 far from diamond by the 0.1 Å of each step. The results show that in the beginning of detachment, the bonds in the interface keep a constant length, rather than extension like spring. When the distance between β-Si3N4 and diamond reaches a certain distance, the interfacial bonds would suddenly break, and the elongated β-Si3N4 resumes its original statues indicating that the interface between two surfaces may exist a threshold value to control the peeling. When the external force is less than this threshold value, the peeling of coating would not occur. However, once the external force is greater than this one, the peeling would immediately present. The interface presents the brittle failure in the process of detachment, which is in good agreement with the experimental observation. Meanwhile, the different physical properties between van der Waals and quantum effects lead to the transient status in the process of detachment, where although the interfacial bonds are broken, the adhesive strength is still strong due to its low negative adsorption energy.

  1. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal atom-doped ZnS dilute magnetic semiconductors: A first-principles study

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    Yin, Zhu-Hua [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, 710119, Shaanxi (China); Zhang, Jian-Min, E-mail: jmzhang@snnu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, 710119, Shaanxi (China); Xu, Ke-Wei [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xian Jiaotong University, Xian, 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2016-11-01

    The spin-polarized first-principles calculations are performed to study the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of a single and two identical transition metal (TM) atoms X (X = V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) doped ZnS dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). The single V-, Cr-, Fe- and Ni-doped ZnS systems exhibit the magnetic half-metallic (HM) characters, while Mn- and Co-doped ZnS systems display magnetic semiconducting characters. For two identical TM atoms doped ZnS systems, the two identical V, Cr and Ni atoms are in a ferromagnetic (FM) coupling under the double-exchange (DE) mechanism, leading V-, Cr- and Ni-doped ZnS systems to be HM with FM coupling. While two identical Mn- and Co-doped ZnS systems are semiconductors with antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling consisting with the superexchange (SE) mechanism. Specifically, two identical Fe atoms display a competition between the SE and DE mechanisms. The Zn{sub 70}Fe{sub 2}S{sub 72} system is metal with AFM coupling at the nearest separation of two Fe atoms while HM with FM coupling at the farther separations of two Fe atoms. - Graphical abstract: The 3 × 2 × 3 supercell containing 72 formula units of zincblende ZnS. Red (Green) balls represent the S (Zn) atoms. One TM atom or two identical TM atoms X (X = V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co or Ni) to substitute for one Zn atom at position 0 or two Zn atoms at positions 0 and i (i = 1, 2, 3 or 4). - Highlights: • A single V, Cr, Fe or Ni (Mn or Co) atoms doped ZnS are magnetic HM (magnetic semiconductor). • Two V, Cr or Ni (two Mn or Co) atoms doped ZnS are FM HM (AFM semiconductor). • Two Fe atoms doped ZnS are AFM metal (FM HM) at the nearest (farther) separations.

  2. First-principle study of structural, electronic, vibrational and magnetic properties of HCN adsorbed graphene doped with Cr, Mn and Fe

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    Shi, Li Bin; Wang, Yong Ping; Dong, Hai Kuan

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Cr, Mn and Fe doped graphene is more active to adsorb HCN molecule than pristine graphene. • The conductivity of Fe and Mn doped graphene hardly changes after adsorption HCN molecule. • The conductivity of Cr doped graphene can be affected significantly due to HCN adsorption. • The Cr, Mn and Fe may destroy the long range order in graphene. • Phonon density of states suggests that Cr doped graphene is stable. - Abstract: The adsorption energy, electronic structure, lattice vibration and magnetic properties of Cr, Mn and Fe doped graphene with and without HCN adsorption are investigated by the first principles based on density functional theory. The physisorption and chemisorption have been identified. In the paper, Cr-NG, Mn-NG and Fe-NG denote HCN adsorption on Cr, Mn and Fe doped graphene with N atom toward the adsorption site. It is found that the adsorption energy is −1.36 eV for Fe-NG, −0.60 eV for Mn-NG and −0.86 eV for Cr-NG. The Cr-NG will convert from half-metallic behavior to semiconductor after adsorbing HCN molecule, which indicates that the conductivity changes significantly. Phonon density of states (PDOS) shows that the long range order in graphene can be destroyed by doping Fe, Mn and Cr. The imaginary frequency mode in PDOS suggests that Fe and Mn doped graphene is unstable, while Cr doped graphene is stable. The electronic properties are sensitive toward adsorbing HCN, indicating that Cr doped graphene is a promising sensor for detecting HCN molecule. This study provides a useful basis for understanding of a wide variety of physical properties on graphene

  3. Optoelectronic behavior of Quaternary Uranium Chalcogenides Rb{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}UM{sub 6} (M = S, Se): A first principle study

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    Din, Haleem Ud [Department of Physics, Hazara University, Mansehra (Pakistan); Azam, Sikander; Khan, Saleem Ayaz [New Technologies – Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilsen (Czech Republic); Khenata, R., E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Département de Technologie, Université de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • The Fermi surface and optoelectronic properties for Rb{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}UM{sub 6} (M = S, Se) compounds are investigated for the first time. • The electronic band structure calculations reveal a metallic nature for the herein studied compounds. • The bonding nature between different atoms is discussed. • Considerable anisotropy was found between the principal complex tensor components for the two compounds. - Abstract: First principle calculations of electronic, Fermi surface, electronic charge density and optical properties of Quaternary Uranium Chalcogenides Rb{sub 2}Pd{sub 3}UM{sub 6} (M = S, Se) are performed using full potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the frame work of density functional theory. Using mBJ method, the electronic band curves overlap at Fermi level and show metallic band structure for both compounds. The calculated densities of states (DOS) spectra show that the valence band is mainly attributed to Rb-p, Pd-d and S-s/p or Se-s/p states; conduction band is mainly attributed to Pd-d, U-f and S-p or Se-p/d states. From the electronic charge density spectrum, it is revealed that a strong covalent bond exists between Pd and S, and Pd or Se while charge transfer between U and S, U and Se, Rb and S, and Rb and Se atoms results in ionic bond nature. It is noted from Fermi surface calculations that both compounds comprise same number of fast velocity electrons but differs in slow or intermediate velocity of electrons. The calculated frequency dependent dielectric function, energy loss function and reflectivity show a considerable anisotropy for both compounds.

  4. First-principles study of the Hf-based Heusler alloys: Hf2CoGa and Hf2CoIn

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    Hu, Yan; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2017-01-01

    The electronic structures and magnetic properties of the new Heusler alloys Hf 2 CoGa and Hf 2 CoIn have been studied by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) potential within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Both Hf 2 CoGa and Hf 2 CoIn Heusler alloys have the half-metallic character and completely (100%) spin polarization at the Fermi level (E F ) and the indirect band gaps of 0.733 eV and 0.654 eV, respectively, in the minority spin channel. The total magnetic moments µ t are all 2µ B per formula unit, linearly scaled with the total number of valence electrons (Z t ) by µ t =Z t −18 and the atomic magnetic moments have localized character due to less affected by deformations. The origin of the indirect band gaps for these two new Heusler alloys is well understood. These two new Heusler alloys are the ideal candidates for spintronic devices. - Graphical abstract: The distribution of the magnetic charge density of the Hf 2 CoGa at equilibrium lattice constant. - Highlights: • The Hf 2 CoGa and Hf 2 CoIn are HM ferromagnets with large half-metallic gaps. • The indirect band gaps of Hf 2 CoGa and Hf 2 CoIn are located in minority spin channel. • The total magnetic moments of these two alloys obey the Slater–Pauling rule. • The atomic magnetic moments have the localized characters.

  5. First-principles study lone-pair effects of Sb (III)-S chromophore influence on SHG response in quaternary potassium containing silver antimony sulfides

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    Huang, Junben [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments of CAS,, Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry of CAS, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); School of Physics Science and Technology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China); Su, Xin; Hou, Dianwei; Lei, Binghua [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments of CAS,, Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry of CAS, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Yang, Zhihua, E-mail: zhyang@ms.xjb.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments of CAS,, Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry of CAS, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); Pan, Shilie, E-mail: slpan@ms.xjb.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments of CAS,, Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry of CAS, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China)

    2017-05-15

    First-principles studies of the geometric structures, electronic structures and optical properties of non-centrosymmetrical (NCS) KAg{sub 2}SbS{sub 4}, K{sub 2}AgSbS{sub 4} and K{sub 2}Ag{sub 3}Sb{sub 3}S{sub 7} and centrosymmetrical (CS) KAg{sub 2}SbS{sub 3} and K{sub 3}Ag{sub 9}Sb{sub 4}S{sub 12} have been performed by means of density functional theory. It is indicated that although they have similarity in their anionic groups and, the electronic structures, prominent features of the optical anisotropy or second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) susceptibilities are apparently different. The calculated birefringences are 0.0537, 0.0343, 0.1324, 0.2217 and 0.0604 which are attributed to the different anionic groups [SbS{sub 3}] and triangles [AgS{sub 3}]. Also, the calculated NLO responses are about 0.5×, 1.0× and 2.0× times than that commercial AgGaS{sub 2} (AGS, d{sub 36}=11 pm/V) for K{sub 2}AgSbS{sub 4}, KAg{sub 2}SbS{sub 4} and K{sub 2}Ag{sub 3}Sb{sub 3}S{sub 7}, respectively. In comparison with the absolute magnitude of second harmonic generation (SHG) coefficients, the order K{sub 2}Ag{sub 3}Sb{sub 3}S{sub 7}>KAg{sub 2}SbS{sub 4}>K{sub 2}AgSbS{sub 4} is clearly established in the SHG response. Further analysis based on the real-space atom-cutting method reveals that the main sources of the SHG properties of these compounds are from the Sb-S group, especially K{sub 2}Ag{sub 3}Sb{sub 3}S{sub 7} is mainly attributed to the lone pair stereochemical activity of Sb (III)-S group. - Graphical abstract: Compounds K{sub 2}AgSbS{sub 4}, KAg{sub 2}SbS{sub 4} and K{sub 2}Ag{sub 3}Sb{sub 3}S{sub 7} exhibit second-order NLO response: 15×, 30× and 62× times than that KDP (KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}, d{sub 36}=0.39 pm/V), respectively. First-principles methods reveal that the large SHG response of K{sub 2}Ag{sub 3}Sb{sub 3}S{sub 7} is dominated by the Sb-S chromophore with lone pairs.

  6. Cubic (BN)xC2(1-x) ordered alloys: a first-principles study of the structural, electronic, and effective mass properties

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    Paiva, R de; Azevedo, S

    2006-01-01

    We apply a first-principles method based on the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation, and the full-potential linear augmented plane-wave method, to calculate the structural and electronic properties of cubic (BN) x C 2(1-x) ordered alloys. We investigate the equilibrium lattice parameters, the bulk moduli, the density of states, the band-gap energies and the effective masses of the conduction and valence bands along the [111],[100] and [110] directions. The obtained results are used to provide effective-mass and Luttinger parameters, and to give an important guideline to the material's design for optoelectronic devices, we link the first-principles band calculations with effective mass theory

  7. CO2adsorption on anatase TiO2(101) surfaces: a combination of UHV-FTIRS and first-principles studies.

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    Cao, Yunjun; Yu, Min; Qi, Shandong; Wang, Tingting; Huang, Shiming; Ren, Zhengfeng; Yan, Shishen; Hu, Shujun; Xu, Mingchun

    2017-11-29

    The CO 2 adsorption and dynamic behaviors on single crystal anatase TiO 2 (101) surfaces were investigated by UHV-FTIRS and first-principles calculations. The IRRAS results at 90 K show that the ν 3 (OCO) asymmetric stretching vibration of adsorbed CO 2 exhibits band splitting at rather low CO 2 coverage in p-polarized IR spectra for the IR beam incident along the [101[combining macron

  8. First-principles elasticity of monocarboaluminate hydrates

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    Moon, J.

    2014-07-01

    The elasticity of monocarboaluminate hydrates, 3CaO·Al2O3·CaCO3·xH2O (x = 11 or 8), has been investigated by first-principles calculations. Previous experimental study revealed that the fully hydrated monocarboaluminate (x = 11) exhibits exceptionally low compressibility compared to other reported calcium aluminate hydrates. This stiff hydration product can contribute to the strength of concrete made with Portland cements containing calcium carbonates. In this study, full elastic tensors and mechanical properties of the crystal structures with different water contents (x = 11 or 8) are computed by first-principles methods based on density functional theory. The results indicate that the compressibility of monocarboaluminate is highly dependent on the water content in the interlayer region. The structure also becomes more isotropic with the addition of water molecules in this region. Since the monocarboaluminate is a key hydration product of limestone added cement, elasticity of the crystal is important to understand its mechanical impact on concrete. Besides, it is put forth that this theoretical calculation will be useful in predicting the elastic properties of other complex cementitous materials and the influence of ion exchange on compressibility.

  9. First-principles calculations of flexoelectric coefficients

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    Hong, Jiawang; Vanderbilt, David

    2013-03-01

    Flexoelectricity, which is the linear response of polarization to a strain gradient, can have a significant effect on the functional properties of dielectric thin films, superlattices and nanostructures. Despite growing experimental interest, there have been relatively few theoretical studies of flexoelectricity, especially in the context of first-principles calculations. In this talk, we present a complete theory of both the electronic (or ``frozen-ion'')[1] and lattice contributions to flexoelectricity, and demonstrate a supercell method for calculating the flexoelectric coefficients using first-principles density-functional methods. Results are presented for cubic materials including CsCl and SrTiO3. In order to obtain all the elements of the flexoelectric tensor, transverse as well as longitudinal, we carry out calculations on supercells extended along different orientations (e.g., [110] as well as [100]), taking special care to carry out conversions between objects calculated under fixed E or fixed D electric boundary conditions in different parts of the procedure. In this way, all the elements of both the electronic and lattice contributions to the flexoelectric tensor are determined.

  10. First-principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr, Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds

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    Jaiganesh, G. [Department of Physics, Anna University, Chennai 600 025, Tamil Nadu (India); Kalpana, G., E-mail: g_kalpa@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Anna University, Chennai 600 025, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2013-01-15

    The first-principles study of the electronic structure and ferromagnetism of AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr and Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds have been performed in the ground-state CrB-type and hypothetical NaCl- and zinc blende-type structures by spin-polarization and non-spin-polarization calculations. The TBLMTO-ASA program was used for the purpose. In the CrB-type structure, all these compounds exhibit non-magnetic and metallic behavior. The calculations show that in the NaCl- and ZB-type structures BeSi, BeGe, BeSn, MgSi, MgGe and MgSn compounds are non-magnets whereas SrSi, SrGe, SrSn, BaSi, BaGe and BaSn compounds are ferromagnetic and metallic. Apart from this the ZB-type SrSi, SrGe, BaSi and BaGe compounds exhibit half-metallicity at their equilibrium volume with a magnetic moment of 2.0 {mu}{sub B} per formula unit. However, ZB-type SrSn and BaSn compounds are found to exhibit half-metallic property under expansion of volume. The magnetism arises mainly from the anion p-like states and partial involvement of cation d-like states. The ground state properties like equilibrium lattice parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, magnetic moment, spin-flip-gap and majority spin band gap are calculated and compared with available results. The band structure and density of states are also presented. These materials will be useful for the study of p-electron magnetism and in spintronic devices. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electronic Structure and ferromagnetism in AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr, Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AeX (Ae=Sr, Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds in the NaCl- and ZB- structure are ferromagnetic metals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZB-type SrSi, SrGe, BaSi and BaGe show half-metallicity with a magnetic moment of 2.00 {mu}{sub B}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetism arises from anion p-like states and cation d-like states (p-electron magnetism). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These compounds may be useful spintronic

  11. Study of wurtzite and zincblende GaN/InN based solar cells alloys: First-principles investigation within the improved modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Ul Haq, Bakhtiar

    2014-09-01

    Wurtzite GaInN alloys with flexible energy gaps are pronounced for their potential applications in optoelectronics and solar cell technology. Recently the unwanted built-in fields caused by spontaneous polarization and piezoelectric effects in wurtzite (WZ) GaInN, has turned the focus towards zinc-blende (ZB) GaInN alloys. To comprehend merits and demerits of GaInN alloys in WZ and ZB structures, we performed a comparative study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of Ga1-xInxN alloys with different In concentration using first-principles methodology with density function theory with generalized gradient approximations (GGA) and modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) potential. Investigations pertaining to total energy of GaInN for the both phases, demonstrate a marginal difference, reflecting nearly equivalent stability of the ZB-GaInN to WZ-GaInN. The larger ionic radii of indium (In), result in larger values of lattice parameters of Ga1-xInxN with higher In concentration. For In deficient Ga1-xInxN, at first, the formation enthalpies increase rapidly as the In content approaches to 45% in WZ and 47% in ZB, and then decreases with the further increase in In concentration. ZB-Ga1-xInxN alloys exhibit comparatively narrower energy gaps than WZ, and get smaller with increase in In contents. The smaller values of effective masses of free carriers, in WZ phase, than ZB phase, reflect higher carrier mobility and electrical conductivity of WZ-Ga1-xInxN. Moreover wide energy gap of WZ-Ga1-xInxN results in large values of the absorption coefficients comparatively and smaller static refractive indices compared to ZB-Ga1-xInxN. Comparable electronic and optical characteristics of the ZB-Ga1-xInxN to WZ-Ga1-xInxN endorses it a material of choice for optoelectronics and solar cell applications besides the WZ-Ga1-xInxN. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  12. Tuning the magnetism of the top-layer FeAs on BaFe2As2 (001): First-principles study

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    Zhang, Bing-Jing; Liu, Kai; Lu, Zhong-Yi

    2018-04-01

    Magnetism may play an important role in inducing the superconductivity in iron-based superconductors. As a prototypical system, the surface of BaFe2As2 provides a good platform for studying related magnetic properties. We have designed systematic first-principles calculations to clarify the surface magnetism of BaFe2As2 (001), which previously has received little attention in comparison with surface structures and electronic states. We find that the surface environment has an important influence on the magnetic properties of the top-layer FeAs. For As-terminated surfaces, the magnetic ground state of the top-layer FeAs is in the staggered dimer antiferromagnetic (AFM) order, distinct from that of the bulk, while for Ba-terminated surfaces the collinear (single-stripe) AFM order is the most stable, the same as that in the bulk. When a certain coverage of Ba or K atoms is deposited onto the As-terminated surface, the calculated energy differences among different AFM orders for the top-layer FeAs on BaFe2As2 (001) can be much reduced, indicating enhanced spin fluctuations. To compare our results with available scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements, we have simulated the STM images of several structural/magnetic terminations. Astonishingly, when the top-layer FeAs is in the staggered dimer AFM order, a stripe pattern appears in the simulated STM image even when the surface Ba atoms adopt a √{2 }×√{2 } structure, while a √{2 }×√{2 } square pattern comes out for the 1 ×1 full As termination. Our results suggest: (i) the magnetic state at the BaFe2As2 (001) surface can be quite different from that in the bulk; (ii) the magnetic properties of the top-layer FeAs can be tuned effectively by surface doping, which may likely induce superconductivity at the surface layer; (iii) both the surface termination and the AFM order in the top-layer FeAs can affect the STM image of BaFe2As2 (001), which needs to be taken into account when identifying the surface

  13. GPU based acceleration of first principles calculation

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    Tomono, H; Tsumuraya, K; Aoki, M; Iitaka, T

    2010-01-01

    We present a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) accelerated simulations of first principles electronic structure calculations. The FFT, which is the most time-consuming part, is about 10 times accelerated. As the result, the total computation time of a first principles calculation is reduced to 15 percent of that of the CPU.

  14. Half-metallicity in a BiFeO3/La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 superlattice: A first-principles study

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    Jiwuer, Jilili

    2013-06-01

    We present first-principles results for the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of the heterostructure as obtained by spin-polarized calculations using density functional theory. The electronic states of the heterostructure are compared to those of the bulk compounds. Structural relaxation turns out to have only a minor impact on the chemical bonding, even though the oxygen octahedra in develop some distortions due to the interface strain. While a small charge transfer affects the heterointerfaces, our results demonstrate that the half-metallic character of is fully maintained. © EPLA, 2013.

  15. High pressure stability analysis and chemical bonding of Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}N alloy: A first principle study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C., E-mail: sosfizix@gmail.com, E-mail: mamta-physics@yahoo.co.in [Condensed Matter Theory Group, School of Studies in Physics, Jiwaji University, Gwalior – 474 011 (India)

    2016-05-23

    First-principles pseudo-potential calculations have been performed to analyze the stability of Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}N alloy under high pressures. The first order phase transition from B1 to B2 phase has been observed in this alloy at high pressure. The variation of lattice parameter with the change in concentration of Zr atom in Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}N is also reported in both the phases. The calculations for density of states have been performed to understand the alloying effects on chemical bonding of Ti-Zr-N alloy.

  16. Reversal of the lattice structure in SrCoOx epitaxial thin films studied by real-time optical spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Choi, Woo Seok; Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Jun Hee; Seo, S. S. Ambrose; Cooper, Valentino R.; Rabe, Karin M.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2013-01-01

    Using real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry, we directly observed a reversible lattice and electronic structure evolution in SrCoOx (x = 2.5 - 3) epitaxial thin films. Drastically different electronic ground states, which are extremely susceptible to the oxygen content x, are found in the two topotactic phases, i.e. the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 and the perovskite SrCoO3. First principles calculations confirmed substantial differences in the electronic structure, including a metal-insulator tran...

  17. Effects of intrinsic defects on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}: A first-principles study

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    Huang, Y.L.; Fan, W.B. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Hou, Y.H., E-mail: hyhhyl@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Guo, K.X. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Ouyang, Y.F. [Department of Physics, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Liu, Z.W. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2017-05-01

    The cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) with spinel structure has achieved a great interest as a very important magnetic material which has covered a wide range of applications. The formation condition and energy of possible intrinsic point defects have been investigated by the first-principles calculations, and the effects of the intrinsic point defects on the electronic and magnetic properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} have been analyzed. It is found that the growth conditions have a great effect on the formation energy of intrinsic point defects, and each point defect with its fully ionized state is the most stable for the intrinsic point defects with various charge states. In an oxygen rich environment, the cation vacancies are easy to form shallow acceptors, which is conducive to the strength of the p-type conductivity. While in the metal rich environment, the oxygen vacancies tend to form donors which lead to the n-type conductivity. There exists extra levels in the band gap when point defects are present, resulting in a reduction of the band gap. The net magnetic moment depends highly on the defects. - Highlights: • The intrinsic defects in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were investigated by first-principles calculation. • The effects of intrinsic defects on the electronic structures and magnetic properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were analyzed.

  18. First-principles bottom-up study of 1D to 3D magnetic transformation in the copper pyrazine dinitrate S = (1)/(2) antiferromagnetic crystal.

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    Jornet-Somoza, J; Deumal, M; Robb, M A; Landee, C P; Turnbull, M M; Feyerherm, R; Novoa, J J

    2010-02-15

    On the basis of magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity data, copper pyrazine dinitrate crystal [abbreviated CuPz(NO(3))(2)] has long been considered a good prototype for S = (1)/(2) antiferromagnetic (AFM) Heisenberg chain behavior down to 0.05 K. However, a recent muon-spin rotation experiment indicated the presence of a previously unnoticed 1D to 3D magnetic transition below 0.107 K. Our aim in this work is to perform a rigorous quantitative study of the mechanism of this 1D-3D magnetic transformation, by doing a first-principles bottom-up study of the CuPz(NO(3))(2) crystal at 158 K, where the magnetic properties are clearly 1D, and at 2 K, at which the neutron structure (reported in this work) is considered nearly identical with that below 0.1 K (due to small thermal effects). A change in the magnetic topology is found between these two structures: at 158 K, there are isolated AFM spin chains (J(intra) = -5.23 cm(-1)), while at 2 K, the magnetic chains (J(intra) = -5.96 cm(-1)) weakly interact (the largest of the J(inter) parameters is -0.09 cm(-1)). This change is caused by thermal contraction upon cooling (no crystallographic phase transition is detected down to 2 K, and one will not likely occur below that temperature). The computed and experimental magnetic susceptibility chi(T) curves are nearly identical. The calculated heat capacity C(p)(T) curve has a maximum at 6.92 K, close to the 5.20 K maximum found in the experimental curve at zero external field. In spite of the 3D magnetic topology of the crystal at low temperature, the magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity curves behave as a pure 1D AFM chain in all regions because of the large J(intra)/J(inter) ratio (66.2 in absolute value) and the effect of including the J(inter) interactions will not be easily appreciated in any of these experiments. The impact of the presence of odd- and even-membered regular AFM finite chains in the CuPz(NO(3))(2) crystal has also been evaluated. Odd

  19. The electronic, structural and magnetic properties of Heusler compounds ZrCrCoZ(Z=B, Al, Ga, In): A first-principles study

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    Guo, R. K.; Liu, G. D.; Lin, T. T.; Wang, W.; Wang, L. Y.; Dai, X. F.

    2018-02-01

    It is predicted that the ZrCrCoZ(Z=B, Al, Ga, In) compounds with LiMnPbSn-type structure are half-metallic ferrimagnets with a large half-metallic gap by the first-principles calculations. The half-metallicity of the ZrCrCoZ(Z=B, Al, Ga, In) compounds are quite robust to the axial and uniaxial strain. The total magnetic moments in per unit cell are 4 μB for the ZrCrCoZ(Z=B, Al, Ga, In) compounds and follow the Slater-Pauling rule, which can be attributed to the great spin-splitting. The calculated formation energies are negative for all the ZrCrCoZ(Z=B, Al, Ga, In) compounds, which indicates that those compounds are in the thermodynamic stability and the possibility of synthesis in experiment.

  20. Effects of lattice parameters on piezoelectric constants in wurtzite materials: A theoretical study using first-principles and statistical-learning methods

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    Momida, Hiroyoshi; Oguchi, Tamio

    2018-04-01

    Longitudinal piezoelectric constant (e 33) values of wurtzite materials, which are listed in a structure database, are calculated and analyzed by using first-principles and statistical learning methods. It is theoretically shown that wurtzite materials with high e 33 generally have small lattice constant ratios (c/a) almost independent of constituent elements, and approximately expressed as e 33 ∝ c/a - (c/a)0 with ideal lattice constant ratio (c/a)0. This relation also holds for highly-piezoelectric ternary materials such as Sc x Al1- x N. We conducted a search for high-piezoelectric wurtzite materials by identifying materials with smaller c/a values. It is proposed that the piezoelectricity of ZnO can be significantly enhanced by substitutions of Zn with Ca.

  1. Alloying effects on structural and thermal behavior of Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}C: A first principles study

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    Chauhan, Mamta, E-mail: mamta-physics@yahoo.co.in; Gupta, Dinesh C., E-mail: sosfizix@gmail.com [Condensed Matter Theory Group, School of Studies in Physics, Jiwaji University, Gwalior – 474 011(India)

    2016-05-06

    The formation energy, equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus, Debye temperature and heat capacity at constant volume have been calculated for TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys (Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}C, x = 0,0.25.0.5,0.75,1) using first principles approach. The calculated values of lattice parameter and bulk modulus agree well with the available experimental and earlier theoretical reports. The variation of lattice parameter and bulk modulus with the change in concentration of Zr atom in Ti{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}C has also been reported. The heat capacities of TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys have been calculated by considering both vibrational and electronic contributions.

  2. Reversal of the Lattice Structure in SrCoOx Epitaxial Thin Films Studied by Real-Time Optical Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations

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    Choi, Woo Seok; Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Jun Hee; Seo, S. S. Ambrose; Cooper, Valentino R.; Rabe, Karin M.; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2013-08-01

    Using real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry, we directly observed a reversible lattice and electronic structure evolution in SrCoOx (x=2.5-3) epitaxial thin films. Drastically different electronic ground states, which are extremely susceptible to the oxygen content x, are found in the two topotactic phases: i.e., the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 and the perovskite SrCoO3. First-principles calculations confirmed substantial differences in the electronic structure, including a metal-insulator transition, which originate from the modification in the Co valence states and crystallographic structures. More interestingly, the two phases can be reversibly controlled by changing the ambient pressure at greatly reduced temperatures. Our finding provides an important pathway to understanding the novel oxygen-content-dependent phase transition uniquely found in multivalent transition metal oxides.

  3. Reversal of the lattice structure in SrCoO(x) epitaxial thin films studied by real-time optical spectroscopy and first-principles calculations.

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    Choi, Woo Seok; Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Jun Hee; Seo, S S Ambrose; Cooper, Valentino R; Rabe, Karin M; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2013-08-30

    Using real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry, we directly observed a reversible lattice and electronic structure evolution in SrCoO(x) (x=2.5-3) epitaxial thin films. Drastically different electronic ground states, which are extremely susceptible to the oxygen content x, are found in the two topotactic phases: i.e., the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 and the perovskite SrCoO3. First-principles calculations confirmed substantial differences in the electronic structure, including a metal-insulator transition, which originate from the modification in the Co valence states and crystallographic structures. More interestingly, the two phases can be reversibly controlled by changing the ambient pressure at greatly reduced temperatures. Our finding provides an important pathway to understanding the novel oxygen-content-dependent phase transition uniquely found in multivalent transition metal oxides.

  4. First-principles studies for the stability of a graphene-like boron layer on CrB2(0001) and MoB2(0001)

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    Qin Na; Liu Shiyu; Li Zhen; Zhao Hui; Wang Sanwu

    2011-01-01

    With extensive first-principles density-functional-theory calculations, we investigate the stability and the atomic and electronic structures of the CrB 2 (0001) and MoB 2 (0001) surfaces, each with two different terminations. It is found that the boron-terminated surface is energetically more favorable over the wide range of thermodynamically allowed chemical potentials than the metal-terminated surface for both CrB 2 (0001) and MoB 2 (0001), suggesting a stable layer of graphene-like boron on the surfaces. Our results also show the similarities and the differences in relaxation and in bonding characteristics between the boron-terminated and metal-terminated surfaces.

  5. First-principles study of the atomic and electronic properties of (1 0 0) stacking faults in BaSnO3 crystal

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    Xue, Yuanbin; Wang, Wenyuan; Guo, Yao

    2018-02-01

    We investigated the atomic and electronic properties of (1 0 0) stacking fault (SF) in undoped and La-doped BaSnO3 by first-principles calculations. It was found that 1/2[1 1 1] (1 0 0) SF is energetically favorable when Ba atoms occupy the interface while 1/2 (1 0 0) [1 0 1] SF becomes the most stable when the SF interface is occupied by Sn atoms. SF influences the distribution of La dopant and the electric properties of the system. In the presence of SF, electronic states near the Fermi level decrease and the bandgap expands by about 0.6 eV. Our results suggest that SF is one of the possible origins for the performance degradation.

  6. Water-resistance of macromolecules adsorbed on CH3NH3PbI3 surfaces: A first-principles study

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    Chen, Po-Tuan; Yung, Tung-Yuan; Liu, Ting-Yu; Sher, Chin-Wei; Hayashi, Michitoshi

    2017-10-01

    Encapsulation within resin films is a promising approach for isolating perovskite materials from water. To gain fundamental insight into these systems, we performed first-principles calculations of macromolecule (polymerized siloxane; epoxy cured by phthalic anhydride; graphene sheet) coatings for the waterproofing of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) surfaces. Our calculations reveal that alternating attractive/resistant functional groups on the siloxane- or epoxy-modified MAPbI3 surfaces hinder the water diffusion process. Moreover, we examined a no-defect graphene sheet for its ability to isolate MAPbI3 from water molecules. The hydrophobicity of the graphene resulted in water molecules forming clusters, rather than dispersing, upon the sheet.

  7. First-principles study on the effect of SiO{sub 2} layers during oxidation of 4H-SiC

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    Ono, Tomoya, E-mail: ono@ccs.tsukuba.ac.jp [Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 (Japan); JST-PRESTO, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Saito, Shoichiro [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2015-02-23

    The effect of SiO{sub 2} layers during the thermal oxidation of a 4H-SiC(0001) substrate is examined by performing the first-principles total-energy calculations. Although it is expected that a CO molecule is the most preferable product during the oxidation, CO{sub 2} molecules are mainly emitted from the SiC surface at the initial stage of the oxidation. As the oxidation proceeds, CO{sub 2} emission becomes less favorable and CO molecules are emitted from the interface. We conclude that the interface stress due to the lattice constant mismatch between 4H-SiC(0001) and SiO{sub 2} is responsible for the removal of C during the oxidation, resulting in the characteristic electronic property of the interface fabricated by the thermal oxidation.

  8. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti2CrGe: A first principles study

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    Jia Li

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The Heusler alloy Ti2CrGe is a stable L21 phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti1, Ti2, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  9. First-principles study on the structure, elastic properties, hardness and electronic structure of TMB4 (TM=Cr, Re, Ru and Os) compounds

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    Pan, Y.; Zheng, W.T.; Guan, W.M.; Zhang, K.H.; Fan, X.F.

    2013-01-01

    The structural formation, elastic properties, hardness and electronic structure of TMB 4 (TM=Cr, Re, Ru and Os) compounds are investigated using first-principles approach. The value of C 22 for these compounds is almost two times bigger than the C 11 and C 33 . The intrinsic hardness, shear modulus and Young's modulus are calculated to be in a sequence of CrB 4 >ReB 4 >RuB 4 >OsB 4 , and the Poisson's ratio and B/G ratio of TMB 4 follow the order of CrB 4 4 4 4 . The intrinsic hardness of CrB 4 and ReB 4 by LDA is bigger than 40 GPa. The high hardness of TMB 4 compounds is derived from the feature of B–B bonds cage and higher C 22 value. The B–B covalent bonds as bonds cage enhances the resistance to shear deformation and improve the hardness. We predict that the TMB 4 compounds with CrB 4 -type are the potential superhard materials. - Graphical abstract: The first-principles calculations show that the intrinsic hardness of CrB 4 and ReB 4 are bigger than 40 GPa, which are the potential superhard materials due to the B–B bonds cage structure. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The intrinsic hardness of CrB 4 and ReB 4 is bigger than 40 GPa. • The hardness of TMB 4 is calculated to be in a sequence of CrB 4 >ReB 4 >RuB 4 >OsB 4 . • The trend of hardness for TMB 4 is consistent with the variation of elastic modulus. • The C 22 value of TMB 4 is bigger than that of C 11 and C 33 . • The high hardness of TMB 4 is originated from the B–B bonds cage

  10. Investigation of structural, surface morphological, optical properties and first-principles study on electronic and magnetic properties of (Ce, Fe)-co doped ZnO

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    Arul Mary, J. [Catalysis and Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry Loyola College, Chennai 600 034 (India); Judith Vijaya, J., E-mail: jjvijayaloyola@yahoo.co.in [Catalysis and Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry Loyola College, Chennai 600 034 (India); Bououdina, M. [Departments of Physics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 Kingdom of Bahrain (Bahrain); John Kennedy, L. [Materials Division, School of Advanced Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Chennai Campus, Chennai 600 127 (India); Daie, J.H.; Song, Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, 2 West Wenhua Road, Weiahi 264209 (China)

    2015-01-01

    We report on the synthesis of ((Zn{sub 1−2x}Ce{sub x}Fe{sub x}) O (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05)) nanoparticles via microwave combustion by using urea as a fuel. To understand how the dopant influenced the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanoparticles, it was characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The stability and magnetic properties of Ce and Fe co-doped ZnO were probed by first principle calculations. From the analysis of X-ray diffraction, the samples are identified with the wurtzite crystal structure. The change in lattice parameters, micro-strain, and a small shift in XRD peaks confirms the substitution of co dopants into the ZnO lattice. Morphological investigation of the products revealed the existence of irregular shapes, such as spherical, spherodial and hexagonal. DRS measurements showed a decrease in the energy gap with increasing dopants contents, probably due to an increase in the lattice parameters. PL spectra consist of visible emission, due to the electronic defects, which are related to deep level emissions, such as oxide antisite (O{sub Zn}), interstitial zinc (Zn{sub i}), interstitial oxygen (O{sub i}) and zinc vacancy (V{sub Zn}). Magnetic measurements showed a ferromagnetic behavior for all the doped samples at room temperature. The first principle calculation results showed that the Ce governs the stability, while the Fe adjusts the magnetic characteristics in the Ce and Fe co-doped ZnO.

  11. Structural studies of TiC1−xOx solid solution by Rietveld refinement and first-principles calculations

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    Jiang, Bo; Hou, Na; Huang, Shanyan; Zhou, Gege; Hou, Jungang; Cao, Zhanmin; Zhu, Hongmin

    2013-01-01

    The lattice parameters, structural stability and electronic structure of titanium oxycarbides (TiC 1−x O x , 0≤x≤1) solid solution were investigated by Rietveld refinement and first-principles calculations. Series of TiC 1−x O x were precisely synthesized by sintering process under the vacuum. Rietveld refinement results of XRD patterns show the properties of continuous solid solution in TiC 1−x O x over the whole composition range. The lattice parameters vary from 0.4324 nm to 0.4194 nm decreasing with increasing oxygen concentration. Results of first-principles calculations reveal that the disorder C/O structure is stable than the order C/O structure. Further investigations of the vacancy in Ti 1−Va (C 1−x O x ) 1−Va solid solution present that the structure of vacancy segregated in TiO-part is more stable than the disorder C/O structure, which can be ascribed to the Ti–Ti bond across O-vacancy and the charge redistributed around Ti-vacancy via the analysis of the electron density difference plots and PDOS. - Graphical abstract: XRD of series of titanium oxycarbides (TiC 1−x O x , 0≤x≤1) solid solution prepared by adjusting the proportion of TiO in the starting material. Highlights: • Titanium oxycarbides were obtained by sintering TiO and TiC under carefully controlled conditions. • Rietveld refinement results show continuous solid solution with FCC structure in TiC 1−x O x . • The disorder C/O structure is stable than the order C/O structure. • Introduction of vacancy segregated in TiO-part is more stable than disorder C/O structure. • Ti–Ti bond across O-vacancy and the charge redistributed around Ti-vacancy enhance structural stability

  12. First-principles study of structure, electronic properties and stability of tungsten adsorption on TiC(111) surface with disordered vacancies

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    Ilyasov, Victor V.; Pham, Khang D.; Zhdanova, Tatiana P.; Phuc, Huynh V.; Hieu, Nguyen N.; Nguyen, Chuong V.

    2017-12-01

    In this paper, we systematically investigate the atomic structure, electronic and thermodynamic properties of adsorbed W atoms on the polar Ti-terminated TixCy (111) surface with different configurations of adsorptions using first principle calculations. The bond length, adsorption energy, and formation energy for different reconstructions of the atomic structure of the W/TixCy (111) systems were established. The effect of the tungsten coverage on the electronic structure and the adsorption mechanism of tungsten atom on the TixCy (111) are also investigated. We also suggest the possible mechanisms of W nucleation on the TixCy (111) surface. The effective charges on W atoms and nearest-neighbor atoms in the examined reconstructions were identified. Additionally, we have established the charge transfer from titanium atom to tungsten and carbon atoms which determine by the reconstruction of the local atomic and electronic structures. Our calculations showed that the charge transfer correlates with the electronegativity of tungsten and nearest-neighbor atoms. We also determined the effective charge per atom of titanium, carbon atoms, and neighboring adsorbed tungsten atom in different binding configurations. We found that, with reduction of the lattice symmetry associated with titanium and carbon vacancies, the adsorption energy increases by 1.2 times in the binding site A of W/TixCy systems.

  13. The mechanical and electronic properties of Al/TiC interfaces alloyed by Mg, Zn, Cu, Fe and Ti: First-principles study

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    Sun, Ting; Wu, Xiaozhi; Wang, Rui; Li, Weiguo

    2015-01-01

    The adhesion and ductility of (100) and (110) Al/TiC interfaces alloyed by Mg, Zn, Cu, Fe, and Ti have been investigated using first-principles methods. Fe and Ti can enhance the adhesion of (100) and (110) interfaces. Mg and Zn have the opposite effect. Interfacial electronic structures have been created to analyze the changes of the work of adhesion. It is found that more charge is accumulated at interfaces alloyed by Fe and Ti compared with pure Al/TiC. There is also an obvious downward shift in the Fermi energy of Fe, Ti at the interface. Furthermore, the unstable stacking fault energies of the interfaces are calculated; the results demonstrate that the preferred slip direction is the 〈110〉 direction for (100) and (110) Al/TiC. Based on the Rice criterion of ductility, the results predict that Mg, Fe, and Ti are promising candidates for improving the ductility of Al/TiC interfaces. (paper)

  14. Correlation between phonon anomaly along [211] and the Fermi surface nesting features with associated electron-phonon interactions in Ni2FeGa: A first principles study

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    Chabungbam, Satyananda; Sahariah, Munima B.

    2015-01-01

    First principles calculation reaffirms the presence of phonon anomaly along [211] direction in Ni 2 FeGa shape memory alloy supporting the experimental findings of J. Q. Li et al. Fermi surface scans have been performed in both austenite and martensite phase to see the possible Fermi nesting features in this alloy. The magnitude of observed Fermi surface nesting vectors in (211) plane exactly match the phonon anomaly wavevectors along [211] direction. Electron-phonon calculation in the austenite phase shows that there is significant electron-phonon coupling in this alloy which might arise out of the lattice coupling between lower acoustic modes and higher optical modes combined with the observed strong Fermi nesting features in the system. - Highlights: • Transverse acoustic (TA 2 ) modes show anomaly along [211] direction in Ni 2 FeGa. • The phonon anomaly wavevector has been correlated with the Fermi nesting vectors. • Electron-phonon coupling calculation shows significant coupling in this system. • Max. el-ph coupling occurs in transition frequencies from acoustic to optical modes

  15. The effect of oxygen vacancies on the stability, electronic and optical properties of the ZnAl2O4(100) surface; A first-principles study

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    Lahmer, M. A.

    2018-03-01

    The effect of oxygen vacancy formation on the stability, structural, electronic, and optical properties of the ZnAl2O4(100) surface was investigated by using the first-principles method. The obtained results show that, in the case of the Free-defect surface, the AlO2-terminated surface is more stable than the Zn-terminated surface. The results of structural relaxation show that, for each surface termination, the interlayer distances near the surface oscillate in a damping style. In addition, the work function values and the optical properties of these two surfaces are quite different. Our results show that the work function of the Zn-terminated surface is at least 2 times smaller than that of the AlO2 surface. On the other hand, ab initio thermodynamic calculations show that the O reduction occurs in the case of the AlO2 surface under all growth conditions, while, there is no evidence for O reduction in the case of the Zn-terminated surface. Our results show also that neutral oxygen vacancies can affect greatly the electronic and optical properties of the ZnAl2O4(100) surface.

  16. Bandgap engineering of Cu2CdxZn1−xSnS4 alloy for photovoltaic applications: A complementary experimental and first-principles study

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    Xiao, Zhen-Yu

    2013-11-11

    We report on bandgap engineering of an emerging photovoltaic material of Cu2CdxZn1-xSnS4 (CCZTS) alloy. CCZTS alloy thin films with different Cd contents and single kesterite phase were fabricated using the sol-gel method. The optical absorption measurements indicate that the bandgap of the kesterite CCZTS alloy can be continuously tuned in a range of 1.55-1.09 eV as Cd content varied from x = 0 to 1. Hall effect measurements suggest that the hole concentration of CCZTS films decreases with increasing Cd content. The CCZTS-based solar cell with x = 0.47 demonstrates a power conversion efficiency of 1.2%. Our first-principles calculations based on the hybrid functional method demonstrate that the bandgap of the kesterite CCZTS alloy decreases monotonically with increasing Cd content, supporting the experimental results. Furthermore, Cu2ZnSnS4/Cu 2CdSnS4 interface has a type-I band-alignment with a small valence-band offset, explaining the narrowing of the bandgap of CCZTS as the Cd content increases. Our results suggest that CCZTS alloy is a potentially suitable material to fabricate high-efficiency multi-junction tandem solar cells with different bandgap-tailored absorption layers. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

  17. First principles study of structural, vibrational and electronic properties of graphene-like MX2 (M=Mo, Nb, W, Ta; X=S, Se, Te) monolayers

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    Ding Yi; Wang Yanli; Ni Jun; Shi Lin; Shi Siqi; Tang Weihua

    2011-01-01

    Using first principles calculations, we investigate the structural, vibrational and electronic structures of the monolayer graphene-like transition-metal dichalcogenide (MX 2 ) sheets. We find the lattice parameters and stabilities of the MX 2 sheets are mainly determined by the chalcogen atoms, while the electronic properties depend on the metal atoms. The NbS 2 and TaS 2 sheets have comparable energetic stabilities to the synthesized MoS 2 and WS 2 ones. The molybdenum and tungsten dichalcogenide (MoX 2 and WX 2 ) sheets have similar lattice parameters, vibrational modes, and electronic structures. These analogies also exist between the niobium and tantalum dichalcogenide (NbX 2 and TaX 2 ) sheets. However, the NbX 2 and TaX 2 sheets are metals, while the MoX 2 and WX 2 ones are semiconductors with direct-band gaps. When the Nb and Ta atoms are doped into the MoS 2 and WS 2 sheets, a semiconductor-to-metal transition occurs. Comparing to the bulk compounds, these monolayer sheets have similar structural parameters and properties, but their vibrational and electronic properties are varied and have special characteristics. Our results suggest that the graphene-like MX 2 sheets have potential applications in nano-electronics and nano-devices.

  18. Thermoelectric properties of 2H-CuGaO2 for device applications: A first principle TB-mBJ potential study

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    Bhamu, K. C.; Praveen, C. S.

    2017-12-01

    Here we report the structural, electronic, optical, and thermoelectric properties of delafossite type 2H-CuGaO2 using first principles calculations. The present calculation predict an indirect band gap of 1.20 eV and a direct band gap of 3.48 eV. A detailed analysis of the electronic structure is provided based on atom and orbital projected density of states. Frequency dependent dielectric functions, refractive index, and absorption coefficient as a function of photon energy are discussed. The thermoelectric properties with power factor, and the figure of merit are reported as a function of chemical potential in the region ± 0.195 (μ -EF) eV at constant temperature of 300 and 800 K. The thermoelectric properties shows that 2H-CuGaO2 could be potential candidate for engineering devises operating at high temperature for the chemical potential in the range of ± 0.055 (μ -EF) eV and beyond this range the thermoelectric performance of 2H-CuGaO2 get reduced.

  19. First principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of SnGe n (0, ±1) ( n = 1–17) clusters

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    Djaadi, Soumaia; Eddine Aiadi, Kamal; Mahtout, Sofiane

    2018-04-01

    The structures, relative stability and magnetic properties of pure Ge n +1, neutral cationic and anionic SnGe n (n = 1–17) clusters have been investigated by using the first principles density functional theory implemented in SIESTA packages. We find that with the increasing of cluster size, the Ge n +1 and SnGe n (0, ±1) clusters tend to adopt compact structures. It has been also found that the Sn atom occupied a peripheral position for SnGe n clusters when n 12. The structural and electronic properties such as optimized geometries, fragmentation energy, binding energy per atom, HOMO–LUMO gaps and second-order differences in energy of the pure Ge n +1 and SnGe n clusters in their ground state are calculated and analyzed. All isomers of neutral SnGe n clusters are generally nonmagnetic except for n = 1 and 4, where the total spin magnetic moments is 2μ b. The total (DOS) and partial density of states of these clusters have been calculated to understand the origin of peculiar magnetic properties. The cluster size dependence of vertical ionization potentials, vertical electronic affinities, chemical hardness, adiabatic electron affinities and adiabatic ionization potentials have been calculated and discussed.

  20. First-principles study of size-, surface- and mechanical strain-dependent electronic properties of wurtzite and zinc-blende InSb nanowires

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    Zhang, Yong [School of Mathematics, Physics and Energy Engineering, Hunan Institute of Technology, Hengyang 421002 (China); Xie, Zhong-Xiang, E-mail: xiezxhu@163.com [School of Mathematics, Physics and Energy Engineering, Hunan Institute of Technology, Hengyang 421002 (China); Yu, Xia; Wang, Hai-Bin; Deng, Yuan-Xiang [School of Mathematics, Physics and Energy Engineering, Hunan Institute of Technology, Hengyang 421002 (China); Ning, Feng, E-mail: fning@gxtc.edu.cn [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Guangxi Teachers Education University, Nanning 530001 (China)

    2016-08-06

    Using first-principle calculations with density functional theory, we investigated the modification of electronic properties in zinc-blende (ZB) and wurtzite (WZ) InSb nanowires (NWs) grown along the [111] and [0001] directions for different size, different surface coverage and different mechanical strain. The results show that before the surface passivation, ZBNWs and WZNWs exhibit the metallic character and the semiconductor character, respectively. WZNWs show a crossover from a direct to an indirect as diameter decreases. After the surface passivation, both ZBNWs and WZNWs are found to be direct-gap character. The electronic band structure shows a significant response to changes in surface passivation with pseudo hydrogen and halogen. The band structure with mechanical strain is strongly dependent on the crystal orientation and the NW diameter. In ZBNWs, compressive strain induces the indirect band gap character, whereas tensile strain can not form it. WZNWs have various strain dependence in that both compressive and tensile strain make InSb show a direct band gap character. A brief analysis of these results is given. - Highlights: • InSb nanowires with different surfaces can show the different band structures. • Band gap magnitude of InSb nanowires depends on the suppression of surface states. • Different types of mechanical strains show the different effect on the band structure of the InSb nanowires.

  1. Unique reactivity of Fe nanoparticles-defective graphene composites toward NH x (x = 0, 1, 2, 3) adsorption: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Xin

    2012-01-01

    We investigated the electronic structure of Fe nanoparticle-graphene composites and the impact of the interfacial interaction on NH x (x = 0, 1, 2, 3) adsorption by first-principles based calculations. We found that Fe 13 nanoparticles can be stabilized by the sp 2 dangling bonds on single vacancy graphene substrate with a binding energy up to -7.07 eV. This interaction not only deformed the carbon atoms around the defect and gave rise to the stability of the Fe nanoparticle against sintering, but also had significant impact on the adsorption of NH x that is related to the catalytic performance of these composites in NH 3 decomposition. Doping of the single vacancy graphene with N or B can finely tune the adsorption of NH x. Further analysis revealed that the calculated adsorption energies of NH x on these composites correlated well with the shift of the average d-band center of the Fe nanoparticles and they were around the peak of the activity-adsorption energy curve for NH 3 decomposition catalysts, especially when doped with B. The optimal adsorption of NH x on Fe nanoparticles deposited on boron-doped defective graphene suggests the possible high stability and superior catalytic performance of these composites in the low-temperature catalytic decomposition of NH 3. This journal is © 2012 the Owner Societies.

  2. First principles study of the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of U in an electrorefining system using molybdenum cathode and LiCl-KCl eutectic molten salt

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    Kwon, Choah; Kang, Joonhee; Kang, Woojong; Kwak, Dohyun; Han, Byungchan

    2016-01-01

    Using first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations we obtain thermodynamic and kinetic properties of U in an electrorefining process for spent nuclear fuels using a LiCl-KCl eutectic molten salt and Mo as a cathode. The thermodynamic stability of electrodeposited U from the molten salt onto the Mo(110) surface electrode is evaluated by activity coefficients as function of surface coverages of U and Cl. Additionally, ab-initio molecular dynamic simulations combined with the Stokes-Einstein-Sutherland relation enables us to calculate the viscosity of the LiCl-KCl eutectic molten salt. Our results well agree with previously reported experimental data endorsing the credibility. Based on our atomic-level mechanical understanding we propose that an accurate computational model system incorporating the electrochemical conditions of the electrorefining process essential for the purpose of establishing thermodynamic and kinetic database of U, otherwise critical deviations are inevitable. More interestingly, the effect of coadsorption of Cl with U on the Mo(110) surface plays a key role in stabilizing electrodeposited U on the cathode. Our approach can be useful for validating published experimental database and for identifying key factors guiding a rational design of highly efficient electrorefining system for spent nuclear fuels, and thus reducing high-level radioactive nuclear wastes.

  3. First-Principles Study on Stability and Magnetism of NimAln (m=1–3, n=1–9 Clusters

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    Xiao Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The investigation on the structures, stabilities, and magnetism of NimAln (m=1–3, n=1–9 clusters has been made by using first principles. We found some new ground-state structures which had not been found before. These mixed species prefer to adopt three-dimensional (3D structures starting from four atoms. All the ground-state structures for the Ni-Al clusters are different from those of the corresponding pure Al clusters with the same number of atoms except for three atoms. The Mulliken population analysis shows that some charges transfer from the Al atoms to the Ni atoms. NiAln (n = odd number cations, Ni2Al6 neutral, Ni2Al1 and Ni3Al cations and anions, and Ni3Al5 anion have the magnetic moments of 2 μB. The magnetic moments of NiAl4 and NiAl6 cluster neutrals and cations are 2 μB and 3 μB, respectively. All the other cluster neutrals and ions do not have any nontrivial magnetic moments. The 3d electrons in Ni atoms are mainly responsible for the magnetism of the mixed Ni-Al clusters.

  4. Monolayer Cu2Si as a potential gas sensor for NOx and COx (x = 1, 2): A first-principles study

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    Zhu, Hao-Hao; Ye, Xiao-Juan; Liu, Chun-Sheng; Yan, Xiao-Hong

    2018-02-01

    Although the metal-decoration can enhance the sensing properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials, the cyclic utilization of materials is hindered by the clustering tendency of metal atoms. Furthermore, there exists a risk of explosion of combustible gases with the electrical measure. Based on first-principles calculations, we investigate the adsorption of various gas molecules (O2, NO, NO2, NH3, N2, CO, CH4 and CO2) on the 2D Cu-Si extended system (Cu2Si). The NOx molecules are chemisorbed on the Cu2Si monolayer, while other gas molecules (except CH4 and N2) are held by an interaction intermediating between the physisorbed and chemisorbed states. The strong hybridizations between N 2p and Si 3p (Cu 4p) orbitals lead to the large adsorption energies. Interestingly, the adsorption of NOx (1 μB) and CO2 (2 μB) can induce magnetic moments on the intrinsically nonmagnetic Cu2Si monolayer. The magnetic moment of NO-Cu2Si mainly arises from the molecule, while the magnetic moments for the NO2 and CO2 adsorption almost origin from the monolayer. In addition, an antiferromagnetic coupling is found in CO-Cu2Si. The changes in magnetization upon the gas adsorption may be detected sensitively and safely, suggesting the Cu2Si monolayer is potential for gas sensing.

  5. First Principles Study on Structure Stability and Mechanical Properties of YNi2B2C and LuNi2B2C under Pressure

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    Lili Liu

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The pressure effects on the lattice parameters and elastic constants of the tetragonal RNi 2 B 2 C (R=Y, Lu are investigated by means of the first principles. The predicted lattice constants and elastic constants of YNi 2 B 2 C and LuNi 2 B 2 C at 0 GPa agree well with the available data. By the elastic stability criteria under isotropic pressure, it is predicted that YNi 2 B 2 C and LuNi 2 B 2 C with tetragonal structure are not mechanically stable above 93 GPa and 50 GPa, respectively. Pugh’s modulus ratio, Poisson’s ratio, Vickers hardness, elastic anisotropy and Debye temperature of YNi 2 B 2 C in the pressure range of 0–100 GPa and LuNi 2 B 2 C in the pressure range of 0-60 GPa are further investigated. It is shown that the ductility and Debye temperature of tetragonal RNi 2 B 2 C (R=Y, Lu increase with increasing pressure, and LuNi 2 B 2 C is more ductile and lower Debye temperature than YNi 2 B 2 C under different pressures.

  6. The hierarchy of 1D-, 2D- and 3D-dimensional LPS in Cu-Pd and Ag-Pd: A first-principles study

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    Bärthlein, S.; Winning, E.; Müller, S.; Hart, G. L. W.; Zunger, A.

    2006-03-01

    Throughout many decades the marvelous variety of so-called long-periodic superlattices (LPS) - being constructed from stacks of L12 with a certain period M after which an anti-phase boundary is introduced - has been a matter of interest for binary compounds consisting of Pd and noble metals such like Cu, Ag and Au. Whereas Au0.75Pd0.75 puts forth the D023 (i.e. M=2) structure as ground state [1], Cu0.75Pd0.75 and Ag0.75Pd0.75 exhibit LPS3 (i.e. M=3) as T=0K ground state. Moreover, the formation enthalpies for a whole class of superlattices are almost degenerated. In order to control the energetical hierarchies of all LPS in question the usual 1D-LPS configuration space must be overcome. We therefore demonstrate how for each system a set of suitable interactions can be constructed by first principles means. Questions concerning a complete description and exhaustive predictive power will be asked and answered by a mixed-space cluster expansion that allows us to handle 1D-LPS with average M, 2D- and 3D-LPS with arbitrary integer M and to predict their energies in order to investigate their abilities to serve as ground state candidates. [1] S. Barabash et al., submitted to Phys. Rev. B

  7. Failure of the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism in the Ag5Li8 gamma-brass studied by first-principles FLAPW electronic structure calculations

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    Mizutani, U; Asahi, R; Noritake, T; Sato, H; Takeuchi, T

    2008-01-01

    The first-principles FLAPW (full potential linearized augmented plane wave) electronic structure calculations were performed for the Ag 5 Li 8 gamma-brass, which contains 52 atoms in a unit cell and has been known for many years as one of the most structurally complex alloy phases. The calculations were also made for its neighboring phase AgLi B2 compound. The main objective in the present work is to examine if the Ag 5 Li 8 gamma-brass is stabilized at the particular electrons per atom ratio e/a = 21/13 in the same way as some other gamma-brasses like Cu 5 Zn 8 and Cu 9 Al 4 , obeying the Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule. For this purpose, the e/a value for the Ag 5 Li 8 gamma-brass as well as the AgLi B2 compound was first determined by means of the FLAPW-Fourier method we have developed. It proved that both the gamma-brass and the B2 compound possess an e/a value equal to unity instead of 21/13. Moreover, we could demonstrate why the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism fails for the Ag 5 Li 8 gamma-brass and proposed a new stability mechanism, in which the unique gamma-brass structure can effectively lower the band-structure energy by forming heavily populated bonding states near the bottom of the Ag-4d band

  8. The Effects of Graphene Stacking on the Performance of Methane Sensor: A First-Principles Study on the Adsorption, Band Gap and Doping of Graphene

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    Ning Yang

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available The effects of graphene stacking are investigated by comparing the results of methane adsorption energy, electronic performance, and the doping feasibility of five dopants (i.e., B, N, Al, Si, and P via first-principles theory. Both zigzag and armchair graphenes are considered. It is found that the zigzag graphene with Bernal stacking has the largest adsorption energy on methane, while the armchair graphene with Order stacking is opposite. In addition, both the Order and Bernal stacked graphenes possess a positive linear relationship between adsorption energy and layer number. Furthermore, they always have larger adsorption energy in zigzag graphene. For electronic properties, the results show that the stacking effects on band gap are significant, but it does not cause big changes to band structure and density of states. In the comparison of distance, the average interlamellar spacing of the Order stacked graphene is the largest. Moreover, the adsorption effect is the result of the interactions between graphene and methane combined with the change of graphene’s structure. Lastly, the armchair graphene with Order stacking possesses the lowest formation energy in these five dopants. It could be the best choice for doping to improve the methane adsorption.

  9. Magnetism by interfacial hybridization and p-type doping of MoS(2) in Fe(4)N/MoS(2) superlattices: a first-principles study.

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    Feng, Nan; Mi, Wenbo; Cheng, Yingchun; Guo, Zaibing; Schwingenschlögl, Udo; Bai, Haili

    2014-03-26

    Magnetic and electronic properties of Fe4N(111)/MoS2(√3 × √3) superlattices are investigated by first-principles calculations, considering two models: (I) Fe(I)Fe(II)-S and (II) N-S interfaces, each with six stacking configurations. In model I, strong interfacial hybridization between Fe(I)/Fe(II) and S results in magnetism of monolayer MoS2, with a magnetic moment of 0.33 μB for Mo located on top of Fe(I). For model II, no magnetism is induced due to weak N-S interfacial bonding, and the semiconducting nature of monolayer MoS2 is preserved. Charge transfer between MoS2 and N results in p-type MoS2 with Schottky barrier heights of 0.5-0.6 eV. Our results demonstrate that the interfacial geometry and hybridization can be used to tune the magnetism and doping in Fe4N(111)/MoS2(√3 × √3) superlattices.

  10. Magnetism by interfacial hybridization and p-type doping of MoS2 in Fe4N/MoS2 superlattices: A first-principles study

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    Feng, Nan

    2014-03-26

    Magnetic and electronic properties of Fe4N(111)/MoS 2(√3 × √3) superlattices are investigated by first-principles calculations, considering two models: (I) FeIFe II-S and (II) N-S interfaces, each with six stacking configurations. In model I, strong interfacial hybridization between FeI/Fe II and S results in magnetism of monolayer MoS2, with a magnetic moment of 0.33 μB for Mo located on top of Fe I. For model II, no magnetism is induced due to weak N-S interfacial bonding, and the semiconducting nature of monolayer MoS2 is preserved. Charge transfer between MoS2 and N results in p-type MoS2 with Schottky barrier heights of 0.5-0.6 eV. Our results demonstrate that the interfacial geometry and hybridization can be used to tune the magnetism and doping in Fe4N(111)/MoS2(√3 × √3) superlattices. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  11. First-principles study on the strain effect of the Cu(0-bar 0-bar 1)-c(2x2)N self-organized structure

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    Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    2004-01-01

    Nitrogen atoms adsorbed on Cu(0-bar 0-bar 1) surface are known to form a self-organized structure, in which islands of nitrogen-adsorbed region are arranged into a square lattice. To clarify the mechanism of the self-organization, the strain effect in this surface is investigated by first-principles theoretical calculations. The difference between the calculated surface stress of Cu(0-bar 0-bar 1)-c(2x2)N surface and that of clean Cu(0-bar 0-bar 1) surface is in good agreement with the value estimated from experiments. In the stripe model of the self-organized surface, the top-most Cu atoms are largely displaced in lateral directions, while the nitrogen atoms at the edge of its nitrogen-adsorbed region slightly protrude in the surface normal. These results are consistent with observations. Spontaneous formation of the clean Cu region is also confirmed by calculating the formation energy within the stripe model. The formation energy is fitted well by a function deduced from the theory of elasticity. Nevertheless, the parameter of the fitting cannot be explained only by the difference of the surface stresses

  12. Monolayer CS as a metal-free photocatalyst with high carrier mobility and tunable band structure: a first-principles study

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    Yang, Xiao-Le; Ye, Xiao-Juan; Liu, Chun-Sheng; Yan, Xiao-Hong

    2018-02-01

    Producing hydrogen fuel using suitable photocatalysts from water splitting is a feasible method to harvest solar energy. A desired photocatalyst is expected to have suitable band gap, moderate band edge position, and high carrier mobility. By employing first-principles calculations, we explore a α-CS monolayer as a metal-free efficient photocatalyst. The α-CS monolayer shows good energetic, dynamic, and thermal stabilities and is insoluble in water, suggesting its experimental practicability. Monolayer and bilayer α-CS present not only appropriate band gaps for visible and ultraviolet light absorption but also moderate band alignments with water redox potentials in pH neutral water. Remarkably, the α-CS monolayer exhibits high (up to 8453.19 cm2 V-1s-1 for hole) and anisotropic carrier mobility, which is favorable to the migration and separation of photogenerated carriers. In addition, monolayer α-CS experiences an interesting semiconductor-metal transition by applying uniaxial strain and external electric field. Moreover, α-CS under certain strain and electric field is still dynamically stable with the absence of imaginary frequencies. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the graphite (0 0 1) surface is a potential substrate for the α-CS growth with the intrinsic properties of α-CS maintaining. Therefore, our results could pave the way for the application of α-CS as a promising photocatalyst.

  13. Electronic, magnetic, half-metallic and mechanical properties of a new quaternary Heusler compound ZrRhTiTl: Insights from first-principles studies

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    Wang, Xiaotian; Zhao, Weiqi; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Dai, Xuefang; Khenata, R.

    2018-01-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the electronic, magnetic, half-metallic and mechanical properties of a new Zr-based equiatomic quaternary Heusler (EQH) compound ZrRhTiTl by means of the first-principles calculations. With the help of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) in the scheme of Perdew-Burke-Enzerhof (PBE), we reveal that the ZrRhTiTl is an excellent half-metallic material (HMM) at its equilibrium lattice constant 6.70 Å. In the minority-spin direction, a quite large band gap (Ebg) of 0.584 eV and a half-metallic band-gap (EHM) of 0.137 eV can be observed. For ZrRhTiTl, the formation energy of -1.18 eV and the cohesive energy of 19.35 eV suggest that it is a thermo-stabilized material in theory. The formation mechanism of EHM in the minority-spin direction has also been discussed by considering of the possible d-d hybridization between Zr, Ti and Rh elements. The total magnetic moment of ZrRhTiTl is 2 μB and it satisfies the famous Slater-Pauling rule Mt = Zt-18. Two types of strain, i.e., uniform strain and tetragonal deformation, have been taken into account to examine the magneto-electronic and half-metallic behaviors of ZrRhTiTl EQH compound. Finally, we show that ZrRhTiTl is mechanically stable, ductile and anisotropic.

  14. First-principles study on oxidation effects in uranium oxides and high-pressure high-temperature behavior of point defects in uranium dioxide

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    Geng, Hua Y.; Song, Hong X.; Jin, K.; Xiang, S. K.; Wu, Q.

    2011-11-01

    Formation Gibbs free energy of point defects and oxygen clusters in uranium dioxide at high-pressure high-temperature conditions are calculated from first principles, using the LSDA+U approach for the electronic structure and the Debye model for the lattice vibrations. The phonon contribution on Frenkel pairs is found to be notable, whereas it is negligible for the Schottky defect. Hydrostatic compression changes the formation energies drastically, making defect concentrations depend more sensitively on pressure. Calculations show that, if no oxygen clusters are considered, uranium vacancy becomes predominant in overstoichiometric UO2 with the aid of the contribution from lattice vibrations, while compression favors oxygen defects and suppresses uranium vacancy greatly. At ambient pressure, however, the experimental observation of predominant oxygen defects in this regime can be reproduced only in a form of cuboctahedral clusters, underlining the importance of defect clustering in UO2+x. Making use of the point defect model, an equation of state for nonstoichiometric oxides is established, which is then applied to describe the shock Hugoniot of UO2+x. Furthermore, the oxidization and compression behavior of uranium monoxide, triuranium octoxide, uranium trioxide, and a series of defective UO2 at 0 K are investigated. The evolution of mechanical properties and electronic structures with an increase of the oxidation degree are analyzed, revealing the transition of the ground state of uranium oxides from metallic to Mott insulator and then to charge-transfer insulator due to the interplay of strongly correlated effects of 5f orbitals and the shift of electrons from uranium to oxygen atoms.

  15. A first-principles study of NbSe2 monolayer as anode materials for rechargeable lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries

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    Lv, Xingshuai; Wei, Wei; Sun, Qilong; Huang, Baibiao; Dai, Ying

    2017-06-01

    There is a great desire to search for suitable anodes with good performance for rechargeable metal-ion batteries, which require not only large capacity but excellent rate performance and cycling stability. In this work, the electronic properties of NbSe2 monolayer were explored based on first-principles calculations. We performed a full geometry optimization for Li/Na-adsorbed structures and obtained favorable adsorption sites. The metallic character for both pristine NbSe2 monolayer and the Li/Na-adsorbed NbSe2 ensures good electrical conduction. In addition, we find that NbSe2 monolayer is more inclined to adsorb Li and Na atoms with smaller adsorption energy under Li/Na-rich condition, indicating the superiority of NbSe2 monolayer as an electrode. Then, we obtained a relatively low diffusion barrier of approximately 0.205 eV for Li and, in particular, a significantly small diffusion barrier of about 0.086 eV for Na, which ensures excellent cycling performance of NbSe2 monolayer as a battery electrode. Most importantly, the Li and Na adsorption density in NbSe2 monolayer can be as high as Li2NbSe2 and Na4NbSe2, corresponding to theoretical specific capacities of 203 and 312 mAh·g-1, respectively. And the average electrode potentials were predicted to be 0.51 V for the chemical stoichiometry of Li2NbSe2 and 0.22 V for Na4NbSe2. In view of these excellent properties, our work predicts that NbSe2 monolayer can be a promising anode material for the development of low-cost high-performance Li- and Na-ion batteries.

  16. Structural and Electronic Properties of Transition-Metal Oxides Attached to a Single-Walled CNT as a Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode: A First-Principles Study.

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    Tack, Liew Weng; Azam, Mohd Asyadi; Seman, Raja Noor Amalina Raja

    2017-04-06

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and metal oxides (MOs), such as manganese(IV) oxide (MnO 2 ), cobalt(II, III) oxide (Co 3 O 4 ), and nickel(II) oxide (NiO) hybrid structures, have received great attention because of their promising application in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). As electrode materials for LIBs, the structure of SWCNT/MOs provides high power density, good electrical conductivity, and excellent cyclic stability. In this work, first-principles calculations were used to investigate the structural and electronic properties of MOs attached to (5, 5) SWCNT and Li-ion adsorption to SWCNT/metal oxide composites as electrode materials in LIBs. Emphasis was placed on the synergistic effects of the composite on the electrochemical performance of LIBs in terms of adsorption capabilities and charge transfer of Li-ions attached to (5, 5) SWCNT and metal oxides. Also, Li adsorption energy on SWCNTs and three different metal oxides (NiO, MnO 2 , and Co 3 O 4 ) and the accompanying changes in the electronic properties, such as band structure, density of states and charge distribution as a function of Li adsorption were calculated. On the basis of the calculation results, the top C atom was found to be the most stable position for the NiO and MnO 2 attachment to SWCNT, while the Co 3 O 4 molecule, the Co 2+ , was found to be the most stable attachment on SWCNT. The obtained results show that the addition of MOs to the SWCNT electrode enables an increase in specific surface area and improves the electronic conductivity and charge transfer of an LIB.

  17. N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} studied by first-principles calculations

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    Xu, Ying, E-mail: 1080071@hnust.edu.cn [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Nie, Guo-Zheng [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Zou, Daifeng [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Nanobiomechanics, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Tang, Jing-Wu [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Ao, Zhimin, E-mail: Zhimin.Ao@gdut.edu.cn [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2016-11-25

    In this paper, N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} is investigated by first-principles calculations. The electronic structure and formation energies of Mg substituting Cr-site, N substituting O-site, and co-doping of both Mg on Cr-site and N on O-site in CuCrO{sub 2} are calculated. It is found that the structure with N and Mg codoped at the nearest sites has the lowest energy due to a modest attractive interaction between the two dopants. Compared with single N or Mg doped CuCrO{sub 2}, the N–Mg codoped CuCrO{sub 2} has a lower formation energy and shallower transition level. In addition, the total density of states (DOS) analysis shows that more hole states appear above the Fermi level and higher DOS for N–Mg co-doping is obtained in the N–Mg codoped CuCrO{sub 2}, which is good to enhance the p-type conductivity in CuCrO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} is investigated. • N–Mg complex has a lower formation energy and shallower transition level. • More hole states appear above the Fermi level for N–Mg co-doping. • N–Mg co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} can be expected to have more stable p-type conductivity.

  18. Quasigluon lifetime and confinement from first principles

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    Siringo, Fabio

    2017-12-01

    The mass and the lifetime of a gluon are evaluated from first principles at a finite temperature across the deconfinement transition of pure SU(3) Yang-Mills theory, by a direct calculation of the pole of the propagator in the complex plane, using the finite temperature extension of a massive expansion in the Landau gauge. Even at T =0 , the quasigluon lifetime is finite, and the gluon is canceled from the asymptotic states, yielding a microscopic proof of confinement from first principles. Above the transition, the damping rate is a linear increasing function of temperature as predicted by standard perturbation theory.

  19. First-principles calculations of mobility

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    Krishnaswamy, Karthik

    First-principles calculations can be a powerful predictive tool for studying, modeling and understanding the fundamental scattering mechanisms impacting carrier transport in materials. In the past, calculations have provided important qualitative insights, but numerical accuracy has been limited due to computational challenges. In this talk, we will discuss some of the challenges involved in calculating electron-phonon scattering and carrier mobility, and outline approaches to overcome them. Topics will include the limitations of models for electron-phonon interaction, the importance of grid sampling, and the use of Gaussian smearing to replace energy-conserving delta functions. Using prototypical examples of oxides that are of technological importance-SrTiO3, BaSnO3, Ga2O3, and WO3-we will demonstrate computational approaches to overcome these challenges and improve the accuracy. One approach that leads to a distinct improvement in the accuracy is the use of analytic functions for the band dispersion, which allows for an exact solution of the energy-conserving delta function. For select cases, we also discuss direct quantitative comparisons with experimental results. The computational approaches and methodologies discussed in the talk are general and applicable to other materials, and greatly improve the numerical accuracy of the calculated transport properties, such as carrier mobility, conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. This work was performed in collaboration with B. Himmetoglu, Y. Kang, W. Wang, A. Janotti and C. G. Van de Walle, and supported by the LEAST Center, the ONR EXEDE MURI, and NSF.

  20. THERMODYNAMIC MODELING AND FIRST-PRINCIPLES CALCULATIONS

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    Turchi, P; Abrikosov, I; Burton, B; Fries, S; Grimvall, G; Kaufman, L; Korzhavyi, P; Manga, R; Ohno, M; Pisch, A; Scott, A; Zhang, W

    2005-12-15

    The increased application of quantum mechanical-based methodologies to the study of alloy stability has required a re-assessment of the field. The focus is mainly on inorganic materials in the solid state. In a first part, after a brief overview of the so-called ab initio methods with their approximations, constraints, and limitations, recommendations are made for a good usage of first-principles codes with a set of qualifiers. Examples are given to illustrate the power and the limitations of ab initio codes. However, despite the ''success'' of these methodologies, thermodynamics of complex multi-component alloys, as used in engineering applications, requires a more versatile approach presently afforded within CALPHAD. Hence, in a second part, the links that presently exist between ab initio methodologies, experiments, and CALPHAD approach are examined with illustrations. Finally, the issues of dynamical instability and of the role of lattice vibrations that still constitute the subject of ample discussions within the CALPHAD community are revisited in the light of the current knowledge with a set of recommendations.