Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory, Office of Biotechnology
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New Journal of Physics
We use a variety of experimental techniques to characterize Cu clusters on bulk MoS2 formed via physical vapor deposition of Cu in ultrahigh vacuum, at temperatures ranging from 300 K to 900 K. We find that large facetted clusters grow at elevated temperatures, using high Cu exposures. The cluster size distribution is bimodal, and under some conditions, large clusters are surrounded by a denuded zone. We propose that defect-mediated nucleation, and coarsening during deposition, are both operative in this system. At 780 K, a surprising type of facetted cluster emerges, and at 900 K this type predominates: pyramidal clusters with a triangular base, exposing (311) planes as side facets. This is a growth shape, rather than an equilibrium shape.
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Jing, Dapeng; Lii-Rosales, Ann; Lai, King C.; Li, Qiang; Kim, Jaeyoun; Tringides, Michael C.; Evans, James W.; and Thiel, Patricia A., "Non-equilibrium growth of metal clusters on a layered material: Cu on MoS2" (2020). Chemistry Publications. 1222.