Metal film growth on regular and defective MgO (0 0 1) surface: A comparative ab initio simulation and thermodynamic study Academic Article uri icon


  • In order to understand the difference in metallic film growth modes on perfect and defective oxide substrates, we have combined ab initio B3LYP periodic calculations on the slab models of the corresponding Me/MgO(0 0 1) interfaces (Me = Ag, Cu) with thermodynamic theory of solid solutions. For a defectless magnesia surface, we confirm the experimentally observed submonolayer growth of 3D metallic islands (Ag possesses a higher trend than Cu). Formation of Fs centers (neutral O vacancies) on the substrate markedly enhances metal atom adsorption as compared to physisorption over regular sites on a defect-free substrate. For the first time, we predict that the presence of these surface defects (beginning with concentrations of 5% for Cu and 22% for Ag) can stimulate the growth of uniform 2D metallic sublayers.

publication date

  • May 1, 2006