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Theoretical and spectroscopic study of the reaction of diethylhydroxylamine on silicon(100)-2 x 1.


PMID 17429556

Abstract

Incorporating diversity into structures constructed from the organic modification of silicon surfaces requires the use of molecules that contain multiple substituents of different types. In this work we examine the possible dissociation pathways of diethylhydroxylamine (DEHA, (C(2)H(5))(2)NOH) on the surface of clean silicon(100)-2x1 using cluster and planewave computational methods and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. Our computational results show that DEHA initially forms a strongly-bound complex with the surface via a dative N-Si bond. A low-barrier O-H bond scission then occurs yielding a surface silicon dimer capped by the (C(2)H(5))(2)NO and H fragments. Calculated and measured vibrational spectra support the computed reaction mechanism.

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