Energetics of acetylene-addition mechanism of diamond growth

D. Huang, M. Frenklach, M. Maroncelli

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A semiempirical quantum mechanical (MNDO) method was applied to investigate the energetics of a recently proposed elementary-reaction mechanism of epitaxial diamond growth at low pressures. The mechanism consists of surface activation by H atom abstraction of a hydrogen atom from a surface carbon followed by the addition of acetylene molecules. The computed potential surface indicated that the propagation steps, those of acetylene addition, proceed without any energy barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6379-6381
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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