Surface patterning by atomically-controlled chemical forces: molecular dynamics simulations

Susan B. Sinnott, Richard J. Colton, Carter T. White, Donald W. Brenner

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The use of atomically-controlled reactive chemical forces via modified scanning-probe microscope tips provides a potentially powerful way of building nanodevices. In this work, we use atomistic simulations to explore the feasibility of one such system, namely the selective abstraction of hydrogen from a diamond surface using a tip with a chemisorbed ethynyl radical. We characterize reaction rates and energy flow at the tip, and conclude that they are sufficiently fast to make this approach feasible. We propose a novel tip design to perform the abstraction without inadvertently damaging the surface or probe tip.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L1055-L1060
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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