Copper deposition on TiO2 from copper(II)hexafluoroacetylacetonate
Rayner, D. G., Mulley, J. S. and Bennett, R. A. (2013) Copper deposition on TiO2 from copper(II)hexafluoroacetylacetonate. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 31 (1). 01A121 . ISSN 1520-8559
To link to this item DOI: 10.1116/1.4765644
The authors have studied the adsorption of CuII(hfac)2 on the surface of a model oxide system, TiO2(110), and probed the molecular stability with respect to thermal cycling, using atomic scale imaging by scanning tunneling microscopy supported by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. They find that at 473 K, the adsorbed metal-organic molecules begin to dissociate and release Cu atoms which aggregate and form Cu nanoparticles. These Cu nanoparticles ripen over time and the size (height) distribution develops into a bimodal distribution. Unlike other organometallic systems, which show a bimodal distribution due to enhanced nucleation or growth at surface step edges, the nanoparticles do not preferentially form at steps. The reduced mobility of the Cu islands may be related to the co-adsorbed ligands that remain in very small clusters on the surface.