Physics at Virginia

"First-principles predictions of thermodynamically stable two-dimensional electrides"

Mina Yoon , Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
[Host: Seunghun Lee]

Two-dimensional (2D) electrides, emerging as a new type of layered material whose electrons are confined in interlayer spaces instead of at atomic proximities, are receiving interest for their high performance in various (opto)electronics and catalytic applications. Experimentally, however, 2D electrides have been only found in a couple of layered nitrides and carbides. Here, we report new thermodynamically stable alkaline-earth based 2D electrides by using a first-principles global structure optimization method, phonon spectrum analysis, and molecular dynamics simulation. The method was applied to binary compounds consisting of alkaline-earth elements as cations and group VA, VIA, or VIIA nonmetal elements as anions. We revealed that the stability of the layered 2D electride structure is closely related to the cation/anion size ratio; stable 2D electrides possess a sufficiently large cation/anion size ratio to minimize electrostatic energy among cations, anions, and anionic electrons. Our work demonstrates a new avenue to the discovery of thermodynamically stable 2D electrides beyond the material database and provides new insight into the principles of electride design.

Condensed Matter Seminar
Monday, October 24, 2016
11:00 AM
Physics Building, Room 313
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