Beyond‑carbon-solvency effects of catalytic metal Ni on diamond growth

Jeong Woo Yang, Jong Hwan Park, Min Gyo Byun, Jinwoo Park, Byung Deok Yu, Nong Moon Hwang

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To understand the physical and chemical roles of catalytic metal Ni in the growth of diamond, ab-initio calculations of the structural, electronic, and kinetic properties of a Ni-covered C (111) surface were performed. Findings from this theoretical study highlight two important roles of Ni in addition to its carbon-solvency effect, widely known to play a catalytic role in the growth of diamond. The first role is to facilitate the formation of a thermodynamically stable Ni-C interface with a diamond bulk-like structure and the second is to induce surfactant-mediated growth enabling continuous layer-by-layer growth for diamond.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107875
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
StatePublished - Aug 2020


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