Journal of Molecular Modeling

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 2043–2048 | Cite as

Ab-initio study of anisotropic and chemical surface modifications of β-SiC nanowires

  • Alejandro Trejo
  • José Luis Cuevas
  • Fernando Salazar
  • Eliel Carvajal
  • Miguel Cruz-IrissonEmail author
Original Paper


The electronic band structure and electronic density of states of cubic SiC nanowires (SiCNWs) in the directions [001], [111], and [112] were studied by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT) based on the generalized gradient approximation and the supercell technique. The surface dangling bonds were passivated using hydrogen (H) atoms and OH radicals in order to study the effects of this passivation on the electronic states of the SiCNWs. The calculations show a clear dependence of the electronic properties of the SiCNWs on the quantum confinement, orientation, and chemical passivation of the surface. In general, surface passivation with either H or OH radicals removes the dangling bond states from the band gap, and OH saturation appears to produce a smaller band gap than H passivation. An analysis of the atom-resolved density of states showed that there is substantial charge transfer between the Si and O atoms in the OH-terminated case, which reduces the band gap compared to the H-terminated case, in which charge transfer mainly occurs between the Si and C atoms.


Nanowires Silicon carbide DFT Surface passivation 



This work was supported by project PICSO12-085 from Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología del Distrito Federal (ICyTDF), and multidisciplinary project IPN2012-1439 from Instituto Politécnico Nacional. The authors Alejandro Trejo and José Luis Cuevas would like to thank CONACYT for their student scholarships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Trejo
    • 1
  • José Luis Cuevas
    • 1
  • Fernando Salazar
    • 1
  • Eliel Carvajal
    • 1
  • Miguel Cruz-Irisson
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico NacionalESIME-CulhuacanMexico CityMexico

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