Chemical Research in Chinese Universities

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 631–637 | Cite as

Structures, stabilities and work functions of alkali-metal-adsorbed boron α 1-sheets

  • Tingting Yi
  • Bing Zheng
  • Haitao YuEmail author
  • Ying Xie


In this study, we employed the density functional theory method to simulate Li-, Na- and K-adsorbed boron α1-sheets(α1-BSTs). After optimizing possible structures, we investigated their thermodynamic stabilities, barriers for metal atom diffusion on the substrate, and work functions. The computed results indicate that the work function of α1-BST decreases significantly after the adsorption of Li, Na and K. Furthermore, under high hole coverage, these alkali-metal-adsorbed α1-BSTs have lower work functions than the two-dimensional materials of greatest concern and the commonly used electrode materials Ca and Mg. Therefore, the Li-, Na- and K-adsorbed α1-BSTs are potential low-work-function nanomaterials.


Boron α1-sheet Binding energy Migration barrier Alkali metal adsorption Work function 


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Structures, stabilities and work functions of alkali-metal-adsorbed boron α 1-sheets


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry, Ministry of Education, School of Chemistry and Materials ScienceHeilongjiang UniversityHarbinP. R. China

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