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Lithium monolayers on single crystal C(100) oxygen-terminated diamond


Thin lithium layers on oxygenated C(100) boron-doped diamond have been observed using x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Conductive boron-doped diamond was oxygen-terminated using an ozone cleaner. Lithium was evaporated onto the oxygen-terminated C(100) surface and an as-grown hydrogen terminated surface to a thickness of approximately 50 nm. After washing with deionised water, significant lithium signal is still detected on oxygenated diamond, but not on hydrogenated diamond, indicating a strongly bound lithium-oxygen surface layer is formed, as predicted by recent theoretical modeling.

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Martin, T.L., O’Donnell, K.M., Shiozawa, H. et al. Lithium monolayers on single crystal C(100) oxygen-terminated diamond. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1282, 603 (2010).

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