Using density functional theory calculations we investigate the function of subsurface boron in determining surface properties of Si(0 0 1). To demonstrate its effect on surface reactivity we compare the behaviors of water adsorption on the clean and B-modified surfaces. We find that subsurface boron brings about a significant change in surface chemical properties by altering charge polarization of Si(0 0 1) locally. As a consequence, water adsorption on the B-modified surface shows a distinctively different feature from that on the clean surface.
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The authors acknowledge the Welch Foundation (Grant No. F-1535) for their financial support of this work.
- Density functional calculations
- Surface chemical reaction