Stabilization and growth of non-native nanocrystals at low and atmospheric pressures

Mohnish Pandey, Raj Ganesh S Pala

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The stabilization and growth of nanocrystals in non-native structures is explored via density functional calculations. Non-native and native bulk structures differ in their discrete translational symmetry. Computations suggest that the lower surface energy of the non-native structures always facilitates their stabilization in the early stages of crystal growth. In the compound semiconductors considered here, the transition pathways between non-native and native structures involve planar or near-planar depolarized layers and the growth conditions have significant effects on the stabilization and growth of non-native structures. The findings of this study help in identifying heuristics for the synthesis of non-native nanocrystals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)044703
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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