GUO Yufeng and GUO Wanlin. Insulating to metallic transition of an oxidized boron nitride nanosheet coating by tuning surface oxygen adsorption. Nanoscale 2014, 6(7):3731-6.

Nanoscale. 2014 Apr 7;6(7):3731-6. doi: 10.1039/c3nr06227a.

Insulating to metallic transition of an oxidized boron nitride nanosheet coating by tuning surface oxygen adsorption.
Guo Y1, Guo W.

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1State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures and MOE Key Laboratory for Intelligent Nano Materials and Devices, Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, 210016, China. yfguo@nuaa.edu.cn.

Received 24 Nov 2013, Accepted 06 Jan 2014
First published online 16 Jan 2014

Abstract
Surface modification and functionalization are of fundamental importance in actual application of insulating coating, such as hexagon boron nitride (h-BN) nanosheet. Our first-principles calculations reveal that an oxidized h-BN monolayer supported by a Cu substrate exhibits metallic properties when O adatom vertically bonds with the B atom. This is mainly due to the hybridization of the p orbital of the BN layer and O adatom around the Fermi level. Charge transfer from the Cu substrate to the O atom stabilizes the formation of the vertical O-B bond. Injecting negative charges could trigger the migration of the O adatom from the B-N bond to B atom for metal or insulator-supported h-BN monolayer, which will lead to a metallic transition in the oxidized h-BN nanosheet. Our results provide a viable way to tune the electronic properties of surface h-BN coating through charge injection mediated O adsorption.

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