Istituto dei materiali per l'elettronica ed il magnetismo     
Terentjevs A., Catellani A., Cicero G. First principles investigation of InN non-polar surfaces and nanowires. In: MAR08 APS Meeting - American Physical Society - March Meeting (New Orleans (USA), 14 - 18 Marzo 2008).
In the last years InN nanostructures have been proposed for application in solar cells, because of the outstanding electronic properties of this nitride compound. An increase of solar energy conversion in these kinds of cells requires a deep knowledge of surfaces properties, and on the effect of confinement on the electronic properties of the material. Here we present an investigation of the structural and electronic properties of InN nanowires as obtained by means of ab initio Density Functional calculations. First we discuss the results for the clean (1-100) and (11-20) faces, which are usually exposed in nanostructures, then we show how InN electronic properties change in nanowires due to confinement effects. We will finally present a possible InN functionalization pathway based on the use of molecules containing thiol groups. Our results show that thiols may attach to the surface following an exothermic process (dissociation energy is about 2.5 eV/mol for the (11-20) surface), thus they represent an effective anchoring group for the realization of hybrid InN based devices. This work was supported, within the EU FP6, by the ERANET project NanoSci-ERA: NanoScience in the European Research Area.
Subject InN nanowires

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