Does Twinning Impact Structure/Property Relationships in Diamond Nanoparticles?

Amanda S. Barnard, George Opletal, Shery L.Y. Chang

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Although the majority of computational predictions of the properties of diamond nanoparticles (nanodiamonds) are based on sets of exclusively single-crystal structures, most experimental observations contain twins. The influence of twins is difficult to characterize computationally since they are metastable and their relative stability will depend on the thermochemical conditions. The properties of entire samples of nanodiamonds will also depend on how many twins there actually are. In this study, we have used a combination of electronic structure simulations, ab initio thermodynamics, and a simple statistical method called ensemble filtering to investigate the probability of twinning in nanodiamond and their impact on charge transfer properties such as the ionization potential, the electron affinity, and the electronic band gap. We find that, provided some degree of control can be exercised over the surfaces, increasing the number of twinned particles in samples could shift the selectivity of the electron affinity and the band gap and could greatly improve the quality of samples by decreasing the bandwidth, improving the sensitivity and specificity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11207-11215
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 2 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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