Stoichiometry and adhesion of Al/WC

Donald J. Siegel, Louis G. Hector, James Adams

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We examine the relative stability and adhesion of nonstoichiometric (polar) Al/WC interfaces and WC(0001) surfaces using Density Functional Theory as implemented in a planewave, pseudopotential formalism. Relaxed atomic geometries and the ideal work of adhesion were calculated for six different interfacial structures, taking into account both W- and C-terminations of the carbide. Based on the surface and interfacial free energies, we find that both the clean surface and the optimal interface geometry are W-terminated. However, the largest adhesion energies are obtained with the C-termination, consistent with an argument based on surface reactivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsV Bulatov, L Colombo, F Cleri, L Lewis, N Mousseau
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvances in Materials Therory and Modeling - Bridging Over Multiple Length and Time Scales - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2001Apr 20 2001


OtherAdvances in Materials Therory and Modeling - Bridging Over Multiple Length and Time Scales
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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