Surface chemistry of Fe2O3 nanoparticles on ultrathin oxide layers on Si and Ge

K. Prabhakaran, Y. Watanabe, K. G. Nath, Y. Homma, T. Ogino, K. V.P.M. Shafi, A. Ulman

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In this paper, we report on a comparative study of the effect of Fe 2O3 nanoparticles (NP), introduced onto a thin oxide layer formed on silicon and germanium surfaces, on the thermal decomposition pathway of the individual oxide layers. On both the surfaces, NP of Fe 2O3 undergo a reduction reaction through a bonding partner change reaction, where the oxygen atoms change from Fe to Si or Ge. On both the surfaces, annealing results in the conversion of the suboxide-like species to dioxide-like species (SiOx to SiO2 and GeO x to GeO2 respectively for Si and Ge surfaces), until the oxide layer decomposes following the desorption of the respective monoxide species (SiO and GeO). Both the Si and Ge corelevels show a larger chemical shift (4.1 and 3.51 eV in Si 2p and Ge 3d corelevels, respectively) for the as-prepared oxide samples with the NP, at room temperature compared to that without the NP (3.7 and 3.4 eV), indicating a catalytic enhancement of the dioxide formation. Selective formation of silicon oxides leads to encapsulation of the nanoparticles and acts like a protective layer, preventing the oxidation of Fe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 10 2003


  • Germanium
  • Iron oxide
  • Silicon
  • Silicon oxides
  • Surface chemical reaction
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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