Water adsorption on the GaN (101-0) nonpolar surface


We present a first-principles study of water adsorption on a wurtzite GaN (101-0) surface. We studied the structures and energetics of water adsorption, calculated the energy barrier for water dissociation, and analyzed the water-water interactions. The results are very different from water adsorption on ZnO (101-0). Water is found to adsorb dissociatively; the energy barrier for the dissociation is negligible. As a result of substrate strain-mediated interactions and hydrogen bonding, dense island agglomerates are energetically favored at submonolayer water coverage. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

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Journal of Physical Chemistry C