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Title: In situ atomic-scale imaging of the metal/oxide interfacial transformation

Directly probing structure dynamics at metal/oxide interfaces has been a major challenge due to their buried nature.Using environmental transmission electron microscopy,here we report observations of the in-place formation of Cu 2O/Cu interfaces via the oxidation of Cu, and subsequently probe the atomic mechanisms by which interfacial transformation and grain rotation occur at the interfaces during reduction in an H 2 gas environment. The Cu 2O→Cu transformation is observed to occur initially along the Cu 2O/Cu interface in a layer-by-layer manner.The accumulation of oxygen vacancies at the Cu 2O/Cu interface drives the collapse of the Cu 2O lattice near the interface region, which results in a tilted Cu 2O/Cu interface with concomitant Cu 2O island rotation. Lastly, these results provide unprecedented microscopic detail regarding the redox reactions of supported oxides,which differs fundamentally from the reduction of bulk or isolated oxides that requires the formation of new interfaces between the parent oxide and the reduced phase.
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  1. State Univ. of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; metal oxide interfaces; environmental transmission electron microscopy; Cu oxidation; Cu reduction; DFT calculations
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