Ultrathin oxidic layers of Mo (i.e. O/Mo) on the Au(111) substrate are investigated using first-principles density-functional theory calculations. Various polymorphic structural models of these O/Mo layers are proposed and compared with previous experimental results-covering both spectroscopic and microscopic approaches of characterization. We find that, through the control of metal-oxygen coordination in these ultrathin oxidic O/Mo films on Au(111), the oxidation state of Mo atoms in the O/Mo layers can be modulated and reduced without intentional creation of oxygen vacancies. This is also assisted by a charge transfer mechanism from the Au substrate to these oxidic films, providing a direct means to tune the surface electronic properties of ultrathinoxide films on metal substrates.
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- Materials Science(all)