Kinetics drive formation of Cu islands beneath graphite surfaces

The Material Research Society has published a nice summary/feature of some recent work of Ann Lii-Eosales (pictured) and Pat Thiel (published in J Phys Chem C), they have now determined the optimal formation conditions and characterized the mophology of copper islands beneath the topmost layers of graphene in bulk graphite. The results show that island formation is driven by kinetics, not thermodynamics.

Read the abstract in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.