Collective stabilization of hydrogen chemisorption on graphenic surfaces

Dragan Stojkovic, Peihong Zhang, Paul Lammert, Vincent Crespi

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A graphene sheet is well known to be highly stable against chemisorption of a single hydrogen atom, since a puckered sp3 hybridized site heavily distorts the surrounding sp2 framework. However, successive adjacent chemisorbed hydrogen atoms can engage in a collective stabilization mediated by cooperative alternate puckering in the underlying carbon sheet. After several chemisorbed atoms, the binding energy for further adsorption changes sign and becomes favorable. This process requires access to both sides of the graphene sheet. Therefore it is suppressed on a graphite surface, but may be accessible in carbon nanotubes, if the initial kinetic barrier to creating the nucleation island can be overcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 15 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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