Stability and dynamics of small molecules trapped on graphene

Rolf Erni, Marta D. Rossell, Manh Thuong Nguyen, Stephan Blankenburg, Daniele Passerone, Peter Hartel, Nasim Alem, Kris Erickson, Will Gannett, Alex Zettl

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Chromatic and spherical aberration-corrected atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy combined with density-functional theory calculations is employed to elucidate the stability and dynamics of admolecules on suspended graphene. The results presented provide evidence that the interaction between the molecules and hydrogen adatoms leads to a mutual trapping. These "symbiotic" configurations can explain the presence of stable admolecules on graphene at ambient temperature. It is proposed to exploit these configurations to functionalize and dope graphene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number165443
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 25 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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