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  1. Broadband electromagnetic response and ultrafast dynamics of few-layer epitaxial graphene

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    Choi, Hyunyong; Borondics, Ferenc; Siegel, David A.; Zhou, Shuyun Y.; Martin, Michael C.; Lanzara, Alessandra; Kaindl, Robert A.

    2009-03-26

    We study the broadband optical conductivity and ultrafast carrier dynamics of epitaxial graphene in the few-layer limit. Equilibrium spectra of nominally buffer, monolayer, and multilayer graphene exhibit significant terahertz and near-infrared absorption, consistent with a model of intra- and interband transitions in a dense Dirac electron plasma. Non-equilibrium terahertz transmission changes after photoexcitation are shown to be dominated by excess hole carriers, with a 1.2-ps mono-exponential decay that refects the minority-carrier recombination time.

  2. Electronic structure of few-layer epitaxial graphene on Ru(0001).

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    Sutter, P; Hybertsen, M S; Sadowski, J T; Sutter, E

    2009-07-01

    The electronic structure of epitaxial monolayer, bilayer, and trilayer graphene on Ru(0001) was determined by selected-area angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (micro-ARPES). Micro-ARPES band maps provide evidence for a strong electronic coupling between monolayer graphene and the adjacent metal, which causes the complete disruption of the graphene pi-bands near the Fermi energy. However, the perturbation by the metal decreases rapidly with the addition of further graphene sheets, and already an epitaxial graphene bilayer on Ru recovers the characteristic Dirac cones of isolated monolayer graphene. A graphene trilayer on Ru behaves like free-standing bilayer graphene. Density-functional theory based calculations show that this decoupling is due to the efficient passivation of metal d-states by the interfacial graphene layer.

  3. Vertically aligned GaAs nanowires on graphite and few-layer graphene: generic model and epitaxial growth.

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    Munshi, A Mazid; Dheeraj, Dasa L; Fauske, Vidar T; Kim, Dong-Chul; van Helvoort, Antonius T J; Fimland, Bjørn-Ove; Weman, Helge

    2012-09-12

    By utilizing the reduced contact area of nanowires, we show that epitaxial growth of a broad range of semiconductors on graphene can in principle be achieved. A generic atomic model is presented which describes the epitaxial growth configurations applicable to all conventional semiconductor materials. The model is experimentally verified by demonstrating the growth of vertically aligned GaAs nanowires on graphite and few-layer graphene by the self-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid technique using molecular beam epitaxy. A two-temperature growth strategy was used to increase the nanowire density. Due to the self-catalyzed growth technique used, the nanowires were found to have a regular hexagonal cross-sectional shape, and are uniform in length and diameter. Electron microscopy studies reveal an epitaxial relationship of the grown nanowires with the underlying graphitic substrates. Two relative orientations of the nanowire side-facets were observed, which is well explained by the proposed atomic model. A prototype of a single GaAs nanowire photodetector demonstrates a high-quality material. With GaAs being a model system, as well as a very useful material for various optoelectronic applications, we anticipate this particular GaAs nanowire/graphene hybrid to be promising for flexible and low-cost solar cells.

  4. Symmetry breaking in few layer graphene films

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    Bostwick, Aaron; Ohta, Taisuke; McChesney, Jessica L.; Emtsev, Konstantin V.; Seyller, Thomas; Horn, Karsten; Rotenberg, Eli

    2007-10-01

    Recently, it was demonstrated that the quasiparticle dynamics, the layer-dependent charge and potential, and the c-axis screening coefficient could be extracted from measurements of the spectral function of few layer graphene films grown epitaxially on SiC using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In this paper we review these findings, and present detailed methodology for extracting such parameters from ARPES. We also present detailed arguments against the possibility of an energy gap at the Dirac crossing ED.

  5. Symmetry Breaking in Few Layer Graphene Films

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    Bostwick, A.; Ohta, T.; McChesney, J.L.; Emtsev, K.; Seyller,Th.; Horn, K.; Rotenberg, E.

    2007-05-25

    Recently, it was demonstrated that the quasiparticledynamics, the layer-dependent charge and potential, and the c-axisscreening coefficient could be extracted from measurements of thespectral function of few layer graphene films grown epitaxially on SiCusing angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In this articlewe review these findings, and present detailed methodology for extractingsuch parameters from ARPES. We also present detailed arguments againstthe possibility of an energy gap at the Dirac crossing ED.

  6. Production of few-layer graphene by microfluidization

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    Paton, Keith R.; Anderson, James; Pollard, Andrew J.; Sainsbury, Toby

    2017-02-01

    Production of few-layer graphene by liquid phase exfoliation using a microfluidizer has been demonstrated. Using natural flake graphite in water-surfactant solutions, few-layer graphene has been produced, with size selection demonstrating fractions with flake thicknesses down to an average of 2 layers. The yield from this route is superior to that obtained by alternative production methods, highlighting the utility of this technique.

  7. Chemical storage of hydrogen in few-layer graphene

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    Subrahmanyam, K. S.; Kumar, Prashant; Maitra, Urmimala; Govindaraj, A.; Hembram, K. P. S. S.; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Rao, C. N. R.

    2011-01-01

    Birch reduction of few-layer graphene samples gives rise to hydrogenated samples containing up to 5 wt % of hydrogen. Spectroscopic studies reveal the presence of sp3 C-H bonds in the hydrogenated graphenes. They, however, decompose readily on heating to 500 °C or on irradiation with UV or laser radiation releasing all the hydrogen, thereby demonstrating the possible use of few-layer graphene for chemical storage of hydrogen. First-principles calculations throw light on the mechanism of dehydrogenation that appears to involve a significant reconstruction and relaxation of the lattice. PMID:21282617

  8. Nonlocal thermal transport across embedded few-layer graphene sheets

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    Liu, Ying; Huxtable, Scott T.; Yang, Bao; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Qiao, Rui

    2014-11-13

    Thermal transport across the interfaces between few-layer graphene sheets and soft materials exhibits intriguing anomalies when interpreted using the classical Kapitza model, e.g., the conductance of the same interface differs greatly for different modes of interfacial thermal transport. Using atomistic simulations, we show that such thermal transport follows a nonlocal flux-temperature drop constitutive law and is characterized jointly by a quasi-local conductance and a nonlocal conductance instead of the classical Kapitza conductance. Lastly, the nonlocal model enables rationalization of many anomalies of the thermal transport across embedded few-layer graphene sheets and should be used in studies of interfacial thermal transport involving few-layer graphene sheets or other ultra-thin layered materials.

  9. Nonlocal thermal transport across embedded few-layer graphene sheets

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    Liu, Ying; Huxtable, Scott T.; Yang, Bao; ...

    2014-11-13

    Thermal transport across the interfaces between few-layer graphene sheets and soft materials exhibits intriguing anomalies when interpreted using the classical Kapitza model, e.g., the conductance of the same interface differs greatly for different modes of interfacial thermal transport. Using atomistic simulations, we show that such thermal transport follows a nonlocal flux-temperature drop constitutive law and is characterized jointly by a quasi-local conductance and a nonlocal conductance instead of the classical Kapitza conductance. Lastly, the nonlocal model enables rationalization of many anomalies of the thermal transport across embedded few-layer graphene sheets and should be used in studies of interfacial thermal transportmore » involving few-layer graphene sheets or other ultra-thin layered materials.« less

  10. Nonlocal thermal transport across embedded few-layer graphene sheets.

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    Liu, Ying; Huxtable, Scott T; Yang, Bao; Sumpter, Bobby G; Qiao, Rui

    2014-12-17

    Thermal transport across the interfaces between few-layer graphene sheets and soft materials exhibits intriguing anomalies when interpreted using the classical Kapitza model, e.g. the conductance of the same interface differs greatly for different modes of interfacial thermal transport. Using atomistic simulations, we show that such thermal transport follows a nonlocal flux-temperature drop constitutive law and is characterized jointly by a quasi-local conductance and a nonlocal conductance instead of the classical Kapitza conductance. The nonlocal model enables rationalization of many anomalies of the thermal transport across embedded few-layer graphene sheets and should be used in studies of interfacial thermal transport involving few-layer graphene sheets or other ultra-thin layered materials.

  11. Characterization of few-layered graphene grown by carbon implantation

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    Lee, Kin Kiong; McCallum, Jeffrey C.; Jamieson, David N.

    2014-02-21

    Graphene is considered to be a very promising material for applications in nanotechnology. The properties of graphene are strongly dependent on defects that occur during growth and processing. These defects can be either detrimental or beneficial to device performance depending on defect type, location and device application. Here we present experimental results on formation of few-layered graphene by carbon ion implantation into nickel films and characteristics of graphene devices formed by graphene transfer and lithographic patterning. Micro-Raman spectroscopy was used to determine the number of graphene layers formed and identify defects arising from the device processing. The graphene films were cleaned by annealing in vacuum. Transport properties of cleaned graphene films were investigated by fabrication of back-gated field-effect transistors, which exhibited high hole and electron mobility of 1935 and 1905 cm2/Vs, respectively.

  12. Interfacial Atomic Structure of Twisted Few-Layer Graphene.

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lugg, Nathan R; Inoue, Kazutoshi; Sawada, Hidetaka; Taniguchi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-02-18

    A twist in bi- or few-layer graphene breaks the local symmetry, introducing a number of intriguing physical properties such as opening new bandgaps. Therefore, determining the twisted atomic structure is critical to understanding and controlling the functional properties of graphene. Combining low-angle annular dark-field electron microscopy with image simulations, we directly determine the atomic structure of twisted few-layer graphene in terms of a moiré superstructure which is parameterized by a single twist angle and lattice constant. This method is shown to be a powerful tool for accurately determining the atomic structure of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, even in the presence of experimental errors. Using coincidence-site-lattice and displacement-shift-complete theories, we show that the in-plane translation state between layers is not a significant structure parameter, explaining why the present method is adequate not only for bilayer graphene but also a few-layered twisted graphene.

  13. Detection of interlayer interaction in few-layer graphene

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    Wu, Zefei; Han, Yu; Lin, Jiangxiazi; Zhu, Wei; He, Mingquan; Xu, Shuigang; Chen, Xiaolong; Lu, Huanhuan; Ye, Weiguang; Han, Tianyi; Wu, Yingying; Long, Gen; Shen, Junying; Huang, Rui; Wang, Lin; He, Yuheng; Cai, Yuan; Lortz, Rolf; Su, Dangsheng; Wang, Ning

    2015-08-01

    Bernal-stacked few-layer graphene has been investigated by analyzing its Landau-level spectra through quantum capacitance measurements. We find that surface relaxation, which is insignificant in trilayer graphene, starts to manifest in Bernal-stacked tetralayer graphene. In trilayer graphene, the interlayer interaction parameters are generally similar to those of graphite. However, in tetralayer graphene, the hopping parameters of the two bulk layers are quite different from those of the two outer layers. This represents direct evidence of the surface relaxation phenomenon. Traditionally, the van der Waals interaction between the carbon layers is thought to be insignificant. However, we suggest that the interlayer interaction is an important factor in explaining the observed results, and the symmetry-breaking effects in graphene sublattice are not negligible.

  14. Imaging Stacking Order in Few-Layer Graphene

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    C Lui; Z Li; Z Chen; P Klimov; L Brus; T Heinz

    2011-12-31

    Few-layer graphene (FLG) has been predicted to exist in various crystallographic stacking sequences, which can strongly influence the material's electronic properties. We demonstrate an accurate and efficient method to characterize stacking order in FLG using the distinctive features of the Raman 2D-mode. Raman imaging allows us to visualize directly the spatial distribution of Bernal (ABA) and rhombohedral (ABC) stacking in tri- and tetralayer graphene. We find that 15% of exfoliated graphene tri- and tetralayers is composed of micrometer-sized domains of rhombohedral stacking, rather than of usual Bernal stacking. These domains are stable and remain unchanged for temperatures exceeding 800 C.

  15. Raman spectroscopic study of chemically-doped few layer graphenes

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    Tan, Pingheng; Zhao, Weijie; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Jian

    2011-03-01

    Graphene, the latest carbon allotrope discovered at 2004, has attracted intensively scientific interest owing to its distinctive properties. Chemical doping is expected to substantially increase the density of free charge carriers by charge transfer and to modify the Fermi level of doped materials. Here, we investigated charge transfer and optical phonon mixing in few layer graphenes in detail by utilizing sulfuric acid as an electron-acceptor dopant. Sulfuric acid molecules are found to be only physically adsorbed on the surface layers of graphenes and no intercalation happens. The top and bottom layers of bilayer graphenes can be intentionally doped differently by concentrated sulfuric acid. The difference of hole doping between the top and bottom layers results in phonon mixing of symmetric and antisymmetric modes in bilayer graphenes. The Raman frequency evolution with the doping level qualitatively agrees with recent ab initio theoretical calculations. Sulfuric acid molecules can be expected as a stable electron-acceptor dopant for graphenes to study the physical properties of few layer graphenes at different doping levels.

  16. Large area, Few Layer Graphene Films on Insulating Substrates

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    Kong, Jing

    2009-03-01

    Graphene has exceptional electronic, thermal and mechanical properties. For the realization of graphene-related applications, it is necessary to develop reliable and low cost fabrication methods of graphene-based structures, ideally on any substrates. In this talk I will present our method of fabricating large area (˜cm^2) films of single- to few-layer graphene and transferring the films to arbitrary substrates. The graphene films are synthesized by ambient pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition, consist of regions of 1 to ˜10 graphene layers and have an average thickness of 2-3 nm. Despite their ultra-thin nature, the films thus produced are continuous over the entire area. Regions of single- or bi-layer graphene with lateral sizes of up to 25 μm were observed. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) and electron diffraction revealed that they are crystalline over the entire area and their Raman features were compared to those of graphene derived from mechanical exfoliation of Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG). Transistor devices made from these graphene show similar characteristics to ones made from graphitized SiC. Scanning tunneling microscopy imaging reveals interesting Mori'e patterns and helpful insights for the growth of the graphene films on the Ni substrate. The method presented in this work can potentially be scaled to industrial production of graphene films, for applications such as ultra-thin conductive and transparent electrodes, or devices and interconnect for integrated circuits.

  17. Thermal transport in suspended and supported few-layer graphene.

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    Wang, Ziqian; Xie, Rongguo; Bui, Cong Tinh; Liu, Dan; Ni, Xiaoxi; Li, Baowen; Thong, John T L

    2011-01-12

    We report thermal conductivity (κ) measurements from 77 to 350 K on both suspended and supported few-layer graphene using a thermal-bridge configuration. The room temperature value of κ is comparable to that of bulk graphite for the largest flake, but reduces significantly for smaller flakes. The presence of a substrate lowers the value of κ, but the effect diminishes for the thermal transport in the top layers away from the substrate. For the suspended sample, the temperature dependence of κ follows a power law with an exponent of 1.4 ± 0.1, suggesting that the flexural phonon modes contribute significantly to the thermal transport of the suspended graphene. The measured values of κ are generally lower than those from theoretical studies. We attribute this deviation to the phonon-boundary scattering at the graphene-contact interfaces, which is shown to significantly reduce the apparent measured thermal conductance of graphene.

  18. Synthesis, properties, and dispersion of few-layer graphene fluoride.

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    Grayfer, Ekaterina D; Makotchenko, Viktor G; Kibis, Lidiya S; Boronin, Andrei I; Pazhetnov, Egor M; Zaikovskii, Vladimir I; Fedorov, Vladimir E

    2013-09-01

    We have fluorinated few-layer graphene (FLG) by using a low-temperature fluorination route with gaseous ClF3. The treatment process resulted in a new graphene derivative with a finite approximate composition of C2F. TEM studies showed that the product consisted of thin transparent sheets with no more than 10 fluorographene layers stacked together. Spectroscopic methods revealed a predominantly covalent nature of the C-F bonds in the as-synthesized product and we found no evidence for the existence of so-called "semi-ionic" C-F bonds, as observed in bulk C(x)F. In contrast to the case of graphite and typical (thick) expanded graphites, fluorination of FLG did not lead to the intercalation of ClF3 molecules, owing to the lack of a 3D layered structure. The approximate "critical" number of graphene layers that were necessary to form a phase of intercalated compound was estimated to be more than 12, thus providing a "chemical proof" of the difference between the properties of few-layered graphenes and bulk graphites. Fluorographene C2F was successfully delaminated into thinner layers in organic solvents, which is an important property for its integration into electronic devices, nanohybrids, etc.

  19. Few layer epitaxial germanene: a novel two-dimensional Dirac material.

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    Dávila, María Eugenia; Le Lay, Guy

    2016-02-10

    Monolayer germanene, a novel graphene-like germanium allotrope akin to silicene has been recently grown on metallic substrates. Lying directly on the metal surfaces the reconstructed atom-thin sheets are prone to lose the massless Dirac fermion character and unique associated physical properties of free standing germanene. Here, we show that few layer germanene, which we create by dry epitaxy on a gold template, possesses Dirac cones thanks to a reduced interaction. This finding established on synchrotron-radiation-based photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy imaging and surface electron diffraction places few layer germanene among the rare two-dimensional Dirac materials. Since germanium is currently used in the mainstream Si-based electronics, perspectives of using germanene for scaling down beyond the 5 nm node appear very promising. Other fascinating properties seem at hand, typically the robust quantum spin Hall effect for applications in spintronics and the engineering of Floquet Majorana fermions by light for quantum computing.

  20. Few layer epitaxial germanene: a novel two-dimensional Dirac material

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    Dávila, María Eugenia; Le Lay, Guy

    2016-01-01

    Monolayer germanene, a novel graphene-like germanium allotrope akin to silicene has been recently grown on metallic substrates. Lying directly on the metal surfaces the reconstructed atom-thin sheets are prone to lose the massless Dirac fermion character and unique associated physical properties of free standing germanene. Here, we show that few layer germanene, which we create by dry epitaxy on a gold template, possesses Dirac cones thanks to a reduced interaction. This finding established on synchrotron-radiation-based photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy imaging and surface electron diffraction places few layer germanene among the rare two-dimensional Dirac materials. Since germanium is currently used in the mainstream Si-based electronics, perspectives of using germanene for scaling down beyond the 5 nm node appear very promising. Other fascinating properties seem at hand, typically the robust quantum spin Hall effect for applications in spintronics and the engineering of Floquet Majorana fermions by light for quantum computing. PMID:26860590

  1. Few layer epitaxial germanene: a novel two-dimensional Dirac material

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    Dávila, María Eugenia; Le Lay, Guy

    2016-02-01

    Monolayer germanene, a novel graphene-like germanium allotrope akin to silicene has been recently grown on metallic substrates. Lying directly on the metal surfaces the reconstructed atom-thin sheets are prone to lose the massless Dirac fermion character and unique associated physical properties of free standing germanene. Here, we show that few layer germanene, which we create by dry epitaxy on a gold template, possesses Dirac cones thanks to a reduced interaction. This finding established on synchrotron-radiation-based photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy imaging and surface electron diffraction places few layer germanene among the rare two-dimensional Dirac materials. Since germanium is currently used in the mainstream Si-based electronics, perspectives of using germanene for scaling down beyond the 5 nm node appear very promising. Other fascinating properties seem at hand, typically the robust quantum spin Hall effect for applications in spintronics and the engineering of Floquet Majorana fermions by light for quantum computing.

  2. Spectroscopic investigation of thermal conductivity in few-layer graphene

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    Denison, Joseph C., Jr.

    Carbon is an extremely versatile element due to the ability of its electronic structure to allow strong bonds with many elements including other carbon atoms. This allows for the formation of many types of large and complex architectures, such as fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, at the nanoscale. One of the most fascinating allotropes of carbon is graphene, a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice with carbon in sp2 hybridization, which building block for layered graphite and other nanocarbons.[1] Because of its unique structure, graphene displays several interesting properties including high thermal[2-4] and electrical mobility and conductivity[1,5]. The initial studies on graphene were performed on mechanically exfoliated samples, which were limited to few microns in size. In the recent years, large areas of single- and few-layer graphene (˜few cm x cm) are being produced by chemical vapor deposition technique for practical applications. However, chemical vapor deposition grown graphene is highly polycrystalline with interfaces such as edges, grain boundaries, dislocations, and point defects. This inevitable presence of defects in graphene influences its electrical and thermal transport. While many studies have previously focused on the influence of defects on electrical mobility and conductivity, there is little information on the influence of defects on the thermal properties of graphene. This study specifically investigates the effect of both intrinsic and extrinsic defects on the in-plane thermal properties of graphene using micro-Raman spectroscopy. The in-plane thermal conductivity of few-layered graphene (FLG) was measured using Raman spectroscopy, following the work of Balandin et al. [4]The thermal conductivity was estimated from a shift of the characteristic G-band of graphene as a function of the excitation laser power. The graphene samples were synthesized on nickel substrates using chemical vapor deposition, and transferred to copper TEM grids and

  3. Long Spin Diffusion Length in Few-Layer Graphene Flakes

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    Yan, W.; Phillips, L. C.; Barbone, M.; Hämäläinen, S. J.; Lombardo, A.; Ghidini, M.; Moya, X.; Maccherozzi, F.; van Dijken, S.; Dhesi, S. S.; Ferrari, A. C.; Mathur, N. D.

    2016-09-01

    We report a spin valve with a few-layer graphene flake bridging highly spin-polarized La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 electrodes, whose surfaces are kept clean during lithographic definition. Sharp magnetic switching is verified using photoemission electron microscopy with x-ray magnetic circular dichroism contrast. A naturally occurring high interfacial resistance ˜12 M Ω facilitates spin injection, and a large resistive switching (0.8 M Ω at 10 K) implies a 70 - 130 μ m spin diffusion length that exceeds previous values obtained with sharp-switching electrodes.

  4. High stability of few layer graphene nanoplatelets in various solvents

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    Xu, X.; Zhou, J.; lubineau, G.

    2017-04-01

    Dispersion of few-layer graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) in liquid media is a crucial step for various applications. Here, we highlight a simple, nondestructive method for preparing stable aqueous colloidal solutions with GNP powder quickly dispersed in 5 wt.% sodium-hypochlorite- (NaClO) and sodium-bromide- (NaBr) salted solvent by bath sonication. This method makes it possible to easily prepare a highly concentrated colloidal solution (1 mg·ml-1) of GNPs that can easily be re-dispersed in water (treated GNPs). The aqueous suspension we prepared remained stable for longer than a few weeks. We made similar tests with various solvents and dispersibility appeared to decrease with decreasing polarity. High-concentration suspensions using our facile dispersion method could be of particular interest to the large community using graphene for a diversity of applications.

  5. Extreme ultraviolet induced defects on few-layer graphene

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    Gao, A.; Zoethout, E.; Lee, C. J.; Rizo, P. J.; Scaccabarozzi, L.; Banine, V.; Bijkerk, F.

    2013-07-28

    We use Raman spectroscopy to show that exposing few-layer graphene to extreme ultraviolet (EUV, 13.5 nm) radiation, i.e., relatively low photon energy, results in an increasing density of defects. Furthermore, exposure to EUV radiation in a H{sub 2} background increases the graphene dosage sensitivity, due to reactions caused by the EUV induced hydrogen plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results show that the sp{sup 2} bonded carbon fraction decreases while the sp{sup 3} bonded carbon and oxide fraction increases with exposure dose. Our experimental results confirm that even in reducing environment oxidation is still one of the main source of inducing defects.

  6. Few layer graphene based superlattices as efficient thermal insulators

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    Ni, Yuxiang; Chalopin, Yann; Volz, Sebastian

    2013-09-01

    While graphene and few layer graphene (FLG) are considered as having the highest thermal conductivity in their in-plane directions, our molecular dynamics (MD) simulations however show that those systems are also characterized by a superior thermal contact resistance, which could be largely tuned with the layer number when in contact with a silica substrate. Taking advantages of such a resistive interface, MD simulations show that SiO2/FLG superlattices have a thermal conductivity as low as 0.30 W/m K, exhibiting a promising prospect in nano-scale thermal insulation. These findings pave the way for an improved thermal management of nanoscale systems such as thermal barrier coatings and phase change memory materials with atomic-scale super-insulators.

  7. Stacking-dependent transport properties in few-layers graphene

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    Lima, Matheus Paes; Padilha, José Eduardo; Pontes, Renato Borges; Fazzio, Adalberto; Silva, Antônio José Roque da

    2017-01-01

    By performing ab initio electronic structure and transport calculations, we investigated the effects of the stacking order (Bernal (AB) and rhombohedral (ABC)) as well as the number of layers, in the electronic structure and charge transport of few-layers graphene (FLG). We observed that for the ABC stack the transport properties are derived from surface states close to the Fermi level connected to dispersive states with an exponential penetration towards the inner layers, whereas for the AB stacking the transport is distributed over all layers. We present a simple model for the resistances as a function of the number of layers which contemplates the different contribution of the surface and inner layers for the transport. However, even if the stackings AB and ABC present completely different electronic and transport properties, both present the same cohesive energies, showing the absence of a thermodynamical preference for a given kind of stacking.

  8. Strain engineering of Kapitza resistance in few-layer graphene.

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    Chen, Jie; Walther, Jens H; Koumoutsakos, Petros

    2014-02-12

    We demonstrate through molecular dynamics simulations that the Kapitza resistance in few-layer graphene (FLG) can be controlled by applying mechanical strain. For unstrained FLG, the Kapitza resistance decreases with the increase of thickness and reaches an asymptotic value of 6 × 10(-10) m(2)K/W at a thickness about 16 nm. Uniaxial cross-plane strain is found to increase the Kapitza resistance in FLG monotonically, when the applied strain varies from compressive to tensile. Moreover, uniaxial strain couples the in-plane and out-of-plane strain/stress when the surface of FLG is buckled. We find that with a compressive cross-plane stress of 2 GPa, the Kapitza resistance is reduced by about 50%. On the other hand it is almost tripled with a tensile cross-plane stress of 1 GPa. Remarkably, compressive in-plane strain can either increase or reduce the Kapitza resistance, depending on the specific way it is applied. Our study suggests that graphene can be exploited for both heat dissipation and insulation through strain engineering.

  9. Raman Scattering from few-layer Graphene Films

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    Gupta, A.; Joshi, P.; Srinivas, T.; Eklund, Peter

    2006-03-01

    Few layer-graphene sheet (nGL's) films, where n is the number of graphene layers, are new two-dimensional sp^2 carbon systems that have been shown to produce exciting Fractional Quantum Hall phenomena. We report here on the first Raman scattering (RS) results of nGLs. nGLs with lateral dimensions of ˜1-3 μm were prepared by chemical delamination of graphite flake or HOPG and then transferred from solution onto substrates (mica, pyrex,In/pyrex and Au/pyrex). RS spectra have been collected on nGL's with n=1, 2, 3 and compared with the graphite. Graphite exhibits two E2g interlayer modes at 42 cm-1 and 1582 cm-1. The Raman spectra of (n=1-3) nGLs were found to exhibit peaks at 1350 cm-1 and 1620 cm-1, i.e., near frequencies associated with high phonon density of states. The high frequency E2g band is found to split into two bands when the nGL is supported on metallic substrates (In,Au). In both these cases, we observe bands at 1583 cm-1, ˜1592 cm-1 rather than one band at 1581 cm-1 when the nGL is on insulating pyrex. The splitting of the interlayer band when on metallic substrates is identified with charge transfer between the nGL and the substrate. The phonon density of states scattering observed does not appear to be due to disorder in the basal plane.

  10. Oxidation and disorder in few-layered graphene induced by the electron-beam irradiation

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    Xu Zhiwei; Wang Rui; Qian Xiaoming; Chen Lei; Li Jialu; Song Xiaoyan; Liu Liangsen; Chen Guangwei

    2011-05-02

    Structural changes caused by an electron beam with the high irradiation energy of 5 MeV were investigated in few-layered graphene. Both the original and the irradiated few-layered graphene were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that a typical diffraction peak of graphene oxide emerged and this may be attributed to a partial oxidation in few-layered graphene which was induced by the irradiation. In addition, the graphitic structure of few-layered graphene was found to be disordered according to the increased intensity ratio of D to G band.

  11. Epitaxial deposition of silver ultra-fine nano-clusters on defect-free surfaces of HOPG-derived few-layer graphene in a UHV multi-chamber by in situ STM, ex situ XPS, and ab initio calculations

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    2012-01-01

    The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT simulations. The Ag clusters appeared spherical with size distribution averaging approximately 2 nm in diameter. STM revealed the preferred site for the position of the Ag atom in the C-benzene ring of graphene. Of the three sites, the C-C bridge, the C-hexagon hollow, and the direct top of the C atom, Ag prefers to stay on top of the C atom, contrary to expectation of the hexagon-close packing. Ab initio calculations confirm the lowest potential energy between Ag and the graphene structure to be at the exact site determined from STM imaging. PMID:22395057

  12. Epitaxial deposition of silver ultra-fine nano-clusters on defect-free surfaces of HOPG-derived few-layer graphene in a UHV multi-chamber by in situ STM, ex situ XPS, and ab initio calculations

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    Ndlovu, Gebhu F.; Roos, Wiets D.; Wang, Zhiming M.; Asante, Joseph KO; Mashapa, Matete G.; Jafta, Charl J.; Mwakikunga, Bonex W.; Hillie, Kenneth T.

    2012-03-01

    The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT simulations. The Ag clusters appeared spherical with size distribution averaging approximately 2 nm in diameter. STM revealed the preferred site for the position of the Ag atom in the C-benzene ring of graphene. Of the three sites, the C-C bridge, the C-hexagon hollow, and the direct top of the C atom, Ag prefers to stay on top of the C atom, contrary to expectation of the hexagon-close packing. Ab initio calculations confirm the lowest potential energy between Ag and the graphene structure to be at the exact site determined from STM imaging.

  13. Epitaxial deposition of silver ultra-fine nano-clusters on defect-free surfaces of HOPG-derived few-layer graphene in a UHV multi-chamber by in situ STM, ex situ XPS, and ab initio calculations.

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    Ndlovu, Gebhu F; Roos, Wiets D; Wang, Zhiming M; Asante, Joseph Ko; Mashapa, Matete G; Jafta, Charl J; Mwakikunga, Bonex W; Hillie, Kenneth T

    2012-03-06

    The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT simulations. The Ag clusters appeared spherical with size distribution averaging approximately 2 nm in diameter. STM revealed the preferred site for the position of the Ag atom in the C-benzene ring of graphene. Of the three sites, the C-C bridge, the C-hexagon hollow, and the direct top of the C atom, Ag prefers to stay on top of the C atom, contrary to expectation of the hexagon-close packing. Ab initio calculations confirm the lowest potential energy between Ag and the graphene structure to be at the exact site determined from STM imaging.

  14. Tunable quasiparticle band gap in few-layer GaSe/graphene van der Waals heterostructures

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    Ben Aziza, Zeineb; Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Silly, Mathieu G.; David, Christophe; Yoon, Mina; Sirotti, Fausto; Xiao, Kai; Eddrief, Mahmoud; Girard, Jean-Christophe; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2017-07-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials have recently been the focus of extensive research. By following a similar trend as graphene, other 2D materials, including transition metal dichalcogenides (M X2 ) and metal mono-chalcogenides (MX), show great potential for ultrathin nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices. Despite the weak nature of interlayer forces in semiconducting MX materials, their electronic properties are highly dependent on the number of layers. Using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we demonstrate the tunability of the quasiparticle energy gap of few-layered gallium selenide (GaSe) directly grown on a bilayer graphene substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. Our results show that the band gap is about 3.50 ± 0.05 eV for single-tetralayer, 3.00 ±0.05 eV for bi-tetralayer, and 2.30 ±0.05 eV for tri-tetralayer GaSe. This band-gap evolution of GaSe, particularly the shift of the valence band with respect to the Fermi level, was confirmed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements and our theoretical calculations. Moreover, we observed a charge transfer in the GaSe/graphene van der Waals (vdW) heterostructure using ARPES. These findings demonstrate the high impact on the GaSe electronic band structure and electronic properties that can be obtained by the control of 2D materials layer thickness and the graphene induced doping.

  15. Ultraviolet photosensor based on few layered reduced graphene oxide nanosheets

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    Shelke, Nitin T.; Karche, B. R.

    2017-10-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO), a two-dimensional (2D) system, has attracted much interest in photonic applications owing to its ability to absorb light over a broad wavelength. This leads to several studies on RGO-based photosensors. In this paper, chemical oxidation of graphite was carried out at room temperature for the preparation of large area reduced graphene oxide using a modified Hummer's method. The as-prepared reduced graphene oxide was characterized by XRD, Raman spectroscopy, FESEM, and TEM to confirm the absence of impurities and to ascertain their morphology. In addition, the as-prepared reduced graphene oxide for its possible application as UV photosensor is reported. The electric and optoelectronic properties of RGO based UV photosensor shows a fast response and recovery time of 1 s and 3 s; high photoresponsitivity (3.74 AW-1) and quantum efficiency (1274%) indicating that the graphene oxide is an important material for high performance photosensor. This work demonstrates the ultrafast photoresponse with high photoresponsivity, proving its potential as a promising material for optoelectronic devices.

  16. Study of quantum capacitance in N doped few layer graphene

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    Karakaya, Mehmet; Zhu, Jingyi; Podila, Ramakrishna; Srivastava, Anurag; Rao, Apparao; Department Of Physics; Astronomy, Clemson Nanomaterials Center, Clemson University Team; Iiitm-Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India Team

    2015-03-01

    The intrinsically small density of states at the Fermi level in graphene results in a small serial quantum capacitance CQ, which diminishes the total device capacitance value (Ctot) in supercapacitors. In this work, we studied CQ of N doped graphene in pyrrolic(N1), graphitic (N2) and pyridinic (N3) configurations. The observed CQ value for sample N1 was significantly different from samples N2 and N3, as predicted by DFT calculations, thus implying that precisely engineered dopant configurations, rather than concentration, can enhance CQ. Such approaches are pivotal for alleviating the existing bottlenecks in both graphene-based device scaling and supercapacitor electrode limitations. NSF CMMI SNM Award #1246800.

  17. Resist-free method for contacting graphene and few-layer graphene

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    Soldano, Caterina; Mahmood, Ather; Grisolia, Jeremie; Savu, Veronica; Brugger, Juergen; Dujardin, Erik

    2009-03-01

    In recent years, discovery of graphene has offered the scientific community an important tool to investigate a variety of fundamental phenomena. Exceptional electronic transport render graphene a promising candidate for future high-performance electronic devices. Conventional techniques to fabricate graphene devices include lithographic approaches, which tend to alter the structure and surface of graphene, and therefore its properties. A graphene contacting method free of any surface damaging and/or modification is indeed in need. Here, we present a simple resist-free non-invasive approach for contacting graphene and/or few-layers graphene. SiN membrane were custum-made and used to mask samples, previously deposited on substrate. Then, evaporation of metal allows to fabricate electrical leads for testing. Further, we present preliminary measurements of the electronic properties (room- and low-temperatures) of one of our typical sample contacted by such technique.

  18. Heat Conduction across Monolayer and Few-Layer Graphenes

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    2010-05-01

    film. We note that even though the metal films were deposited in vacuum , water vapor that adsorbs on the substrate during the air exposure after the... developed approach based on Raman spectroscopy16 to count the number of layers n of the graphene flakes. In this approach, n is determined from the ratio...Au/Ti, we coated a monolayer graphene (1- LG) sample with a semitransparent layer of Au (8 nm)/Ti (2 nm) and compared the Raman spectrum of the sample

  19. Tribological characteristics of few-layer graphene over Ni grain and interface boundaries

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    Tripathi, Manoj; Awaja, Firas; Paolicelli, Guido; Bartali, Ruben; Iacob, Erica; Valeri, Sergio; Ryu, Seunghwa; Signetti, Stefano; Speranza, Giorgio; Pugno, Nicola Maria

    2016-03-01

    The tribological properties of metal-supported few-layered graphene depend strongly on the grain topology of the metal substrate. Inhomogeneous distribution of graphene layers at such regions led to variable landscapes with distinguishable roughness. This discrepancy in morphology significantly affects the frictional and wetting characteristics of the FLG system. We discretely measured friction characteristics of FLG covering grains and interfacial grain boundaries of polycrystalline Ni metal substrate via an atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe. The friction coefficient of FLG covered at interfacial grain boundaries is found to be lower than that on grains in vacuum (at 10-5 Torr pressure) and similar results were obtained in air condition. Sliding history with AFM cantilever, static and dynamic pull-in and pull-off adhesion forces were addressed in the course of friction measurements to explain the role of the out-of-plane deformation of graphene layer(s). Finite element simulations showed good agreement with experiments and led to a rationalization of the observations. Thus, with interfacial grain boundaries the FLG tribology can be effectively tuned.The tribological properties of metal-supported few-layered graphene depend strongly on the grain topology of the metal substrate. Inhomogeneous distribution of graphene layers at such regions led to variable landscapes with distinguishable roughness. This discrepancy in morphology significantly affects the frictional and wetting characteristics of the FLG system. We discretely measured friction characteristics of FLG covering grains and interfacial grain boundaries of polycrystalline Ni metal substrate via an atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe. The friction coefficient of FLG covered at interfacial grain boundaries is found to be lower than that on grains in vacuum (at 10-5 Torr pressure) and similar results were obtained in air condition. Sliding history with AFM cantilever, static and dynamic pull-in and pull

  20. Optical properties of few layered graphene quantum dots

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    Pratap Choudhary, Raghvendra; Shukla, Shobha; Vaibhav, Kumar; Bhagwan Pawar, Pranav; Saxena, Sumit

    2015-09-01

    Quantum dots provide a unique opportunity to study the confinement effects of electronic wave function on the properties of materials. We have investigated the optical properties of graphene quantum dots synthesized using ultra-fast light-matter interactions followed by one step reduction process. Atomic-scale morphological information suggests the presence of both zigzag and armchair edges in these quantum dots. Optical characterizations were performed using absorption, photoluminescence, and infrared spectroscopy. A shift in the emission spectrum and disappearance of n → π* transition in the absorption spectrum on reduction of the ablated samples confirmed the formation of graphene quantum dots. First principles calculations are in good agreement with the experimentally reported infrared data.

  1. Near-field scanning microwave microscopy of few-layer graphene.

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    Kalugin, Nikolai G.; Gonzales, Edward; Kalichava, Irakli; Gin, Aaron V.; Wickey, Lee; Del Barga, Christopher; Talanov, Vladimir V.; Shaner, Eric Arthur

    2010-08-01

    Near-field microwave microscopy can be used as an alternative to atomic-force microscopy or Raman microscopy in determination of graphene thickness. We evaluated the values of AC impedance for few layer graphene. The impedance of mono and few-layer graphene at 4GHz was found predominantly active. Near-field microwave microscopy allows simultaneous imaging of location, geometry, thickness, and distribution of electrical properties of graphene without device fabrication. Our results may be useful for design of future graphene-based microwave devices.

  2. Stacking sequence and interlayer coupling in few-layer graphene revealed by in situ imaging

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    Wang, Zhu-Jun; Dong, Jichen; Cui, Yi; Eres, Gyula; Timpe, Olaf; Fu, Qiang; Ding, Feng; Willinger, Marc-Georg; Schloegl, R.

    2016-10-19

    In the transition from graphene to graphite, the addition of each individual graphene layer modifies the electronic structure and produces a different material with unique properties. Controlled growth of few-layer graphene is therefore of fundamental interest and will provide access to materials with engineered electronic structure. Here we combine isothermal growth and etching experiments with in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal the stacking sequence and interlayer coupling strength in few-layer graphene. The observed layer-dependent etching rates reveal the relative strength of the graphene graphene and graphene substrate interaction and the resulting mode of adlayer growth. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory calculations confirm a strong coupling between graphene edge atoms and platinum. Simulated etching confirms that etching can be viewed as reversed growth. This work demonstrates that real-time imaging under controlled atmosphere is a powerful method for designing synthesis protocols for sp2 carbon nanostructures in between graphene and graphite.

  3. Stacking sequence and interlayer coupling in few-layer graphene revealed by in situ imaging

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    Wang, Zhu-Jun; Dong, Jichen; Cui, Yi; Eres, Gyula; Timpe, Olaf; Fu, Qiang; Ding, Feng; Schloegl, R.; Willinger, Marc-Georg

    2016-10-01

    In the transition from graphene to graphite, the addition of each individual graphene layer modifies the electronic structure and produces a different material with unique properties. Controlled growth of few-layer graphene is therefore of fundamental interest and will provide access to materials with engineered electronic structure. Here we combine isothermal growth and etching experiments with in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal the stacking sequence and interlayer coupling strength in few-layer graphene. The observed layer-dependent etching rates reveal the relative strength of the graphene-graphene and graphene-substrate interaction and the resulting mode of adlayer growth. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory calculations confirm a strong coupling between graphene edge atoms and platinum. Simulated etching confirms that etching can be viewed as reversed growth. This work demonstrates that real-time imaging under controlled atmosphere is a powerful method for designing synthesis protocols for sp2 carbon nanostructures in between graphene and graphite.

  4. Synthesis of few layer graphene by non-transferred arc plasma system.

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    Baek, Jong-Jun; Kim, Tae-Hee; Park, Dong-Wha

    2013-11-01

    Graphene has recently been the focus of a great deal of attention owing to its outstanding properties, which include high mobility, high thermal conductivity and high structural stability. In this study, a few layer graphene was successfully synthesized from methane gas using a non-transferred direct current arc plasma system. Non-transferred thermal plasma offers high temperature, steep temperature gradient and high enthalpy to enhance the reaction kinetics of graphene synthesis. In order to prepare high quality few layer graphene, graphene products synthesized under several conditions was analyzed comparatively. Effects of gap distance between the plasma torch and graphite substrate, the flow rate of additional reactant gas, and different types of plasma forming gas on the synthesis of few layer graphene were investigated. Methane gas was injected into the plasma jet as a carbon source for the synthesis of graphene and a thermal plasma jet was generated by pure argon or a mixture of argon-hydrogen. The results revealed that hydrogen gas improved the quality of few layer graphene by inducing surface etching and increasing plasma power.

  5. Work function of few layer graphene covered nickel thin films measured with Kelvin probe force microscopy

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    Eren, B.; Gysin, U.; Marot, L. Glatzel, Th.; Steiner, R.; Meyer, E.

    2016-01-25

    Few layer graphene and graphite are simultaneously grown on a ∼100 nm thick polycrystalline nickel film. The work function of few layer graphene/Ni is found to be 4.15 eV with a variation of 50 meV by local measurements with Kelvin probe force microscopy. This value is lower than the work function of free standing graphene due to peculiar electronic structure resulting from metal 3d-carbon 2p(π) hybridization.

  6. Contribution of dielectric screening to the total capacitance of few-layer graphene electrodes

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    Zhan, Cheng; Jiang, De-en

    2016-02-17

    We apply joint density functional theory (JDFT), which treats the electrode/electrolyte interface self-consistently, to an electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC) based on few-layer graphene electrodes. The JDFT approach allows us to quantify a third contribution to the total capacitance beyond quantum capacitance (CQ) and EDL capacitance (CEDL). This contribution arises from the dielectric screening of the electric field by the surface of the few-layer graphene electrode, and we therefore term it the dielectric capacitance (CDielec). We find that CDielec becomes significant in affecting the total capacitance when the number of graphene layers in the electrode is more than three. In conclusion, our investigation sheds new light on the significance of the electrode dielectric screening on the capacitance of few-layer graphene electrodes.

  7. Contribution of dielectric screening to the total capacitance of few-layer graphene electrodes

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    Zhan, Cheng; Jiang, De-en

    2016-02-17

    We apply joint density functional theory (JDFT), which treats the electrode/electrolyte interface self-consistently, to an electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC) based on few-layer graphene electrodes. The JDFT approach allows us to quantify a third contribution to the total capacitance beyond quantum capacitance (CQ) and EDL capacitance (CEDL). This contribution arises from the dielectric screening of the electric field by the surface of the few-layer graphene electrode, and we therefore term it the dielectric capacitance (CDielec). We find that CDielec becomes significant in affecting the total capacitance when the number of graphene layers in the electrode is more than three. In conclusion,more » our investigation sheds new light on the significance of the electrode dielectric screening on the capacitance of few-layer graphene electrodes.« less

  8. Reversible loss of Bernal stacking during the deformation of few-layer graphene in nanocomposites.

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    Gong, Lei; Young, Robert J; Kinloch, Ian A; Haigh, Sarah J; Warner, Jamie H; Hinks, Jonathan A; Xu, Ziwei; Li, Li; Ding, Feng; Riaz, Ibtsam; Jalil, Rashid; Novoselov, Kostya S

    2013-08-27

    The deformation of nanocomposites containing graphene flakes with different numbers of layers has been investigated with the use of Raman spectroscopy. It has been found that there is a shift of the 2D band to lower wavenumber and that the rate of band shift per unit strain tends to decrease as the number of graphene layers increases. It has been demonstrated that band broadening takes place during tensile deformation for mono- and bilayer graphene but that band narrowing occurs when the number of graphene layers is more than two. It is also found that the characteristic asymmetric shape of the 2D Raman band for the graphene with three or more layers changes to a symmetrical shape above about 0.4% strain and that it reverts to an asymmetric shape on unloading. This change in Raman band shape and width has been interpreted as being due to a reversible loss of Bernal stacking in the few-layer graphene during deformation. It has been shown that the elastic strain energy released from the unloading of the inner graphene layers in the few-layer material (~0.2 meV/atom) is similar to the accepted value of the stacking fault energies of graphite and few layer graphene. It is further shown that this loss of Bernal stacking can be accommodated by the formation of arrays of partial dislocations and stacking faults on the basal plane. The effect of the reversible loss of Bernal stacking upon the electronic structure of few-layer graphene and the possibility of using it to modify the electronic structure of few-layer graphene are discussed.

  9. Reversible Loss of Bernal Stacking during the Deformation of Few-Layer Graphene in Nanocomposites

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    2013-01-01

    The deformation of nanocomposites containing graphene flakes with different numbers of layers has been investigated with the use of Raman spectroscopy. It has been found that there is a shift of the 2D band to lower wavenumber and that the rate of band shift per unit strain tends to decrease as the number of graphene layers increases. It has been demonstrated that band broadening takes place during tensile deformation for mono- and bilayer graphene but that band narrowing occurs when the number of graphene layers is more than two. It is also found that the characteristic asymmetric shape of the 2D Raman band for the graphene with three or more layers changes to a symmetrical shape above about 0.4% strain and that it reverts to an asymmetric shape on unloading. This change in Raman band shape and width has been interpreted as being due to a reversible loss of Bernal stacking in the few-layer graphene during deformation. It has been shown that the elastic strain energy released from the unloading of the inner graphene layers in the few-layer material (∼0.2 meV/atom) is similar to the accepted value of the stacking fault energies of graphite and few layer graphene. It is further shown that this loss of Bernal stacking can be accommodated by the formation of arrays of partial dislocations and stacking faults on the basal plane. The effect of the reversible loss of Bernal stacking upon the electronic structure of few-layer graphene and the possibility of using it to modify the electronic structure of few-layer graphene are discussed. PMID:23899378

  10. Robust adhesion of flower-like few-layer graphene nanoclusters

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    Tian, Shibing; Li, Lin; Sun, Wangning; Xia, Xiaoxiang; Han, Dong; Li, Junjie; Gu, Changzhi

    2012-01-01

    Nanostructured surface possessing ultrahigh adhesion like “gecko foot” or “rose petal” can offer more opportunities for bionic application. We grow flower-like few-layer graphene on silicon nanocone arrays to form graphene nanoclusters, showing robust adhesion. Their contact angle (CA) is 164° with a hysteresis CA of 155° and adhesive force for a 5 μL water droplet is about 254 μN that is far larger than present reported results. We bring experimental evidences that this great adhesion depends on large-area plentiful edges of graphene nanosheets tuned by conical nanostructure and intrinsic wetting features of graphene. Such new hierarchical few-layer graphene nanostructure provides a feasible strategy to understand the ultra-adhesive mechanism of the “gecko effect” or “rose effect” and enhance the wettability of graphene for many practical applications. PMID:22803004

  11. Robust adhesion of flower-like few-layer graphene nanoclusters

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    Tian, Shibing; Li, Lin; Sun, Wangning; Xia, Xiaoxiang; Han, Dong; Li, Junjie; Gu, Changzhi

    2012-07-01

    Nanostructured surface possessing ultrahigh adhesion like ``gecko foot'' or ``rose petal'' can offer more opportunities for bionic application. We grow flower-like few-layer graphene on silicon nanocone arrays to form graphene nanoclusters, showing robust adhesion. Their contact angle (CA) is 164° with a hysteresis CA of 155° and adhesive force for a 5 μL water droplet is about 254 μN that is far larger than present reported results. We bring experimental evidences that this great adhesion depends on large-area plentiful edges of graphene nanosheets tuned by conical nanostructure and intrinsic wetting features of graphene. Such new hierarchical few-layer graphene nanostructure provides a feasible strategy to understand the ultra-adhesive mechanism of the ``gecko effect'' or ``rose effect'' and enhance the wettability of graphene for many practical applications.

  12. Thermoacoustic and photoacoustic characterizations of few-layer graphene by pulsed excitations

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    Wang, Xiong; Witte, Russell S.; Xin, Hao

    2016-04-04

    We characterized the thermoacoustic and photoacoustic properties of large-area, few-layer graphene by pulsed microwave and optical excitations. Due to its high electric conductivity and low heat capacity per unit area, graphene lends itself to excellent microwave and optical energy absorption and acoustic signal emanation due to the thermoacoustic effect. When exposed to pulsed microwave or optical radiation, distinct thermoacoustic and photoacoustic signals generated by the few-layer graphene are obtained due to microwave and laser absorption of the graphene, respectively. Clear thermoacoustic and photoacoustic images of large-area graphene sample are achieved. A numerical model is developed and the simulated results are in good accordance with the measured ones. This characterization work may find applications in ultrasound generator and detectors for microwave and optical radiation. It may also become an alternative characterization approach for graphene and other types of two-dimensional materials.

  13. Monolayer and/or few-layer graphene on metal or metal-coated substrates

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    Sutter, Peter Werner; Sutter, Eli Anguelova

    2015-04-14

    Disclosed is monolayer and/or few-layer graphene on metal or metal-coated substrates. Embodiments include graphene mirrors. In an example, a mirror includes a substrate that has a surface exhibiting a curvature operable to focus an incident beam onto a focal plane. A graphene layer conformally adheres to the substrate, and is operable to protect the substrate surface from degradation due to the incident beam and an ambient environment.

  14. Few-layer graphene shells and nonmagnetic encapsulates: a versatile and nontoxic carbon nanomaterial.

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    Bachmatiuk, Alicja; Mendes, Rafael G; Hirsch, Cordula; Jähne, Carsten; Lohe, Martin R; Grothe, Julia; Kaskel, Stefan; Fu, Lei; Klingeler, Rüdiger; Eckert, Jürgen; Wick, Peter; Rümmeli, Mark H

    2013-12-23

    In this work a simple and scalable approach to coat nonmagnetic nanoparticles with few-layer graphene is presented. In addition, the easy processing of such nanoparticles to remove their core, leaving only the 3D graphene nanoshell, is demonstrated. The samples are comprehensively characterized, as are their versatility in terms of functionalization and as a material for electrochemical storage. Indeed, these 3D graphene nanostructures are easily functionalized much as is found with carbon nanotubes and planar graphene. Electrochemical investigations indicate these nanostructures are promising for stable long-life battery applications. Finally, initial toxicological investigations suggest no acute health risk from these 3D graphene nanostructures.

  15. Few layered graphene Sheet decorated by ZnO Nanoparticles for anti-bacterial application

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    Bykkam, Satish; Narsingam, Sowmya; Ahmadipour, Mohsen; Dayakar, T.; Venkateswara Rao, K.; Shilpa Chakra, Ch.; Kalakotla, Shanker

    2015-07-01

    A widely soluble few layered graphene (FLG) sheets decorated by ZnO nano particles were prepared through hydrothermal method using ethylene glycol as a solvent and a reducing agent. The obtained FLG/ZnO composite material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The anti-bacterial properties of ZnO nano particles decorated few layered graphenes were tested against Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi by using well diffusion method. The results confirmed that FLG/ZnO has significant antibacterial activity more against S. typhi than E. coli. The obtained results from the current research work conclusively states that the ZnO nano particles which were decorated by few layered graphene possess a significant anti-bacterial activity.

  16. Low-frequency phonons of few-layer graphene within a tight-binding model

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    Popov, Valentin N.; Van Alsenoy, Christian

    2014-12-01

    Few-layer graphene is a layered carbon material with covalent bonding in the layers and weak van der Waals interactions between the layers. The interlayer energy is more than two orders of magnitude smaller than the intralayer one, which hinders the description of the static and dynamic properties within electron band structure models. We overcome this difficulty by introducing two sets of matrix elements—one set for the covalent bonds in the graphene layers and another one for the van der Waals interactions between adjacent graphene layers in a tight-binding model of the band structure. Both sets of matrix elements are derived from an ab initio study on carbon dimers. The matrix elements are applied in the calculation of the phonon dispersion of graphite and few-layer graphene with AB and ABC layer stacking. The results for few-layer graphene with AB stacking agree well with the available experimental data, which justifies the application of the matrix elements to other layered carbon structures with van der Waals interactions such as few-layer graphene nanoribbons, multiwall carbon nanotubes, and carbon onions.

  17. Epitaxial graphene

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    de Heer, Walt A.; Berger, Claire; Wu, Xiaosong; First, Phillip N.; Conrad, Edward H.; Li, Xuebin; Li, Tianbo; Sprinkle, Michael; Hass, Joanna; Sadowski, Marcin L.; Potemski, Marek; Martinez, Gérard

    2007-07-01

    Graphene multilayers are grown epitaxially on single crystal silicon carbide. This system is composed of several graphene layers of which the first layer is electron doped due to the built-in electric field and the other layers are essentially undoped. Unlike graphite the charge carriers show Dirac particle properties (i.e. an anomalous Berry's phase, weak anti-localization and square root field dependence of the Landau level energies). Epitaxial graphene shows quasi-ballistic transport and long coherence lengths; properties that may persist above cryogenic temperatures. Paradoxically, in contrast to exfoliated graphene, the quantum Hall effect is not observed in high-mobility epitaxial graphene. It appears that the effect is suppressed due to the absence of localized states in the bulk of the material. Epitaxial graphene can be patterned using standard lithography methods and characterized using a wide array of techniques. These favorable features indicate that interconnected room temperature ballistic devices may be feasible for low-dissipation high-speed nanoelectronics.

  18. High yield production and purification of few layer graphene by Gum Arabic assisted physical sonication

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    Chabot, Victor; Kim, Brian; Sloper, Brent; Tzoganakis, Costas; Yu, Aiping

    2013-01-01

    Exploiting the emulsification properties of low cost, environmentally safe Gum Arabic we demonstrate a high yield process to produce a few layer graphene with a low defect ratio, maintaining the pristine graphite structure. In addition, we demonstrate the need for and efficacy of an acid hydrolysis treatment to remove the polymer residues to produce 100% pure graphene. The scalable process gives yield of up to 5 wt% graphene based on 10 g starting graphite. The graphene product is compared with reduced graphene oxide produced through Hummer's method using UV-visible spectroscopy, SEM, TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. The two graphene materials show significant difference in these characterizations. Further, the film fabricated from this graphene exhibits 20 times higher electrical conductivity than that of the reduced graphene oxide. Sonication processing of graphite with environmentally approved biopolymers such as Gum Arabic opens up a scalable avenue for production of cheap graphene. PMID:23478744

  19. Magneto-transport properties of a random distribution of few-layer graphene patches

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    Iacovella, Fabrice; Mitioglu, Anatolie; Pierre, Mathieu; Raquet, Bertrand; Goiran, Michel; Plochocka, Paulina; Escoffier, Walter; Trinsoutrot, Pierre; Vergnes, Hugues; Caussat, Brigitte

    2014-11-21

    In this study, we address the electronic properties of conducting films constituted of an array of randomly distributed few layer graphene patches and investigate on their most salient galvanometric features in the moderate and extreme disordered limit. We demonstrate that, in annealed devices, the ambipolar behaviour and the onset of Landau level quantization in high magnetic field constitute robust hallmarks of few-layer graphene films. In the strong disorder limit, however, the magneto-transport properties are best described by a variable-range hopping behaviour. A large negative magneto-conductance is observed at the charge neutrality point, in consistency with localized transport regime.

  20. Magneto-transport properties of a random distribution of few-layer graphene patches

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    Iacovella, Fabrice; Trinsoutrot, Pierre; Mitioglu, Anatolie; Conédéra, Véronique; Pierre, Mathieu; Raquet, Bertrand; Goiran, Michel; Vergnes, Hugues; Caussat, Brigitte; Plochocka, Paulina; Escoffier, Walter

    2014-11-01

    In this study, we address the electronic properties of conducting films constituted of an array of randomly distributed few layer graphene patches and investigate on their most salient galvanometric features in the moderate and extreme disordered limit. We demonstrate that, in annealed devices, the ambipolar behaviour and the onset of Landau level quantization in high magnetic field constitute robust hallmarks of few-layer graphene films. In the strong disorder limit, however, the magneto-transport properties are best described by a variable-range hopping behaviour. A large negative magneto-conductance is observed at the charge neutrality point, in consistency with localized transport regime.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of porous, mixed phase, wrinkled, few layer graphene like nanocarbon from charcoal

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    Manoj, B.

    2015-12-01

    A technique to synthesis wrinkled graphene like nano carbon (GNC) from charcoal is reported in the current study. The charcoal produced by thermal decomposition and is intercalated by Hummers method. It is separated by centrifugation and sonication to get few layer graphene sheets. The structural and chemical changes of the nanostructure is elucidated by Raman spectroscopy, TEM, SEM-EDS and XPS. Raman spectra revealed the existence of highly graphitized amorphous carbon, which is confirmed by the appearance of five peaks in the deconvoluted first order Raman spectra. The SEM analysis reveals the formation of large area graphene sheets with nano-porous structure in it. The TEM/SAED analysis exhibits the presence of short range few layer graphene.

  2. Gamma ray-assisted irradiation of few-layer graphene films: a Raman spectroscopy study

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    Kleut, D. N.; Marković, Z. M.; Holclajtner Antunović, I. D.; Dramićanin, M. D.; Kepić, D. P.; Todorović Marković, B. M.

    2014-09-01

    This paper represents results of a Raman spectroscopy study of gamma-irradiated few-layer graphene thin films at three different doses: 25, 50 and 110 kGy. Graphene thin films were deposited by the vacuum filtration method and then transferred onto glass substrate. Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy analysis have shown that the average in-plane crystallite size La of graphene thin films varies slightly when an irradiation dose is applied. Raman spectroscopy revealed that gamma irradiation of graphene thin films resulted in slight p-doping of the graphene thin film surface. It was found that during gamma irradiation at a dose of 110 kGy, the graphene sheets merged. As a result, the number of incorporated defects in the graphene structure was reduced (the ID/IG ratio decreased with the increase in the applied dose).

  3. Stacking sequence and interlayer coupling in few-layer graphene revealed by in situ imaging

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    Wang, Zhu-Jun; Dong, Jichen; Cui, Yi; ...

    2016-10-19

    In the transition from graphene to graphite, the addition of each individual graphene layer modifies the electronic structure and produces a different material with unique properties. Controlled growth of few-layer graphene is therefore of fundamental interest and will provide access to materials with engineered electronic structure. Here we combine isothermal growth and etching experiments with in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal the stacking sequence and interlayer coupling strength in few-layer graphene. The observed layer-dependent etching rates reveal the relative strength of the graphene graphene and graphene substrate interaction and the resulting mode of adlayer growth. Scanning tunnelling microscopy andmore » density functional theory calculations confirm a strong coupling between graphene edge atoms and platinum. Simulated etching confirms that etching can be viewed as reversed growth. This work demonstrates that real-time imaging under controlled atmosphere is a powerful method for designing synthesis protocols for sp2 carbon nanostructures in between graphene and graphite.« less

  4. Low temperature synthesis and field emission characteristics of single to few layered graphene grown using PECVD

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    Kumar, Avshish; Khan, Sunny; Zulfequar, M.; Harsh; Husain, Mushahid

    2017-04-01

    In this work, high-quality graphene has successfully been synthesized on copper (Cu) coated Silicon (Si) substrate at very large-area by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system. This method is low cost and highly effective for synthesizing graphene relatively at low temperature of 600 °C. Electron microscopy images have shown that surface morphology of the grown samples is quite uniform consisting of single layered graphene (SLG) to few layered graphene (FLG). Raman spectra reveal that graphene has been grown with high-quality having negligible defects and the observation of G and G' peaks is also an indicative of stokes phonon energy shift caused due to laser excitation. Scanning probe microscopy image also depicts the synthesis of single to few layered graphene. The field emission characteristics of as-grown graphene samples were studied in a planar diode configuration at room temperature. The graphene samples were observed to be a good field emitter having low turn-on field, higher field amplification factor and long term emission current stability.

  5. A 3D insight on the catalytic nanostructuration of few-layer graphene

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    Melinte, G.; Florea, I.; Moldovan, S.; Janowska, I.; Baaziz, W.; Arenal, R.; Wisnet, A.; Scheu, C.; Begin-Colin, S.; Begin, D.; Pham-Huu, C.; Ersen, O.

    2014-01-01

    The catalytic cutting of few-layer graphene is nowadays a hot topic in materials research due to its potential applications in the catalysis field and the graphene nanoribbons fabrication. We show here a 3D analysis of the nanostructuration of few-layer graphene by iron-based nanoparticles under hydrogen flow. The nanoparticles located at the edges or attached to the steps on the FLG sheets create trenches and tunnels with orientations, lengths and morphologies defined by the crystallography and the topography of the carbon substrate. The cross-sectional analysis of the 3D volumes highlights the role of the active nanoparticle identity on the trench size and shape, with emphasis on the topographical stability of the basal planes within the resulting trenches and channels, no matter the obstacle encountered. The actual study gives a deep insight on the impact of nanoparticles morphology and support topography on the 3D character of nanostructures built up by catalytic cutting. PMID:24916201

  6. Synthesis of few layer graphene by direct exfoliation of graphite and a Raman spectroscopic study

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    Gayathri, S.; Jayabal, P.; Ramakrishnan, V.; Kottaisamy, M.

    2014-02-15

    The exfoliation of graphene from pristine graphite in a liquid phase was achieved successfully via sonication followed by centrifugation method. Ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) spectra of the obtained graphene dispersions at different exfoliation time indicated that the concentration of graphene dispersion increased markedly with increasing exfoliation time. The sheet-like morphology of the exfoliated graphene was revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image. Further, the morphological change in different exfoliation time was investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). A complete structural and defect characterization was probed using micro-Raman spectroscopic technique. The shape and position of the 2D band of Raman spectra revealed the formation of bilayer to few layer graphene. Also, Raman mapping confirmed the presence of uniformly distributed bilayer graphene sheets on the substrate.

  7. Effect of roughness on the layer-dependent friction of few-layer graphene

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    Ye, Zhijiang; Balkanci, Arda; Martini, Ashlie; Baykara, Mehmet Z.

    2017-09-01

    Friction on few-layer graphene is known to exhibit unique layer dependence where friction measured via atomic force microscopy (AFM) on the nanometer scale is generally observed to decrease with increasing number of layers. However, this trend is not always observed for AFM probe tips with different sizes and for graphene on different substrates. Within this context, the precise role played by the interface, in particular, the size of the contact and substrate roughness, in the layer dependence of friction on graphene is not yet completely understood. Here, we probe the origins of the roughness dependence of layer-dependent friction on graphene by a combination of AFM measurements and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In the experiments, friction is observed to monotonically decrease with increasing number of graphene layers for tips with various apex radii, while the roughness of the sample surface is observed to decrease. In the simulations, two opposite layer-dependence trends for friction are observed on few-layer graphene on substrates with different roughness values. The underlying mechanisms are investigated using atomistic details obtained from the simulations, where the different friction trends are found to originate from an interplay between surface roughness, the trajectory of the tip, and the number of atoms in contact. Finally, the effect of topographical correlation length on the layer dependence of friction on graphene is discussed.

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of highly nitrogen-doped few-layer graphene via solid–gas reaction

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    Liang, Xianqing; Zhong, Jun; Shi, Yalin; Guo, Jin; Huang, Guolong; Hong, Caihao; Zhao, Yidong

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • A novel approach to synthesis of N-doped few-layer graphene has been developed. • The high doping levels of N in products are achieved. • XPS and XANES results reveal a thermal transformation of N bonding configurations. • The developed method is cost-effective and eco-friendly. - Abstract: Nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene sheets with high doping concentration were facilely synthesized through solid–gas reaction of graphene oxide (GO) with ammonia vapor in a self-designed hydrothermal system. The morphology, surface chemistry and electronic structure of N-doped graphene sheets were investigated by TEM, AFM, XRD, XPS, XANES and Raman characterizations. Upon hydrothermal treatment, up to 13.22 at% of nitrogen could be introduced into the crumpled few-layer graphene sheets. Both XPS and XANES analysis reveal that the reaction between oxygen functional groups in GO and ammonia vapor produces amide and amine species in hydrothermally treated GO (HTGO). Subsequent thermal annealing of the resultant HTGO introduces a gradual transformation of nitrogen bonding configurations in graphene sheets from amine N to pyridinic and graphitic N with the increase of annealing temperature. This study provides a simple but cost-effective and eco-friendly method to prepare N-doped graphene materials in large-scale for potential applications.

  9. Stacking sequence and interlayer coupling in few-layer graphene revealed by in situ imaging

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    Wang, Zhu-Jun; Dong, Jichen; Cui, Yi; Eres, Gyula; Timpe, Olaf; Fu, Qiang; Ding, Feng; Schloegl, R.; Willinger, Marc-Georg

    2016-01-01

    In the transition from graphene to graphite, the addition of each individual graphene layer modifies the electronic structure and produces a different material with unique properties. Controlled growth of few-layer graphene is therefore of fundamental interest and will provide access to materials with engineered electronic structure. Here we combine isothermal growth and etching experiments with in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal the stacking sequence and interlayer coupling strength in few-layer graphene. The observed layer-dependent etching rates reveal the relative strength of the graphene–graphene and graphene–substrate interaction and the resulting mode of adlayer growth. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and density functional theory calculations confirm a strong coupling between graphene edge atoms and platinum. Simulated etching confirms that etching can be viewed as reversed growth. This work demonstrates that real-time imaging under controlled atmosphere is a powerful method for designing synthesis protocols for sp2 carbon nanostructures in between graphene and graphite. PMID:27759024

  10. Resistance and rupture analysis of single- and few-layer graphene nanosheets impacted by various projectiles

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    Sadeghzadeh, Sadegh; Liu, Ling

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, a quasi-classical model for the collision of various nanoparticles with single- and few-layer graphene nanosheets was introduced as a multi-scale approach that couples non-equilibrium molecular dynamics with the Finite Element Method. As a resistance criterion, it was observed that the coefficient of restitution and the induced stresses depend on the impact velocity of projectile. These parameters were evaluated computationally, and it was revealed that certain resulting behaviors differ from behaviors at the macro scale. By obtaining an out-of-plane yield stress limit of 1.0 TPa for graphene, the stress analysis of single- and multi-layer graphene sheets revealed that the limit projectile velocity needed for the yielding of graphene sheets increases with the increase in the number of layers. For aluminum nanoparticles, this increase is almost linear, and for other metals, it slightly deviates from the linear trend. It was also observed that the graphene sheets have a different rupture form when impacted by gaseous molecules than by metal particles. Considering the very high momentum of gas molecules and their shock-like behavior during high-speed collisions with a graphene sheet, pores with a size of one carbon atom can be created in graphene sheets. Since a single-layer graphene sheet can withstand a projectile which is 3.64 times larger than a projectile impacting a 20-layer graphene sheet, spaced graphene sheets seem to be more effective in absorbing the impact energy of projectiles than conventional few-layer graphene sheets.

  11. Surface potentials and layer charge distributions in few-layer graphene films.

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    Datta, Sujit S; Strachan, Douglas R; Mele, E J; Johnson, A T Charlie

    2009-01-01

    Graphene-derived nanomaterials are emerging as ideal candidates for postsilicon electronics. Elucidating the electronic interaction between an insulating substrate and few-layer graphene (FLG) films is crucial for device applications. Here, we report electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) measurements revealing that the FLG surface potential increases with film thickness, approaching a "bulk" value for samples with five or more graphene layers. This behavior is in sharp contrast with that expected for conventional conducting or semiconducting films, and derives from unique aspects of charge screening by graphene's relativistic low energy carriers. EFM measurements resolve previously unseen electronic perturbations extended along crystallographic directions of structurally disordered FLGs, likely resulting from long-range atomic defects. These results have important implications for graphene nanoelectronics and provide a powerful framework by which key properties can be further investigated.

  12. Colloidal properties and stability of aqueous suspensions of few-layer graphene: Importance of graphene concentration.

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    Su, Yu; Yang, Guoqing; Lu, Kun; Petersen, Elijah J; Mao, Liang

    2017-01-01

    Understanding the colloidal stability of graphene is essential for predicting its transport and ecological risks in aquatic environments. We investigated the agglomeration of (14)C-labeled few-layer graphene (FLG) at concentrations spanning nearly four orders of magnitude (2 μg/L to 10 mg/L) using dynamic light scattering and sedimentation measurements. FLG agglomerates formed rapidly in deionized water at concentrations >3 mg/L. From 1 mg/L to 3 mg/L, salt-induced agglomeration was decreased with dilution of FLG suspensions; the critical coagulation concentration of the more concentrated suspension (3 mg/L) was significantly lower than the dilute suspension (1 mg/L) in the presence of NaCl (1.6 mmol/L and 10 mmol/L, respectively). In contrast, FLG underwent slow agglomeration and settling at concentrations ≤0.1 mg/L in NaCl solutions and ambient waters with low ionic strength (<10 mmol/L). FLG nanoparticles with smaller lateral sizes (25 nm-75 nm) were shown to agglomerate more slowly than larger FLG, and these small FLG particles exhibited greater bioaccumulation in zebrafish embryo and stronger chorion penetration ability than larger FLG particles. These findings suggest that FLG at more environmentally relevant concentration is relatively stable and may have implications for exposure of small FLG to ecological receptors.

  13. Hybridization of conductive few-layer graphene with well-dispersed Pd nanocrystals

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    Qian, Wen; Cottingham, Steven; Jiao, Jun

    2013-06-01

    To improve the activity of Pd nanocrystals (NCs) and maximize the applicability, we used a very simple, low-cost and environmentally benign method to hybridize conductive few-layer graphene with Pd NCs. The TEM results indicated that the monodispersed Pd NCs were well distributed on the graphene surface. The particle size and loading density can be easily tailored by varying reaction times. The XRD and Raman spectrum clearly demonstrated that the pristine exfoliated few-layer graphene are well-crystallized with very low defects, and still preserved the high crystalline structure after the chemical deposition of Pd NCs. Furthermore, this effective process does not require the use of surfactants during the entire reaction, resulting in a clean interface between Pd NCs and graphene substrate, with improved electron transmission. This work presents not only a promising methodology for the mass production of Pd@graphene hybrids, but also opening up the opportunity to develop graphene-Pd based devices for applications in catalysts, sensors and hydrogen storage.

  14. Unforeseen high temperature and humidity stability of FeCl3 intercalated few layer graphene.

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    Wehenkel, Dominique Joseph; Bointon, Thomas Hardisty; Booth, Tim; Bøggild, Peter; Craciun, Monica Felicia; Russo, Saverio

    2015-01-08

    We present the first systematic study of the stability of the structure and electrical properties of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene to high levels of humidity and high temperature. Complementary experimental techniques such as electrical transport, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy conclusively demonstrate the unforseen stability of this transparent conductor to a relative humidity up to 100% at room temperature for 25 days, to a temperature up to 150°C in atmosphere and to a temperature as high as 620°C in vacuum, that is more than twice higher than the temperature at which the intercalation is conducted. The stability of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene together with its unique values of low square resistance and high optical transparency, makes this material an attractive transparent conductor in future flexible electronic applications.

  15. Unforeseen high temperature and humidity stability of FeCl3 intercalated few layer graphene

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    Wehenkel, Dominique Joseph; Bointon, Thomas Hardisty; Booth, Tim; Bøggild, Peter; Craciun, Monica Felicia; Russo, Saverio

    2015-01-01

    We present the first systematic study of the stability of the structure and electrical properties of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene to high levels of humidity and high temperature. Complementary experimental techniques such as electrical transport, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy conclusively demonstrate the unforseen stability of this transparent conductor to a relative humidity up to 100% at room temperature for 25 days, to a temperature up to 150°C in atmosphere and to a temperature as high as 620°C in vacuum, that is more than twice higher than the temperature at which the intercalation is conducted. The stability of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene together with its unique values of low square resistance and high optical transparency, makes this material an attractive transparent conductor in future flexible electronic applications. PMID:25567796

  16. Unforeseen high temperature and humidity stability of FeCl3 intercalated few layer graphene

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    Wehenkel, Dominique Joseph; Bointon, Thomas Hardisty; Booth, Tim; Bøggild, Peter; Craciun, Monica Felicia; Russo, Saverio

    2015-01-01

    We present the first systematic study of the stability of the structure and electrical properties of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene to high levels of humidity and high temperature. Complementary experimental techniques such as electrical transport, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy conclusively demonstrate the unforseen stability of this transparent conductor to a relative humidity up to 100% at room temperature for 25 days, to a temperature up to 150°C in atmosphere and to a temperature as high as 620°C in vacuum, that is more than twice higher than the temperature at which the intercalation is conducted. The stability of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene together with its unique values of low square resistance and high optical transparency, makes this material an attractive transparent conductor in future flexible electronic applications.

  17. Few-layer graphene growth from polystyrene as solid carbon source utilizing simple APCVD method

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    Ahmadi, Shahrokh; Afzalzadeh, Reza

    2016-07-01

    This research article presents development of an economical, simple, immune and environment friendly process to grow few-layer graphene by controlling evaporation rate of polystyrene on copper foil as catalyst and substrate utilizing atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) method. Evaporation rate of polystyrene depends on molecular structure, amount of used material and temperature. We have found controlling rate of evaporation of polystyrene by controlling the source temperature is easier than controlling the material weight. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as Raman Spectroscopy has been used for characterization of the layers. The frequency of G‧ to G band ratio intensity in some samples varied between 0.8 and 1.6 corresponding to few-layer graphene. Topography characterization by atomic force microscopy confirmed Raman results.

  18. Direct exfoliation of natural graphite into micrometer size few layers graphene sheets using ionic liquids

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    Wang, Xiqing; Fulvio, Pasquale F; Baker, Gary A; Veith, Gabriel M; Unocic, Raymond R; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Dai, Sheng

    2010-01-01

    Stable high-concentration suspensions (up to 0.95 mg mL{sup -1}) of non-oxidized few layer graphene (FLG), five or less sheets, with micrometre-long edges were obtained via direct exfoliation of natural graphite flakes in ionic liquids, such as 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis(trifluoro-methane-sulfonyl)imide ([Bmim]-[Tf{sub 2}N]), by tip ultrasonication.

  19. Direct exfoliation of natural graphite into micrometer size few layers graphene sheets using ionic liquids

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    Wang, X.; Fulvio, P. F.; Baker, G. A.; Veith, G. M.; Unocic, R. R.; Mahurin, S., M.; Chi, M.; Dai, S.

    2010-01-01

    Stable high-concentration suspensions (up to 0.95 mg mL-1) of non-oxidized few layer graphene (FLG), five or less sheets, with micrometre-long edges were obtained via direct exfoliation of natural graphite flakes in ionic liquids, such as 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis(trifluoro-methane-sulfonyl)imide ([Bmim]-[Tf2N]), by tip ultrasonication.

  20. Dynamic Negative Compressibility of Few-Layer Graphene, h-BN, and MoS2

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    Neves, Bernardo; Barboza, Ana Paula; Chacham, Helio; Oliveira, Camilla; Fernandes, Thales; Martins Ferreira, Erlon; Archanjo, Braulio; Batista, Ronaldo; Oliveira, Alan

    2013-03-01

    We report a novel mechanical response of few-layer graphene, h-BN, and MoS2 to the simultaneous compression and shear by an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip. The response is characterized by the vertical expansion of these two-dimensional (2D) layered materials upon compression. Such effect is proportional to the applied load, leading to vertical strain values (opposite to the applied force) of up to 150%. The effect is null in the absence of shear, increases with tip velocity, and is anisotropic. It also has similar magnitudes in these solid lubricant materials (few-layer graphene, h-BN, and MoS2), but it is absent in single-layer graphene and in few-layer mica and Bi2Se3. We propose a physical mechanism for the effect where the combined compressive and shear stresses from the tip induce dynamical wrinkling on the upper material layers, leading to the observed flake thickening. The new effect (and, therefore, the proposed wrinkling) is reversible in the three materials where it is observed.[2] Financial support from CNPq, Fapemig, Rede Nacional de Pesquisa em Nanotubos de Carbono and INCT-Nano-Carbono

  1. Fabrication and characterization of nanometer-sized gaps in suspended few-layer graphene devices

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    Lumetti, S.; Martini, L.; Candini, A.

    2017-02-01

    Graphene nanodevices, such as ultra-narrow constrictions and nanometer-spaced gaps, are emerging as appealing candidates for various applications, ranging from advanced quantum devices to single-molecule junctions and even DNA sequencing. Here, we present the realization and characterization of nanometer-sized gaps in suspended few-layer graphene devices via feedback-controlled electroburning at room temperature. By analyzing the electrical behavior after the electroburning process, we identify two distinct regimes for the resulting devices, deriving a simple yet effective quantitative criterion to determine the complete opening of the nanogaps.

  2. Environmental Synthesis of Few Layers Graphene Sheets Using Ultrasonic Exfoliation with Enhanced Electrical and Thermal Properties

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    Noroozi, Monir; Zakaria, Azmi; Radiman, Shahidan; Abdul Wahab, Zaidan

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we report how few layers graphene that can be produced in large quantity with low defect ratio from exfoliation of graphite by using a high intensity probe sonication in water containing liquid hand soap and PVP. It was founded that the graphene powder obtained by this simple exfoliation method after the heat treatment had an excellent exfoliation into a single or layered graphene sheets. The UV-visible spectroscopy, FESEM, TEM, X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy was used to analyse the graphene product. The thermal diffusivity of the samples was analysed using a highly accurate thermal-wave cavity photothermal technique. The data obtained showed excellent enhancement in the thermal diffusivity of the graphene dispersion. This well-dispersed graphene was then used to fabricate an electrically conductive polymer-graphene film composite. The results demonstrated that this low cost and environmental friendly technique allowed to the production of high quality layered graphene sheets, improved the thermal and electrical properties. This may find use in the wide range of applications based on graphene. PMID:27064575

  3. Environmental Synthesis of Few Layers Graphene Sheets Using Ultrasonic Exfoliation with Enhanced Electrical and Thermal Properties.

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    Noroozi, Monir; Zakaria, Azmi; Radiman, Shahidan; Abdul Wahab, Zaidan

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we report how few layers graphene that can be produced in large quantity with low defect ratio from exfoliation of graphite by using a high intensity probe sonication in water containing liquid hand soap and PVP. It was founded that the graphene powder obtained by this simple exfoliation method after the heat treatment had an excellent exfoliation into a single or layered graphene sheets. The UV-visible spectroscopy, FESEM, TEM, X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy was used to analyse the graphene product. The thermal diffusivity of the samples was analysed using a highly accurate thermal-wave cavity photothermal technique. The data obtained showed excellent enhancement in the thermal diffusivity of the graphene dispersion. This well-dispersed graphene was then used to fabricate an electrically conductive polymer-graphene film composite. The results demonstrated that this low cost and environmental friendly technique allowed to the production of high quality layered graphene sheets, improved the thermal and electrical properties. This may find use in the wide range of applications based on graphene.

  4. Extremely large magnetoresistance in few-layer graphene/boron–nitride heterostructures

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    Gopinadhan, Kalon; Shin, Young Jun; Jalil, Rashid; Venkatesan, Thirumalai; Geim, Andre K.; Neto, Antonio H. Castro; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2015-01-01

    Understanding magnetoresistance, the change in electrical resistance under an external magnetic field, at the atomic level is of great interest both fundamentally and technologically. Graphene and other two-dimensional layered materials provide an unprecedented opportunity to explore magnetoresistance at its nascent stage of structural formation. Here we report an extremely large local magnetoresistance of∼2,000% at 400 K and a non-local magnetoresistance of >90,000% in an applied magnetic field of 9 T at 300 K in few-layer graphene/boron–nitride heterostructures. The local magnetoresistance is understood to arise from large differential transport parameters, such as the carrier mobility, across various layers of few-layer graphene upon a normal magnetic field, whereas the non-local magnetoresistance is due to the magnetic field induced Ettingshausen–Nernst effect. Non-local magnetoresistance suggests the possibility of a graphene-based gate tunable thermal switch. In addition, our results demonstrate that graphene heterostructures may be promising for magnetic field sensing applications. PMID:26388149

  5. The effect of spin-orbit coupling in band structure of few-layer graphene

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    Sahdan, Muhammad Fauzi Darma, Yudi

    2014-03-24

    Topological insulators are electronic materials that have a bulk band gap like an ordinary insulator but have protected conducting states on their edge or surface. This can be happened due to spin-orbit coupling and time-reversal symmetry. Moreover, the edge current flows through their edge or surface depends on its spin orientation and also it is robust against non-magnetic impurities. Therefore, topological insulators are predicted to be useful ranging from spintronics to quantum computation. Graphene was first predicted to be the precursor of topological insulator by Kane-Mele. They developed a Hamiltonian model to describe the gap opening in graphene. In this work, we investigate the band structure of few-layer graphene by using this model with analytical approach. The results of our calculations show that the gap opening occurs at K and K’ point, not only in single layer, but also in bilayer and trilayer graphene.

  6. Raman spectroscopy of few-layer graphene prepared by C2-C6 cluster ion implantation

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    Wang, Z. S.; Zhang, R.; Zhang, Z. D.; Huang, Z. H.; Liu, C. S.; Fu, D. J.; Liu, J. R.

    2013-07-01

    Few-layer graphene has been prepared on 300 nm-thick Ni films by C2-C6 cluster ion implantation at 20 keV/cluster. Raman spectroscopy reveals significant influence of the number of atoms in the cluster, the implantation dose, and thermal treatment on the structure of the graphene layers. In particular, the graphene samples exhibit a sharp G peak at 1584 cm-1 and 2D peaks at 2711-2717 cm-1. The IG/I2D ratios higher than 1.70 and IG/ID ratio as high as 1.95 confirm that graphene sheets with low density of defects have been synthesized with much improved quality by ion implantation with larger clusters of C4-C6.

  7. Electrostatic force assisted exfoliation of prepatterned few-layer graphenes into device sites.

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    Liang, Xiaogan; Chang, Allan S P; Zhang, Yuegang; Harteneck, Bruce D; Choo, Hyuck; Olynick, Deirdre L; Cabrini, Stefano

    2009-01-01

    We present a novel fabrication method for incorporating nanometer to micrometer scale few-layer graphene (FLG) features onto substrates with electrostatic exfoliation. We pattern highly oriented pyrolytic graphite using standard lithographic techniques and subsequently, in a single step, exfoliate and transfer-print the prepatterned FLG features onto a silicon wafer using electrostatic force. We have successfully demonstrated the exfoliation/printing of 18 nm wide FLG nanolines and periodic arrays of 1.4 mum diameter pillars. Furthermore, we have fabricated graphene nanoribbon transistors using the patterned graphene nanoline. Our electrostatic force assisted exfoliation/print process does not need additional adhesion layers and could be stepped and repeated to deliver the prepatterned graphitic material over wafer-sized areas and allows the construction of graphene-based integrated circuits.

  8. Oxygen-functionalized few-layer graphene sheets as active catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation reactions.

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    Schwartz, Viviane; Fu, Wujun; Tsai, Yu-Tung; Meyer, Harry M; Rondinone, Adam J; Chen, Jihua; Wu, Zili; Overbury, Steven H; Liang, Chengdu

    2013-05-01

    Nanostructured graphitic forms of carbons have shown intersting potential for catalysis research and are ideal candidates to substitute the conventional metal-oxide catalysts because they can be easily disposed, which enables a greener, more sustainable catalytic process. Few-layer graphene and its functionalized form offer the opportunity to investigate the nature of graphitic active sites for oxidation reactions in well-defined carbon-based catalysts. In this paper, we report the utilization of oxygen-functionalized few-layer graphene sheets containing variable amounts of oxygen in the heterogeneous catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) reaction of isobutane at 400ºC. Interestingly, there is poor correlation between oxygen content and catalytic performance. Carbonyl groups were found to be highly stable, and graphene that had higher sp(2) character, the lowest oxygen content, and fewer edge sites presented the lowest specific rate of isobutane reaction, although the isobutene selectivity remained high. The reoxidation of the graphene surface occurred at the same rate as the ODH reaction suggesting a Mars-van Krevelen type of mechanism, similar to that which takes place on oxide surfaces. These results appear to suggest that a higher fraction of exposed edges where oxygen active sites can be formed and exchanged should lead to more active catalysts for ODH reactions. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Controllable chemical vapor deposition growth of few layer graphene for electronic devices.

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    Wei, Dacheng; Wu, Bin; Guo, Yunlong; Yu, Gui; Liu, Yunqi

    2013-01-15

    Because of its atomic thickness, excellent properties, and widespread applications, graphene is regarded as one of the most promising candidate materials for nanoelectronics. The wider use of graphene will require processes that produce this material in a controllable manner. In this Account, we focus on our recent studies of the controllable chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of graphene, especially few-layer graphene (FLG), and the applications of this material in electronic devices. CVD provides various means of control over the morphologies of the produced graph ene. We studied several variables that can affect the CVD growth of graphene, including the catalyst, gas flow rate, growth time, and growth temperature and successfully achieved the controlled growth of hexagonal graphene crystals. Moreover, we developed several modified CVD methods for the controlled growth of FLGs. Patterned CVD produced FLGs with desired shapes in required areas. By introducing dopant precursor in the CVD process, we produced substitutionally doped FLGs, avoiding the typically complicated post-treatment processes for graphene doping. We developed a template CVD method to produce FLG ribbons with controllable morphologies on a large scale. An oxidation-activated surface facilitated the CVD growth of polycrystalline graphene without the use of a metal catalyst or a complicated postgrowth transfer process. In devices, CVD offers a controllable means to modulate the electronic properties of the graphene samples and to improve device performance. Using CVD-grown hexagonal graphene crystals as the channel materials in field-effect transistors (FETs), we improved carrier mobility. Substitutional doping of graphene in CVD opened a band gap for efficient FET operation and modulated the Fermi energy level for n-type or p-type features. The similarity between the chemical structure of graphene and organic semiconductors suggests potential applications of graphene in organic devices. We

  10. Enhanced photocatalytic properties of graphene modified few-layered WSe2 nanosheets

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    Yu, Bo; Zheng, Binjie; Wang, Xinqiang; Qi, Fei; He, Jiarui; Zhang, Wanli; Chen, Yuanfu

    2017-04-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) modified few-layered WSe2 nanosheets have been synthesized through a facile one-pot solvothermal reaction. Compared with bare WSe2 nanosheets with relatively poor photocatalytic activity, WSe2/RGO composite demonstrates significant enhancement in photocatalytic degradation of organic dye RhB under visible light irradiation. The k value of WSe2/RGO is ∼1.9 times larger than that of bare WSe2 nanosheets, which is attributed to the excellent charge separation feature and electronic transport ability of graphene nanosheets, leading to highly reduced electron-hole pair recombination of graphene on WSe2 nanosheets thus strongly enhancing the photocatalytic performance. The WSe2/RGO composite is a promising catalyst for photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by solar energy.

  11. Few-Layer Graphene Kills Selectively Tumor Cells from Myelomonocytic Leukemia Patients.

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    Russier, Julie; León, Verónica; Orecchioni, Marco; Hirata, Eri; Virdis, Patrizia; Fozza, Claudio; Sgarrella, Francesco; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Prato, Maurizio; Vázquez, Ester; Bianco, Alberto; Delogu, Lucia G

    2017-03-06

    In the cure of cancer, a major cause of today's mortality, chemotherapy is the most common treatment, though serious frequent challenges are encountered by current anticancer drugs. We discovered that few-layer graphene (FLG) dispersions have a specific killer action on monocytes, showing neither toxic nor activation effects on other immune cells. We confirmed the therapeutic application of graphene on an aggressive type of cancer that is myelomonocytic leukemia, where the monocytes are in their malignant form. We demonstrated that graphene has the unique ability to target and boost specifically the necrosis of monocytic cancer cells. Moreover, the comparison between FLG and a common chemotherapeutic drug, etoposide, confirmed the higher specificity and toxicity of FLG. Since current chemotherapy treatments of leukemia still cause serious problems, these findings open the way to new and safer therapeutic approaches.

  12. Structural and optical properties of cobalt slanted nanopillars conformally coated with few-layer graphene

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    Wilson, Peter M.; Lipatov, Alexey; Schmidt, Daniel; Schubert, Eva; Schubert, Mathias; Hofmann, Tino E-mail: thofmann@engr.unl.edu; Sinitskii, Alexander E-mail: thofmann@engr.unl.edu

    2015-06-08

    Optical characterization of anisotropic multicomponent nanostructures is generally not a trivial task, since the relation between a material's structural properties and its permittivity tensor is nonlinear. In this regard, an array of slanted cobalt nanopillars that are conformally coated with few-layer graphene is a particularly challenging object for optical characterization, as it has a complex anisotropic geometry and comprises several materials with different topologies and filling fractions. Normally, a detailed characterization of such complex nanostructures would require a combination of several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. In this letter, we demonstrate that the important structural parameters of these graphene-coated sculptured thin films can be determined using a fast and simple generalized spectroscopic ellipsometry test combined with an anisotropic Bruggeman effective medium approximation. The graphene coverage as well as structural parameters of nanostructured thin films agree excellently with electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy observations. The demonstrated optical approach may also be applied to the characterization of other nanostructured materials.

  13. Synthesis of few-layered graphene by H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plasma etching of graphite

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    Zhao Guixia; Shao Dadong; Chen Changlun; Wang Xiangke

    2011-05-02

    Herein, we reported an approach to synthesize few-layered graphene by etching of the graphite using H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plasma technique. The synthesized few-layered graphene was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The analysis showed that few-layered graphene was formed in high quality level. The XPS analysis suggested that H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plasma etching of graphite could oxidize graphene and generated -C-OH and >C=O groups on the graphene surfaces. The H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plasma technique is an easy and environmental friendly method to synthesize few-layered graphene from the graphite.

  14. Controlling single and few-layer graphene crystals growth in a solid carbon source based chemical vapor deposition

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    Papon, Remi; Sharma, Subash; Shinde, Sachin M.; Vishwakarma, Riteshkumar; Tanemura, Masaki; Kalita, Golap

    2014-09-29

    Here, we reveal the growth process of single and few-layer graphene crystals in the solid carbon source based chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique. Nucleation and growth of graphene crystals on a polycrystalline Cu foil are significantly affected by the injection of carbon atoms with pyrolysis rate of the carbon source. We observe micron length ribbons like growth front as well as saturated growth edges of graphene crystals depending on growth conditions. Controlling the pyrolysis rate of carbon source, monolayer and few-layer crystals and corresponding continuous films are obtained. In a controlled process, we observed growth of large monolayer graphene crystals, which interconnect and merge together to form a continuous film. On the other hand, adlayer growth is observed with an increased pyrolysis rate, resulting few-layer graphene crystal structure and merged continuous film. The understanding of monolayer and few-layer crystals growth in the developed CVD process can be significant to grow graphene with controlled layer numbers.

  15. A novel approach towards selective bulk synthesis of few-layer graphenes in an electric arc

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    Karmakar, Soumen; Kulkarni, Naveen V.; Nawale, Ashok B.; Lalla, Niranjan P.; Mishra, Ratikant; Sathe, V. G.; Bhoraskar, S. V.; Das, A. K.

    2009-06-01

    The paper demonstrates the selective bulk synthesis of few-layer graphenes by optimizing an external magnetic field assisted electric arc. An ultra-high purity glassy graphite anode was sublimated in an argon atmosphere, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs), along with graphene sheets, were found inside the deposit formed on the cathode. Both the high purity CNTs and the graphene sheets, with minimal structural defects, were synthesized separately by varying the strength and orientation of the external magnetic field. The as-synthesized carbonaceous samples were characterized with the help of transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction (SAED), Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetry with the objective of optimizing the highest selective production of 2D graphene structures. The as-synthesized graphene sheets exhibited a relatively high degree of graphitization and low structural defect density as confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. They were found to exhibit higher oxidation temperature (767 °C) than that of the carbon nanocrystalline particles (690 °C), as inferred from the thermogravimatric analysis. Moreover, they were found to roll up at their edges on account of their surface energy minimization. This was confirmed by the SAED analysis. With this new technique, we could successfully synthesize 2D graphene structures at the rate of a few g h-1.

  16. Few layer graphene-polypropylene nanocomposites: the role of flake diameter.

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    Vallés, Cristina; Abdelkader, Amr M; Young, Robert J; Kinloch, Ian A

    2014-01-01

    Graphene shows excellent potential as a structural reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites due to its exceptional mechanical properties. We have shown previously that graphene composites can be analysed using conventional composite theory with the graphene flakes acting as short fillers which have a critical length of ∼3 μm which is required for good reinforcement. Herein, polypropylene (PP) nanocomposites were prepared using electrochemically-exfoliated few layer graphene (FLG) with two different flake diameters (5 μm and 20 μm). The crystallization temperature and degree of crystallinity of the PP were found to increase with the loading of FLG, which suggests that the flakes acted as crystallisation nucleation sites. Mechanical testing showed that the 5 μm flakes behaved as short fillers and reinforced the PP matrix poorly. The modulus of the 20 μm flake composites, however, increased linearly with loading up to 20 wt%, without any of the detrimental aggregation effects seen in other graphene systems. The mechanical data were compared with our previous work on other graphene composite systems and the apparent need to balance the degree of functionalization to improve matrix compatibility whilst not encouraging aggregation is discussed.

  17. Superconductivity at 7.4 K in few layer graphene by Li-intercalation.

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    Tiwari, Anand P; Shin, Soohyeon; Hwang, Eunhee; Jung, Soon-Gil; Park, Tuson; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2017-08-29

    Superconductivity in graphene has been highly sought after for its promise in various device applications and for general scientific interest. Ironically, the simple electronic structure of graphene, which is responsible for novel quantum phenomena, hinders the emergence of superconductivity. Theory predicts that doping the surface of the graphene effectively alters the electronic structure, thus promoting propensity towards Cooper pair instability (Profeta et al (2012) Nat. Phys. 8 131-4; Nandkishore et al (2012) Nat. Phys. 8 158-63) [1, 2]. Here we report the emergence of superconductivity at 7.4 K in Li-intercalated few-layer-graphene (FLG). The absence of superconductivity in 3D Li-doped graphite underlines that superconductivity in Li-FLG arises from the novel electronic properties of the 2D graphene layer. These results are expected to guide future research on graphene-based superconductivity, both in theory and experiments. In addition, easy control of the Li-doping process holds promise for various device applications.

  18. Influence of irradiation upon few-layered graphene using electron-beams and gamma-rays

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    Wang, Yuqing; Feng, Yi; Mo, Fei; Qian, Gang; Chen, Yangming; Yu, Dongbo; Wang, Yang; Zhang, Xuebin

    2014-07-01

    Few-layered graphene (FLG) is irradiated by electron beams and gamma rays. After 100 keV electron irradiation, the edges of FLG start bending, shrinking, and finally generate gaps and carbon onions due to sputtering and knock-on damage mechanism. When the electron beam energy is increased further to 200 keV, FLG suffers rapid and catastrophic destruction. Unlike electron irradiation, Compton effect is the dominant damage mechanism in gamma irradiation. The irradiation results indicate the crystallinity of FLG decreases first, then restores as increasing irradiation doses, additionally, the ratio (O/C) of FLG surface and the relative content of oxygen groups increases after irradiation.

  19. Influence of irradiation upon few-layered graphene using electron-beams and gamma-rays

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    Wang, Yuqing; Feng, Yi Mo, Fei; Qian, Gang; Chen, Yangming; Yu, Dongbo; Wang, Yang; Zhang, Xuebin

    2014-07-14

    Few-layered graphene (FLG) is irradiated by electron beams and gamma rays. After 100 keV electron irradiation, the edges of FLG start bending, shrinking, and finally generate gaps and carbon onions due to sputtering and knock-on damage mechanism. When the electron beam energy is increased further to 200 keV, FLG suffers rapid and catastrophic destruction. Unlike electron irradiation, Compton effect is the dominant damage mechanism in gamma irradiation. The irradiation results indicate the crystallinity of FLG decreases first, then restores as increasing irradiation doses, additionally, the ratio (O/C) of FLG surface and the relative content of oxygen groups increases after irradiation.

  20. Self-organized arrays of graphene and few-layer graphene quantum dots in fluorographene matrix: Charge transient spectroscopy

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    Antonova, Irina V.; Nebogatikova, Nadezhda A.; Prinz, Victor Ya.

    2014-05-12

    Arrays of graphene or few-layer graphene quantum dots (QDs) embedded in a partially fluorinated graphene matrix were created by chemical functionalization of layers. Charge transient spectroscopy employed for investigation of obtained QD systems (size 20–70 nm) has allowed us to examine the QD energy spectra and the time of carrier emission (or charge relaxation) from QDs as a function of film thickness. It was found that the characteristic time of carrier emission from QDs decreased markedly (by about four orders of magnitude) on increasing the QD thickness from one graphene monolayer to 3 nm. Daylight-assisted measurements also demonstrate a strong decrease of the carrier emission time.

  1. High-yield synthesis of few-layer graphene flakes through electrochemical expansion of graphite in propylene carbonate electrolyte.

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    Wang, Junzhong; Manga, Kiran Kumar; Bao, Qiaoliang; Loh, Kian Ping

    2011-06-15

    High-yield production of few-layer graphene flakes from graphite is important for the scalable synthesis and industrial application of graphene. However, high-yield exfoliation of graphite to form graphene sheets without using any oxidation process or super-strong acid is challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution route inspired by the lithium rechargeable battery for the high-yield (>70%) exfoliation of graphite into highly conductive few-layer graphene flakes (average thickness <5 layers). A negative graphite electrode can be electrochemically charged and expanded in an electrolyte of Li salts and organic solvents under high current density and exfoliated efficiently into few-layer graphene sheets with the aid of sonication. The dispersible graphene can be ink-brushed to form highly conformal coatings of conductive films (15 ohm/square at a graphene loading of <1 mg/cm(2)) on commercial paper.

  2. Preparation of few-layer graphene-capped boron nanowires and their field emission properties

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    Yong-Xin, Zhang; Fei, Liu; Cheng-Min, Shen; Tian-Zhong, Yang; Jun, Li; Shao-Zhi, Deng; Ning-Sheng, Xu; Hong-Jun, Gao

    2016-07-01

    Large-area boron nanowire (BNW) films were fabricated on the Si(111) substrate by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The average diameter of the BNWs is about 20 nm, with lengths of 5-10 μm. Then, graphene-capped boron nanowires (GC-BNWs) were obtained by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD). Characterization by scanning electron microscopy indicates that few-layer graphene covers the surface of the boron nanowires. Field emission measurements of the BNWs and GC-BNW films show that the GC-BNW films have a lower turn-on electric field than the BNW films. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB933604), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51572290), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. 1731300500015 and XDB07030100).

  3. Transparent actuator made with few layer graphene electrode and dielectric elastomer, for variable focus lens

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    Hwang, Taeseon; Kwon, Hyeok-Yong; Oh, Joon-Suk; Hong, Jung-Pyo; Hong, Seung-Chul; Lee, Youngkwan; Ryeol Choi, Hyouk; Jin Kim, Kwang; Hossain Bhuiya, Mainul; Nam, Jae-Do

    2013-07-01

    A transparent dielectric elastomer actuator driven by few-layer-graphene (FLG) electrode was experimentally investigated. The electrodes were made of graphene, which was dispersed in N-methyl-pyrrolidone. The transparent actuator was fabricated from developed FLG electrodes. The FLG electrode with its sheet resistance of 0.45 kΩ/sq (80 nm thick) was implemented to mask silicone elastomer. The developed FLG-driven actuator exhibited an optical transparency of over 57% at a wavenumber of 600 nm and produced bending displacement performance ranging from 29 to 946 μm as functions of frequency and voltage. The focus variation was clearly demonstrated under actuation to study its application-feasibility in variable focus lens and various opto-electro-mechanical devices.

  4. Thermal transport in three-dimensional foam architectures of few-layer graphene and ultrathin graphite.

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    Pettes, Michael Thompson; Ji, Hengxing; Ruoff, Rodney S; Shi, Li

    2012-06-13

    At a very low solid concentration of 0.45 ± 0.09 vol %, the room-temperature thermal conductivity (κ(GF)) of freestanding graphene-based foams (GF), comprised of few-layer graphene (FLG) and ultrathin graphite (UG) synthesized through the use of methane chemical vapor deposition on reticulated nickel foams, was increased from 0.26 to 1.7 W m(-1) K(-1) after the etchant for the sacrificial nickel support was changed from an aggressive hydrochloric acid solution to a slow ammonium persulfate etchant. In addition, κ(GF) showed a quadratic dependence on temperature between 11 and 75 K and peaked at about 150 K, where the solid thermal conductivity (κ(G)) of the FLG and UG constituents reached about 1600 W m(-1) K(-1), revealing the benefit of eliminating internal contact thermal resistance in the continuous GF structure.

  5. Pulsed laser vaporization synthesis of boron loaded few layered graphene (Conference Presentation)

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    Tennyson, Wesley D.; Tian, Mengkun; More, Karren L.; Geohegan, David B.; Puretzky, Alexander A.; Papandrew, Alexander B.; Rouleau, Christopher M.; Yoon, Mina

    2017-02-01

    The bulk production of loose graphene flakes and its doped variants are important for energy applications including batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors as well as optoelectronic and thermal applications. While laser-based methods have been reported for large-scale synthesis of single-wall carbon nanohorns (SWNHs), similar large-scale production of graphene has not been reported. Here we explored the synthesis of doped few layered graphene by pulsed laser vaporization (PLV) with the goal of producing an oxidation resistant electrode support for solid acid fuel cells. PLV of graphite with various amounts of boron was carried out in mixtures in either Ar or Ar/H2 at 0.1 MPa at elevated temperatures under conditions typically used for synthesis of SWNHs. Both the addition of hydrogen to the background argon, or the addition of boron to the carbon target, was found to shift the formation of carbon nanohorns to two-dimensional flakes of a new form of few-layer graphene material, with sizes up to microns in dimension as confirmed by XRD and TEM. However, the materials made with boron exhibited superior resistance to carbon corrosion in the solid acid fuel cell and thermal oxidation resistance in air compared to similar product made without boron. Mechanisms for the synthesis and oxidation resistance of these materials will be discussed based upon detailed characterization and modeling. •Synthesis science was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. Material processing and characterization science supported by ARPA-E under Cooperative Agreement Number DE-AR0000499 and as a user project at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility.

  6. Facile synthesis of few-layer graphene with a controllable thickness using rapid thermal annealing.

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    Chu, Jae Hwan; Kwak, Jinsung; Kwon, Tae-Yang; Park, Soon-Dong; Go, Heungseok; Kim, Sung Youb; Park, Kibog; Kang, Seoktae; Kwon, Soon-Yong

    2012-03-01

    Few-layer graphene films with a controllable thickness were grown on a nickel surface by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) under vacuum. The instability of nickel films in air facilitates the spontaneous formation of ultrathin (<2-3 nm) carbon- and oxygen-containing compounds on a nickel surface; thus, the high-temperature annealing of the nickel samples without the introduction of intentional carbon-containing precursors results in the formation of graphene films. From annealing temperature and ambient studies during RTA, it was found that the evaporation of oxygen atoms from the surface is the dominant factor affecting the formation of graphene films. The thickness of the graphene layers is strongly dependent on the RTA temperature and time, and the resulting films have a limited thickness (<2 nm), even for an extended RTA time. The transferred films have a low sheet resistance of ~0.9 ± 0.4 kΩ/sq, with ~94% ± 2% optical transparency, making them useful for applications as flexible transparent conductors.

  7. Spectroscopic characterization of charge carrier anisotropic motion in twisted few-layer graphene

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    Kandyba, Viktor; Yablonskikh, Mikhail; Barinov, Alexei

    2015-01-01

    Graphene, a layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb lattice, captures enormous interest as probably the most promising component of future electronics thanks to its mechanical robustness, flexibility, and unique charge carrier quasiparticles propagating like massless high energy Dirac fermions. If several graphene layers form a stack, the interaction between them is, on the one hand, weak, allowing realization of various registries between the layers and, on the other hand, strong enough for a wide range tuning of the electronic properties. Here we grow few layer graphene with various number of layers and twist configurations and address the electronic properties of individual atomic layers in single microscopic domains using angle-resolved photoelectron spectromicroscopy. The dependence of the interlayer coupling on the twist angle is analyzed and, in the domains with tri-layers and more, if different rotations are present, the electrons in weaker coupled adjacent layers are shown to have different properties manifested by coexisting van Hove singularities, moiré superlattices with corresponding superlattice Dirac points, and charge carrier group velocity renormalizations. Moreover, pronounced anisotropy in the charge carrier motion, opening a possibility to transform strongly coupled graphene bilayers into quasi one-dimensional conductors, is observed. PMID:26548567

  8. Interlayer catalytic exfoliation realizing scalable production of large-size pristine few-layer graphene

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    Geng, Xiumei; Guo, Yufen; Li, Dongfang; Li, Weiwei; Zhu, Chao; Wei, Xiangfei; Chen, Mingliang; Gao, Song; Qiu, Shengqiang; Gong, Youpin; Wu, Liqiong; Long, Mingsheng; Sun, Mengtao; Pan, Gebo; Liu, Liwei

    2013-01-01

    Mass production of reduced graphene oxide and graphene nanoplatelets has recently been achieved. However, a great challenge still remains in realizing large-quantity and high-quality production of large-size thin few-layer graphene (FLG). Here, we create a novel route to solve the issue by employing one-time-only interlayer catalytic exfoliation (ICE) of salt-intercalated graphite. The typical FLG with a large lateral size of tens of microns and a thickness less than 2 nm have been obtained by a mild and durative ICE. The high-quality graphene layers preserve intact basal crystal planes owing to avoidance of the degradation reaction during both intercalation and ICE. Furthermore, we reveal that the high-quality FLG ensures a remarkable lithium-storage stability (>1,000 cycles) and a large reversible specific capacity (>600 mAh g−1). This simple and scalable technique acquiring high-quality FLG offers considerable potential for future realistic applications. PMID:23355949

  9. Synthesis of few-layer graphene via microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition.

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    Malesevic, Alexander; Vitchev, Roumen; Schouteden, Koen; Volodin, Alexander; Zhang, Liang; Tendeloo, Gustaaf Van; Vanhulsel, Annick; Haesendonck, Chris Van

    2008-07-30

    If graphene is ever going to live up to the promises of future nanoelectronic devices, an easy and cheap route for mass production is an essential requirement. A way to extend the capabilities of plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition to the synthesis of freestanding few-layer graphene is presented. Micrometre-wide flakes consisting of four to six atomic layers of stacked graphene sheets have been synthesized by controlled recombination of carbon radicals in a microwave plasma. A simple and highly reproducible technique is essential, since the resulting flakes can be synthesized without the need for a catalyst on the surface of any substrate that withstands elevated temperatures up to 700 °C. A thorough structural analysis of the flakes is performed with electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy. The resulting graphene flakes are aligned vertically to the substrate surface and grow according to a three-step process, as revealed by the combined analysis of electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  10. MgO-decorated few-layered graphene as an anode for li-ion batteries.

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    Petnikota, Shaikshavali; Rotte, Naresh K; Reddy, M V; Srikanth, Vadali V S S; Chowdari, B V R

    2015-02-04

    Combustion of magnesium in dry ice and a simple subsequent acid treatment step resulted in a MgO-decorated few-layered graphene (FLG) composite that has a specific surface area of 393 m(2)/g and an average pore volume of 0.9 cm(3)/g. As an anode material in Li-ion batteries, the composite exhibited high reversible capacity and excellent cyclic performance in spite of high first-cycle irreversible capacity loss. A reversible capacity as high as 1052 mAh/g was measured during the first cycle. Even at the end of the 60th cycle, more than 83% of the capacity could be retained. Cyclic voltammetry results indicated pseudocapacitance behavior due to electrochemical absorption and desorption of lithium ions onto graphene. An increase in the capacity has been observed during long-term cycling owing to electrochemical exfoliation of graphene sheets. Owing to its good thermal stability and superior cyclic performance with high reversible capacities, MgO-decked FLG can be an excellent alternative to graphite as an anode material in Li-ion batteries, after suitable modifications.

  11. Identifying active functionalities on few-layered graphene catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutane.

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    Dathar, Gopi Krishna Phani; Tsai, Yu-Tung; Gierszal, Kamil; Xu, Ye; Liang, Chengdu; Rondinone, Adam J; Overbury, Steven H; Schwartz, Viviane

    2014-02-01

    The general consensus in the studies of nanostructured carbon catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of alkanes to olefins is that the oxygen functionalities generated during synthesis and reaction are responsible for the catalytic activity of these nanostructured carbons. Identification of the highly active oxygen functionalities would enable engineering of nanocarbons for ODH of alkanes. Few-layered graphenes were used as model catalysts in experiments to synthesize reduced graphene oxide samples with varying oxygen concentrations, to characterize oxygen functionalities, and to measure the activation energies for ODH of isobutane. Periodic density functional theory calculations were performed on graphene nanoribbon models with a variety of oxygen functionalities at the edges to calculate their thermal stability and to model reaction mechanisms for ODH of isobutane. Comparing measured and calculated thermal stability and activation energies leads to the conclusion that dicarbonyls at the zigzag edges and quinones at armchair edges are appropriately balanced for high activity, relative to other model functionalities considered herein. In the ODH of isobutane, both dehydrogenation and regeneration of catalytic sites are relevant at the dicarbonyls, whereas regeneration is facile compared with dehydrogenation at quinones. The catalytic mechanism involves weakly adsorbed isobutane reducing functional oxygen and leaving as isobutene, and O2 in the feed, weakly adsorbed on the hydrogenated functionality, reacting with that hydrogen and regenerating the catalytic sites. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. The evolution of electronic structure in few-layer graphene revealed by optical spectroscopy

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    Mak, Kin Fai; Sfeir, Matthew Y.; Misewich, James A.; Heinz, Tony F.

    2010-01-01

    The massless Dirac spectrum of electrons in single-layer graphene has been thoroughly studied both theoretically and experimentally. Although a subject of considerable theoretical interest, experimental investigations of the richer electronic structure of few-layer graphene (FLG) have been limited. Here we examine FLG graphene crystals with Bernal stacking of layer thicknesses N = 1,2,3,…8 prepared using the mechanical exfoliation technique. For each layer thickness N, infrared conductivity measurements over the spectral range of 0.2–1.0 eV have been performed and reveal a distinctive band structure, with different conductivity peaks present below 0.5 eV and a relatively flat spectrum at higher photon energies. The principal transitions exhibit a systematic energy-scaling behavior with N. These observations are explained within a unified zone-folding scheme that generates the electronic states for all FLG materials from that of the bulk 3D graphite crystal through imposition of appropriate boundary conditions. Using the Kubo formula, we find that the complete infrared conductivity spectra for the different FLG crystals can be reproduced reasonably well within the framework a tight-binding model. PMID:20696939

  13. Direct Preparation of Few Layer Graphene Epoxy Nanocomposites from Untreated Flake Graphite.

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    Throckmorton, James; Palmese, Giuseppe

    2015-07-15

    The natural availability of flake graphite and the exceptional properties of graphene and graphene-polymer composites create a demand for simple, cost-effective, and scalable methods for top-down graphite exfoliation. This work presents a novel method of few layer graphite nanocomposite preparation directly from untreated flake graphite using a room temperature ionic liquid and laminar shear processing regimen. The ionic liquid serves both as a solvent and initiator for epoxy polymerization and is incorporated chemically into the matrix. This nanocomposite shows low electrical percolation (0.005 v/v) and low thickness (1-3 layers) graphite/graphene flakes by TEM. Additionally, the effect of processing conditions by rheometry and comparison with solvent-free conditions reveal the interactions between processing and matrix properties and provide insight into the theory of the chemical and physical exfoliation of graphite crystals and the resulting polymer matrix dispersion. An interaction model that correlates the interlayer shear physics of graphite flakes and processing parameters is proposed and tested.

  14. Layer-by-Layer Insight into Electrostatic Charge Distribution of Few-Layer Graphene

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    Rokni, Hossein; Lu, Wei

    2017-01-01

    In few-layer graphene (FLG) systems on a dielectric substrate such as SiO2, the addition of each extra layer of graphene can drastically alter their electronic and structural properties. Here, we map the charge distribution among the individual layers of finite-size FLG systems using a novel spatial discrete model that describes both electrostatic interlayer screening and fringe field effects. Our results reveal that the charge density in the region very close to the edges is screened out an order of magnitude more weakly than that across the central region of the layers. Our discrete model suggests that the interlayer charge screening length in 1–8 layer thick graphene systems depends mostly on the overall gate/molecular doping level rather than on temperature, in particular at an induced charge density >5 × 1012 cm−2, and can reliably be determined to be larger than half the interlayer spacing but shorter than the bilayer thickness. Our model can be used for designing FLG-based devices, and offers a simple rule regarding the charge distribution in FLG: approximately 70%, 20%, 6% and 3% (99% overall) of the total induced charge density reside within the four innermost layers, implying that the gate-induced electric field is not definitely felt by >4th layer. PMID:28220816

  15. Layer-by-Layer Insight into Electrostatic Charge Distribution of Few-Layer Graphene

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    Rokni, Hossein; Lu, Wei

    2017-02-01

    In few-layer graphene (FLG) systems on a dielectric substrate such as SiO2, the addition of each extra layer of graphene can drastically alter their electronic and structural properties. Here, we map the charge distribution among the individual layers of finite-size FLG systems using a novel spatial discrete model that describes both electrostatic interlayer screening and fringe field effects. Our results reveal that the charge density in the region very close to the edges is screened out an order of magnitude more weakly than that across the central region of the layers. Our discrete model suggests that the interlayer charge screening length in 1–8 layer thick graphene systems depends mostly on the overall gate/molecular doping level rather than on temperature, in particular at an induced charge density >5 × 1012 cm‑2, and can reliably be determined to be larger than half the interlayer spacing but shorter than the bilayer thickness. Our model can be used for designing FLG-based devices, and offers a simple rule regarding the charge distribution in FLG: approximately 70%, 20%, 6% and 3% (99% overall) of the total induced charge density reside within the four innermost layers, implying that the gate-induced electric field is not definitely felt by >4th layer.

  16. Enhancement of plasma illumination characteristics of few-layer graphene-diamond nanorods hybrid.

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    Sankaran, Kamatchi Jothiramalingam; Yeh, Chien-Jui; Drijkoningen, Sien; Pobedinskas, Paulius; Van Bael, Marlies K; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Lin, I-Nan; Haenen, Ken

    2017-02-10

    Few-layer graphene (FLG) was catalytically formed on vertically aligned diamond nanorods (DNRs) by a high temperature annealing process. The presence of 4-5 layers of FLG on DNRs was confirmed by transmission electron microscopic studies. It enhances the field electron emission (FEE) behavior of the DNRs. The FLG-DNRs show excellent FEE characteristics with a low turn-on field of 4.21 V μm(-1) and a large field enhancement factor of 3480. Moreover, using FLG-DNRs as cathode markedly enhances the plasma illumination behavior of a microplasma device, viz not only the plasma current density is increased, but also the robustness of the devices is improved.

  17. Enhancement of plasma illumination characteristics of few-layer graphene-diamond nanorods hybrid

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    Jothiramalingam Sankaran, Kamatchi; Yeh, Chien-Jui; Drijkoningen, Sien; Pobedinskas, Paulius; Van Bael, Marlies K.; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Lin, I.-Nan; Haenen, Ken

    2017-02-01

    Few-layer graphene (FLG) was catalytically formed on vertically aligned diamond nanorods (DNRs) by a high temperature annealing process. The presence of 4-5 layers of FLG on DNRs was confirmed by transmission electron microscopic studies. It enhances the field electron emission (FEE) behavior of the DNRs. The FLG-DNRs show excellent FEE characteristics with a low turn-on field of 4.21 V μm-1 and a large field enhancement factor of 3480. Moreover, using FLG-DNRs as cathode markedly enhances the plasma illumination behavior of a microplasma device, viz not only the plasma current density is increased, but also the robustness of the devices is improved.

  18. Optical methods for determining thicknesses of few-layer graphene flakes

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    Ouyang, Wengen; Liu, Xin-Z.; Li, Qunyang; Zhang, Yingying; Yang, Jiarui; Zheng, Quan-shui

    2013-12-01

    Optical microscopy (OM) methods have been commonly used as a convenient means for locating and identifying few-layer graphene (FLG) on SiO2/Si substrates. However, it is less clear how reliably optical images of FLG could be used to determine the sample thickness. In this work, various OM methods based on color differences and color contrasts are presented and their reliabilities are evaluated. Our analysis shows that these color-based OM methods depend sensitively on certain parameters of the measuring system, particularly the light source and the reference substrate. These parameters have usually been overlooked and less controlled in routine experiments. From evaluating the performance of these OM methods with both virtual and real FLG samples, we propose some practical guidelines for minimizing the impact of these less-controlled experimental parameters and provide a user-friendly MATLAB script for facilitating the implementation.

  19. Few layers graphene as thermally activated optical modulator in the visible-near IR spectral range.

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    Benítez, J L; Hernández-Cordero, Juan; Muhl, S; Mendoza, D

    2016-01-01

    We report the temperature modulation of the optical transmittance of a few layers of graphene (FLG). The FLG was heated either by the Joule effect of the current flowing between coplanar electrodes or by the absorption of a continuous-wave 532 nm laser. The optical signals used to evaluate the modulation of the FLG were at 633, 975, and 1550 nm; the last wavelengths are commonly used in optical communications. We also evaluated the effect of the substrate on the modulation effect by comparing the performance of a freely suspended FLG sample with one mounted on a glass substrate. Our results show that the modulation of the optical transmittance of FLG can be from millihertz to kilohertz.

  20. Kapitza Resistance between Few-Layer Graphene and Water: Liquid Layering Effects.

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    Alexeev, Dmitry; Chen, Jie; Walther, Jens H; Giapis, Konstantinos P; Angelikopoulos, Panagiotis; Koumoutsakos, Petros

    2015-09-09

    The Kapitza resistance (RK) between few-layer graphene (FLG) and water was studied using molecular dynamics simulations. The RK was found to depend on the number of the layers in the FLG though, surprisingly, not on the water block thickness. This distinct size dependence is attributed to the large difference in the phonon mean free path between the FLG and water. Remarkably, RK is strongly dependent on the layering of water adjacent to the FLG, exhibiting an inverse proportionality relationship to the peak density of the first water layer, which is consistent with better acoustic phonon matching between FLG and water. These findings suggest novel ways to engineer the thermal transport properties of solid-liquid interfaces by controlling and regulating the liquid layering at the interface.

  1. Mono- to few-layered graphene oxide embedded randomness assisted microcavity amplified spontaneous emission source

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    Das, Pratyusha; Maiti, Rishi; Barman, Prahalad K.; Ray, Samit K.; Shivakiran, Bhaktha B. N.

    2016-02-01

    The realization of optoelectronic devices using two-dimensional materials such as graphene and its intermediate product graphene oxide (GO) is extremely challenging owing to the zero band gap of the former. Here, a novel amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) system based on a GO-embedded all-dielectric one-dimensional photonic crystal (1DPhC) micro-resonator is presented. The mono- to few-layered GO sheet is inserted within a microcavity formed by two 5-bilayered SiO2/SnO2 Bragg reflectors. Significantly enhanced photoluminescence (PL) emission of GO embedded in 1DPhC is explicated by studying the electric field confined within the micro-resonator using the transfer matrix method. The inherent randomness, due to fabrication limitations, in the on-average periodic 1DPhC is exploited to further enhance the PL of the optically active micro-resonator. The 1DPhC and randomness assisted field confinement reduces the ASE threshold of the mono- to few-layered weak emitter making the realization of an ASE source feasible. Consequently, ASE at the microcavity resonance and at the low-frequency band-edge of photonic stop-band is demonstrated. Variation of the detection angle from 5° to 30°, with respect to the sample surface normal allows reallocation of the defect mode ASE peak over a spectral range of 558-542 nm, making the GO-incorporated 1DPhC a novel and attractive system for integrated optic applications.

  2. In situ nitrogenated graphene-few-layer WS2 composites for fast and reversible Li+ storage

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    Chen, Dongyun; Ji, Ge; Ding, Bo; Ma, Yue; Qu, Baihua; Chen, Weixiang; Lee, Jim Yang

    2013-08-01

    Two-dimensional nanosheets can leverage on their open architecture to support facile insertion and removal of Li+ as lithium-ion battery electrode materials. In this study, two two-dimensional nanosheets with complementary functions, namely nitrogen-doped graphene and few-layer WS2, were integrated via a facile surfactant-assisted synthesis under hydrothermal conditions. The layer structure and morphology of the composites were confirmed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission microscopy. The effects of surfactant amount on the WS2 layer number were investigated and the performance of the layered composites as high energy density lithium-ion battery anodes was evaluated. The composite formed with a surfactant : tungsten precursor ratio of 1 : 1 delivered the best cyclability (average of only 0.08% capacity fade per cycle for 100 cycles) and good rate performance (80% capacity retention with a 50-fold increase in current density from 100 mA g-1 to 5000 mA g-1), and may find uses in power-oriented applications.Two-dimensional nanosheets can leverage on their open architecture to support facile insertion and removal of Li+ as lithium-ion battery electrode materials. In this study, two two-dimensional nanosheets with complementary functions, namely nitrogen-doped graphene and few-layer WS2, were integrated via a facile surfactant-assisted synthesis under hydrothermal conditions. The layer structure and morphology of the composites were confirmed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission microscopy. The effects of surfactant amount on the WS2 layer number were investigated and the performance of the layered composites as high energy density lithium-ion battery anodes was evaluated. The composite formed with a surfactant : tungsten precursor ratio of 1 : 1 delivered the best cyclability (average of only 0.08% capacity fade per cycle for 100 cycles) and good rate performance (80

  3. Ultrathin ultra-broadband electro-absorption modulator based on few-layer graphene based anisotropic metamaterial

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    Sayem, Ayed Al; Mahdy, M. R. C.; Jahangir, Ifat; Rahman, Md. Saifur

    2017-02-01

    In this article, a few-layered graphene-dielectric multilayer (metamaterial) electro-optic modulator has been proposed in the mid and far infrared range that works on electro-absorption mechanism. Graphene, both mono layer and few layer, is an actively tunable optical material that allows control of inter-band and intra-band transition by tuning its chemical potential. Utilizing this unique feature of graphene, we propose a multilayer graphene dielectric stack where few layer graphene is preferred over mono layer graphene. Although the total thickness of the stack still remains in the nanometer range, this device can exhibit superior performances in terms of (i) high modulation depth, (ii) ultra-broadband performance, (iii) ultra-low insertion loss due to inherent metamaterial properties, (iv)nano-scale footprint, (v) polarization independence and (vi) capability of being integrated to a silicon waveguide. Interestingly, these superior performances, achievable by using few layer graphene with carefully designed metamaterial, may not be possible with mono layer graphene. Our proposals have been validated by both the effective medium theory and general transfer matrix method.

  4. Weak localization in electric-double-layer gated few-layer graphene

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    Gonnelli, R. S.; Piatti, E.; Sola, A.; Tortello, M.; Dolcini, F.; Galasso, S.; Nair, J. R.; Gerbaldi, C.; Cappelluti, E.; Bruna, M.; Ferrari, A. C.

    2017-09-01

    We induce surface carrier densities up to  ˜7\\centerdot {{10}14} cm-2 in few-layer graphene devices by electric double layer gating with a polymeric electrolyte. In 3-, 4- and 5-layer graphene below 20-30 K we observe a logarithmic upturn of resistance that we attribute to weak localization in the diffusive regime. By studying this effect as a function of carrier density and with ab initio calculations we derive the dependence of transport, intervalley and phase coherence scattering lifetimes on total carrier density. We find that electron-electron scattering in the Nyquist regime is the main source of dephasing at temperatures lower than 30 K in the  ˜1013 cm-2 to  ˜7\\centerdot {{10}14} cm-2 range of carrier densities. With the increase of gate voltage, transport elastic scattering is dominated by the competing effects due to the increase in both carrier density and charged scattering centers at the surface. We also tune our devices into a crossover regime between weak and strong localization, indicating that simultaneous tunability of both carrier and defect density at the surface of electric double layer gated materials is possible.

  5. Stacking Structures of Few-Layer Graphene Revealed by Phase-Sensitive Infrared Nanoscopy.

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    Kim, Deok-Soo; Kwon, Hyuksang; Nikitin, Alexey Yu; Ahn, Seongjin; Martín-Moreno, Luis; García-Vidal, Francisco J; Ryu, Sunmin; Min, Hongki; Kim, Zee Hwan

    2015-07-28

    The stacking orders in few-layer graphene (FLG) strongly influences the electronic properties of the material. To explore the stacking-specific properties of FLG in detail, one needs powerful microscopy techniques that visualize stacking domains with sufficient spatial resolution. We demonstrate that infrared (IR) scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (sSNOM) directly maps out the stacking domains of FLG with a nanometric resolution, based on the stacking-specific IR conductivities of FLG. The intensity and phase contrasts of sSNOM are compared with the sSNOM contrast model, which is based on the dipolar tip-sample coupling and the theoretical conductivity spectra of FLG, allowing a clear assignment of each FLG domain as Bernal, rhombohedral, or intermediate stacks for tri-, tetra-, and pentalayer graphene. The method offers 10-100 times better spatial resolution than the far-field Raman and infrared spectroscopic methods, yet it allows far more experimental flexibility than the scanning tunneling microscopy and electron microscopy.

  6. Oil lubricant tribological behaviour improvement through dispersion of few layer graphene oxide.

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    Sarno, Maria; Senatore, Adolfo; Cirillo, Claudia; Petrone, Vincenzo; Ciambelli, Paolo

    2014-07-01

    Few layer graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were prepared by a very fast modified Hummers method and widely characterized. Avoiding further chemical reactions, trying to take advantage of the easy exfoliation of GO favoring the formation of a tribofilm, and using a methodology well known to the lubricant industry, they were added to a mineral oil by the help of a dispersant. The tribological behaviour of GO in mineral oil was investigated under a wide spectrum of conditions, from boundary and mixed lubrication to elastohydrodynamic regimes. A ball on disc setup tribometer has been used to verify the friction reduction due to nanosheets dispersed in mineral oil. Their good friction and anti-wear properties may possibly be attributed to the small and extremely thin laminated structure, which offer lower shear stress and prevent interaction between metal interfaces. Furthermore, the results clearly prove that graphene platelets in oil easily form a protective film to prevent the direct contact between steel surfaces and, thereby, improving the frictional behaviour of the base oil. This evidence is also related to the frictional coefficient trend in boundary regime.

  7. Mechanical and electronic coupling in few-layer graphene and hBN wrinkles: a first-principles study

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    Guo, Yufeng; Qiu, Jiapeng; Guo, Wanlin

    2016-12-01

    Wrinkle engineering is an important pathway to develop novel functional devices of two-dimensional materials. By combining first-principles calculations and continuum mechanics modelling, we have investigated the wrinkling of few-layer graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) and provide a way to estimate their bending stiffness. For few-layer wrinkles under the same strain, the magnitude of structural deformation of each constituent layer gradually decreases from bottom to top layers, while interlayer interaction increases with increasing layer number. Comparing with monolayer wrinkles, the electronic properties of few-layer wrinkles are more sensitive to bending deformation as mechanical and electronic coupling induce charge redistribution at the wrinkles, making few-layer graphene and hBN wrinkles suitable for electromechanical system application.

  8. AB stacked few layer graphene growth by chemical vapor deposition on single crystal Rh(1 1 1) and electronic structure characterization

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    Kordatos, Apostolis; Kelaidis, Nikolaos; Giamini, Sigiava Aminalragia; Marquez-Velasco, Jose; Xenogiannopoulou, Evangelia; Tsipas, Polychronis; Kordas, George; Dimoulas, Athanasios

    2016-04-01

    Graphene synthesis on single crystal Rh(1 1 1) catalytic substrates is performed by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) at 1000 °C and atmospheric pressure. Raman analysis shows full substrate coverage with few layer graphene. It is found that the cool-down rate strongly affects the graphene stacking order. When lowered, the percentage of AB (Bernal) -stacked regions increases, leading to an almost full AB stacking order. When increased, the percentage of AB-stacked graphene regions decreases to a point where almost a full non AB-stacked graphene is grown. For a slow cool-down rate, graphene with AB stacking order and good epitaxial orientation with the substrate is achieved. This is indicated mainly by Raman characterization and confirmed by Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) imaging. Additional Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) topography data confirm that the grown graphene is mainly an AB-stacked structure. The electronic structure of the graphene/Rh(1 1 1) system is examined by Angle resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy (ARPES), where σ and π bands of graphene, are observed. Graphene's ΓK direction is aligned with the ΓK direction of the substrate, indicating no significant contribution from rotated domains.

  9. Salt-assisted direct exfoliation of graphite into high-quality, large-size, few-layer graphene sheets.

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    Niu, Liyong; Li, Mingjian; Tao, Xiaoming; Xie, Zhuang; Zhou, Xuechang; Raju, Arun P A; Young, Robert J; Zheng, Zijian

    2013-08-21

    We report a facile and low-cost method to directly exfoliate graphite powders into large-size, high-quality, and solution-dispersible few-layer graphene sheets. In this method, aqueous mixtures of graphite and inorganic salts such as NaCl and CuCl2 are stirred, and subsequently dried by evaporation. Finally, the mixture powders are dispersed into an orthogonal organic solvent solution of the salt by low-power and short-time ultrasonication, which exfoliates graphite into few-layer graphene sheets. We find that the as-made graphene sheets contain little oxygen, and 86% of them are 1-5 layers with lateral sizes as large as 210 μm(2). Importantly, the as-made graphene can be readily dispersed into aqueous solution in the presence of surfactant and thus is compatible with various solution-processing techniques towards graphene-based thin film devices.

  10. Removal of Pb(II) ions from aqueous solutions on few-layered graphene oxide nanosheets.

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    Zhao, Guixia; Ren, Xuemei; Gao, Xing; Tan, Xiaoli; Li, Jiaxing; Chen, Changlun; Huang, Yuying; Wang, Xiangke

    2011-11-07

    Few-layered graphene oxide (FGO) was synthesized from graphite by using the modified Hummers method, and was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The prepared FGO was used to adsorb Pb(II) ions from aqueous solutions. The abundant oxygen-containing groups on the surfaces of FGO played an important role in Pb(II) ion adsorption on FGO. The adsorption of Pb(II) ions on FGO was dependent on pH values and independent of ionic strength. The adsorption of Pb(II) ions on FGO was mainly dominated by strong surface complexation. From the adsorption isotherms, the maximum adsorption capacities (C(smax)) of Pb(II) ions on FGO calculated from the Langmuir model were about 842, 1150, and 1850 mg g(-1) at 293, 313, and 333 K, respectively, higher than any currently reported. The FGO had the highest adsorption capacities of today's nanomaterials. The thermodynamic parameters calculated from the temperature dependent adsorption isotherms indicated that the adsorption of Pb(II) ions on FGO was a spontaneous and endothermic process.

  11. Tribological properties of few-layer graphene oxide sheets as oil-based lubricant additives

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    Chen, Zhe; Liu, Yuhong; Luo, Jianbin

    2016-03-01

    The performance of a lubricant largely depends on the additives it involves. However, currently used additives cause severe pollution if they are burned and exhausted. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a new generation of green additives. Graphene oxide (GO) consists of only C, H and O and thus is considered to be environmentally friendly. So the tribological properties of the few-layer GO sheet as an additive in hydrocarbon base oil are investigated systematically. It is found that, with the addition of GO sheets, both the coefficient of friction (COF) and wear are decreased and the working temperature range of the lubricant is expanded in the positive direction. Moreover, GO sheets has better performance under higher sliding speed and the optimized concentration of GO sheets is determined to be 0.5wt%. After rubbing, GO is detected on the wear scars through Raman spectroscopy. And it is believed that, during the rubbing, GO sheets adhere to the sliding surfaces, behaving like protective films and preventing the sliding surfaces from contacting with each other directly. This paper proves that the GO sheet is an effective lubricant additive, illuminates the lubrication mechanism, and provides some critical parameters for the practical application of GO sheets in lubrication.

  12. In situ nitrogenated graphene-few-layer WS2 composites for fast and reversible Li+ storage.

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    Chen, Dongyun; Ji, Ge; Ding, Bo; Ma, Yue; Qu, Baihua; Chen, Weixiang; Lee, Jim Yang

    2013-09-07

    Two-dimensional nanosheets can leverage on their open architecture to support facile insertion and removal of Li(+) as lithium-ion battery electrode materials. In this study, two two-dimensional nanosheets with complementary functions, namely nitrogen-doped graphene and few-layer WS2, were integrated via a facile surfactant-assisted synthesis under hydrothermal conditions. The layer structure and morphology of the composites were confirmed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission microscopy. The effects of surfactant amount on the WS2 layer number were investigated and the performance of the layered composites as high energy density lithium-ion battery anodes was evaluated. The composite formed with a surfactant : tungsten precursor ratio of 1 : 1 delivered the best cyclability (average of only 0.08% capacity fade per cycle for 100 cycles) and good rate performance (80% capacity retention with a 50-fold increase in current density from 100 mA g(-1) to 5000 mA g(-1)), and may find uses in power-oriented applications.

  13. Layer-to-layer compression and enhanced optical properties of few-layer graphene nanosheet induced by ion irradiation

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    Shang, Zhen; Tan, Yang; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2016-08-01

    We report on the first experimental study of the layer-to-layer compression and enhanced optical properties of few-layer graphene nanosheet by applying ion irradiation. The deformation of graphene layers is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. It is observed that after the irradiation of energetic ion beams, the space between separate graphene layers is reduced due to layer-to-layer compression, resulting in tighter contact of the graphene sheet with the surface of the substrate. This processing enables enhanced interaction of the graphene with the evanescent-field wave near the surface, which induces reinforced polarization-dependent light absorption of the graphene. Utilizing the ion-bombarded graphene nanosheets as saturable absorbers, we have realized efficient Q-switched waveguide lasing with enhanced performance through the interaction of the graphene and evanescent field.

  14. Magnetotransport properties of a few-layer graphene-ferromagnetic metal junctions in vertical spin valve devices

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    Entani, Shiro Naramoto, Hiroshi; Sakai, Seiji

    2015-05-07

    Magnetotransport properties were studied for the vertical spin valve devices with two junctions of permalloy electrodes and a few-layer graphene interlayer. The graphene layer was directly grown on the bottom electrode by chemical vapor deposition. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that the permalloy surface fully covered with a few-layer graphene is kept free from oxidation and contamination even after dispensing and removing photoresist. This enabled fabrication of the current perpendicular to plane spin valve devices with a well-defined interface between graphene and permalloy. Spin-dependent electron transport measurements revealed a distinct spin valve effect in the devices. The magnetotransport ratio was 0.8% at room temperature and increased to 1.75% at 50 K. Linear current-voltage characteristics and resistance increase with temperature indicated that ohmic contacts are realized at the relevant interfaces.

  15. Epitaxial Graphene Quantum Electronics

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    2014-05-19

    ferromagnetism with spintronics potential. * We have achieved the highest operational frequency in graphene transistors. Epitaxial graphene; quantum transport...important discovery with implications for spintronics . * We have found that ballistic transport most likely involves non-conventional charge carriers

  16. Few-layer graphene sheets with embedded gold nanoparticles for electrochemical analysis of adenine

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    Biris, Alexandru R; Pruneanu, Stela; Pogacean, Florina; Lazar, Mihaela D; Borodi, Gheorghe; Ardelean, Stefania; Dervishi, Enkeleda; Watanabe, Fumiya; Biris, Alexandru S

    2013-01-01

    This work describes the synthesis of few-layer graphene sheets embedded with various amounts of gold nanoparticles (Gr-Au-x) over an Aux/MgO catalytic system (where × = 1, 2, or 3 wt%). The sheet-like morphology of the Gr-Au-x nanostructures was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, which also demonstrated that the number of layers within the sheets varied from two to seven. The sample with the highest percentage of gold nanoparticles embedded within the graphitic layers (Gr-Au-3) showed the highest degree of crystallinity. This distinct feature, along with the large number of edge-planes seen in high resolution transmission electron microscopic images, has a crucial effect on the electrocatalytic properties of this material. The reaction yields (40%–50%) and the final purity (96%–98%) of the Gr-Au-x composites were obtained by thermogravimetric analysis. The Gr-Au-x composites were used to modify platinum substrates and subsequently to detect adenine, one of the DNA bases. For the bare electrode, no oxidation signal was recorded. In contrast, all of the modified electrodes showed a strong electrocatalytic effect, and a clear peak for adenine oxidation was recorded at approximately +1.05 V. The highest increase in the electrochemical signal was obtained using a platinum/Gr-Au-3-modified electrode. In addition, this modified electrode had an exchange current density (I0, obtained from the Tafel plot) one order of magnitude higher than that of the bare platinum electrode, which also confirmed that the transfer of electrons took place more readily at the Gr-Au-3-modified electrode. PMID:23610521

  17. Electrostatic transfer of epitaxial graphene to glass.

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    Ohta, Taisuke; Pan, Wei; Howell, Stephen Wayne; Biedermann, Laura Butler; Beechem Iii, Thomas Edwin; Ross, Anthony Joseph, III

    2010-12-01

    We report on a scalable electrostatic process to transfer epitaxial graphene to arbitrary glass substrates, including Pyrex and Zerodur. This transfer process could enable wafer-level integration of graphene with structured and electronically-active substrates such as MEMS and CMOS. We will describe the electrostatic transfer method and will compare the properties of the transferred graphene with nominally-equivalent 'as-grown' epitaxial graphene on SiC. The electronic properties of the graphene will be measured using magnetoresistive, four-probe, and graphene field effect transistor geometries [1]. To begin, high-quality epitaxial graphene (mobility 14,000 cm2/Vs and domains >100 {micro}m2) is grown on SiC in an argon-mediated environment [2,3]. The electrostatic transfer then takes place through the application of a large electric field between the donor graphene sample (anode) and the heated acceptor glass substrate (cathode). Using this electrostatic technique, both patterned few-layer graphene from SiC(000-1) and chip-scale monolayer graphene from SiC(0001) are transferred to Pyrex and Zerodur substrates. Subsequent examination of the transferred graphene by Raman spectroscopy confirms that the graphene can be transferred without inducing defects. Furthermore, the strain inherent in epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) is found to be partially relaxed after the transfer to the glass substrates.

  18. The Electrical Property of Large Few Layer Graphene Flakes Obtained by Microwaves Assisted Exfoliation of Expanded Graphite

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    Pirzado, Azhar A.; Dalmas, Guillaume; Nguyen-Dinh, Lam; Komissarov, Ivan; Le Normand, Francois; Janowska, Izabela

    2016-01-01

    Few layer graphene (FLG) was synthesized by µ-wave assisted exfoliation of expanded graphite in toluene with an overall yield from c.a. 7% to 20%. A significant difference in the absorption of µ-waves by the expanded graphite and toluene allowed a rapid heating of the medium. The number of FLG sheets varies from 3 to 12, while the lateral size of the sheets exceeds few µms. The obtained FLG exhibits very low resistance with average value of 1.6 kΩ (500 Ω minimum) which is comparable to that of high quality graphenes synthesized by CVD methods, and lower than numbers of exfoliated graphenes.

  19. The production of concentrated dispersions of few-layer graphene by the direct exfoliation of graphite in organosilanes

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    2012-01-01

    We report the formation and characterization of graphene dispersions in two organosilanes, 3-glycidoxypropyl trimethoxysilane (GPTMS) and phenyl triethoxysilane (PhTES) as new reactive solvents. The preparation method was mild and easy and does not produce any chemical modification. The dispersions, which exhibit the Tyndall effect, were characterized by TEM and Raman spectroscopy to confirm the presence of few-layer graphene. Concentrations as high as 0.66 and 8.00 mg/ml were found for PhTES and GPTMS, respectively. The latter is one of the highest values reported for a dispersion of graphene obtained by any method. This finding paves the way for the direct synthesis of polymer nanofiller-containing composites consisting of graphene and reactive silanes to be used in sol–gel synthesis, without any need for solvent removal, thus preventing graphene reaggregation to form graphite flakes. PMID:23237423

  20. Evolution of surface morphology and electronic structure of few layer graphene after low energy Ar{sup +} ion irradiation

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    Al-Harthi, S. H.; Kara'a, A.; Elzain, M.; Hysen, T.; Al-Hinai, A. T.; Myint, M. T. Z.

    2012-11-19

    We report on co-existing dual anisotropy ripple formation, sp bonding transformation, and variation in the delocalized {pi} electron system in 1 keV Ar{sup +} ion irradiated few-layer graphene surfaces. Ripples in directions, perpendicular and parallel to the ion beam were found. The irradiation effect and the transition from the sp{sup 2}-bonding to sp{sup 3}-hybridized state were analyzed from the deconvolution of the C (1s) peak and from the shape of the derivative of the Auger transition spectra. The results suggest a plausible mechanism for tailoring of few-layer graphene electronic band structure with interlayer coupling tuned by the ion irradiation.

  1. Few-layers graphene oxide for NO2 gas sensor on plastic

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    Ramli, Muhammad M.; Isa, Siti S. Mat; Jamlos, M. F.; Murad, S. A. Z.; Isa, M. Mohamad; Kasjoo, S. R.; Ahmad, N.; Nor, N. I. M.; Khalid, N.

    2017-03-01

    Vacuum filtration method was used in order to fabricate a homogeneous and uniform thin film of multi-layer graphene oxide on plastic substrate. This self-regulating technique allows the number of graphene oxide layer to be controlled thus controlling the film thickness by simply varying either the concentration of the graphene oxide in the suspension or the filtration volume. Measurement of the sheet resistance as a function of graphene oxide concentration in solution shows the percolation behavior of multi-layer films. The device was then exposed in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) environment at room temperature and 200 °C, under atmospheric pressure. Results demonstrate that the graphene oxide film shows good sensitivity and excellent recovery time using plastic substrate.

  2. Large room temperature spin-to-charge conversion signals in a few-layer graphene/Pt lateral heterostructure.

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    Yan, Wenjing; Sagasta, Edurne; Ribeiro, Mário; Niimi, Yasuhiro; Hueso, Luis E; Casanova, Fèlix

    2017-09-22

    Electrical generation and detection of pure spin currents without the need of magnetic materials are key elements for the realization of full electrically controlled spintronic devices. In this framework, achieving a large spin-to-charge conversion signal is crucial, as considerable outputs are needed for plausible applications. Unfortunately, the values obtained so far have been rather low. Here we exploit the spin Hall effect by using Pt, a non-magnetic metal with strong spin-orbit coupling, to generate and detect pure spin currents in a few-layer graphene channel. Furthermore, the outstanding properties of graphene, with long-distance spin transport and higher electrical resistivity than metals, allow us to achieve in our graphene/Pt lateral heterostructures the largest spin-to-charge output voltage at room temperature reported so far in the literature. Our approach opens up exciting opportunities towards the implementation of spin-orbit-based logic circuits and all electrical control of spin information without magnetic field.Spintronic devices with full electrical control rely on electrical generation and detection of spin currents in the absence of magnetic materials. Here, the authors use Pt, a non-magnetic metal, to generate and detect pure spin currents in a few-layer graphene channel, achieving a remarkable spin-to-charge voltage signal at room temperature.

  3. The photoelectric characteristics of a few-layer graphene/Si Schottky junction solar cell

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    Ma, Xiying; Gu, Weixia

    2015-10-01

    We present a study of the photovoltaic effects of a graphene/n- Si Schottky junction solar cell. The graphene/Si solar cell was prepared by means of rapid chemical vapor deposition, while the graphene films were grown with a CH4/Ar mixed gas under a constant flow at 950°C and then annealed at 1000°C. It was found that the junction between the graphene film and the n-Si structure played an important role in determining the device performance. An energy conversion efficiency of 2.1% was achieved under an optical illumination of 100 mW. The strong photovoltaic effects of the cell were due to device junction's ability to efficiently generate and separate electron-hole pairs.

  4. Biodistribution and toxicity of radio-labeled few layer graphene in mice after intratracheal instillation.

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    Mao, Liang; Hu, Maojie; Pan, Bingcai; Xie, Yongchao; Petersen, Elijah J

    2016-02-11

    The potential human health risks from graphene inhalation exposure have attracted substantial scientific interest as a result of the numerous exciting potential commercial applications of graphene. However, the long-term distribution of graphene in organisms after inhalation is unknown, largely as a result of challenges associated with accurate graphene quantification. Carbon-14 labeled FLG was used to quantify the in vivo distribution of FLG in mice after oral gavage or intratracheal instillation for up to 3 or 28 days after exposure, respectively. Intratracheally instilled FLG was mainly retained in the lung with 47% remaining after 4 weeks. Exposure to non-labeled FLG resulted in dose-dependent acute lung injury and pulmonary edema, but these effects were alleviated with time despite the continued presence of FLG in the lungs. One percent and 0.18% of the intratracheally instilled FLG was present in the liver and spleen, respectively, after 14 days by passing through the air-blood barrier, a finding supported by the results of oral gavage experiments which did not show detectable absorption through the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, 46.2% of the intratracheally instilled FLG was excreted through the feces 28 d after exposure. Quantitative measurements revealed the elimination mechanism for FLG and its biodistribution for two exposure pathways. Graphene persistence in the lung only caused transient pulmonary effects. The in vivo distribution, elimination, and toxicity results provided here measured using a robust quantitative method support the human health risk assessment of graphene.

  5. Lithium-Intercalated Few Layer Graphene: Approaching the Limits of Transparency and Conductivity in Graphene-based Materials

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    Bao, Wenzhong; Wan, Jiayu; Han, Xiaogang; Cai, Xinghan; Zhu, Hongli; Kim, Dohun; Xu, Yunlu; Munday, Jeremy; Drew, H. Dennis; Fuhrer, Michael; Hu, Liangbing; University Of Maryland College Park Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    We measure simultaneous in situ optical transmittance spectra and electrical transport properties of few-layer graphene (FLG) nanostructures upon electrochemical lithiation/delithiation. Reversible Li-intercalation stages and a two-phase boundary are observed optically. Due to the unusual electronic structure of FLG, upon intercalation we observe a simultaneous increase of both optical transmittance and DC conductivity, strikingly different from other materials. Transmission as high as 91.7% for sheet resistance of 3.0 Ω/square is achieved for 19 layer LiC6, corresponding to a figure of merit (FOM) σdc/σopt = 1400, five times higher than any previously demonstrated for a continuous transparent electrode. The unconventional modification of FLG optoelectronic properties is explained by the suppression of interband optical transitions and a small intraband Drude conductivity near the interband edge. Our techniques can enable investigation of other aspects of intercalation in nanostructures, for example intercalation dynamics and solid-electrolyte interface formation.

  6. Few layer graphene matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Cho, Donghyun; Hong, Sangsu; Shim, Sangdeok

    2013-08-01

    We present the employment of few layer graphene (FLG) as a matrix for the analysis of low molecular weight polymeric compounds using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The practicality of FLG as a matrix for MALDI experiments is demonstrated by analyzing low molecular weight polymers, polar polyethylene glycol (PEG) of 1000 Da and nonpolar polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) of 650 Da. The high quality MS spectra without low-mass interference signals without any further sampling procedure were acquired.

  7. Estimating the elastic properties of few-layer graphene from the free-standing indentation response.

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    Zhou, Lixin; Wang, Yugang; Cao, Guoxin

    2013-11-27

    Using molecular mechanics simulations, the elastic properties of multi-layer graphene (MLG) are investigated; this includes both the linear analysis based on the indentation load-displacement relationship and the nonlinear analysis based on the strain energy. The elastic properties of graphene layers in MLG are similar to each other and also quite close to those of monolayer graphene. The van der Waals (VDW) interaction between graphene layers (interlayer interaction) will create a difference between the indenter tip displacement and the deviation of MLG in indentation, which will cause an overestimation of the elastic modulus of MLG based on classic indentation analysis. This overestimation can be as high as 20%. In addition, the interlayer interaction will significantly affect the nonlinear elastic behavior of MLG in free-standing indentation. With an increase in the number of layers of MLG, the second-order elastic stiffness of MLG is very sensitive to the indentation loading range, and the third-order nonlinear elastic constant is significantly increased.

  8. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering studies of few-layer graphene on silver substrate with 514 nm excitation

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    Ouyang, Yu; Chen, Li

    2011-04-01

    Few-layer graphene was prepared by deoxidizing graphite oxide. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectrum of graphene on Ag substrate was presented with 514 nm excitation. More than nine Raman lines are shown in the 100-3200 cm -1. The intensities of all lines are enhanced. Besides D mode at 1347 cm -1, G peak at 1581 cm -1, G ∗ band at ˜2458 cm -1, and G' band at ˜2691 cm -1, there are two features in low frequency area at about 239 cm -1 and 992 cm -1 separately, one line in high frequency area at about 2900 cm -1 with a shoulder appearing at ˜2860 cm -1. According to SERS, the structure of graphene was analyzed. Furthermore, the increase of D/G intensity ratio in SERS shows the SERS has much potential to be applied in controlling synthesis quality of graphene. In addition, low frequency Raman lines presented in SERS show application potential in analyzing the layer number, stacked style and edge of graphene.

  9. Powder, paper and foam of few-layer graphene prepared in high yield by electrochemical intercalation exfoliation of expanded graphite.

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    Wu, Liqiong; Li, Weiwei; Li, Peng; Liao, Shutian; Qiu, Shengqiang; Chen, Mingliang; Guo, Yufen; Li, Qi; Zhu, Chao; Liu, Liwei

    2014-04-09

    A facile and high-yield approach to the preparation of few-layer graphene (FLG) by electrochemical intercalation exfoliation (EIE) of expanded graphite in sulfuric acid electrolyte is reported. Stage-1 H2SO4-graphite intercalation compound is used as a key intermediate in EIE to realize the efficient exfoliation. The yield of the FLG sheets (<7 layers) with large lateral sizes (tens of microns) is more than 75% relative to the total amount of starting expanded graphite. A low degree of oxygen functionalization existing in the prepared FLG flakes enables them to disperse effectively, which contributes to the film-forming characteristics of the FLG flakes. These electrochemically exfoliated FLG flakes are integrated into several kinds of macroscopic graphene structures. Flexible and freestanding graphene papers made of the FLG flakes retain excellent conductivity (≈24,500 S m(-1)). Three-dimensional (3D) graphene foams with light weight are fabricated from the FLG flakes by the use of Ni foams as self-sacrifice templates. Furthermore, 3D graphene/Ni foams without any binders, which are used as supercapacitor electrodes in aqueous electrolyte, provide the specific capacitance of 113.2 F g(-1) at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1), retaining 90% capacitance after 1000 cycles.

  10. Field emission from few-layer graphene nanosheets produced by liquid phase exfoliation of graphite.

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    Dong, Jianhui; Zeng, Baoqing; Lan, Yucheng; Tian, Shikai; Shan, Yun; Liu, Xingchong; Yang, Zhonghai; Wang, Hui; Ren, Z F

    2010-08-01

    Graphene nanosheets have been synthesized from commercial expandable graphite by heating in a microwave oven and dispersing in ethanol by ultrasonication. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy and atomic force microscope showed that the nanosheets were about 2 nm in thickness and 10 microm in diameter. The field emission of the graphene sheets has been investigated. An emission current density of 1 mA/cm2 has been achieved at an electric field of 3.7 V/microm with a turn-on field of 1.7 V/microm at 0.01 mA/cm2. The annealing of the samples at 400 degrees C in vacuum greatly improved the field emission performance.

  11. Towards Lego Snapping; Integration of Carbon Nanotubes and Few-Layer Graphene

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    Nasseri, Mohsen; Boland, Mathias; Farrokhi, M. Javad; Strachan, Douglas

    Integration of semiconducting, conducting, and insulating nanomaterials into precisely aligned complicated systems is one of the main challenges to the ultimate size scaling of electronic devices, which is a key goal in nanoscience and nanotechnology. This integration could be made more effective through controlled alignment of the crystallographic lattices of the nanoscale components. Of the vast number of materials of atomically-thin materials, two of the sp2 bonded carbon structures, graphene and carbon nanotubes, are ideal candidates for this type of application since they are built from the same backbone carbon lattice. Here we report carbon nanotube and graphene hybrid nanostructures fabricated through their catalytic synthesis and etching. The growth formations we have investigated through various high-resolution microscopy techniques provide evidence of lego-snapped interfaces between nanotubes and graphene into device-relevant orientations. We will finish with a discussion of the various size and energy regimes relevant to these lego-snapped interfaces and their implications on developing these integrated formations.

  12. Electron Hopping Through Single-to-Few-Layer Graphene Oxide Films. Side-Selective Photocatalytic Deposition of Metal Nanoparticles.

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    Lightcap, Ian V; Murphy, Sean; Schumer, Timothy; Kamat, Prashant V

    2012-06-07

    Single- to few-layer graphene oxide (GO) sheets have been successfully anchored onto TiO2 films using electrophoretic deposition. Upon UV illumination of TiO2-GO films, photogenerated electrons from TiO2 are captured by GO. These electrons are initially used in GO's reduction, while additional electron transfer results in storage across its sp(2) network. In the presence of silver ions, deposition of silver nanoparticles (NPs) is accomplished on the GO surface opposite the TiO2, thus confirming the ability of GO to transport electrons through its plane. Illumination-controlled reduction of silver ions allows for simple selection of particle size and loading, making these semiconductor-graphene-metal (SGM) films ideal for custom catalysis and sensor applications. Initial testing of SGM films as surface-enhanced resonance Raman (SERRS) sensors produced significant target molecule signal enhancements, enabling detection of nanomolar concentrations.

  13. Vacancies in epitaxial graphene

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    Davydov, S. Yu.

    2015-08-15

    The coherent-potential method is used to consider the problem of the influence of a finite concentration of randomly arranged vacancies on the density of states of epitaxial graphene. To describe the density of states of the substrate, simple models (the Anderson model, Haldane-Anderson model, and parabolic model) are used. The electronic spectrum of free single-sheet graphene is considered in the low-energy approximation. Charge transfer in the graphene-substrate system is discussed. It is shown that, in all cases, the density of states of epitaxial graphene decreases proportionally to the vacancy concentration. At the same time, the average charge transferred from graphene to the substrate increases.

  14. Facile and Scalable Synthesis Method for High-Quality Few-Layer Graphene through Solution-Based Exfoliation of Graphite.

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    Wee, Boon-Hong; Wu, Tong-Fei; Hong, Jong-Dal

    2017-02-08

    Here we describe a facile and scalable method for preparing defect-free graphene sheets exfoliated from graphite using the positively charged polyelectrolyte precursor poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV-pre) as a stabilizer in an aqueous solution. The graphene exfoliated by PPV-pre was apparently stabilized in the solution as a form of graphene/PPV-pre (denoted to GPPV-pre), which remains in a homogeneous dispersion over a year. The thickness values of 300 selected 76% GPPV-pre flakes ranged from 1 to 10 nm, corresponding to between one and a few layers of graphene in the lateral dimensions of 1 to 2 μm. Furthermore, this approach was expected to yield a marked decrease in the density of defects in the electronic conjugation of graphene compared to that of graphene oxide (GO) obtained by Hummers' method. The positively charged GPPV-pre was employed to fabricate a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) electrode layer-by-layer with negatively charged GO, yielding (GPPV-pre/GO)n film electrode. The PPV-pre and GO in the (GPPV-pre/GO)n films were simultaneously converted using hydroiodic acid vapor to fully conjugated PPV and reduced graphene oxide (RGO), respectively. The electrical conductivity of (GPPV/RGO)23 multilayer films was 483 S/cm, about three times greater than that of the (PPV/RGO)23 multilayer films (166 S/cm) comprising RGO (prepared by Hummers method). Furthermore, the superior electrical properties of GPPV were made evident, when comparing the capacitive performances of two supercapacitor systems; (polyaniline PANi/RGO)30/(GPPV/RGO)23/PET (volumetric capacitance = 216 F/cm(3); energy density = 19 mWh/cm(3); maximum power density = 498 W/cm(3)) and (PANi/RGO)30/(PPV/RGO)23/PET (152 F/cm(3); 9 mWh/cm(3); 80 W/cm(3)).

  15. Observation of spin-glass behavior in nickel adsorbed few layer graphene

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    Mitra, Sreemanta; Mondal, Oindrila; Banerjee, Sourish; Chakravorty, Dipankar

    2013-01-14

    Nickel-adsorbed graphene was prepared by first synthesizing graphite oxide (GO) by modified Hummers' method and then reducing a solution containing both GO and Ni{sup 2+}. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed 31 at. % nickel was present. Magnetization measurements under both dc and ac magnetic fields were carried out in the temperature range 2 K to 300 K. The zero field cooled and field cooled magnetization data showed a pronounced irreversibility at a temperature around 20 K. The analysis of the ac susceptibility data was carried out by both Vogel-Fulcher as well as power law. From dynamic scaling analysis, the microscopic flipping time {tau}{sub 0}{approx}10{sup -13}s and critical exponent z{nu}=5.9{+-}0.1 were found, indicating the presence of conventional spin glass in the system. The spin glass transition temperature was estimated as 19.5 K. Decay of thermoremanent magnetization was explained by stretched exponential function with a value of the exponent as 0.6. From the results, it is concluded that nickel adsorbed graphene behaves like a spin-glass.

  16. Nanoscale measurements of unoccupied band dispersion in few-layer graphene

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    Jobst, Johannes; Kautz, Jaap; Geelen, Daniël; Tromp, Rudolf M.; van der Molen, Sense Jan

    2015-01-01

    The properties of any material are fundamentally determined by its electronic band structure. Each band represents a series of allowed states inside a material, relating electron energy and momentum. The occupied bands, that is, the filled electron states below the Fermi level, can be routinely measured. However, it is remarkably difficult to characterize the empty part of the band structure experimentally. Here, we present direct measurements of unoccupied bands of monolayer, bilayer and trilayer graphene. To obtain these, we introduce a technique based on low-energy electron microscopy. It relies on the dependence of the electron reflectivity on incidence angle and energy and has a spatial resolution ∼10 nm. The method can be easily applied to other nanomaterials such as van der Waals structures that are available in small crystals only. PMID:26608712

  17. Nanoscale measurements of unoccupied band dispersion in few-layer graphene

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    Jobst, Johannes; Kautz, Jaap; Geelen, Daniël; Tromp, Rudolf M.; van der Molen, Sense Jan

    2015-11-01

    The properties of any material are fundamentally determined by its electronic band structure. Each band represents a series of allowed states inside a material, relating electron energy and momentum. The occupied bands, that is, the filled electron states below the Fermi level, can be routinely measured. However, it is remarkably difficult to characterize the empty part of the band structure experimentally. Here, we present direct measurements of unoccupied bands of monolayer, bilayer and trilayer graphene. To obtain these, we introduce a technique based on low-energy electron microscopy. It relies on the dependence of the electron reflectivity on incidence angle and energy and has a spatial resolution ~10 nm. The method can be easily applied to other nanomaterials such as van der Waals structures that are available in small crystals only.

  18. Measuring the complex optical conductivity of graphene by Fabry-Pérot reflectance spectroscopy [Determination of the optical index for few-layer graphene by reflectivity spectroscopy

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    Ghamsari, Behnood G.; Tosado, Jacob; Yamamoto, Mahito; ...

    2016-09-29

    Here, we have experimentally studied the optical refractive index of few-layer graphene through reflection spectroscopy at visible wavelengths. A laser scanning microscope (LSM) with a coherent supercontinuum laser source measured the reflectivity of an exfoliated graphene flake on a Si/SiO2 substrate, containing monolayer, bilayer and trilayer areas, as the wavelength of the laser was varied from 545nm to 710nm. The complex refractive index of few-layer graphene, n-ik, was extracted from the reflectivity contrast to the bare substrate and the Fresnel reflection theory. Since the SiO2 thickness enters to the modeling as a parameter, it was precisely measured at the locationmore » of the sample. It was found that a common constant optical index cannot explain the wavelength-dependent reflectivity data for single-, double- and three-layer graphene simultaneously, but rather each individual few-layer graphene possesses a unique optical index whose complex values were precisely and accurately determined from the experimental data.« less

  19. Measuring the complex optical conductivity of graphene by Fabry-Pérot reflectance spectroscopy [Determination of the optical index for few-layer graphene by reflectivity spectroscopy

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    Ghamsari, Behnood G.; Tosado, Jacob; Yamamoto, Mahito; Fuhrer, Michael S.; Anlage, Steven M.

    2016-09-29

    Here, we have experimentally studied the optical refractive index of few-layer graphene through reflection spectroscopy at visible wavelengths. A laser scanning microscope (LSM) with a coherent supercontinuum laser source measured the reflectivity of an exfoliated graphene flake on a Si/SiO2 substrate, containing monolayer, bilayer and trilayer areas, as the wavelength of the laser was varied from 545nm to 710nm. The complex refractive index of few-layer graphene, n-ik, was extracted from the reflectivity contrast to the bare substrate and the Fresnel reflection theory. Since the SiO2 thickness enters to the modeling as a parameter, it was precisely measured at the location of the sample. It was found that a common constant optical index cannot explain the wavelength-dependent reflectivity data for single-, double- and three-layer graphene simultaneously, but rather each individual few-layer graphene possesses a unique optical index whose complex values were precisely and accurately determined from the experimental data.

  20. Physical defect formation in few layer graphene-like carbon on metals: influence of temperature, acidity, and chemical functionalization.

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    Schumacher, Christoph M; Grass, Robert N; Rossier, Michael; Athanassiou, Evagelos K; Stark, Wendelin J

    2012-03-06

    A systematical examination of the chemical stability of cobalt metal nanomagnets with a graphene-like carbon coating is used to study the otherwise rather elusive formation of nanometer-sized physical defects in few layer graphene as a result of acid treatments. We therefore first exposed the core-shell nanomaterial to well-controlled solutions of altering acidity and temperature. The release of cobalt into these solutions over time offered a simple tool to monitor the progress of particle degradation. The results suggested that the oxidative damage of the graphene-like coatings was the rate-limiting step during particle degradation since only fully intact or entirely emptied carbon shells were found after the experiments. If ionic noble metal species were additionally present in the acidic solutions, the noble metal was found to reduce on the surface of specific, defective particles. The altered electrochemical gradients across the carbon shells were however not found to lead to a faster release of cobalt from the particles. The suggested mechanistic insight was further confirmed by the covalent chemical functionalization of the particle surface with chemically inert aryl species, which leads to an additional thickening of the shells. This leads to reduced cobalt release rates as well as slower noble metal reduction rates depending on the augmentation of the shell thickness.

  1. Opto-Valleytronic Spin Injection in Monolayer MoS2/Few-Layer Graphene Hybrid Spin Valves.

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    Luo, Yunqiu Kelly; Xu, Jinsong; Zhu, Tiancong; Wu, Guanzhong; McCormick, Elizabeth J; Zhan, Wenbo; Neupane, Mahesh R; Kawakami, Roland K

    2017-06-14

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials provide a unique platform for spintronics and valleytronics due to the ability to combine vastly different functionalities into one vertically stacked heterostructure, where the strengths of each of the constituent materials can compensate for the weaknesses of the others. Graphene has been demonstrated to be an exceptional material for spin transport at room temperature; however, it lacks a coupling of the spin and optical degrees of freedom. In contrast, spin/valley polarization can be efficiently generated in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) such as MoS2 via absorption of circularly polarized photons, but lateral spin or valley transport has not been realized at room temperature. In this Letter, we fabricate monolayer MoS2/few-layer graphene hybrid spin valves and demonstrate, for the first time, the opto-valleytronic spin injection across a TMD/graphene interface. We observe that the magnitude and direction of spin polarization is controlled by both helicity and photon energy. In addition, Hanle spin precession measurements confirm optical spin injection, spin transport, and electrical detection up to room temperature. Finally, analysis by a one-dimensional drift-diffusion model quantifies the optically injected spin current and the spin transport parameters. Our results demonstrate a 2D spintronic/valleytronic system that achieves optical spin injection and lateral spin transport at room temperature in a single device, which paves the way for multifunctional 2D spintronic devices for memory and logic applications.

  2. Temperature Dependence of Electric Transport in Few-layer Graphene under Large Charge Doping Induced by Electrochemical Gating

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    Gonnelli, R. S.; Paolucci, F.; Piatti, E.; Sharda, Kanudha; Sola, A.; Tortello, M.; Nair, Jijeesh R.; Gerbaldi, C.; Bruna, M.; Borini, S.

    2015-01-01

    The temperature dependence of electric transport properties of single-layer and few-layer graphene at large charge doping is of great interest both for the study of the scattering processes dominating the conductivity at different temperatures and in view of the theoretically predicted possibility to reach the superconducting state in such extreme conditions. Here we present the results obtained in 3-, 4- and 5-layer graphene devices down to 3.5 K, where a large surface charge density up to about 6.8·1014 cm−2 has been reached by employing a novel polymer electrolyte solution for the electrochemical gating. In contrast with recent results obtained in single-layer graphene, the temperature dependence of the sheet resistance between 20 K and 280 K shows a low-temperature dominance of a T2 component – that can be associated with electron-electron scattering – and, at about 100 K, a crossover to the classic electron-phonon regime. Unexpectedly, this crossover does not show any dependence on the induced charge density, i.e. on the large tuning of the Fermi energy. PMID:25906088

  3. Liquid-Phase Exfoliation of Graphite into Single- and Few-Layer Graphene with α-Functionalized Alkanes.

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    Haar, Sébastien; Bruna, Matteo; Lian, Jian Xiang; Tomarchio, Flavia; Olivier, Yoann; Mazzaro, Raffaello; Morandi, Vittorio; Moran, Joseph; Ferrari, Andrea C; Beljonne, David; Ciesielski, Artur; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-07-21

    Graphene has unique physical and chemical properties, making it appealing for a number of applications in optoelectronics, sensing, photonics, composites, and smart coatings, just to cite a few. These require the development of production processes that are inexpensive and up-scalable. These criteria are met in liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE), a technique that can be enhanced when specific organic molecules are used. Here we report the exfoliation of graphite in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone, in the presence of heneicosane linear alkanes terminated with different head groups. These molecules act as stabilizing agents during exfoliation. The efficiency of the exfoliation in terms of the concentration of exfoliated single- and few-layer graphene flakes depends on the functional head group determining the strength of the molecular dimerization through dipole-dipole interactions. A thermodynamic analysis is carried out to interpret the impact of the termination group of the alkyl chain on the exfoliation yield. This combines molecular dynamics and molecular mechanics to rationalize the role of functionalized alkanes in the dispersion and stabilization process, which is ultimately attributed to a synergistic effect of the interactions between the molecules, graphene, and the solvent.

  4. Spectroscopic metrics allow in situ measurement of mean size and thickness of liquid-exfoliated few-layer graphene nanosheets

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    Backes, Claudia; Paton, Keith R.; Hanlon, Damien; Yuan, Shengjun; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.; Houston, James; Smith, Ronan J.; McCloskey, David; Donegan, John F.; Coleman, Jonathan N.

    2016-02-01

    Liquid phase exfoliation is a powerful and scalable technique to produce defect-free mono- and few-layer graphene. However, samples are typically polydisperse and control over size and thickness is challenging. Notably, high throughput techniques to measure size and thickness are lacking. In this work, we have measured the extinction, absorption, scattering and Raman spectra for liquid phase exfoliated graphene nanosheets of various lateral sizes (90 <= <= 810 nm) and thicknesses (2.7 <= <= 10.4). We found all spectra to show well-defined dependences on nanosheet dimensions. Measurements of extinction and absorption spectra of nanosheet dispersions showed both peak position and spectral shape to vary with nanosheet thickness in a manner consistent with theoretical calculations. This allows the development of empirical metrics to extract the mean thickness of liquid dispersed nanosheets from an extinction (or absorption) spectrum. While the scattering spectra depended on nanosheet length, poor signal to noise ratios made the resultant length metric unreliable. By analyzing Raman spectra measured on graphene nanosheet networks, we found both the D/G intensity ratio and the width of the G-band to scale with mean nanosheet length allowing us to establish quantitative relationships. In addition, we elucidate the variation of 2D/G band intensities and 2D-band shape with the mean nanosheet thickness, allowing us to establish quantitative metrics for mean nanosheet thickness from Raman spectra.Liquid phase exfoliation is a powerful and scalable technique to produce defect-free mono- and few-layer graphene. However, samples are typically polydisperse and control over size and thickness is challenging. Notably, high throughput techniques to measure size and thickness are lacking. In this work, we have measured the extinction, absorption, scattering and Raman spectra for liquid phase exfoliated graphene nanosheets of various lateral sizes (90 <= <= 810 nm) and

  5. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Highly-Crumpled, Few-Layered Graphene and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene for Use as High-Performance Electrodes in Capacitive Deionization

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    Amiri, Ahmad; Ahmadi, Goodarz; Shanbedi, Mehdi; Savari, Maryam; Kazi, S. N.; Chew, B. T.

    2015-01-01

    Capacitive deionization (CDI) is a promising procedure for removing various charged ionic species from brackish water. The performance of graphene-based material in capacitive deionization is lower than the expectation of the industry, so highly-crumpled, few-layered graphene (HCG) and highly-crumpled nitrogen-doped graphene (HCNDG) with high surface area have been introduced as promising candidates for CDI electrodes. Thus, HCG and HCNDG were prepared by exfoliation of graphite in the presence of liquid-phase, microwave-assisted methods. An industrially-scalable, cost-effective, and simple approach was employed to synthesize HCG and HCNDG, resulting in few-layered graphene and nitrogen-doped graphene with large specific surface area. Then, HCG and HCNDG were utilized for manufacturing a new class of carbon nanostructure-based electrodes for use in large-scale CDI equipment. The electrosorption results indicated that both the HCG and HCNDG have fairly large specific surface areas, indicating their huge potential for capacitive deionization applications. PMID:26643279

  6. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Highly-Crumpled, Few-Layered Graphene and Nitrogen-Doped Graphene for Use as High-Performance Electrodes in Capacitive Deionization

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    Amiri, Ahmad; Ahmadi, Goodarz; Shanbedi, Mehdi; Savari, Maryam; Kazi, S. N.; Chew, B. T.

    2015-12-01

    Capacitive deionization (CDI) is a promising procedure for removing various charged ionic species from brackish water. The performance of graphene-based material in capacitive deionization is lower than the expectation of the industry, so highly-crumpled, few-layered graphene (HCG) and highly-crumpled nitrogen-doped graphene (HCNDG) with high surface area have been introduced as promising candidates for CDI electrodes. Thus, HCG and HCNDG were prepared by exfoliation of graphite in the presence of liquid-phase, microwave-assisted methods. An industrially-scalable, cost-effective, and simple approach was employed to synthesize HCG and HCNDG, resulting in few-layered graphene and nitrogen-doped graphene with large specific surface area. Then, HCG and HCNDG were utilized for manufacturing a new class of carbon nanostructure-based electrodes for use in large-scale CDI equipment. The electrosorption results indicated that both the HCG and HCNDG have fairly large specific surface areas, indicating their huge potential for capacitive deionization applications.

  7. Free-standing few-layered graphene oxide films: selective, steady and lasting permeation of organic molecules with adjustable speeds

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    Huang, Tao; An, Qi; Luan, Xinglong; Zhang, Qian; Zhang, Yihe

    2016-01-01

    A variety of small molecules with diameters around 1 nm possess a range of functions, such as antibiotic, antimicrobic, anticoagulant, pesticidal and chemotherapy effects, making these molecules especially useful in various applications ranging from medical treatment to environmental microbiological control. However, the long-term steady delivery (release or permeation) of these small molecules with adjustable and controllable speeds has remained an especially challenging task. In this study, we prepared covalently cross-linked free-standing few-layered GO films using a layer-by-layer technique in combination with photochemical cross-linkages, and achieved a controlled release of positively charged, negatively charged, and zwitterionic small molecules with adjustable and controllable speeds. The steady delivery of the small molecule lasted up to 9 days. Other functionalities, such as graphene-enhanced Raman spectra and electrochemical properties that could also be integrated or employed in delivery systems, were also studied for our films. We expect the special molecular delivery properties of our films to lead to new possibilities in drug/fertilizer delivery and environmental microbiological control applications.A variety of small molecules with diameters around 1 nm possess a range of functions, such as antibiotic, antimicrobic, anticoagulant, pesticidal and chemotherapy effects, making these molecules especially useful in various applications ranging from medical treatment to environmental microbiological control. However, the long-term steady delivery (release or permeation) of these small molecules with adjustable and controllable speeds has remained an especially challenging task. In this study, we prepared covalently cross-linked free-standing few-layered GO films using a layer-by-layer technique in combination with photochemical cross-linkages, and achieved a controlled release of positively charged, negatively charged, and zwitterionic small molecules with

  8. Plasmonic resonances in hybrid systems of aluminum nanostructured arrays and few layer graphene within the UV-IR spectral range.

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    González-Campuzano, Ricardo; Saniger, J M; Mendoza, Doroteo

    2017-09-15

    The size-controllable and ordered Al nanocavities and nanodomes arrays were synthesized by electrochemical anodization of aluminum using phosphoric acid, citric acid and mixture both acids. Few layer graphene (FLG) was transferred directly on top of Al nanostructures and their morphology were evaluated by Scanning Electron Microscopy. The interaction between FLG and the plasmonic properties of Al nanostructures arrays were investigated based on specular reflectivity in the UV-Vis-IR range and Raman Spectroscopy. We found that their optical reflectivity was dramatically reduced as compared with unstructured Al. At the same time pronounced reflectivity dips were detectable in the 200 nm-896 nm wavelength range, which were ascribed to plasmonic resonances. The plasmonic properties of these nanostructures do not exhibit evident changes by the presence of FLG in the UV-Vis range of the electromagnetic spectrum. By contrast, the Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) of FLG was observed in nanocavities and nanodomes structures that result in an intensity increase of the characteristic G and 2D bands of FLG induced by the plasmonic properties of Al nanostructures. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  9. Synthesis of few-layered, high-purity graphene oxide sheets from different graphite sources for biology

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    Jasim, Dhifaf A.; Lozano, Neus; Kostarelos, Kostas

    2016-03-01

    This work aimed to interrogate the role that the starting graphitic material played on the physicochemical properties of graphene oxide (GO) sheets and their impact on mammalian cell viability following exposure to those flakes. Three different GO thin sheets were synthesised from three starting graphite material: flakes (GO-f), ground (GO-g) and powder (GO-p) using a modified Hummers’ method. The synthetic yield of this methodology was found to differ according to type of starting material, with GO-p resulting in most efficient yields. Structural and morphological comparison of the three GO sheet types were carried out using transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Optical properties were measured using UV/visible and fluorescence spectroscopy. Surface characteristics and chemistry were determined using a battery of techniques. Exposure to human cells was studied using the human A549 lung epithelial cultures. Our results revealed that all three GO samples were composed of few-layer sheets with similar physicochemical and surface characteristics. However, significant differences were observed in terms of their lateral dimensions with GO-p, prepared from graphite powder, being the largest among the GOs. No cytotoxicity was detected for any of the GO samples following exposure onto A549 cells up to 48 h. In conclusion, the form and type of the starting graphite material is shown to be an important factor that can determine the synthetic yield and the structural characteristics of the resulting GO sheets.

  10. Local solid phase growth of few-layer graphene on silicon carbide from nickel silicide supersaturated with carbon

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    Escobedo-Cousin, Enrique; Vassilevski, Konstantin; Hopf, Toby; Wright, Nick; O'Neill, Anthony; Horsfall, Alton; Goss, Jonathan; Cumpson, Peter

    2013-03-21

    Patterned few-layer graphene (FLG) films were obtained by local solid phase growth from nickel silicide supersaturated with carbon, following a fabrication scheme, which allows the formation of self-aligned ohmic contacts on FLG and is compatible with conventional SiC device processing methods. The process was realised by the deposition and patterning of thin Ni films on semi-insulating 6H-SiC wafers followed by annealing and the selective removal of the resulting nickel silicide by wet chemistry. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to confirm both the formation and subsequent removal of nickel silicide. The impact of process parameters such as the thickness of the initial Ni layer, annealing temperature, and cooling rates on the FLG films was assessed by Raman spectroscopy, XPS, and atomic force microscopy. The thickness of the final FLG film estimated from the Raman spectra varied from 1 to 4 monolayers for initial Ni layers between 3 and 20 nm thick. Self-aligned contacts were formed on these patterned films by contact photolithography and wet etching of nickel silicide, which enabled the fabrication of test structures to measure the carrier concentration and mobility in the FLG films. A simple model of diffusion-driven solid phase chemical reaction was used to explain formation of the FLG film at the interface between nickel silicide and silicon carbide.

  11. Few-layer graphene sheets/poly(vinylidene fluoride) composites prepared by a water vapor induced phase separation method

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    Tian, Konghu; Wang, Hua; Su, Zheng; He, Jing; Tian, Xingyou; Huang, Weiqi; Guo, Yulan

    2017-04-01

    Few-layer graphene sheets/poly(vinylidene fluoride) (FGS/PVDF) composites were prepared by a water vapor induced phase separation (WVIPS) method. The composites were investigated by SEM, TEM, FTIR, Raman, XRD, TG, analysis. The analytical results showed that the FGS were uniformly distributed in the PVDF forming continuous network structure in the PVDF matrix, as a direct result of the WVIPS method. The introduction of FGS was found to endow the PVDF with satisfactory electrical conductivity and good electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness (EMI SE). The composites with 15 wt% FGS content exhibited an electrical conductivity of 1.68 S cm-1. In addition, the same composites showed the excellent EMI SE in the X-band frequency region (high as 45.6 dB at 10 GHz). The proposed preparation process was found to be an easy, convenient and efficient synthetic route to prepare FGS/PVDF composites, that prove useful in the preparation of similar FGS/polymer composites.

  12. Passively mode-locked fiber laser based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution

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    Liu, Zhi-Bo; He, Xiaoying; Wang, D. N.

    2011-08-01

    We demonstrate a nanosecond-pulse erbium-doped fiber laser that is passively mode locked by a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution. Owing to the good solution processing capability of few-layered graphene oxide, which can be filled into the core of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber through a selective hole filling process, a graphene saturable absorber can be successfully fabricated. The output pulses obtained have a center wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate of 1561.2nm, 4.85ns, and 7.68MHz, respectively. This method provides a simple and efficient approach to integrate the graphene into the optical fiber system.

  13. Passively mode-locked fiber laser based on a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution.

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    Liu, Zhi-Bo; He, Xiaoying; Wang, D N

    2011-08-15

    We demonstrate a nanosecond-pulse erbium-doped fiber laser that is passively mode locked by a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with few-layered graphene oxide solution. Owing to the good solution processing capability of few-layered graphene oxide, which can be filled into the core of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber through a selective hole filling process, a graphene saturable absorber can be successfully fabricated. The output pulses obtained have a center wavelength, pulse width, and repetition rate of 1561.2 nm, 4.85 ns, and 7.68 MHz, respectively. This method provides a simple and efficient approach to integrate the graphene into the optical fiber system.

  14. Vanadium Oxyfluoride/Few-Layer Graphene Composite as a High-Performance Cathode Material for Lithium Batteries.

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    Cambaz, Musa Ali; Vinayan, B P; Clemens, Oliver; Munnangi, Anji Reddy; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Kübel, Christian; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2016-04-18

    Metal oxyfluoride compounds are gathering significant interest as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries at the moment because of their high theoretical capacity and resulting high energy density. In this regard, a new and direct approach is presented to synthesize phase-pure vanadium oxyfluoride (VO2F). The structure of VO2F was identified by Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. It crystallizes in a perovskite-type structure with disorder of the oxide and fluoride ions. The as-synthesized VO2F was tested as a cathode material for lithium ion batteries after being surface-coated with few-layer graphene. The VO2F delivered a first discharge capacity of 254 mA h g(-1) and a reversible capacity of 208 mA h g(-1) at a rate of C/20 for the first 20 cycles with an average discharge voltage of 2.84 V, yielding an energy density of 591 W h kg(-1). Improved rate capability that outperforms the previous report has been achieved, showing a discharge capacity of 150 mA h g(-1) for 1 C. The structural changes during lithium insertion and extraction were monitored by ex-situ XRD analysis of the electrodes discharged and charged to various stages. Lithium insertion results in an irreversible structural change of the anion lattice from (3)/4 cubic close packing to hexagonal close packing to accommodate the inserted lithium ions while keeping the overall space-group symmetry. For the first time we have revealed a structural change for the ReO3-type structure of as-prepared VO2F to the RhF3 structure after lithiation/delithiation, with structural changes that have not been observed in previous reports. Furthermore, the new synthetic approach described here would be a platform for the synthesis of new oxyfluoride compounds.

  15. Formation and photovoltaic performance of few-layered graphene-decorated TiO2 nanocrystals used in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Yueli; Cheng, Yuqing; Shu, Wei; Peng, Zhuoyin; Chen, Keqiang; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Wen; Zakharova, Galina S

    2014-06-21

    Few-layer graphene/TiO2 nanocrystal composites are successfully in situ synthesized at a low temperature of 400 °C using C28H16Br2 as the precursor. Raman mapping images show that the TiO2 nanocrystals are very uniformly dispersed in the composite films, and the in situ coating during the thermal decomposition process will favor the formation of a good interface combination between the few-layered graphene and the TiO2 nanocrystals. The few-layer graphene/TiO2 nanocrystal composites are used as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), and the conversion efficiency of 8.25% is obtained under full sun irradiation (AM 1.5), which increases by 65% compared with that of the pure TiO2 nanocrystal DSSCs (5.01%). It is found that the good interface combination between few-layered graphene and TiO2 nanocrystals may improve the electric conductivity and lifetime of photoinduced electrons in DSSCs. Moreover, some carbon atoms are doped into the crystal structure of the TiO2 nanocrystals during the thermal decomposition process, which will enhance the light absorption by narrowing the band gap and favor the improvement of the photovoltaic efficiency.

  16. Self-assembly of C60, SWNTs and few-layer graphene and their binary composites at the organic-aqueous interface.

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    Chaturbedy, Piyush; Matte, H S S Ramakrishna; Voggu, Rakesh; Govindaraj, A; Rao, C N R

    2011-08-01

    Self-assembly of C(60), single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and few-layer graphene at the toluene-water interface has been investigated, starting with different concentrations of the nanocarbons in the organic phase and carrying out the assembly to different extents. Morphologies and structures of the films formed at the interface have been investigated by electron microscopy and other techniques. In the case of C(60), the films exhibit hcp and fcc structures depending on the starting concentration in the organic phase, the films being single crystalline under certain conditions. Self-assembly of the composites formed by pairs of nanocarbons (C(60)-SWNT, C(60)-few-layer graphene and SWNT-few-layer graphene) at the interface has been studied by electron microscopy. Raman spectroscopy and electronic absorption spectroscopy of the films formed at the interface have revealed the occurrence of charge-transfer interaction between SWNTs and C(60) as well as between few-layer graphene and C(60). Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Effect of nitriding/nanostructuration of few layer graphene supported iron-based particles; catalyst in graphene etching and carbon nanofilament growth.

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    Baaziz, Walid; Melinte, Georgian; Ersen, Ovidiu; Pham-Huu, Cuong; Janowska, Izabela

    2014-08-14

    Stable, highly faceted and dispersed iron nitride particles supported on few layer graphene are obtained by ammonia decomposition on iron-based particles at the temperature commonly used for the synthesis of N-doped CNTs and graphene etching. The TEM/EELS analysis reveals nitrogen diffusion in a bulk of the particles. The resulting facet FeNx catalyst exhibits high activity in the etching of graphene, which is assisted by catalyst reorganization. Ammonia decomposition is used for the first time for graphene etching, while the highly faceted catalyst has an impact on the etched channels structures. According to the shape of the active planes of the catalyst, the etching results in sharp "V" channel ends and often "step-like" edges. The FeNx morphology proves previously reported triangularisation of arches in highly N-doped carbon nanotubes. The conditioning of the catalyst by its shaping and nitrogen incorporation is investigated additionally in the carbon nanostructure formation, for decomposition of ethane. The herringbone CNFs, "hollow" bamboo-like CNFs/CNTs or CNTs are effectively observed.

  18. Scalable synthesis of few-layer graphene ribbons with controlled morphologies by a template method and their applications in nanoelectromechanical switches.

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    Wei, Dacheng; Liu, Yunqi; Zhang, Hongliang; Huang, Liping; Wu, Bin; Chen, Jianyi; Yu, Gui

    2009-08-12

    Controllable and scalable production is of great importance for the application of graphene; however, to date, it is still a great challenge and a major obstacle which hampers its practical applications. Here, we develop a template chemical vapor deposition method for scalable synthesis of few-layer graphene ribbons (FLGRs) with controlled morphologies. The FLGRs have a good conductivity and are ideal for use in nanoelectromechanics (NEM). As an application, we fabricate a reversible NEM switch and a logic gate by using the FLGRs. This work realizes both controllable and scalable synthesis of graphene, provides an application of graphene in NEM switches, and would be valuable for both the scientific studies and the practical applications of graphene.

  19. Ultrafine nickel oxide quantum dots enbedded with few-layer exfoliative graphene for an asymmetric supercapacitor: Enhanced capacitances by alternating voltage

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    Jing, Mingjun; Wang, Chiwei; Hou, Hongshuai; Wu, Zhibin; Zhu, Yirong; Yang, Yingchang; Jia, Xinnan; Zhang, Yan; Ji, Xiaobo

    2015-12-01

    A green and one-step method of electrochemical alternating voltage has been utilized to form NiO quantum dots/graphene flakes (NiO-dots/Gh) for supercapacitor applications. NiO quantum dots (∼3 nm) are uniformly deposited on few-layer graphene surfaces by oxygen functional groups on graphene surface that is naturally utilized to bridge NiO and graphene through Ni-O-C bands, which exhibits outstanding specific capacitance 1181.1 F g-1 at a current density of 2.1 A g-1 and rate behavior 66.2% at 42 A g-1 as NiO dots can be fleetly wired up to current collector through the underlying graphene two-dimensional layers. The NiO-dots/Gh composite is further undertaken in asymmetric supercapacitors with high energy density (27.3 Wh kg-1 at 1562.6 W kg-1).

  20. Cellular and molecular mechanistic insight into the DNA-damaging potential of few-layer graphene in human primary endothelial cells.

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    Sasidharan, Abhilash; Swaroop, Siddharth; Chandran, Parwathy; Nair, Shantikumar; Koyakutty, Manzoor

    2016-07-01

    Despite graphene being proposed for a multitude of biomedical applications, there is a dearth in the fundamental cellular and molecular level understanding of how few-layer graphene (FLG) interacts with human primary cells. Herein, using human primary umbilical vein endothelial cells as model of vascular transport, we investigated the basic mechanism underlying the biological behavior of graphene. Mechanistic toxicity studies using a battery of cell based assays revealed an organized oxidative stress paradigm involving cytosolic reactive oxygen stress, mitochondrial superoxide generation, lipid peroxidation, glutathione oxidation, mitochondrial membrane depolarization, enhanced calcium efflux, all leading to cell death by apoptosis/necrosis. We further investigated the effect of graphene interactions using cDNA microarray analysis and identified potential adverse effects by down regulating key genes involved in DNA damage response and repair mechanisms. Single cell gel electrophoresis assay/Comet assay confirmed the DNA damaging potential of graphene towards human primary cells. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Nickel Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Few-Layer Nitrogen-Doped Graphene Derived from Metal-Organic Frameworks as Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting.

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    Xu, You; Tu, Wenguang; Zhang, Bowei; Yin, Shengming; Huang, Yizhong; Kraft, Markus; Xu, Rong

    2017-03-01

    Nickel nanoparticles encapsulated in few-layer nitrogen-doped graphene (Ni@NC) are synthesized by using a Ni-based metal-organic framework as the precursor for high-temperature annealing treatment. The resulting Ni@NC materials exhibit highly efficient and ultrastable electrocatalytic activity toward the hydrogen evolution reaction and the oxygen evolution reaction as well as overall water splitting in alkaline environment.

  2. Direct physical exfoliation of few-layer graphene from graphite grown on a nickel foil using polydimethylsiloxane with tunable elasticity and adhesion

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    Yoo, Kwanghyun; Takei, Yusuke; Kim, Sungjin; Chiashi, Shohei; Maruyama, Shigeo; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi; Shimoyama, Isao

    2013-05-01

    We firstly introduce a facile method for the site-specific direct physical exfoliation of few-layer graphene sheets from cheap and easily enlargeable graphite grown on a Ni foil using an optimized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp. By decreasing the PDMS cross-linking time, the PDMS elasticity is reduced to ˜52 kPa, similar to that of a typical gel. As a result of this process, the PDMS becomes more flexible yet remains in a handleable state as a stamp. Furthermore, the PDMS adhesion to a graphite/Ni surface, as measured by the peel strength, increases to ˜5.1 N m-1, which is approximately 17 times greater than that of typical PDMS. These optimized properties allow the PDMS stamp to have improved contact with the graphite/Ni surface, including the graphite wrinkles. This process is verified, and changes in surface morphology are observed using a 3D laser scanning microscope. Under conformal contact, the optimized PDMS stamp demonstrates the site-specific direct physical exfoliation of few-layer graphene sheets including mono- and bi-layer graphene sheets from the graphite/Ni substrate without the use of special equipment, conditions or chemicals. The number of layers of the exfoliated graphene and its high quality are revealed by the measured Raman spectroscopy. The exfoliation method using tunable elasticity and adhesion of the PDMS stamp can be used not only for cost-effective mass production of defect-less few-layer graphene from the graphite substrate for micro/nano device arrays but also for nano-contact printing of various structures, devices and cells.

  3. Direct physical exfoliation of few-layer graphene from graphite grown on a nickel foil using polydimethylsiloxane with tunable elasticity and adhesion.

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    Yoo, Kwanghyun; Takei, Yusuke; Kim, Sungjin; Chiashi, Shohei; Maruyama, Shigeo; Matsumoto, Kiyoshi; Shimoyama, Isao

    2013-05-24

    We firstly introduce a facile method for the site-specific direct physical exfoliation of few-layer graphene sheets from cheap and easily enlargeable graphite grown on a Ni foil using an optimized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp. By decreasing the PDMS cross-linking time, the PDMS elasticity is reduced to ∼52 kPa, similar to that of a typical gel. As a result of this process, the PDMS becomes more flexible yet remains in a handleable state as a stamp. Furthermore, the PDMS adhesion to a graphite/Ni surface, as measured by the peel strength, increases to ∼5.1 N m⁻¹, which is approximately 17 times greater than that of typical PDMS. These optimized properties allow the PDMS stamp to have improved contact with the graphite/Ni surface, including the graphite wrinkles. This process is verified, and changes in surface morphology are observed using a 3D laser scanning microscope. Under conformal contact, the optimized PDMS stamp demonstrates the site-specific direct physical exfoliation of few-layer graphene sheets including mono- and bi-layer graphene sheets from the graphite/Ni substrate without the use of special equipment, conditions or chemicals. The number of layers of the exfoliated graphene and its high quality are revealed by the measured Raman spectroscopy. The exfoliation method using tunable elasticity and adhesion of the PDMS stamp can be used not only for cost-effective mass production of defect-less few-layer graphene from the graphite substrate for micro/nano device arrays but also for nano-contact printing of various structures, devices and cells.

  4. Direct growth of few-layer graphene on 6H-SiC and 3C-SiC/Si via propane chemical vapor deposition

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    Michon, A.; Vezian, S.; Portail, M.; Ouerghi, A.; Zielinski, M.; Chassagne, T.

    2010-10-25

    We propose to grow graphene on SiC by a direct carbon feeding through propane flow in a chemical vapor deposition reactor. X-ray photoemission and low energy electron diffraction show that propane allows to grow few-layer graphene (FLG) on 6H-SiC(0001). Surprisingly, FLG grown on (0001) face presents a rotational disorder similar to that observed for FLG obtained by annealing on (000-1) face. Thanks to a reduced growth temperature with respect to the classical SiC annealing method, we have also grown FLG/3C-SiC/Si(111) in a single growth sequence. This opens the way for large-scale production of graphene-based devices on silicon substrate.

  5. Scalable production of large quantities of defect-free few-layer graphene by shear exfoliation in liquids.

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    Paton, Keith R; Varrla, Eswaraiah; Backes, Claudia; Smith, Ronan J; Khan, Umar; O'Neill, Arlene; Boland, Conor; Lotya, Mustafa; Istrate, Oana M; King, Paul; Higgins, Tom; Barwich, Sebastian; May, Peter; Puczkarski, Pawel; Ahmed, Iftikhar; Moebius, Matthias; Pettersson, Henrik; Long, Edmund; Coelho, João; O'Brien, Sean E; McGuire, Eva K; Sanchez, Beatriz Mendoza; Duesberg, Georg S; McEvoy, Niall; Pennycook, Timothy J; Downing, Clive; Crossley, Alison; Nicolosi, Valeria; Coleman, Jonathan N

    2014-06-01

    To progress from the laboratory to commercial applications, it will be necessary to develop industrially scalable methods to produce large quantities of defect-free graphene. Here we show that high-shear mixing of graphite in suitable stabilizing liquids results in large-scale exfoliation to give dispersions of graphene nanosheets. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy show the exfoliated flakes to be unoxidized and free of basal-plane defects. We have developed a simple model that shows exfoliation to occur once the local shear rate exceeds 10(4) s(-1). By fully characterizing the scaling behaviour of the graphene production rate, we show that exfoliation can be achieved in liquid volumes from hundreds of millilitres up to hundreds of litres and beyond. The graphene produced by this method performs well in applications from composites to conductive coatings. This method can be applied to exfoliate BN, MoS2 and a range of other layered crystals.

  6. Scalable production of large quantities of defect-free few-layer graphene by shear exfoliation in liquids

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    Paton, Keith R.; Varrla, Eswaraiah; Backes, Claudia; Smith, Ronan J.; Khan, Umar; O'Neill, Arlene; Boland, Conor; Lotya, Mustafa; Istrate, Oana M.; King, Paul; Higgins, Tom; Barwich, Sebastian; May, Peter; Puczkarski, Pawel; Ahmed, Iftikhar; Moebius, Matthias; Pettersson, Henrik; Long, Edmund; Coelho, João; O'Brien, Sean E.; McGuire, Eva K.; Sanchez, Beatriz Mendoza; Duesberg, Georg S.; McEvoy, Niall; Pennycook, Timothy J.; Downing, Clive; Crossley, Alison; Nicolosi, Valeria; Coleman, Jonathan N.

    2014-06-01

    To progress from the laboratory to commercial applications, it will be necessary to develop industrially scalable methods to produce large quantities of defect-free graphene. Here we show that high-shear mixing of graphite in suitable stabilizing liquids results in large-scale exfoliation to give dispersions of graphene nanosheets. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy show the exfoliated flakes to be unoxidized and free of basal-plane defects. We have developed a simple model that shows exfoliation to occur once the local shear rate exceeds 104 s-1. By fully characterizing the scaling behaviour of the graphene production rate, we show that exfoliation can be achieved in liquid volumes from hundreds of millilitres up to hundreds of litres and beyond. The graphene produced by this method performs well in applications from composites to conductive coatings. This method can be applied to exfoliate BN, MoS2 and a range of other layered crystals.

  7. Few-layer MoS2-anchored graphene aerogel paper for free-standing electrode materials

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    Lee, Wee Siang Vincent; Peng, Erwin; Loh, Tamie Ai Jia; Huang, Xiaolei; Xue, Jun Min

    2016-04-01

    To reduce the reliance on polymeric binders, conductive additives, and metallic current collectors during the electrode preparation process, as well as to assess the true performance of lithium ion battery (LIB) anodes, a free-standing electrode has to be meticulously designed. Graphene aerogel is a popular scaffolding material that has been widely used with embedded nanoparticles for application in LIB anodes. However, the current graphene aerogel/nanoparticle composite systems still involve decomposition into powder and the addition of additives during electrode preparation because of the thick aerogel structure. To further enhance the capacity of the system, MoS2 was anchored onto a graphene aerogel paper and the composite was used directly as an LIB anode. The resultant additive-free MoS2/graphene aerogel paper composite exhibited long cyclic performance with 101.1% retention after 700 cycles, which demonstrates the importance of free-standing electrodes in enhancing cyclic stability.To reduce the reliance on polymeric binders, conductive additives, and metallic current collectors during the electrode preparation process, as well as to assess the true performance of lithium ion battery (LIB) anodes, a free-standing electrode has to be meticulously designed. Graphene aerogel is a popular scaffolding material that has been widely used with embedded nanoparticles for application in LIB anodes. However, the current graphene aerogel/nanoparticle composite systems still involve decomposition into powder and the addition of additives during electrode preparation because of the thick aerogel structure. To further enhance the capacity of the system, MoS2 was anchored onto a graphene aerogel paper and the composite was used directly as an LIB anode. The resultant additive-free MoS2/graphene aerogel paper composite exhibited long cyclic performance with 101.1% retention after 700 cycles, which demonstrates the importance of free-standing electrodes in enhancing cyclic

  8. Layer Number Dependence of Li(+) Intercalation on Few-Layer Graphene and Electrochemical Imaging of Its Solid-Electrolyte Interphase Evolution.

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    Hui, Jingshu; Burgess, Mark; Zhang, Jiarui; Rodríguez-López, Joaquín

    2016-04-26

    A fundamental question facing electrodes made out of few layers of graphene (FLG) is if they display chemical properties that are different to their bulk graphite counterpart. Here, we show evidence that suggests that lithium ion intercalation on FLG, as measured via stationary voltammetry, shows a strong dependence on the number of layers of graphene that compose the electrode. Despite its extreme thinness and turbostratic structure, Li ion intercalation into FLG still proceeds through a staging process, albeit with different signatures than bulk graphite or multilayer graphene. Single-layer graphene does not show any evidence of ion intercalation, while FLG with four graphene layers displays limited staging peaks, which broaden and increase in number as the layer number increases to six. Despite these mechanistic differences on ion intercalation, the formation of a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) was observed on all electrodes. Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) in the feedback mode was used to demonstrate changes in the surface conductivity of FLG during SEI evolution. Observation of ion intercalation on large area FLG was conditioned to the fabrication of "ionic channels" on the electrode. SECM measurements using a recently developed Li-ion sensitive imaging technique evidenced the role of these channels in enabling Li-ion intercalation through localized flux measurements. This work highlights the impact of nanostructure and microstructure on macroscopic electrochemical behavior and provides guidance to the mechanistic control of ion intercalation using graphene, an atomically thin interface where surface and bulk reactivity converge.

  9. Construction and preparation of novel 2D metal-free few-layer BN modified graphene-like g-C3N4 with enhanced photocatalytic performance.

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    Gu, Jiemin; Yan, Jia; Chen, Zhigang; Ji, Haiyan; Song, Yanhua; Fan, Yamin; Xu, Hui; Li, Huaming

    2017-08-29

    Novel two-dimensional (2D) metal-free few-layer BN/graphene-like g-C3N4 (2D BN/g-C3N4) composites have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. The construction of a 2D/2D structure between BN and g-C3N4 could shorten the migration distance of charge transfer, and provide a large contact surface. By introducing few-layer BN nanosheets into g-C3N4, the as-prepared 2D BN/g-C3N4 composites exhibited a much enhanced photocatalytic performance than that of pure g-C3N4. The 0.5% 2D BN/g-C3N4 composite possessed the most wonderful ability towards Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation irradiated by visible light, which could achieve a highest degradation efficiency of 98.2% within 120 min. Further studies revealed that modifying g-C3N4 with few-layer BN could not only facilitate the separation and transfer of photo-induced holes and electrons, but also exposed the fact that the (002) facet edges of BN terminated with -OH groups could act as catalytic sites, and thus enhance the photocatalytic activities. Moreover, the successful preparation of 2D BN/g-C3N4 composites may pave the way for fabricating other 2D composites with a layer-by-layer architecture.

  10. Engineering epitaxial graphene with oxygen

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    Kimouche, Amina; Martin, Sylvain; Winkelmann, Clemens; Fruchart, Olivier; Courtois, Hervé; Coraux, Johann; Hybrid system at low dimension Team

    2013-03-01

    Almost free-standing graphene can be obtained on metals by decoupling graphene from its substrate, for instance by intercalation of atoms beneath graphene, as it was shown with oxygen atoms. We show that the interaction of oxygen with epitaxial graphene on iridium leads to the formation of an ultrathin crystalline oxide extending between graphene and the metallic substrate via the graphene wrinkles. Graphene studied in this work was prepared under ultra-high vacuum by CVD. The samples were studied by combining scanning probe microscopy (STM, AFM) and spatially resolved spectroscopy (Raman, STS). The ultrathin oxide forms a decoupling barrier layer between graphene and Ir, yielding truly free-standing graphene whose hybridization and charge transfers with the substrate have been quenched. Our work presents novel types of graphene-based nanostructures, and opens the route to the transfer-free preparation of graphene directly onto an insulating support contacted to the metallic substrate which could serve as a gate electrode. Work supported by the EU-NMP GRENADA project

  11. One-Minute Room-Temperature Transfer-Free Production of Mono- and Few-Layer Polycrystalline Graphene on Various Substrates

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    Jiang, Shenglin; Zeng, Yike; Zhou, Wenli; Miao, Xiangshui; Yu, Yan

    2016-01-01

    Graphene deposited on various substrates has attracted the attention of the scientific and technical communities for use in a wide range of applications. Graphene on substrates is commonly produced by two types of methods, namely, methods that require a transfer step and transfer-free methods. Compared with methods that require a transfer step, transfer-free methods have a simpler procedure and a lower cost. Thus, transfer-free methods have considerable potential to meet the industrial and commercial demands of production methods. However, some limitations of the current transfer-free methods must be overcome, such as the high temperatures encountered during production, the relatively long manufacturing times, incompatibilities for both rigid and flexible substrates, and an inability to extend the process to other two-dimensional (2-D) atomic crystals. In this work, a room-temperature rubbing method is developed for the rapid transfer-free production of defect-free polycrystalline graphene on rigid and flexible substrates. Starting with inexpensive commercially obtained graphite powder, mono- and few-layer graphene can be fabricated directly on various substrates, with an average production time of less than one minute (from raw graphite to graphene on the substrate). Importantly, this method can be extended to other 2-D atomic crystals. PMID:26763292

  12. Fabrication of few-layer graphene film based field effect transistor and its application for trace-detection of herbicide atrazine

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    Thanh Cao, Thi; Chuc Nguyen, Van; Binh Nguyen, Hai; Thang Bui, Hung; Thu Vu, Thi; Phan, Ngoc Hong; Thang Phan, Bach; Hoang, Le; Bayle, Maxime; Paillet, Matthieu; Sauvajol, Jean Louis; Phan, Ngoc Minh; Tran, Dai Lam

    2016-09-01

    We describe the fabrication of highly sensitive graphene-based field effect transistor (FET) enzymatic biosensor for trace-detection of atrazine. The few-layers graphene films were prepared on polycrystalline copper foils by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition method using an argon/hydrogen/methane mixture. The characteristics of graphene films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The results indicated low uniformity of graphene layers, which is probably induced by heterogeneous distribution of graphene nucleation sites on the Cu surface. The pesticide detection is accomplished through the measurement of the drain-source current variations of the FET sensor upon the urea enzymatic hydrolysis reaction. The obtained biosensor is able to detect atrazine with a sensitivity of 56 μA/logCATZ in range between 2 × 10-4 and 20 ppb and has a limit of detection as low as 0.05 ppt. The elaboration of such highly sensitive biosensors will provide better biosensing performances for the detection of biochemical targets.

  13. CO2 enhanced chemical vapor deposition growth of few-layer graphene over NiO(x).

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    Son, In Hyuk; Song, Hyun Jae; Kwon, Soonchul; Bachmatiuk, Alicja; Lee, Seung Jae; Benayad, Anass; Park, Jong Hwan; Choi, Jae-Young; Chang, Hyuk; Rümmeli, Mark H

    2014-09-23

    The use of mild oxidants in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactions has proven enormously useful. This was also true for the CVD growth of carbon nanotubes. As yet though, the use of mild oxidants in the CVD of graphene has remained unexplored. Here we explore the use of CO2 as a mild oxidant during the growth of graphene over Ni with CH4 as the feedstock. Both our experimental and theoretical findings provide in-depth insight into the growth mechanisms and point to the mild oxidants playing multiple roles. Mild oxidants lead to the formation of a suboxide in the Ni, which suppresses the bulk diffusion of C species suggesting a surface growth mechanism. Moreover, the formation of a suboxide leads to enhanced catalytic activity at the substrate surface, which allows reduced synthesis temperatures, even as low as 700 °C. Even at these low temperatures, the quality of the graphene is exceedingly high as indicated by a negligible D mode in the Raman spectra. These findings suggest the use of mild oxidants in the CVD fabrication as a whole could have a positive impact.

  14. Dissolution-and-reduction CVD synthesis of few-layer graphene on ultra-thin nickel film lifted off for mode-locking fiber lasers

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    Peng, Kaung-Jay; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Wu, Chung-Lun; Lin, Sheng-Fong; Yang, Chun-Yu; Lin, Shih-Meng; Tsai, Din-Ping; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2015-09-01

    The in-situ dissolution-and-reduction CVD synthesized few-layer graphene on ultra-thin nickel catalyst film is demonstrated at temperature as low as 550 °C, which can be employed to form transmission-type or reflection-type saturable absorber (SA) for mode-locking the erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFLs). With transmission-type graphene SA, the EDFL shortens its pulsewidth from 483 to 441 fs and broadens its spectral linewidth from 4.2 to 6.1 nm with enlarging the pumping current from 200 to 900 mA. In contrast, the reflection-type SA only compresses the pulsewidth from 875 to 796 fs with corresponding spectral linewidth broadened from 2.2 to 3.3 nm. The reflection-type graphene mode-locker increases twice of its equivalent layer number to cause more insertion loss than the transmission-type one. Nevertheless, the reflection-type based saturable absorber system can generate stabilized soliton-like pulse easier than that of transmission-type system, because the nonlinearity induced self-amplitude modulation depth is simultaneously enlarged when passing through the graphene twice under the retro-reflector design.

  15. Dissolution-and-reduction CVD synthesis of few-layer graphene on ultra-thin nickel film lifted off for mode-locking fiber lasers

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    Peng, Kaung-Jay; Lin, Yung-Hsiang; Wu, Chung-Lun; Lin, Sheng-Fong; Yang, Chun-Yu; Lin, Shih-Meng; Tsai, Din-Ping; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2015-01-01

    The in-situ dissolution-and-reduction CVD synthesized few-layer graphene on ultra-thin nickel catalyst film is demonstrated at temperature as low as 550 °C, which can be employed to form transmission-type or reflection-type saturable absorber (SA) for mode-locking the erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFLs). With transmission-type graphene SA, the EDFL shortens its pulsewidth from 483 to 441 fs and broadens its spectral linewidth from 4.2 to 6.1 nm with enlarging the pumping current from 200 to 900 mA. In contrast, the reflection-type SA only compresses the pulsewidth from 875 to 796 fs with corresponding spectral linewidth broadened from 2.2 to 3.3 nm. The reflection-type graphene mode-locker increases twice of its equivalent layer number to cause more insertion loss than the transmission-type one. Nevertheless, the reflection-type based saturable absorber system can generate stabilized soliton-like pulse easier than that of transmission-type system, because the nonlinearity induced self-amplitude modulation depth is simultaneously enlarged when passing through the graphene twice under the retro-reflector design. PMID:26328535

  16. Mixed phase, sp2-sp3 bonded, and disordered few layer graphene-like nanocarbon: Synthesis and characterizations

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    Kumar, Arvind; Patil, Sumati; Joshi, Anupama; Bhoraskar, Vasant; Datar, Suwarna; Alegaonkar, Prashant

    2013-04-01

    We report on a method for the synthesis of Graphene-like nanocarbon (GNC) sheets. The obtained GNC contain mixed phase, sp2-sp3 bonded, and few atom layer of disordered carbon network. Initially, the mixture of soft wood charcoal (C), potassium nitrate (KNO3), and sulfur (S) was subjected to the combustion process. The obtained (as-synthesized) samples were intercalated (in H2SO4 (98%): HNO3 (60%), 48 h at 300 K) and subsequently annealed at 1000 °C for ˜60 s. The as-synthesized, intercalated, and annealed samples were studied using number of characterization techniques. The Raman spectra (at λ = 514 nm) recorded for the as-synthesized samples showed five prominent peaks, namely, for amorphous-Carbon (a-C), D doublet, small G, and 2D band. The position and intensity of the recorded peaks were varied for the intercalated and annealed samples. Our SEM analysis revealed that, the area of the GNC sheets varied typically in the range of 10 to 20 μm2. The analysis of HRTEM/SAED together showed that the intercalated samples contained a-C phase, whereas, short range ordering was observed for the annealed samples. The tunneling spectra recorded for the annealed GNC sheets showed V-shaped local density of states with the peak present near the minima. Our analysis revealed that, the sp2 chains and the polycyclic carbon rings (PCR) could be formed in the host ta-C matrix generating mixed sp2-sp3 bonded carbon network along with the local disorder. Details are presented.

  17. Degradation of (14)C-labeled few layer graphene via Fenton reaction: Reaction rates, characterization of reaction products, and potential ecological effects.

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    Feng, Yiping; Lu, Kun; Mao, Liang; Guo, Xiangke; Gao, Shixiang; Petersen, Elijah J

    2015-11-01

    Graphene has attracted considerable commercial interest due to its numerous potential applications. It is inevitable that graphene will be released into the environment during the production and usage of graphene-enabled consumer products, but the potential transformations of graphene in the environment are not well understood. In this study, (14)C-labeled few layer graphene (FLG) enabled quantitative measurements of FLG degradation rates induced by the iron/hydrogen peroxide induced Fenton reaction. Quantification of (14)CO2 production from (14)C-labeled FLG revealed significant degradation of FLG after 3 days with high H2O2 (200 mmol L(-1)) and iron (100 μmol L(-1)) concentrations but substantially lower rates under environmentally relevant conditions (0.2-20 mmol L(-1) H2O2 and 4 μmol L(-1) Fe(3+)). Importantly, the carbon-14 labeling technique allowed for quantification of the FLG degradation rate at concentrations nearly four orders of magnitude lower than those typically used in other studies. These measurements revealed substantially faster degradation rates at lower FLG concentrations and thus studies with higher FLG concentrations may underestimate the degradation rates. Analysis of structural changes to FLG using multiple orthogonal methods revealed significant FLG oxidation and multiple reaction byproducts. Lastly, assessment of accumulation of the degraded FLG and intermediates using aquatic organism Daphnia magna revealed substantially decreased body burdens, which implied that the changes to FLG caused by the Fenton reaction may dramatically impact its potential ecological effects. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Unusual surface and edge morphologies, sp2 to sp3 hybridized transformation and electronic damage after Ar+ ion irradiation of few-layer graphene surfaces

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    2012-01-01

    Roughness and defects induced on few-layer graphene (FLG) irradiated by Ar+ ions at different energies were investigated using X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy techniques. The results provide direct experimental evidence of ripple formation, sp2 to sp3 hybridized carbon transformation, electronic damage, Ar+ implantation, unusual defects and edge reconstructions in FLG, which depend on the irradiation energy. In addition, shadowing effects similar to those found in oblique-angle growth of thin films were seen. Reliable quantification of the transition from the sp2-bonding to sp3-hybridized state as a result of Ar+ ion irradiation is achieved from the deconvolution of the XPS C (1s) peak. Although the ion irradiation effect is demonstrated through the shape of the derivative of the Auger transition C KVV spectra, we show that the D parameter values obtained from these spectra which are normally used in the literature fail to account for the sp2 to sp3 hybridization transition. In contrast to what is known, it is revealed that using ion irradiation at large FLG sample tilt angles can lead to edge reconstructions. Furthermore, FLG irradiation by low energy of 0.25 keV can be a plausible way of peeling graphene layers without the need of Joule heating reported previously. PMID:22901368

  19. Binder free three-dimensional sulphur/few-layer graphene foam cathode with enhanced high-rate capability for rechargeable lithium sulphur batteries.

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    Xi, Kai; Kidambi, Piran R; Chen, Renjie; Gao, Chenlong; Peng, Xiaoyu; Ducati, Caterina; Hofmann, Stephan; Kumar, R Vasant

    2014-06-07

    A novel ultra-lightweight three-dimensional (3-D) cathode system for lithium sulphur (Li-S) batteries has been synthesised by loading sulphur on to an interconnected 3-D network of few-layered graphene (FLG) via a sulphur solution infiltration method. A free-standing FLG monolithic network foam was formed as a negative of a Ni metallic foam template by CVD followed by etching away of Ni. The FLG foam offers excellent electrical conductivity, an appropriate hierarchical pore structure for containing the electro-active sulphur and facilitates rapid electron/ion transport. This cathode system does not require any additional binding agents, conductive additives or a separate metallic current collector thus decreasing the weight of the cathode by typically ∼20-30 wt%. A Li-S battery with the sulphur-FLG foam cathode shows good electrochemical stability and high rate discharge capacity retention for up to 400 discharge/charge cycles at a high current density of 3200 mA g(-1). Even after 400 cycles the capacity decay is only ∼0.064% per cycle relative to the early (e.g. the 5th cycle) discharge capacity, while yielding an average columbic efficiency of ∼96.2%. Our results indicate the potential suitability of graphene foam for efficient, ultra-light and high-performance batteries.

  20. Laser-synthesized epitaxial graphene.

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    Lee, Sangwon; Toney, Michael F; Ko, Wonhee; Randel, Jason C; Jung, Hee Joon; Munakata, Ko; Lu, Jesse; Geballe, Theodore H; Beasley, Malcolm R; Sinclair, Robert; Manoharan, Hari C; Salleo, Alberto

    2010-12-28

    Owing to its unique electronic properties, graphene has recently attracted wide attention in both the condensed matter physics and microelectronic device communities. Despite intense interest in this material, an industrially scalable graphene synthesis process remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate a high-throughput, low-temperature, spatially controlled and scalable epitaxial graphene (EG) synthesis technique based on laser-induced surface decomposition of the Si-rich face of a SiC single-crystal. We confirm the formation of EG on SiC as a result of excimer laser irradiation by using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Laser fluence controls the thickness of the graphene film down to a single monolayer. Laser-synthesized graphene does not display some of the structural characteristics observed in EG grown by conventional thermal decomposition on SiC (0001), such as Bernal stacking and surface reconstruction of the underlying SiC surface.

  1. Binder free three-dimensional sulphur/few-layer graphene foam cathode with enhanced high-rate capability for rechargeable lithium sulphur batteries

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    Xi, Kai; Kidambi, Piran R.; Chen, Renjie; Gao, Chenlong; Peng, Xiaoyu; Ducati, Caterina; Hofmann, Stephan; Kumar, R. Vasant

    2014-05-01

    A novel ultra-lightweight three-dimensional (3-D) cathode system for lithium sulphur (Li-S) batteries has been synthesised by loading sulphur on to an interconnected 3-D network of few-layered graphene (FLG) via a sulphur solution infiltration method. A free-standing FLG monolithic network foam was formed as a negative of a Ni metallic foam template by CVD followed by etching away of Ni. The FLG foam offers excellent electrical conductivity, an appropriate hierarchical pore structure for containing the electro-active sulphur and facilitates rapid electron/ion transport. This cathode system does not require any additional binding agents, conductive additives or a separate metallic current collector thus decreasing the weight of the cathode by typically ~20-30 wt%. A Li-S battery with the sulphur-FLG foam cathode shows good electrochemical stability and high rate discharge capacity retention for up to 400 discharge/charge cycles at a high current density of 3200 mA g-1. Even after 400 cycles the capacity decay is only ~0.064% per cycle relative to the early (e.g. the 5th cycle) discharge capacity, while yielding an average columbic efficiency of ~96.2%. Our results indicate the potential suitability of graphene foam for efficient, ultra-light and high-performance batteries.A novel ultra-lightweight three-dimensional (3-D) cathode system for lithium sulphur (Li-S) batteries has been synthesised by loading sulphur on to an interconnected 3-D network of few-layered graphene (FLG) via a sulphur solution infiltration method. A free-standing FLG monolithic network foam was formed as a negative of a Ni metallic foam template by CVD followed by etching away of Ni. The FLG foam offers excellent electrical conductivity, an appropriate hierarchical pore structure for containing the electro-active sulphur and facilitates rapid electron/ion transport. This cathode system does not require any additional binding agents, conductive additives or a separate metallic current collector

  2. A highly stable (SnOx-Sn)@few layered graphene composite anode of sodium-ion batteries synthesized by oxygen plasma assisted milling

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    Cheng, Deliang; Liu, Jiangwen; Li, Xiang; Hu, Renzong; Zeng, Meiqing; Yang, Lichun; Zhu, Min

    2017-05-01

    The (SnOx-Sn)@few layered graphene ((SnOx-Sn)@FLG) composite has been synthesized by oxygen plasma-assisted milling. Owing to the synergistic effect of rapid plasma heating and ball mill grinding, SnOx (1 ≤ x ≤ 2) nanoparticles generated from the reaction of Sn with oxygen are tightly wrapped by FLG nanosheets which are simultaneously exfoliated from expanded graphite, forming secondary micro granules. Inside the granules, the small size of the SnOx nanoparticles enables the fast kinetics for Na+ transfer. The in-situ formed FLG and residual Sn nanoparticles improve the electrical conductivity of the composite, meanwhile alleviate the aggregation of SnOx nanoparticles and relieve the volume change during the cycling, which is beneficial for the cyclic stability for the Na+ storage. As an anode material for sodium-ion batteries, the (SnOx-Sn)@FLG composite exhibits a high reversible capacity of 448 mAh g-1 at a current density of 100 mA g-1 in the first cycle, with 82.6% capacity retention after 250 cycles. Even when the current density increases to 1000 mA g-1, this composite retains 316.5 mAh g-1 after 250 cycles. With superior Na+ storage stability, the (SnOx-Sn)@FLG composite can be a promising anode material for high performance sodium-ion batteries.

  3. Dielectric properties of novel composites prepared with few layered graphene (FLG)-lithium triniobate (LiNb{sub 3}O{sub 8})

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    Tumuluri, Anil; Raju, K. C. James; Marka, Sandeep Kumar; Srikanth, V. V. S. S.

    2015-08-28

    Lithium triniobate (LiNb{sub 3}O{sub 8}) has been prepared using microwave assisted combustion synthesis at a low temperature of 400 °C. Graphite oxide is synthesized using Hummers method and thereafter it is thermally exfoliated at 500 and 700 °C to obtain two samples of Few Layered Graphene (FLG). Then, FLG-LiNb{sub 3}O{sub 8} composites prepared through a simple ultra-sonication assisted solution mixing process. The obtained samples are named as FLN5 and FLN7 based on the temperature used to obtain FLG. Low frequency dielectric measurements are recorded for both the samples and the measured dielectric constant is observed to be more for FLN5 (250 at 60 Hz) than FLN7 (115 at 60 Hz) whilst the dielectric loss is less in case of FLN5 (1.525 at 60 Hz). The enhancement in dielectric properties for FLN5 is explained in terms of polarization in FLG-LiNb{sub 3}O{sub 8} composites.

  4. Morphology and Electrical Characterization of Reduced Epitaxial Graphene Oxide

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    Hu, Yike; Wu, Xiaosong; Sprinkle, Michael; Madiomanana, Nerasoa; Ruan, Ming; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walter

    2009-03-01

    We present results for on-chip oxidation of epitaxial graphene and sequential reduction of the insulating graphene oxide layers. In our previous work , we have used the Hummer's method to oxidize epitaxial graphene and used electron beam exposure and heat treatment to reduce the epitaxial graphene oxide (EGO) band gap by changing the degree of oxidation. Here we further explore various oxidation and reduction methods on epitaxial graphene. EGO is characterized by atomic force microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, ellipsometry, and Raman Spectrometry. Mobility measurements of patterned structures are presented where epitaxial graphene layers pads are seamlessly connected to EGO ribbons.

  5. Epitaxial Graphene: A New Material for Electronics

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    de Heer, Walt A.

    2007-10-01

    Graphene multilayers are grown epitaxially on single crystal silicon carbide. This system is composed of several graphene layers of which the first layer is electron doped due to the built-in electric field and the other layers are essentially undoped. Unlike graphite the charge carriers show Dirac particle properties (i.e. an anomalous Berry's phase, weak anti-localization and square root field dependence of the Landau level energies). Epitaxial graphene shows quasi-ballistic transport and long coherence lengths; properties that may persists above cryogenic temperatures. Paradoxically, in contrast to exfoliated graphene, the quantum Hall effect is not observed in high mobility epitaxial graphene. It appears that the effect is suppressed due to absence of localized states in the bulk of the material. Epitaxial graphene can be patterned using standard lithography methods and characterized using a wide array of techniques. These favorable features indicate that interconnected room temperature ballistic devices may be feasible for low dissipation high-speed nano-electronics.

  6. Selective epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC

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    Camara, N.; Rius, G.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Mestres, N.; Godignon, P.; Camassel, J.

    2008-09-01

    We present a method of selective epitaxial growth of few layers graphene (FLG) on a "prepatterned" silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The methods involves, successively, the sputtering of a thin aluminium nitride (AlN) layer on top of a monocrystalline SiC substrate and, then, patterning it with e-beam lithography and wet etching. The sublimation of few atomic layers of Si from the SiC substrate occurs only through the selectively etched AlN layer. The presence of the Raman G-band at ˜1582cm-1 in the AlN-free areas is used to validate the concept. It gives absolute evidence of selective FLG growth.

  7. Selective epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC

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    Camara, N.; Rius, G.; Godignon, P.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Camassel, J.

    2008-09-22

    We present a method of selective epitaxial growth of few layers graphene (FLG) on a ''prepatterned'' silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The methods involves, successively, the sputtering of a thin aluminium nitride (AlN) layer on top of a monocrystalline SiC substrate and, then, patterning it with e-beam lithography and wet etching. The sublimation of few atomic layers of Si from the SiC substrate occurs only through the selectively etched AlN layer. The presence of the Raman G-band at {approx}1582 cm{sup -1} in the AlN-free areas is used to validate the concept. It gives absolute evidence of selective FLG growth.

  8. Epitaxial growth of large area single-crystalline few-layer MoS{sub 2} with high space charge mobility of 192 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}

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    Ma, Lu; Yu, Mingzhe; Wu, Yiying E-mail: wu@chemistry.ohio-state.edu; Nath, Digbijoy N.; Lee, Edwin W.; Lee, Choong Hee; Arehart, Aaron; Rajan, Siddharth E-mail: wu@chemistry.ohio-state.edu

    2014-08-18

    We report on the vapor-solid growth of single crystalline few-layer MoS{sub 2} films on (0001)-oriented sapphire with excellent structural and electrical properties over centimeter length scale. High-resolution X-ray diffraction scans indicated that the films had good out-of-plane ordering and epitaxial registry. A carrier density of ∼2 × 10{sup 11 }cm{sup −2} and a room temperature mobility of 192 cm{sup 2}/Vs were extracted from space-charge limited transport regime in the films. The electron mobility was found to exhibit in-plane anisotropy with a ratio of ∼1.8. Theoretical estimates of the temperature-dependent electron mobility including optical phonon, acoustic deformation potential, and remote ionized impurity scattering were found to satisfactorily match the measured data. The synthesis approach reported here demonstrates the feasibility of device quality few-layer MoS{sub 2} films with excellent uniformity and high quality.

  9. Tunable bands in biased multilayer epitaxial graphene.

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    Williams, Michael D; Samarakoon, Duminda K; Hess, Dennis W; Wang, Xiao-Qian

    2012-04-28

    We have studied the electronic characteristics of multilayer epitaxial graphene under a perpendicularly applied electric bias. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy measurements reveal that there is notable variation of the electronic density-of-states in valence bands near the Fermi level. Evolution of the electronic structure of graphite and rotational-stacked multilayer epitaxial graphene as a function of the applied electric bias is investigated using first-principles density-functional theory including interlayer van der Waals interactions. The experimental and theoretical results demonstrate that the tailoring of electronic band structure correlates with the interlayer coupling tuned by the applied bias. The implications of controllable electronic structure of rotationally fault-stacked epitaxial graphene grown on the C-face of SiC for future device applications are discussed.

  10. Hetero epitaxial graphene on various substrates

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    Harris, Gary; Kaut, Gurpreet; Taylor, Crawford

    2015-03-01

    Large-scale production of graphene is pivotal for the development of graphene-based electronics. These results focus on the synthesis and characterization of graphene layers. Two methods were used to grow graphene films. First, graphene films were epitaxially grown on silicon carbide substrates by thermal decomposition of SiC at high temperature and low pressure. In-house built reactor consisting of induction furnace was used to form epitaxial films for electronic applications. Second, chemical vapor deposition method was used for direct graphene synthesis on 3C-SiC with the use of copper as a catalyst. In thermal CVD process, hydrogen and methane gases were used as precursors. Methane acts as a carbon source and annealing and cooling were done hydrogen environment. Different polytypes of silicon carbide (6H-SiC and 3C-SiC) and their crystal orientations were exploited as substrates to form epitaxial graphene. Hetero epitaxial 3C-SiC epilayer was first deposited on Si substrate using chemical vapor deposition technique in cold wall, low pressure, and horizontal CVD reactor. The reactor temperature, argon pressure, flow rates and concentration of different gases (propane, silane, hydrogen and argon) was investigated to control the growth of 3C-SiC and silicon sublimation rate. The resulting graphene films were confirmed using Raman spectroscopy. Further, graphene films have been characterized with the tools of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Mobility, electrical resistivity and carrier density measurements were taken using hall measurements. NSF_PRDM

  11. Exceptional ballistic transport in epitaxial graphene nanoribbons.

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    Baringhaus, Jens; Ruan, Ming; Edler, Frederik; Tejeda, Antonio; Sicot, Muriel; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Li, An-Ping; Jiang, Zhigang; Conrad, Edward H; Berger, Claire; Tegenkamp, Christoph; de Heer, Walt A

    2014-02-20

    Graphene nanoribbons will be essential components in future graphene nanoelectronics. However, in typical nanoribbons produced from lithographically patterned exfoliated graphene, the charge carriers travel only about ten nanometres between scattering events, resulting in minimum sheet resistances of about one kilohm per square. Here we show that 40-nanometre-wide graphene nanoribbons epitaxially grown on silicon carbide are single-channel room-temperature ballistic conductors on a length scale greater than ten micrometres, which is similar to the performance of metallic carbon nanotubes. This is equivalent to sheet resistances below 1 ohm per square, surpassing theoretical predictions for perfect graphene by at least an order of magnitude. In neutral graphene ribbons, we show that transport is dominated by two modes. One is ballistic and temperature independent; the other is thermally activated. Transport is protected from back-scattering, possibly reflecting ground-state properties of neutral graphene. At room temperature, the resistance of both modes is found to increase abruptly at a particular length--the ballistic mode at 16 micrometres and the other at 160 nanometres. Our epitaxial graphene nanoribbons will be important not only in fundamental science, but also--because they can be readily produced in thousands--in advanced nanoelectronics, which can make use of their room-temperature ballistic transport properties.

  12. New X-ray insight into oxygen intercalation in epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC(0001)

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    Kowalski, G.; Tokarczyk, M.; Dąbrowski, P.; Ciepielewski, P.; MoŻdŻonek, M.; Strupiński, W.; Baranowski, J. M.

    2015-03-01

    Efficient control of intercalation of epitaxial graphene by specific elements is a way to change properties of the graphene. Results of several experimental techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman mapping, reflectivity, attenuated total reflection, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray reflectometry, gave a new insight into the intercalation of oxygen in the epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC(0001). These results confirmed that oxygen intercalation decouples the graphene buffer layer from the 4H-SiC surface and converts it into the graphene layer. However, in contrast to the hydrogen intercalation, oxygen does not intercalate between carbon planes (in the case of few layer graphene) and the interlayer spacing stays constant at the level of 3.35-3.32 Å. Moreover, X-ray reflectometry showed the presence of an oxide layer having the thickness of about 0.8 Å underneath the graphene layers. Apart from the formation of the nonuniform thin oxide layer, generation of defects in graphene caused by oxygen was also evidenced. Last but not least, water islands underneath defected graphene regions in both intercalated and non-intercalated samples were most probably revealed. These water islands are formed in the case of all the samples stored under ambient laboratory conditions. Water islands can be removed from underneath the few layer graphene stacks by relevant thermal treatment or by UV illumination.

  13. New X-ray insight into oxygen intercalation in epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC(0001)

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    Kowalski, G. Tokarczyk, M.; Dąbrowski, P.; Ciepielewski, P.; Możdżonek, M.; Strupiński, W.; Baranowski, J. M.

    2015-03-14

    Efficient control of intercalation of epitaxial graphene by specific elements is a way to change properties of the graphene. Results of several experimental techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman mapping, reflectivity, attenuated total reflection, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray reflectometry, gave a new insight into the intercalation of oxygen in the epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC(0001). These results confirmed that oxygen intercalation decouples the graphene buffer layer from the 4H-SiC surface and converts it into the graphene layer. However, in contrast to the hydrogen intercalation, oxygen does not intercalate between carbon planes (in the case of few layer graphene) and the interlayer spacing stays constant at the level of 3.35–3.32 Å. Moreover, X-ray reflectometry showed the presence of an oxide layer having the thickness of about 0.8 Å underneath the graphene layers. Apart from the formation of the nonuniform thin oxide layer, generation of defects in graphene caused by oxygen was also evidenced. Last but not least, water islands underneath defected graphene regions in both intercalated and non-intercalated samples were most probably revealed. These water islands are formed in the case of all the samples stored under ambient laboratory conditions. Water islands can be removed from underneath the few layer graphene stacks by relevant thermal treatment or by UV illumination.

  14. Exfoliating and Dispersing Few-Layered Graphene in Low-Boiling-Point Organic Solvents towards Solution-Processed Optoelectronic Device Applications.

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    Zhang, Lu; Miao, Zhongshuo; Hao, Zhen; Liu, Jun

    2016-05-06

    With normal organic surfactants, graphene can only be dispersed in water and cannot be dispersed in low-boiling-point organic solvents, which hampers its application in solution-processed organic optoelectronic devices. Herein, we report the exfoliation of graphite into graphene in low-boiling-point organic solvents, for example, methanol and acetone, by using edge-carboxylated graphene quantum dots (ECGQD) as the surfactant. The great capability of ECGQD for graphene dispersion is due to its ultralarge π-conjugated unit that allows tight adhesion on the graphene surface through strong π-π interactions, its edge-carboxylated structure that diminishes the steric effects of the oxygen-containing functional groups on the basal plane of ECGQD, and its abundance of carboxylic acid groups for solubility. The graphene dispersion in methanol enables the application of graphene:ECGQD as a cathode interlayer in polymer solar cells (PSCs). Moreover, the PSC device performance of graphene:ECGQD is better than that of Ca, the state-of-the-art cathode interlayer material.

  15. Epitaxy of MgO magnetic tunnel barriers on epitaxial graphene.

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    Godel, Florian; Pichonat, Emmanuelle; Vignaud, Dominique; Majjad, Hicham; Metten, Dominik; Henry, Yves; Berciaud, Stéphane; Dayen, Jean-Francois; Halley, David

    2013-11-29

    Epitaxial growth of electrodes and tunnel barriers on graphene is one of the main technological bottlenecks for graphene spintronics. In this paper, we demonstrate that MgO(111) epitaxial tunnel barriers, one of the prime candidates for spintronic application, can be grown by molecular beam epitaxy on epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). Ferromagnetic metals (Fe, Co, Fe20Ni80) were epitaxially grown on top of the MgO barrier, thus leading to monocrystalline electrodes on graphene. Structural and magnetic characterizations were performed on these ferromagnetic metals after annealing and dewetting: they form clusters with a 100 nm typical lateral width, which are mostly magnetic monodomains in the case of Fe. This epitaxial stack opens the way to graphene spintronic devices taking benefits from a coherent tunnelling current through the epitaxial MgO/graphene stack.

  16. Vertical few-layer graphene/metalized Si-nanocone arrays as 3D electrodes for solid-state supercapacitors with large areal capacitance and superior rate capability

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    Quan, Baogang; Meng, Yuena; Li, Lin; Yao, Zehan; Liu, Zhe; Wang, Kai; Wei, Zhixiang; Gu, Changzhi; Li, Junjie

    2017-05-01

    A strategy to promote the energy density of graphene-based supercapacitors by a combination of dry etching and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques is demonstrated. A three dimensional (3D) electrode is composed of vertically oriented graphene that is deposited on metalized silicon nanocones. The design of the 3D electrodes improves specific surface area, electrolyte ion migration and electrical contact, resulting in an enhancement of areal capacitance and rate capability. Furthermore, a solid-state supercapacitor was prepared based on the 3D graphene electrodes and gel polymer electrolyte. The 3D electrode with 10 min of CVD growth of graphene endows the electrical double layer capacitor with the highest areal capacitance of 667.2 μF cm-2, which is larger than that of supercapacitors with flat electrodes.

  17. A study on the physicochemical properties of hydroalcoholic solutions to improve the direct exfoliation of natural graphite down to few-layers graphene

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    Fedi, Filippo; Miglietta, Maria Lucia; Polichetti, Tiziana; Ricciardella, Filiberto; Massera, Ettore; Ninno, Domenico; Di Francia, Girolamo

    2015-03-01

    Straightforward methods to produce pristine graphene flakes in large quantities are based on the liquid-phase exfoliation processes. These one-step physical transformations of graphite into graphene offer many unique advantages. To date, a large number of liquids have been employed as exfoliation media exploiting their thermodynamic and chemical features as compared to those of graphene. Here, we pursued the goal of realizing water based mixtures to exfoliate graphite and disperse graphene without the aid of surfactants. To this aim, aqueous mixtures with suitable values of surface tension and Hansen solubility parameters (HSPs), were specifically designed and used. The very high water surface tension was decreased by the addition of solvents with lower surface tensions such as alcohols, obtaining, in this way, more favourable HSP distances. The specific role of each of these thermodynamic features was finally investigated. The results showed that the designed hydroalcoholic solutions were effective in both the graphite exfoliation and dispersion without the addition of any surfactants or other stabilizing agents. Stable graphene suspensions were obtained at concentration comparable to those produced with low-boiling solvents and water/surfactants.

  18. Molecular Beam Epitaxy of GaN Nanowires on Epitaxial Graphene.

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    Fernández-Garrido, Sergio; Ramsteiner, Manfred; Gao, Guanhui; Galves, Lauren A; Sharma, Bharat; Corfdir, Pierre; Calabrese, Gabriele; de Souza Schiaber, Ziani; Pfüller, Carsten; Trampert, Achim; Lopes, João Marcelo J; Brandt, Oliver; Geelhaar, Lutz

    2017-09-13

    We demonstrate an all-epitaxial and scalable growth approach to fabricate single-crystalline GaN nanowires on graphene by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. As substrate, we explore several types of epitaxial graphene layer structures synthesized on SiC. The different structures differ mainly in their total number of graphene layers. Because graphene is found to be etched under active N exposure, the direct growth of GaN nanowires on graphene is only achieved on multilayer graphene structures. The analysis of the nanowire ensembles prepared on multilayer graphene by Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy reveals the presence of graphene underneath as well as in between nanowires, as desired for the use of this material as contact layer in nanowire-based devices. The nanowires nucleate preferentially at step edges, are vertical, well aligned, epitaxial, and of comparable structural quality as similar structures fabricated on conventional substrates.

  19. Tunable interfacial properties of epitaxial graphene on metal substrates

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    Gao, Min; Pan, Yi; Zhang, Chendong; Hu, Hao; Yang, Rong; Lu, Hongliang; Cai, Jinming; Du, Shixuan; Liu, Feng; Gao, H.-J.

    2010-02-01

    We report on tuning interfacial properties of epitaxially-grown graphenes with different kinds of metal substrates based on scanning tunneling microscopy experiments and density functional theory calculations. Three kinds of metal substrates, Ni(111), Pt(111), and Ru(0001), show different interactions with the epitaxially grown graphene at the interfaces. The different interfacial interaction making graphene n-type and p-type doped, leads to the polarity change of the thermoelectric property of the graphene/metal systems. These findings may give further insights to the interfacial interactions in the graphene/metal systems and promote the use of graphene-based heterostructures in devices.

  20. STM Properties and Manipulation of Epitaxial Graphene

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    Thibado, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxial graphene grown on SiC has been identified as one of the most likely avenues to graphene-based electronics. Understanding how morphology affects electronic properties is therefore important. In our work, epitaxial graphene was grown on the polar and non-polar a-, m-, and r-crystallographic oriented surfaces of SiC, and was investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Bunched nano-ridges ten times smaller than previously recorded were observed throughout the surface. A new STM technique called electrostatic-manipulation scanning tunneling microscopy (EM-STM) was performed to modify the morphology of the nano-ridges. By modeling the electrostatics involved in the EM-STM measurement, we estimate that a force of 5 nN and energy of 10 eV was required to alter the local interfacial bonding. At the atomic scale, STM images of Moire patterns reveal low-angle, twisted bi-layer graphene, grain boundaries, and an apparent lattice constant dilation. We will show that this dilation is due to the STM tip electrostatically dragging the graphene surface. Collaborators: P. Xu, D. Qi, M.L. Ackerman, S.D. Barber, J.K. Schoelz, and J. Thompson, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA; V.D. Wheelr, R.L. Myers-Ward, C.R. Eddy, Jr., and D.K. Gaskill, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA; and L.O. Nyakiti, Texas A&M University. Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA.

  1. 100-GHz Transistors from Wafer-Scale Epitaxial Graphene

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    Lin, Y.-M.; Dimitrakopoulos, C.; Jenkins, K. A.; Farmer, D. B.; Chiu, H.-Y.; Grill, A.; Avouris, Ph.

    2010-02-01

    The high carrier mobility of graphene has been exploited in field-effect transistors that operate at high frequencies. Transistors were fabricated on epitaxial graphene synthesized on the silicon face of a silicon carbide wafer, achieving a cutoff frequency of 100 gigahertz for a gate length of 240 nanometers. The high-frequency performance of these epitaxial graphene transistors exceeds that of state-of-the-art silicon transistors of the same gate length.

  2. In Situ Generation of Few-Layer Graphene Coatings on SnO2-SiC Core-Shell Nanoparticles for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Storage

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    Chen, Zhongxue; Zhou, Min; Cao, Yuliang; Ai, Xinping; Yang, Hanxi; Liu, Jun

    2011-11-16

    A simple ball-milling method is used to synthesize a tin oxide-silicon carbide/few-layer graphene core-shell structure in which nanometer-sized SnO2 particles are uniformly dispersed on a supporting SiC core and encapsulated with few-layer graphene coatings by in situ mechanical peeling. The SnO2-SiC/G nanocomposite material delivers a high reversible capacity of 810 mA h g-1 and 83% capacity retention over 150 charge/discharge cycles between 1.5 and 0.01 V at a rate of 0.1 A g-1. A high reversible capacity of 425 mA h g-1 also can be obtained at a rate of 2 A g-1. When discharged (Li extraction) to a higher potential at 3.0 V (vs. Li/Li+), the SnO2-SiC/G nanocomposite material delivers a reversible capacity of 1451 mA h g-1 (based on the SnO2 mass), which corresponds to 97% of the expected theoretical capacity (1494 mA h g-1, 8.4 equivalent of lithium per SnO2), and exhibits good cyclability. This result suggests that the core-shell nanostructure can achieve a completely reversible transformation from Li4.4Sn to SnO2 during discharging (i.e., Li extraction by dealloying and a reversible conversion reaction, generating 8.4 electrons). Finally, this suggests that simple mechanical milling can be a powerful approach to improve the stability of high-performance electrode materials involving structural conversion and transformation.

  3. Observation of the intrinsic bandgap behaviour in as-grown epitaxial twisted graphene.

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    Park, Jeongho; Mitchel, William C; Elhamri, Said; Grazulis, Lawrence; Hoelscher, John; Mahalingam, Krishnamurthy; Hwang, Choongyu; Mo, Sung-Kwan; Lee, Jonghoon

    2015-01-06

    Twisted graphene is of particular interest due to several intriguing characteristics, such as its the Fermi velocity, van Hove singularities and electronic localization. Theoretical studies recently suggested the possible bandgap opening and tuning. Here, we report a novel approach to producing epitaxial twisted graphene on SiC (0001) and the observation of its intrinsic bandgap behaviour. The direct deposition of C60 on pre-grown graphene layers results in few-layer twisted graphene confirmed by angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy and Raman analysis. The strong enhanced G band in Raman and sp(3) bonding characteristic in X-ray photoemission spectroscopy suggests the existence of interlayer interaction between adjacent graphene layers. The interlayer spacing between graphene layers measured by transmission electron microscopy is 0.352 ± 0.012 nm. Thermal activation behaviour and nonlinear current-voltage characteristics conclude that an intrinsic bandgap is opened in twisted graphene. Low sheet resistance (~ 160 Ω □(-1) at 10 K) and high mobility (~2,000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at 10 K) are observed.

  4. On the density of states of disordered epitaxial graphene

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    Davydov, S. Yu.

    2015-05-15

    The study is concerned with two types of disordered epitaxial graphene: (i) graphene with randomly located carbon vacancies and (ii) structurally amorphous graphene. The former type is considered in the coherent potential approximation, and for the latter type, a model of the density of states is proposed. The effects of two types of substrates, specifically, metal and semiconductor substrates are taken into account. The specific features of the density of states of epitaxial graphene at the Dirac point and the edges of the continuous spectrum are analyzed. It is shown that vacancies in epitaxial graphene formed on the metal substrate bring about logarithmic nulling of the density of states of graphene at the Dirac point and the edges of the continuous spectrum. If the Dirac point corresponds to the middle of the band gap of the semiconductor substrate, the linear trend of the density of states to zero in the vicinity of the Dirac point in defect-free graphene transforms into a logarithmic decrease in the presence of vacancies. In both cases, the graphene-substrate interaction is assumed to be weak (quasi-free graphene). In the study of amorphous epitaxial graphene, a simple model of free amorphous graphene is proposed as the initial model, in which account is taken of the nonzero density of states at the Dirac point, and then the interaction of the graphene sheet with the substrate is taken into consideration. It is shown that, near the Dirac point, the quadratic behavior of the density of states of free amorphous graphene transforms into a linear dependence for amorphous epitaxial graphene. In the study, the density of states of free graphene corresponds to the low-energy approximation of the electron spectrum.

  5. Manipulation of Dirac cones in intercalated epitaxial graphene

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    Kim, Minsung; Tringides, Michael C.; Hershberger, Matthew T.; ...

    2017-07-12

    Graphene is an intriguing material in view of its unique Dirac quasi-particles, and the manipulation of its electronic structure is important in material design and applications. Here, we theoretically investigate the electronic band structure of epitaxial graphene on SiC with intercalation of rare earth metal ions (e.g., Yb and Dy) using first-principles calculations. We can use the intercalation to control the coupling of the constituent components (buffer layer, graphene, and substrate), resulting in strong modification of the graphene band structure. We also demonstrate that the metal-intercalated epitaxial graphene has tunable band structures by controlling the energies of Dirac cones asmore » well as the linear and quadratic band dispersion depending on the intercalation layer and density. Thus, the metal intercalation is a viable method to manipulate the electronic band structure of the epitaxial graphene, which can enhance the functional utility and controllability of the material.« less

  6. Electronic states in epitaxial graphene fabricated on silicon carbide

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    Davydov, S. Yu.

    2011-08-15

    An analytical expression for the density of states of a graphene monolayer interacting with a silicon carbide surface (epitaxial graphene) is derived. The density of states of silicon carbide is described within the Haldane-Anderson model. It is shown that the graphene-substrate interaction results in a narrow gap of {approx}0.01-0.06 eV in the density of states of graphene. The graphene atom charge is estimated; it is shown that the charge transfer from the substrate is {approx}10{sup -3}-10{sup -2}e per graphene atom.

  7. Precise Identification of Graphene's Crystal Structures by Removable Nanowire Epitaxy.

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    Kim, Jonghyeok; Lim, Kitaek; Lee, Yangjin; Kim, Jongin; Kim, Kihwan; Park, Jungwon; Kim, Kwanpyo; Lee, Won Chul

    2017-03-16

    Monitoring crystallographic orientations of graphene is important for the reliable generation of graphene-based nanostructures such as van der Waals heterostructures and graphene nanoribbons because their physical properties are dependent on crystal structures. However, facile and precise identification of graphene's crystallographic orientations is still challenging because the majority of current tools rely on complex atomic-scale imaging. Here, we present an identification method for the crystal orientations and grain boundaries of graphene using the directional alignment between epitaxially grown AuCN nanowires and the underlying graphene. Because the nanowires are visible in scanning electron microscopy, crystal orientations of graphene can be inspected with simple procedures. Kernel density estimation that we used in analyzing the nanowire directions enables precise measurement of graphene's crystal orientations. We also confirm that the imaged nanowires can be simply removed without degrading graphene's quality, thus showing that the present method can be practically used for measuring graphene's crystal structures.

  8. On the kinetic barriers of graphene homo-epitaxy

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    Zhang, Wei; Yu, Xinke; Xie, Ya-Hong; Cahyadi, Erica; Ratsch, Christian

    2014-12-01

    The diffusion processes and kinetic barriers of individual carbon adatoms and clusters on graphene surfaces are investigated to provide fundamental understanding of the physics governing epitaxial growth of multilayer graphene. It is found that individual carbon adatoms form bonds with the underlying graphene whereas the interaction between graphene and carbon clusters, consisting of 6 atoms or more, is very weak being van der Waals in nature. Therefore, small carbon clusters are quite mobile on the graphene surfaces and the diffusion barrier is negligibly small (∼6 meV). This suggests the feasibility of high-quality graphene epitaxial growth at very low growth temperatures with small carbon clusters (e.g., hexagons) as carbon source. We propose that the growth mode is totally different from 3-dimensional bulk materials with the surface mobility of carbon hexagons being the highest over graphene surfaces that gradually decreases with further increase in cluster size.

  9. Effect of vertically oriented few-layer graphene on the wettability and interfacial reactions of the AgCuTi-SiO2f/SiO2 system.

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    Sun, Z; Zhang, L X; Qi, J L; Zhang, Z H; Hao, T D; Feng, J C

    2017-03-22

    With the aim of expanding their applications, particularly when joining metals, a simple but effective method is reported whereby the surface chemical reactivity of SiO2f/SiO2 (SiO2f/SiO2 stands for silica fibre reinforced silica based composite materials and f is short for fibre) composites with vertically oriented few-layer graphene (VFG, 3-10 atomic layers of graphene vertically oriented to the substrate) can be tailored. VFG was uniformly grown on the surface of a SiO2f/SiO2 composite by using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD). The wetting experiments were conducted by placing small pieces of AgCuTi alloy foil on SiO2f/SiO2 composites with and without VFG decoration. It was demonstrated that the contact angle dropped from 120° (without VFG decoration) to 50° (with VFG decoration) when the holding time was 10 min. The interfacial reaction layer in SiO2f/SiO2 composites with VFG decoration became continuous without any unfilled gaps compared with the composites without VFG decoration. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was employed to investigate the interaction between VFG and Ti from the AgCuTi alloy. The results showed that VFG possessed high chemical reactivity and could easily react with Ti even at room temperature. Finally, a mechanism of how VFG promoted the wetting of the SiO2f/SiO2 composite by the AgCuTi alloy is proposed and thoroughly discussed.

  10. Graphene nanoribbons epitaxy on boron nitride

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    Lu, Xiaobo; Yang, Wei; Wang, Shuopei; Wu, Shuang; Chen, Peng; Zhang, Jing; Zhao, Jing; Meng, Jianling; Xie, Guibai; Wang, Duoming; Wang, Guole; Zhang, Ting Ting; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Yang, Rong; Shi, Dongxia; Zhang, Guangyu

    2016-03-01

    In this letter, we report a pilot study on epitaxy of monolayer graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). We found that GNRs grow preferentially from the atomic steps of h-BN, forming in-plane heterostructures. GNRs with well-defined widths ranging from ˜15 nm to ˜150 nm can be obtained reliably. As-grown GNRs on h-BN have high quality with a carrier mobility of ˜20 000 cm2 V-1 s-1 for ˜100-nm-wide GNRs at a temperature of 1.7 K. Besides, a moiré pattern induced quasi-one-dimensional superlattice with a periodicity of ˜15 nm for GNR/h-BN was also observed, indicating zero crystallographic twisting angle between GNRs and h-BN substrate. The superlattice induced band structure modification is confirmed by our transport results. These epitaxial GNRs/h-BN with clean surfaces/interfaces and tailored widths provide an ideal platform for high-performance GNR devices.

  11. Graphene nanoribbons epitaxy on boron nitride

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    Lu, Xiaobo; Wang, Shuopei; Wu, Shuang; Chen, Peng; Zhang, Jing; Zhao, Jing; Meng, Jianling; Xie, Guibai; Wang, Duoming; Wang, Guole; Zhang, Ting Ting; Yang, Rong; Shi, Dongxia; Yang, Wei; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Zhang, Guangyu

    2016-03-14

    In this letter, we report a pilot study on epitaxy of monolayer graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). We found that GNRs grow preferentially from the atomic steps of h-BN, forming in-plane heterostructures. GNRs with well-defined widths ranging from ∼15 nm to ∼150 nm can be obtained reliably. As-grown GNRs on h-BN have high quality with a carrier mobility of ∼20 000 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} for ∼100-nm-wide GNRs at a temperature of 1.7 K. Besides, a moiré pattern induced quasi-one-dimensional superlattice with a periodicity of ∼15 nm for GNR/h-BN was also observed, indicating zero crystallographic twisting angle between GNRs and h-BN substrate. The superlattice induced band structure modification is confirmed by our transport results. These epitaxial GNRs/h-BN with clean surfaces/interfaces and tailored widths provide an ideal platform for high-performance GNR devices.

  12. Wafer bonding solution to epitaxial graphene-silicon integration

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    Dong, Rui; Guo, Zelei; Palmer, James; Hu, Yike; Ruan, Ming; Hankinson, John; Kunc, Jan; Bhattacharya, Swapan K.; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walt A.

    2014-03-01

    A new strategy for the integration of graphene electronics with silicon complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (Si-CMOS) technology is demonstrated that requires neither graphene transfer nor patterning. Inspired by silicon-on-insulator and three-dimensional device hyper-integration techniques, a thin monocrystalline silicon layer ready for CMOS processing is bonded to epitaxial graphene (EG) on SiC. The parallel Si and graphene electronic platforms are interconnected by metal vias. In this method, EG is grown prior to bonding so that the process is compatible with EG high temperature growth and preserves graphene integrity and nano-structuring.

  13. Localized States Influence Spin Transport in Epitaxial Graphene

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    Maassen, T.; van den Berg, J. J.; Huisman, E. H.; Dijkstra, H.; Fromm, F.; Seyller, T.; van Wees, B. J.

    2013-02-01

    We developed a spin transport model for a diffusive channel with coupled localized states that result in an effective increase of spin precession frequencies and a reduction of spin relaxation times in the system. We apply this model to Hanle spin precession measurements obtained on monolayer epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). Combined with newly performed measurements on quasi-free-standing monolayer epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) our analysis shows that the different values for the diffusion coefficient measured in charge and spin transport measurements on monolayer epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) and the high values for the spin relaxation time can be explained by the influence of localized states arising from the buffer layer at the interface between the graphene and the SiC surface.

  14. Epitaxial graphene formation on 3C-SiC/Si thin films

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    Suemitsu, Maki; Jiao, Sai; Fukidome, Hirokazu; Tateno, Yasunori; Makabe, Isao; Nakabayashi, Takashi

    2014-03-01

    By forming a thin 3C-SiC film on Si substrates and by annealing it at ˜1500 K in vacuo, few-layer graphene is formed epitaxially on Si substrates. In this graphene-on-silicon (GOS) technology, graphene grows at least on three major low-index Si surfaces: (1 1 1), (1 0 0) and (1 1 0), which allows tuning of structural and electronic properties of epitaxial graphene by simply controlling the crystallographic orientation of the surface. A typical example can be found in the two types of graphene formed on 3C-SiC(1 1 1) surfaces; the one on 3C-SiC(1 1 1)/Si(1 1 1) shows a Bernal stacking with an interfacial buffer layer, while the one on 3C-SiC(1 1 1)/Si(1 1 0) shows a non-Bernal stacking without an interfacial buffer layer. Inserting an AlN interlayer between Si and 3C-SiC significantly contributes to improvement of the GOS quality. Moreover, thanks to the sealing effect of the AlN layer against Si out-diffusion, we can apply chemomechanical polishing of SiC surface to reduce the surface roughness, which can further accentuate the effect of H2 annealing of the surface. As a result, a D to G band intensity ratio as low as 0.4 is obtained.

  15. Raman spectra of epitaxial graphene on SiC and of epitaxial graphene transferred to SiO2.

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    Lee, Dong Su; Riedl, Christian; Krauss, Benjamin; von Klitzing, Klaus; Starke, Ulrich; Smet, Jurgen H

    2008-12-01

    Raman spectra were measured for mono-, bi-, and trilayer graphene grown on SiC by solid state graphitization, whereby the number of layers was preassigned by angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. It was found that the only unambiguous fingerprint in Raman spectroscopy to identify the number of layers for graphene on SiC(0001) is the line width of the 2D (or D*) peak. The Raman spectra of epitaxial graphene show significant differences as compared to micromechanically cleaved graphene obtained from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite crystals. The G peak is found to be blue-shifted. The 2D peak does not exhibit any obvious shoulder structures, but it is much broader and almost resembles a single-peak even for multilayers. Flakes of epitaxial graphene were transferred from SiC onto SiO2 for further Raman studies. A comparison of the Raman data obtained for graphene on SiC with data for epitaxial graphene transferred to SiO2 reveals that the G peak blue-shift is clearly due to the SiC substrate. The broadened 2D peak however stems from the graphene structure itself and not from the substrate.

  16. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene with permanent magnets

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    Parmentier, F. D.; Cazimajou, T.; Sekine, Y.; Hibino, H.; Irie, H.; Glattli, D. C.; Kumada, N.; Roulleau, P.

    2016-12-01

    We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate. These results demonstrate that basic QHE physics are experimentally accessible in graphene for a fraction of the price of conventional setups using superconducting magnets, which greatly increases the potential of the QHE in graphene for research and applications.

  17. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene with permanent magnets

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    Parmentier, F. D.; Cazimajou, T.; Sekine, Y.; Hibino, H.; Irie, H.; Glattli, D. C.; Kumada, N.; Roulleau, P.

    2016-01-01

    We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate. These results demonstrate that basic QHE physics are experimentally accessible in graphene for a fraction of the price of conventional setups using superconducting magnets, which greatly increases the potential of the QHE in graphene for research and applications. PMID:27922114

  18. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene with permanent magnets.

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    Parmentier, F D; Cazimajou, T; Sekine, Y; Hibino, H; Irie, H; Glattli, D C; Kumada, N; Roulleau, P

    2016-12-06

    We have observed the well-kown quantum Hall effect (QHE) in epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC) by using, for the first time, only commercial NdFeB permanent magnets at low temperature. The relatively large and homogeneous magnetic field generated by the magnets, together with the high quality of the epitaxial graphene films, enables the formation of well-developed quantum Hall states at Landau level filling factors v = ±2, commonly observed with superconducting electro-magnets. Furthermore, the chirality of the QHE edge channels can be changed by a top gate. These results demonstrate that basic QHE physics are experimentally accessible in graphene for a fraction of the price of conventional setups using superconducting magnets, which greatly increases the potential of the QHE in graphene for research and applications.

  19. Microwave studies of weak localization and antilocalization in epitaxial graphene

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    Drabińska, Aneta; Kamińska, Maria; Wołoś, Agnieszka; Baranowski, J. M.

    2013-12-04

    A microwave detection method was applied to study weak localization and antilocalization in epitaxial graphene sheets grown on both polarities of SiC substrates. Both coherence and scattering length values were obtained. The scattering lengths were found to be smaller for graphene grown on C-face of SiC. The decoherence rate was found to depend linearly on temperature, showing the electron-electron scattering mechanism.

  20. Charged nano-domes and bubbles in epitaxial graphene.

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    Trabelsi, A Ben Gouider; Kusmartsev, F V; Robinson, B J; Ouerghi, A; Kusmartseva, O E; Kolosov, O V; Mazzocco, R; Gaifullin, Marat B; Oueslati, M

    2014-04-25

    For the first time, new epitaxial graphene nano-structures resembling charged 'bubbles' and 'domes' are reported. A strong influence, arising from the change in morphology, on the graphene layer's electronic, mechanical and optical properties has been shown. The morphological properties of these structures have been studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM), ultrasonic force microscopy (UFM) and Raman spectroscopy. After initial optical microscopy observation of the graphene, a detailed description of the surface morphology, via AFM and nanomechanical UFM measurements, was obtained. Here, graphene nano-structures, domes and bubbles, ranging from a few tens of nanometres (150–200 nm) to a few μm in size have been identified. The AFM topographical and UFM stiffness data implied the freestanding nature of the graphene layer within the domes and bubbles, with heights on the order of 5–12 nm. Raman spectroscopy mappings of G and 2D bands and their ratio confirm not only the graphene composition of these structures but also the existence of step bunching, defect variations and the carrier density distribution. In particular, inside the bubbles and substrate there arises complex charge redistribution; in fact, the graphene bubble–substrate interface forms a charged capacitance. We have determined the strength of the electric field inside the bubble–substrate interface, which may lead to a minigap of the order of 5 meV opening for epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC face-terminated carbon.

  1. Charged nano-domes and bubbles in epitaxial graphene

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    Ben Gouider Trabelsi, A.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Robinson, B. J.; Ouerghi, A.; Kusmartseva, O. E.; Kolosov, O. V.; Mazzocco, R.; Gaifullin, Marat B.; Oueslati, M.

    2014-04-01

    For the first time, new epitaxial graphene nano-structures resembling charged ‘bubbles’ and ‘domes’ are reported. A strong influence, arising from the change in morphology, on the graphene layer’s electronic, mechanical and optical properties has been shown. The morphological properties of these structures have been studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM), ultrasonic force microscopy (UFM) and Raman spectroscopy. After initial optical microscopy observation of the graphene, a detailed description of the surface morphology, via AFM and nanomechanical UFM measurements, was obtained. Here, graphene nano-structures, domes and bubbles, ranging from a few tens of nanometres (150-200 nm) to a few μm in size have been identified. The AFM topographical and UFM stiffness data implied the freestanding nature of the graphene layer within the domes and bubbles, with heights on the order of 5-12 nm. Raman spectroscopy mappings of G and 2D bands and their ratio confirm not only the graphene composition of these structures but also the existence of step bunching, defect variations and the carrier density distribution. In particular, inside the bubbles and substrate there arises complex charge redistribution; in fact, the graphene bubble-substrate interface forms a charged capacitance. We have determined the strength of the electric field inside the bubble-substrate interface, which may lead to a minigap of the order of 5 meV opening for epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC face-terminated carbon.

  2. Epitaxial graphene on SiC{0001}: advances and perspectives.

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    Norimatsu, Wataru; Kusunoki, Michiko

    2014-02-28

    We review here recent progress on epitaxial graphene grown on a SiC substrate. Epitaxial graphene can be easily grown by heating the SiC single crystal in a high vacuum or in an inert gas atmosphere. The SiC surfaces used for graphene growth contain Si- and C-terminated faces. On the Si-face, homogeneous and clean graphene can be grown with a controlled number of layers, and the carrier mobility reaches as high as several m(2) V s(-1), although this is reduced by the presence of the substrate steps. On the C-face, although the number of layers is not homogeneous, twisted bilayer graphene can be grown, which is expected to be the technique of choice to modify the electronic structure of graphene. From the application point of view, graphene on SiC will be the platform used to fabricate high-speed electronic devices and dense graphene nanoribbon arrays, which will be used to introduce a bandgap.

  3. Substrate-induced magnetism in epitaxial graphene buffer layers.

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    Ramasubramaniam, A; Medhekar, N V; Shenoy, V B

    2009-07-08

    Magnetism in graphene is of fundamental as well as technological interest, with potential applications in molecular magnets and spintronic devices. While defects and/or adsorbates in freestanding graphene nanoribbons and graphene sheets have been shown to cause itinerant magnetism, controlling the density and distribution of defects and adsorbates is in general difficult. We show from first principles calculations that graphene buffer layers on SiC(0001) can also show intrinsic magnetism. The formation of graphene-substrate chemical bonds disrupts the graphene pi-bonds and causes localization of graphene states near the Fermi level. Exchange interactions between these states lead to itinerant magnetism in the graphene buffer layer. We demonstrate the occurrence of magnetism in graphene buffer layers on both bulk-terminated as well as more realistic adatom-terminated SiC(0001) surfaces. Our calculations show that adatom density has a profound effect on the spin distribution in the graphene buffer layer, thereby providing a means of engineering magnetism in epitaxial graphene.

  4. Disordered Fermi liquid in epitaxial graphene from quantum transport measurements.

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    Lara-Avila, Samuel; Tzalenchuk, Alexander; Kubatkin, Sergey; Yakimova, Rositza; Janssen, T J B M; Cedergren, Karin; Bergsten, Tobias; Fal'ko, Vladimir

    2011-10-14

    We have performed magnetotransport measurements on monolayer epitaxial graphene and analyzed them in the framework of the disordered Fermi liquid theory. We have separated the electron-electron and weak-localization contributions to resistivity and demonstrated the phase coherence over a micrometer length scale, setting the limit of at least 50 ps on the spin relaxation time in this material.

  5. Weak Localization in few layer Black Phosphorus

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    Gillgren, Nathaniel; Shi, Yanmeng; Espiritu, Timothy; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takahashi; Lau, Chun Ning (Jeanie)

    Few-layer black phosphorus has recently attracted interest from the scientific community due to its high mobility, tunable band gap, and large anisotropy. Recent experiments have demonstrated that black phosphorus provides a promising candidate to explore the physics of 2D semiconductors. In this study we explore the magnetotransport of few-layer black phosphorus-boron nitride hetereostructure devices at low magnetic fields. Weak localization is observed at low temperatures. We extract the dephasing length and measure its dependence on temperature, carrier density and electric field.

  6. Terahertz and mid-infrared reflectance of epitaxial graphene

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    Santos, Cristiane N.; Joucken, Frédéric; De Sousa Meneses, Domingos; Echegut, Patrick; Campos-Delgado, Jessica; Louette, Pierre; Raskin, Jean-Pierre; Hackens, Benoit

    2016-01-01

    Graphene has emerged as a promising material for infrared (IR) photodetectors and plasmonics. In this context, wafer scale epitaxial graphene on SiC is of great interest in a variety of applications in optics and nanoelectronics. Here we present IR reflectance spectroscopy of graphene grown epitaxially on the C-face of 6H-SiC over a broad optical range, from terahertz (THz) to mid-infrared (MIR). Contrary to the transmittance, reflectance measurements are not hampered by the transmission window of the substrate, and in particular by the SiC Reststrahlen band in the MIR. This allows us to present IR reflectance data exhibiting a continuous evolution from the regime of intraband to interband charge carrier transitions. A consistent and simultaneous analysis of the contributions from both transitions to the optical response yields precise information on the carrier dynamics and the number of layers. The properties of the graphene layers derived from IR reflection spectroscopy are corroborated by other techniques (micro-Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, transport measurements). Moreover, we also present MIR microscopy mapping, showing that spatially-resolved information can be gathered, giving indications on the sample homogeneity. Our work paves the way for a still scarcely explored field of epitaxial graphene-based THz and MIR optical devices. PMID:27102827

  7. Magneto-Transport on Epitaxial Graphene

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    Ye, Peide D.; Capano, Michael; Shen, Tian; Wu, Yanqing; Bolen, Michael L.

    Graphene, a monolayer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal lattice, has recently been successfully isolated from highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and shown to be thermodynamically stable and to exhibit astonishing transport properties, such as an electron mobility of ˜ 25, 000 cm2/Vs and velocity of ˜ 108 cm/s at room temperature [1, 2, 3]. With the high carrier mobility enabled by its unique electronic structure, graphene has attracted many research efforts recently. Initial works have demonstrated the great potential of graphene for modern electronics applications. These efforts are focused on overcoming the challenges faced to incorporate graphene into microelectronic applications. The three particular challenges are developing a synthesis technique to manufacture graphene over wafer-scale areas, opening an energy bandgap in graphene, and forming a high-quality gate dielectric on the surface of graphene.

  8. Oxygen switching of the epitaxial graphene-metal interaction.

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    Larciprete, Rosanna; Ulstrup, Søren; Lacovig, Paolo; Dalmiglio, Matteo; Bianchi, Marco; Mazzola, Federico; Hornekær, Liv; Orlando, Fabrizio; Baraldi, Alessandro; Hofmann, Philip; Lizzit, Silvano

    2012-11-27

    Using photoemission spectroscopy techniques, we show that oxygen intercalation is achieved on an extended layer of epitaxial graphene on Ir(111), which results in the "lifting" of the graphene layer and in its decoupling from the metal substrate. The oxygen adsorption below graphene proceeds as on clean Ir(111), giving only a slightly higher oxygen coverage. Upon lifting, the C 1s signal shows a downshift in binding energy, due to the charge transfer to graphene from the oxygen-covered metal surface. Moreover, the characteristic spectral signatures of the graphene-substrate interaction in the valence band are removed, and the spectrum of strongly hole-doped, quasi free-standing graphene with a single Dirac cone around the K point is observed. The oxygen can be deintercalated by annealing, and this process takes place at around T = 600 K, in a rather abrupt way. A small amount of carbon atoms is lost, implying that graphene has been etched. After deintercalation graphene restores its interaction with the Ir(111) substrate. Additional intercalation/deintercalation cycles readily occur at lower oxygen doses and temperatures, consistently with an increasingly defective lattice. Our findings demonstrate that oxygen intercalation is an efficient method for fully decoupling an extended layer of graphene from a metal substrate, such as Ir(111). They pave the way for the fundamental research on graphene, where extended, ordered layers of free-standing graphene are important and, due to the stability of the intercalated system in a wide temperature range, also for the advancement of next-generation graphene-based electronics.

  9. The invention of graphene electronics and the physics of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide

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    de Heer, Walt A.

    2012-01-01

    Graphene electronics was officially invented at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 after experimental and theoretical research on graphene properties starting from 2001. This paper focuses on the motivation and events leading to the invention of graphene electronics, as well as on recent developments. Graphene electronics was originally conceived as a new electronics paradigm to incorporate the room-temperature ballistic and coherent properties of carbon nanotubes in a patternable electronic material. Graphene on silicon carbide was chosen as the most suitable material. Other electronics schemes, involving transferred (exfoliated and chemical vapor deposition-produced) graphitic materials, that operate in the diffusive regime may not be competitive with standard methods and may therefore not significantly impact electronics. In recent years, epitaxial graphene has improved to the point where graphene electronics according to the original concept appears to be within reach. Beyond electronics, epitaxial graphene research has led to important developments in graphene physics in general and has become a leading platform for graphene science as well.

  10. Infrared fingerprints of few-layer black phosphorus.

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    Zhang, Guowei; Huang, Shenyang; Chaves, Andrey; Song, Chaoyu; Özçelik, V Ongun; Low, Tony; Yan, Hugen

    2017-01-06

    Black phosphorus is an infrared layered material. Its bandgap complements other widely studied two-dimensional materials: zero-gap graphene and visible/near-infrared gap transition metal dichalcogenides. Although highly desirable, a comprehensive infrared characterization is still lacking. Here we report a systematic infrared study of mechanically exfoliated few-layer black phosphorus, with thickness ranging from 2 to 15 layers and photon energy spanning from 0.25 to 1.36 eV. Each few-layer black phosphorus exhibits a thickness-dependent unique infrared spectrum with a series of absorption resonances, which reveals the underlying electronic structure evolution and serves as its infrared fingerprints. Surprisingly, unexpected absorption features, which are associated with the forbidden optical transitions, have been observed. Furthermore, we unambiguously demonstrate that controllable uniaxial strain can be used as a convenient and effective approach to tune the electronic structure of few-layer black phosphorus. Our study paves the way for black phosphorus applications in infrared photonics and optoelectronics.

  11. Infrared fingerprints of few-layer black phosphorus

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    Zhang, Guowei; Huang, Shenyang; Chaves, Andrey; Song, Chaoyu; Özçelik, V. Ongun; Low, Tony; Yan, Hugen

    2017-01-01

    Black phosphorus is an infrared layered material. Its bandgap complements other widely studied two-dimensional materials: zero-gap graphene and visible/near-infrared gap transition metal dichalcogenides. Although highly desirable, a comprehensive infrared characterization is still lacking. Here we report a systematic infrared study of mechanically exfoliated few-layer black phosphorus, with thickness ranging from 2 to 15 layers and photon energy spanning from 0.25 to 1.36 eV. Each few-layer black phosphorus exhibits a thickness-dependent unique infrared spectrum with a series of absorption resonances, which reveals the underlying electronic structure evolution and serves as its infrared fingerprints. Surprisingly, unexpected absorption features, which are associated with the forbidden optical transitions, have been observed. Furthermore, we unambiguously demonstrate that controllable uniaxial strain can be used as a convenient and effective approach to tune the electronic structure of few-layer black phosphorus. Our study paves the way for black phosphorus applications in infrared photonics and optoelectronics.

  12. Infrared fingerprints of few-layer black phosphorus

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    Zhang, Guowei; Huang, Shenyang; Chaves, Andrey; Song, Chaoyu; Özçelik, V. Ongun; Low, Tony; Yan, Hugen

    2017-01-01

    Black phosphorus is an infrared layered material. Its bandgap complements other widely studied two-dimensional materials: zero-gap graphene and visible/near-infrared gap transition metal dichalcogenides. Although highly desirable, a comprehensive infrared characterization is still lacking. Here we report a systematic infrared study of mechanically exfoliated few-layer black phosphorus, with thickness ranging from 2 to 15 layers and photon energy spanning from 0.25 to 1.36 eV. Each few-layer black phosphorus exhibits a thickness-dependent unique infrared spectrum with a series of absorption resonances, which reveals the underlying electronic structure evolution and serves as its infrared fingerprints. Surprisingly, unexpected absorption features, which are associated with the forbidden optical transitions, have been observed. Furthermore, we unambiguously demonstrate that controllable uniaxial strain can be used as a convenient and effective approach to tune the electronic structure of few-layer black phosphorus. Our study paves the way for black phosphorus applications in infrared photonics and optoelectronics. PMID:28059084

  13. Thermal stability of corrugated epitaxial graphene grown on Re(0001).

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    Miniussi, E; Pozzo, M; Baraldi, A; Vesselli, E; Zhan, R R; Comelli, G; Menteş, T O; Niño, M A; Locatelli, A; Lizzit, S; Alfè, D

    2011-05-27

    We report on a novel approach to determine the relationship between the corrugation and the thermal stability of epitaxial graphene grown on a strongly interacting substrate. According to our density functional theory calculations, the C single layer grown on Re(0001) is strongly corrugated, with a buckling of 1.6 Å, yielding a simulated C 1s core level spectrum which is in excellent agreement with the experimental one. We found that corrugation is closely knit with the thermal stability of the C network: C-C bond breaking is favored in the strongly buckled regions of the moiré cell, though it requires the presence of diffusing graphene layer vacancies.

  14. Low contact resistance in epitaxial graphene devices for quantum metrology

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    Yager, Tom E-mail: ywpark@snu.ac.kr; Lartsev, Arseniy; Lara-Avila, Samuel; Kubatkin, Sergey; Cedergren, Karin; Yakimova, Rositsa; Panchal, Vishal; Kazakova, Olga; Tzalenchuk, Alexander; Kim, Kyung Ho; Park, Yung Woo E-mail: ywpark@snu.ac.kr

    2015-08-15

    We investigate Ti/Au contacts to monolayer epitaxial graphene on SiC (0001) for applications in quantum resistance metrology. Using three-terminal measurements in the quantum Hall regime we observed variations in contact resistances ranging from a minimal value of 0.6 Ω up to 11 kΩ. We identify a major source of high-resistance contacts to be due bilayer graphene interruptions to the quantum Hall current, whilst discarding the effects of interface cleanliness and contact geometry for our fabricated devices. Moreover, we experimentally demonstrate methods to improve the reproducibility of low resistance contacts (<10 Ω) suitable for high precision quantum resistance metrology.

  15. Epitaxial nucleation of CVD bilayer graphene on copper.

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    Song, Yenan; Zhuang, Jianing; Song, Meng; Yin, Shaoqian; Cheng, Yu; Zhang, Xuewei; Wang, Miao; Xiang, Rong; Xia, Yang; Maruyama, Shigeo; Zhao, Pei; Ding, Feng; Wang, Hongtao

    2016-12-08

    Bilayer graphene (BLG) has emerged as a promising candidate for next-generation electronic applications, especially when it exists in the Bernal-stacked form, but its large-scale production remains a challenge. Here we present an experimental and first-principles calculation study of the epitaxial chemical vapor deposition (CVD) nucleation process for Bernal-stacked BLG growth on Cu using ethanol as a precursor. Results show that a carefully adjusted flow rate of ethanol can yield a uniform BLG film with a surface coverage of nearly 90% and a Bernal-stacking ratio of nearly 100% on ordinary flat Cu substrates, and its epitaxial nucleation of the second layer is mainly due to the active CH3 radicals with the presence of a monolayer-graphene-covered Cu surface. We believe that this nucleation mechanism will help clarify the formation of BLG by the epitaxial CVD process, and lead to many new strategies for scalable synthesis of graphene with more controllable structures and numbers of layers.

  16. Few-layer black phosphorus nanoparticles.

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    Sofer, Zdenek; Bouša, Daniel; Luxa, Jan; Mazanek, Vlastimil; Pumera, Martin

    2016-01-28

    Herein, black phosphorus quantum dots and nanoparticles of a few layer thickness were prepared and characterized using STEM, AFM, dynamic light scattering, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence. Impact electrochemistry of the induvidual black phosphorus nanoparticles allows their size determination. The centrifugation of colloidal black phosphorus nanoparticles allowed separation of quantum dots with sizes up to 15 nm. These black phosphorus nanoparticles exhibit a large band gap and are expected to find a wide range of applications from semiconductors to biomolecule tags. The use of black phosphorus nanoparticles for vapour sensing was successfully demonstrated.

  17. Multilayer epitaxial graphene grown on the SiC (000- 1) surface; structure and electronic properties

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    Sprinkle, M.; Hicks, J.; Tejeda, A.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Le Fevre, P.; Bertran, F.; Tinkey, H.; Clark, M.C.; Soukiassian, P.; Martinotti, D.; Hass, J.; Conrad, E.H.

    2010-10-22

    We review the progress towards developing epitaxial graphene as a material for carbon electronics. In particular, we discuss improvements in epitaxial graphene growth, interface control and the understanding of multilayer epitaxial graphene's (MEG's) electronic properties. Although graphene grown on both polar faces of SiC will be discussed, our discussions will focus on graphene grown on the (000{bar 1}) C-face of SiC. The unique properties of C-face MEG have become apparent. These films behave electronically like a stack of nearly independent graphene sheets rather than a thin Bernal stacked graphite sample. The origins of multilayer graphene's electronic behaviour are its unique highly ordered stacking of non-Bernal rotated graphene planes. While these rotations do not significantly affect the inter-layer interactions, they do break the stacking symmetry of graphite. It is this broken symmetry that leads to each sheet behaving like isolated graphene planes.

  18. Growing Epitaxial Graphene on an Insulator by MBE

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    Mohapatra, Chandra; Eckstein, James

    2009-03-01

    We have used electron beam evaporation of solid carbon (C) to deposit graphene on MgO <111> at 850C. The growth appears epitaxial as observed by in-situ RHEED which also reveals that the hot scattering surface transitions from an insulator to a conductor after deposition of 1 monolayer of C. Growth at higher temperatures gives better crystallinity. We further characterize the film by ex-situ Raman spectroscopy, AFM and transport. Raman reveals all the characteristic G, D and 2D peaks of graphene and the 2D peak can be fit to a single lorentzian typical for graphene. AFM pictures show that the surface consists of flat connected domains, which are uniform across the substrate. Electrical transport shows insulating behavior with resistance (R) varying as 1/T^2. This work was supported by the DOE BES at the F. Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

  19. Implanted bottom gate for epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide

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    Waldmann, D.; Jobst, J.; Fromm, F.; Speck, F.; Seyller, T.; Krieger, M.; Weber, H. B.

    2012-04-01

    We present a technique to tune the charge density of epitaxial graphene via an electrostatic gate that is buried in the silicon carbide substrate. The result is a device in which graphene remains accessible for further manipulation or investigation. Via nitrogen or phosphor implantation into a silicon carbide wafer and subsequent graphene growth, devices can routinely be fabricated using standard semiconductor technology. We have optimized samples for room temperature as well as for cryogenic temperature operation. Depending on implantation dose and temperature we operate in two gating regimes. In the first, the gating mechanism is similar to a MOSFET, the second is based on a tuned space charge region of the silicon carbide semiconductor. We present a detailed model that describes the two gating regimes and the transition in between.

  20. 1/f Noise in Gated Epitaxial Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Vail, Owen; Yang, Jeremy; Miettinen, Anna; Hankinson, John; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walter; Jiang, Zhigang

    Epitaxial Graphene Nanoribbons (EGNR) grown on sidewall SiC have gained interest as a high-quality interconnect enabling room temperature ballistic transport over micron lengths. To be useful as an interconnect a proper characterization of the noise level in the EGNR needs to be determined. Toward this end, we fabricated EGNR devices with an Aluminum-Oxide top gate and use field effect to tune the fermi energy in the graphene channel. Our studies of the electronic noise and its dependence on the charge density in the ribbon reveal information about the subband structure of the density of states in addition to the ribbon's spectral density at low frequencies. Comparisons to the widely reported 1/f noise in silicon and other forms of graphene provide strong references for analyzing our results.

  1. Controlled epitaxial graphene growth within removable amorphous carbon corrals

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    Palmer, James; Hu, Yike; Hankinson, John; Guo, Zelei; Heer, Walt A. de; Kunc, Jan; Berger, Claire

    2014-07-14

    We address the question of control of the silicon carbide (SiC) steps and terraces under epitaxial graphene on SiC and demonstrate amorphous carbon (aC) corrals as an ideal method to pin SiC surface steps. aC is compatible with graphene growth, structurally stable at high temperatures, and can be removed after graphene growth. For this, aC is first evaporated and patterned on SiC, then annealed in the graphene growth furnace. There at temperatures above 1200 °C, mobile SiC steps accumulate at the aC corral that provide effective step flow barriers. Aligned step free regions are thereby formed for subsequent graphene growth at temperatures above 1330 °C. Atomic force microscopy imaging supports the formation of step-free terraces on SiC with the step morphology aligned to the aC corrals. Raman spectroscopy indicates the presence of good graphene sheets on the step-free terraces.

  2. Top-gate dielectric induced doping and scattering of charge carriers in epitaxial graphene

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    Puls, Conor P.; Staley, Neal E.; Moon, Jeong-Sun; Robinson, Joshua A.; Campbell, Paul M.; Tedesco, Joseph L.; Myers-Ward, Rachael L.; Eddy, Charles R.; Gaskill, D. Kurt; Liu, Ying

    2011-07-01

    We show that an e-gun deposited dielectric impose severe limits on epitaxial graphene-based device performance based on Raman spectroscopy and low-temperature transport measurements. Specifically, we show from studies of epitaxial graphene Hall bars covered by SiO2 that the measured carrier density is strongly inhomogenous and predominantly induced by charged impurities at the grapheme/dielectric interface that limit mobility via Coulomb interactions. Our work emphasizes that material integration of epitaxial graphene and a gate dielectric is the next major road block towards the realization of graphene-based electronics.

  3. Graphene Substrate for van der Waals Epitaxy of Layer-Structured Bismuth Antimony Telluride Thermoelectric Film.

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    Kim, Eun Sung; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Ohta, Hiromichi; Lee, Young Hee; Kim, Sung Wng

    2017-02-01

    Graphene as a substrate for the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D layered materials is utilized for the epitaxial growth of a layer-structured thermoelectric film. Van der Waals epitaxial Bi0.5 Sb1.5 Te3 film on graphene synthesized via a simple and scalable fabrication method exhibits good crystallinity and high thermoelectric transport properties comparable to single crystals.

  4. In-situ epitaxial growth of graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zuo, Zheng; Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-10-07

    Van der Waals materials have received a great deal of attention for their exceptional layered structures and exotic properties, which can open up various device applications in nanoelectronics. However, in situ epitaxial growth of dissimilar van der Waals materials remains challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution for fabricating van der Waals heterostructures. Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures were synthesized on cobalt substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. Various characterizations were carried out to evaluate the heterostructures. Wafer-scale heterostructures consisting of single-layer/bilayer graphene and multilayer h-BN were achieved. The mismatch angle between graphene and h-BN is below 1°.

  5. In-situ epitaxial growth of graphene/h-BN van der Waals heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zuo, Zheng; Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-01-01

    Van der Waals materials have received a great deal of attention for their exceptional layered structures and exotic properties, which can open up various device applications in nanoelectronics. However, in situ epitaxial growth of dissimilar van der Waals materials remains challenging. Here we demonstrate a solution for fabricating van der Waals heterostructures. Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures were synthesized on cobalt substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy. Various characterizations were carried out to evaluate the heterostructures. Wafer-scale heterostructures consisting of single-layer/bilayer graphene and multilayer h-BN were achieved. The mismatch angle between graphene and h-BN is below 1°. PMID:26442629

  6. Structure and transport of topological insulators on epitaxial graphene

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    Kally, James; Reifsnyder Hickey, Danielle; Lin, Yu-Chuan; Richardella, Anthony; Lee, Joon Sue; Robinson, Joshua; Mkhoyan, K. Andre; Samarth, Nitin

    Recent advancements in spintronics have shown that a class of materials, topological insulators (TI), can be used as a spin-current generator or detector. Topological insulators have protected surface states with the electron's spin locked to its momentum. To access these surface states, (Bi, Sb)2Te3 can be grown by molecular beam epitaxy to have the Fermi energy near the Dirac point so that transport occurs only through the spin-dependent surface states. Graphene is another 2D material of great interest for spintronics because of its very long spin diffusion length. This is an ideal material to act as a spin channel in devices. The van der Waals nature of the growth exhibited by 2D materials such as (Bi, Sb)2Te3 and graphene allows heterostructures to be formed despite the large lattice mismatch. We explore the structure and transport of (Bi, Sb)2Te3 grown on epitaxial graphene on 6H-SiC substrates for spintronic applications. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN and LEAST, two of the six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  7. Single and Few Layer Silicene: Structural, Electronic and Transport Properties

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    Carey, J. David; Roome, Nathanael

    Single layer silicene has weaker π bonding that graphene resulting in buckling of the Si atoms in different sub-lattices. Despite the loss of planarity, a linear bandstructure emerges where we find a Fermi velocity of about 5.3 x 105 m/s. Determination of the phonon dispersion characteristics reveals a Γ point optical phonon with an energy of 69 meV and a K point optical phonon with an energy of 62 meV. In graphene these phonons play important role in scattering electrons, and in Raman spectroscopy, but have larger energies of 194 and 166 meV, respectively. The lower phonon energies in silicene, arising from the higher atomic masses, would be expected to scatter carriers efficiently and limit carrier mobility. We have calculated, however, that the electron-optical phonon coupling matrix elements are about a factor of 25 times smaller than in graphene and this important result will help with the further development of silicene based devices due to reduced phonon scattering. The two stable stacking configurations of bilayer silicene, AA and AB, now have to account of the position of the atomic buckling in the two layers, leading to four possible atomic configurations with the buckling between the layers being in- or out-of-phase with each other. We find that in contrast to graphene, the two stable configurations are based on AA type stacking being about 70 meV per atom more stable than AB stacking. The potential for elemental layered materials beyond graphene for device applications will also be discussed. Single and Few Layer Silicene: Structural, Electronic and Transport Properties.

  8. Magnetic Oscillations and Landau Quantization in Decoupled Epitaxial Graphene Multilayers*

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    Stroscio, Joseph A.

    2009-03-01

    A fundamental challenge to the development of a new electronics based on single atomic sheets of carbon, known as graphene, is to realize a large-area production platform that can produce a carbon system with the same intrinsic properties as a single sheet of graphene. Multi-layer epitaxial graphene (MEG) grown on SiC substrates has been proposed as a possible platform to this end [1]. The central question is, Can MEG behave as single layer graphene with the same intrinsic electrical characteristics? In this talk we show that MEG graphene on SiC exhibits single layer graphene properties through new tunneling magnetic measurements. The circular motion of electrons in a magnetic field has historically been a powerful probe of the Fermi surface properties of materials. Oscillations in many measureable properties, such as magnetization, thermal conductivity, and resistance, all reflect the Landau quantization of the electron energy levels. In this talk we show the ability to observe tunneling magneto-conductance oscillations (TMCOs) in the tunneling differential conductance as a function of both magnetic field and electron energy. The TMCO arise from intense Dirac quantization of the 2-dimensional Dirac electron and hole quasiparticles in MEG grown on SiC substrates. Spatial profiles of the Landau quantization demonstrate the high quality of MEG on SiC with carrier concentrations that vary less than 10% over hundreds of nm. The single layer quantization observed in these multi-layer samples is attributed to observed rotational stacking domains that effectively decouple the carbon layers in MEG on SiC, thereby yielding single layer graphene properties in a large area carbon production method. *In collaboration with Lee Miller, Kevin Kubista, Gregory M. Rutter, Ming Ruan, Mike Sprinkle, Claire Berger, Walt A. de Heer, and Phillip N. First, Georgia Institute of Technology [1] W.A. de Heer et. al., Solid State Comm. 143, 92 (2007).

  9. Decoupling of epitaxial graphene via gold intercalation probed by dispersive Raman spectroscopy

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    Pillai, P. B. E-mail: m.desouza@sheffield.ac.uk; DeSouza, M. E-mail: m.desouza@sheffield.ac.uk; Narula, R.; Reich, S.; Wong, L. Y.; Batten, T.; Pokorny, J.

    2015-05-14

    Signatures of a superlattice structure composed of a quasi periodic arrangement of atomic gold clusters below an epitaxied graphene (EG) layer are examined using dispersive Raman spectroscopy. The gold-graphene system exhibits a laser excitation energy dependant red shift of the 2D mode as compared to pristine epitaxial graphene. The phonon dispersions in both the systems are mapped using the experimentally observed Raman signatures and a third-nearest neighbour tight binding electronic band structure model. Our results reveal that the observed excitation dependent Raman red shift in gold EG primarily arise from the modifications of the phonon dispersion in gold-graphene and shows that the extent of decoupling of graphene from the underlying SiC substrate can be monitored from the dispersive nature of the Raman 2D modes. The intercalated gold atoms restore the phonon band structure of epitaxial graphene towards free standing graphene.

  10. Molecular beam epitaxial growth of graphene and ridge-structure networks of graphene

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    Maeda, Fumihiko; Hibino, Hiroki

    2011-11-01

    By gas-source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using cracked ethanol, we grew graphene at substrate temperatures between 600 and 915 °C on graphene formed on SiC(0 0 0 1) by thermal decomposition. To investigate the substrate temperature dependence of graphene growth we analysed the MBE-grown graphene by Raman spectroscopy and in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and observed it by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Analyses using the G-band peak and the peak intensity ratio between D- and G-band peaks in the Raman spectra revealed that growth at higher temperatures improved the crystallinity and increased the domain size. Although the growth rate decreased at higher temperatures, as revealed by XPS, these results indicated that growth at a higher temperature is effective in obtaining graphene of higher quality. Furthermore, the AFM and TEM observations revealed a network of fin-like ridge structures of graphene sticking out from the surface. The presence of these 'graphene nanofins' indicated that two-dimensional islands of graphene are surrounded by the nanofins, and the island size was estimated to be 67 nm using the average distance between the nanofins.

  11. Real-time observation of epitaxial graphene domain reorientation

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    Rogge, Paul C.; Thürmer, Konrad; Foster, Michael E.; McCarty, Kevin F.; Dubon, Oscar D.; Bartelt, Norman C.

    2015-04-01

    Graphene films grown by vapour deposition tend to be polycrystalline due to the nucleation and growth of islands with different in-plane orientations. Here, using low-energy electron microscopy, we find that micron-sized graphene islands on Ir(111) rotate to a preferred orientation during thermal annealing. We observe three alignment mechanisms: the simultaneous growth of aligned domains and dissolution of rotated domains, that is, `ripening' domain boundary motion within islands; and continuous lattice rotation of entire domains. By measuring the relative growth velocity of domains during ripening, we estimate that the driving force for alignment is on the order of 0.1 meV per C atom and increases with rotation angle. A simple model of the orientation-dependent energy associated with the moiré corrugation of the graphene sheet due to local variations in the graphene-substrate interaction reproduces the results. This work suggests new strategies for improving the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D materials.

  12. Tuning epitaxial graphene sensitivity to water by hydrogen intercalation.

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    Melios, C; Winters, M; Strupiński, W; Panchal, V; Giusca, C E; Imalka Jayawardena, K D G; Rorsman, N; Silva, S Ravi P; Kazakova, O

    2017-03-09

    The effects of humidity on the electronic properties of quasi-free standing one layer graphene (QFS 1LG) are investigated via simultaneous magneto-transport in the van der Pauw geometry and local work function measurements in a controlled environment. QFS 1LG on 4H-SiC(0001) is obtained by hydrogen intercalation of the interfacial layer. In this system, the carrier concentration experiences a two-fold increase in sensitivity to changes in relative humidity as compared to the as-grown epitaxial graphene. This enhanced sensitivity to water is attributed to the lowering of the hydrophobicity of QFS 1LG, which results from spontaneous polarization of 4H-SiC(0001) strongly influencing the graphene. Moreover, the superior carrier mobility of the QFS 1LG system is retained even at the highest humidity. The work function maps constructed from Kelvin probe force microscopy also revealed higher sensitivity to water for 1LG compared to 2LG in both QFS 1LG and as-grown systems. These results point to a new field of applications for QFS 1LG, i.e., as humidity sensors, and the corresponding need for metrology in calibration of graphene-based sensors and devices.

  13. Epitaxial graphene quantum dots for high-performance terahertz bolometers

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    El Fatimy, Abdel; Myers-Ward, Rachael L.; Boyd, Anthony K.; Daniels, Kevin M.; Gaskill, D. Kurt; Barbara, Paola

    2016-04-01

    Light absorption in graphene causes a large change in electron temperature due to the low electronic heat capacity and weak electron-phonon coupling. This property makes graphene a very attractive material for hot-electron bolometers in the terahertz frequency range. Unfortunately, the weak variation of electrical resistance with temperature results in limited responsivity for absorbed power. Here, we show that, due to quantum confinement, quantum dots of epitaxial graphene on SiC exhibit an extraordinarily high variation of resistance with temperature (higher than 430 MΩ K-1 below 6 K), leading to responsivities of 1 × 1010 V W-1, a figure that is five orders of magnitude higher than other types of graphene hot-electron bolometer. The high responsivity, combined with an extremely low electrical noise-equivalent power (˜2 × 10-16 W Hz-1/2 at 2.5 K), already places our bolometers well above commercial cooled bolometers. Additionally, we show that these quantum dot bolometers demonstrate good performance at temperature as high as 77 K.

  14. Understanding controls on interfacial wetting at epitaxial graphene: Experiment and Theory

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    Kent, Paul R

    2011-01-01

    The interaction of interfacial water with graphitic carbon at the atomic scale is studied as a function of the hydrophobicity of epitaxial graphene. High resolution x-ray reflectivity shows that the graphene-water contact angle is controlled by the average graphene thickness, due to the fraction of the film surface expressed as the epitaxial buffer layer whose contact angle (contact angle {Theta}{sub c} = 73{sup o}) is substantially smaller than that of multilayer graphene ({Theta}{sub c} = 93{sup o}). Classical and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations show that the reduced contact angle of the buffer layer is due to both its epitaxy with the SiC substrate and the presence of interfacial defects. This insight clarifies the relationship between interfacial water structure and hydrophobicity, in general, and suggests new routes to control interface properties of epitaxial graphene.

  15. Oxynitride and Silicates at Epitaxial Graphene on SiC (0001)

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    Sirikumara, Hansika; Bohorquez, Jaime; Jayasekera, Thushari

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxial graphene, the sp2-hybridized network of carbon grown on another material is one way of creating large-scale graphene. Intercalated oxygen at the interface has shown to saturate the Si dangling bonds, and is a promising way of tuning the charge density in epitaxial graphene on SiC. It would be interesting to investigate how oxy-nitrides and silicates at the SiC/graphene interface can change the electronic properties of the graphene layer. Based on the first principles density functional theory calculations, we discuss the electronic and structural properties of epitaxial graphene on SiC with Si2O5 and SiON layers at the interface.

  16. Density functional theory modeling of multilayer "epitaxial" graphene oxide.

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    Zhou, Si; Bongiorno, Angelo

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Graphene oxide (GO) is a complex material of both fundamental and applied interest. Elucidating the structure of GO is crucial to achieve control over its properties and technological applications. GO is a nonstoichiometric and hygroscopic material with a lamellar structure, and its physical chemical properties depend critically on synthesis procedures and postsynthesis treatments. Numerous efforts are in place to both understand and exploit this versatile layered carbon material. This Account reports on recent density functional theory (DFT) studies of "epitaxial" graphene oxide (hereafter EGO), a type of GO obtained by oxidation of graphene films grown epitaxially on silicon carbide. Here, we rely on selected X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements of EGO, and we discuss in great detail how we utilized DFT-based techniques to project out from the experimental data basic atomistic information about the chemistry and structure of these films. This Account provides an example as to how DFT modeling can be used to elucidate complex materials such as GO from a limited set of experimental information. EGO exhibits a uniform layered structure, consisting of a stack of graphene planes hosting predominantly epoxide and hydroxyl groups, and water molecules intercalated between the oxidized carbon layers. Here, we first focus on XPS measurements of EGO, and we use DFT to generate realistic model structures, calculate core-level chemical shifts, and through the comparison with experiment, gain insight on the chemical composition and metastability characteristics of EGO. DFT calculations are then used to devise a simplistic but accurate simulation scheme to study thermodynamic and kinetic stability and to predict the intralayer structure of EGO films aged at room temperature. Our simulations show that aged EGO encompasses layers with nanosized oxidized domains presenting a high concentration of

  17. Real-time observation of epitaxial graphene domain reorientation

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    Rogge, Paul C.; Thürmer, Konrad; Foster, Michael E.; McCarty, Kevin F.; Dubon, Oscar D.; Bartelt, Norman C.

    2015-01-01

    Graphene films grown by vapour deposition tend to be polycrystalline due to the nucleation and growth of islands with different in-plane orientations. Here, using low-energy electron microscopy, we find that micron-sized graphene islands on Ir(111) rotate to a preferred orientation during thermal annealing. We observe three alignment mechanisms: the simultaneous growth of aligned domains and dissolution of rotated domains, that is, ‘ripening'; domain boundary motion within islands; and continuous lattice rotation of entire domains. By measuring the relative growth velocity of domains during ripening, we estimate that the driving force for alignment is on the order of 0.1 meV per C atom and increases with rotation angle. A simple model of the orientation-dependent energy associated with the moiré corrugation of the graphene sheet due to local variations in the graphene–substrate interaction reproduces the results. This work suggests new strategies for improving the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D materials. PMID:25892219

  18. Real-time observation of epitaxial graphene domain reorientation

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    Thuermer, Konrad; Foster, Michael E.; Bartelt, Norman Charles; Rogge, Paul C.; McCarty, Kevin F.; Dubon, Oscar D.; Bartelt, Norman C.

    2015-04-20

    Graphene films grown by vapour deposition tend to be polycrystalline due to the nucleation and growth of islands with different in-plane orientations. Here, using low-energy electron microscopy, we find that micron-sized graphene islands on Ir(111) rotate to a preferred orientation during thermal annealing. We observe three alignment mechanisms: the simultaneous growth of aligned domains and dissolution of rotated domains, that is, ‘ripening’; domain boundary motion within islands; and continuous lattice rotation of entire domains. By measuring the relative growth velocity of domains during ripening, we estimate that the driving force for alignment is on the order of 0.1 meV per C atom and increases with rotation angle. A simple model of the orientation-dependent energy associated with the moiré corrugation of the graphene sheet due to local variations in the graphene–substrate interaction reproduces the results. This study suggests new strategies for improving the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D materials.

  19. Real-time observation of epitaxial graphene domain reorientation

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    Thuermer, Konrad; Foster, Michael E.; Bartelt, Norman Charles; ...

    2015-04-20

    Graphene films grown by vapour deposition tend to be polycrystalline due to the nucleation and growth of islands with different in-plane orientations. Here, using low-energy electron microscopy, we find that micron-sized graphene islands on Ir(111) rotate to a preferred orientation during thermal annealing. We observe three alignment mechanisms: the simultaneous growth of aligned domains and dissolution of rotated domains, that is, ‘ripening’; domain boundary motion within islands; and continuous lattice rotation of entire domains. By measuring the relative growth velocity of domains during ripening, we estimate that the driving force for alignment is on the order of 0.1 meV permore » C atom and increases with rotation angle. A simple model of the orientation-dependent energy associated with the moiré corrugation of the graphene sheet due to local variations in the graphene–substrate interaction reproduces the results. This study suggests new strategies for improving the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D materials.« less

  20. Suppression of inhomogeneous segregation in graphene growth on epitaxial metal films.

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    Yoshii, Shigeo; Nozawa, Katsuya; Toyoda, Kenji; Matsukawa, Nozomu; Odagawa, Akihiro; Tsujimura, Ayumu

    2011-07-13

    Large-scale uniform graphene growth was achieved by suppressing inhomogeneous carbon segregation using a single domain Ru film epitaxially grown on a sapphire substrate. An investigation of how the metal thickness affected growth and a comparative study on metals with different crystal structures have revealed that locally enhanced carbon segregation at stacking domain boundaries of metal is the origin of inhomogeneous graphene growth. Single domain Ru film has no stacking domain boundary, and the graphene growth on it is mainly caused not by segregation but by a surface catalytic reaction. Suppression of local segregation is essential for uniform graphene growth on epitaxial metal films.

  1. Direct growth of graphene on in situ epitaxial hexagonal boron nitride flakes by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Xu, Zhongguang; Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Zuo, Zheng; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-11-23

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) single-crystal domains were grown on cobalt (Co) substrates at a substrate temperature of 850–900 °C using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Three-point star shape h-BN domains were observed by scanning electron microscopy, and confirmed by Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The h-BN on Co template was used for in situ growth of multilayer graphene, leading to an h-BN/graphene heterostructure. Carbon atoms preferentially nucleate on Co substrate and edges of h-BN and then grow laterally to form continuous graphene. Further introduction of carbon atoms results in layer-by-layer growth of graphene on graphene and lateral growth of graphene on h-BN until it may cover entire h-BN flakes.

  2. Graphene growth by molecular beam epitaxy on the carbon-face of SiC

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    Moreau, E.; Godey, S.; Ferrer, F. J.; Vignaud, D.; Wallart, X.; Avila, J.; Asensio, M. C.; Bournel, F.; Gallet, J.-J.

    2010-12-13

    Graphene layers have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on the (0001) C-face of SiC and have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, low energy electron diffraction (LEED), and UV photoelectron spectroscopy. Contrary to the graphitization process, the step-terrace structure of SiC is fully preserved during the MBE growth. LEED patterns show multiple orientation domains which are characteristic of graphene on SiC (0001), indicating non-Bernal rotated graphene planes. Well-defined Dirac cones, typical of single-layer graphene, have been observed in the valence band for few graphene layers by synchrotron spectroscopy, confirming the electronic decoupling of graphene layers.

  3. Unveiling the carrier transport mechanism in epitaxial graphene for forming wafer-scale, single-domain graphene.

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    Bae, Sang-Hoon; Zhou, Xiaodong; Kim, Seyoung; Lee, Yun Seog; Cruz, Samuel S; Kim, Yunjo; Hannon, James B; Yang, Yang; Sadana, Devendra K; Ross, Frances M; Park, Hongsik; Kim, Jeehwan

    2017-04-18

    Graphene epitaxy on the Si face of a SiC wafer offers monolayer graphene with unique crystal orientation at the wafer-scale. However, due to carrier scattering near vicinal steps and excess bilayer stripes, the size of electrically uniform domains is limited to the width of the terraces extending up to a few microns. Nevertheless, the origin of carrier scattering at the SiC vicinal steps has not been clarified so far. A layer-resolved graphene transfer (LRGT) technique enables exfoliation of the epitaxial graphene formed on SiC wafers and transfer to flat Si wafers, which prepares crystallographically single-crystalline monolayer graphene. Because the LRGT flattens the deformed graphene at the terrace edges and permits an access to the graphene formed at the side wall of vicinal steps, components that affect the mobility of graphene formed near the vicinal steps of SiC could be individually investigated. Here, we reveal that the graphene formed at the side walls of step edges is pristine, and scattering near the steps is mainly attributed by the deformation of graphene at step edges of vicinalized SiC while partially from stripes of bilayer graphene. This study suggests that the two-step LRGT can prepare electrically single-domain graphene at the wafer-scale by removing the major possible sources of electrical degradation.

  4. The impact of substrate selection for the controlled growth of graphene by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Schumann, T.; Lopes, J. M. J.; Wofford, J. M.; Oliveira, M. H.; Dubslaff, M.; Hanke, M.; Jahn, U.; Geelhaar, L.; Riechert, H.

    2015-09-01

    We examine how substrate selection impacts the resulting film properties in graphene growth by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Graphene growth on metallic as well as dielectric templates was investigated. We find that MBE offers control over the number of atomic graphene layers regardless of the substrate used. High structural quality could be achieved for graphene prepared on Ni (111) films which were epitaxially grown on MgO (111). For growth either on Al2O3 (0001) or on (6√3×6√3)R30°-reconstructed SiC (0001) surfaces, graphene with a higher density of defects is obtained. Interestingly, despite their defective nature, the layers possess a well defined epitaxial relation to the underlying substrate. These results demonstrate the feasibility of MBE as a technique for realizing the scalable synthesis of this two-dimensional crystal on a variety of substrates.

  5. Magnetoresistive junctions based on epitaxial graphene and h-BN

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    Yazyev, Oleg; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2009-03-01

    Using a first-principles approach, we investigate the structural, magnetic and transport properties of interfaces based on epitaxially grown monolayer graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) in combination with ferromagnetic transition metals (Fe, Co and Ni). Such structurally well defined interfaces based on (111) fcc or (0001) hcp transition metals can be produced using simple manufacturing processes. Our calculations predict magnetoresistance ratios over 100% for certain junction compositions. In addition, such systems feature strong antiparallel (Fe and Co) and parallel (Ni) exchange coupling across the interface combined with low junction resistance. The predicted properties position such magnetoresistive junctions as an interesting alternative to the currently used giant and tunneling magnetoresistance systems and make them suitable for practical applications.

  6. Electronic cooling via interlayer Coulomb coupling in multilayer epitaxial graphene.

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    Mihnev, Momchil T; Tolsma, John R; Divin, Charles J; Sun, Dong; Asgari, Reza; Polini, Marco; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walt A; MacDonald, Allan H; Norris, Theodore B

    2015-09-24

    In van der Waals bonded or rotationally disordered multilayer stacks of two-dimensional (2D) materials, the electronic states remain tightly confined within individual 2D layers. As a result, electron-phonon interactions occur primarily within layers and interlayer electrical conductivities are low. In addition, strong covalent in-plane intralayer bonding combined with weak van der Waals interlayer bonding results in weak phonon-mediated thermal coupling between the layers. We demonstrate here, however, that Coulomb interactions between electrons in different layers of multilayer epitaxial graphene provide an important mechanism for interlayer thermal transport, even though all electronic states are strongly confined within individual 2D layers. This effect is manifested in the relaxation dynamics of hot carriers in ultrafast time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. We develop a theory of interlayer Coulomb coupling containing no free parameters that accounts for the experimentally observed trends in hot-carrier dynamics as temperature and the number of layers is varied.

  7. Electronic cooling via interlayer Coulomb coupling in multilayer epitaxial graphene

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    Mihnev, Momchil T.; Tolsma, John R.; Divin, Charles J.; Sun, Dong; Asgari, Reza; Polini, Marco; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walt A.; MacDonald, Allan H.; Norris, Theodore B.

    2015-01-01

    In van der Waals bonded or rotationally disordered multilayer stacks of two-dimensional (2D) materials, the electronic states remain tightly confined within individual 2D layers. As a result, electron–phonon interactions occur primarily within layers and interlayer electrical conductivities are low. In addition, strong covalent in-plane intralayer bonding combined with weak van der Waals interlayer bonding results in weak phonon-mediated thermal coupling between the layers. We demonstrate here, however, that Coulomb interactions between electrons in different layers of multilayer epitaxial graphene provide an important mechanism for interlayer thermal transport, even though all electronic states are strongly confined within individual 2D layers. This effect is manifested in the relaxation dynamics of hot carriers in ultrafast time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. We develop a theory of interlayer Coulomb coupling containing no free parameters that accounts for the experimentally observed trends in hot-carrier dynamics as temperature and the number of layers is varied. PMID:26399955

  8. Mini array of quantum Hall devices based on epitaxial graphene

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    Novikov, S.; Lebedeva, N.; Hämäläinen, J.; Iisakka, I.; Immonen, P.; Manninen, A. J.; Satrapinski, A.

    2016-05-01

    Series connection of four quantum Hall effect (QHE) devices based on epitaxial graphene films was studied for realization of a quantum resistance standard with an up-scaled value. The tested devices showed quantum Hall plateaux RH,2 at a filling factor v = 2 starting from a relatively low magnetic field (between 4 T and 5 T) when the temperature was 1.5 K. The precision measurements of quantized Hall resistance of four QHE devices connected by triple series connections and external bonding wires were done at B = 7 T and T = 1.5 K using a commercial precision resistance bridge with 50 μA current through the QHE device. The results showed that the deviation of the quantized Hall resistance of the series connection of four graphene-based QHE devices from the expected value of 4×RH,2 = 2 h/e2 was smaller than the relative standard uncertainty of the measurement (<1 × 10-7) limited by the used resistance bridge.

  9. Acoustoelectric transport at gigahertz frequencies in coated epitaxial graphene

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    Hernández-Mínguez, A. Tahraoui, A.; Lopes, J. M. J.; Santos, P. V.

    2016-05-09

    Epitaxial graphene (EG) produced from SiC surfaces by silicon sublimation is emerging as a material for electronic applications due to its good electronic properties and availability over large areas on a semiconducting substrate. In this contribution, we report on the transport of charge carriers in EG on SiC using high-frequency (>1 GHz) surface acoustic waves (SAWs). In our devices, the EG is coated with hydrogen-silsesquioxane, SiO{sub 2}, and a ZnO layer. This allows the efficient generation of SAWs and is compatible with the deposition of a metal top gate. Measurements of frequency- and time-resolved power scattering parameters confirm the generation and propagation of SAWs with frequencies of up to more than 7 GHz. Furthermore, the ZnO coating enhances the acoustoelectric currents by two orders of magnitude as compared to our previous uncoated samples. These results are an important step towards the dynamic acoustic control of charge carriers in graphene at gigahertz frequencies.

  10. Mini array of quantum Hall devices based on epitaxial graphene

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    Novikov, S.; Lebedeva, N.; Hämäläinen, J.; Iisakka, I.; Immonen, P.; Manninen, A. J.; Satrapinski, A.

    2016-05-07

    Series connection of four quantum Hall effect (QHE) devices based on epitaxial graphene films was studied for realization of a quantum resistance standard with an up-scaled value. The tested devices showed quantum Hall plateaux R{sub H,2} at a filling factor v = 2 starting from a relatively low magnetic field (between 4 T and 5 T) when the temperature was 1.5 K. The precision measurements of quantized Hall resistance of four QHE devices connected by triple series connections and external bonding wires were done at B = 7 T and T = 1.5 K using a commercial precision resistance bridge with 50 μA current through the QHE device. The results showed that the deviation of the quantized Hall resistance of the series connection of four graphene-based QHE devices from the expected value of 4×R{sub H,2} = 2 h/e{sup 2} was smaller than the relative standard uncertainty of the measurement (<1 × 10{sup −7}) limited by the used resistance bridge.

  11. Acoustoelectric transport at gigahertz frequencies in coated epitaxial graphene

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    Hernández-Mínguez, A.; Tahraoui, A.; Lopes, J. M. J.; Santos, P. V.

    2016-05-01

    Epitaxial graphene (EG) produced from SiC surfaces by silicon sublimation is emerging as a material for electronic applications due to its good electronic properties and availability over large areas on a semiconducting substrate. In this contribution, we report on the transport of charge carriers in EG on SiC using high-frequency (>1 GHz) surface acoustic waves (SAWs). In our devices, the EG is coated with hydrogen-silsesquioxane, SiO2, and a ZnO layer. This allows the efficient generation of SAWs and is compatible with the deposition of a metal top gate. Measurements of frequency- and time-resolved power scattering parameters confirm the generation and propagation of SAWs with frequencies of up to more than 7 GHz. Furthermore, the ZnO coating enhances the acoustoelectric currents by two orders of magnitude as compared to our previous uncoated samples. These results are an important step towards the dynamic acoustic control of charge carriers in graphene at gigahertz frequencies.

  12. Influence of Carbon in Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition of Few-Layer WSe2 Thin Films

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    Zhang, Xiaotian; Al Balushi, Zakaria Y.; Zhang, Fu; Choudhury, Tanushree H.; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Alem, Nasim; Jackson, Thomas N.; Robinson, Joshua A.; Redwing, Joan M.

    2016-12-01

    Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) is a promising technique to form large-area, uniform films of monolayer or few-layer transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) thin films; however, unintentional carbon incorporation is a concern. In this work, we report the presence of a defective graphene layer that forms simultaneously during MOCVD growth of tungsten diselenide (WSe2) on sapphire at high growth temperature and high Se:W ratio when using tungsten hexacarbonyl (W(CO)6) and dimethyl selenide ((CH3)2Se, DMSe) as precursors. The graphene layer alters the surface energy of the substrate reducing the lateral growth and coalescence of WSe2 domains. The use of hydrogen selenide (H2Se) instead of DMSe eliminates the defective graphene layer enabling coalesced monolayer and few-layer WSe2 films.

  13. Polarized micro Raman scattering spectroscopy for curved edges of epitaxial graphene

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    Islam, Md. Sherajul Makino, T.; Hashimoto, A.; Bhuiyan, A. G.; Tanaka, S.

    2014-12-15

    This letter performed polarized microscopic laser Raman scattering spectroscopy on the curved edges of transferred epitaxial graphene on SiO{sub 2}/Si. The intensity ratio between the parallel and perpendicular polarized D band is evolved, providing a spectroscopy-based technique to probe the atomic-scale edge structures in graphene. A detailed analysis procedure for non-ideal disordered curved edges of graphene is developed combining the atomic-scale zigzag and armchair edge structures along with some point defects. These results could provide valuable information of the realistic edges of graphene at the atomic-scale that can strongly influence the performance of graphene-based nanodevices.

  14. Transfer-free electrical insulation of epitaxial graphene from its metal substrate.

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    Lizzit, Silvano; Larciprete, Rosanna; Lacovig, Paolo; Dalmiglio, Matteo; Orlando, Fabrizio; Baraldi, Alessandro; Gammelgaard, Lauge; Barreto, Lucas; Bianchi, Marco; Perkins, Edward; Hofmann, Philip

    2012-09-12

    High-quality, large-area epitaxial graphene can be grown on metal surfaces, but its transport properties cannot be exploited because the electrical conduction is dominated by the substrate. Here we insulate epitaxial graphene on Ru(0001) by a stepwise intercalation of silicon and oxygen, and the eventual formation of a SiO(2) layer between the graphene and the metal. We follow the reaction steps by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and demonstrate the electrical insulation using a nanoscale multipoint probe technique.

  15. Porphyrin molecules boost the sensitivity of epitaxial graphene for NH3 detection

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    Iezhokin, I.; den Boer, D.; Offermans, P.; Ridene, M.; Elemans, J. A. A. W.; Adriaans, G. P.; Flipse, C. F. J.

    2017-02-01

    The sensitivity of quasi-free standing epitaxial graphene for NH3 detection is strongly enhanced by chemical functionalization with cobalt porphyrins resulting in a detection limit well below 100 ppb. Hybridization between NH3 and cobalt porphyrins induces a charge transfer to graphene and results in a shift of the graphene Fermi-level as detected by Hall measurements and theoretically explained by electronic structure calculations.

  16. Giant quantum Hall plateaus generated by charge transfer in epitaxial graphene

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    Alexander-Webber, J. A.; Huang, J.; Maude, D. K.; Janssen, T. J. B. M.; Tzalenchuk, A.; Antonov, V.; Yager, T.; Lara-Avila, S.; Kubatkin, S.; Yakimova, R.; Nicholas, R. J.

    2016-01-01

    Epitaxial graphene has proven itself to be the best candidate for quantum electrical resistance standards due to its wide quantum Hall plateaus with exceptionally high breakdown currents. However one key underlying mechanism, a magnetic field dependent charge transfer process, is yet to be fully understood. Here we report measurements of the quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene showing the widest quantum Hall plateau observed to date extending over 50 T, attributed to an almost linear increase in carrier density with magnetic field. This behaviour is strong evidence for field dependent charge transfer from charge reservoirs with exceptionally high densities of states in close proximity to the graphene. Using a realistic framework of broadened Landau levels we model the densities of donor states and predict the field dependence of charge transfer in excellent agreement with experimental results, thus providing a guide towards engineering epitaxial graphene for applications such as quantum metrology. PMID:27456765

  17. Van der Waals epitaxy and characterization of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets on graphene

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    Song, Yangxi; Zhang, Changrui; Li, Bin; Ding, Guqiao; Jiang, Da; Wang, Haomin; Xie, Xiaoming

    2014-07-01

    Graphene is highly sensitive to environmental influences, and thus, it is worthwhile to deposit protective layers on graphene without impairing its excellent properties. Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), a well-known dielectric material, may afford the necessary protection. In this research, we demonstrated the van der Waals epitaxy of h-BN nanosheets on mechanically exfoliated graphene by chemical vapor deposition, using borazine as the precursor to h-BN. The h-BN nanosheets had a triangular morphology on a narrow graphene belt but a polygonal morphology on a larger graphene film. The h-BN nanosheets on graphene were highly crystalline, except for various in-plane lattice orientations. Interestingly, the h-BN nanosheets preferred to grow on graphene than on SiO2/Si under the chosen experimental conditions, and this selective growth spoke of potential promise for application to the preparation of graphene/h-BN superlattice structures fabricated on SiO2/Si.

  18. Van der Waals epitaxy and characterization of hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets on graphene.

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    Song, Yangxi; Zhang, Changrui; Li, Bin; Ding, Guqiao; Jiang, Da; Wang, Haomin; Xie, Xiaoming

    2014-01-01

    Graphene is highly sensitive to environmental influences, and thus, it is worthwhile to deposit protective layers on graphene without impairing its excellent properties. Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), a well-known dielectric material, may afford the necessary protection. In this research, we demonstrated the van der Waals epitaxy of h-BN nanosheets on mechanically exfoliated graphene by chemical vapor deposition, using borazine as the precursor to h-BN. The h-BN nanosheets had a triangular morphology on a narrow graphene belt but a polygonal morphology on a larger graphene film. The h-BN nanosheets on graphene were highly crystalline, except for various in-plane lattice orientations. Interestingly, the h-BN nanosheets preferred to grow on graphene than on SiO2/Si under the chosen experimental conditions, and this selective growth spoke of potential promise for application to the preparation of graphene/h-BN superlattice structures fabricated on SiO2/Si.

  19. Atomically thin epitaxial template for organic crystal growth using graphene with controlled surface wettability.

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    Nguyen, Nguyen Ngan; Jo, Sae Byeok; Lee, Seong Kyu; Sin, Dong Hun; Kang, Boseok; Kim, Hyun Ho; Lee, Hansol; Cho, Kilwon

    2015-04-08

    A two-dimensional epitaxial growth template for organic semiconductors was developed using a new method for transferring clean graphene sheets onto a substrate with controlled surface wettability. The introduction of a sacrificial graphene layer between a patterned polymeric supporting layer and a monolayer graphene sheet enabled the crack-free and residue-free transfer of free-standing monolayer graphene onto arbitrary substrates. The clean graphene template clearly induced the quasi-epitaxial growth of crystalline organic semiconductors with lying-down molecular orientation while maintaining the "wetting transparency", which allowed the transmission of the interaction between organic molecules and the underlying substrate. Consequently, the growth mode and corresponding morphology of the organic semiconductors on graphene templates exhibited distinctive dependence on the substrate hydrophobicity with clear transition from lateral to vertical growth mode on hydrophilic substrates, which originated from the high surface energy of the exposed crystallographic planes of the organic semiconductors on graphene. The optical properties of the pentacene layer, especially the diffusion of the exciton, also showed a strong dependency on the corresponding morphological evolution. Furthermore, the effect of pentacene-substrate interaction was systematically investigated by gradually increasing the number of graphene layers. These results suggested that the combination of a clean graphene surface and a suitable underlying substrate could serve as an atomically thin growth template to engineer the interaction between organic molecules and aromatic graphene network, thereby paving the way for effectively and conveniently tuning the semiconductor layer morphologies in devices prepared using graphene.

  20. Large area molybdenum disulphide- epitaxial graphene vertical Van der Waals heterostructures

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    Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Naylor, Carl H.; Sediri, Haikel; Lhuillier, Emmanuel; Balan, Adrian; Rault, Julien E.; Dappe, Yannick J.; Bertran, François; Fèvre, Patrick Le; Johnson, A. T. Charlie; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) show great potential for optoelectronic devices due to their electronic and optical properties. A metal-semiconductor interface, as epitaxial graphene - molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is of great interest from the standpoint of fundamental science, as it constitutes an outstanding platform to investigate the interlayer interaction in van der Waals heterostructures. Here, we study large area MoS2-graphene-heterostructures formed by direct transfer of chemical-vapor deposited MoS2 layer onto epitaxial graphene/SiC. We show that via a direct transfer, which minimizes interface contamination, we can obtain high quality and homogeneous van der Waals heterostructures. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements combined with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations show that the transition from indirect to direct bandgap in monolayer MoS2 is maintained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction with epitaxial graphene. A downshift of the Raman 2D band of the graphene, an up shift of the A1g peak of MoS2 and a significant photoluminescence quenching are observed for both monolayer and bilayer MoS2 as a result of charge transfer from MoS2 to epitaxial graphene under illumination. Our work provides a possible route to modify the thin film TDMCs photoluminescence properties via substrate engineering for future device design. PMID:27246929

  1. Large area molybdenum disulphide- epitaxial graphene vertical Van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Naylor, Carl H; Sediri, Haikel; Lhuillier, Emmanuel; Balan, Adrian; Rault, Julien E; Dappe, Yannick J; Bertran, François; Fèvre, Patrick Le; Johnson, A T Charlie; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-06-01

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) show great potential for optoelectronic devices due to their electronic and optical properties. A metal-semiconductor interface, as epitaxial graphene - molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is of great interest from the standpoint of fundamental science, as it constitutes an outstanding platform to investigate the interlayer interaction in van der Waals heterostructures. Here, we study large area MoS2-graphene-heterostructures formed by direct transfer of chemical-vapor deposited MoS2 layer onto epitaxial graphene/SiC. We show that via a direct transfer, which minimizes interface contamination, we can obtain high quality and homogeneous van der Waals heterostructures. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements combined with Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations show that the transition from indirect to direct bandgap in monolayer MoS2 is maintained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction with epitaxial graphene. A downshift of the Raman 2D band of the graphene, an up shift of the A1g peak of MoS2 and a significant photoluminescence quenching are observed for both monolayer and bilayer MoS2 as a result of charge transfer from MoS2 to epitaxial graphene under illumination. Our work provides a possible route to modify the thin film TDMCs photoluminescence properties via substrate engineering for future device design.

  2. Looking behind the scenes: Raman spectroscopy of top-gated epitaxial graphene through the substrate

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    Fromm, F.; Wehrfritz, P.; Hundhausen, M.; Seyller, Th

    2013-11-01

    Raman spectroscopy is frequently used to study the properties of epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide (SiC). In this work, we present a confocal micro-Raman study of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) in top-down geometry, i.e. in a geometry where both the primary laser light beam as well as the back-scattered light is guided through the SiC substrate. Compared to the conventional top-up configuration, in which confocal micro-Raman spectra are measured from the air side, we observe a significant intensity enhancement in top-down configuration, indicating that most of the Raman-scattered light is emitted into the SiC substrate. The intensity enhancement is explained in terms of dipole radiation at a dielectric surface. The new technique opens the possibility to probe graphene layers in devices where the graphene layer is covered by non-transparent materials. We demonstrate this by measuring gate-modulated Raman spectra of a top-gated epitaxial graphene field effect device. Moreover, we show that these measurements enable us to disentangle the effects of strain and charge on the positions of the prominent Raman lines in epitaxial graphene on SiC.

  3. Energy Bandgap and Edge States in an Epitaxially Grown Graphene/h-BN Heterostructure

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    Hwang, Beomyong; Hwang, Jeongwoon; Yoon, Jong Keon; Lim, Sungjun; Kim, Sungmin; Lee, Minjun; Kwon, Jeong Hoon; Baek, Hongwoo; Sung, Dongchul; Kim, Gunn; Hong, Suklyun; Ihm, Jisoon; Stroscio, Joseph A.; Kuk, Young

    2016-01-01

    Securing a semiconducting bandgap is essential for applying graphene layers in switching devices. Theoretical studies have suggested a created bulk bandgap in a graphene layer by introducing an asymmetry between the A and B sub-lattice sites. A recent transport measurement demonstrated the presence of a bandgap in a graphene layer where the asymmetry was introduced by placing a graphene layer on a hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) substrate. Similar bandgap has been observed in graphene layers on metal substrates by local probe measurements; however, this phenomenon has not been observed in graphene layers on a near-insulating substrate. Here, we present bulk bandgap-like features in a graphene layer epitaxially grown on an h-BN substrate using scanning tunneling spectroscopy. We observed edge states at zigzag edges, edge resonances at armchair edges, and bandgap-like features in the bulk. PMID:27503427

  4. Electronic structure of epitaxial graphene layers on SiC: effects of the substrate

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    Varchon, F.; Feng, R.; Hass, J.; Li, X.; Nguyen, B. Ngoc; Naud, C.; Mallet, P.; Veuillen, J.-Y.; Berger, C.; Conrad, E.H.; Magaud, L.

    2008-10-17

    A strong substrate-graphite bond is found in the first all-carbon layer by density functional theory calculations and x-ray diffraction for few graphene layers grown epitaxially on SiC. This first layer is devoid of graphene electronic properties and acts as a buffer layer. The graphene nature of the film is recovered by the second carbon layer grown on both the (0001) and (0001{sup -}) 4H-SiC surfaces. We also present evidence of a charge transfer that depends on the interface geometry. Hence the graphene is doped and a gap opens at the Dirac point after three Bernal stacked carbon layers are formed.

  5. Experimental and theoretical investigations of monolayer and few-layer talc

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    Alencar, Ananias B.; Barboza, Ana Paula M.; Archanjo, Bráulio S.; Chacham, Helio; Neves, Bernardo R. A.

    2015-03-01

    We report experimental and theoretical investigations of a new nanomaterial: monolayer and few-layer talc. We show, through atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements, that natural talc mineral can be mechanically exfoliated down to monolayer flakes. Our AFM-based mechanical characterization also shows that single- and few-layer talc flakes, of several square-microns, present properties similar to those of graphene, BN and MoS2, including the existence of folds and the recently reported negative dynamic compressibility. From first principles calculations, we also predict the mechanical properties of monolayer talc. We obtain theoretical values of monolayer talc breaking strength that are near graphene’s record values and its 2D elastic modulus. We also predict that the flexural rigidity of monolayer talc should be more than thirty times larger than that of graphene, but that it could still be bent to very small curvatures without fracturing.

  6. Formation of monolayer and few-layer hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets via surface segregation.

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    Xu, Mingsheng; Fujita, Daisuke; Chen, Hongzheng; Hanagata, Nobutaka

    2011-07-01

    We report that few-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanosheets can be produced by using a surface segregation method. The formation of h-BN sheets is via an intermediate boron-nitrogen buffer layer. Our results suggest that surface segregation of boron and nitrogen from a solid source is an alternative approach to tailoring synthesis of h-BN sheets for potential applications such as in graphene electronics.

  7. The correlation of epitaxial graphene properties and morphology of SiC (0001)

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    Guo, Y.; Guo, L. W. E-mail: xlchen@iphy.ac.cn; Huang, J.; Jia, Y. P.; Lin, J. J.; Lu, W.; Li, Z. L.; Yang, R.; Chen, X. L. E-mail: xlchen@iphy.ac.cn

    2014-01-28

    The electronic properties of epitaxial graphene (EG) on SiC (0001) depend sensitively on the surface morphology of SiC substrate. Here, 2–3 layers of graphene were grown on on-axis 6H-SiC with different step densities realized through controlling growth temperature and ambient pressure. We show that epitaxial graphene on SiC (0001) with low step density and straight step edge possesses fewer point defects laying mostly on step edges and higher carrier mobility. A relationship between step density and EG mobility is established. The linear scan of Raman spectra combined with the atomic force microscopy morphology images revealed that the Raman fingerprint peaks are nearly the same on terraces, but shift significantly while cross step edges, suggesting the graphene is not homogeneous in strain and carrier concentration over terraces and step edges of substrates. Thus, control morphology of epitaxial graphene on SiC (0001) is a simple and effective method to pursue optimal route for high quality graphene and will be helpful to prepare wafer sized graphene for device applications.

  8. Precise control of epitaxy of graphene by microfabricating SiC substrate

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    Fukidome, H.; Kawai, Y.; Fromm, F.; Kotsugi, M.; Handa, H.; Ide, T.; Ohkouchi, T.; Miyashita, H.; Enta, Y.; Kinoshita, T.; Seyller, Th.; Suemitsu, M.

    2012-07-01

    Epitaxial graphene (EG) on SiC is promising owing to a capability to produce high-quality film on a wafer scale. One of the remaining issues is microscopic thickness variation of EG near surface steps, which induces variations in its electronic properties and device characteristics. We demonstrate here that the variations of layer thickness and electronic properties are minimized by using microfabricated SiC substrates which spatially confines the epitaxy. This technique will contribute to the realization of highly reliable graphene devices.

  9. Tuning electronic transport in epitaxial graphene-based van der Waals heterostructures

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    Lin, Yu-Chuan; Li, Jun; de La Barrera, Sergio C.; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Nie, Yifan; Addou, Rafik; Mende, Patrick C.; Wallace, Robert M.; Cho, Kyeongjae; Feenstra, Randall M.; Robinson, Joshua A.

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional tungsten diselenide (WSe2) has been used as a component in atomically thin photovoltaic devices, field effect transistors, and tunneling diodes in tandem with graphene. In some applications it is necessary to achieve efficient charge transport across the interface of layered WSe2-graphene, a semiconductor to semimetal junction with a van der Waals (vdW) gap. In such cases, band alignment engineering is required to ensure a low-resistance, ohmic contact. In this work, we investigate the impact of graphene electronic properties on the transport at the WSe2-graphene interface. Electrical transport measurements reveal a lower resistance between WSe2 and fully hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGFH) compared to WSe2 grown on partially hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGPH). Using low-energy electron microscopy and reflectivity on these samples, we extract the work function difference between the WSe2 and graphene and employ a charge transfer model to determine the WSe2 carrier density in both cases. The results indicate that WSe2-EGFH displays ohmic behavior at small biases due to a large hole density in the WSe2, whereas WSe2-EGPH forms a Schottky barrier junction.Two-dimensional tungsten diselenide (WSe2) has been used as a component in atomically thin photovoltaic devices, field effect transistors, and tunneling diodes in tandem with graphene. In some applications it is necessary to achieve efficient charge transport across the interface of layered WSe2-graphene, a semiconductor to semimetal junction with a van der Waals (vdW) gap. In such cases, band alignment engineering is required to ensure a low-resistance, ohmic contact. In this work, we investigate the impact of graphene electronic properties on the transport at the WSe2-graphene interface. Electrical transport measurements reveal a lower resistance between WSe2 and fully hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGFH) compared to WSe2 grown on partially hydrogenated epitaxial graphene (EGPH). Using low

  10. Comeback of epitaxial graphene for electronics: large-area growth of bilayer-free graphene on SiC

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    Kruskopf, Mattias; Momeni Pakdehi, Davood; Pierz, Klaus; Wundrack, Stefan; Stosch, Rainer; Dziomba, Thorsten; Götz, Martin; Baringhaus, Jens; Aprojanz, Johannes; Tegenkamp, Christoph; Lidzba, Jakob; Seyller, Thomas; Hohls, Frank; Ahlers, Franz J.; Schumacher, Hans W.

    2016-12-01

    We present a new fabrication method for epitaxial graphene on SiC which enables the growth of ultra-smooth defect- and bilayer-free graphene sheets with an unprecedented reproducibility, a necessary prerequisite for wafer-scale fabrication of high quality graphene-based electronic devices. The inherent but unfavorable formation of high SiC surface terrace steps during high temperature sublimation growth is suppressed by rapid formation of the graphene buffer layer which stabilizes the SiC surface. The enhanced nucleation is enforced by decomposition of deposited polymer adsorbate which acts as a carbon source. Unique to this method are the conservation of mainly 0.25 and 0.5 nm high surface steps and the formation of bilayer-free graphene on an area only limited by the size of the sample. This makes the polymer-assisted sublimation growth technique a promising method for commercial wafer scale epitaxial graphene fabrication. The extraordinary electronic quality is evidenced by quantum resistance metrology at 4.2 K showing ultra-high precision and high electron mobility on mm scale devices comparable to state-of-the-art graphene.

  11. Charge neutrality in epitaxial graphene on 6 H -SiC(0001) via nitrogen intercalation

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    Caffrey, Nuala M.; Armiento, Rickard; Yakimova, Rositsa; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2015-08-01

    The electronic properties of epitaxial graphene grown on SiC(0001) are known to be impaired relative to those of freestanding graphene. This is due to the formation of a carbon buffer layer between the graphene layers and the substrate, which causes the graphene layers to become strongly n -doped. Charge neutrality can be achieved by completely passivating the dangling bonds of the clean SiC surface using atomic intercalation. So far, only one element, hydrogen, has been identified as a promising candidate. We show, using first-principles density functional calculations, how it can also be accomplished via the growth of a thin layer of silicon nitride on the SiC surface. The subsequently grown graphene layers display the electronic properties associated with charge neutral graphene. We show that the surface energy of this structure is considerably lower than that of others with intercalated atomic nitrogen and determine how its stability depends on the N2 chemical potential.

  12. Kelvin probe microscopy studies of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide(0001)

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    Curtin, Alexandra Elizabeth

    Epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) presents a promising platform for device applications and fundamental investigations. Graphene growth on SiC(0001) can produce consistent monolayer thickness on terraces and good electronic properties. In exfoliated graphene on SiO2, random charged impurities in the SiO2 surface are thought to be the dominant scatterers, explaining the observed transport properties as well as the spatial charge inhomogeneity seen in scanned-probe experiments. In contrast, the scattering mechanisms and charge distribution in epitaxial graphene remain relatively unexplored. Here I use Kelvin probe microscopy (KPM) in ambient and UHV conditions to directly measure the surface potential of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). Ambient-environment KPM on graphene/SiC(0001) shows surface potential variations of only 12 meV. Taken together with transport measurements, the data suggest that the graphene samples in ambient are in the low-doped regime, near the minimum conductivity of ≈ 4e2/h. I am also able to use UHV KPM of graphene/ SiC(0001) to identify the discrete surface potentials of monolayer and bilayer graphene as well as the insulating interfacial carbon layer and bare SiC, correlated with scanning electron micrographs of the same location. The surface potential differences between monolayer and bilayer graphene and between IFL and monolayer graphene are both suggestive of low doping (≤1012 cm-2). The surface potentials of monolayer and bilayer graphene are relatively smooth, while the IFL and bare SiC, in contrast, showed larger variations in surface potential suggesting the presence of unscreened charged impurities present on the IFL that are later screened by the overgrown graphene. I model the potential variations for unscreened and graphene-screened charged impurities using the self-consistent theory of graphene developed by Adam et al. The results show that although surface potential variations are, as expected, larger in the IFL than in

  13. Electrostatic transfer of patterned epitaxial graphene from SiC(0001) to glass

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    Biedermann, Laura B.; Beechem, Thomas E.; Ross, Anthony J.; Ohta, Taisuke; Howell, Stephen W.

    2010-12-01

    We report on a scalable electrostatic process to transfer epitaxial graphene onto alkali-containing glass substrates. Multilayer epitaxial graphene (MEG) was grown by heating silicon carbide (000\\bar{1} ) to high temperatures (1650-1700 °C) in an argon-mediated environment. Optical lithography was used to define patterned graphene regions, typically 20×20 μm2, which were then transferred to Pyrex substrates. For the electrostatic transfer, a large electric potential (1.2 kV) was applied between the donor MEG sample (anode) and the heated acceptor glass substrate (cathode). Atomic force microscopy scans of the transferred graphene showed that the morphology of the transferred multilayer graphene resembles that of the donor MEG. Raman spectroscopy analysis confirmed that the graphene can be transferred without inducing defects. The sheet resistance of the transferred graphene was as low as 150 Ω/squ. The transfer of small (1-2 μm wide) and large (~70×70 μm2) graphene patterns to Zerodur demonstrates the versatility of this transfer technique.

  14. Single orientation graphene synthesized on iridium thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Dangwal Pandey, A. Grånäs, E.; Shayduk, R.; Noei, H.; Vonk, V.; Krausert, K.; Franz, D.; Müller, P.; Keller, T. F.; Stierle, A.

    2016-08-21

    Heteroepitaxial iridium thin films were deposited on (0001) sapphire substrates by means of molecular beam epitaxy, and subsequently, one monolayer of graphene was synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. The influence of the growth parameters on the quality of the Ir films, as well as of graphene, was investigated systematically by means of low energy electron diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, x-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Our study reveals (111) oriented iridium films with high crystalline quality and extremely low surface roughness, on which the formation of large-area epitaxial graphene is achieved. The presence of defects, like dislocations, twins, and 30° rotated domains in the iridium films is also discussed. The coverage of graphene was found to be influenced by the presence of 30° rotated domains in the Ir films. Low iridium deposition rates suppress these rotated domains and an almost complete coverage of graphene was obtained. This synthesis route yields inexpensive, air-stable, and large-area graphene with a well-defined orientation, making it accessible to a wider community of researchers for numerous experiments or applications, including those which use destructive analysis techniques or irreversible processes. Moreover, this approach can be used to tune the structural quality of graphene, allowing a systematic study of the influence of defects in various processes like intercalation below graphene.

  15. Small scale rotational disorder observed in epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001)

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    Walter, Andrew L.; Bostwick, Aaron; Speck, Florian; Ostler, Markus; Kim, Keun Su; Chang, Young Jun; Moreschini, Luca; Innocenti, Davide; Seyller, Thomas; Horn, Karsten; Rotenberg, Eli

    2013-02-01

    Interest in the use of graphene in electronic devices has motivated an explosion in the study of this remarkable material. The simple, linear, Dirac cone band structure offers a unique possibility to investigate its finer details by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). Indeed, ARPES has been performed on graphene grown on metal substrates but electronic applications require an insulating substrate. Epitaxial graphene grown by the thermal decomposition of silicon carbide (SiC) is an ideal candidate for this due to the large scale, uniform, graphene layers produced. The experimental spectral function of epitaxial graphene on SiC has been extensively studied. However, until now the cause of an anisotropy in the spectral width of the Fermi surface has not been determined. In the current work we show, by comparison of the spectral function to a semi-empirical model, that the anisotropy is due to small scale rotational disorder (˜± 0.15°) of graphene domains in graphene grown on SiC(0001) samples. The complicated shape described by the line-width is accurately reproduced by the semi-empirical model only when rotational disorder is included. While spectra from rare regions of the sample containing only one or two rotational domains is also presented. In addition to the direct benefit in the understanding of graphene's electronic structure this work suggests a mechanism to explain similar variations in related ARPES data.

  16. Single orientation graphene synthesized on iridium thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Dangwal Pandey, A.; Krausert, K.; Franz, D.; Grânäs, E.; Shayduk, R.; Müller, P.; Keller, T. F.; Noei, H.; Vonk, V.; Stierle, A.

    2016-08-01

    Heteroepitaxial iridium thin films were deposited on (0001) sapphire substrates by means of molecular beam epitaxy, and subsequently, one monolayer of graphene was synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. The influence of the growth parameters on the quality of the Ir films, as well as of graphene, was investigated systematically by means of low energy electron diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, x-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Our study reveals (111) oriented iridium films with high crystalline quality and extremely low surface roughness, on which the formation of large-area epitaxial graphene is achieved. The presence of defects, like dislocations, twins, and 30° rotated domains in the iridium films is also discussed. The coverage of graphene was found to be influenced by the presence of 30° rotated domains in the Ir films. Low iridium deposition rates suppress these rotated domains and an almost complete coverage of graphene was obtained. This synthesis route yields inexpensive, air-stable, and large-area graphene with a well-defined orientation, making it accessible to a wider community of researchers for numerous experiments or applications, including those which use destructive analysis techniques or irreversible processes. Moreover, this approach can be used to tune the structural quality of graphene, allowing a systematic study of the influence of defects in various processes like intercalation below graphene.

  17. Large area and structured epitaxial graphene produced by confinement controlled sublimation of silicon carbide.

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    de Heer, Walt A; Berger, Claire; Ruan, Ming; Sprinkle, Mike; Li, Xuebin; Hu, Yike; Zhang, Baiqian; Hankinson, John; Conrad, Edward

    2011-10-11

    After the pioneering investigations into graphene-based electronics at Georgia Tech, great strides have been made developing epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide (EG) as a new electronic material. EG has not only demonstrated its potential for large scale applications, it also has become an important material for fundamental two-dimensional electron gas physics. It was long known that graphene mono and multilayers grow on SiC crystals at high temperatures in ultrahigh vacuum. At these temperatures, silicon sublimes from the surface and the carbon rich surface layer transforms to graphene. However the quality of the graphene produced in ultrahigh vacuum is poor due to the high sublimation rates at relatively low temperatures. The Georgia Tech team developed growth methods involving encapsulating the SiC crystals in graphite enclosures, thereby sequestering the evaporated silicon and bringing growth process closer to equilibrium. In this confinement controlled sublimation (CCS) process, very high-quality graphene is grown on both polar faces of the SiC crystals. Since 2003, over 50 publications used CCS grown graphene, where it is known as the "furnace grown" graphene. Graphene multilayers grown on the carbon-terminated face of SiC, using the CCS method, were shown to consist of decoupled high mobility graphene layers. The CCS method is now applied on structured silicon carbide surfaces to produce high mobility nano-patterned graphene structures thereby demonstrating that EG is a viable contender for next-generation electronics. Here we present for the first time the CCS method that outperforms other epitaxial graphene production methods.

  18. Large area and structured epitaxial graphene produced by confinement controlled sublimation of silicon carbide

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    de Heer, Walt A.; Berger, Claire; Ruan, Ming; Sprinkle, Mike; Li, Xuebin; Hu, Yike; Zhang, Baiqian; Hankinson, John; Conrad, Edward

    2011-01-01

    After the pioneering investigations into graphene-based electronics at Georgia Tech, great strides have been made developing epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide (EG) as a new electronic material. EG has not only demonstrated its potential for large scale applications, it also has become an important material for fundamental two-dimensional electron gas physics. It was long known that graphene mono and multilayers grow on SiC crystals at high temperatures in ultrahigh vacuum. At these temperatures, silicon sublimes from the surface and the carbon rich surface layer transforms to graphene. However the quality of the graphene produced in ultrahigh vacuum is poor due to the high sublimation rates at relatively low temperatures. The Georgia Tech team developed growth methods involving encapsulating the SiC crystals in graphite enclosures, thereby sequestering the evaporated silicon and bringing growth process closer to equilibrium. In this confinement controlled sublimation (CCS) process, very high-quality graphene is grown on both polar faces of the SiC crystals. Since 2003, over 50 publications used CCS grown graphene, where it is known as the “furnace grown” graphene. Graphene multilayers grown on the carbon-terminated face of SiC, using the CCS method, were shown to consist of decoupled high mobility graphene layers. The CCS method is now applied on structured silicon carbide surfaces to produce high mobility nano-patterned graphene structures thereby demonstrating that EG is a viable contender for next-generation electronics. Here we present for the first time the CCS method that outperforms other epitaxial graphene production methods. PMID:21960446

  19. A switch for epitaxial graphene electronics: Utilizing the silicon carbide substrate as transistor channel

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    Krach, F.; Hertel, S.; Waldmann, D.; Jobst, J.; Krieger, M.; Reshanov, S.; Schöner, A.; Weber, H. B.

    2012-03-01

    Due to the lack of graphene transistors with large on/off ratio, we propose a concept employing both epitaxial graphene and its underlying substrate silicon carbide (SiC) as electronic materials. We demonstrate a simple, robust, and scalable transistor, in which graphene serves as electrodes and SiC as a semiconducting channel. The common interface has to be chosen such that it provides favorable charge injection. The insulator and gate functionality is realized by an ionic liquid gate for convenience but could be taken over by a solid gate stack. On/off ratios exceeding 44000 at room temperature are found.

  20. Express optical analysis of epitaxial graphene on SiC: impact of morphology on quantum transport.

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    Yager, Tom; Lartsev, Arseniy; Mahashabde, Sumedh; Charpentier, Sophie; Davidovikj, Dejan; Danilov, Andrey; Yakimova, Rositza; Panchal, Vishal; Kazakova, Olga; Tzalenchuk, Alexander; Lara-Avila, Samuel; Kubatkin, Sergey

    2013-09-11

    We show that inspection with an optical microscope allows surprisingly simple and accurate identification of single and multilayer graphene domains in epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide (SiC/G) and is informative about nanoscopic details of the SiC topography, making it ideal for rapid and noninvasive quality control of as-grown SiC/G. As an illustration of the power of the method, we apply it to demonstrate the correlations between graphene morphology and its electronic properties by quantum magneto-transport.

  1. Long Spin Relaxation Times in Wafer Scale Epitaxial Graphene on SiC(0001)

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    Maassen, Thomas; van den Berg, J. Jasper; Ijbema, Natasja; Fromm, Felix; Seyller, Thomas; Yakimova, Rositza; van Wees, Bart J.

    2012-03-01

    We developed an easy, upscalable process to prepare lateral spin-valve devices on epitaxially grown monolayer graphene on SiC(0001) and perform nonlocal spin transport measurements. We observe the longest spin relaxation times tau_S in monolayer graphene, while the spin diffusion coefficient D_S is strongly reduced compared to typical results on exfoliated graphene. The increase of tau_S is probably related to the changed substrate, while the cause for the small value of D_S remains an open question.

  2. A method to extract pure Raman spectrum of epitaxial graphene on SiC

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    Kunc, J.; Hu, Y.; Palmer, J.; Berger, C.; de Heer, W. A.

    2013-11-01

    The Raman spectrum of epitaxial graphene on SiC is generally obtained by simply subtracting a SiC spectra from the experimental data, which results in noisy spectrum and negative intensity. By using a Non-negative Matrix Factorization (NMF) method, we obtain pure graphene spectra, even for monolayer graphene and sub-micron size patterned features, as well as in spatial mapping and depth profile. We show that the NMF method is efficient in data smoothing and for signal deconvolution with no assumption required for the functional form of the signals.

  3. On the theory of electronic states of the "epitaxial graphene-quantum-well film" system

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    Alisultanov, Z. Z.; Meilanov, R. P.

    2012-07-01

    The problem of an epitaxial graphene formed on a thin metal film in an external magnetic field has been considered. It has been shown that the problem can be solved using the Green's function method within the Kadanoff-Baym formalism. Analytical expressions for the transferred charge as a function of the magnetic field and the thickness of the film have been obtained.

  4. High-Performance Phototransistor of Epitaxial PbS Nanoplate-Graphene Heterostructure with Edge Contact.

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    Wang, Qisheng; Wen, Yao; He, Peng; Yin, Lei; Wang, Zhenxing; Wang, Feng; Xu, Kai; Huang, Yun; Wang, Fengmei; Jiang, Chao; He, Jun

    2016-08-01

    Fast infrared response (rising time = 24 ms) and ultrahigh photoconductive gain (10(8) ) are obtained in epitaxial PbS-nanoplate-graphene heterostructures. Combining density functional theory with experiments, this study finds single-crystalline PbS nanoplates are covalently bound to the grapheme edge with strong chemical hybridization, which offers a fast carrier transmission path.

  5. Native point defects in few-layer phosphorene

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    Wang, V.; Kawazoe, Y.; Geng, W. T.

    2015-01-01

    Using hybrid density functional theory combined with a semiempirical van der Waals dispersion correction, we have investigated the structural and electronic properties of vacancies and self-interstitials in defective few-layer phosphorene. We find that both a vacancy and a self-interstitial defect are more stable in the outer layer than in the inner layer. The formation energy and transition energy of both a vacancy and a self-interstitial P defect decrease with increasing film thickness, mainly due to the upward shift of the host valence band maximum in reference to the vacuum level. Consequently, both vacancies and self-interstitials could act as shallow acceptors, and this well explains the experimentally observed p -type conductivity in few-layer phosphorene. On the other hand, since these native point defects have moderate formation energies and are stable in negatively charged states, they could also serve as electron compensating centers in n -type few-layer phosphorene.

  6. Few-Layer Antimonene by Liquid-Phase Exfoliation.

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    Gibaja, Carlos; Rodriguez-San-Miguel, David; Ares, Pablo; Gómez-Herrero, Julio; Varela, Maria; Gillen, Roland; Maultzsch, Janina; Hauke, Frank; Hirsch, Andreas; Abellán, Gonzalo; Zamora, Félix

    2016-11-07

    We report on a fast and simple method to produce highly stable isopropanol/water (4:1) suspensions of few-layer antimonene by liquid-phase exfoliation of antimony crystals in a process that is assisted by sonication but does not require the addition of any surfactant. This straightforward method generates dispersions of few-layer antimonene suitable for on-surface isolation. Analysis by atomic force microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy confirmed the formation of high-quality few-layer antimonene nanosheets with large lateral dimensions. These nanolayers are extremely stable under ambient conditions. Their Raman signals are strongly thickness-dependent, which was rationalized by means of density functional theory calculations. © 2016 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  7. van der Waals Epitaxy of MoS2 Layers Using Graphene As Growth Templates

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    Shi, Yumeng; Zhou, Wu; Lu, Ang-Yu; Fang, Wenjing; Lee, Yi-Hsien; Hsu, Allen Long; Kim, Soo Min; Kim, Ki Kang; Yang, Hui Ying; Liang, Lain-Jong; Idrobo Tapia, Juan C; Kong, Jing

    2012-01-01

    We present a method for synthesizing MoS{sub 2}/Graphene hybrid heterostructures with a growth template of graphene-covered Cu foil. Compared to other recent reports, a much lower growth temperature of 400 C is required for this procedure. The chemical vapor deposition of MoS{sub 2} on the graphene surface gives rise to single crystalline hexagonal flakes with a typical lateral size ranging from several hundred nanometers to several micrometers. The precursor (ammonium thiomolybdate) together with solvent was transported to graphene surface by a carrier gas at room temperature, which was then followed by post annealing. At an elevated temperature, the precursor self-assembles to form MoS{sub 2} flakes epitaxially on the graphene surface via thermal decomposition. With higher amount of precursor delivered onto the graphene surface, a continuous MoS{sub 2} film on graphene can be obtained. This simple chemical vapor deposition method provides a unique approach for the synthesis of graphene heterostructures and surface functionalization of graphene. The synthesized two-dimensional MoS{sub 2}/Graphene hybrids possess great potential toward the development of new optical and electronic devices as well as a wide variety of newly synthesizable compounds for catalysts.

  8. Epitaxial Growth and Electronic Properties of Large Hexagonal Graphene Domains on Cu(111) Thin Film

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    Ago, Hiroki; Kawahara, Kenji; Ogawa, Yui; Tanoue, Shota; Bissett, Mark A.; Tsuji, Masaharu; Sakaguchi, Hidetsugu; Koch, Roland J.; Fromm, Felix; Seyller, Thomas; Komatsu, Katsuyoshi; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2013-07-01

    Large hexagonal single-crystalline domains of single-layer graphene are epitaxially grown by ambient-pressure chemical vapor deposition over a thin Cu(111) film deposited on c-plane sapphire. The hexagonal graphene domains with a maximum size of 100 µm are oriented in the same direction due to the epitaxial growth. Reflecting high crystallinity, a clear band structure with the Dirac cone is observed by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), and a high carrier mobility exceeding 4,000 cm2 V-1 s-1 is obtained on SiO2/Si at room temperature. Our epitaxial approach combined with large domain growth is expected to contribute to future electronic applications.

  9. Nanoselective area growth of GaN by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on 4H-SiC using epitaxial graphene as a mask

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    Puybaret, Renaud; Patriarche, Gilles; Jordan, Matthew B.; Sundaram, Suresh; El Gmili, Youssef; Salvestrini, Jean-Paul; Voss, Paul L.; de Heer, Walt A.; Berger, Claire; Ougazzaden, Abdallah

    2016-03-01

    We report the growth of high-quality triangular GaN nanomesas, 30-nm thick, on the C-face of 4H-SiC using nanoselective area growth (NSAG) with patterned epitaxial graphene grown on SiC as an embedded mask. NSAG alleviates the problems of defects in heteroepitaxy, and the high mobility graphene film could readily provide the back low-dissipative electrode in GaN-based optoelectronic devices. A 5-8 graphene-layer film is first grown on the C-face of 4H-SiC by confinement-controlled sublimation of silicon carbide. Graphene is then patterned and arrays of 75-nm-wide openings are etched in graphene revealing the SiC substrate. A 30-nm-thick GaN is subsequently grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy. GaN nanomesas grow epitaxially with perfect selectivity on SiC, in the openings patterned through graphene. The up-or-down orientation of the mesas on SiC, their triangular faceting, and cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy show that they are biphasic. The core is a zinc blende monocrystal surrounded with single-crystal wurtzite. The GaN crystalline nanomesas have no threading dislocations or V-pits. This NSAG process potentially leads to integration of high-quality III-nitrides on the wafer scalable epitaxial graphene/silicon carbide platform.

  10. Nanoselective area growth of GaN by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on 4H-SiC using epitaxial graphene as a mask

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    Puybaret, Renaud; Jordan, Matthew B.; Voss, Paul L.; Ougazzaden, Abdallah; Patriarche, Gilles; Sundaram, Suresh; El Gmili, Youssef; Salvestrini, Jean-Paul; Heer, Walt A. de; Berger, Claire

    2016-03-07

    We report the growth of high-quality triangular GaN nanomesas, 30-nm thick, on the C-face of 4H-SiC using nanoselective area growth (NSAG) with patterned epitaxial graphene grown on SiC as an embedded mask. NSAG alleviates the problems of defects in heteroepitaxy, and the high mobility graphene film could readily provide the back low-dissipative electrode in GaN-based optoelectronic devices. A 5–8 graphene-layer film is first grown on the C-face of 4H-SiC by confinement-controlled sublimation of silicon carbide. Graphene is then patterned and arrays of 75-nm-wide openings are etched in graphene revealing the SiC substrate. A 30-nm-thick GaN is subsequently grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy. GaN nanomesas grow epitaxially with perfect selectivity on SiC, in the openings patterned through graphene. The up-or-down orientation of the mesas on SiC, their triangular faceting, and cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy show that they are biphasic. The core is a zinc blende monocrystal surrounded with single-crystal wurtzite. The GaN crystalline nanomesas have no threading dislocations or V-pits. This NSAG process potentially leads to integration of high-quality III-nitrides on the wafer scalable epitaxial graphene/silicon carbide platform.

  11. Flower-Shaped Domains and Wrinkles in Trilayer Epitaxial Graphene on Silicon Carbide

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    Lalmi, B.; Girard, J. C.; Pallecchi, E.; Silly, M.; David, C.; Latil, S.; Sirotti, F.; Ouerghi, A.

    2014-01-01

    Trilayer graphene is of particular interest to the 2D materials community because of its unique tunable electronic structure. However, to date, there is a lack of fundamental understanding of the properties of epitaxial trilayer graphene on silicon carbide. Here, following successful synthesis of large-area uniform trilayer graphene, atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed that the trilayer graphene on 6H-SiC(0001) was uniform over a large scale. Additionally, distinct defects, identified as flower-shaped domains and isolated wrinkle structures, were observed randomly on the surface using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS). These carbon nanostructures formed during growth, has different structural and electronic properties when compared with the adjacent flat regions of the graphene. Finally, using low temperature STM/STS at 4K, we found that the isolated wrinkles showed an irreversible rotational motion between two 60° configurations at different densities of states. PMID:24513669

  12. Tunneling Spectroscopy Studies of Epitaxial Graphene on Silicon Carbide(0001) and Its Interfaces

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    Sandin, Andreas Axel Tomas

    A two dimensional network of sp2 bonded carbon atoms is defined as graphene. This novel material possesses remarkable electronic properties due to its unique band structure at the vicinity of the Fermi energy. The toughest challenge to bring use of graphene electronic properties in device geometries is that graphene is exceptionally sensitive to its electrical environment for integration into macroscopic system of electrical contacts and substrates. One of the most promising substrates for graphene is the polar surfaces of SiC for the reason it can be grown epitaxially by sublimating Si from the top-most SiC atomic layers. In this work, the interfaces of graphene grown on the Si-terminated polar surface SiC(0001) is studied in UHV using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and auger electron Spectroscopy (AES). STM is used image the graphene surface and interfaces with the capability of atomic resolution. LEED is used to study surface atomic reciprocal ordering and AES is used to determine surface atomic composition during the graphene formation. Interfacial layer (Buffer layer), Single layer graphene and bilayer graphene are identified electronically by means of probing the first member of the image potential derived state. This state is found by dZ/dV spectroscopy in the high energy unoccupied states and is exceptionally sensitive to electrostatic changes to the surface which is detected by energy shifts of image potential states (IPS). This sensitivity is utilized to probe the graphene screening of external electric fields by varying the electric field in the tunneling junction and addresses the fact that charged impurity scattering is likely to be crucial for epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) when it comes to transport parameters. Shifts of IPS energy position has also been used verify work function changes for identification of several Sodium Intercalation structures of epitaxial

  13. Resonant optical third-harmonic generation in few-layer black phosphorus

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    de Matos, Christiano J. S.; Rodrigues, Manuel J. L. F.; de Oliveira, Rafael E. P.; Peixoto, Hélder X. P.; Wu, Hsin-Yu; Wei, Ho Y.; Castro Neto, Antonio H.; Viana-Gomes, José C.

    Black phosphorus (BP), a layered monoatomic anisotropic crystal, has recently re-emerged due to demonstrations of its exfoliation down to few-layer thicknesses. It has been shown that BP remains a direct bandgap semiconductor from the bulk to the monolayer, which has triggered interest in its optoelectronic applications. However, optical characterization has been largely restricted to the linear regime, with nonlinear characterization limited to z-scan and saturable absorption measurements. In this work, we show optical third-harmonic generation measurements in bulk and few-layer BP. Results indicate a resonant increase in the generation efficiency of the latter, with signal intensities reaching values three orders of magnitude higher then those of graphene. The mechanisms leading to the resonant increase will be discussed. This work is supported by Fapesp (2012/50259-8 and 2015/11779-4), MackPesquisa, NRF-CRP (R-144-000-295-281), and NRF - Medium Sized Centre Programme.

  14. Substrate-induced band gap opening in epitaxial graphene

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    Zhou, S.Y.; Gweon, G.-H.; Fedorov, A.V.; First, P.N.; de Heer,W.A.; Lee, D.-H.; Guinea, F.; Castro Neto, A.H.; Lanzara, A.

    2007-09-08

    Graphene has shown great application potential as the hostmaterial for next-generation electronic devices. However, despite itsintriguing properties, one of the biggest hurdles for graphene to beuseful as an electronic material is the lack of an energy gap in itselectronic spectra. This, for example, prevents the use of graphene inmaking transistors. Although several proposals have been made to open agap in graphene's electronic spectra, they all require complexengineering of the graphene layer. Here, we show that when graphene isepitaxially grown on SiC substrate, a gap of ~;0.26 eV is produced. Thisgap decreases as the sample thickness increases and eventually approacheszero when the number of layers exceeds four. We propose that the originof this gap is the breaking of sublattice symmetry owing to thegraphene-substrate interaction. We believe that our results highlight apromising direction for band gap engineering of graphene.

  15. Growth protocols and characterization of epitaxial graphene on SiC elaborated in a graphite enclosure

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    Kumar, B.; Baraket, M.; Paillet, M.; Huntzinger, J.-R.; Tiberj, A.; Jansen, A. G. M.; Vila, L.; Cubuku, M.; Vergnaud, C.; Jamet, M.; Lapertot, G.; Rouchon, D.; Zahab, A.-A.; Sauvajol, J.-L.; Dubois, L.; Lefloch, F.; Duclairoir, F.

    2016-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of graphene by the sublimation of Si-terminated silicon carbide (SiC) is studied inside a graphite enclosure in a radio-frequency furnace by comparing different in situ processes involving hydrogen etching or not and different growth conditions. For the growth under vacuum, even with the surface preparation of hydrogen etching, the morphology of the synthesized graphene is found full of voids and defects in the form of a multilayer graphene film. For the growth under Ar, the hydrogen etching plays a vital role to improve the graphene quality in terms of surface roughness, the number of graphene layers and the domain size. For the graphene samples grown with the proposed protocol, the original combination of micro-probe Raman spectroscopy and simultaneous optical transmission and reflection measurements reveals a detailed spatially resolved image of the graphene domains with monolayer domain size of ~5×5 μm2 on about 2/3 of the total sample surface. The magnetotransport data yield charge-carrier mobilities up to 2900 cm2/Vs as found for high quality graphene on the Si-face of SiC. The observed magnetoquantum oscillations in the magnetoresistance confirm the expected behavior of single-layer graphene.

  16. High van Hove singularity extension and Fermi velocity increase in epitaxial graphene functionalized by intercalated gold clusters

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    Nair, M. N.; Cranney, M.; Vonau, F.; Aubel, D.; Le Fèvre, P.; Tejeda, A.; Bertran, F.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Simon, L.

    2012-06-01

    Gold intercalation between a buffer layer and a graphene monolayer of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) leads to the formation of small aggregates of clusters. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements reveal that these clusters preserve the linear dispersion of the graphene quasiparticles and surprisingly increase their Fermi velocity. They also strongly modify the band structure of graphene around the van Hove singularities by a strong extension without charge transfer. These results give new insight on the role of the intercalant in the renormalization of the bare electronic band structure of graphene usually observed in graphite and graphene intercalation compounds.

  17. Highly selective covalent organic functionalization of epitaxial graphene

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    Bueno, Rebeca A.; Martínez, José I.; Luccas, Roberto F.; Del Árbol, Nerea Ruiz; Munuera, Carmen; Palacio, Irene; Palomares, Francisco J.; Lauwaet, Koen; Thakur, Sangeeta; Baranowski, Jacek M.; Strupinski, Wlodek; López, María F.; Mompean, Federico; García-Hernández, Mar; Martín-Gago, José A.

    2017-05-01

    Graphene functionalization with organics is expected to be an important step for the development of graphene-based materials with tailored electronic properties. However, its high chemical inertness makes difficult a controlled and selective covalent functionalization, and most of the works performed up to the date report electrostatic molecular adsorption or unruly functionalization. We show hereafter a mechanism for promoting highly specific covalent bonding of any amino-terminated molecule and a description of the operating processes. We show, by different experimental techniques and theoretical methods, that the excess of charge at carbon dangling-bonds formed on single-atomic vacancies at the graphene surface induces enhanced reactivity towards a selective oxidation of the amino group and subsequent integration of the nitrogen within the graphene network. Remarkably, functionalized surfaces retain the electronic properties of pristine graphene. This study opens the door for development of graphene-based interfaces, as nano-bio-hybrid composites, fabrication of dielectrics, plasmonics or spintronics.

  18. Highly selective covalent organic functionalization of epitaxial graphene.

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    Bueno, Rebeca A; Martínez, José I; Luccas, Roberto F; Del Árbol, Nerea Ruiz; Munuera, Carmen; Palacio, Irene; Palomares, Francisco J; Lauwaet, Koen; Thakur, Sangeeta; Baranowski, Jacek M; Strupinski, Wlodek; López, María F; Mompean, Federico; García-Hernández, Mar; Martín-Gago, José A

    2017-05-08

    Graphene functionalization with organics is expected to be an important step for the development of graphene-based materials with tailored electronic properties. However, its high chemical inertness makes difficult a controlled and selective covalent functionalization, and most of the works performed up to the date report electrostatic molecular adsorption or unruly functionalization. We show hereafter a mechanism for promoting highly specific covalent bonding of any amino-terminated molecule and a description of the operating processes. We show, by different experimental techniques and theoretical methods, that the excess of charge at carbon dangling-bonds formed on single-atomic vacancies at the graphene surface induces enhanced reactivity towards a selective oxidation of the amino group and subsequent integration of the nitrogen within the graphene network. Remarkably, functionalized surfaces retain the electronic properties of pristine graphene. This study opens the door for development of graphene-based interfaces, as nano-bio-hybrid composites, fabrication of dielectrics, plasmonics or spintronics.

  19. Electronic transport at monolayer-bilayer junctions in epitaxial graphene on SiC

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    Giannazzo, F.; Deretzis, I.; La Magna, A.; Roccaforte, F.; Yakimova, R.

    2012-12-01

    Two-dimensional maps of the electronic conductance in epitaxial graphene grown on SiC were obtained by calibrated conductive atomic force microscopy. The correlation between morphological and electrical maps revealed the local conductance degradation in epitaxial graphene over the SiC substrate steps or at the junction between monolayer (1L) and bilayer (2L) graphene regions. The effect of steps strongly depends on the charge transfer phenomena between the step sidewall and graphene, whereas the resistance increase at the 1L/2L junction is a purely quantum-mechanical effect independent on the interaction with the substrate. First-principles transport calculations indicate that the weak wave-function coupling between the 1L π/π* bands with the respective first bands of the 2L region gives rise to a strong suppression of the conductance for energies within ±0.48 eV from the Dirac point. Conductance degradation at 1L/2L junctions is therefore a general issue for large area graphene with a certain fraction of inhomogeneities in the layer number, including graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition on metals.

  20. Asymmetric Electron Transport at Monolayer-Bilayer Heterojunctions of Epitaxial Graphene

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    Li, An-Ping; Clark, Kendal W; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Gu, Gong; He, Guowei; Feenstra, Randall

    2014-01-01

    The symmetry of the graphene honeycomb lattice is a key element determining many of graphene s unique electronic properties, such as the linear energy-momentum dispersion and the suppressed backscattering 1,2. However, line defects in large-scale epitaxial graphene films, such as grain boundaries, edges, surface steps, and changes in layer thickness, often break the sublatttice symmetry and can impact transport properties of graphene profoundly 3-6. Here we report asymmetric electron transport upon polarity reversal at individual monolayer-bilayer (ML-BL) boundaries in epitaxial graphene on SiC (0001), revealed by scanning tunneling potentiometry. A greater voltage drop is observed when the current flows from BL to ML graphene than in the reverse direction, and the difference remains nearly unchanged with increasing current. This is not a typical nonlinear conductance due to electron transmission through an asymmetric potential. Rather, it indicates the opening of a dynamic energy gap at the Fermi energy due to the Coulomb interaction between the injected nonequilibrium electron density and the pseudospin polarized Friedel oscillation charge density at the boundary. This intriguing heterojunction transport behavior opens a new avenue towards novel quantum functions such as quantum switching.

  1. Epitaxial graphene growth on FIB patterned 3C-SiC nanostructures on Si (111): reducing milling damage.

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    Amjadipour, Mojtaba; MacLeod, Jennifer; Lipton-Duffin, Josh; Iacopi, Francesca; Motta, Nunzio

    2017-08-25

    Epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC is a scalable procedure that does not require any further transfer step, making this an ideal platform for graphene nanostructure fabrication. Focused ion beam (FIB) is a very promising tool for exploring the reduction of the lateral dimension of graphene on SiC to the nanometre scale. However, exposure of graphene to the Ga(+) beam causes significant surface damage through amorphisation and contamination, preventing epitaxial graphene growth. In this paper we demonstrate that combining a protective silicon layer with FIB patterning implemented prior to graphene growth can significantly reduce the damage associated with FIB milling. Using this approach, we successfully achieved graphene growth over 3C-SiC/Si FIB patterned nanostructures.

  2. Epitaxial graphene growth on FIB patterned 3C-SiC nanostructures on Si (111): reducing milling damage

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    Amjadipour, Mojtaba; MacLeod, Jennifer; Lipton-Duffin, Josh; Iacopi, Francesca; Motta, Nunzio

    2017-08-01

    Epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC is a scalable procedure that does not require any further transfer step, making this an ideal platform for graphene nanostructure fabrication. Focused ion beam (FIB) is a very promising tool for exploring the reduction of the lateral dimension of graphene on SiC to the nanometre scale. However, exposure of graphene to the Ga+ beam causes significant surface damage through amorphisation and contamination, preventing epitaxial graphene growth. In this paper we demonstrate that combining a protective silicon layer with FIB patterning implemented prior to graphene growth can significantly reduce the damage associated with FIB milling. Using this approach, we successfully achieved graphene growth over 3C-SiC/Si FIB patterned nanostructures.

  3. van der Waals epitaxy of CdTe thin film on graphene

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    Mohanty, Dibyajyoti; Xie, Weiyu; Wang, Yiping; Lu, Zonghuan; Shi, Jian; Zhang, Shengbai; Wang, Gwo-Ching; Lu, Toh-Ming; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2016-10-01

    van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE) facilitates the epitaxial growth of materials having a large lattice mismatch with the substrate. Although vdWE of two-dimensional (2D) materials on 2D materials have been extensively studied, the vdWE for three-dimensional (3D) materials on 2D substrates remains a challenge. It is perceived that a 2D substrate passes little information to dictate the 3D growth. In this article, we demonstrated the vdWE growth of the CdTe(111) thin film on a graphene buffered SiO2/Si substrate using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technique, despite a 46% large lattice mismatch between CdTe and graphene and a symmetry change from cubic to hexagonal. Our CdTe films produce a very narrow X-ray rocking curve, and the X-ray pole figure analysis showed 12 CdTe (111) peaks at a chi angle of 70°. This was attributed to two sets of parallel epitaxy of CdTe on graphene with a 30° relative orientation giving rise to a 12-fold symmetry in the pole figure. First-principles calculations reveal that, despite the relatively small energy differences, the graphene buffer layer does pass epitaxial information to CdTe as the parallel epitaxy, obtained in the experiment, is energetically favored. The work paves a way for the growth of high quality CdTe film on a large area as well as on the amorphous substrates.

  4. The role of electron-electron repulsion in the problem of epitaxial graphene on a metal: Simple estimates

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    Davydov, S. Yu.

    2017-08-01

    For single-layer graphene placed on a metal substrate, the influence of intra- and interatomic Coulomb repulsion of electrons ( U and G, respectively) on its phase diagram is considered in the framework of an extended Hartree-Fock theory. The general solution of the problem is presented, on the basis of which special cases allowing for analytical consideration are analyzed: free and epitaxial graphene with and without regard for the energy of the electron transition between neighboring atoms of graphene. Three regions of the phase diagram are considered: spin and charge density waves (SDW and CDW, respectively) and the semimetal (SM) state uniform in the spin and charge. The main attention is paid to undoped graphene. It is shown that the allowance for the interaction with a metal substrate expands the SM existence domain. However, in all the considered cases, the boundary between the SDW and CDW states is described by the equation U = zG, where z = 3 is the number of nearest neighbors in graphene. The widening of the SM state region also results from the doping of graphene, and the effect is independent of the sign of free carriers introduced into epitaxial graphene by the substrate. According to estimates made, the only state possible in the buffer layer is the metal-type SM state, whereas, in epitaxial graphene, the CDW state is possible. The influence of temperature on the phase diagram of epitaxial graphene is discussed.

  5. The investigation of cobalt intercalation underneath epitaxial graphene on 6H-SiC(0 0 0 1)

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    Zhang, Yuxi; Zhang, Hanjie; Cai, Yiliang; Song, Junjie; He, Pimo

    2017-02-01

    The intercalation behaviour of cobalt underneath both epitaxial graphene monolayer and bilayer on 6H-SiC(0001) have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT). Upon deposition, cobalt atoms prefer to agglomerate into clusters on the epitaxial graphene. After annealing the sample to 850 °C, the intercalation of the adsorbed cobalt atoms into both monolayer and bilayer epitaxial graphene on SiC takes place, as observed by the atomically resolved STM images. Further studies based on DFT modeling and simulated STM images show that, resulting from the interplay between the intercalated cobalt atoms and the carbon layers sandwiching it, the most energetically favourable intercalation sites of cobalt atoms underneath monolayer and bilayer graphene differ. Furthermore, the results show energy barriers of 0.60 eV and 0.41 eV for cobalt penetration through mono-vacancy defects at monolayer and bilayer graphene.

  6. Quasi-free-standing bilayer epitaxial graphene field-effect transistors on 4H-SiC (0001) substrates

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    Yu, C.; Li, J.; Song, X. B.; Liu, Q. B.; Cai, S. J.; Feng, Z. H.; He, Z. Z.

    2016-01-04

    Quasi-free-standing epitaxial graphene grown on wide band gap semiconductor SiC demonstrates high carrier mobility and good material uniformity, which make it promising for graphene-based electronic devices. In this work, quasi-free-standing bilayer epitaxial graphene is prepared and its transistors with gate lengths of 100 nm and 200 nm are fabricated and characterized. The 100 nm gate length graphene transistor shows improved DC and RF performances including a maximum current density I{sub ds} of 4.2 A/mm, and a peak transconductance g{sub m} of 2880 mS/mm. Intrinsic current-gain cutoff frequency f{sub T} of 407 GHz is obtained. The exciting DC and RF performances obtained in the quasi-free-standing bilayer epitaxial graphene transistor show the great application potential of this material system.

  7. Epitaxial growth and electrochemical transfer of graphene on Ir(111)/α-Al2O3(0001) substrates

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    Koh, Shinji; Saito, Yuta; Kodama, Hideyuki; Sawabe, Atsuhito

    2016-07-01

    Low-pressure chemical vapor deposition growth of graphene on Iridium (Ir) layers epitaxially deposited on α-Al2O3 (0001) substrates was investigated. The X-ray diffraction, Raman and reflection high energy electron diffraction characterizations revealed that graphene films were epitaxially grown on Ir(111) layers, and the in-plane epitaxial relationship between graphene, Ir(111), and α-Al2O3(0001) was graphene ⟨ 1 1 ¯ 00 ⟩//Ir⟨ 11 2 ¯ ⟩//α-Al2O3⟨ 11 2 ¯ 0 ⟩. The graphene on Ir(111) was electrochemically transferred onto SiO2/Si substrates. We also demonstrated the reuse of the Ir(111)/α-Al2O3(0001) substrates in multiple growth and transfer cycles.

  8. High Electron Mobility in Epitaxial Trilayer Graphene on Off-axis SiC(0001).

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    Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Phuphachong, Thanyanan; Silly, Mathieu G; de Vaulchier, Louis-Anne; Sirotti, Fausto; Guldner, Yves; Belkhou, Rachid; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-01-07

    The van de Waals heterostructure formed by an epitaxial trilayer graphene is of particular interest due to its unique tunable electronic band structure and stacking sequence. However, to date, there has been a lack in the fundamental understanding of the electronic properties of epitaxial trilayer graphene. Here, we investigate the electronic properties of large-area epitaxial trilayer graphene on a 4° off-axis SiC(0001) substrate. Micro-Raman mappings and atomic force microscopy (AFM) confirmed predominantly trilayer on the sample obtained under optimized conditions. We used angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to study in detail the structure of valence electronic states, in particular the dispersion of π bands in reciprocal space and the exact determination of the number of graphene layers. Using far-infrared magneto-transmission (FIR-MT), we demonstrate, that the electron cyclotron resonance (CR) occurs between Landau levels with a (B)(1/2) dependence. The CR line-width is consistent with a high Dirac fermions mobility of ~3000 cm(2)·V(-1)·s(-1) at 4 K.

  9. High Electron Mobility in Epitaxial Trilayer Graphene on Off-axis SiC(0001)

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    Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Henck, Hugo; Phuphachong, Thanyanan; Silly, Mathieu G.; de Vaulchier, Louis-Anne; Sirotti, Fausto; Guldner, Yves; Belkhou, Rachid; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2016-01-01

    The van de Waals heterostructure formed by an epitaxial trilayer graphene is of particular interest due to its unique tunable electronic band structure and stacking sequence. However, to date, there has been a lack in the fundamental understanding of the electronic properties of epitaxial trilayer graphene. Here, we investigate the electronic properties of large-area epitaxial trilayer graphene on a 4° off-axis SiC(0001) substrate. Micro-Raman mappings and atomic force microscopy (AFM) confirmed predominantly trilayer on the sample obtained under optimized conditions. We used angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to study in detail the structure of valence electronic states, in particular the dispersion of π bands in reciprocal space and the exact determination of the number of graphene layers. Using far-infrared magneto-transmission (FIR-MT), we demonstrate, that the electron cyclotron resonance (CR) occurs between Landau levels with a (B)1/2 dependence. The CR line-width is consistent with a high Dirac fermions mobility of ~3000 cm2·V−1·s−1 at 4 K. PMID:26739366

  10. Transport measurements on monolayer and few-layer WSe2

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    Palomaki, Tauno; Zhao, Wenjin; Finney, Joe; Fei, Zaiyao; Nguyen, Paul; McKay, Frank; Cobden, David

    The behavior of the electrical contacts often dominates transport measurements in mono and few-layer transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) devices. Creating good contacts for some TMDs is particularly challenging since the fabrication procedure should prevent the TMD from oxidizing or chemically interacting with the contacts. In this talk, we discuss our progress on creating mono and few-layer WSe2 devices with both good electrical contacts and minimal effects from the substrate, polymer contamination, oxidation and other chemistry. For example, we have developed a technique for encapsulating metallic contacts and WSe2 flakes together in hexagonal boron nitride with multiple gates to separate and control the contributions from the channel and the Schottky barriers at the contacts. Research supported in part by Samsung GRO grant US 040814

  11. Strain control of vibrational properties of few layer phosphorene

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    Tokár, K.; Derian, R.; Brndiar, J.; Štich, I.

    2016-11-01

    Using density functional theory techniques, we study lattice vibrational Raman and infrared modes in strained few-layer phosphorene. We find very significant frequency shifts, up to ≈ 100 cm-1 in the applied strain range of ±6%, of the Raman activities in both high- and low-frequency region and infrared activities in the low-frequency region. The type of applied strain, that is, armchair and zigzag, selectively affects specific vibrational modes. Combined with high spatial-resolution Raman/infrared scattering experiments, our calculated results can aid understanding of the complicated inhomogeneous strain distributions in few-layer phosphorene or manufacturing of materials with desired electronic properties via strain or layer engineering.

  12. Controlling the growth of epitaxial graphene on metalized diamond (111) surface

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    Cooil, S. P.; Wells, J. W.; Hu, D.; Evans, D. A.; Niu, Y. R.; Zakharov, A. A.; Bianchi, M.

    2015-11-02

    The 2-dimensional transformation of the diamond (111) surface to graphene has been demonstrated using ultrathin Fe films that catalytically reduce the reaction temperature needed for the conversion of sp{sup 3} to sp{sup 2} carbon. An epitaxial system is formed, which involves the re-crystallization of carbon at the Fe/vacuum interface and that enables the controlled growth of monolayer and multilayer graphene films. In order to study the initial stages of single and multilayer graphene growth, real time monitoring of the system was preformed within a photoemission and low energy electron microscope. It was found that the initial graphene growth occurred at temperatures as low as 500 °C, whilst increasing the temperature to 560 °C was required to produce multi-layer graphene of high structural quality. Angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy was used to study the electronic properties of the grown material, where a graphene-like energy momentum dispersion was observed. The Dirac point for the first layer is located at 2.5 eV below the Fermi level, indicating an n-type doping of the graphene due to substrate interactions, while that of the second graphene layer lies close to the Fermi level.

  13. Epitaxial growth of crystalline polyaniline on reduced graphene oxide.

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    Majumdar, Dipanwita; Baskey, Moni; Saha, Shyamal K

    2011-08-17

    Due to its unique electronic properties, graphene has already been identified as a promising material for future carbon based electronics. To develop graphene technology, the fabrication of a high quality P-N junction is a great challenge. Here, we describe a general technique to grow single crystalline polyaniline (PANI) films on graphene sheets using in situ polymerization via the oxidation-reduction of aniline monomer and graphene oxide, respectively, to fabricate a high quality P-N junction, which shows diode-like behavior with a remarkably low turn-on voltage (60 mV) and high rectification ratio (1880:1) up to a voltage of 0.2 V. The origin of these superior electronic properties is the preferential growth of a highly crystalline PANI film as well as lattice matching between the d-values [∼2.48 Å] of graphene and {120} planes of PANI.

  14. In silico carbon molecular beam epitaxial growth of graphene on the h-BN substrate: carbon source effect on van der Waals epitaxy.

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    Lee, Jonghoon; Varshney, Vikas; Park, Jeongho; Farmer, Barry L; Roy, Ajit K

    2016-05-05

    Against the presumption that hexagonal boron-nitride (h-BN) should provide an ideal substrate for van der Waals (vdW) epitaxy to grow high quality graphene films, carbon molecular beam epitaxy (CMBE) techniques using solid carbon sublimation have reported relatively poor quality of the graphene. In this article, the CMBE growth of graphene on the h-BN substrate is numerically studied in order to identify the effect of the carbon source on the quality of the graphene film. The carbon molecular beam generated by the sublimation of solid carbon source materials such as graphite and glassy carbon is mostly composed of atomic carbon, carbon dimers and carbon trimers. Therefore, the graphene film growth becomes a complex process involving various deposition characteristics of a multitude of carbon entities. Based on the study of surface adsorption and film growth characteristics of these three major carbon entities comprising graphite vapour, we report that carbon trimers convey strong traits of vdW epitaxy prone to high quality graphene growth, while atomic carbon deposition is a surface-reaction limited process accompanied by strong chemisorption. The vdW epitaxial behaviour of carbon trimers is found to be substantial enough to nucleate and develop into graphene like planar films within a nanosecond of high flux growth simulation, while reactive atomic carbons tend to impair the structural integrity of the crystalline h-BN substrate upon deposition to form an amorphous interface between the substrate and the growing carbon film. The content of reactive atomic carbons in the molecular beam is suspected to be the primary cause of low quality graphene reported in the literature. A possible optimization of the molecular beam composition towards the synthesis of better quality graphene films is suggested.

  15. Temperature dependent phonon shifts in few-layer black phosphorus.

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    Late, Dattatray J

    2015-03-18

    Atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) sheets of black phosphorus have attracted much attention due to their potential for future nanoelectronic and photonics device applications. Present investigations deal with the temperature dependent phonon shifts in a few-layer black phosphorus nanosheet sample prepared using micromechanical exfoliation on a 300 nm SiO2/Si substrate. The temperature dependent Raman spectroscopy experiments were carried out on a few-layer black phosphorus sample, which depicts softening of Ag(1), B2g, and Ag(2) modes as temperature increases from 77 to 673 K. The calculated temperature coefficients for Ag(1), B2g, and Ag(2) modes of the few-layer black phosphorus nanosheet sample were observed to be -0.01, -0.013, and -0.014 cm(-1) K(-1), respectively. The temperature dependent softening modes of black phosphorus results were explained on the basis of a double resonance process which is more active in an atomically thin sample. This process can also be fundamentally pertinent in other promising and emerging 2D ultrathin layer and heterostructured materials.

  16. Fiber optic humidity sensing with few layers molybdenum disulfide

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    Li, Dongquan; Lu, Huihui; Yu, Jianhui; Guan, Heyuan; Luo, Yunhan; Zhang, Jun; Wu, Zhuoqi; Chen, Zhe

    2016-04-01

    Because of high surface-to-volume ratio, few layers MoS2 material as a kind of 2D materials has been attracted more attention nowadays to be used for photonics devices. We investigated the performance of few-layer MoS2 when it is covered on a side polished fiber (SPF) to sense relative humidity (RH) of environments. The SPF was made by wheel side polishing method. The few layers MoS2 was deposited on the side polished surface to be a sensing material. As the environmental humidity changes, the output optical power of the all fiber sensor will change due to the interaction between evanescent field of fiber and MoS2 material. The change of output power of fiber sensor can reach 16.67dB in the relative humidity range of 40-85%. Experiments using the fiber sensor on human breathing have been made and the respondence has achieved. The experiments showed that the fiber sensor can be used in medical instruments. Key words: fiber sensor, side-polished fiber, humidity sensing, 2D material, MoS2.

  17. Planar edge Schottky barrier-tunneling transistors using epitaxial graphene/SiC junctions.

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    Kunc, Jan; Hu, Yike; Palmer, James; Guo, Zelei; Hankinson, John; Gamal, Salah H; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walt A

    2014-09-10

    A purely planar graphene/SiC field effect transistor is presented here. The horizontal current flow over one-dimensional tunneling barrier between planar graphene contact and coplanar two-dimensional SiC channel exhibits superior on/off ratio compared to conventional transistors employing vertical electron transport. Multilayer epitaxial graphene (MEG) grown on SiC(0001̅) was adopted as the transistor source and drain. The channel is formed by the accumulation layer at the interface of semi-insulating SiC and a surface silicate that forms after high vacuum high temperature annealing. Electronic bands between the graphene edge and SiC accumulation layer form a thin Schottky barrier, which is dominated by tunneling at low temperatures. A thermionic emission prevails over tunneling at high temperatures. We show that neglecting tunneling effectively causes the temperature dependence of the Schottky barrier height. The channel can support current densities up to 35 A/m.

  18. Structural investigations of hydrogenated epitaxial graphene grown on 4H-SiC (0001)

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    Tokarczyk, M.; Kowalski, G. Stępniewski, R.; Możdżonek, M.; Strupiński, W.; Ciepielewski, P.; Borysiuk, J.

    2013-12-09

    Structural investigations of hydrogenated epitaxial graphene grown on SiC(0001) are presented. It is shown that hydrogen plays a dual role. In addition to contributing to the well-known removal of the buffer layer, it goes between the graphene planes, resulting in an increase of the interlayer spacing to 3.6 Å–3.8 Å. It is explained by the intercalation of molecular hydrogen between carbon planes, which is followed by H{sub 2} dissociation, resulting in negatively charged hydrogen atoms trapped between the graphene layers, with some addition of covalent bonding to carbon atoms. Negatively charged hydrogen may be responsible for p-doping observed in hydrogenated multilayer graphene.

  19. Strain-Engineered Graphene Grown on Hexagonal Boron Nitride by Molecular Beam Epitaxy.

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    Summerfield, Alex; Davies, Andrew; Cheng, Tin S; Korolkov, Vladimir V; Cho, YongJin; Mellor, Christopher J; Foxon, C Thomas; Khlobystov, Andrei N; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Eaves, Laurence; Novikov, Sergei V; Beton, Peter H

    2016-03-01

    Graphene grown by high temperature molecular beam epitaxy on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) forms continuous domains with dimensions of order 20 μm, and exhibits moiré patterns with large periodicities, up to ~30 nm, indicating that the layers are highly strained. Topological defects in the moiré patterns are observed and attributed to the relaxation of graphene islands which nucleate at different sites and subsequently coalesce. In addition, cracks are formed leading to strain relaxation, highly anisotropic strain fields, and abrupt boundaries between regions with different moiré periods. These cracks can also be formed by modification of the layers with a local probe resulting in the contraction and physical displacement of graphene layers. The Raman spectra of regions with a large moiré period reveal split and shifted G and 2D peaks confirming the presence of strain. Our work demonstrates a new approach to the growth of epitaxial graphene and a means of generating and modifying strain in graphene.

  20. Graphene nanoribbon field-effect transistors on wafer-scale epitaxial graphene on SiC substrates

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    Hwang, Wan Sik E-mail: djena@nd.edu; Zhao, Pei; Tahy, Kristof; Xing, Huili; Seabaugh, Alan; Jena, Debdeep E-mail: djena@nd.edu; Nyakiti, Luke O.; Wheeler, Virginia D.; Myers-Ward, Rachael L.; Eddy, Charles R.; Gaskill, D. Kurt; Robinson, Joshua A.; Haensch, Wilfried

    2015-01-01

    We report the realization of top-gated graphene nanoribbon field effect transistors (GNRFETs) of ∼10 nm width on large-area epitaxial graphene exhibiting the opening of a band gap of ∼0.14 eV. Contrary to prior observations of disordered transport and severe edge-roughness effects of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), the experimental results presented here clearly show that the transport mechanism in carefully fabricated GNRFETs is conventional band-transport at room temperature and inter-band tunneling at low temperature. The entire space of temperature, size, and geometry dependent transport properties and electrostatics of the GNRFETs are explained by a conventional thermionic emission and tunneling current model. Our combined experimental and modeling work proves that carefully fabricated narrow GNRs behave as conventional semiconductors and remain potential candidates for electronic switching devices.

  1. Voltage-controlled inversion of tunnel magnetoresistance in epitaxial nickel/graphene/MgO/cobalt junctions

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    Godel, F.; Doudin, B.; Henry, Y.; Halley, D. E-mail: dayen@ipcms.unistra.fr; Dayen, J.-F. E-mail: dayen@ipcms.unistra.fr; Venkata Kamalakar, M.

    2014-10-13

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of vertical spin-valve structures using a thick epitaxial MgO barrier as spacer layer and a graphene-passivated Ni film as bottom ferromagnetic electrode. The devices show robust and scalable tunnel magnetoresistance, with several changes of sign upon varying the applied bias voltage. These findings are explained by a model of phonon-assisted transport mechanisms that relies on the peculiarity of the band structure and spin density of states at the hybrid graphene|Ni interface.

  2. Influence of Impurity Spin Dynamics on Quantum Transport in Epitaxial Graphene.

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    Lara-Avila, Samuel; Kubatkin, Sergey; Kashuba, Oleksiy; Folk, Joshua A; Lüscher, Silvia; Yakimova, Rositza; Janssen, T J B M; Tzalenchuk, Alexander; Fal'ko, Vladimir

    2015-09-04

    Experimental evidence from both spin-valve and quantum transport measurements points towards unexpectedly fast spin relaxation in graphene. We report magnetotransport studies of epitaxial graphene on SiC in a vector magnetic field showing that spin relaxation, detected using weak-localization analysis, is suppressed by an in-plane magnetic field B(∥), and thereby proving that it is caused at least in part by spinful scatterers. A nonmonotonic dependence of the effective decoherence rate on B(∥) reveals the intricate role of the scatterers' spin dynamics in forming the interference correction to the conductivity, an effect that has gone unnoticed in earlier weak localization studies.

  3. Atomic oxidation of large area epitaxial graphene on 4H-SiC(0001)

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    Velez-Fort, E.; Ouerghi, A.; Silly, M. G.; Sirtti, F.; Eddrief, M.; Marangolo, M.; Shukla, A.

    2014-03-03

    Structural and electronic properties of epitaxial graphene on 4H-SiC were studied before and after an atomic oxidation process. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy indicates that oxygen penetrates into the substrate and decouples a part of the interface layer. Raman spectroscopy demonstrates the increase of defects due to the presence of oxygen. Interestingly, we observed on the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra a splitting of the π* peak into two distinct resonances centered at 284.7 and 285.2 eV. This double structure smears out after the oxidation process and permits to probe the interface architecture between graphene and the substrate.

  4. Terahertz detection by epitaxial-graphene field-effect-transistors on silicon carbide

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    Bianco, F.; Perenzoni, D.; Convertino, D.; De Bonis, S. L.; Spirito, D.; Perenzoni, M.; Coletti, C.; Vitiello, M. S.; Tredicucci, A.

    2015-09-01

    We report on room temperature detection of terahertz radiation by means of antenna-coupled field effect transistors (FETs) fabricated using epitaxial graphene grown on silicon carbide. The achieved photoresponsivity (˜0.25 V/W) and noise equivalent power (˜80 nW/ √{ Hz } ) result from the combined effect of two independent detection mechanisms: over-damped plasma wave rectification and thermoelectric effects, the latter ascribed to the presence of carrier density junctions along the FET channel. The calculated plasmonic and thermoelectric response reproduces qualitatively well the measured photovoltages; the experimentally observed sign-switch demonstrates the stronger contribution of plasmonic detection compared to the thermoelectric one. These results unveil the potential of plasmonic detectors exploiting epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide for fast large area imaging of macroscopic samples.

  5. High temperature characteristics of bilayer epitaxial graphene field-effect transistors on SiC Substrate

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    Ze-Zhao, He; Ke-Wu, Yang; Cui, Yu; Qing-Bin, Liu; Jing-Jing, Wang; Jia, Li; Wei-Li, Lu; Zhi-Hong, Feng; Shu-Jun, Cai

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, high temperature direct current (DC) performance of bilayer epitaxial graphene device on SiC substrate is studied in a temperature range from 25 °C to 200 °C. At a gate voltage of -8 V (far from Dirac point), the drain-source current decreases obviously with increasing temperature, but it has little change at a gate bias of +8 V (near Dirac point). The competing interactions between scattering and thermal activation are responsible for the different reduction tendencies. Four different kinds of scatterings are taken into account to qualitatively analyze the carrier mobility under different temperatures. The devices exhibit almost unchanged DC performances after high temperature measurements at 200 °C for 5 hours in air ambience, demonstrating the high thermal stabilities of the bilayer epitaxial graphene devices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61306006).

  6. A visualization method for probing grain boundaries of single layer graphene via molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhan, Linjie; Wan, Wen; Zhu, Zhenwei; Zhao, Zhijuan; Zhang, Zhenhan; Shih, Tien-Mo; Cai, Weiwei

    2017-07-01

    Graphene, a member of layered two-dimensional (2D) materials, possesses high carrier mobility, mechanical flexibility, and optical transparency, as well as enjoying a wide range of promising applications in electronics. Adopting the chemical vaporization deposition method, the majority of investigators have ubiquitously grown single layer graphene (SLG), which inevitably involves polycrystalline properties. Here we demonstrate a simple method for the direct visualization of arbitrarily large-size SLG domains by synthesizing one-hundred-nm-scale MoS2 single crystals via a high-vacuum molecular beam epitaxy process. The present study based on epitaxial growth provides a guide for probing the grain boundaries of various 2D materials and implements higher potentials for the next-generation electronic devices.

  7. Few-layer III-VI and IV-VI 2D semiconductor transistors

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    Sucharitakul, Sukrit; Liu, Mei; Kumar, Rajesh; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang C.; Chen, Yit-Tsong; Gao, Xuan

    Since the discovery of atomically thin graphene, a large variety of exfoliable 2D materials have been thoroughly explored for their exotic transport behavior and promises in technological breakthroughs. While most attention on 2D materials beyond graphene is focused on transition metal-dichalcogenides, relatively less attention is paid to layered III-VI and IV-VI semiconductors such as InSe, SnSe etc which bear stronger potential as 2D materials with high electron mobility or thermoelectric figure of merit. We will discuss our recent work on few-layer InSe 2D field effect transistors which exhibit carrier mobility approaching 1000 cm2/Vs and ON-OFF ratio exceeding 107 at room temperature. In addition, the fabrication and device performance of transistors made of mechanically exfoliated multilayer IV-VI semiconductor SnSe and SnSe2 will be discussed.

  8. Quantum Hall effect and quantum point contact in bilayer-patched epitaxial graphene.

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    Chua, Cassandra; Connolly, Malcolm; Lartsev, Arseniy; Yager, Tom; Lara-Avila, Samuel; Kubatkin, Sergey; Kopylov, Sergey; Fal'ko, Vladimir; Yakimova, Rositza; Pearce, Ruth; Janssen, T J B M; Tzalenchuk, Alexander; Smith, Charles G

    2014-06-11

    We study an epitaxial graphene monolayer with bilayer inclusions via magnetotransport measurements and scanning gate microscopy at low temperatures. We find that bilayer inclusions can be metallic or insulating depending on the initial and gated carrier density. The metallic bilayers act as equipotential shorts for edge currents, while closely spaced insulating bilayers guide the flow of electrons in the monolayer constriction, which was locally gated using a scanning gate probe.

  9. Quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene - a metrological perspective

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    Tzalenchuk, Alexander

    2014-03-01

    Although the QHE has been used successfully for more than two decades to realise the resistance scale, graphene has potential to supersede conventional semiconductors as the material of choice for quantum electrical metrology. The physical mechanisms giving graphene, grown on SiC in particular, an edge over the conventional semiconductors include the pinning of the filling factor over an extraordinarily broad range of magnetic field, large inter-Landau level spacing and a very short energy relaxation time. Together they lead to a very robust quantum Hall state opening an opportunity to realise the quantum resistance standard of greatly reduced cost and complexity operating at high temperatures, low magnetic fields and high signal-to-noise ratio. I will review the progress achieved in graphene engineering, physical understanding and metrology from the first accurate QHE measurements performed on exfoliated samples (with precision of 15 parts in 106) and on graphene on SiC (3 parts in 109) to a direct comparison between graphene on SiC and GaAs demonstrating equivalence of the quantised values of the Hall resistance with a relative uncertainty of 8 . 6 parts in 1011. Funded in part by the Graphene Flagship project of the European Commission and the EMRP project GraphOhm.

  10. Vertical Single-Crystalline Organic Nanowires on Graphene: Solution-Phase Epitaxy and Optical Microcavities.

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    Zheng, Jian-Yao; Xu, Hongjun; Wang, Jing Jing; Winters, Sinéad; Motta, Carlo; Karademir, Ertuğrul; Zhu, Weigang; Varrla, Eswaraiah; Duesberg, Georg S; Sanvito, Stefano; Hu, Wenping; Donegan, John F

    2016-08-10

    Vertically aligned nanowires (NWs) of single crystal semiconductors have attracted a great deal of interest in the past few years. They have strong potential to be used in device structures with high density and with intriguing optoelectronic properties. However, fabricating such nanowire structures using organic semiconducting materials remains technically challenging. Here we report a simple procedure for the synthesis of crystalline 9,10-bis(phenylethynyl) anthracene (BPEA) NWs on a graphene surface utilizing a solution-phase van der Waals (vdW) epitaxial strategy. The wires are found to grow preferentially in a vertical direction on the surface of graphene. Structural characterization and first-principles ab initio simulations were performed to investigate the epitaxial growth and the molecular orientation of the BPEA molecules on graphene was studied, revealing the role of interactions at the graphene-BPEA interface in determining the molecular orientation. These free-standing NWs showed not only efficient optical waveguiding with low loss along the NW but also confinement of light between the two end facets of the NW forming a microcavity Fabry-Pérot resonator. From an analysis of the optical dispersion within such NW microcavities, we observed strong slowing of the waveguided light with a group velocity reduced to one-tenth the speed of light. Applications of the vertical single-crystalline organic NWs grown on graphene will benefit from a combination of the unique electronic properties and flexibility of graphene and the tunable optical and electronic properties of organic NWs. Therefore, these vertical organic NW arrays on graphene offer the potential for realizing future on-chip light sources.

  11. Hydrogen assisted growth of high quality epitaxial graphene on the C-face of 4H-SiC

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    Cai, Tuocheng; Jia, Zhenzhao; Yan, Baoming; Yu, Dapeng; Wu, Xiaosong

    2015-01-05

    We demonstrate hydrogen assisted growth of high quality epitaxial graphene on the C-face of 4H-SiC. Compared with the conventional thermal decomposition technique, the size of the growth domain by this method is substantially increased and the thickness variation is reduced. Based on the morphology of epitaxial graphene, the role of hydrogen is revealed. It is found that hydrogen acts as a carbon etchant. It suppresses the defect formation and nucleation of graphene. It also improves the kinetics of carbon atoms via hydrocarbon species. These effects lead to increase of the domain size and the structure quality. The consequent capping effect results in smooth surface morphology and suppression of multilayer growth. Our method provides a viable route to fine tune the growth kinetics of epitaxial graphene on SiC.

  12. Landau level splitting in nitrogen-seeded epitaxial graphene

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    Rothwell, S. L.; Wang, F.; Liu, G.; Xu, C.; Feldman, L. C.; Conrad, E. H.; Guisinger, N. P.; Cohen, P. I.

    2016-07-01

    We present a new form of semiconducting graphene grown on C-face silicon carbide, SiC(0001), seeded with a sub-monolayer of nitrogen. This graphene exhibits a gap of 0.3-0.7 eV from the Fermi level to the valence band dependent on lm thickness as measured via angle resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images imply that the bandgap may be the result of strain-induced confinement. STM indicates that much of the graphene consists of wide at hexagonal plateaus, 8-20 nm2 on average, surrounded by both smooth and disordered folds of length scales from 0.5-2 nm tall, 1-4 nm thick, and 1-20 nm long. The remainder of the surface is covered in smooth or disordered ripples and folds intermixed. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements on all features show peaks suggestive of Landau levels, and have been analyzed to give pseudo-magnetic field magnitudes. The magnetic lengths associated with these fields are less than the average plateau diameter but comparable to typical fold widths. We consider a growth process whereby the graphene grows pinned to the substrate by the interface nitrogen. The graphene experiences compressive strain as a result of both this pinning as well as competing thermal expansion forces between the substrate and lm. As a result, graphene on nitrogen-seeded SiC has a more concentrated network of strained ripples and folds than seen on C-face SiC graphene without nitrogen.

  13. Landau level splitting in nitrogen-seeded epitaxial graphene

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    Rothwell, S. L.; Wang, F.; Liu, G.; ...

    2016-07-01

    We present a new form of semiconducting graphene grown on C-face silicon carbide, SiC(0001), seeded with a sub-monolayer of nitrogen. This graphene exhibits a gap of 0.3-0.7 eV from the Fermi level to the valence band dependent on lm thickness as measured via angle resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images imply that the bandgap may be the result of strain-induced confinement. STM indicates that much of the graphene consists of wide at hexagonal plateaus, 8-20 nm2 on average, surrounded by both smooth and disordered folds of length scales from 0.5-2 nm tall, 1-4 nm thick, and 1-20more » nm long. The remainder of the surface is covered in smooth or disordered ripples and folds intermixed. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements on all features show peaks suggestive of Landau levels, and have been analyzed to give pseudo-magnetic field magnitudes. The magnetic lengths associated with these fields are less than the average plateau diameter but comparable to typical fold widths. We consider a growth process whereby the graphene grows pinned to the substrate by the interface nitrogen. The graphene experiences compressive strain as a result of both this pinning as well as competing thermal expansion forces between the substrate and lm. As a result, graphene on nitrogen-seeded SiC has a more concentrated network of strained ripples and folds than seen on C-face SiC graphene without nitrogen.« less

  14. Landau level splitting in nitrogen-seeded epitaxial graphene

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    Rothwell, S. L.; Wang, F.; Liu, G.; Xu, C.; Feldman, L. C.; Conrad, E. H.; Guisinger, N. P.; Cohen, P. I.

    2016-07-01

    We present a new form of semiconducting graphene grown on C-face silicon carbide, SiC(0001), seeded with a sub-monolayer of nitrogen. This graphene exhibits a gap of 0.3-0.7 eV from the Fermi level to the valence band dependent on lm thickness as measured via angle resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images imply that the bandgap may be the result of strain-induced confinement. STM indicates that much of the graphene consists of wide at hexagonal plateaus, 8-20 nm2 on average, surrounded by both smooth and disordered folds of length scales from 0.5-2 nm tall, 1-4 nm thick, and 1-20 nm long. The remainder of the surface is covered in smooth or disordered ripples and folds intermixed. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements on all features show peaks suggestive of Landau levels, and have been analyzed to give pseudo-magnetic field magnitudes. The magnetic lengths associated with these fields are less than the average plateau diameter but comparable to typical fold widths. We consider a growth process whereby the graphene grows pinned to the substrate by the interface nitrogen. The graphene experiences compressive strain as a result of both this pinning as well as competing thermal expansion forces between the substrate and lm. As a result, graphene on nitrogen-seeded SiC has a more concentrated network of strained ripples and folds than seen on C-face SiC graphene without nitrogen.

  15. Mechanical and Electrical Anisotropy of Few-Layer Black Phosphorus.

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    Tao, Jin; Shen, Wanfu; Wu, Sen; Liu, Lu; Feng, Zhihong; Wang, Chao; Hu, Chunguang; Yao, Pei; Zhang, Hao; Pang, Wei; Duan, Xuexin; Liu, Jing; Zhou, Chongwu; Zhang, Daihua

    2015-11-24

    We combined reflection difference microscopy, electron transport measurements, and atomic force microscopy to characterize the mechanical and electrical anisotropy of few-layer black phosphorus. We were able to identify the lattice orientations of the two-dimensional material and construct suspended structures aligned with specific crystal axes. The approach allowed us to probe the anisotropic mechanical and electrical properties along each lattice axis in separate measurements. We measured the Young's modulus of few-layer black phosphorus to be 58.6 ± 11.7 and 27.2 ± 4.1 GPa in zigzag and armchair directions. The breaking stress scaled almost linearly with the Young's modulus and was measured to be 4.79 ± 1.43 and 2.31 ± 0.71 GPa in the two directions. We have also observed highly anisotropic transport behavior in black phosphorus and derived the conductance anisotropy to be 63.7%. The test results agreed well with theoretical predictions. Our work provided very valuable experimental data and suggested an effective characterization means for future studies on black phosphorus and anisotropic two-dimensional nanomaterials in general.

  16. Raman spectroscopy in graphene

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    Malard, L. M.; Pimenta, M. A.; Dresselhaus, G.; Dresselhaus, M. S.

    2009-04-01

    Recent Raman scattering studies in different types of graphene samples are reviewed here. We first discuss the first-order and the double resonance Raman scattering mechanisms in graphene, which give rise to the most prominent Raman features. The determination of the number of layers in few-layer graphene is discussed, giving special emphasis to the possibility of using Raman spectroscopy to distinguish a monolayer from few-layer graphene stacked in the Bernal (AB) configuration. Different types of graphene samples produced both by exfoliation and using epitaxial methods are described and their Raman spectra are compared with those of 3D crystalline graphite and turbostratic graphite, in which the layers are stacked with rotational disorder. We show that Resonance Raman studies, where the energy of the excitation laser line can be tuned continuously, can be used to probe electrons and phonons near the Dirac point of graphene and, in particular allowing a determination to be made of the tight-binding parameters for bilayer graphene. The special process of electron-phonon interaction that renormalizes the phonon energy giving rise to the Kohn anomaly is discussed, and is illustrated by gated experiments where the position of the Fermi level can be changed experimentally. Finally, we discuss the ability of distinguishing armchair and zig-zag edges by Raman spectroscopy and studies in graphene nanoribbons in which the Raman signal is enhanced due to resonance with singularities in the density of electronic states.

  17. Wafer scale millimeter-wave integrated circuits based on epitaxial graphene in high data rate communication

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    Habibpour, Omid; He, Zhongxia Simon; Strupinski, Wlodek; Rorsman, Niklas; Zirath, Herbert

    2017-02-01

    In recent years, the demand for high data rate wireless communications has increased dramatically, which requires larger bandwidth to sustain multi-user accessibility and quality of services. This can be achieved at millimeter wave frequencies. Graphene is a promising material for the development of millimeter-wave electronics because of its outstanding electron transport properties. Up to now, due to the lack of high quality material and process technology, the operating frequency of demonstrated circuits has been far below the potential of graphene. Here, we present monolithic integrated circuits based on epitaxial graphene operating at unprecedented high frequencies (80–100 GHz). The demonstrated circuits are capable of encoding/decoding of multi-gigabit-per-second information into/from the amplitude or phase of the carrier signal. The developed fabrication process is scalable to large wafer sizes.

  18. Wafer scale millimeter-wave integrated circuits based on epitaxial graphene in high data rate communication

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    Habibpour, Omid; He, Zhongxia Simon; Strupinski, Wlodek; Rorsman, Niklas; Zirath, Herbert

    2017-01-01

    In recent years, the demand for high data rate wireless communications has increased dramatically, which requires larger bandwidth to sustain multi-user accessibility and quality of services. This can be achieved at millimeter wave frequencies. Graphene is a promising material for the development of millimeter-wave electronics because of its outstanding electron transport properties. Up to now, due to the lack of high quality material and process technology, the operating frequency of demonstrated circuits has been far below the potential of graphene. Here, we present monolithic integrated circuits based on epitaxial graphene operating at unprecedented high frequencies (80–100 GHz). The demonstrated circuits are capable of encoding/decoding of multi-gigabit-per-second information into/from the amplitude or phase of the carrier signal. The developed fabrication process is scalable to large wafer sizes. PMID:28145513

  19. Aqueous dispersions of few-layer-thick chemically modified magnesium diboride nanosheets by ultrasonication assisted exfoliation

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    Das, Saroj Kumar; Bedar, Amita; Kannan, Aadithya; Jasuja, Kabeer

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of graphene has led to a rising interest in seeking quasi two-dimensional allotropes of several elements and inorganic compounds. Boron, carbon’s neighbour in the periodic table, presents a curious case in its ability to be structured as graphene. Although it cannot independently constitute a honeycomb planar structure, it forms a graphenic arrangement in association with electron-donor elements. This is exemplified in magnesium diboride (MgB2): an inorganic layered compound comprising boron honeycomb planes alternated by Mg atoms. Till date, MgB2 has been primarily researched for its superconducting properties; it hasn’t been explored for the possibility of its exfoliation. Here we show that ultrasonication of MgB2 in water results in its exfoliation to yield few-layer-thick Mg-deficient hydroxyl-functionalized nanosheets. The hydroxyl groups enable an electrostatically stabilized aqueous dispersion and create a heterogeneity leading to an excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence. These chemically modified MgB2 nanosheets exhibit an extremely small absorption coefficient of 2.9 ml mg−1 cm−1 compared to graphene and its analogs. This ability to exfoliate MgB2 to yield nanosheets with a chemically modified lattice and properties distinct from the parent material presents a fundamentally new perspective to the science of MgB2 and forms a first foundational step towards exfoliating metal borides. PMID:26041686

  20. Few-layer MoS2 as nitrogen protective barrier.

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    Akbali, B; Yanilmaz, A; Tomak, A; Tongay, S; Çelebi, C; Sahin, H

    2017-10-13

    We report experimental and theoretical investigations of the observed barrier behavior of few-layer MoS2 against nitrogenation. Owing to its low-strength shearing, low friction coefficient, and high lubricity, MoS2 exhibits the demeanor of a natural N-resistant coating material. Raman spectroscopy is done to determine the coating capability of MoS2 on graphene. Surface morphology of our MoS2/graphene heterostructure is characterized by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. In addition, density functional theory-based calculations are performed to understand the energy barrier performance of MoS2 against nitrogenation. The penetration of nitrogen atoms through a defect-free MoS2 layer is prevented by a very high vertical diffusion barrier, indicating that MoS2 can serve as a protective layer for the nitrogenation of graphene. Our experimental and theoretical results show that MoS2 material can be used both as an efficient nanocoating material and as a nanoscale mask for selective nitrogenation of graphene layer.

  1. Aqueous dispersions of few-layer-thick chemically modified magnesium diboride nanosheets by ultrasonication assisted exfoliation.

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    Das, Saroj Kumar; Bedar, Amita; Kannan, Aadithya; Jasuja, Kabeer

    2015-06-04

    The discovery of graphene has led to a rising interest in seeking quasi two-dimensional allotropes of several elements and inorganic compounds. Boron, carbon's neighbour in the periodic table, presents a curious case in its ability to be structured as graphene. Although it cannot independently constitute a honeycomb planar structure, it forms a graphenic arrangement in association with electron-donor elements. This is exemplified in magnesium diboride (MgB2): an inorganic layered compound comprising boron honeycomb planes alternated by Mg atoms. Till date, MgB2 has been primarily researched for its superconducting properties; it hasn't been explored for the possibility of its exfoliation. Here we show that ultrasonication of MgB2 in water results in its exfoliation to yield few-layer-thick Mg-deficient hydroxyl-functionalized nanosheets. The hydroxyl groups enable an electrostatically stabilized aqueous dispersion and create a heterogeneity leading to an excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence. These chemically modified MgB2 nanosheets exhibit an extremely small absorption coefficient of 2.9 ml mg(-1) cm(-1) compared to graphene and its analogs. This ability to exfoliate MgB2 to yield nanosheets with a chemically modified lattice and properties distinct from the parent material presents a fundamentally new perspective to the science of MgB2 and forms a first foundational step towards exfoliating metal borides.

  2. Few-layer MoS2 as nitrogen protective barrier

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    Akbali, B.; Yanilmaz, A.; Tomak, A.; Tongay, S.; Çelebi, C.; Sahin, H.

    2017-10-01

    We report experimental and theoretical investigations of the observed barrier behavior of few-layer MoS2 against nitrogenation. Owing to its low-strength shearing, low friction coefficient, and high lubricity, MoS2 exhibits the demeanor of a natural N-resistant coating material. Raman spectroscopy is done to determine the coating capability of MoS2 on graphene. Surface morphology of our MoS2/graphene heterostructure is characterized by using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. In addition, density functional theory-based calculations are performed to understand the energy barrier performance of MoS2 against nitrogenation. The penetration of nitrogen atoms through a defect-free MoS2 layer is prevented by a very high vertical diffusion barrier, indicating that MoS2 can serve as a protective layer for the nitrogenation of graphene. Our experimental and theoretical results show that MoS2 material can be used both as an efficient nanocoating material and as a nanoscale mask for selective nitrogenation of graphene layer.

  3. High-quality epitaxial graphene devices with low carrier density for resistance metrology

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    Yang, Yanfei; Huang, Lung-I.; Newell, David; Real, Mariano; Elmquist, Randolph

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxially grown graphene on silicon carbide (SiC) is a promising material for both quantum resistance metrology and wafer-scale electronics. However, monolayers are typically found to be heavily n-doped due to the charge exchange between the graphene and the non-conducting buffer layer beneath that is covalently bonded to the SiC substrate. Carrier densities are usually in the range of 1012 ~ 1013 cm-2, where heavy doping shifts the quantized Hall resistance plateau to high magnetic field values. Various gating methods have been developed to reduce the carrier density, but require lithography processes that increase the probability of contamination that degrades the performance of the devices. Recently, we fabricated high-quality Hall devices on diced semi-insulating SiC wafers, obtaining carrier densities in the range of 1010 ~ 1011 cm-2 and mobility above 104 cm2V-1s-1 without gating. Graphene is grown on the Si face of SiC(0001) substrates and devices are fabricated using a metal layer subtractive process without organic chemical contamination of the graphene. We measure well-developed quantum Hall plateaus with filling factor ν = 2, the fingerprint for monolayer graphene, at magnetic fields below 2 T at liquid helium temperature. A variety of quantum phenomena are observed in these clean, high quality graphene devices. NIST and Georgetown University.

  4. Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure

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    Sediri, Haikel; Pierucci, Debora; Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Henck, Hugo; Patriarche, Gilles; Dappe, Yannick J.; Yuan, Sheng; Toury, Bérangère; Belkhou, Rachid; Silly, Mathieu G.; Sirotti, Fausto; Boutchich, Mohamed; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2015-01-01

    Stacking various two-dimensional atomic crystals is a feasible approach to creating unique multilayered van der Waals heterostructures with tailored properties. Herein for the first time, we present a controlled preparation of large-area h-BN/graphene heterostructures via a simple chemical deposition of h-BN layers on epitaxial graphene/SiC(0001). Van der Waals forces, which are responsible for the cohesion of the multilayer system, give rise to an abrupt interface without interdiffusion between graphene and h-BN, as shown by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and direct observation using scanning and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). The electronic properties of graphene, such as the Dirac cone, remain intact and no significant charge transfer i.e. doping, is observed. These results are supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate that the h-BN capped graphene allows the fabrication of vdW heterostructures without altering the electronic properties of graphene. PMID:26585245

  5. Approach to multifunctional device platform with epitaxial graphene on transition metal oxide

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    Park, Jeongho; Back, Tyson; Mitchel, William C.; Kim, Steve S.; Elhamri, Said; Boeckl, John; Fairchild, Steven B.; Naik, Rajesh; Voevodin, Andrey A.

    2015-01-01

    Heterostructures consisting of two-dimensional materials have shown new physical phenomena, novel electronic and optical properties, and new device concepts not observed in bulk material systems or purely three dimensional heterostructures. These new effects originated mostly from the van der Waals interaction between the different layers. Here we report that a new optical and electronic device platform can be provided by heterostructures of 2D graphene with a metal oxide (TiO2). Our novel direct synthesis of graphene/TiO2 heterostructure is achieved by C60 deposition on transition Ti metal surface using a molecular beam epitaxy approach and O2 intercalation method, which is compatible with wafer scale growth of heterostructures. As-grown heterostructures exhibit inherent photosensitivity in the visible light spectrum with high photo responsivity. The photo sensitivity is 25 times higher than that of reported graphene photo detectors. The improved responsivity is attributed to optical transitions between O 2p orbitals in the valence band of TiO2 and C 2p orbitals in the conduction band of graphene enabled by Coulomb interactions at the interface. In addition, this heterostructure provides a platform for realization of bottom gated graphene field effect devices with graphene and TiO2 playing the roles of channel and gate dielectric layers, respectively. PMID:26395160

  6. Approach to multifunctional device platform with epitaxial graphene on transition metal oxide.

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    Park, Jeongho; Back, Tyson; Mitchel, William C; Kim, Steve S; Elhamri, Said; Boeckl, John; Fairchild, Steven B; Naik, Rajesh; Voevodin, Andrey A

    2015-09-23

    Heterostructures consisting of two-dimensional materials have shown new physical phenomena, novel electronic and optical properties, and new device concepts not observed in bulk material systems or purely three dimensional heterostructures. These new effects originated mostly from the van der Waals interaction between the different layers. Here we report that a new optical and electronic device platform can be provided by heterostructures of 2D graphene with a metal oxide (TiO2). Our novel direct synthesis of graphene/TiO2 heterostructure is achieved by C60 deposition on transition Ti metal surface using a molecular beam epitaxy approach and O2 intercalation method, which is compatible with wafer scale growth of heterostructures. As-grown heterostructures exhibit inherent photosensitivity in the visible light spectrum with high photo responsivity. The photo sensitivity is 25 times higher than that of reported graphene photo detectors. The improved responsivity is attributed to optical transitions between O 2p orbitals in the valence band of TiO2 and C 2p orbitals in the conduction band of graphene enabled by Coulomb interactions at the interface. In addition, this heterostructure provides a platform for realization of bottom gated graphene field effect devices with graphene and TiO2 playing the roles of channel and gate dielectric layers, respectively.

  7. Plasma-Modified, Epitaxial Fabricated Graphene on SiC for the Electrochemical Detection of TNT

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    Trammell, Scott A.; Hernández, Sandra C.; Myers-Ward, Rachael L.; Zabetakis, Daniel; Stenger, David A.; Gaskill, D. Kurt; Walton, Scott G.

    2016-01-01

    Using square wave voltammetry, we show an increase in the electrochemical detection of trinitrotoluene (TNT) with a working electrode constructed from plasma modified graphene on a SiC surface vs. unmodified graphene. The graphene surface was chemically modified using electron beam generated plasmas produced in oxygen or nitrogen containing backgrounds to introduce oxygen or nitrogen moieties. The use of this chemical modification route enabled enhancement of the electrochemical signal for TNT, with the oxygen treatment showing a more pronounced detection than the nitrogen treatment. For graphene modified with oxygen, the electrochemical response to TNT can be fit to a two-site Langmuir isotherm suggesting different sites on the graphene surface with different affinities for TNT. We estimate a limit of detection for TNT equal to 20 ppb based on the analytical standard S/N ratio of 3. In addition, this approach to sensor fabrication is inherently a high-throughput, high-volume process amenable to industrial applications. High quality epitaxial graphene is easily grown over large area SiC substrates, while plasma processing is a rapid approach to large area substrate processing. This combination facilitates low cost, mass production of sensors. PMID:27529251

  8. Wafer-scale epitaxial graphene on SiC for sensing applications

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    Karlsson, Mikael; Wang, Qin; Zhao, Yichen; Zhao, Wei; Toprak, Muhammet S.; Iakimov, Tihomir; Ali, Amer; Yakimova, Rositza; Syväjärvi, Mikael; Ivanov, Ivan G.

    2015-12-01

    The epitaxial graphene-on-silicon carbide (SiC-G) has advantages of high quality and large area coverage owing to a natural interface between graphene and SiC substrate with dimension up to 100 mm. It enables cost effective and reliable solutions for bridging the graphene-based sensors/devices from lab to industrial applications and commercialization. In this work, the structural, optical and electrical properties of wafer-scale graphene grown on 2'' 4H semi-insulating (SI) SiC utilizing sublimation process were systemically investigated with focus on evaluation of the graphene's uniformity across the wafer. As proof of concept, two types of glucose sensors based on SiC-G/Nafion/Glucose-oxidase (GOx) and SiC-G/Nafion/Chitosan/GOx were fabricated and their electrochemical properties were characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. In addition, a few similar glucose sensors based on graphene by chemical synthesis using modified Hummer's method were also fabricated for comparison.

  9. Few-layer HfS2 transistors

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    Kanazawa, Toru; Amemiya, Tomohiro; Ishikawa, Atsushi; Upadhyaya, Vikrant; Tsuruta, Kenji; Tanaka, Takuo; Miyamoto, Yasuyuki

    2016-01-01

    HfS2 is the novel transition metal dichalcogenide, which has not been experimentally investigated as the material for electron devices. As per the theoretical calculations, HfS2 has the potential for well-balanced mobility (1,800 cm2/V·s) and bandgap (1.2 eV) and hence it can be a good candidate for realizing low-power devices. In this paper, the fundamental properties of few-layer HfS2 flakes were experimentally evaluated. Micromechanical exfoliation using scotch tape extracted atomically thin HfS2 flakes with varying colour contrasts associated with the number of layers and resonant Raman peaks. We demonstrated the I-V characteristics of the back-gated few-layer (3.8 nm) HfS2 transistor with the robust current saturation. The on/off ratio was more than 104 and the maximum drain current of 0.2 μA/μm was observed. Moreover, using the electric double-layer gate structure with LiClO4:PEO electrolyte, the drain current of the HfS2 transistor significantly increased to 0.75 mA/μm and the mobility was estimated to be 45 cm2/V·s at least. This improved current seemed to indicate superior intrinsic properties of HfS2. These results provides the basic information for the experimental researches of electron devices based on HfS2. PMID:26926098

  10. Long- versus Short-Range Scattering in Doped Epitaxial Graphene.

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    Straßer, C; Ludbrook, B M; Levy, G; Macdonald, A J; Burke, S A; Wehling, T O; Kern, K; Damascelli, A; Ast, C R

    2015-05-13

    Tuning the electronic properties of graphene by adatom deposition unavoidably introduces disorder into the system, which directly affects the single-particle excitations and electrodynamics. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) we trace the evolution of disorder in graphene by thallium adatom deposition and probe its effect on the electronic structure. We show that the signatures of quasiparticle scattering in the photoemission spectral function can be used to identify thallium adatoms, although charged, as efficient short-range scattering centers. Employing a self-energy model for short-range scattering, we are able to extract a δ-like scattering potential δ = -3.2 ± 1 eV. Therefore, isolated charged scattering centers do not necessarily act just as good long-range (Coulomb) scatterers but can also act as efficient short-range (δ-like) scatterers; in the case of thallium, this happens with almost equal contributions from both mechanisms.

  11. X-ray radiation effects in multilayer epitaxial graphene

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    Hicks, Jeremy; Tinkey, Holly; Hankinson, John; Heer, Walt A. de; Conrad, Edward H.; Arora, Rajan; Kenyon, Eleazar; Chakraborty, Partha S.; Cressler, John D.; Berger, Claire

    2011-12-05

    We characterize multilayer graphene grown on C-face SiC before and after exposure to a total ionizing dose of 12 Mrad(SiO{sub 2}) using a 10 keV x-ray source. While we observe the partial peeling of the top graphene layers and the appearance of a modest Raman D-peak, we find that the electrical characteristics (mobility, sheet resistivity, free carrier concentration) of the material are mostly unaffected by radiation exposure. Combined with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data showing numerous carbon-oxygen bonds after irradiation, we conclude that the primary damage mechanism is through surface etching from reactive oxygen species created by the x-rays.

  12. Van der Waals epitaxy of GaN-based light-emitting diodes on wet-transferred multilayer graphene film

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    Li, Yang; Zhao, Yun; Wei, Tongbo; Liu, Zhiqiang; Duan, Ruifei; Wang, Yunyu; Zhang, Xiang; Wu, QingQing; Yan, Jianchang; Yi, Xiaoyao; Yuan, Guodong; Wang, Junxi; Li, Jimin

    2017-08-01

    We experimentally investigated the possibility of using multilayer graphene to solve large mismatch problems between sapphire and nitride and further studied the effects of a multilayer graphene interlayer on the optical and electrical properties of LEDs. For the subsequent growth of 3-µm-thick GaN on AlN, multilayer graphene helps release stress and effectively removes cracks. In addition, multilayer graphene increases the diffraction of the substrate surface as determined from the increase in optical transmittance spectra in the wavelength range of 400-900 nm. Although the crystalline quality of GaN with multilayer graphene is slightly decreased, LEDs grown on multilayer graphene still show a higher output power than those grown on conventional sapphire. The present findings showed that the multilayer graphene layer is attractive as a potential substrate for the epitaxial growth of III-nitride to reduce stress and it could improve back light extraction as a rough layer to increase external quantum efficiency.

  13. Precipitation growth of graphene under exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride to form heterostructures on cobalt substrate by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zheng, Renjing; Khanaki, Alireza; Tian, Hao; He, Yanwei; Cui, Yongtao; Xu, Zhongguang; Liu, Jianlin

    2017-07-01

    Research on graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) heterostructures has attracted much attention for band engineering and device performance optimization of graphene. However, the growth of graphene/h-BN heterostructure is still challenging, which usually requires high growth temperature and long growth duration. In this paper, we demonstrate graphene/h-BN heterostructures by growing graphene onto the substrates which consist of exfoliated h-BN flakes on Co thin films using molecular beam epitaxy. The heterostructure samples grown at different temperatures and growth times were characterized by Raman, optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, microwave impedance microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy. It is found that the graphene/h-BN heterostructures were formed by the formation of graphene underneath rather than on top of the h-BN flakes. The growth mechanism is discussed.

  14. Rapid epitaxy-free graphene synthesis on silicidated polycrystalline platinum

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    Babenko, Vitaliy; Murdock, Adrian T.; Koós, Antal A.; Britton, Jude; Crossley, Alison; Holdway, Philip; Moffat, Jonathan; Huang, Jian; Alexander-Webber, Jack A.; Nicholas, Robin J.; Grobert, Nicole

    2015-01-01

    Large-area synthesis of high-quality graphene by chemical vapour deposition on metallic substrates requires polishing or substrate grain enlargement followed by a lengthy growth period. Here we demonstrate a novel substrate processing method for facile synthesis of mm-sized, single-crystal graphene by coating polycrystalline platinum foils with a silicon-containing film. The film reacts with platinum on heating, resulting in the formation of a liquid platinum silicide layer that screens the platinum lattice and fills topographic defects. This reduces the dependence on the surface properties of the catalytic substrate, improving the crystallinity, uniformity and size of graphene domains. At elevated temperatures growth rates of more than an order of magnitude higher (120 μm min−1) than typically reported are achieved, allowing savings in costs for consumable materials, energy and time. This generic technique paves the way for using a whole new range of eutectic substrates for the large-area synthesis of 2D materials. PMID:26175062

  15. Rapid epitaxy-free graphene synthesis on silicidated polycrystalline platinum.

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    Babenko, Vitaliy; Murdock, Adrian T; Koós, Antal A; Britton, Jude; Crossley, Alison; Holdway, Philip; Moffat, Jonathan; Huang, Jian; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Nicholas, Robin J; Grobert, Nicole

    2015-07-15

    Large-area synthesis of high-quality graphene by chemical vapour deposition on metallic substrates requires polishing or substrate grain enlargement followed by a lengthy growth period. Here we demonstrate a novel substrate processing method for facile synthesis of mm-sized, single-crystal graphene by coating polycrystalline platinum foils with a silicon-containing film. The film reacts with platinum on heating, resulting in the formation of a liquid platinum silicide layer that screens the platinum lattice and fills topographic defects. This reduces the dependence on the surface properties of the catalytic substrate, improving the crystallinity, uniformity and size of graphene domains. At elevated temperatures growth rates of more than an order of magnitude higher (120 μm min(-1)) than typically reported are achieved, allowing savings in costs for consumable materials, energy and time. This generic technique paves the way for using a whole new range of eutectic substrates for the large-area synthesis of 2D materials.

  16. Rapid epitaxy-free graphene synthesis on silicidated polycrystalline platinum

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    Babenko, Vitaliy; Murdock, Adrian T.; Koós, Antal A.; Britton, Jude; Crossley, Alison; Holdway, Philip; Moffat, Jonathan; Huang, Jian; Alexander-Webber, Jack A.; Nicholas, Robin J.; Grobert, Nicole

    2015-07-01

    Large-area synthesis of high-quality graphene by chemical vapour deposition on metallic substrates requires polishing or substrate grain enlargement followed by a lengthy growth period. Here we demonstrate a novel substrate processing method for facile synthesis of mm-sized, single-crystal graphene by coating polycrystalline platinum foils with a silicon-containing film. The film reacts with platinum on heating, resulting in the formation of a liquid platinum silicide layer that screens the platinum lattice and fills topographic defects. This reduces the dependence on the surface properties of the catalytic substrate, improving the crystallinity, uniformity and size of graphene domains. At elevated temperatures growth rates of more than an order of magnitude higher (120 μm min-1) than typically reported are achieved, allowing savings in costs for consumable materials, energy and time. This generic technique paves the way for using a whole new range of eutectic substrates for the large-area synthesis of 2D materials.

  17. STM imaging, spectroscopy and manipulation of a self-assembled PTCDI monolayer on epitaxial graphene.

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    Yang, H; Mayne, A J; Comtet, G; Dujardin, G; Kuk, Y; Sonnet, Ph; Stauffer, L; Nagarajan, S; Gourdon, A

    2013-04-14

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STS), and manipulation studies were performed on an ordered self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of N,N'-bis(1-hexylheptyl)perylene-3,4:9,10-bis(dicarboximide) molecules on epitaxial graphene on hexagonal silicon carbide - SiC(0001). Four novel aspects of the molecular SAM on graphene are presented. Molecules adsorb in both armchair and zig-zag configurations, giving rise to six orientations of the molecular layer with respect to the underlying substrate. The interaction between the molecules and the graphene surface shifts the LUMO towards the Fermi level, inducing a charge transfer and the opening of a band gap in the graphene, with the LUMO inside. This decouples the LUMO from the surface rendering it invisible in the dI/dV spectroscopy. The HOMO only becomes visible at short tip-surface distances, as its energy lies within the band gap of the SiC substrate. Finally, the observed molecular defects are very particular, being composed exclusively of molecular dimers. These molecular dimers have a stronger interaction with the graphene than other molecules.

  18. Voltage Scaling of Graphene Device on SrTiO3 Epitaxial Thin Film.

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    Park, Jeongmin; Kang, Haeyong; Kang, Kyeong Tae; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Young Hee; Choi, Woo Seok; Suh, Dongseok

    2016-03-09

    Electrical transport in monolayer graphene on SrTiO3 (STO) thin film is examined in order to promote gate-voltage scaling using a high-k dielectric material. The atomically flat surface of thin STO layer epitaxially grown on Nb-doped STO single-crystal substrate offers good adhesion between the high-k film and graphene, resulting in nonhysteretic conductance as a function of gate voltage at all temperatures down to 2 K. The two-terminal conductance quantization under magnetic fields corresponding to quantum Hall states survives up to 200 K at a magnetic field of 14 T. In addition, the substantial shift of charge neutrality point in graphene seems to correlate with the temperature-dependent dielectric constant of the STO thin film, and its effective dielectric properties could be deduced from the universality of quantum phenomena in graphene. Our experimental data prove that the operating voltage reduction can be successfully realized due to the underlying high-k STO thin film, without any noticeable degradation of graphene device performance.

  19. Influence of structural properties on ballistic transport in nanoscale epitaxial graphene cross junctions.

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    Bock, Claudia; Weingart, Sonja; Karaissaridis, Epaminondas; Kunze, Ulrich; Speck, Florian; Seyller, Thomas

    2012-10-05

    In this paper we investigate the influence of material and device properties on the ballistic transport in epitaxial monolayer graphene and epitaxial quasi-free-standing monolayer graphene. Our studies comprise (a) magneto-transport in two-dimensional (2D) Hall bars, (b) temperature- and magnetic-field-dependent bend resistance of unaligned and step-edge-aligned orthogonal cross junctions, and (c) the influence of the lead width of the cross junctions on ballistic transport. We found that ballistic transport is highly sensitive to scattering at the step edges of the silicon carbide substrate. A suppression of the ballistic transport is observed if the lead width of the cross junction is reduced from 50 nm to 30 nm. In a 50 nm wide device prepared on quasi-free-standing graphene we observe a gradual transition from the ballistic into the diffusive transport regime if the temperature is increased from 4.2 to about 50 K, although 2D Hall bars show a temperature-independent mobility. Thus, in 1D devices additional temperature-dependent scattering mechanisms play a pivotal role.

  20. The metastable chemical gallery of the oxide of epitaxial graphene at room temperature

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    Kim, Suenne; Zhou, Si; Hu, Yike; Berger, Claire; de Heer, Walt; Bongiorno, Angelo; Riedo, Elisa

    2013-03-01

    Insights in the chemistry of graphene oxide and its response to external stimuli are crucial to control its electronic and optical properties, thus enabling future applications of this material. Here, we present a combined experimental and density functional theory study concerning the compositional and structural properties of the oxide of epitaxial graphene (OeG) as a function of time and temperature. Our result indicates that OeG synthesized by oxidizing epitaxial graphene grown on SiC via the Hummers method is a metastable material whose structure and chemistry evolve with a notable degree at room temperature. XPS studies reveal, metastable OeG reaches a nearly stable reduced O/C ratio of 0.37 with a featured relaxation time of a month. Initially the most enriched epoxide groups decrease with time while hydroxyl groups increase. In addition to this, further XPS study of OeG as a function of temperature shows heating above 120 C in air can abruptly deteriorate the OeG structure. Our calculations show that the availability of hydrogen atoms could be the key factor in tuning structural and chemical properties at relatively low temperatures. National Science Foundation (CMMI-1100290/DMR-0820382)

  1. Rotationally Commensurate Growth of MoS2 on Epitaxial Graphene.

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    Liu, Xiaolong; Balla, Itamar; Bergeron, Hadallia; Campbell, Gavin P; Bedzyk, Michael J; Hersam, Mark C

    2016-01-26

    Atomically thin MoS2/graphene heterostructures are promising candidates for nanoelectronic and optoelectronic technologies. Among different graphene substrates, epitaxial graphene (EG) on SiC provides several potential advantages for such heterostructures, including high electronic quality, tunable substrate coupling, wafer-scale processability, and crystalline ordering that can template commensurate growth. Exploiting these attributes, we demonstrate here the thickness-controlled van der Waals epitaxial growth of MoS2 on EG via chemical vapor deposition, giving rise to transfer-free synthesis of a two-dimensional heterostructure with registry between its constituent materials. The rotational commensurability observed between the MoS2 and EG is driven by the energetically favorable alignment of their respective lattices and results in nearly strain-free MoS2, as evidenced by synchrotron X-ray scattering and atomic-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The electronic nature of the MoS2/EG heterostructure is elucidated with STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy, which reveals bias-dependent apparent thickness, band bending, and a reduced band gap of ∼0.4 eV at the monolayer MoS2 edges.

  2. Simulating structural transitions with kinetic Monte Carlo: The case of epitaxial graphene on SiC

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    Deretzis, I.; La Magna, A.

    2016-03-01

    We have developed a kinetic Monte Carlo numerical scheme, specifically suited to simulate structural transitions in crystalline materials, and implemented it for the case of epitaxial graphene on SiC. In this process, surface Si atoms selectively sublimate, while the residual C atoms rearrange from a position occupied in the SiC hexagonal lattice to the graphene honeycomb structure, modifying their hybridization (from s p3 to s p2 ) and bond partners (from Si-C to C-C). The model is based on the assumption that the Monte Carlo particles follow the evolution of their reference crystal until they experience a thermally activated reversible transition to another crystal structure. We demonstrate that, in a formulation based on three parallel lattices, the method is able to recover the complex evolution steps of epitaxial graphene on SiC. Moreover, the simulation results are in noteworthy agreement with the overall experimental scenario, both when varying the structural properties of the material (e.g., the initial surface configuration or polarity) as well as the process conditions (e.g., the temperature and pressure).

  3. Simulating structural transitions with kinetic Monte Carlo: The case of epitaxial graphene on SiC.

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    Deretzis, I; La Magna, A

    2016-03-01

    We have developed a kinetic Monte Carlo numerical scheme, specifically suited to simulate structural transitions in crystalline materials, and implemented it for the case of epitaxial graphene on SiC. In this process, surface Si atoms selectively sublimate, while the residual C atoms rearrange from a position occupied in the SiC hexagonal lattice to the graphene honeycomb structure, modifying their hybridization (from sp(3) to sp(2)) and bond partners (from Si-C to C-C). The model is based on the assumption that the Monte Carlo particles follow the evolution of their reference crystal until they experience a thermally activated reversible transition to another crystal structure. We demonstrate that, in a formulation based on three parallel lattices, the method is able to recover the complex evolution steps of epitaxial graphene on SiC. Moreover, the simulation results are in noteworthy agreement with the overall experimental scenario, both when varying the structural properties of the material (e.g., the initial surface configuration or polarity) as well as the process conditions (e.g., the temperature and pressure).

  4. High-mobility transport anisotropy and linear dichroism in few-layer black phosphorus

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    Qiao, Jingsi; Kong, Xianghua; Hu, Zhi-Xin; Yang, Feng; Ji, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Two-dimensional crystals are emerging materials for nanoelectronics. Development of the field requires candidate systems with both a high carrier mobility and, in contrast to graphene, a sufficiently large electronic bandgap. Here we present a detailed theoretical investigation of the atomic and electronic structure of few-layer black phosphorus (BP) to predict its electrical and optical properties. This system has a direct bandgap, tunable from 1.51 eV for a monolayer to 0.59 eV for a five-layer sample. We predict that the mobilities are hole-dominated, rather high and highly anisotropic. The monolayer is exceptional in having an extremely high hole mobility (of order 10,000 cm2 V−1 s−1) and anomalous elastic properties which reverse the anisotropy. Light absorption spectra indicate linear dichroism between perpendicular in-plane directions, which allows optical determination of the crystalline orientation and optical activation of the anisotropic transport properties. These results make few-layer BP a promising candidate for future electronics. PMID:25042376

  5. Colossal Ultraviolet Photoresponsivity of Few-Layer Black Phosphorus.

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    Wu, Jing; Koon, Gavin Kok Wai; Xiang, Du; Han, Cheng; Toh, Chee Tat; Kulkarni, Eeshan S; Verzhbitskiy, Ivan; Carvalho, Alexandra; Rodin, Aleksandr S; Koenig, Steven P; Eda, Goki; Chen, Wei; Neto, A H Castro; Özyilmaz, Barbaros

    2015-08-25

    Black phosphorus has an orthorhombic layered structure with a layer-dependent direct band gap from monolayer to bulk, making this material an emerging material for photodetection. Inspired by this and the recent excitement over this material, we studied the optoelectronics characteristics of high-quality, few-layer black phosphorus-based photodetectors over a wide spectrum ranging from near-ultraviolet (UV) to near-infrared (NIR). It is demonstrated for the first time that black phosphorus can be configured as an excellent UV photodetector with a specific detectivity ∼3 × 10(13) Jones. More critically, we found that the UV photoresponsivity can be significantly enhanced to ∼9 × 10(4) A W(-1) by applying a source-drain bias (VSD) of 3 V, which is the highest ever measured in any 2D material and 10(7) times higher than the previously reported value for black phosphorus. We attribute such a colossal UV photoresponsivity to the resonant-interband transition between two specially nested valence and conduction bands. These nested bands provide an unusually high density of states for highly efficient UV absorption due to the singularity of their nature.

  6. Transition metal dichalcogenides and beyond: synthesis, properties, and applications of single- and few-layer nanosheets.

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    Lv, Ruitao; Robinson, Joshua A; Schaak, Raymond E; Sun, Du; Sun, Yifan; Mallouk, Thomas E; Terrones, Mauricio

    2015-01-20

    CONSPECTUS: In the wake of the discovery of the remarkable electronic and physical properties of graphene, a vibrant research area on two-dimensional (2D) layered materials has emerged during the past decade. Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) represent an alternative group of 2D layered materials that differ from the semimetallic character of graphene. They exhibit diverse properties that depend on their composition and can be semiconductors (e.g., MoS2, WS2), semimetals (e.g., WTe2, TiSe2), true metals (e.g., NbS2, VSe2), and superconductors (e.g., NbSe2, TaS2). The properties of TMDs can also be tailored according to the crystalline structure and the number and stacking sequence of layers in their crystals and thin films. For example, 2H-MoS2 is semiconducting, whereas 1T-MoS2 is metallic. Bulk 2H-MoS2 possesses an indirect band gap, but when 2H-MoS2 is exfoliated into monolayers, it exhibits direct electronic and optical band gaps, which leads to enhanced photoluminescence. Therefore, it is important to learn to control the growth of 2D TMD structures in order to exploit their properties in energy conversion and storage, catalysis, sensing, memory devices, and other applications. In this Account, we first introduce the history and structural basics of TMDs. We then briefly introduce the Raman fingerprints of TMDs of different layer numbers. Then, we summarize our progress on the controlled synthesis of 2D layered materials using wet chemical approaches, chemical exfoliation, and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). It is now possible to control the number of layers when synthesizing these materials, and novel van der Waals heterostructures (e.g., MoS2/graphene, WSe2/graphene, hBN/graphene) have recently been successfully assembled. Finally, the unique optical, electrical, photovoltaic, and catalytic properties of few-layered TMDs are summarized and discussed. In particular, their enhanced photoluminescence (PL), photosensing, photovoltaic conversion, and

  7. Resistivity anisotropy measured using four probes in epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide

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    Kobayashi, Keisuke; Tanabe, Shinichi; Tao, Takuto; Okumura, Toshio; Nakashima, Takeshi; Aritsuki, Takuya; O, Ryong-Sok; Nagase, Masao

    2015-03-01

    The electronic transport of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide is anisotropic because of the anisotropy of the surface structure of the substrate. In this Letter, we present a new method for measuring anisotropic transport based on the van der Pauw method. This method can measure anisotropic transport on the macroscopic scale without special equipment or device fabrication. We observe an anisotropic resistivity with a ratio of maximum to minimum of 1.62. The calculated maximum mobility is 2876 cm2·V-1·s-1, which is 1.43 times higher than that obtained by the standard van der Pauw method.

  8. Variable range hopping and nonlinear transport in monolayer epitaxial graphene grown on SiC

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    Liu, Chieh-I.; Wu, Bi-Yi; Chuang, Chiashain; Lee, Ya-Chi; Ho, Yi-Ju; Yang, Yanfei; Elmquist, Randolph E.; Lo, Shun-Tsung; Liang, Chi-Te

    2016-10-01

    We report experimental results on variable range hopping (VRH) and nonlinear transport in monolayer epitaxial graphene. In the linear regime in which the conductance is independent of voltage, the resistance curve derivative analysis method can be used to unequivocally determine whether Mott VRH or Efros-Shklovskii VRH is the dominant transport mechanism in our devices. In the nonlinear regime in which the conductance shows a strong dependence on voltage, we find that our experimental results can be successfully described by existing theoretical models. We suggest that the observed vastly different exponents in the threshold voltage-temperature dependence require further experimental and theoretical studies.

  9. Enhanced crystallinity of epitaxial graphene grown on hexagonal SiC surface with molybdenum plate capping.

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    Jin, Han Byul; Jeon, Youngeun; Jung, Sungchul; Modepalli, Vijayakumar; Kang, Hyun Suk; Lee, Byung Cheol; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Shin, Hyung-Joon; Yoo, Jung-Woo; Kim, Sung Youb; Kwon, Soon-Yong; Eom, Daejin; Park, Kibog

    2015-04-24

    The crystallinity of epitaxial graphene (EG) grown on a Hexagonal-SiC substrate is found to be enhanced greatly by capping the substrate with a molybdenum plate (Mo-plate) during vacuum annealing. The crystallinity enhancement of EG layer grown with Mo-plate capping is confirmed by the significant change of measured Raman spectra, compared to the spectra for no capping. Mo-plate capping is considered to induce heat accumulation on SiC surface by thermal radiation mirroring and raise Si partial pressure near surface by confining the sublimated Si atoms between SiC substrate and Mo-plate, which would be the essential contributors of crystallinity enhancement.

  10. Acousto-electric transport in epitaxial monolayer graphene on SiC

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    Santos, P. V.; Schumann, T.; Oliveira, M. H.; Lopes, J. M. J.; Riechert, H.

    2013-06-01

    We report on the piezoelectric excitation and acoustic charge transport by gigahertz surface acoustic waves (SAWs) in epitaxial monolayer graphene (EG) on SiC. The GHz SAWs frequencies were generated by interdigital transducers fabricated on a piezoelectric island on the SiC substrate. Acoustic transport studies in a Hall bar geometry show that the propagating SAW field transports carriers in EG, the transport direction being determined by the direction of the acoustic beam. Carrier transport is driven by drift in the piezoelectric field induced by the SAW in EG.

  11. Role of silicon dangling bonds in the electronic properties of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide.

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    Ridene, Mohamed; Kha, Calvin S; Flipse, Cees F J

    2016-03-29

    In this paper, we study the electronic properties of epitaxial graphene (EG) on silicon carbide by means of ab initio calculations based on the local spin density approximation + U method taking into account the Coulomb interaction between Si localized electrons. We show that this interaction is not completely suppressed but is screened by carbon layers grown on-top of silicon carbide. This finding leads to a good qualitative understanding of the experimental results reported on EG on silicon carbide. Our results highlight the presence of the Si localized states and might explain the anomalous Hanle curve and the high values of spin relaxation time in EG.

  12. Large-scale epitaxial growth kinetics of graphene: A kinetic Monte Carlo study

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    Jiang, Huijun; Hou, Zhonghuai

    2015-08-28

    Epitaxial growth via chemical vapor deposition is considered to be the most promising way towards synthesizing large area graphene with high quality. However, it remains a big theoretical challenge to reveal growth kinetics with atomically energetic and large-scale spatial information included. Here, we propose a minimal kinetic Monte Carlo model to address such an issue on an active catalyst surface with graphene/substrate lattice mismatch, which facilitates us to perform large scale simulations of the growth kinetics over two dimensional surface with growth fronts of complex shapes. A geometry-determined large-scale growth mechanism is revealed, where the rate-dominating event is found to be C{sub 1}-attachment for concave growth-front segments and C{sub 5}-attachment for others. This growth mechanism leads to an interesting time-resolved growth behavior which is well consistent with that observed in a recent scanning tunneling microscopy experiment.

  13. Broadband non-contact characterization of epitaxial graphene by near-field microwave microscopy

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    Gu, Sijia; Zhou, Xin; Lin, Tianjun; Happy, Henri; Lasri, Tuami

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, a broadband non-destructive and non-contact local characterization of graphene fabricated by epitaxial method on silicon carbide is demonstrated by using an interferometer-based near-field microwave microscope. First, a method has been proposed to extract the dielectric properties of silicon carbide, and finally, the graphene flake has been characterized as a resistance (˜20 kΩ) and a small inductance (360 pH) in the frequency band (2-18 GHz). The advantage of the proposed method is that there is no need to fabricate electrodes on the sample surface for the characterization. The instrument proposed is a good candidate for the local characterization of 2D materials.

  14. Epitaxial growth of large-area bilayer graphene on Ru(0001)

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    Que, Yande; Xiao, Wende E-mail: hjgao@iphy.ac.cn; Fei, Xiangmin; Chen, Hui; Du, S. X.; Gao, H.-J. E-mail: hjgao@iphy.ac.cn; Huang, Li

    2014-03-03

    Large-area bilayer graphene (BG) is grown epitaxially on Ru(0001) surface and characterized by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. The lattice of the bottom layer of BG is stretched by 1.2%, while strain is absent from the top layer. The lattice mismatch between the two layers leads to the formation of a moiré pattern with a periodicity of ∼21.5 nm and a mixture of AA- and AB-stacking. The √3 × √3 superstructure around atomic defects is attributed to the inter-valley scattering of the delocalized π-electrons, demonstrating that the as-grown BG behaves like intrinsic free-standing graphene.

  15. Nickel enhanced graphene growth directly on dielectric substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wofford, Joseph M. E-mail: lopes@pdi-berlin.de; Lopes, Joao Marcelo J. E-mail: lopes@pdi-berlin.de; Riechert, Henning; Speck, Florian; Seyller, Thomas

    2016-07-28

    The efficacy of Ni as a surfactant to improve the crystalline quality of graphene grown directly on dielectric Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy is examined. Simultaneously exposing the substrate to a Ni flux throughout C deposition at 950 °C led to improved charge carrier mobility and a Raman spectrum indicating less structural disorder in the resulting nanocrystalline graphene film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that no residual Ni could be detected in the film and showed a decrease in the intensity of the defect-related component of the C1s level. Similar improvements were not observed when a lower substrate temperature (850 °C) was used. A close examination of the Raman spectra suggests that Ni reduces the concentration of lattice vacancies in the film, possibly by catalytically assisting adatom incorporation.

  16. Broadband non-contact characterization of epitaxial graphene by near-field microwave microscopy.

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    Gu, Sijia; Zhou, Xin; Lin, Tianjun; Happy, Henri; Lasri, Tuami

    2017-08-18

    In this paper, a broadband non-destructive and non-contact local characterization of graphene fabricated by epitaxial method on silicon carbide is demonstrated by using an interferometer-based near-field microwave microscope. First, a method has been proposed to extract the dielectric properties of silicon carbide, and finally, the graphene flake has been characterized as a resistance (∼20 kΩ) and a small inductance (360 pH) in the frequency band (2-18 GHz). The advantage of the proposed method is that there is no need to fabricate electrodes on the sample surface for the characterization. The instrument proposed is a good candidate for the local characterization of 2D materials.

  17. Flexible GaN Light-Emitting Diodes Using GaN Microdisks Epitaxial Laterally Overgrown on Graphene Dots.

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    Chung, Kunook; Yoo, Hyobin; Hyun, Jerome K; Oh, Hongseok; Tchoe, Youngbin; Lee, Keundong; Baek, Hyeonjun; Kim, Miyoung; Yi, Gyu-Chul

    2016-09-01

    The epitaxial lateral overgrowth (ELOG) of GaN microdisks on graphene microdots and the fabrication of flexible light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using these microdisks is reported. An ELOG technique with only patterned graphene microdots is used, without any growth mask. The discrete micro-LED arrays are transferred onto Cu foil by a simple lift-off technique, which works reliably under various bending conditions.

  18. Investigation of structural and electronic properties of epitaxial graphene on 3C-SiC(100)/Si(100) substrates.

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    Gogneau, Noelle; Ben Gouider Trabelsi, Amira; Silly, Mathieu G; Ridene, Mohamed; Portail, Marc; Michon, Adrien; Oueslati, Mehrezi; Belkhou, Rachid; Sirotti, Fausto; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2014-01-01

    Graphene has been intensively studied in recent years in order to take advantage of its unique properties. Its synthesis on SiC substrates by solid-state graphitization appears a suitable option for graphene-based electronics. However, before developing devices based on epitaxial graphene, it is desirable to understand and finely control the synthesis of material with the most promising properties. To achieve these prerequisites, many studies are being conducted on various SiC substrates. Here, we review 3C-SiC(100) epilayers grown by chemical vapor deposition on Si(100) substrates for producing graphene by solid state graphitization under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions. Based on various characterization techniques, the structural and electrical properties of epitaxial graphene layer grown on 3C-SiC(100)/Si(100) are discussed. We establish that epitaxial graphene presents properties similar to those obtained using hexagonal SiC substrates, with the advantage of being compatible with current Si-processing technology.

  19. Investigation of structural and electronic properties of epitaxial graphene on 3C–SiC(100)/Si(100) substrates

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    Gogneau, Noelle; Ben Gouider Trabelsi, Amira; Silly, Mathieu G; Ridene, Mohamed; Portail, Marc; Michon, Adrien; Oueslati, Mehrezi; Belkhou, Rachid; Sirotti, Fausto; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2014-01-01

    Graphene has been intensively studied in recent years in order to take advantage of its unique properties. Its synthesis on SiC substrates by solid-state graphitization appears a suitable option for graphene-based electronics. However, before developing devices based on epitaxial graphene, it is desirable to understand and finely control the synthesis of material with the most promising properties. To achieve these prerequisites, many studies are being conducted on various SiC substrates. Here, we review 3C–SiC(100) epilayers grown by chemical vapor deposition on Si(100) substrates for producing graphene by solid state graphitization under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions. Based on various characterization techniques, the structural and electrical properties of epitaxial graphene layer grown on 3C–SiC(100)/Si(100) are discussed. We establish that epitaxial graphene presents properties similar to those obtained using hexagonal SiC substrates, with the advantage of being compatible with current Si-processing technology. PMID:25339846

  20. Controlling the spatial arrangement of organic magnetic anions adsorbed on epitaxial graphene on Ru(0001).

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    Stradi, Daniele; Garnica, Manuela; Díaz, Cristina; Calleja, Fabián; Barja, Sara; Martín, Nazario; Alcamí, Manuel; Vazquez de Parga, Amadeo L; Miranda, Rodolfo; Martín, Fernando

    2014-12-21

    Achieving control over the self-organization of functional molecules on graphene is critical for the development of graphene technology in organic electronic and spintronic. Here, by using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), we show that the electron acceptor molecule 7,7',8,8'-tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ) and its fluorinated derivative 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7',8,8'-tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (F4-TCNQ), co-deposited on the surface of epitaxial graphene on Ru(0001), transform spontaneously into their corresponding magnetic anions and self-organize in two remarkably different structures. TCNQ forms densely packed linear magnetic arrays, while F4-TCNQ molecules remain as isolated non interacting magnets. With the help of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we trace back the origin of this behavior in the competition between the intermolecular repulsion experienced by the individual charged anions, which tends to separate the molecules, and the delocalization of the electrons transferred from the surface to the molecules, which promotes the formation of molecular oligomers. Our results demonstrate that it is possible to control the spatial arrangement of organic magnetic anions co-adsorbed on a surface by means of chemical substitution, paving the way for the design of two-dimensional fully organic magnetic structures on graphene and on other surfaces.

  1. In silico carbon molecular beam epitaxial growth of graphene on the h-BN substrate: carbon source effect on van der Waals epitaxy

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    Lee, Jonghoon; Varshney, Vikas; Park, Jeongho; Farmer, Barry L.; Roy, Ajit K.

    2016-05-01

    Against the presumption that hexagonal boron-nitride (h-BN) should provide an ideal substrate for van der Waals (vdW) epitaxy to grow high quality graphene films, carbon molecular beam epitaxy (CMBE) techniques using solid carbon sublimation have reported relatively poor quality of the graphene. In this article, the CMBE growth of graphene on the h-BN substrate is numerically studied in order to identify the effect of the carbon source on the quality of the graphene film. The carbon molecular beam generated by the sublimation of solid carbon source materials such as graphite and glassy carbon is mostly composed of atomic carbon, carbon dimers and carbon trimers. Therefore, the graphene film growth becomes a complex process involving various deposition characteristics of a multitude of carbon entities. Based on the study of surface adsorption and film growth characteristics of these three major carbon entities comprising graphite vapour, we report that carbon trimers convey strong traits of vdW epitaxy prone to high quality graphene growth, while atomic carbon deposition is a surface-reaction limited process accompanied by strong chemisorption. The vdW epitaxial behaviour of carbon trimers is found to be substantial enough to nucleate and develop into graphene like planar films within a nanosecond of high flux growth simulation, while reactive atomic carbons tend to impair the structural integrity of the crystalline h-BN substrate upon deposition to form an amorphous interface between the substrate and the growing carbon film. The content of reactive atomic carbons in the molecular beam is suspected to be the primary cause of low quality graphene reported in the literature. A possible optimization of the molecular beam composition towards the synthesis of better quality graphene films is suggested.Against the presumption that hexagonal boron-nitride (h-BN) should provide an ideal substrate for van der Waals (vdW) epitaxy to grow high quality graphene films, carbon

  2. Nonequilibrium mesoscopic conductance fluctuations as the origin of 1 /f noise in epitaxial graphene

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    Kalmbach, C.-C.; Ahlers, F. J.; Schurr, J.; Müller, A.; Feilhauer, J.; Kruskopf, M.; Pierz, K.; Hohls, F.; Haug, R. J.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the 1 /f noise properties of epitaxial graphene devices at low temperatures as a function of temperature, current, and magnetic flux density. At low currents, an exponential decay of the 1 /f noise power spectral density with increasing temperature is observed that indicates mesoscopic conductance fluctuations as the origin of 1 /f noise at temperatures below 50 K. At higher currents, deviations from the typical quadratic current dependence and the exponential temperature dependence occur as a result of nonequilibrium conditions due to current heating. By applying the Kubakaddi theory [S. S. Kubakaddi, Phys. Rev. B 79, 075417 (2009), 10.1103/PhysRevB.79.075417], a model describing the 1 /f noise power spectral density of nonequilibrium mesoscopic conductance fluctuations in epitaxial graphene is developed and used to determine the energy loss rate per carrier. In the regime of Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, a strong increase of 1 /f noise is observed, which we attribute to an additional conductance fluctuation mechanism due to localized states in quantizing magnetic fields. When the device enters the regime of quantized Hall resistance, the 1 /f noise vanishes. It reappears if the current is increased and quantum Hall breakdown sets in.

  3. Epitaxial growth of a single-crystal hybridized boron nitride and graphene layer on a wide-band gap semiconductor.

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    Shin, Ha-Chul; Jang, Yamujin; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Lee, Jun-Hae; Oh, Dong-Hwa; Ahn, Sung Joon; Lee, Jae Hyun; Moon, Youngkwon; Park, Ji-Hoon; Yoo, Sung Jong; Park, Chong-Yun; Whang, Dongmok; Yang, Cheol-Woong; Ahn, Joung Real

    2015-06-03

    Vertical and lateral heterogeneous structures of two-dimensional (2D) materials have paved the way for pioneering studies on the physics and applications of 2D materials. A hybridized hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and graphene lateral structure, a heterogeneous 2D structure, has been fabricated on single-crystal metals or metal foils by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). However, once fabricated on metals, the h-BN/graphene lateral structures require an additional transfer process for device applications, as reported for CVD graphene grown on metal foils. Here, we demonstrate that a single-crystal h-BN/graphene lateral structure can be epitaxially grown on a wide-gap semiconductor, SiC(0001). First, a single-crystal h-BN layer with the same orientation as bulk SiC was grown on a Si-terminated SiC substrate at 850 °C using borazine molecules. Second, when heated above 1150 °C in vacuum, the h-BN layer was partially removed and, subsequently, replaced with graphene domains. Interestingly, these graphene domains possess the same orientation as the h-BN layer, resulting in a single-crystal h-BN/graphene lateral structure on a whole sample area. For temperatures above 1600 °C, the single-crystal h-BN layer was completely replaced by the single-crystal graphene layer. The crystalline structure, electronic band structure, and atomic structure of the h-BN/graphene lateral structure were studied by using low energy electron diffraction, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy, respectively. The h-BN/graphene lateral structure fabricated on a wide-gap semiconductor substrate can be directly applied to devices without a further transfer process, as reported for epitaxial graphene on a SiC substrate.

  4. Effect of in-situ oxygen on the electronic properties of graphene grown by carbon molecular beam epitaxy grown

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    Park, Jeongho; Mitchel, W. C.; Back, Tyson C.; Elhamri, Said

    2012-03-26

    We report that graphene grown by molecular beam epitaxy from solid carbon (CMBE) on (0001) SiC in the presence of unintentional oxygen exhibits a small bandgap on the order of tens of meV. The presence of bandgaps is confirmed by temperature dependent Hall effect and resistivity measurements. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements suggest that oxygen incorporates into the SiC substrate in the form of O-Si-C and not into the graphene as graphene oxide or some other species. The effect is independent of the carrier type of the graphene. Temperature dependent transport measurements show the presence of hopping conduction in the resistivity and a concurrent disappearance of the Hall voltage. Interactions between the graphene layers and the oxidized substrate are believed to be responsible for the bandgap.

  5. Effect of in-situ oxygen on the electronic properties of graphene grown by carbon molecular beam epitaxy grown

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    Park, Jeongho; Mitchel, W. C.; Elhamri, Said; Back, Tyson C.

    2012-03-01

    We report that graphene grown by molecular beam epitaxy from solid carbon (CMBE) on (0001) SiC in the presence of unintentional oxygen exhibits a small bandgap on the order of tens of meV. The presence of bandgaps is confirmed by temperature dependent Hall effect and resistivity measurements. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements suggest that oxygen incorporates into the SiC substrate in the form of O-Si-C and not into the graphene as graphene oxide or some other species. The effect is independent of the carrier type of the graphene. Temperature dependent transport measurements show the presence of hopping conduction in the resistivity and a concurrent disappearance of the Hall voltage. Interactions between the graphene layers and the oxidized substrate are believed to be responsible for the bandgap.

  6. Thickness determination of few-layer hexagonal boron nitride films by scanning electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Sutter, P. Sutter, E.

    2014-09-01

    We assess scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) for thickness measurements on few-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), the layered dielectric of choice for integration with graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Observations on h-BN islands with large, atomically flat terraces show that the secondary electron intensity in SEM reflects monolayer height changes in films up to least 10 atomic layers thickness. From a quantitative analysis of AES data, the energy-dependent electron escape depth in h-BN films is deduced. The results show that AES is suitable for absolute thickness measurements of few-layer h-BN of 1 to 6 layers.

  7. Blinking suppression of CdTe quantum dots on epitaxial graphene and the analysis with Marcus electron transfer

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    Hirose, Takuya; Tamai, Naoto; Kutsuma, Yasunori; Kurita, Atsusi; Kaneko, Tadaaki

    2014-08-25

    We have prepared epitaxial graphene by a Si sublimation method from 4H-SiC. Single-particle spectroscopy of CdTe quantum dots (QDs) on epitaxial graphene covered with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or polyethylene glycol (PEG) showed the suppression of luminescence blinking and ∼10 times decreased luminescence intensity as compared with those on a glass. The electronic coupling constant, H{sub 01}, between CdTe QDs and graphene was calculated to be (3.3 ± 0.4) × 10{sup 2 }cm{sup −1} in PVP and (3.7 ± 0.8) × 10{sup 2 }cm{sup −1} in PEG based on Marcus theory of electron transfer and Tang-Marcus model of blinking with statistical distribution.

  8. 3D Epitaxy of Graphene nanostructures in the Matrix of Ag, Al and Cu

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    Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes; Isaacs, Romaine; Wuttig, Manfred; Lemieux, Melburne; Hu, Liangbing; Iftekhar, Jaim; Rashkeev, Sergey; Kukla, Maija; Rabin, Oded; Mansour, Azzam

    2015-03-01

    Graphene nanostructures in the form ribbons were embedded in the lattice of metals such as Ag, Cu, and Al in concentrations up to 36.4 at.%, 21.8 at% and 10.5 at.%, respectively. These materials are called covetics. Raman scattering from Ag and Al covetics indicate variations in the intensity of peaks at ~ 1,300 cm-1 and 1,600 cm-1 with position on the sample. These peaks are associated with the D (defects) and G (graphite E2g mode) peaks of graphitic carbon with sp2 bonding and reveal various degrees of imperfections in the graphene layers. First principles calculations of the dynamic matrix of Ag and Al covetics show bonding between C and the metal. EELS mapping of the C-K edge and high resolution lattice images show that the graphene-like regions form ribbons with epitaxial orientation with the metal lattice of Ag and Al. The temperature dependences of the resistivites of Ag and Cu covetics are similar to those of the pure metals with only slight increase in resistivity. Films of Cu covetic deposited by e-beam evaporation and PLD show higher transmittance and resistance to oxidation than pure metal films of the same thickness indicating that copper covetic films can be used for transparent electrodes. Funded by DARPA/ARL Grant No. W911NF-13-1-0058, and ONR Award No N000141410042.

  9. Epitaxial graphene surface preparation for atomic layer deposition of Al2O3

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    Garces, N. Y.; Wheeler, V. D.; Hite, J. K.; Jernigan, G. G.; Tedesco, J. L.; Nepal, Neeraj; Eddy, C. R.; Gaskill, D. K.

    2011-06-01

    Atomic layer deposition was employed to deposit relatively thick (˜30 nm) aluminum oxide (Al2O3) using trimethylaluminum and triply-distilled H2O precursors onto epitaxial graphene grown on the Si-face of silicon carbide. Ex situ surface conditioning by a simple wet chemistry treatment was used to render the otherwise chemically inert graphene surface more amenable to dielectric deposition. The obtained films show excellent morphology and uniformity over large (˜64 mm2) areas (i.e., the entire sample area), as determined by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed a nearly stoichiometric film with reduced impurity content. Moreover, from capacitance-voltage measurements a dielectric constant of ˜7.6 was extracted and a positive Dirac voltage shift of ˜1.0 V was observed. The graphene mobility, as determined by van der Pauw Hall measurements, was not affected by the sequence of surface pretreatment and dielectric deposition.

  10. Ultrafast electron dynamics in epitaxial graphene investigated with time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Ulstrup, Søren; Johannsen, Jens Christian; Crepaldi, Alberto; Cilento, Federico; Zacchigna, Michele; Cacho, Cephise; Chapman, Richard T.; Springate, Emma; Fromm, Felix; Raidel, Christian; Seyller, Thomas; Parmigiani, Fulvio; Grioni, Marco; Hofmann, Philip

    2015-04-01

    In order to exploit the intriguing optical properties of graphene it is essential to gain a better understanding of the light-matter interaction in the material on ultrashort timescales. Exciting the Dirac fermions with intense ultrafast laser pulses triggers a series of processes involving interactions between electrons, phonons and impurities. Here we study these interactions in epitaxial graphene supported on silicon carbide (semiconducting) and iridium (metallic) substrates using ultrafast time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (TR-ARPES) based on high harmonic generation. For the semiconducting substrate we reveal a complex hot carrier dynamics that manifests itself in an elevated electronic temperature and an increase in linewidth of the π band. By analyzing these effects we are able to disentangle electron relaxation channels in graphene. On the metal substrate this hot carrier dynamics is found to be severely perturbed by the presence of the metal, and we find that the electronic system is much harder to heat up than on the semiconductor due to screening of the laser field by the metal.

  11. Dirac fermion heating, current scaling, and direct insulator-quantum Hall transition in multilayer epitaxial graphene.

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    Liu, Fan-Hung; Hsu, Chang-Shun; Chuang, Chiashain; Woo, Tak-Pong; Huang, Lung-I; Lo, Shun-Tsung; Fukuyama, Yasuhiro; Yang, Yanfei; Elmquist, Randolph E; Liang, Chi-Te

    2013-08-22

    We have performed magnetotransport measurements on multilayer epitaxial graphene. By increasing the driving current I through our graphene devices while keeping the bath temperature fixed, we are able to study Dirac fermion heating and current scaling in such devices. Using zero-field resistivity as a self thermometer, we are able to determine the effective Dirac fermion temperature (TDF) at various driving currents. At zero field, it is found that TDF ∝ I≈1/2. Such results are consistent with electron heating in conventional two-dimensional systems in the plateau-plateau transition regime. With increasing magnetic field B, we observe an I-independent point in the measured longitudinal resistivity ρxx which is equivalent to the direct insulator-quantum Hall (I-QH) transition characterized by a temperature-independent point in ρxx. Together with recent experimental evidence for direct I-QH transition, our new data suggest that such a transition is a universal effect in graphene, albeit further studies are required to obtain a thorough understanding of such an effect.

  12. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Epitaxial Growth of Graphene on 6H-SiC (0001) by Thermal Annealing

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    Tang, Jun; Liu, Zhong-Liang; Kang, Chao-Yang; Pan, Hai-Bin; Wei, Shi-Qiang; Xu, Peng-Shou; Gao, Yu-Qiang; Xu, Xian-Gang

    2009-08-01

    An epitaxial graphene (EG) layer is successfully grown on a Si-terminated 6H-SiC (0001) substrate by the method of thermal annealing in an ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy chamber. The structure and morphology of the EG sample are characterized by reflection high energy diffraction (RHEED), Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Graphene diffraction streaks can be seen in RHEED. The G and 2D peaks of graphene are clearly observed in the Raman spectrum. The AFM results show that the graphene nominal thickness is about 4-10 layers.

  13. Topological phase transition and quantum spin Hall edge states of antimony few layers.

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    Kim, Sung Hwan; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Park, Joonbum; Kim, Jun Sung; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Yeom, Han Woong

    2016-09-14

    While two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TI's) initiated the field of topological materials, only very few materials were discovered to date and the direct access to their quantum spin Hall edge states has been challenging due to material issues. Here, we introduce a new 2D TI material, Sb few layer films. Electronic structures of ultrathin Sb islands grown on Bi2Te2Se are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. The maps of local density of states clearly identify robust edge electronic states over the thickness of three bilayers in clear contrast to thinner islands. This indicates that topological edge states emerge through a 2D topological phase transition predicted between three and four bilayer films in recent theory. The non-trivial phase transition and edge states are confirmed for epitaxial films by extensive density-functional-theory calculations. This work provides an important material platform to exploit microscopic aspects of the quantum spin Hall phase and its quantum phase transition.

  14. Thickness-Dependent Dielectric Constant of Few-Layer In₂Se₃ Nanoflakes.

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    Wu, Di; Pak, Alexander J; Liu, Yingnan; Zhou, Yu; Wu, Xiaoyu; Zhu, Yihan; Lin, Min; Han, Yu; Ren, Yuan; Peng, Hailin; Tsai, Yu-Hao; Hwang, Gyeong S; Lai, Keji

    2015-12-09

    The dielectric constant or relative permittivity (ε(r)) of a dielectric material, which describes how the net electric field in the medium is reduced with respect to the external field, is a parameter of critical importance for charging and screening in electronic devices. Such a fundamental material property is intimately related to not only the polarizability of individual atoms but also the specific atomic arrangement in the crystal lattice. In this Letter, we present both experimental and theoretical investigations on the dielectric constant of few-layer In2Se3 nanoflakes grown on mica substrates by van der Waals epitaxy. A nondestructive microwave impedance microscope is employed to simultaneously quantify the number of layers and local electrical properties. The measured ε(r) increases monotonically as a function of the thickness and saturates to the bulk value at around 6-8 quintuple layers. The same trend of layer-dependent dielectric constant is also revealed by first-principles calculations. Our results of the dielectric response, being ubiquitously applicable to layered 2D semiconductors, are expected to be significant for this vibrant research field.

  15. One-step Synthesis of Few-layer WS2 by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Loh, Tamie A. J.; Chua, Daniel H. C.; Wee, Andrew T. S.

    2015-01-01

    Atomically thin tungsten disulfide (WS2) has attracted much attention in recent years due its indirect-to-direct band gap transition, band gap tunability, and giant spin splitting. However, the fabrication of atomically thin WS2 remains largely underdeveloped in comparison to its structural analogue MoS2. Here we report the direct fabrication of highly crystalline few-layer WS2 on silver substrates by pulse laser deposition at the relatively low temperature of 450 °C. The growth takes places by conventional epitaxy, through the in-situ formation of nearly lattice-matching Ag2S on the silver surface. Intriguingly, it was observed that the resulting film was composed of not only the usual semiconducting 2H-WS2 structure but also the less common metallic 1T-WS2. Modifications of the synthesis parameters allow for control over the crystalline quality, film thickness and crystal phase composition of the resulting WS2 film. PMID:26657172

  16. Topological phase transition and quantum spin Hall edge states of antimony few layers

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    Kim, Sung Hwan; Jin, Kyung-Hwan; Park, Joonbum; Kim, Jun Sung; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Yeom, Han Woong

    2016-01-01

    While two-dimensional (2D) topological insulators (TI’s) initiated the field of topological materials, only very few materials were discovered to date and the direct access to their quantum spin Hall edge states has been challenging due to material issues. Here, we introduce a new 2D TI material, Sb few layer films. Electronic structures of ultrathin Sb islands grown on Bi2Te2Se are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. The maps of local density of states clearly identify robust edge electronic states over the thickness of three bilayers in clear contrast to thinner islands. This indicates that topological edge states emerge through a 2D topological phase transition predicted between three and four bilayer films in recent theory. The non-trivial phase transition and edge states are confirmed for epitaxial films by extensive density-functional-theory calculations. This work provides an important material platform to exploit microscopic aspects of the quantum spin Hall phase and its quantum phase transition. PMID:27624972

  17. Vibrational spectra of nanowires measured using laser doppler vibrometry and STM studies of epitaxial graphene : an LDRD fellowship report.

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    Biedermann, Laura Butler

    2009-09-01

    , their vibration spectra was more extensively studied. The thermal vibration spectra of Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles was measured under both ambient and low-vacuum conditions. The operational deflection shapes of the vibrating Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles was also measured, allowing confirmation of the eigenmodes of vibration. The modulus of the crystalline nanoneedles was 84.3 {+-} 1.0 GPa. Gas damping is the dominate mechanism of energy loss for nanowires oscillating under ambient conditions. The measured quality factors, Q, of oscillation are in line with theoretical predictions of air damping in the free molecular gas damping regime. In the free molecular regime, Q{sub gas} is linearly proportional to the density and diameter of the nanowire and inversely proportional to the air pressure. Since the density of the Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles is three times that of the MWNTs, the Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles have greater Q at atmospheric pressures. Our initial measurements of Q for Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles in low-vacuum (10 Torr) suggest that the intrinsic Q of these nanoneedles may be on the order of 1000. The epitaxial carbon that grows after heating (000{bar 1}) silicon carbide (SiC) to high temperatures (1450-1600) in vacuum was also studied. At these high temperatures, the surface Si atoms sublime and the remaining C atoms reconstruct to form graphene. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) were used to characterize the quality of the few-layer graphene (FLG) surface. The XPS studies were useful in confirming the graphitic composition and measuring the thickness of the FLG samples. STM studies revealed a wide variety of nanometer-scale features that include sharp carbon-rich ridges, moire superlattices, one-dimensional line defects, and grain boundaries. By imaging these features with atomic scale resolution, considerable insight into the growth mechanisms of FLG on the carbon-face of SiC is obtained.

  18. Direct growth of hexagonal boron nitride/graphene heterostructures on cobalt foil substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Xu, Zhongguang; Khanaki, Alireza; Tian, Hao; Zheng, Renjing; Suja, Mohammad; Liu, Jianlin; Zheng, Jian-Guo

    2016-07-25

    Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (G/h-BN) heterostructures have attracted a great deal of attention because of their exceptional properties and wide variety of potential applications in nanoelectronics. However, direct growth of large-area, high-quality, and stacked structures in a controllable and scalable way remains challenging. In this work, we demonstrate the synthesis of h-BN/graphene (h-BN/G) heterostructures on cobalt (Co) foil by sequential deposition of graphene and h-BN layers using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. It is found that the coverage of h-BN layers can be readily controlled on the epitaxial graphene by growth time. Large-area, uniform-quality, and multi-layer h-BN films on thin graphite layers were achieved. Based on an h-BN (5–6 nm)/G (26–27 nm) heterostructure, capacitor devices with Co(foil)/G/h-BN/Co(contact) configuration were fabricated to evaluate the dielectric properties of h-BN. The measured breakdown electric field showed a high value of ∼2.5–3.2 MV/cm. Both I-V and C-V characteristics indicate that the epitaxial h-BN film has good insulating characteristics.

  19. Direct growth of hexagonal boron nitride/graphene heterostructures on cobalt foil substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Xu, Zhongguang; Khanaki, Alireza; Tian, Hao; Zheng, Renjing; Suja, Mohammad; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2016-07-01

    Graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (G/h-BN) heterostructures have attracted a great deal of attention because of their exceptional properties and wide variety of potential applications in nanoelectronics. However, direct growth of large-area, high-quality, and stacked structures in a controllable and scalable way remains challenging. In this work, we demonstrate the synthesis of h-BN/graphene (h-BN/G) heterostructures on cobalt (Co) foil by sequential deposition of graphene and h-BN layers using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. It is found that the coverage of h-BN layers can be readily controlled on the epitaxial graphene by growth time. Large-area, uniform-quality, and multi-layer h-BN films on thin graphite layers were achieved. Based on an h-BN (5-6 nm)/G (26-27 nm) heterostructure, capacitor devices with Co(foil)/G/h-BN/Co(contact) configuration were fabricated to evaluate the dielectric properties of h-BN. The measured breakdown electric field showed a high value of ˜2.5-3.2 MV/cm. Both I-V and C-V characteristics indicate that the epitaxial h-BN film has good insulating characteristics.

  20. Approaching the Dirac Point in High-Mobility Multilayer Epitaxial Graphene

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    Orlita, M.; Faugeras, C.; Plochocka, P.; Neugebauer, P.; Martinez, G.; Maude, D. K.; Barra, A.-L.; Sprinkle, M.; Berger, C.; de Heer, W. A.; Potemski, M.

    2008-12-01

    Multilayer epitaxial graphene is investigated using far infrared transmission experiments in the different limits of low magnetic fields and high temperatures. The cyclotron-resonance-like absorption is observed at low temperature in magnetic fields below 50 mT, probing the nearest vicinity of the Dirac point. The carrier mobility is found to exceed 250000cm2/(V·s). In the limit of high temperatures, the well-defined Landau level quantization is observed up to room temperature at magnetic fields below 1 T, a phenomenon unusual in solid state systems. A negligible increase in the width of the cyclotron resonance lines with increasing temperature indicates that no important scattering mechanism is thermally activated.

  1. Tuning a Schottky barrier of epitaxial graphene/4H-SiC (0001) by hydrogen intercalation

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    Dharmaraj, P.; Justin Jesuraj, P.; Jeganathan, K.

    2016-02-01

    We report the electron transport properties of epitaxial graphene (EG) grown on 4H-SiC (0001) by low energy electron-beam irradiation. As-grown EG (AEG) on SiC interface exhibits rectifying current-voltage characteristics with a low Schottky barrier (SB) of 0.55 ± 0.05 eV and high reverse current leakage. The SB of AEG/SiC junction is extremely impeded by the Fermi level pinning (FLP) above the Dirac point due to charged states at the interface. Nevertheless, a gentle hydrogen intercalation at 900 °C enables the alleviation of both FLP and carrier scattering owing to the saturation of dangling bonds as evidenced by the enhancement of SB (0.75 ± 0.05 eV) and high electron mobility well excess of 6000 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  2. Evidence for Flat Bands near the Fermi Level in Epitaxial Rhombohedral Multilayer Graphene.

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    Pierucci, Debora; Sediri, Haikel; Hajlaoui, Mahdi; Girard, Jean-Christophe; Brumme, Thomas; Calandra, Matteo; Velez-Fort, Emilio; Patriarche, Gilles; Silly, Mathieu G; Ferro, Gabriel; Soulière, Véronique; Marangolo, Massimiliano; Sirotti, Fausto; Mauri, Francesco; Ouerghi, Abdelkarim

    2015-05-26

    The stacking order of multilayer graphene has a profound influence on its electronic properties. In particular, it has been predicted that a rhombohedral stacking sequence displays a very flat conducting surface state: the longer the sequence, the flatter the band. In such a flat band, the role of electron-electron correlation is enhanced, possibly resulting in high Tc superconductivity, magnetic order, or charge density wave order. Here we demonstrate that rhombohedral multilayers are easily obtained by epitaxial growth on 3C-SiC(111) on a 2° off-axis 6H-SiC(0001). The resulting samples contain rhombohedral sequences of five layers on 70% of the surface. We confirm the presence of the flat band at the Fermi level by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, in close agreement with the predictions of density functional theory calculations.

  3. Enhanced Crystallinity of Epitaxial Graphene Grown on Hexagonal SiC Surface with Molybdenum Plate Capping

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    Jin, Han Byul; Jeon, Youngeun; Jung, Sungchul; Modepalli, Vijayakumar; Kang, Hyun Suk; Lee, Byung Cheol; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Shin, Hyung-Joon; Yoo, Jung-Woo; Kim, Sung Youb; Kwon, Soon-Yong; Eom, Daejin; Park, Kibog

    2015-01-01

    The crystallinity of epitaxial graphene (EG) grown on a Hexagonal-SiC substrate is found to be enhanced greatly by capping the substrate with a molybdenum plate (Mo-plate) during vacuum annealing. The crystallinity enhancement of EG layer grown with Mo-plate capping is confirmed by the significant change of measured Raman spectra, compared to the spectra for no capping. Mo-plate capping is considered to induce heat accumulation on SiC surface by thermal radiation mirroring and raise Si partial pressure near surface by confining the sublimated Si atoms between SiC substrate and Mo-plate, which would be the essential contributors of crystallinity enhancement. PMID:25905989

  4. Molecular beam epitaxy growth of high quality p-doped SnS van der Waals epitaxy on a graphene buffer layer

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    Wang, W.; Leung, K. K.; Fong, W. K.; Wang, S. F.; Hui, Y. Y.; Lau, S. P.; Chen, Z.; Shi, L. J.; Cao, C. B.; Surya, C.

    2012-05-01

    We report on the systematic investigation of optoelectronic properties of tin (IV) sulfide (SnS) van der Waals epitaxies (vdWEs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique. Energy band simulation using commercial CASTEP code indicates that SnS has an indirect bandgap of size 0.982 eV. Furthermore, our simulation shows that elemental Cu can be used as a p-type dopant for the material. Growth of high quality SnS thin films is accomplished by MBE technique using graphene as the buffer layer. We observed significant reduction in the rocking curve FWHM over the existing published values. Crystallite size in the range of 2-3 μm is observed which is also significantly better than the existing results. Measurement of the absorption coefficient, α, is performed using a Hitachi U-4100 Spectrophotometer system which demonstrate large values of α of the order of 104 cm-1. Sharp cutoff in the values of α, as a function of energy, is observed for the films grown using a graphene buffer layer indicating low concentration of localized states in the bandgap. Cu-doping is achieved by co-evaporation technique. It is demonstrated that the hole concentration of the films can be controlled between 1016 cm-3 and 5 × 1017cm-3 by varying the temperature of the Cu K-cell. Hole mobility as high as 81 cm2V-1s-1 is observed for SnS films on graphene/GaAs(100) substrates. The improvements in the physical properties of the films are attributed to the unique layered structure and chemically saturated bonds at the surface for both SnS and the graphene buffer layer. Consequently, the interaction between the SnS thin films and the graphene buffer layer is dominated by van der Waals force and structural defects at the interface, such as dangling bonds or dislocations, are substantially reduced.

  5. Direct growth of single- and few-layer MoS2 on h-BN by CVD method

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    Yan, Aiming; Velasco, Jairo, Jr.; Kahn, Salman; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael; Zettl, Alex

    As a promising candidate for the next-generation electronics, large-scale single- and few-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) grown by CVD method is an important advancement towards technological implementation of this material. However, the choice of substrate can significantly affect the performance of MoS2 based devices. An attractive insulating substrate or mate for MoS2 (and related materials such as graphene) is hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). Stacked heterostructures of MoS2 and h-BN have been produced by manual transfer methods, but a more efficient and scalable assembly method is needed. Here we demonstrate the direct growth of single- and few-layer MoS2 on h-BN by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The growth mechanisms for single- and few-layer samples are found to be distinct, and for single-layer samples low relative rotation angles (<5°) between the MoS2 and h-BN lattices prevail. In addition, MoS2 directly grown on h-BN maintains its intrinsic 1.89 eV bandgap. Our CVD synthesis method presents a viable path towards high-quality MoS2 based field effect transistors in a controllable and scalable fashion. Acknowledgement: the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231; NSF Grant DMR-1206512.

  6. Layer-controlled band alignment, work function and optical properties of few-layer GeSe

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    Song, Xiufeng; Zhou, Wenhan; Liu, Xuhai; Gu, Yu; Zhang, Shengli

    2017-08-01

    The electronic properties, such as the layer-dependent behavior of the band structure, band gap, work function alignment and dielectric properties of the few-layer GeSe are systematically investigated via gradient-corrected density functional theory computations, inspired by the experimentally observation of two-dimension materials such as graphene, phosphorene, MoS2 and BN. The results indicate that the few-layer GeSe presents a robust direct band gap, which decreases with increasing the thickness from bilayer (1.15 eV) to six-layer (1.00 eV) around the X point. Furthermore, the work function increases rapidly from monolayer (4.44 eV) to trilayer (4.95 eV). The robust direct band gap characteristics and the layer-dependent band gap suggest that the few-layer GeSe is a promising material for efficient solar energy harvesting applications. The layer dependence of the GeSe work function offers a practical route to tune the Schottky barrier in GeSe based electronic devices. Our results provide new insights on utilizing the layer-controlled band gap of the atomic layers of GeSe.

  7. Superior mechanical flexibility of phosphorene and few-layer black phosphorus

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    Wei, Qun; Peng, Xihong

    2014-06-23

    Recently, fabricated two dimensional (2D) phosphorene crystal structures have demonstrated great potential in applications of electronics. Mechanical strain was demonstrated to be able to significantly modify the electronic properties of phosphorene and few-layer black phosphorus. In this work, we employed first principles density functional theory calculations to explore the mechanical properties of phosphorene, including ideal tensile strength and critical strain. It was found that a monolayer phosphorene can sustain tensile strain up to 27% and 30% in the zigzag and armchair directions, respectively. This enormous strain limit of phosphorene results from its unique puckered crystal structure. We found that the tensile strain applied in the armchair direction stretches the pucker of phosphorene, rather than significantly extending the P-P bond lengths. The compromised dihedral angles dramatically reduce the required strain energy. Compared to other 2D materials, such as graphene, phosphorene demonstrates superior flexibility with an order of magnitude smaller Young's modulus. This is especially useful in practical large-magnitude-strain engineering. Furthermore, the anisotropic nature of phosphorene was also explored. We derived a general model to calculate the Young's modulus along different directions for a 2D system.

  8. High performance and bendable few-layered InSe photodetectors with broad spectral response.

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    Tamalampudi, Srinivasa Reddy; Lu, Yi-Ying; Kumar U, Rajesh; Sankar, Raman; Liao, Chun-Da; Moorthy B, Karukanara; Cheng, Che-Hsuan; Chou, Fang Cheng; Chen, Yit-Tsong

    2014-05-14

    Two-dimensional crystals with a wealth of exotic dimensional-dependent properties are promising candidates for next-generation ultrathin and flexible optoelectronic devices. For the first time, we demonstrate that few-layered InSe photodetectors, fabricated on both a rigid SiO2/Si substrate and a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film, are capable of conducting broadband photodetection from the visible to near-infrared region (450-785 nm) with high photoresponsivities of up to 12.3 AW(-1) at 450 nm (on SiO2/Si) and 3.9 AW(-1) at 633 nm (on PET). These photoresponsivities are superior to those of other recently reported two-dimensional (2D) crystal-based (graphene, MoS2, GaS, and GaSe) photodetectors. The InSe devices fabricated on rigid SiO2/Si substrates possess a response time of ∼50 ms and exhibit long-term stability in photoswitching. These InSe devices can also operate on a flexible substrate with or without bending and reveal comparable performance to those devices on SiO2/Si. With these excellent optoelectronic merits, we envision that the nanoscale InSe layers will not only find applications in flexible optoelectronics but also act as an active component to configure versatile 2D heterostructure devices.

  9. Spiral growth of few-layer MoS{sub 2} by chemical vapor deposition

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    Dong, X.; Yan, C.; Tomer, D.; Li, L.; Li, C. H.

    2016-08-01

    Growth spirals exhibit appealing properties due to a preferred layer stacking and lack of inversion symmetry. Here, we report spiral growth of MoS{sub 2} during chemical vapor deposition on SiO{sub 2}/Si and epitaxial graphene/SiC substrates, and their physical and electronic properties. We determine the layer-dependence of the MoS{sub 2} bandgap, ranging from 2.4 eV for the monolayer to a constant of 1.3 eV beyond the fifth layer. We further observe that spirals predominantly initiate at the step edges of the SiC substrate, based on which we propose a growth mechanism driven by screw dislocation created by the coalescence of two growth fronts at steps.

  10. The influence of selective chemical doping on clean, low-carrier density SiC epitaxial graphene

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    Chuang, Chiashain; Yang, Yanfei; Huang, Lung-I.; Liang, Chi-Te; Elmquist, Randolph E.; National Institute of of Standards; Technology Collaboration; National Taiwan University, Department of Physics Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    The charge-transfer effect of ambient air on magneto-transport in polymer-free SiC graphene was investigated. Interestingly, adsorption of atmospheric gas molecules on clean epitaxial graphene can reduce the carrier density to near charge neutrality, allowing observation of highly precise v = 2 quantum Hall plateaus. The atmospheric adsorbates were reproducibly removed and pure gases (N2, O2, CO2, H2O) were used to form new individual adsorbates on SiC graphene. Our experimental results (τt/τq ~ 2) support the theoretical predictions for the ratio of transport relaxation time τt to quantum lifetime τq in clean graphene. The analysis of Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations at intermediate doping levels indicates that the carrier scattering is reduced by water and oxygen so as to increase both the classical and quantum mobility. This study points to the key dopant gases in ambient air and also paves the way towards extremely precise quantized Hall resistance standards in epitaxial graphene systems with carrier density tuned by exposure to highly pure gases and vacuum annealing treatment. National Institute of Standard and Technology.

  11. Epitaxial graphene growth and shape dynamics on copper: phase-field modeling and experiments.

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    Meca, Esteban; Lowengrub, John; Kim, Hokwon; Mattevi, Cecilia; Shenoy, Vivek B

    2013-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of graphene on copper foils is a complex process, influenced by thermodynamic, kinetic, and growth parameters, often leading to diverse island shapes including dendrites, squares, stars, hexagons, butterflies, and lobes. Here, we introduce a phase-field model that provides a unified description of these diverse growth morphologies and compare the model results with new experiments. Our model explicitly accounts for the anisotropies in the energies of growing graphene edges, kinetics of attachment of carbon at the edges, and the crystallinity of the underlying copper substrate (through anisotropy in surface diffusion). We show that anisotropic diffusion has a very important, counterintuitive role in the determination of the shape of islands, and we present a "phase diagram" of growth shapes as a function of growth rate for different copper facets. Our results are shown to be in excellent agreement with growth shapes observed for high symmetry facets such as (111) and (001) as well as for high-index surfaces such as (221) and (310).

  12. Electrical Stabilization of Surface Resistivity in Epitaxial Graphene Systems by Amorphous Boron Nitride Encapsulation.

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    Rigosi, Albert F; Liu, Chieh-I; Glavin, Nicholas R; Yang, Yanfei; Hill, Heather M; Hu, Jiuning; Hight Walker, Angela R; Richter, Curt A; Elmquist, Randolph E; Newell, David B

    2017-01-01

    Homogeneous monolayer epitaxial graphene (EG) is an ideal candidate for the development of millimeter-sized devices with single-crystal domains. A clean fabrication process was used to produce EG-based devices, with n-type doping level of the order of 10(12) cm(-2). Generally, electrical properties of EG, such as longitudinal resistivity, remain unstable when devices are exposed to air due to adsorption of molecular dopants, whose presence shifts the carrier density close to the Dirac point (<10(10) cm(-2)) or into the p-type regime. Here, we report experimental results on the use of amorphous boron nitride (a-BN) as an encapsulation layer, whereby EG can maintain its longitudinal resistivity and have its carrier density modulated. Furthermore, we exposed 12 devices to controlled temperatures of up to 85 °C and relative humidity of up to 85% and reported that an approximately 20 nm a-BN encapsulation thickness is sufficient to preserve their longitudinal resistivity to within 10% of the previously measured value. We monitored the electronic properties of our encapsulated and nonencapsulated EG samples by magnetotransport measurements, using a neodymium iron boron magnet. Our results have essential importance in the mass production of millimeter-scale graphene devices, with stable electrical properties.

  13. Contribution of the buffer layer to the Raman spectrum of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001)

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    Fromm, F.; Oliveira, M. H., Jr.; Molina-Sánchez, A.; Hundhausen, M.; Lopes, J. M. J.; Riechert, H.; Wirtz, L.; Seyller, T.

    2013-04-01

    We report a Raman study of the so-called buffer layer with (6\\sqrt 3\\times 6\\sqrt 3)R30^{\\circ } periodicity which forms the intrinsic interface structure between epitaxial graphene and SiC(0001). We show that this interface structure leads to a non-vanishing signal in the Raman spectrum at frequencies in the range of the D- and G-band of graphene and discuss its shape and intensity. Ab initio phonon calculations reveal that these features can be attributed to the vibrational density of states of the buffer layer.

  14. Growth of low-threading-dislocation-density GaN on graphene by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    He, Shunyu; Xu, Yu; Qi, Lin; Li, Zongyao; Cao, Bing; Wang, Chinhua; Zhang, Jicai; Wang, Jianfeng; Xu, Ke

    2017-03-01

    Recently, gallium nitride (GaN) films grown on graphene have been widely studied. Here, we have grown low-threading-dislocation-density GaN films on graphene by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). The full widths at half maximum (FWHMs) of X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) of the GaN films were 276 and 350 arcsec at the 0002 and 10\\bar{1}2 reflections, respectively. This shows that the threading dislocation densities are on the order of magnitude of 108 cm‑2, which is consistent with the results of cathodoluminescence (CL).

  15. Enhanced transport and transistor performance with oxide seeded high-κ gate dielectrics on wafer-scale epitaxial graphene.

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    Hollander, Matthew J; Labella, Michael; Hughes, Zachary R; Zhu, Michael; Trumbull, Kathleen A; Cavalero, Randal; Snyder, David W; Wang, Xiaojun; Hwang, Euichul; Datta, Suman; Robinson, Joshua A

    2011-09-14

    We explore the effect of high-κ dielectric seed layer and overlayer on carrier transport in epitaxial graphene. We introduce a novel seeding technique for depositing dielectrics by atomic layer deposition that utilizes direct deposition of high-κ seed layers and can lead to an increase in Hall mobility up to 70% from as-grown. Additionally, high-κ seeded dielectrics are shown to produce superior transistor performance relative to low-κ seeded dielectrics and the presence of heterogeneous seed/overlayer structures is found to be detrimental to transistor performance, reducing effective mobility by 30-40%. The direct deposition of high-purity oxide seed represents the first robust method for the deposition of uniform atomic layer deposited dielectrics on epitaxial graphene that improves carrier transport.

  16. Role of atomic terraces and steps in the electron transport properties of epitaxial graphene grown on SiC

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    Kuramochi, H.; Odaka, S.; Morita, K.; Tanaka, S.; Miyazaki, H.; Lee, M. V.; Li, S.-L.; Hiura, H.; Tsukagoshi, K.

    2012-03-01

    Thermal decomposition of vicinal SiC substrates with self-organized periodic nanofacets is a promising method to produce large graphene sheets toward the commercial exploitation of graphene's superior electronic properties. The epitaxial graphene films grown on vicinal SiC comprise two distinct regions of terrace and step; and typically exhibit anisotropic electron transport behavior, although limited areas in the graphene film showed ballistic transport. To evaluate the role of terraces and steps in electron transport properties, we compared graphene samples with terrace and step regions grown on 4H-SiC(0001). Arrays of field effect transistors were fabricated on comparable graphene samples with their channels parallel or perpendicular to the nanofacets to identify the source of measured reduced mobility. Minimum conductivity and electron mobility increased with the larger proportional terrace region area; therefore, the terrace region has superior transport properties to step regions. The measured electron mobility in the terrace region, ˜1000 cm2/Vs, is 10 times larger than that in the step region, ˜100 cm2/Vs. We conclusively determine that parasitic effects originate in regions of graphene that grow over step edges in 4H-SiC(0001).

  17. Observing hot carrier distribution in an n-type epitaxial graphene on a SiC substrate

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    Someya, T.; Ishida, Y.; Yoshida, R.; Iimori, T.; Yukawa, R.; Akikubo, K.; Yamamoto, Sh.; Yamamoto, S.; Kanai, T.; Itatani, J.; Komori, F.; Shin, S.; Matsuda, I.; Fukidome, H.; Funakubo, K.; Suemitsu, M.; Yamamoto, T.

    2014-04-21

    Hot carrier dynamics in the Dirac band of n-type epitaxial graphene on a SiC substrate were traced in real time using femtosecond-time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The spectral evolution directly reflects the energetically linear density of states superimposed with a Fermi–Dirac distribution. The relaxation time is governed by the internal energy dissipation of electron–electron scattering, and the observed electronic temperature indicates cascade carrier multiplication.

  18. Structural and electronic properties of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0 0 0 1): a review of growth, characterization, transfer doping and hydrogen intercalation

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    Riedl, C.; Coletti, C.; Starke, U.

    2010-09-01

    Graphene, a monoatomic layer of graphite, hosts a two-dimensional electron gas system with large electron mobilities which makes it a prospective candidate for future carbon nanodevices. Grown epitaxially on silicon carbide (SiC) wafers, large area graphene samples appear feasible and integration in existing device technology can be envisioned. This paper reviews the controlled growth of epitaxial graphene layers on SiC(0 0 0 1) and the manipulation of their electronic structure. We show that epitaxial graphene on SiC grows on top of a carbon interface layer that—although it has a graphite-like atomic structure—does not display the linear π-bands typical for graphene due to a strong covalent bonding to the substrate. Only the second carbon layer on top of this interface acts like monolayer graphene. With a further carbon layer, a graphene bilayer system develops. During the growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0 0 0 1) the number of graphene layers can be precisely controlled by monitoring the π-band structure. Experimental fingerprints for in situ growth control could be established. However, due to the influence of the interface layer, epitaxial graphene on SiC(0 0 0 1) is intrinsically n-doped and the layers have a long-range corrugation in their density of states. As a result, the Dirac point energy where the π-bands cross is shifted away from the Fermi energy, so that the ambipolar properties of graphene cannot be exploited. We demonstrate methods to compensate and eliminate this structural and electronic influence of the interface. We show that the band structure of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0 0 0 1) can be precisely tailored by functionalizing the graphene surface with tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) molecules. Charge neutrality can be achieved for mono- and bilayer graphene. On epitaxial bilayer graphene, where a band gap opens due to the asymmetric electric field across the layers imposed by the interface, the magnitude of this band

  19. Van der Waals Epitaxy of Two-Dimensional MoS2-Graphene Heterostructures in Ultrahigh Vacuum.

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    Miwa, Jill A; Dendzik, Maciej; Grønborg, Signe S; Bianchi, Marco; Lauritsen, Jeppe V; Hofmann, Philip; Ulstrup, Søren

    2015-06-23

    In this work, we demonstrate direct van der Waals epitaxy of MoS2-graphene heterostructures on a semiconducting silicon carbide (SiC) substrate under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements show that the electronic structure of free-standing single-layer (SL) MoS2 is retained in these heterostructures due to the weak van der Waals interaction between adjacent materials. The MoS2 synthesis is based on a reactive physical vapor deposition technique involving Mo evaporation and sulfurization in a H2S atmosphere on a template consisting of epitaxially grown graphene on SiC. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we study the seeding of Mo on this substrate and the evolution from nanoscale MoS2 islands to SL and bilayer (BL) MoS2 sheets during H2S exposure. Our ARPES measurements of SL and BL MoS2 on graphene reveal the coexistence of the Dirac states of graphene and the expected valence band of MoS2 with the band maximum shifted to the corner of the Brillouin zone at K̅ in the SL limit. We confirm the 2D character of these electronic states via a lack of dispersion with photon energy. The growth of epitaxial MoS2-graphene heterostructures on SiC opens new opportunities for further in situ studies of the fundamental properties of these complex materials, as well as perspectives for implementing them in various device schemes to exploit their many promising electronic and optical properties.

  20. Controllable synthesis of few-layered and hierarchically porous boron nitride nanosheets.

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    Xiao, Feng; Chen, Zhixin; Casillas, Gilberto; Richardson, Christopher; Li, Huijun; Huang, Zhenguo

    2016-03-11

    Few-layered porous boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS) have been prepared using a dynamic magnesium diboride (MgB2) template and ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) etchant. Magnesium-based intermediates serve as layer separators in the synthesis and prevent extensive aggregation, resulting in few-layered BNNS. The resultant BNNS are hierarchically porous and show good CO2/N2 adsorption selectivity.

  1. Air-stable few-layer black phosphorus phototransistor for near-infrared detection

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    Na, Junhong; Park, Kichul; Kim, Jin Tae; Choi, Won Kook; Song, Yong-Won

    2017-02-01

    We have demonstrated a few-layer black phosphorus (BP) phototransistor of stable operation in ambient air environment and at near-infrared light (λ = 1550 nm). The air-stable electronic and optoelectronic properties of the few-layer BP phototransistor have been achieved by a proper Al2O3 passivation. The optical identification method and qualitative and quantitative electrical characterizations of the few-layer BP phototransistor in dark state confirmed that the device performance was robust in ambient air, to further chemical treatments, and storage of more than six months. In addition, the low-frequency noise characterizations had revealed that the noise spectral density related to the sensitivity of phototransistor was reduced. Owing to the suppression of interaction between few-layer BP and adsorbates arising from the Al2O3 passivation, a fast rise time of the few-layer BP phototransistor, less than 100 μs, had been observed, demonstrating the intrinsic photoresponse properties of few-layer BP. The low dark current of ˜4 nA at the operation bias and the reasonable responsivity of ˜6 mA W-1 were obtained under the condition lacking adsorbates interactions. Internally, the dark current and responsivity level was tunable by changing the operation bias. Our results are close to the intrinsic properties of the few-layer BP phototransistor, implying that it can be a building block of functioned few-layer BP photodetectors.

  2. Air-stable few-layer black phosphorus phototransistor for near-infrared detection.

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    Na, Junhong; Park, Kichul; Kim, Jin Tae; Choi, Won Kook; Song, Yong-Won

    2017-02-24

    We have demonstrated a few-layer black phosphorus (BP) phototransistor of stable operation in ambient air environment and at near-infrared light (λ = 1550 nm). The air-stable electronic and optoelectronic properties of the few-layer BP phototransistor have been achieved by a proper Al2O3 passivation. The optical identification method and qualitative and quantitative electrical characterizations of the few-layer BP phototransistor in dark state confirmed that the device performance was robust in ambient air, to further chemical treatments, and storage of more than six months. In addition, the low-frequency noise characterizations had revealed that the noise spectral density related to the sensitivity of phototransistor was reduced. Owing to the suppression of interaction between few-layer BP and adsorbates arising from the Al2O3 passivation, a fast rise time of the few-layer BP phototransistor, less than 100 μs, had been observed, demonstrating the intrinsic photoresponse properties of few-layer BP. The low dark current of ∼4 nA at the operation bias and the reasonable responsivity of ∼6 mA W(-1) were obtained under the condition lacking adsorbates interactions. Internally, the dark current and responsivity level was tunable by changing the operation bias. Our results are close to the intrinsic properties of the few-layer BP phototransistor, implying that it can be a building block of functioned few-layer BP photodetectors.

  3. Role of the Pinning Points in epitaxial Graphene Moiré Superstructures on the Pt(111) Surface.

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    Martínez, José I; Merino, Pablo; Pinardi, Anna L; Gonzalo, Otero-Irurueta; López, María F; Méndez, Javier; Martín-Gago, José A

    2016-02-08

    The intrinsic atomic mechanisms responsible for electronic doping of epitaxial graphene Moirés on transition metal surfaces is still an open issue. To better understand this process we have carried out a first-principles full characterization of the most representative Moiré superstructures observed on the Gr/Pt(111) system and confronted the results with atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We find that for all reported Moirés the system relaxes inducing a non-negligible atomic corrugation both, at the graphene and at the outermost platinum layer. Interestingly, a mirror "anti-Moiré" reconstruction appears at the substrate, giving rise to the appearance of pinning-points. We show that these points are responsible for the development of the superstructure, while charge from the Pt substrate is injected into the graphene, inducing a local n-doping, mostly localized at these specific pinning-point positions.

  4. Quantum Conductance Probing of Oxygen Vacancies in SrTiO3 Epitaxial Thin Film using Graphene.

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    Kang, Kyeong Tae; Kang, Haeyong; Park, Jeongmin; Suh, Dongseok; Choi, Woo Seok

    2017-03-16

    Quantum Hall conductance in monolayer graphene on an epitaxial SrTiO3 (STO) thin film is studied to understand the role of oxygen vacancies in determining the dielectric properties of STO. As the gate-voltage sweep range is gradually increased in the device, systematic generation and annihilation of oxygen vacancies, evidenced from the hysteretic conductance behavior in the graphene, are observed. Furthermore, based on the experimentally observed linear scaling relation between the effective capacitance and the voltage sweep range, a simple model is constructed to manifest the relationship among the dielectric properties of STO with oxygen vacancies. The inherent quantum Hall conductance in graphene can be considered as a sensitive, robust, and noninvasive probe for understanding the electronic and ionic phenomena in complex transition-metal oxides without impairing the oxide layer underneath.

  5. Role of the Pinning Points in epitaxial Graphene Moiré Superstructures on the Pt(111) Surface

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    Martínez, José I.; Merino, Pablo; Pinardi, Anna L.; Gonzalo, Otero-Irurueta; López, María F.; Méndez, Javier; Martín-Gago, José A.

    2016-01-01

    The intrinsic atomic mechanisms responsible for electronic doping of epitaxial graphene Moirés on transition metal surfaces is still an open issue. To better understand this process we have carried out a first-principles full characterization of the most representative Moiré superstructures observed on the Gr/Pt(111) system and confronted the results with atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy experiments. We find that for all reported Moirés the system relaxes inducing a non-negligible atomic corrugation both, at the graphene and at the outermost platinum layer. Interestingly, a mirror “anti-Moiré” reconstruction appears at the substrate, giving rise to the appearance of pinning-points. We show that these points are responsible for the development of the superstructure, while charge from the Pt substrate is injected into the graphene, inducing a local n-doping, mostly localized at these specific pinning-point positions. PMID:26852920

  6. Microscopically-Tuned Band Structure of Epitaxial Graphene through Interface and Stacking Variations Using Si Substrate Microfabrication

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    Fukidome, Hirokazu; Ide, Takayuki; Kawai, Yusuke; Shinohara, Toshihiro; Nagamura, Naoka; Horiba, Koji; Kotsugi, Masato; Ohkochi, Takuo; Kinoshita, Toyohiko; Kumighashira, Hiroshi; Oshima, Masaharu; Suemitsu, Maki

    2014-01-01

    Graphene exhibits unusual electronic properties, caused by a linear band structure near the Dirac point. This band structure is determined by the stacking sequence in graphene multilayers. Here we present a novel method of microscopically controlling the band structure. This is achieved by epitaxy of graphene on 3C-SiC(111) and 3C-SiC(100) thin films grown on a 3D microfabricated Si(100) substrate (3D-GOS (graphene on silicon)) by anisotropic etching, which produces Si(111) microfacets as well as major Si(100) microterraces. We show that tuning of the interface between the graphene and the 3C-SiC microfacets enables microscopic control of stacking and ultimately of the band structure of 3D-GOS, which is typified by the selective emergence of semiconducting and metallic behaviours on the (111) and (100) portions, respectively. The use of 3D-GOS is thus effective in microscopically unlocking various potentials of graphene depending on the application target, such as electronic or photonic devices. PMID:24903119

  7. Van der Waals epitaxial growth of two-dimensional single-crystalline GaSe domains on graphene

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    Li, Xufan; Basile, Leonardo; Huang, Bing; ...

    2015-07-22

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are a family of artificially-structured materials that promise tunable optoelectronic properties for devices with enhanced functionalities. Compared to stamping, direct epitaxy of vdW heterostructures is ideal for clean interlayer interfaces and scalable device fabrication. Here, we explore the synthesis and preferred orientations of 2D GaSe atomic layers on graphene (Gr) by vdW epitaxy. Guided by the wrinkles on graphene, GaSe nuclei form that share a predominant lattice orientation. Due to vdW epitaxial growth many nuclei grow as perfectly aligned crystals and coalesce to form large (tens of microns), single-crystal flakes. Through theoretical investigationsmore » of interlayer energetics, and measurements of preferred orientations by atomic-resolution STEM and electron diffraction, a 10.9 interlayer rotation of the GaSe lattice with respect to the underlying graphene is found to be the most energetically preferred vdW heterostructure with the largest binding energy and the longest-range ordering. These GaSe/Gr vdW heterostructures exhibit an enhanced Raman E21g band of monolayer GaSe along with highly-quenched photoluminescence due to strong charge transfer. Despite the very large lattice mismatch of GaSe/Gr through vdW epitaxy, the predominant orientation control and convergent formation of large single-crystal flakes demonstrated here is promising for the scalable synthesis of large-area vdW heterostructures for the development of new optical and optoelectronic devices.« less

  8. Van der Waals epitaxial growth of two-dimensional single-crystalline GaSe domains on graphene

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    Li, Xufan; Basile, Leonardo; Huang, Bing; Ma, Cheng; Lee, Jaekwang; Vlassiouk, Ivan V.; Puretzky, Alexander A.; Lin, Ming -Wei; Chi, Miaofang; Idrobo Tapia, Juan Carlos; Rouleau, Christopher M.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Yoon, Mina; Geohegan, David B.; Xiao, Kai

    2015-07-22

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are a family of artificially-structured materials that promise tunable optoelectronic properties for devices with enhanced functionalities. Compared to stamping, direct epitaxy of vdW heterostructures is ideal for clean interlayer interfaces and scalable device fabrication. Here, we explore the synthesis and preferred orientations of 2D GaSe atomic layers on graphene (Gr) by vdW epitaxy. Guided by the wrinkles on graphene, GaSe nuclei form that share a predominant lattice orientation. Due to vdW epitaxial growth many nuclei grow as perfectly aligned crystals and coalesce to form large (tens of microns), single-crystal flakes. Through theoretical investigations of interlayer energetics, and measurements of preferred orientations by atomic-resolution STEM and electron diffraction, a 10.9 interlayer rotation of the GaSe lattice with respect to the underlying graphene is found to be the most energetically preferred vdW heterostructure with the largest binding energy and the longest-range ordering. These GaSe/Gr vdW heterostructures exhibit an enhanced Raman E21g band of monolayer GaSe along with highly-quenched photoluminescence due to strong charge transfer. Despite the very large lattice mismatch of GaSe/Gr through vdW epitaxy, the predominant orientation control and convergent formation of large single-crystal flakes demonstrated here is promising for the scalable synthesis of large-area vdW heterostructures for the development of new optical and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Atomic Layer Epitaxy of h-BN(0001) Multilayers on Co(0001) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of Graphene on h-BN(0001)/Co(0001).

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    Driver, M Sky; Beatty, John D; Olanipekun, Opeyemi; Reid, Kimberly; Rath, Ashutosh; Voyles, Paul M; Kelber, Jeffry A

    2016-03-22

    The direct growth of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) by industrially scalable methods is of broad interest for spintronic and nanoelectronic device applications. Such applications often require atomically precise control of film thickness and azimuthal registry between layers and substrate. We report the formation, by atomic layer epitaxy (ALE), of multilayer h-BN(0001) films (up to 7 monolayers) on Co(0001). The ALE process employs BCl3/NH3 cycles at 600 K substrate temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED) data show that this process yields an increase in h-BN average film thickness linearly proportional to the number of BCl3/NH3 cycles, with BN layers in azimuthal registry with each other and with the Co(0001) substrate. LEED diffraction spot profile data indicate an average BN domain size of at least 1900 Å. Optical microscopy data indicate the presence of some domains as large as ∼20 μm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and ambient exposure studies demonstrate macroscopic and microscopic continuity of the h-BN film, with the h-BN film highly conformal to the Co substrate. Photoemission data show that the h-BN(0001) film is p-type, with band bending near the Co/h-BN interface. Growth of graphene by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is observed on the surface of multilayer h-BN(0001) at temperatures of 800 K. LEED data indicate azimuthal graphene alignment with the h-BN and Co(0001) lattices, with domain size similar to BN. The evidence of multilayer BN and graphene azimuthal alignment with the lattice of the Co(0001) substrate demonstrates that this procedure is suitable for scalable production of heterojunctions for spintronic applications.

  10. Narrow plasmon resonances enabled by quasi-freestanding bilayer epitaxial graphene

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    Daniels, Kevin M.; Jadidi, M. Mehdi; Sushkov, Andrei B.; Nath, Anindya; Boyd, Anthony K.; Sridhara, Karthik; Drew, H. Dennis; Murphy, Thomas E.; Myers-Ward, Rachael L.; Gaskill, D. Kurt

    2017-06-01

    Exploiting the underdeveloped terahertz range (~1012-1013 Hz) of the electromagnetic spectrum could advance many scientific fields (e.g. medical imaging for the identification of tumors and other biological tissues, non-destructive evaluation of hidden objects or ultra-broadband communication). Despite the benefits of operating in this regime, generation, detection and manipulation have proven difficult, as few materials have functional interactions with THz radiation. In contrast, graphene supports resonances in the THz regime through structural confinement of surface plasmons, which can lead to enhanced absorption. In prior work, the achievable plasmon resonances in such structures have been limited by multiple electron scattering mechanisms (i.e. large carrier scattering rates) which greatly broaden the resonance (>100 cm-1 3 THz). We report the narrowest room temperature Drude response to-date, 30 cm-1 (0.87 THz), obtained using quasi-free standing bilayer epitaxial graphene (QFS BLG) synthesized on (0 0 0 1)6H-SiC. This narrow response is due to a 4-fold increase in carrier mobility and improved thickness and electronic uniformity of QFS BLG. Moreover, QFS BLG samples patterned into microribbons targeting 1.8-5.7 THz plasmon resonances also exhibit low scattering rates (37-53 cm-1). Due to the improved THz properties of QFS BLG, the effects of e-beam processing on carrier scattering rates was determined and we found that fabrication conditions can be tuned to minimize the impact on optoelectronic properties. In addition, electrostatic gating of patterned QFS BLG shows narrow band THz amplitude modulation. Taken together, these properties of QFS BLG should facilitate future development of THz optoelectronic devices for monochromatic applications.

  11. Van der Waals Epitaxial Growth of Two-Dimensional Single-Crystalline GaSe Domains on Graphene.

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    Li, Xufan; Basile, Leonardo; Huang, Bing; Ma, Cheng; Lee, Jaekwang; Vlassiouk, Ivan V; Puretzky, Alexander A; Lin, Ming-Wei; Yoon, Mina; Chi, Miaofang; Idrobo, Juan C; Rouleau, Christopher M; Sumpter, Bobby G; Geohegan, David B; Xiao, Kai

    2015-08-25

    Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are a family of artificially structured materials that promise tunable optoelectronic properties for devices with enhanced functionalities. Compared to transferring, direct epitaxy of vdW heterostructures is ideal for clean interlayer interfaces and scalable device fabrication. Here we report the synthesis and preferred orientations of 2D GaSe atomic layers on graphene (Gr) by vdW epitaxy. GaSe crystals are found to nucleate predominantly on random wrinkles or grain boundaries of graphene, share a preferred lattice orientation with underlying graphene, and grow into large (tens of micrometers) irregularly shaped, single-crystalline domains. The domains are found to propagate with triangular edges that merge into the large single crystals during growth. Electron diffraction reveals that approximately 50% of the GaSe domains are oriented with a 10.5 ± 0.3° interlayer rotation with respect to the underlying graphene. Theoretical investigations of interlayer energetics reveal that a 10.9° interlayer rotation is the most energetically preferred vdW heterostructure. In addition, strong charge transfer in these GaSe/Gr vdW heterostructures is predicted, which agrees with the observed enhancement in the Raman E(2)1g band of monolayer GaSe and highly quenched photoluminescence compared to GaSe/SiO2. Despite the very large lattice mismatch of GaSe/Gr through vdW epitaxy, the predominant orientation control and convergent formation of large single-crystal flakes demonstrated here is promising for the scalable synthesis of large-area vdW heterostructures for the development of new optical and optoelectronic devices.

  12. Molecular beam epitaxy growth of high quality p-doped SnS van der Waals epitaxy on a graphene buffer layer

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    Wang, W.; Leung, K. K.; Fong, W. K.; Wang, S. F.; Surya, C.; Hui, Y. Y.; Lau, S. P.; Chen, Z.; Shi, L. J.; Cao, C. B.

    2012-05-01

    We report on the systematic investigation of optoelectronic properties of tin (IV) sulfide (SnS) van der Waals epitaxies (vdWEs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique. Energy band simulation using commercial CASTEP code indicates that SnS has an indirect bandgap of size 0.982 eV. Furthermore, our simulation shows that elemental Cu can be used as a p-type dopant for the material. Growth of high quality SnS thin films is accomplished by MBE technique using graphene as the buffer layer. We observed significant reduction in the rocking curve FWHM over the existing published values. Crystallite size in the range of 2-3 {mu}m is observed which is also significantly better than the existing results. Measurement of the absorption coefficient, {alpha}, is performed using a Hitachi U-4100 Spectrophotometer system which demonstrate large values of {alpha} of the order of 10{sup 4} cm{sup -1}. Sharp cutoff in the values of {alpha}, as a function of energy, is observed for the films grown using a graphene buffer layer indicating low concentration of localized states in the bandgap. Cu-doping is achieved by co-evaporation technique. It is demonstrated that the hole concentration of the films can be controlled between 10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} and 5 x 10{sup 17}cm{sup -3} by varying the temperature of the Cu K-cell. Hole mobility as high as 81 cm{sup 2}V{sup -1}s{sup -1} is observed for SnS films on graphene/GaAs(100) substrates. The improvements in the physical properties of the films are attributed to the unique layered structure and chemically saturated bonds at the surface for both SnS and the graphene buffer layer. Consequently, the interaction between the SnS thin films and the graphene buffer layer is dominated by van der Waals force and structural defects at the interface, such as dangling bonds or dislocations, are substantially reduced.

  13. Magnetic field driven ambipolar quantum Hall effect in epitaxial graphene close to the charge neutrality point

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    Nachawaty, A.; Yang, M.; Desrat, W.; Nanot, S.; Jabakhanji, B.; Kazazis, D.; Yakimova, R.; Cresti, A.; Escoffier, W.; Jouault, B.

    2017-08-01

    We have investigated the disorder of epitaxial graphene close to the charge neutrality point (CNP) by various methods: (i) at room temperature, by analyzing the dependence of the resistivity on the Hall coefficient; (ii) by fitting the temperature dependence of the Hall coefficient down to liquid helium temperature; (iii) by fitting the magnetoresistances at low temperature. All methods converge to give a disorder amplitude of (20 ±10 ) meV. Because of this relatively low disorder, close to the CNP, at low temperature, the sample resistivity does not exhibit the standard value ≃h /4 e2 but diverges. Moreover, the magnetoresistance curves have a unique ambipolar behavior, which has been systematically observed for all studied samples. This is a signature of both asymmetry in the density of states and in-plane charge transfer. The microscopic origin of this behavior cannot be unambiguously determined. However, we propose a model in which the SiC substrate steps qualitatively explain the ambipolar behavior.

  14. Tuning a Schottky barrier of epitaxial graphene/4H-SiC (0001) by hydrogen intercalation

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    Dharmaraj, P.; Justin Jesuraj, P.; Jeganathan, K.

    2016-02-01

    We report the electron transport properties of epitaxial graphene (EG) grown on 4H-SiC (0001) by low energy electron-beam irradiation. As-grown EG (AEG) on SiC interface exhibits rectifying current-voltage characteristics with a low Schottky barrier (SB) of 0.55 ± 0.05 eV and high reverse current leakage. The SB of AEG/SiC junction is extremely impeded by the Fermi level pinning (FLP) above the Dirac point due to charged states at the interface. Nevertheless, a gentle hydrogen intercalation at 900 °C enables the alleviation of both FLP and carrier scattering owing to the saturation of dangling bonds as evidenced by the enhancement of SB (0.75 ± 0.05 eV) and high electron mobility well excess of 6000 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}.

  15. Toward epitaxially grown two-dimensional crystal hetero-structures: Single and double MoS2/graphene hetero-structures by chemical vapor depositions

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    Lin, Meng-Yu; Chang, Chung-En; Wang, Cheng-Hung; Su, Chen-Fung; Chen, Chi; Lee, Si-Chen; Lin, Shih-Yen

    2014-08-01

    Uniform large-size MoS2/graphene hetero-structures fabricated directly on sapphire substrates are demonstrated with layer-number controllability by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images provide the direct evidences of layer numbers of MoS2/graphene hetero-structures. Photo-excited electron induced Fermi level shift of the graphene channel are observed on the single MoS2/graphene hetero-structure transistors. Furthermore, double hetero-structures of graphene/MoS2/graphene are achieved by CVD fabrication of graphene layers on top of the MoS2, as confirmed by the cross-sectional HRTEM. These results have paved the possibility of epitaxially grown multi-hetero-structures for practical applications.

  16. Synthesis, characterization, and properties of few-layer MoO3.

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    Sreedhara, M B; Matte, H S S Ramakrishna; Govindaraj, A; Rao, C N R

    2013-10-01

    Nanosheets of MoO3 that consist of only a few layers have been prepared by using four methods, including the oxidation of MoS2 nanosheets, intercalation with LiBr, and ultrasonication. These nanosheets have been characterized by atomic force microscopy and other techniques. Besides showing a blue-shift of the optical absorption band compared to the bulk sample, few-layer MoO3 exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity. In combination with a borocarbonitride, few-layer MoO3 shows good performance characteristics as a supercapacitor electrode.

  17. Electronic energy loss spectra from mono-layer to few layers of phosphorene

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    Mohan, Brij; Thakur, Rajesh; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    Using first principles calculations, electronic and optical properties of few-layers phosphorene has been investigated. Electronic band structure show a moderate band gap of 0.9 eV in monolayer phosphorene which decreases with increasing number of layers. Optical properties of few-layers of phosphorene in infrared and visible region shows tunability with number of layers. Electron energy loss function has been plotted and huge red shift in plasmonic behaviours is found. These tunable electronic and optical properties of few-layers of phosphorene can be useful for the applications of optoelectronic devices.

  18. Electronic energy loss spectra from mono-layer to few layers of phosphorene

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    Mohan, Brij Thakur, Rajesh; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-23

    Using first principles calculations, electronic and optical properties of few-layers phosphorene has been investigated. Electronic band structure show a moderate band gap of 0.9 eV in monolayer phosphorene which decreases with increasing number of layers. Optical properties of few-layers of phosphorene in infrared and visible region shows tunability with number of layers. Electron energy loss function has been plotted and huge red shift in plasmonic behaviours is found. These tunable electronic and optical properties of few-layers of phosphorene can be useful for the applications of optoelectronic devices.

  19. Near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy signature of image potential states in multilayer epitaxial graphene

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    Coelho, P. M.; dos Reis, D. D.; Matos, M. J. S.; Mendes-de-Sa, T. G.; Goncalves, A. M. B.; Lacerda, R. G.; Malachias, A.; Magalhaes-Paniago, R.

    2016-02-01

    Single layer behavior in multilayer epitaxial graphene has been a matter of intense investigation. This is due to the layer decoupling that occurs during growth of graphene on some types of substrates, such as carbon-terminated silicon carbide. We show here that near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy can be used to observe the signature of this decoupling. To this end, samples of multilayer graphene from silicon carbide sublimation were grown with different degrees of decoupling. Raman spectroscopy was used to infer the degree of structural decoupling. X-ray grazing-incidence diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy showed that growth initiates with the presence of bilayer graphene commensurate structures, while layer decoupling is associated to the formation of incommensurate structures observed for longer sublimation time. Near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy was used to probe the electronic states above the Fermi energy. Besides the σ* and π* empty states, image potential states are observed and show a clear change of intensity as a function of incident angle. These image potential states evolve from a graphite- to graphene-like behavior as a function of growth time and can be used to infer the degree of structural coupling among layers.

  20. Epitaxial Growth of Thin Ferroelectric Polymer Films on Graphene Layer for Fully Transparent and Flexible Nonvolatile Memory.

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    Kim, Kang Lib; Lee, Wonho; Hwang, Sun Kak; Joo, Se Hun; Cho, Suk Man; Song, Giyoung; Cho, Sung Hwan; Jeong, Beomjin; Hwang, Ihn; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Yu, Young-Jun; Shin, Tae Joo; Kwak, Sang Kyu; Kang, Seok Ju; Park, Cheolmin

    2016-01-13

    Enhancing the device performance of organic memory devices while providing high optical transparency and mechanical flexibility requires an optimized combination of functional materials and smart device architecture design. However, it remains a great challenge to realize fully functional transparent and mechanically durable nonvolatile memory because of the limitations of conventional rigid, opaque metal electrodes. Here, we demonstrate ferroelectric nonvolatile memory devices that use graphene electrodes as the epitaxial growth substrate for crystalline poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) polymer. The strong crystallographic interaction between PVDF-TrFE and graphene results in the orientation of the crystals with distinct symmetry, which is favorable for polarization switching upon the electric field. The epitaxial growth of PVDF-TrFE on a graphene layer thus provides excellent ferroelectric performance with high remnant polarization in metal/ferroelectric polymer/metal devices. Furthermore, a fully transparent and flexible array of ferroelectric field effect transistors was successfully realized by adopting transparent poly[bis(4-phenyl)(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)amine] semiconducting polymer.

  1. Anisotropic in-Plane Thermal Conductivity Observed in Few-Layer Black Phosphorus

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    2015-10-16

    consists of puckered honeycomb atomic sheets bonded by van der Waals force and therefore can be mechanically exfo- liated into atomically thin layers ...ARTICLE Received 25 Mar 2015 | Accepted 7 Sep 2015 | Published 16 Oct 2015 Anisotropic in-plane thermal conductivity observed in few- layer black...report the anisotropic in-plane thermal conductivity of suspended few- layer black phosphorus measured by micro-Raman spectroscopy. The armchair and

  2. Environmental Instability and Degradation of Single- and Few-Layer WTe2 Nanosheets in Ambient Conditions.

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    Ye, Fan; Lee, Jaesung; Hu, Jin; Mao, Zhiqiang; Wei, Jiang; Feng, Philip X-L

    2016-09-08

    Ambient environmental instability and degradation mechanism of single- and few-layer WTe2 are investigated. Oxidation of W and Te atoms appears to be a main reason for degradation. Single-layer samples' Raman signals disappear within 20 min in air. Few-layer WTe2 exhibits saturating degradation behavior: only the top layer WTe2 is oxidized; the degraded layer can protect inner layers from further degradation.

  3. Seeding Atomic Layer Deposition of High-k Dielectrics on Epitaxial Graphene with Organic Self-assembled Monolayers

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    Alaboson, Justice M. P.; Wang, Qing Hua; Emery, Jonathan D.; Lipson, Albert L.; Bedzyk, Michael J.; Elam, Jeffrey W.; Pellin, Michael J.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2011-06-28

    The development of high-performance graphene-based nanoelectronics requires the integration of ultrathin and pinhole-free high-k dielectric films with graphene at the wafer scale. Here, we demonstrate that self-assembled monolayers of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) act as effective organic seeding layers for atomic layer deposition (ALD) of HfO₂ and Al₂O₃ on epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). The PTCDA is deposited via sublimation in ultrahigh vacuum and shown to be highly ordered with low defect density by molecular-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy. Whereas identical ALD conditions lead to incomplete and rough dielectric deposition on bare graphene, the chemical functionality provided by the PTCDA seeding layer yields highly uniform and conformal films. The morphology and chemistry of the dielectric films are characterized by atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry, cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, while high-resolution X-ray reflectivity measurements indicate that the underlying graphene remains intact following ALD. Using the PTCDA seeding layer, metal-oxide-graphene capacitors fabricated with a 3 nm Al₂O₃ and 10 nm HfO₂ dielectric stack show high capacitance values of ~700 nF/cm² and low leakage currents of ~5 × 10{sup –9} A/cm² at 1 V applied bias. These results demonstrate the viability of sublimated organic self-assembled monolayers as seeding layers for high-k dielectric films in graphene-based nanoelectronics.

  4. Structural and electronic properties of few-layer graphenes from frist-principles

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    Tsai, M.-H.; Huang, J.-R.; Lin, J.-Y.; Chen, B.-H.

    2008-03-01

    Using first-principles calculation method, it is found that the calculated layer spacing for the two-layer AB stacked FLG is only 2.725å, which is substantially reduced from the calculated value of 3.257å for bulk graphite. The average interlayer spacing for 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-layer FLG's are found to oscillate and approach that of the bulk graphite. The two-layer AA stacked FLG is found to remain metallic for the external electric potential up to 4.5Volts considered in this study. In contrast, the two-layer AB stacked FLG is found to exhibit a semi-metal-semiconductor transition under an external electric potential qualitatively in agreement with previous theoretical studies. However, the energy gap is not limited at 0.3eV as obtained in previous first-principles calculation due to the substantially reduced interlayer spacing. The threshold of the semi-metal-semiconductor transition is 0.04 Volts. The external electric potential also induced energy gaps in 3- and 4-layer AB stacked FLG's. However, in these two thicker FLG's, the induced energy gaps are small within 0.1eV. Based on this study, only the two-layer FLG is useful as a nanoscale electronic switch.

  5. Molecular-beam epitaxy and robust superconductivity of stoichiometric FeSe crystalline films on bilayer graphene

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    Song Canli; Jiang Yeping; Xue Qikun; Wang Yilin; Li Zhi; Wang Lili; He Ke; Ma Xucun; Chen Xi

    2011-07-01

    We report on molecular beam epitaxy growth of stoichiometric and superconducting FeSe crystalline thin films on double-layer graphene. Layer-by-layer growth of high-quality films has been achieved in a well-controlled manner by using Se-rich condition, which allow us to investigate the thickness-dependent superconductivity of FeSe. In situ low-temperature scanning tunneling spectra reveal that the local superconducting gap in the quasiparticle density of states is visible down to two triple layers for the minimum measurement temperature of 2.2 K, and that the transition temperature T{sub c} scales inversely with film thickness.

  6. Annealing-induced magnetic moments detected by spin precession measurements in epitaxial graphene on SiC

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    Birkner, Bastian; Pachniowski, Daniel; Sandner, Andreas; Ostler, Markus; Seyller, Thomas; Fabian, Jaroslav; Ciorga, Mariusz; Weiss, Dieter; Eroms, Jonathan

    2013-02-01

    We present results of nonlocal and three-terminal (3T) spin precession measurements on spin injection devices fabricated on epitaxial graphene on SiC. The measurements were performed before and after an annealing step at 150 ∘C for 15 minutes in vacuum. The values of spin relaxation length Ls and spin relaxation time τs obtained after annealing are reduced by a factor 2 and 4, respectively, compared to those before annealing. An apparent discrepancy between spin diffusion constant Ds and charge diffusion constant Dc can be resolved by investigating the temperature dependence of the g factor, which is consistent with a model for paramagnetic magnetic moments.

  7. Molecular beam epitaxy growth of SrO buffer layers on graphite and graphene for the integration of complex oxides

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    Ahmed, Adam S.; Wen, Hua; Ohta, Taisuke; ...

    2016-04-27

    Here, we report the successful growth of high-quality SrO films on highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and single-layer graphene by molecular beam epitaxy. The SrO layers have (001) orientation as confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) while atomic force microscopy measurements show continuous pinhole-free films having rms surface roughness of <1.5 Å. Moreover, transport measurements of exfoliated graphene, after SrO deposition, show a strong dependence between the Dirac point and Sr oxidation. As a result, the SrO is leveraged as a buffer layer for more complex oxide integration via the demonstration of (001) oriented SrTiO3 grown atop a SrO/HOPG stack.

  8. Molecular beam epitaxy growth of SrO buffer layers on graphite and graphene for the integration of complex oxides

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    Ahmed, Adam S.; Wen, Hua; Ohta, Taisuke; Pinchuk, Igor V.; Zhu, Tiancong; Beechem, Thomas; Kawakami, Roland K.

    2016-04-27

    Here, we report the successful growth of high-quality SrO films on highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and single-layer graphene by molecular beam epitaxy. The SrO layers have (001) orientation as confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) while atomic force microscopy measurements show continuous pinhole-free films having rms surface roughness of <1.5 Å. Moreover, transport measurements of exfoliated graphene, after SrO deposition, show a strong dependence between the Dirac point and Sr oxidation. As a result, the SrO is leveraged as a buffer layer for more complex oxide integration via the demonstration of (001) oriented SrTiO3 grown atop a SrO/HOPG stack.

  9. Molecular beam epitaxy growth of SrO buffer layers on graphite and graphene for the integration of complex oxides

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    Ahmed, Adam S.; Wen, Hua; Ohta, Taisuke; Pinchuk, Igor V.; Zhu, Tiancong; Beechem, Thomas; Kawakami, Roland K.

    2016-08-01

    We report the successful growth of high-quality SrO films on highly-ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and single-layer graphene by molecular beam epitaxy. The SrO layers have (001) orientation as confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) while atomic force microscopy measurements show continuous pinhole-free films having rms surface roughness of <1.5 Å. Transport measurements of exfoliated graphene after SrO deposition show a strong dependence between the Dirac point and Sr oxidation. Subsequently, the SrO is leveraged as a buffer layer for more complex oxide integration via the demonstration of (001) oriented SrTiO3 grown atop a SrO/HOPG stack.

  10. Detecting the local transport properties and the dimensionality of transport of epitaxial graphene by a multi-point probe approach

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    Barreto, Lucas; Perkins, Edward; Johannsen, Jens; Ulstrup, Søren; Fromm, Felix; Raidel, Christian; Seyller, Thomas; Hofmann, Philip

    2013-01-01

    The electronic transport properties of epitaxial monolayer graphene (MLG) and hydrogen-intercalated quasi free-standing bilayer graphene (QFBLG) on SiC(0001) are investigated by micro multi-point probes. Using a probe with 12 contacts, we perform four-point probe measurements with the possibility to effectively vary the contact spacing over more than one order of magnitude, allowing us to establish that the transport is purely two-dimensional. Combined with the carrier density obtained by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we find the room temperature mobility of MLG to be (870±120) cm2/V s. The transport in QFBLG is also found to be two-dimensional with a mobility of (1600±160) cm2/V s.

  11. Hanle precession in the presence of energy-dependent coupling between localized states and an epitaxial graphene spin channel

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    van den Berg, J. J.; Kaverzin, A.; van Wees, B. J.

    2016-12-01

    Hanle spin precession measurements are a common method to extract the spin transport properties of graphene. In epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide, these measurements show unexpected behavior, due to presumed localized states in the carbon buffer layer that is present between the channel and the substrate. As a consequence, the Hanle curve narrows in its magnetic field dependence and can show an unconventional shape, which has been experimentally observed and modeled in previous studies. Here, we extend the previously developed model by assuming that the localized states are charge traps, that have a power-law distribution of trapping times. Our simulations show that the energy dependence of these trapping times can be extracted from the temperature evolution of the Hanle curve, which was previously observed in experiments. Our extended model gives better insight into what processes play a role when a spin channel is coupled to localized states and their relation to the experimental observations.

  12. Structural analysis of PTCDA monolayers on epitaxial graphene with ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and high-resolution X-ray reflectivity

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    Emery, Jonathan D.; Wang, Qing Hua; Zarrouati, Marie; Fenter, Paul; Hersam, Mark C.; Bedzyk, Michael J.

    2011-09-01

    Epitaxial graphene, grown by thermal decomposition of the SiC (0001) surface, is a promising material for future applications due to its unique and superlative electronic properties. However, the innate chemical passivity of graphene presents challenges for integration with other materials for device applications. Here, we present structural characterization of epitaxial graphene functionalized by the organic semiconductor perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA). A combination of ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and high-resolution X-ray reflectivity (XRR) is used to extract lateral and vertical structures of 0, 1, and 2 monolayer (ML) PTCDA on epitaxial graphene. Both Fienup-based phase-retrieval algorithms and model-based least-squares analyses of the XRR data are used to extract an electron density profile that is interpreted in terms of a stacking sequence of molecular layers with specific interlayer spacings. Features in the STM and XRR analysis indicate long-range molecular ordering and weak π-π* interactions binding PTCDA molecules to the graphene surface. The high degree of both lateral and vertical ordering of the self-assembled film demonstrates PTCDA functionalization as a viable route for templating graphene for the growth and deposition of additional materials required for next-generation electronics and sensors.

  13. 4H-SiC(0001) Basal Plane Stability during the Growth of Epitaxial Graphene on Inverted-Mesa Structures

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    Ushio, Shoji; Kutsuma, Yasunori; Yoshii, Arata; Tamai, Naoto; Ohtani, Noboru; Kaneko, Tadaaki

    2011-07-01

    The epitaxial graphene growth at the 4H-SiC(0001) surface with intentionally inserted step-free basal plane regions was performed by high temperature annealing in the range of 1600-1900 °C under ultrahigh vacuum. For fabricating inverted-mesa structures with the step-free regions at SiC surfaces, a combined process consisting of a direct laser digging and a Si-vapor etching at 1900 °C was utilized. The graphitized surfaces were characterized by atomic force microscopy, low acceleration voltage (0.1-1.0 kV) scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the graphene thickness at the SiC step-free surface tends to be suppressed compared with the thickness at background SiC step-terrace surfaces where the steps are intrinsically introduced from intentional/unintentional substrate miscut angles. From the characterization by Raman mapping, 1 ML graphene was obtained at the SiC step-free surface at 1600 °C graphitization in contrast to the case that multilayer graphene was grown at SiC step-terrace surfaces.

  14. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, Auger and STM Characterization of Epitaxial Graphene grown on 6H-SiC (0001)

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    Nelson, Florence; Diebold, Alain C.; Sandin, Andreas; Dougherty, Dan; Aspnes, Dave; Rowe, Jack

    2012-02-01

    Graphene grown by the thermal decomposition of SiC has become of interest to the semiconductor industry due to its unique, high-mobility electronic structure. The growth is of a more scalable nature when compared to exfoliated flakes produced from the ``scotch tape'' method. The resulting film rests on a ``buffer layer'' separating the graphene from the underlying substrate, which is thought to consist of a mixture of sp^2 and non-sp^2 bonding due to the sp^3 bonding of the SiC substrate. The mobilities of the graphene layer have previously been shown to differ from that of the interface layer. We investigate the difference in the optical response of the two layers using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and find a red-shift of the ˜4.5 eV absorbance found in graphene due to the exciton-domianted transition at the M point of the Brilloun Zone. The structural characterization of the films are performed through Auger and STM on substrates which were cleaned by CMP and chemical etching methods prior to the epitaxial growth in UHV.

  15. Three-fold diffraction symmetry in epitaxial graphene and the SiC substrate

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    Siegel, D A; Zhou, S Y; El Gabaly, F; Schmid, A K; McCarty, K F; Lanzara, A

    2009-12-10

    The crystallographic symmetries and spatial distribution of stacking domains in graphene films on 6H-SiC(0001) have been studied by low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and dark field imaging in a low energy electron microscope (LEEM). We find that the graphene diffraction spots from 2 and 3 atomic layers of graphene have 3-fold symmetry consistent with AB (Bernal or rhombohedral) stacking of the layers. On the contrary, graphene diffraction spots from the buffer layer and monolayer graphene have apparent 6-fold symmetry, although the 3-fold nature of the satellite spots indicates a more complex periodicity in the graphene sheets.

  16. Ambipolar field-effect transistors by few-layer InSe with asymmetry contact metals

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    Lin, Chang-Yu; Ulaganathan, Rajesh Kumar; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng

    2017-07-01

    Group IIIA-VIA layered semiconductors (MX, where M = Ga and In, X = S, Se, and Te) have attracted tremendous interest for their anisotropic optical, electronic, and mechanical properties. In this study, we demonstrated that metal and InSe junctions can lead to carrier behaviors in few-layered InSe FETs. These results indicate that the polarity of few-layered InSe FETs can be determined by using metals with different work functions. We adopted FET S/D metal contacts with asymmetric work functions to reduce the Schottky barriers of electrons and holes, and discovered that few-layered InSe FETs with carefully selected metal contacts can achieve ambipolar behaviors. These results indicate that group IIIA-VIA layered semiconductor FETs with asymmetry contact metals have great potential for applications in photovoltaic devices, optical sensors, and CMOS inverter circuits.

  17. Selective Epitaxy of InP on Si and Rectification in Graphene/InP/Si Hybrid Structure.

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    Niu, Gang; Capellini, Giovanni; Hatami, Fariba; Di Bartolomeo, Antonio; Niermann, Tore; Hussein, Emad Hameed; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Krause, Hans-Michael; Zaumseil, Peter; Skibitzki, Oliver; Lupina, Grzegorz; Masselink, William Ted; Lehmann, Michael; Xie, Ya-Hong; Schroeder, Thomas

    2016-10-12

    The epitaxial integration of highly heterogeneous material systems with silicon (Si) is a central topic in (opto-)electronics owing to device applications. InP could open new avenues for the realization of novel devices such as high-mobility transistors in next-generation CMOS or efficient lasers in Si photonics circuitry. However, the InP/Si heteroepitaxy is highly challenging due to the lattice (∼8%), thermal expansion mismatch (∼84%), and the different lattice symmetries. Here, we demonstrate the growth of InP nanocrystals showing high structural quality and excellent optoelectronic properties on Si. Our CMOS-compatible innovative approach exploits the selective epitaxy of InP nanocrystals on Si nanometric seeds obtained by the opening of lattice-arranged Si nanotips embedded in a SiO2 matrix. A graphene/InP/Si-tip heterostructure was realized on obtained materials, revealing rectifying behavior and promising photodetection. This work presents a significant advance toward the monolithic integration of graphene/III-V based hybrid devices onto the mainstream Si technology platform.

  18. Anomalous response of supported few-layer hexagonal boron nitride to DC electric fields: a confined water effect?

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    Oliveira, Camilla; Matos, Matheus; Mazzoni, Mário; Chacham, Hélio; Neves, Bernardo

    2013-03-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is a two-dimensional compound from III-V family, with the atoms of boron and nitrogen arranged in a honeycomb lattice, similar to graphene. Unlike graphene though, h-BN is an insulator material, with a gap larger than 5 eV. Here, we use Electric Force Microscopy (EFM) to study the electrical response of mono and few-layers of h-BN to an electric field applied by the EFM tip. Our results show an anomalous behavior in the dielectric response for h-BN for different bias orientation: for a positive bias applied to the tip, h-BN layers respond with a larger dielectric constant than the dielectric constant of the silicon dioxide substrate; while for a negative bias, the h-BN dielectric constant is smaller than the dielectric constant of the substrate. Based on first-principles calculations, we showed that this anomalous response may be interpreted as a macroscopic consequence of confinement of a thin water layer between h-BN and substrate. These results were confirmed by sample annealing and also also by a comparative analysis with h-BN on a non-polar substrate. All the authors acknowledge financial support from CNPq, Fapemig, Rede Nacional de Pesquisa em Nanotubos de Carbono and INCT-Nano-Carbono.

  19. Strain-induced semiconductor to metal transition in few-layer black phosphorus from first principles

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    Ju, Weiwei; Li, Tongwei; Wang, Hui; Yong, Yongliang; Sun, Jinfeng

    2015-02-01

    Electronic structures of few-layer black phosphorus (BP) with biaxial strain are investigated by using methods based on density functional theory. The compressive strain can result in a semiconductor-metal transition (SMT) for few-layer BP, whereas the tensile strain only affects the band gaps. The critical compressive strain for the SMT is larger in the thinner 2D BP. The band structures and charge densities are calculated in order to provide imperative understanding on SMT. With the compressive strain, the energy of conduction bands moves down, which is induced by the structural change and is essential reason of SMT.

  20. The nature of the interlayer interaction in bulk and few-layer phosphorus

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    Shulenburger, Luke; Baczewski, A. D.; Zhu, Z.; ...

    2015-11-02

    Sensitive dependence of the electronic structure on the number of layers in few-layer phosphorene raises a question about the true nature of the interlayer interaction in so-called van der Waals (vdW) solids . We performed quantum Monte Carlo calculations and found that the interlayer interaction in bulk black phosphorus and related few-layer phosphorene is associated with a significant charge redistribution that is incompatible with purely dispersive forces and not captured by density functional theory calculations with different vdW corrected functionals. Lastly, these findings confirm the necessity of more sophisticated treatment of nonlocal electron correlation in total energy calculations.