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Unexpected change in the electronic properties of the Au-graphene interface caused by toluene

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jon Goss, Professor Patrick Briddon


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Density-functional theory is used to show that isolated Au atoms on graphene do not lead to substantial charge transfer or doping but this is altered if a second layer of graphene or toluene is present. Thus intercalating Au into a sandwich of graphene-toluene leads to n -type doping of graphene. The effect is attributed to a confinement of the 6s level of Au by toluene or the second graphene layer. It is also shown that K atoms dope graphene with the transfer of around one electron. The binding energies and electronic structure of Au, Cr, and Ti on graphene are also reported. © 2010 The American Physical Society.

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Author(s): Pinto H, Jones R, Goss J, Briddon P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

Year: 2010

Volume: 82

Issue: 12

Print publication date: 03/09/2010

ISSN (print): 1098-0121

ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.125407


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