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Topological Stone-Wales Defects enhance bonding and electronic coupling at the graphene/metal interface

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.2c01952 DOI Help

Authors: Benedikt P. Klein (Philipps-Universität Marburg; Diamond Light Source; University of Warwick,) , Alexander Ihle (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) , Stefan R. Kachel (Philipps-Universität Marburg) , Lukas Ruppenthal (Philipps-Universität Marburg) , Samuel J. Hall (University of Warwick) , Lars Sattler (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) , Sebastian M. Weber (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) , Jan Herritsch (Philipps-Universität Marburg) , Andrea Jaegermann (Philipps-Universität Marburg) , Daniel Ebeling (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) , Reinhard J. Maurer (University of Warwick) , Gerhard Hilt (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) , Ralf Tonner-Zech (Philipps-Universität Marburg) , André Schirmeisen (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) , J. Michael Gottfried (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Acs Nano , VOL 9

State: Published (Approved)
Published: August 2022

Abstract: Defects play a critical role for the functionality and performance of materials, but the understanding of the related effects is often lacking, because the typically low concentrations of defects make them difficult to study. A prominent case is the topological defects in two-dimensional materials such as graphene. The performance of graphene-based (opto-)electronic devices depends critically on the properties of the graphene/metal interfaces at the contacting electrodes. The question of how these interface properties depend on the ubiquitous topological defects in graphene is of high practical relevance, but could not be answered so far. Here, we focus on the prototypical Stone–Wales (S–W) topological defect and combine theoretical analysis with experimental investigations of molecular model systems. We show that the embedded defects undergo enhanced bonding and electron transfer with a copper surface, compared to regular graphene. These findings are experimentally corroborated using molecular models, where azupyrene mimics the S–W defect, while its isomer pyrene represents the ideal graphene structure. Experimental interaction energies, electronic-structure analysis, and adsorption distance differences confirm the defect-controlled bonding quantitatively. Our study reveals the important role of defects for the electronic coupling at graphene/metal interfaces and suggests that topological defect engineering can be used for performance control.

Journal Keywords: topological defects; nonbenzenoid polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; graphene; metal/graphene interfaces; Stone−Wales defect

Subject Areas: Materials, Physics

Facility: BESSY II

Added On: 03/08/2022 14:19

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Physics Hard condensed matter - structures Electronics Materials Science

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