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Adsorption of carbon dioxide and water molecules on graphene on top of silica substrates: dispersion corrected density functional calculations
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Material Physics, MF. KTH Royal Institute of Technology. (Anna Delin's research group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8222-3157
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Material Physics. KTH, Superseded Departments (pre-2005), Materials Science and Engineering. KTH, Centres, SeRC - Swedish e-Science Research Centre. Uppsala University. (Anna Delin's research group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7788-6127
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Abstract [en]

We report on systematic computational studies of carbon dioxide and water molecule adsorption on graphene, with the graphene layer deposited on top of a substrate. Specifically, we address the influence of cristobalite and quartz substrates, i.e. two different types of silicon dioxide. The computations are based on density functional theory (DFT), with a nonempirical nonlocal van der Waals density functional included to account for dispersion forces.We calculate the binding energies and equilibrium positions of the molecules, as well as charge transfer and how the charge density of the graphene layer changes due to the interactions with the substrate and the molecules. The molecule-graphene bonding distances are found to be in the range 3.3-3.4 Å, and the graphene-substrate bonding distances around 3.6 Å. These values are slightly larger than what we have found previously, using an empirical expression for the van der Waals density functional. At the same time, the values for the binding energies are increased, compared to what we have obtained in a previous study. We find, in all cases, a net electron transfer from the adsorbed molecule to the graphene+substrate system. For quartz, the total charge transfer is between 0.1 and 0.2 electrons per adsorbed molecule. For cristobalite, it is only about a tenth of that. Our findings are consistent with earlier calculations as well as experimental data.

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Other Materials Engineering
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Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-221086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-221086DiVA, id: diva2:1173474
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QC 20180115

Available from: 2018-01-12 Created: 2018-01-12 Last updated: 2018-01-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Density Functional Theory Calculations for Graphene-based Gas Sensor Technology
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Nowadays, electronic devices span a diverse pool of applications, especially when getting smaller and smaller satisfying the more than Moore paradigm. To further develop this, studies focusing on material design toward electronic devices are crucial. Accordingly, we present a theoretical study investigating the possibility of graphene as a promising material for such electronic devices design. We focus on graphene and graphene-based sensors. Graphene is known to have outstanding electronic and mechanical properties making it a game changer in the electronic design in the so-called 'post-silicon' industry. It is stronger than steel yet the thinnest material ever known while overstepping copper regarding electronic conductivity.

In this thesis, we perform first-principle ab-initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations of graphene in different sensing ambient conditions, which allows fast, accurate and efficient investigations of the electronic structure properties. Principally, we centre our attention on the arising interactions between the adsorbates on top of the graphene sheet and the underlying substrates' surface defects. The combined effect of the impurity bands arising from these defects and the adsorbates reveals a doping influence within the graphene sheet. This doping behaviour is responsible for different equilibrium distances and binding energies for different adsorbate types as well as substrates. Moreover, we briefly investigate the same effect on double layered graphene under the same ambient conditions.

We extend the studies to involve various types of substrates with different surface conditions and different adhesion nature to graphene. We take into consideration the governing van der Waals interactions in describing the electronic structure properties taking place at the graphene sheet interfacing both with the substrates below and the adsorbates above. Furthermore, we investigate the possibility of passivating such action of graphene sensing towards adsorbates to inhibit the graphene's sensing action as devices passivation becomes a necessity for the ultimate purpose of achieving more than Moore applications. Which in turn result in the optimal integration of graphene-based devices with different other devices functionalities on the same resultant chip.

In summary, graphene, by means of first-principle calculations verification, shows a promising behaviour in the sensor functionality enabling more than Moore applications for further advances.

Abstract [sv]

Elektroniska komponenter används i allt vidare utsträckning, och deras användning ökar i takt med att de blir mindre och mindre samtidigt som deras prestanda ökar, enligt det paradigm som brukar kallas ''more than Moore''. För att att göra ytterligare framsteg i denna riktning är grundläggande studier som fokuserar på materialdesign och tillverkning av nya typer av elektroniska komponenter avgörande. I den här avhandlingen presenteras teoretiska studier av grafen-baserade komponenter. Grafen är ett mycket intressant material för framtidens elektroniska komponenter. Specifikt fokuserar vi på grafenbaserade gas-sensorer. Grafen är känt för att ha mycket ovanliga elektroniska och mekaniska egenskaper som gör det till ett unikt material för "post-silicon"-design av elektronik. Det är starkare än stål och är samtidigt världens tunnaste material. Samtidigt har det bättre elektrisk ledningsförmåga än koppar.

Täthetsfunktionalsteori (DFT) har använts för att beräkna hur den elektroniska strukturen hos grafen ändras som funktion av substratmaterial och typ av molekyler som adsorberats på grafenets yta. DFT är en beräkningsmetod som medger simuleringar med hög precision samtidigt som den är relativt snabb. I studierna har DFT kombinerats med olika modeller för van der Waals-interaktionen.En viktig aspekt i de studier vi presenterar här är interaktionen mellan adsorbat-molekylerna ovanpå grafenet och ytdefekterna hos det underliggande substratet. De orenhetsband som härrör från defekterna, i kombination med adsorbat-molekylerna, skapar en slags dopningseffekt som ändrar elektronstrukturen hos grafenet. Därmed kan även de elektriska transportegenskaperna ändras hos grafenet, vilket möjliggör elektrisk detektion av molekylerna.

Vi har även studerat sensorer byggda med dubbelskiktad grafen. Dessutom har vi gjort en systematisk studie av hur grafen binder till ett stort antal substrat samt även hur man kan passivisera grafen så att den elektriska ledningsförmågan inte ändras vid molekyladsorption. Detta sista är viktigt för "more than Moore"-tillmämpningar, där ett centralt designkriterium är att kunna integrera många funktioner på samma chip.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden, 2018: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 75
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TRITA-SCI-FOU ; 2018:01
Keywords
graphene, ab-initio, humidity, carbon dioxide, substrate, DFT, vdW, first-principle, simulation, calculations
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Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject
Physics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-221639 (URN)978-91-7729-660-7 (ISBN)
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2018-02-09, Ka-Sal C (Sal Sven-Olof Öhrvik), Electrum 229 16440 Kista, Stockholm, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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