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Manipulation of graphene-based systems is a formidable challenge, since it requires the control of atomic interactions over long timescales. Although the effectiveness of a certain number of processes has been experimentally demonstrated, the underlying atomic mechanisms are often not understood. An import class of techniques relies on the interaction between hydrogen and graphene, which is the focus of this research. In particular, the growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) is subject to a single-atom-thick interface carbon layer strongly bound to the substrate, which can be detached through hydrogen intercalation. Here we report that a nucleation phenomenon induces the transformation of this buffer layer into graphene. We study the graphenization dynamics by an ab initio based method that permits the simulation of large systems with an atomic resolution, spanning the time scales from nanoseconds to …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2013
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Volume: 5 Issue: 2 Pages: 671-680