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Though it is well recognized that the space between graphene cover and the metal substrate can act as a two-dimensional (2D) nanoreactor, several issues are still unresolved, including the role of the metal substrate, the mechanisms ruling water intercalation and the identification of sites at which water is decomposed. Here, we solve these issues by means of density functional theory and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy experiments carried out on graphene grown on (111)-oriented Cu foils. Specifically, we observe decomposition of H2O at room temperature with only H atoms forming bonds with graphene and with buried OH groups underneath the graphene cover. Our theoretical model discloses physicochemical mechanisms ruling the migration and decomposition of water on graphene/Cu. We discover that the edge of graphene can be easily saturated by H through decomposition of H2O …
Tsinghua University Press
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2019

Guangyu He, Qi Wang, Hak Ki Yu, Daniel Farías, Yingchun Liu, Antonio Politano

Biblio References: 
Volume: 12 Issue: 12 Pages: 3101-3108
Nano Research