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Title: Strain effects on enhanced hydrogen sulphide detection capability of Ag-decorated defective Graphene: A first-principles investigation
Authors: Qin, X.
Meng, Q.
Feng, Y.P. 
Keywords: Ag adatom
density functional theory
graphene-based gas sensor
StoneWales defect
uniform tensile strain
Issue Date: 10-Oct-2012
Citation: Qin, X., Meng, Q., Feng, Y.P. (2012-10-10). Strain effects on enhanced hydrogen sulphide detection capability of Ag-decorated defective Graphene: A first-principles investigation. Modern Physics Letters B 26 (25) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Strain effects on hydrogen sulphide (H 2S) adsorption on Ag-decorated StoneWales (SW) defect in graphene were investigated by density functional theory calculations. The results indicate that an Ag adatom is easily pinned chemically on the top of the most stretched CC bond at the SW defect in graphene without mechanical strains. A modest uniform tensile strain (8%) applied in defective graphene greatly increases the binding energy of Ag by 44%, indicating the strain enhanced stabilization of Ag on SW defect. Using the resulting Ag-decorated defective graphene (AgSWg) composite as a model for H 2S molecule detection, we found that the tensile strain has little effects on the interaction between the molecule and the composite, and the adsorption energies of H 2S around 1.6 eV which is six times larger than that on pristine graphene are produced. The enhanced H 2S adsorption on AgSWg is attributed to charge transfer from the molecule to the graphene through the bridge-like Ag adatom. In addition, the electronic property of the AgSWg under different strains changes from a metallic state to a semiconductor state upon H 2S adsorption, which should lead to an observable change in its conductivity. These findings pave the way for future development of graphene-based gas sensor. © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company.
Source Title: Modern Physics Letters B
ISSN: 02179849
DOI: 10.1142/S0217984912501667
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