Unusual infrared-absorption mechanism in thermally reduced graphene oxide

M. Acik, G. Lee, C. Mattevi, Manish Chhowalla, K. Cho, Y. J. Chabal

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Abstract

Infrared absorption of atomic and molecular vibrations in solids can be affected by electronic contributions through non-adiabatic interactions, such as the Fano effect. Typically, the infrared-absorption lineshapes are modified, or infrared-forbidden modes are detectable as a modulation of the electronic absorption. In contrast to such known phenomena, we report here the observation of a giant-infrared-absorption band in reduced graphene oxide, arising from the coupling of electronic states to the asymmetric stretch mode of a yet-unreported structure, consisting of oxygen atoms aggregated at the edges of defects. Free electrons are induced by the displacement of the oxygen atoms, leading to a strong infrared absorption that is in phase with the phonon mode. This new phenomenon is only possible when all other oxygen-containing chemical species, including hydroxyl, carboxyl, epoxide and ketonic functional groups, are removed from the region adjacent to the edges, that is, clean graphene patches are present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-845
Number of pages6
JournalNature Materials
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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Unusual infrared-absorption mechanism in thermally reduced graphene oxide. / Acik, M.; Lee, G.; Mattevi, C.; Chhowalla, Manish; Cho, K.; Chabal, Y. J.

In: Nature Materials, Vol. 9, No. 10, 10.2010, p. 840-845.

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Acik, M, Lee, G, Mattevi, C, Chhowalla, M, Cho, K & Chabal, YJ 2010, 'Unusual infrared-absorption mechanism in thermally reduced graphene oxide', Nature Materials, vol. 9, no. 10, pp. 840-845. https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat2858
Acik, M. ; Lee, G. ; Mattevi, C. ; Chhowalla, Manish ; Cho, K. ; Chabal, Y. J. / Unusual infrared-absorption mechanism in thermally reduced graphene oxide. In: Nature Materials. 2010 ; Vol. 9, No. 10. pp. 840-845.
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