Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 46, Number 3 (March 2020), p. 328-335    ( to contents , go back )

Graphenes and CNTs: adatoms, islands, nanocrystals, and intercalants as interacting multipoles

V.A. Lykah1 and E.S. Syrkin2

1National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”, 2 Kyrpychov Str., Kharkiv 61002, Ukraine
E-mail: lykahva@yahoo.com

2B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine 47 Nauky Ave., Kharkiv 61103, Ukraine
E-mail: syrkin@ilt.kharkov.ua

Received October 28, 2019, published online January 27, 2020

Abstract

The functionalization (adsorption) of graphene and carbon nanotubes (CNT) is investigated in the case of charge transfer between a functionalizing molecule (adatom) and a substrate (graphenes or CNT), and the first principles charge transfer calculations are briefly reviewed. It is shown that electrostatic dipoles caused by charge transfer describe the interaction between the adsorbed atoms or islands (clusters) at low concentration, that is, at the initial and intermediate stages of functionalization. It is shown that intercalated atoms in graphite, bi-, and tri-graphene can be described by the electrostatic quadrupoles, their magnitudes are found. The quadrupoles’ axes are perpendicular to the layers. On the surface of the CNT, the adsorbed nanocrystals (clusters) are described as electrostatic quadrupoles, their magnitudes are found. The quadrupoles’ axes are directed along the CNT. At long distances, the interaction energies and repulsion forces are calculated for the clusters. The results explain the experimentally found homogeneous distribution of the adsorbed particles and clusters.

Key words: graphenes, graphite, carbon nanotubes, structure of adsorbates.

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