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Title: Interactions of Organic Solvents at Graphene/α-Al 2 O 3 and Graphene Oxide/α-Al 2 O 3 Interfaces Studied by Sum Frequency Generation

Abstract

The adsorption of 1-hexanol from cyclohexane-d12 at single-layer graphene/α-Al2O3 interfaces was probed at mole percent values as low as 0.05 in the C–H stretching region using vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG). The SFG spectra are indiscernible from those obtained in the absence of graphene, and from those obtained in the presence of graphene oxide films prepared via oxygen plasma treatment of pristine single-layer graphene. A Langmuir adsorption model yields observed free adsorption energies of -19.9(5) to -20.9(3) kJ/mol for the three interfaces. The results indicate that the molecular structure of the hexanol alkyl chain is subject to the same orientation distribution when graphene, oxidized or not, is present or absent at the α-Al2O3/cyclohexane-d12 interface. Moreover, it appears that the adsorption of 1-hexanol in this binary mixture is driven by hexanol interactions with the underlying oxide support, and that a single layer of graphene does not influence the extent of this interaction, even when defects are introduced to it. Finally, our structural and quantitative thermodynamic data provide important benchmarks for theoretical calculations and atomistic simulations of liquid/graphene interfaces. We hypothesize that defects emerging in graphene during operation of any device application that relies on layered solvent/graphene/oxide interfaces have little impact onmore » the interfacial structure or thermodynamics, at least for the binary mixture and over the range of defect densities probed in our studies.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2];  [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208, United States
  2. Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, United States
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center (FIRST)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1386338
DOE Contract Number:  
ERKCC61
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 31; Related Information: FIRST partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (lead); Argonne National Laboratory; Drexel University; Georgia State University; Northwestern University; Pennsylvania State University; Suffolk University; Vanderbilt University; University of Virginia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (fuels), energy storage (including batteries and capacitors), hydrogen and fuel cells, electrodes - solar, mechanical behavior, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Citation Formats

Achtyl, Jennifer L., Vlassiouk, Ivan V., Dai, Sheng, and Geiger, Franz. Interactions of Organic Solvents at Graphene/α-Al 2 O 3 and Graphene Oxide/α-Al 2 O 3 Interfaces Studied by Sum Frequency Generation. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1021/jp5047547.
Achtyl, Jennifer L., Vlassiouk, Ivan V., Dai, Sheng, & Geiger, Franz. Interactions of Organic Solvents at Graphene/α-Al 2 O 3 and Graphene Oxide/α-Al 2 O 3 Interfaces Studied by Sum Frequency Generation. United States. doi:10.1021/jp5047547.
Achtyl, Jennifer L., Vlassiouk, Ivan V., Dai, Sheng, and Geiger, Franz. Thu . "Interactions of Organic Solvents at Graphene/α-Al 2 O 3 and Graphene Oxide/α-Al 2 O 3 Interfaces Studied by Sum Frequency Generation". United States. doi:10.1021/jp5047547.
@article{osti_1386338,
title = {Interactions of Organic Solvents at Graphene/α-Al 2 O 3 and Graphene Oxide/α-Al 2 O 3 Interfaces Studied by Sum Frequency Generation},
author = {Achtyl, Jennifer L. and Vlassiouk, Ivan V. and Dai, Sheng and Geiger, Franz},
abstractNote = {The adsorption of 1-hexanol from cyclohexane-d12 at single-layer graphene/α-Al2O3 interfaces was probed at mole percent values as low as 0.05 in the C–H stretching region using vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG). The SFG spectra are indiscernible from those obtained in the absence of graphene, and from those obtained in the presence of graphene oxide films prepared via oxygen plasma treatment of pristine single-layer graphene. A Langmuir adsorption model yields observed free adsorption energies of -19.9(5) to -20.9(3) kJ/mol for the three interfaces. The results indicate that the molecular structure of the hexanol alkyl chain is subject to the same orientation distribution when graphene, oxidized or not, is present or absent at the α-Al2O3/cyclohexane-d12 interface. Moreover, it appears that the adsorption of 1-hexanol in this binary mixture is driven by hexanol interactions with the underlying oxide support, and that a single layer of graphene does not influence the extent of this interaction, even when defects are introduced to it. Finally, our structural and quantitative thermodynamic data provide important benchmarks for theoretical calculations and atomistic simulations of liquid/graphene interfaces. We hypothesize that defects emerging in graphene during operation of any device application that relies on layered solvent/graphene/oxide interfaces have little impact on the interfacial structure or thermodynamics, at least for the binary mixture and over the range of defect densities probed in our studies.},
doi = {10.1021/jp5047547},
journal = {Journal of Physical Chemistry. C},
number = 31,
volume = 118,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Thu Jul 17 00:00:00 EDT 2014}
}