Jump to main content
Jump to site search


Facile room temperature synthesis of large graphene sheets from simple molecules

Author affiliations

Abstract

The largest graphene sample obtained through a chemical reaction under ambient conditions (temperature and pressure), using simple molecules such as benzene or n-hexane as precursors, is reported. Starting from a heterogeneous reaction between solid iron chloride and the molecular precursor (benzene and n-hexane) at a water/oil interface, graphene sheets with micrometric lateral size are obtained as a film deposited at the liquid/liquid (L/L) interface. The pathway involving the cyclization and aromatization of n-hexane to benzene at the L/L interface, and the sequence of conversion of benzene to biphenyl and biphenyl to condensed rings (which originates the graphene structures) was followed by different characterization techniques and a mechanistic proposal is presented. Finally, we demonstrate that this route can be extended for the synthesis of N-doped graphene, using pyridine as the molecular precursor.

Graphical abstract: Facile room temperature synthesis of large graphene sheets from simple molecules

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 26 Jun 2018, accepted on 12 Aug 2018 and first published on 14 Aug 2018


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC02818D
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
  • Open access: Creative Commons BY-NC license
  •   Request permissions

    Facile room temperature synthesis of large graphene sheets from simple molecules

    L. C. Lopes, L. C. da Silva, B. G. Vaz, A. R. M. Oliveira, M. M. Oliveira, M. L. M. Rocco, E. S. Orth and A. J. G. Zarbin, Chem. Sci., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8SC02818D

    This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. Material from this article can be used in other publications provided that the correct acknowledgement is given with the reproduced material and it is not used for commercial purposes.

    Reproduced material should be attributed as follows:

    • For reproduction of material from NJC:
      [Original citation] - Published by The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on behalf of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the RSC.
    • For reproduction of material from PCCP:
      [Original citation] - Published by the PCCP Owner Societies.
    • For reproduction of material from PPS:
      [Original citation] - Published by The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on behalf of the European Society for Photobiology, the European Photochemistry Association, and RSC.
    • For reproduction of material from all other RSC journals:
      [Original citation] - Published by The Royal Society of Chemistry.

    Information about reproducing material from RSC articles with different licences is available on our Permission Requests page.

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements