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Physisorption of benzene derivatives on graphene: critical roles of steric and stereoelectronic effects of the substituent

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Abstract

A series of benzene derivatives with different substituents adsorbed on graphene was investigated using a density-functional tight-binding method with a dispersion correction. Compared to benzene, the derivative with either an electron-withdrawing or -donating substituent exhibits stronger physisorption. Moreover, the steric size of the substituent is important in determining the adsorption strength, while the direction and the number of H atoms in the substituent affect the electron transfer from graphene. NBO analysis reveals that the stereoelectronic effect of the conjugation between the substituent and the benzene ring strongly influences the π⋯π interaction region between the molecule and graphene. The findings can deepen the understanding of the interaction between an aromatic molecule and graphene as well as the corresponding adsorption mechanism.

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The article was received on 19 Dec 2014, accepted on 09 Apr 2015 and first published on 10 Apr 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4CP05973E
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Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 12185-12193

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    Physisorption of benzene derivatives on graphene: critical roles of steric and stereoelectronic effects of the substituent

    P. Zhou and R. Zhang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 12185
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CP05973E

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