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Electronic Detection of Oxygen Adsorption and Size-Specific Doping of Few-Atom Gold Clusters on Graphene

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

© 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Graphene's sensitivity to adsorbed particles has attracted widespread attention because of its potential sensor applications. Size-selected few-atom clusters are promising candidates as adparticles to graphene. Due to their small size, physicochemical properties are dominated by quantum size effects. In particular, few-atom gold clusters demonstrate a significant catalytic activity in various oxidation reactions. In this joint experimental and computational work, size-selected gold clusters with 3 and 6 atoms adsorbed on graphene field-effect transistors and their interaction with molecular oxygen are investigated. While oxygen adsorbs at both cluster sizes, there is a pronounced cluster size dependence in the corresponding doping, as demonstrated via first-principle calculations and electronic transport measurements. Furthermore, the doping of gold cluster decorated graphene changes sign from n- to p-doping upon oxygen adsorption, directly evidencing electron transfer to the oxygen molecules and hence their activation. These observations pinpoint graphene as a valuable platform to investigate and exploit size-dependent cluster properties.
Journal: Advanced Materials interfaces
ISSN: 2196-7350
Issue: 24
Volume: 5
Number of pages: 8
Publication year:2018