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Robust nanocomposites of a-Fe2O3 and N-doped graphene oxide: Interfacial bonding and chemisorption of H2O

Robust nanocomposites of a-Fe2O3 and N-doped graphene oxide: Interfacial bonding and chemisorption of H2O

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Nanocomposites of a-Fe2O3 (hematite) and (N-doped) graphene oxide (GO) were investigated using first- principles calculations with focus on structure, chemical bonding, electronic structure and H2O adsorption. The nanocomposites were modeled as the interface between the a-Fe2O3 (0 0 0 1) surface and the basal plane of reduced graphene oxide, comprising epoxy groups (C:O ratio of 8) as well as graphitic and pyridinic nitrogen doping. The composite structures exhibited strong chemical bonding by the formation of a bridging FeeOeC bond. The calculated binding energy between the materials was 0.56 eV per FeeOeC bond for GO and up to 1.14 eV for N-doped GO, and the binding energies were found to correlate with the charge of the bridging oxide ion. The composites exhibited partly occupied carbon states close to or above the a-Fe2O3 valence band maximum. Dissociative adsorption of H2O was found to be more exothermic for the composites compared to the individual materials, ranging from about 0.9 to 1.7 eV for the most stable configurations with hydroxide species adsorbed to GO and protons forming NH groups or adsorbed to the a-Fe2O3 surface.
Oppdragsgiver
  • Notur/NorStore / NN9259K
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 246809
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 262274
Språk
Engelsk
Institusjon(er)
  • SINTEF Industri / Bærekraftig energiteknologi
År
2019
Publisert i
Carbon
ISSN
0008-6223
Forlag
Elsevier
Årgang
152
Side(r)
497 - 502