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    ABSTRACT: Graphene is formed through the thermally induced decomposition of C60 in combination with a Ni thin film. After transfer to a SiO2 substrate, optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy confirm the presence of graphene for films of C60 buried under nickel or alternatively for C60 adsorbed on a nickel surface. For buried films the graphene thickness is shown to depend on the fullerene dosage, with evidence of domain growth from nucleation sites separated by tens of micrometers. The adsorption of C60 and the changes arising from annealing are also monitored using scanning tunneling microscopy. We relate our results to previous studies of the decomposition of C60 on nickel and other transition metals.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 03/2011; 115(15).
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    ABSTRACT: Monolayers of monomer 1,3,5-tri(4-bromophenyl)benzene (TBPB) and the dimerized product 3,3''',5,5'''-tetra(4-bromophenyl)quaterphenyl (TBPQ) on a gold surface have been studied using ambient scanning tunneling microscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Molecular layers are prepared by allowing sessile drops of solution to dry on a gold substrate. For room-temperature deposition we observe ordered arrays of TBPB in three distinct packing arrangements. Deposition on a heated substrate leads to the formation of the dimerized product, TBPQ, through a surface-induced aryl-aryl coupling. Regions of TBPQ coexist with regions of disordered multiply linked molecules. The conversion of monomer TPBP to dimers is confirmed using ToF-SIMS. Our results demonstrate an alternative, solution-phase approach to the formation of large molecules and nanostructures by coupling reactions.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 03/2011; 133(12):4220-3. · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Graphene films have been formed by annealing Ni thin films at 800 °C under vacuum conditions. The Ni thin films are deposited on Si/SiO2 and, following annealing, have a polycrystalline morphology with grain sizes on the order of 1 μm. Following growth, the Ni is removed by etching, and the graphene is transferred as a single continuous layer onto a separate surface. The fraction of monolayer graphene is investigated using optical and electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy and is shown to be >75%.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C - J PHYS CHEM C. 09/2009; 113(38).