Self-Assembly of Hydrofluorinated Janus Graphene Monolayer: A Versatile Route for Designing Novel Janus Nanoscrolls


With remarkably interesting surface activities, two-dimensional Janus materials arouse intensive interests recently in many fields. We demonstrate by molecular dynamic simulations that hydrofluorinated Janus graphene (J-GN) can self-assemble into Janus nanoscroll (J-NS) at room temperature. The van der Waals (vdW) interaction and the coupling of C-H/π/C-F interaction and π/π interaction are proven to offer the continuous driving force of self-assembly of J-GN. The results show that J-GN can self-assemble into various J-NSs structures, including arcs, multi-wall J-NS and arm-chair-like J-NS by manipulating its original geometry (size and aspect ratio). Moreover, we also investigated self-assembly of hydrofluorinated J-GN and Fe nanowires (NWs), suggesting that Fe NW is a good alternative to activate J-GN to form J-NS. Differently, the strong vdW interaction between J-GN and Fe NW provides the main driving force of the self-assembly. Finally, we studied the hydrogen sorption over the formed J-NS with a considerable interlayer spacing, which reaches the US DOE target, indicating that J-NS is a promising candidate for hydrogen storage by controlling the temperature of system. Our theoretical results firstly provide a versatile route for designing novel J-NS from 2D Janus nanomaterials, which has a great potential application in the realm of hydrogen storage/separation.

DOI: 10.1038/srep26914

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@inproceedings{Jin2016SelfAssemblyOH, title={Self-Assembly of Hydrofluorinated Janus Graphene Monolayer: A Versatile Route for Designing Novel Janus Nanoscrolls}, author={Yakang Jin and Qingzhong Xue and Lei Zhu and Xiaofang Li and Xinglong Pan and Jianqiang Zhang and Wei Xing and Tiantian Wu and Zilong Liu}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2016} }