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Physics  2012 

Structure, stability and electronic properties of tricycle type graphane

DOI: 10.1002/pssr.201206358

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We propose a new allotrope of graphane, named as tricycle graphane,with a 4up/2down UUUDUD hydrogenation in each hexagonal carbon ring,which is different from previously proposed allotropes with UUDUUD(boat-1) and UUUUDD (boat-2) types of hydrogenation. Its stability and electronic structures are systematically studied using first-principles method. We find that the tricycle graphane is a stable phase in between the previously proposed chair and stirrup allotropes. Its electronic properties are very similar to those of chair, stirrup, boat-1, boat-2, and twist-boat allotropes. The negative Gibbs free energy of tricycle graphane is -91 meV/atom, which very close to that of the most stable chair one (-103 meV/atom). Thus, this new two-dimensional hydrocarbon may be produced in the process of graphene hydrogenation with a relative high probability compared to other conformers.


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