Molecular Arrangement and Charge Transfer in C60/Graphene Heterostructures

Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, Elton J G Santos, Seita Onishi, Aiming Yan, Haider Imad Rasool, Salman Kahn, Yinchuan Lv, Drew Latzke, Jairo, Jr. Velasco, Michael F Crommie, Matthew Sorensen, Kenneth Gotlieb, Chiu-Yun Lin, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Alessandra Lanzara, Alex Zettl

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Charge transfer at the interface between dissimilar materials is at the heart of electronics and photovoltaics. Here we study the molecular orientation, electronic structure, and local charge transfer at the interface region of C60 deposited on graphene, with and without supporting substrates such as hexagonal boron nitride. We employ ab initio density functional theory with van der Waals (vdW) interactions, and experimentally characterize interface devices using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and electronic transport. Charge transfer between C60 and the graphene is found to be sensitive to the nature of the underlying supporting substrate and to the crystallinity and local orientation of the C60. Even at room temperature, C60 molecules interfaced to graphene are orientationally locked into position. High electron and hole mobilities are preserved in graphene with crystalline C60 overlayers, which has ramifications for organic high-mobility field-effect devices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Nano
Early online date24 Apr 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 24 Apr 2017


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