Structure, stability, and electronic interactions of polyoxometalates on functionalized graphene sheets. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Polyoxometalates (H(3)PMo(12)O(40), H(3)PW(12)O(40), H(4)PMo(11)VO(40)) supported on oxygen- and alkyl-functionalized graphene sheets were investigated. Discrete molecular species were directly observed by electron microscopy at loadings below 20 wt.%. The interaction between the polyoxometalates and the graphene surface was found to significantly impact their vibrational spectra and a linear correlation between the frequency of the M-O(c)-M vibration and the dispersion was evidenced by FTIR. While bulk-like electronic properties were observed for small aggregates (2-5 nm), UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry revealed changes in the electronic structure of isolated molecular species as a result of their interaction with graphene. Because of the ability to disperse alkyl-functionalized graphene in a variety of polar and nonpolar solvents, the materials synthesized in this work provide an opportunity to disperse polyoxometalates in media in which they would not dissolve if unsupported.

published proceedings

  • Langmuir

citation count

  • 93

complete list of authors

  • Tessonnier, Jean-Philippe||Goubert-Renaudin, Stephanie||Alia, Shaun||Yan, Yushan||Barteau, Mark A

publication date

  • December 2012