Tunable optical and semiconducting properties of eco-friendly-prepared reduced graphene oxide

Talia Tene, Yuliana Jiménez-Gaona, Diana Katherine Campoverde-Santos, Yesenia Cevallos, Matteo La Pietra, Cristian Vacacela Gomez, Andrea Scarcello, Salvatore Straface, Lorenzo S. Caputi, Stefano Bellucci

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Wide bandgap oxidized graphenes have garnered particular interest among the materials explored for these applications because of their exceptional semiconducting and optical properties. This study aims to investigate the tunability of the related properties in reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for potential use in energy conversion, storage, and optoelectronic devices. To accomplish this, we scrutinized crucial parameters of the synthesis process such as reduction time and temperature. Our findings demonstrate that controlling these parameters makes it possible to customize the optical bandgap of reduced graphene oxide within a range of roughly 2.2 eV–1.6 eV. Additionally, we observed that reduced graphene oxide has strong and superior absorption in the visible region, which is attributable to the existence of OFGs and defects. Notably, our results indicate that the absorption coefficients of reduced graphene oxide are up to almost three times higher (7426 ml mg−1 m−1) than those observed in dispersions of exfoliated graphene and graphene oxide (GO). To complement our findings, we employed several spectroscopic and morphological characterizations, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and electrical measurements. The implications of our results are significant for the development and design of future semiconductors for energy conversion and optoelectronic applications.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo1267199
PublicaciónFrontiers in Chemistry
EstadoPublicada - 31 ago. 2023


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