Stability and properties of 2D porous nanosheets based on tetraoxa[8]circulene analogues

Jiabing Yu, Qiang Sun, Y. Kawazoe, Puru Jena

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Two-dimensional porous nanosheets based on tetraoxa[8]circulene and its analogue are theoretically studied using first principles calculations focusing on their thermal stability and mechanical, electronic, optical and thermoelectric properties. It is found that the nanosheets composed of tetraoxa[8]circulene (TO8C) and tetraaza[8]circulene (TA8C) are thermodynamically and kinetically stable. Both sheets show anisotropic Young's moduli corresponding to tetragonal symmetry. However, due to their porosity, the Young's moduli of both sheets are much smaller than that of graphene. Electronic structure calculations indicate that both TO8C and TA8C nanosheets are direct semiconductors with a band gap of 1.92 eV and 1.83 eV respectively, and they can adsorb strongly visible light and exhibit a huge Seebeck coefficient. Thus they can be promising candidates for solar and thermoelectric applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14962-14970
Number of pages9
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 21


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