Reversible fluorination of graphene: Evidence of a two-dimensional wide bandgap semiconductor

S. H. Cheng, K. Zou, F. Okino, H. R. Gutierrez, A. Gupta, N. Shen, P. C. Eklund, J. O. Sofo, J. Zhu

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We report the synthesis and evidence of graphene fluoride, a two-dimensional wide bandgap semiconductor derived from graphene. Graphene fluoride exhibits hexagonal crystalline order and strongly insulating behavior with resistance exceeding 10GΩ at room temperature. Electron transport in graphene fluoride is well described by variable range hopping in two dimensions due to the presence of localized states in the band gap. Graphene obtained through the reduction of graphene fluoride is highly conductive, exhibiting a resistivity of less than 100kΩ at room temperature. Our approach provides a pathway to reversibly engineer the band structure and conductivity of graphene for electronic and optical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205435
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 25 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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