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Keywords:

  • computational transition state;
  • adsorption;
  • graphene;
  • graphene oxide;
  • reduced graphene oxide;
  • electric field;
  • pathway

Abstract

We provide a novel strategy to eliminate the epoxy group from the basal plane of graphene platelets. Given that the current reduction methods are unsatisfactory to clean the epoxides or sometimes cause undesirable structure deformations, the proposed strategy restores the original hexagonal carbon network without creating other new defects. To the best of our knowledge, the electric field mediated graphene oxide (GO) reduction has not yet been systematically investigated. The capability would permit the improvement of existing GO reduction methods and assist in the fabrication of high-quality graphitic materials. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.