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High-capacity hydrogen storage by metallized graphene

Ataca, C.
Akturk, E.
Toffoli, Hande
First- principles plane wave calculations predict that Li can be adsorbed on graphene forming a uniform and stable coverage on both sides. A significant part of the electronic charge of the Li 2s orbital is donated to graphene and is accommodated by its distorted pi*- bands. As a result, semimetallic graphene and semiconducting graphene ribbons change into good metals. It is even more remarkable that Li covered graphene can serve as a high- capacity hydrogen storage medium with each adsorbed Li absorbing up to four H2 molecules amounting to a gravimetric density of 12.8 wt %. (c) 2008 American Institute of Physics.