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Inorganics 2016, 4(2), 10; doi:10.3390/inorganics4020010

Adsorption of Water on Two-Dimensional Crystals: Water/Graphene and Water/Silicatene

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, USA
Academic Editors: Reshef Tenne and Duncan H. Gregory
Received: 9 March 2016 / Revised: 14 April 2016 / Accepted: 18 April 2016 / Published: 25 April 2016
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The adsorption of water on solid surfaces is a scientific evergreen which again recently prompted considerable attention in the materials, nano-, and surface science communities, respectively, due to conflicting evidence presented in the most highly regarded scientific journals. This mini review is a brief and personal perspective of the current literature (and our own data) about water adsorption for two examples, namely graphene and silicatene, which are both two-dimensional (2D) crystals. Silicatene, an inorganic companion of graphene, is intriguing as it presents us with the possibility to synthesize a 2D analog to zeolites by doping this crystalline silicon film. The wettability by water and whether or not support effects of epitaxial 2D crystals are present is of concern. Regarding applications: some 2D crystals appear promising for the hydrogen evolution reaction, i.e., hydrogen generation from water; a functionalization of graphene (by oxygen/water) to graphene oxide may be interesting for metal-free catalysis; the latest highlight in this field appears to be “icephobicity”, an application related to the hydrophobicity of surfaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphene; silicatene; water; surfaces; kinetics; dynamics; 2D crystals; wetting; hydrophobic; hydrophilic graphene; silicatene; water; surfaces; kinetics; dynamics; 2D crystals; wetting; hydrophobic; hydrophilic

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Burghaus, U. Adsorption of Water on Two-Dimensional Crystals: Water/Graphene and Water/Silicatene. Inorganics 2016, 4, 10.

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