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Proton transport through one-atom-thick crystals

Title: Proton transport through one-atom-thick crystals

Reporter:Sheng Hu           The University of Manchester             

Time: 10:00-11:30  29th December 2016

Adress : Chemistry building 234 meetingroom,Xiamen University

Graphene is increasingly explored as a possible platform for developing novel separation technologies [1,2]. However, a perfect graphene monolayer is impermeable to all atoms and molecules under ambient conditions [3, 4]– only accelerated atoms possess the kinetic energy required to do this [5]. In this talk I will present proton transport through one-atom-thick membranes, including graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and molybdenum disulphide (MoS2). I will first describe a Nafion based proton injection [6] experimental setup in which proton transport signals are detected from transport and mass spectroscopy measurements; I will then present that proton transport can be further enhanced by decorating the graphene and h-BN membranes with catalytic metal nanoparticles. The results demonstrate that monolayers of graphene and h-BN are highly permeable to thermal protons under ambient conditions, while no proton transport is detected for thicker crystals such as monolayer MoS2, bilayer graphene or multilayer h-BN [7]. At last, I’ll introduce a hydrogen isotope separation technique. Our result shows a hydrogen/deuterium separation ratio as high as 10, which is significantly higher than classical separation methods (usually with ratio about 1.5).
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6. H. Morgan, R. Pethig, G. T. Stevens. A proton-injecting technique for the measurement of hydration-dependent protonic conductivity. J. Phys. E 19, 80–82 (1986).
7. S. Hu et al. Proton transport through one-atom-thick crystals. Nature 516, 227–230 (2014).
8. M. Lozada-Hidalgo, S. Hu et al., Sieving hydrogen isotopt through two-dimensional crystals. Science, 351, 68(2016).

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