The functionalization of graphene with organic molecules is beneficial for the realization of high-performance graphene sensors because functionalization can provide enhanced functionalities beyond the properties of pristine graphene. Although various types of sensors based on organic-graphene hybrids have been developed, the functionalization processes have poor thickness-controllability/reliability or require post-processing, and sensor applications rely on conventional, rigid substrates such as SiO2/Si. Here, a flexible and transparent metalloporphyrin (MPP)-graphene hybrid for sensitive UV detection and chemical sensing is demonstrated. MPP, which provides strong light absorption, redox chemistry, and catalytic activity, is simply deposited onto graphene via one-step evaporation. Optical and electronic characterizations confirm that the graphene is successfully functionalized by MPP while maintaining its outstanding electronic properties. The MPP-functionalization greatly improves the photo- and chemical-sensing performances of the graphene, resulting in over 200% enhanced sensitivities for both UV light (365 nm) and toluene. Simultaneously, the MPP-graphene sensor exhibits no considerable change in electrical resistance under bending conditions, and remarkable optical transmittance in the visible range. On the basis of the excellent performances of the MPP-graphene hybrid, including high sensitivities, flexibility, transparency, and the ease and cost-effectiveness of the MPP-functionalization, it will be a promising candidate for flexible and transparent sensor applications.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering