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The Journal of Argentine Chemical Society

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ALBESA, A. G  and  VICENTE, J. L.. Theoretical study of methane adsorption on graphite. J. Argent. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2007, vol.95, n.1-2, pp. 48-58. ISSN 1852-1428.

In the present contribution, we performed PM3 semi -empirical and DFT calculations of increasing numbers of adsorbed methane molecules on a planar polyaromatic substrate, which mimics a graphene plane. In this way we attempt to describe low coverage methane adsorption on a graphite surface. Results show a configuration change of adsorbed molecules from hexagonal to square array as the coverage increases; however methane molecules distance to the surface remains almost unchanged for PM3 and for DFT diminishes from 4.2 Å for one molecule to 3.8 Å.

Keywords : PM3; DFT; Methane; Graphite; Adsorption.

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