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2008, 1: 116-122


Controlled Nanocutting of Graphene

Lijie Ci1), Zhiping Xu1, Lili Wang2, Wei Gao1, Feng Ding1, Kevin F. Kelly2, Boris I. Yakobson1, and Pulickel M. Ajayan1

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1 Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Rice University, Houston TX 77005, USA
2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston TX 77005, USA

Keywords: Graphene, nano-engineering, electronics, catalytic hydrogenation
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Rapid progress in graphene-based applications is calling for new processing techniques for creating graphene components with different shapes, sizes, and edge structures. Here we report a controlled cutting process for graphene sheets, using nickel nanoparticles as a knife that cuts with nanoscale precision. The cutting proceeds via catalytic hydrogenation of the graphene lattice, and can generate graphene pieces with specifi c zigzag or armchair edges. The size of the nanoparticle dictates the edge structure that is produced during the cutting. The cutting occurs along straight lines and along symmetry lines, defined by angles of 60º or 120º, and is defl ected at free edges or defects, allowing practical control of graphene nano-engineering.
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Controlled Nanocutting of Graphene. Nano Res. 2008, 1: 116-122

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