Emergence of atypical properties in assembled graphene nanoribbons

Eduardo Costa Girão, Liangbo Liang, Eduardo Cruz-Silva, Antônio Gomes Souza Filho, Vincent Meunier

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Graphitic nanowiggles (GNWs) are periodic repetitions of nonaligned finite-sized graphitic nanoribbon domains seamlessly stitched together without structural defects. These complex nanostructures have been recently fabricated [Cai et al., Nature (London)NATUAS0028-0836 466, 470 (2010)10.1038/nature09211] and are here predicted to possess unusual properties, such as tunable band gaps and versatile magnetic behaviors. We used first-principles theory to highlight the microscopic origins of the emerging electronic and magnetic properties of the main subclasses of GNWs. Our study establishes a road map for guiding the design and synthesis of specific GNWs for nanoelectronic, optoelectronic, and spintronic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number135501
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 19 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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