Synfacts 2009(7): 0743-0743  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1217215
Synthesis of Materials and Unnatural Products
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart ˙ New York

Nanotubes Unzipped

Contributor(s): Timothy M. Swager, Jeewoo Lim
D. V. Kosynkin, A. L. Higginbotham, A. Sinitskii, J. R. Lomeda, A. Dimiev, B. K. Price, J. M. Tour*
Rice University, Houston, USA
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Publication Date:
22 June 2009 (online)


Graphene refers to single-layered graphite. It exhibits high crystallinity along with interesting electronic properties. Graphene nano­ribbon refers to a long, thin strip of graphene with straight edges, and these nanoribbons can act as semiconductors or semimetals depending on their width. Graphene therefore has a profound potential for application in material science, including fabrication of nanoscale devices. The authors report a simple method of preparing graphene ­nanoribbons by ”unzipping" multiwalled carbon nanotubes. The reported method is very mild and gives the desired ribbon structures readily in essentially quantitative yields.