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Monday, 23 December 2019

Graphene nanoarchitectures for diverse applications

The on-surface synthesis of covalent architectures is one of the most promising methods for providing new functionalities to graphene. Researchers from the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group and the DIPC discuss it in an article published in the Revista Española de Física.

Graphene is an exceptional material with many potential applications. The on-surface synthesis of covalent architectures with atomic precision has emerged as one of the most promising methods for providing new functionalities to graphene. This method allows creating a wide range of graphenic architectures from precursor molecules that are designed practically à la carte.

ICN2 researcher César Moreno and ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza (Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group), together with Ikerbasque researcher Aran Garcia-Lekue (DIPC) have written an article for the Revista Española de Física discussing these topics. They present the milestones achieved and the challenges and opportunities ahead regarding the top-down and the bottom-up approaches to build graphene nanoarchitectures. They focus on the potential applications of graphene nanostrips for nanoelectronics and photonics and of nanoporous graphene for advanced filtering.