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Editorial

25 years of C60 p691

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.210

The discovery of buckminsterfullerene has had a widespread impact throughout science.

Subject terms: Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes | Education and research


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Thesis

Elegance and empiricism pp693 - 694

Chris Toumey

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.195

C60 was discovered in 1985 but it took five years to confirm that this famous molecule was spherical. Chris Toumey revisits a debate that highlighted different approaches to science.

Subject terms: Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes | Education and research


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Research Highlights

Our choice from the recent literature p695

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.204


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News and Views

Nanopores: Graphene opens up to DNA pp697 - 698

Zuzanna S. Siwy & Matthew Davenport

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.198

It might be possible to sequence DNA by passing the molecule through a small hole in a sheet of graphene.

Subject terms: Nanobiotechnology | Nanosensors and other devices


Nanoelectronics: Nanoribbons on the edge pp698 - 699

John A. Rogers

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.200

Arrays of graphene nanoribbons are fabricated on structured silicon carbide substrates using self-organized growth, without lithography and with well-controlled widths.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanomaterials | Surface patterning and imaging | Synthesis and processing

See also: Letter by Sprinkle et al.


Nanomaterials: Graphene rests easy pp699 - 700

R. Thomas Weitz & Amir Yacoby

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.201

Samples of graphene supported on boron nitride demonstrate superior electrical properties, achieving levels of performance that are comparable to those observed with suspended samples.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanomaterials | Synthesis and processing

See also: Letter by Dean et al.


Thermoelectric materials: Silicon stops heat in its tracks pp701 - 702

Giulia Galli & Davide Donadio

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.199

Patterning thin films of silicon to produce nanomesh structures can reduce their thermal conductivity without compromising their good electrical properties.

Subject terms: Nanomaterials | Structural properties

See also: Letter by Yu et al.


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Review

Hybrid superconductor–quantum dot devices pp703 - 711

Silvano De Franceschi, Leo Kouwenhoven, Christian Schönenberger & Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.173

A wealth of physics can be explored by connecting two superconducting electrodes to a quantum dot. This article reviews the different electron-transport regimes observed in such devices and possible applications.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanomagnetism and spintronics


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Letters

Folding and cutting DNA into reconfigurable topological nanostructures pp712 - 717

Dongran Han, Suchetan Pal, Yan Liu & Hao Yan

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.193

A Möbius strip — a ribbon-like structure with only one side — can be assembled from DNA origami and then reconfigured into various topologies by cutting along the length of the strip.

Subject terms: Molecular self-assembly | Nanobiotechnology


Reduction of thermal conductivity in phononic nanomesh structures pp718 - 721

Jen-Kan Yu, Slobodan Mitrovic, Douglas Tham, Joseph Varghese & James R. Heath

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.149

Patterning thin films of silicon can reduce their thermal conductivity by modifying the phonon band structure.

Subject terms: Nanomaterials | Structural properties

See also: News and Views by Galli & Donadio


Boron nitride substrates for high-quality graphene electronics pp722 - 726

C. R. Dean, A. F. Young, I. Meric, C. Lee, L. Wang, S. Sorgenfrei, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, P. Kim, K. L. Shepard & J. Hone

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.172

Graphene devices supported on single-crystal hexagonal boron nitride substrates show an enhanced mobility and carrier homogeneity, as well as reduced roughness, intrinsic doping and chemical reactivity, compared with traditional SiO2 substrates.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanomaterials | Synthesis and processing

See also: News and Views by Weitz & Yacoby


Scalable templated growth of graphene nanoribbons on SiC pp727 - 731

M. Sprinkle, M. Ruan, Y. Hu, J. Hankinson, M. Rubio-Roy, B. Zhang, X. Wu, C. Berger & W. A. de Heer

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.192

Graphene nanoribbons with a room-temperature bandgap have been grown on templated silicon carbide substrates at high density without the need for etching.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanomaterials | Surface patterning and imaging | Synthesis and processing

See also: News and Views by Rogers


Optical rectification and field enhancement in a plasmonic nanogap pp732 - 736

Daniel R. Ward, Falco Hüser, Fabian Pauly, Juan Carlos Cuevas & Douglas Natelson

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.176

Optical rectification and electric-field enhancements in excess of 1,000 are observed when a subnanometre gap between gold electrodes is illuminated with infrared radiation.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Photonic structures and devices


Direct observation of single-charge-detection capability of nanowire field-effect transistors pp737 - 741

J. Salfi, I. G. Savelyev, M. Blumin, S. V. Nair & H. E. Ruda

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.180

A single electron can modulate the conductance of an InAs nanowire field-effect transistor by as much as 4,200% at 31 K, and has a charge sensitivity of 6 × 10−5 e Hz−1/2 up to ~200 K.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanosensors and other devices


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Articles

Direct nanoprinting by liquid-bridge-mediated nanotransfer moulding pp742 - 748

Jae K. Hwang, Sangho Cho, Jeong M. Dang, Eun B. Kwak, Keunkyu Song, Jooho Moon & Myung M. Sung

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.175

The capabilities of a new direct-printing method are demonstrated by fabricating nanowire field-effect transistors and arrays of pentacene thin-film transistors.

Subject terms: Nanomaterials | Surface patterning and imaging


Nanoscale mapping of ion diffusion in a lithium-ion battery cathode pp749 - 754

N. Balke, S. Jesse, A. N. Morozovska, E. Eliseev, D. W. Chung, Y. Kim, L. Adamczyk, R. E. García, N. Dudney & S. V. Kalinin

doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.174

The diffusion times of lithium ions in the cathode of a lithium-ion battery have been probed at a spatial resolution below 100 nanometres.

Subject terms: Electronic properties and devices | Nanometrology and instrumentation | Surface patterning and imaging


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