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Flexible graphene strengthens friction

Previous observations showed that friction on graphene increases gradually when a probe starts to slide across the material's surface. Simulations now reveal that this effect is related to bending of the graphene sheet. See Letter p.541

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Figure 1: Friction on graphene sheets.

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de Wijn, A. Flexible graphene strengthens friction. Nature 539, 502–503 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/539502a

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