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Carbon nanomaterials

From rods to sheets in a flash

The controlled synthesis of two-dimensional carbon nanomaterials enables their properties to be tailored for potential device applications. Functionalized graphene-like nanosheets with controlled thickness have now been obtained by irradiating monolayers of carbon-rich molecular precursors at room temperature.

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Figure 1: A self-assembled monolayer of hexayne amphiphiles forms 2D carbon nanosheets upon UV irradiation2.


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Morin, JF. From rods to sheets in a flash. Nature Chem 6, 463–464 (2014).

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