Electronic transport in monolayer graphene nanoribbons produced by chemical unzipping of carbon nanotubes

Alexander Sinitskii, Alexandra A. Fursina, Dmitry V. Kosynkin, Amanda L. Higginbotham, Douglas Natelson, James M. Tour

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Abstract

We report on the structural and electrical properties of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) produced by the oxidative unzipping of carbon nanotubes. GNRs were reduced by hydrazine at 95 °C and further annealed in Ar/ H 2 at 900 °C; monolayer ribbons were selected for the fabrication of electronic devices. GNR devices on Si/ SiO2 substrates exhibit an ambipolar electric field effect typical for graphene. The conductivity of monolayer GNRs (∼35 S/cm) and mobility of charge carriers (0.5-3 cm 2 /V s) are less than the conductivity and mobility of pristine graphene, which could be explained by oxidative damage caused by the harsh H2 SO4 / KMnO4 used to make GNRs. The resistance of GNR devices increases by about three orders of magnitude upon cooling from 300 to 20 K. The resistance/temperature data is consistent with the variable range hopping mechanism, which, along with the microscopy data, suggests that the GNRs have a nonuniform structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number253108
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume95
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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