Longitudinal splitting of boron nitride nanotubes for the facile synthesis of high quality boron nitride nanoribbons

Kris J. Erickson, Ashley L. Gibb, Alexander Sinitskii, Michael Rousseas, Nasim Alem, James M. Tour, Alex K. Zettl

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Abstract

Boron nitride nanoribbons (BNNRs), the boron nitride structural equivalent of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), are predicted to possess unique electronic and magnetic properties. We report the synthesis of BNNRs through the potassium-intercalation-induced longitudinal splitting of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). This facile, scalable synthesis results in narrow (down to 20 nm), few sheet (typically 2-10), high crystallinity BNNRs with very uniform widths. The BNNRs are at least 1 μm in length with minimal defects within the ribbon plane and along the ribbon edges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3221-3226
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 2011

Keywords

  • Boron nitride
  • nanomaterials
  • nanoribbons
  • nanotubes
  • splitting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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