Mechanically robust tri-wing graphene nanoribbons with tunable electronic and magnetic properties

Liyan Zhu, Jinlan Wang, Tingting Zhang, Ma Liang, Chee Wah Lim, Feng Ding, Xiao Cheng Zeng

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Inspired by strong mechanical stability of "Y"-shaped beams for building construction, we design a new class of quasione-dimensional graphene nanostructures, namely, tri-wing graphene (TWG) nanoribbons. TWG possesses significantly augmented mechanical stability against torsional and compression forces, and also each wing of the TWG can retain independent electronic properties of the constituent graphene nanoribbons. As such, by tailoring the wing structures, the TWGs can provide broader property tunabllity for nanoelectronic application. In addition, zigzag-edged TWG is a metallic ferromagnet with a large magnetic moment. When its edges are decorated with suitable chemical functional groups, a TWG can be converted to a half metal for potential spintronic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-498
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 10 2010


  • Ferromagnet
  • Graphene nanoribbons
  • Mechanical stability
  • Tri-wing structure
  • Tunable electronic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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