Self-assembly of free-standing graphene nano-ribbons

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-977
Journal / PublicationPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Volume376
Issue number8-9
Online published30 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

We performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the self-assembly of a free-standing graphene nano-ribbon (GNR). It was found that the kinetic pathway of a GNR is dictated by both the complex energy landscape, which drives the GNR towards a low energy regular conformation, and the formation of locking frustrations, which traps the GNR at a metastable state with an irregular conformation. For an initially planar GNR, we observed a regularly folded conformation over a finite range of GNR lengths. Using an energy minimization approach, we were able to predict the number of folds in this regularly folded conformation.

Research Area(s)

  • Folding structure, Graphene nano-ribbon, Self-assembly

Citation Format(s)

Self-assembly of free-standing graphene nano-ribbons. / Pang, Andrew Li Jian; Sorkin, Viacheslav; Zhang, Yong-Wei et al.

In: Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics, Vol. 376, No. 8-9, 06.02.2012, p. 973-977.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review