New research into how graphene nanoribbons grow from an anthracene polymer on a gold substrate

posted Sep 16, 2011, 8:02 AM by Hatef Sadeghi
Researchers from the UK and Sweden have investigated how graphene nanoribbons grow from an anthracene polymer on a gold substrate, using simluations on a supercomputer. They discovered that in the most likely nanoribbon growth process, the gold substrate acts as more than just a support where the reaction can take place. The gold actually catalyzes the reaction.
It turns out that the graphene nanoribbons grow in a way that resembles the domino effect.


More info: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-graphene-nanoribbons-due-domino-like-effect.html
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