Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons

Hong En Lim, Yasumitsu Miyata, Ryo Kitaura, Yoshifumi Nishimura, Yoshio Nishimoto, Stephan Irle, Jamie H. Warner, Hiromichi Kataura, Hisanori Shinohara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

50 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Carbon nanotubes have long been described as rolled-up graphene sheets. It is only fairly recently observed that longitudinal cleavage of carbon nanotubes, using chemical, catalytical and electrical approaches, unzips them into thin graphene strips of various widths, the so-called graphene nanoribbons. In contrast, rolling up these flimsy ribbons into tubes in a real experiment has not been possible. Theoretical studies conducted by Kit et al. recently demonstrated the tube formation through twisting of graphene nanoribbon, an idea very different from the rolling-up postulation. Here we report the first experimental evidence of a thermally induced self-intertwining of graphene nanoribbons for the preferential synthesis of (7, 2) and (8, 1) tubes within parent-tube templates. Through the tailoring of ribbon's width and edge, the present finding adds a radically new aspect to the understanding of carbon nanotube formation, shedding much light on not only the future chirality tuning, but also contemporary nanomaterials engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2548
JournalNature Communications
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Carbon Nanotubes
Graphite
graphene
carbon nanotubes
tubes
Growth
ribbons
twisting
chirality
Nanostructures
Chirality
cleavage
strip
Nanostructured materials
templates
tuning
engineering
Theoretical Models
Tuning
synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Cite this

Lim, H. E., Miyata, Y., Kitaura, R., Nishimura, Y., Nishimoto, Y., Irle, S., ... Shinohara, H. (2013). Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons. Nature Communications, 4, [2548]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms3548

Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons. / Lim, Hong En; Miyata, Yasumitsu; Kitaura, Ryo; Nishimura, Yoshifumi; Nishimoto, Yoshio; Irle, Stephan; Warner, Jamie H.; Kataura, Hiromichi; Shinohara, Hisanori.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 4, 2548, 2013.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lim, HE, Miyata, Y, Kitaura, R, Nishimura, Y, Nishimoto, Y, Irle, S, Warner, JH, Kataura, H & Shinohara, H 2013, 'Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons', Nature Communications, vol. 4, 2548. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms3548
Lim, Hong En ; Miyata, Yasumitsu ; Kitaura, Ryo ; Nishimura, Yoshifumi ; Nishimoto, Yoshio ; Irle, Stephan ; Warner, Jamie H. ; Kataura, Hiromichi ; Shinohara, Hisanori. / Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons. In: Nature Communications. 2013 ; Vol. 4.
@article{ec8ba97df2364fb2903bec20ea21dde4,
title = "Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons",
abstract = "Carbon nanotubes have long been described as rolled-up graphene sheets. It is only fairly recently observed that longitudinal cleavage of carbon nanotubes, using chemical, catalytical and electrical approaches, unzips them into thin graphene strips of various widths, the so-called graphene nanoribbons. In contrast, rolling up these flimsy ribbons into tubes in a real experiment has not been possible. Theoretical studies conducted by Kit et al. recently demonstrated the tube formation through twisting of graphene nanoribbon, an idea very different from the rolling-up postulation. Here we report the first experimental evidence of a thermally induced self-intertwining of graphene nanoribbons for the preferential synthesis of (7, 2) and (8, 1) tubes within parent-tube templates. Through the tailoring of ribbon's width and edge, the present finding adds a radically new aspect to the understanding of carbon nanotube formation, shedding much light on not only the future chirality tuning, but also contemporary nanomaterials engineering.",
author = "Lim, {Hong En} and Yasumitsu Miyata and Ryo Kitaura and Yoshifumi Nishimura and Yoshio Nishimoto and Stephan Irle and Warner, {Jamie H.} and Hiromichi Kataura and Hisanori Shinohara",
year = "2013",
doi = "10.1038/ncomms3548",
language = "English",
volume = "4",
journal = "Nature Communications",
issn = "2041-1723",
publisher = "Nature Publishing Group",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Growth of carbon nanotubes via twisted graphene nanoribbons

AU - Lim, Hong En

AU - Miyata, Yasumitsu

AU - Kitaura, Ryo

AU - Nishimura, Yoshifumi

AU - Nishimoto, Yoshio

AU - Irle, Stephan

AU - Warner, Jamie H.

AU - Kataura, Hiromichi

AU - Shinohara, Hisanori

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - Carbon nanotubes have long been described as rolled-up graphene sheets. It is only fairly recently observed that longitudinal cleavage of carbon nanotubes, using chemical, catalytical and electrical approaches, unzips them into thin graphene strips of various widths, the so-called graphene nanoribbons. In contrast, rolling up these flimsy ribbons into tubes in a real experiment has not been possible. Theoretical studies conducted by Kit et al. recently demonstrated the tube formation through twisting of graphene nanoribbon, an idea very different from the rolling-up postulation. Here we report the first experimental evidence of a thermally induced self-intertwining of graphene nanoribbons for the preferential synthesis of (7, 2) and (8, 1) tubes within parent-tube templates. Through the tailoring of ribbon's width and edge, the present finding adds a radically new aspect to the understanding of carbon nanotube formation, shedding much light on not only the future chirality tuning, but also contemporary nanomaterials engineering.

AB - Carbon nanotubes have long been described as rolled-up graphene sheets. It is only fairly recently observed that longitudinal cleavage of carbon nanotubes, using chemical, catalytical and electrical approaches, unzips them into thin graphene strips of various widths, the so-called graphene nanoribbons. In contrast, rolling up these flimsy ribbons into tubes in a real experiment has not been possible. Theoretical studies conducted by Kit et al. recently demonstrated the tube formation through twisting of graphene nanoribbon, an idea very different from the rolling-up postulation. Here we report the first experimental evidence of a thermally induced self-intertwining of graphene nanoribbons for the preferential synthesis of (7, 2) and (8, 1) tubes within parent-tube templates. Through the tailoring of ribbon's width and edge, the present finding adds a radically new aspect to the understanding of carbon nanotube formation, shedding much light on not only the future chirality tuning, but also contemporary nanomaterials engineering.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84885364971&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84885364971&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1038/ncomms3548

DO - 10.1038/ncomms3548

M3 - Article

VL - 4

JO - Nature Communications

JF - Nature Communications

SN - 2041-1723

M1 - 2548

ER -