Contacting Individual On-Surface Synthesized Graphene Nanoribbons In A Multigate Transistor Geometry 


A technical paper titled “Contacting individual graphene nanoribbons using carbon nanotube electrodes” was published by researchers at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Peking University, University of Warwick, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (China), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, University of Bern, University of Basel, and ETH Zurich.


“Graphene nanoribbons synthesized using bottom-up approaches can be structured with atomic precision, allowing their physical properties to be precisely controlled. For applications in quantum technology, the manipulation of single charges, spins or photons is required. However, achieving this at the level of single graphene nanoribbons is experimentally challenging due to the difficulty of contacting individual nanoribbons, particularly on-surface synthesized ones. Here we report the contacting and electrical characterization of on-surface synthesized graphene nanoribbons in a multigate device architecture using single-walled carbon nanotubes as the electrodes. The approach relies on the self-aligned nature of both nanotubes, which have diameters as small as 1 nm, and the nanoribbon growth on their respective growth substrates. The resulting nanoribbon–nanotube devices exhibit quantum transport phenomena—including Coulomb blockade, excited states of vibrational origin and Franck–Condon blockade—that indicate the contacting of individual graphene nanoribbons.”

Find the technical paper here. Published August 2023.

Zhang, J., Qian, L., Barin, G.B. et al. Contacting individual graphene nanoribbons using carbon nanotube electrodes. Nat Electron 6, 572–581 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-023-00991-3

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