Clean unzipping by steam etching to synthesize graphene nanoribbons

Naifeng Zhuang, Chunchen Liu, Lina Jia, Wei Lin, Jindi Cai, Yonglang Guo, Yongfan Zhang, Xiaolin Hu, Jianzhong Chen, Xiaodong Chen, Yuxin Tang

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A simple, clean method of steam etching carbon nanotubes is reported for the synthesis of graphene nanoribbons. The chemical mechanism of carbon nanotube unzipping is also discussed. As an anode catalyst, as-prepared graphene nanoribbons combined with Pt exhibit quite a high catalytic activity for ethanol electro-oxidation in fuel cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number325604
Issue number32
StatePublished - Aug 16 2013


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