Nano Letters

Publisher: American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society


A central forum for scientists involved in nanoscale research, among a wide range of disciplines that include physical and materials chemistry, biotechnology, and applied physics. Nano Letters reports on fundamental research in all branches of the theory and practice of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It will provide rapid disclosure of the key elements of a study, publishing preliminary, experimental, and theoretical results on the physical, chemical, and biological phenomena, processes and applications of structures within the nanoscale range. Areas of interest include: Synthesis and processing of organic, inorganic, and hybrid nanosized materials by physical, chemical, and biological methods; Modeling and simulation of synthetic, assembly, and interaction processes; Characterization of unique size properties; Realization and application of novel nanostructures and nanodevices. This is the second letters journal launched by ACS, following the 1999 release of Organic Letters, and charged with the same mission: To rapidly communicate preliminary significant research results.

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Publications in this journal

  • Stefano Gottardi, Kathrin Müller, Luca Bignardi, Juan Carlos Moreno-López, Tuan Anh Pham, Oleksii Ivashenko, Mikhail Yablonskikh, Alexey Barinov, Jonas Björk, Petra Rudolf, Meike Stöhr
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    ABSTRACT: The epitaxial growth of graphene on catalytically active metallic surfaces via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is known to be one of the most reliable routes towards high-quality large-area graphene. This CVD-grown graphene is generally coupled to its metallic support resulting in a modification of its intrinsic properties. Growth on oxides is a promising alternative that might lead to a decoupled graphene layer. Here, we compare graphene on a pure metallic to graphene on an oxidized copper surface, in both cases grown by a single step CVD process under similar conditions. Remarkably, the growth on copper oxide – a high-k dielectric material – preserves the intrinsic properties of graphene; it is not doped and a linear dispersion is observed close to the Fermi energy. Density functional theory calculations give additional insight into the reaction processes and help explaining the catalytic activity of the copper oxide surface.
    Nano Letters 03/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Despite great progress in synthesis and application of graphene-like materials, it remains a considerable challenge to prepare two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures of nonlayered materials that may bring us surprising physical and chemical properties. Here, we propose a general strategy for the growth of 2D nonlayered materials by van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE) growth with two conditions: (1) the nonlayered materials satisfy 2D anisotropic growth and (2) the growth is implemented on the van der Waals substrates. Large-scale ultrathin 2D Pb1–xSnxSe nanoplates (∼15–45 nm) have been produced on mica sheets by applying this strategy. Benefiting from the 2D geometry of Pb1–xSnxSe nanoplates and the flexibility of mica sheet, flexible photodetectors that exhibit fast, reversible, and stable photoresponse and broad spectra detection ranging from UV to infrared light (375, 473, 632, 800, and 980 nm) are in situ fabricated based on Pb1–xSnxSe nanoplates. We anticipate that more nonlayered materials will be developed into 2D nanostructures through vdWE, enabling the exploitation of novel electronic and optoelectronic devices.
    Nano Letters 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The synthesis, characterisation, and electrokinetic energy conversion performance have been investigated experimentally in a charged polymeric membrane based on a blend of nitrocellulose and sulfonated polystyrene. The membrane is characterized by a moderate ion exchange capacity and a relatively porous structure with average pore diameter of 11 nm. With electrokinetic energy conversion pressure can be converted directly into electric energy and vice versa. From the electrokinetic transport properties a remarkably large intrinsic maximum efficiency of 46% is found. It is anticipated that the results are an experimental verification of theoretical models that predict high electrokinetic energy conversion efficiency in pores with high permselectivity and hydrodynamic slip flow. Furthermore, the result is a promising step for obtaining efficient low-cost electrokinetic generators and pumps for small or micro-scale applications.
    Nano Letters 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The vertical integration of graphene with inorganic semiconductors, oxide semiconductors, and newly emerging layered materials has recently been demonstrated as a promising route toward novel electronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we report organic thin film transistors based on vertical heterojunctions of graphene and organic semiconductors. In these thin heterostructure devices, current modulation is accomplished by tuning of the injection barriers at the semiconductor/graphene interface with the application of a gate voltage. N-channel devices fabricated with a thin layer of C60 show a room temperature on/off ratio >104 and current density of up to 44 mAcm–2. Because of the ultrashort channel intrinsic to the vertical structure, the device is fully operational at a driving voltage of 200 mV. A complementary p-channel device is also investigated, and a logic inverter based on two complementary transistors is demonstrated. The vertical integration of graphene with organic semiconductors via simple, scalable, and low-temperature fabrication processes opens up new opportunities to realize flexible, transparent organic electronic, and optoelectronic devices.
    Nano Letters 01/2015; 15(1):69-74.
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    ABSTRACT: Layered two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, such as MoS2 and SnS2, have been receiving intensive attention due to their technological importance for the next-generation electronic/photonic applications. We report a novel approach to the controlled synthesis of thin crystal arrays of SnS2 at predefined locations on chip by chemical vapor deposition with seed engineering and have demonstrated their application as fast photodetectors with photocurrent response time ∼5 μs. This opens a pathway for the large-scale production of layered 2D semiconductor devices, important for applications in integrated nanoelectronic/photonic systems.
    Nano Letters 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: We demonstrate that Fe4 molecules can be deposited on gold by thermal sublimation in ultra-high vacuum with retention of single molecule magnet behavior. A magnetic hysteresis comparable to that found in bulk samples is indeed observed when a submonolayer film is studied by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Scanning tunneling microscopy evidences the coexistence of Fe4 molecules assembled in a 2D lattice with short-range hexagonal order and traces of a smaller contaminant. The presence of intact Fe4 molecules and the retention of their bistable magnetic behavior on the gold surface evidenced by our low temperature synchrotron characterization are supported by density functional theory calculations.
    Nano Letters 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: It is very challenging to study the behavior of neuronal cells in a network due to the multiple connections between the cells. Our idea is then to simplify such a network with a configuration where cells can have just a fixed number of connections in order to create a well-defined and ordered network. Here, we report about guiding primary cortical neurons with three-dimensional gold microspines selectively functionalized with an amino- terminated molecule.
    Nano Letters 12/2014; 14(12):6906-6909.