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High-Quality Boron Nitride Nanoribbons: Unzipping during Nanotube Synthesis

Authors

  • Ling Li,

    1. Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
    2. MEMS Center, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China) and Key Laboratory of Micro-systems and Micro-structures Manufacturing, Ministry of Education, Harbin 150001 (China)
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  • Dr. Lu Hua Li,

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
    • Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
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  • Prof. Ying Chen,

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
    • Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
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  • Dr. Xiujuan J. Dai,

    1. Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
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  • Dr. Peter R. Lamb,

    1. Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, VIC 3216 (Australia)
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  • Dr. Bing-Ming Cheng,

    1. National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, 101 Hsin Ann Road, Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu 30076 (Taiwan)
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  • Meng-Yeh Lin,

    1. National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, 101 Hsin Ann Road, Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu 30076 (Taiwan)
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  • Prof. Xiaowei Liu

    1. MEMS Center, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China) and Key Laboratory of Micro-systems and Micro-structures Manufacturing, Ministry of Education, Harbin 150001 (China)
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  • L.H.L. thanks W. Kenji and T. Taniguchi from NIMS Japan for providing hBN single crystals, B. Cowie from the Australian Synchrotron for assistance during NEXAFS measurements, H. Zhang and Y. Chen from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, as well as P. Cizek from Deakin University for help with TEM investigations. We acknowledge the scientific and technical assistance from the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility at the RMIT University. This research was undertaken in part on the soft X-ray beamline at the Australian Synchrotron, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

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Zipper examined: High-quality boron nitride nanoribbons (BNNRs) can be produced directly during nanotube synthesis without post-treatment. These BNNRs are typically several micrometers long and tens of nanometers wide. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure investigations indicated that the BNNRs are of high chemical purity and crystallinity.

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