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Polymer with honeycomb structure
Date:11/23/2009

Graphene consists of a two-dimensional carbon layer in which the carbon atoms are arranged on a hexagonal lattice, resembling a honeycomb. Carbon nanotubes are rolled-up sheets of graphene, and thick piles of graphene sheets form graphite. Graphene boasts some very special characteristics it is extremely tear-resistant, an excellent thermal conductor, and reconciles such conflicting qualities as brittleness and ductility. In addition, graphene is impermeable to gases, which makes it interesting for applications involving air-tight membranes. Because of its unusual electronic properties graphene is viewed as a possible substitute material for silicon in semiconductor technologies. By inserting holes of a specific size and distribution into graphene sheets, it should be possible to impart the material particular electronic characteristics. For these reasons intensive research is being conducted worldwide into the synthesis and characterization of two-dimensional graphene-like polymers. Graphene and graphene-like polymers are currently hot research topics in materials science, with this year's Krber European Science Award being awarded to the Dutch physicist Andre Geim for his pioneering studies in the field of two-dimensional carbon crystals.

New manufacturing method: "bottom-up" synthesis on metal surfaces

Together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, scientists from Empa's "nanotech@surfaces" laboratory have for the first time succeeded in synthesizing a graphene-like polymer with well defined pores. To achieve this feat the researchers allowed chemical building blocks of functionalized phenyl rings to "grow" spontaneously into a two-dimensional structure on a silver substrate. This created a porous form of graphene with pore diameters of a single atom and pore-to-pore spacings of less than a nanometer.

Until now, porous graphene has been manufactured using lithographic processes during which the holes are subsequently etched into the layer of material. These holes are, however, much larger than just a few atoms in diameter. They are also not as near to each other and significantly less precisely shaped as with the "bottom-up" technique based on molecular self-assembly developed by the Empa and Max Planck group. In this process the molecular building blocks join together spontaneously at chemically defined linking points to form a regular, two-dimensional network. This allows graphene-like polymers to be synthesized with pores, which are finer than is possible by any other technique.

Empa Research Award for Matthias Treier

The Empa Research Award 2009 goes to Matthias Treier, one of the authors of the publication about the synthesis of a graphene-like polymer.

One of the main goals of nanoscale research is to gain the ability to easily and reproducibly create chemically tailored, ordered and highly regular nanoscale objects. Among such structures, organic nanostructures are of particular interest since they are set to play an important role in future electronic devices. In his PhD thesis Matthias Treier has investigated several new approaches towards the bottom-up fabrication of organic nanostructures on single crystal metal surfaces. His research objects were besides graphene and graphene-like polymers so-called metallofullerenes.

First presented in 2003, the Empa Research Award is awarded today for the seventh time on the occasion of the PhD Symposium. Empa's Research Committee has evaluated a number of Master's theses, doctoral dissertations and scientific publications before selecting the outstanding work of Matthias Treier.


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Contact: Beatrice Huber
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41-448-234-733
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)
Source:Eurekalert  

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