Means of Controlling Molecular Alignment on Graphene Discovered

Since its discovery, there has been tremendous interest in graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon with impressive electrical and mechanical properties. It could potentially serve as a basis for future electronics, but is not the easiest material to work with currently. For one thing, trying to build up molecular structures on it is difficult because of graphene's symmetry, but researchers at Nagoya University have found a solution.

If you were to look at graphene, it resembles chicken wire with its hexagonal pattern, which creates a problem as it has three-fold symmetry, making those three axes thermodynamically equivalent. If you want to grow structures on a graphene sheet, t…
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