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Graphene Introduction

  1. Nov 24, 2008 #1
    Hello all,

    I am beginning a new research project involving graphene. Although I have be actively doing a literature search on graphene, I was wondering if somebody would be will to suggest a good textbook that covers the basic of graphene

    Thanks in advance

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  3. Nov 24, 2008 #2


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    Graphene was discovered quite recently(2004) so I don't think there are any textbooks yet. However, there should be a few review articles around, search for "graphene" and "Geim" (the guy who actually discovered it, I know he has written at least one review article).
  4. Nov 24, 2008 #3
    Free-standing graphene was produced recently. It's been known about for much longer, and I believe they were growing epitaxially in the seventies (with very limited success). As such, there is a lot of extremely accessible material about it - unfortunately the textbooks are probably a few years off, though people more knowledgeable than me might have chapters they could point you to.
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  6. Jan 7, 2009 #5
    What are you specifically looking at doing? Anyway, much of the theoretical discussion of carbon nanotubes is also applicable to graphene. Therefore, I suggest Saito and Dresselhaus(es), Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes.

    Currently, there are two different types of graphene research going on: Epitaxial graphene and "mechanically-exfoliated" graphene. I put "mechanically-exfoliated" in quotations because the amusing truth is that this is academese for "used scotch tape to peel off graphene from graphite". Although I deride the term, the latter is the only method currently known to produce single sheets. Epitaxially-grown graphene is typically several sheets thick and doesn't share the same properties as a single sheet.
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    A good basic overview of graphene physics can be found in "The Rise of Graphene" by Geim and Novoselov in Nature Materials 6, 183 (2007).

    The introductory chapter for "Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes" by Saito, Dresselhaus and Dresselhaus is relatively good at introducing the tight-binding method in graphene (starting from polyacetylene). Other than that there are many reviews on the electronic properties of graphene, and general reviews available on arXiv.

    I'd echo the paper recommended by Roman - Castro Neto's review is pretty good.
  9. May 14, 2010 #8
    I am also starting to read on the basics of graphene and I see myself working on graphene soon. The links provided are very helpful. I recently attended a tutorial on graphene. It was extremely useful to me. You could think about taking one if you are interested. Let me know if you need more references. I will be able look-up the tutorial and send you.

    I wonder if there are forums dedidcated to graphene. Or we could start one. I am mainly looking for resources on present graphene technology. It would be a great resource if technological improvements can be posted in one place.
  10. May 14, 2010 #9


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    viji, it would be great if you could cite the references you have. I imagine a lot of people could find it very useful.
  11. May 30, 2010 #10
    Nature Nanotecnology 2 (4) 2007 pp.191 and pp.199 also references therein
    Phys.Rev. B 54 (24) 1996 pp.17954
    Nature Materials vol.6 (2007) pp.720

    The above references and the cited references therein are very useful.
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