Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 4, 2013
Previous Article Next Article

Semiconducting graphene: converting graphene from semimetal to semiconductor

Author affiliations

Abstract

Interest in graphene has grown extensively in the last decade or so, because of its extraordinary physical properties, chemical tunability, and potential for various applications. However, graphene is intrinsically a semimetal with a zero bandgap, which considerably impedes its use in many applications where a suitable bandgap is required. The transformation of graphene into a semiconductor has attracted significant attention, because the presence of a sizable bandgap in graphene can vastly promote its already-fascinating potential in an even wider range of applications. Here we review major advances in the pursuit of semiconducting graphene materials. We first briefly discuss the electronic properties of graphene and some theoretical background for manipulating the band structure of graphene. We then summarize many experimental approaches proposed in recent years for producing semiconducting graphene. Despite the relatively short history of research in semiconducting graphene, the progress has been remarkable and many significant developments are highly anticipated.

Graphical abstract: Semiconducting graphene: converting graphene from semimetal to semiconductor

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 25 Aug 2012, accepted on 06 Dec 2012 and first published on 10 Dec 2012


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32453A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 1353-1368
  •   Request permissions

    Semiconducting graphene: converting graphene from semimetal to semiconductor

    G. Lu, K. Yu, Z. Wen and J. Chen, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 1353
    DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32453A

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements