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A nanoscale linear-to-linear motion converter of graphene

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Abstract

Motion conversion plays an irreplaceable role in a variety of machinery. Although many macroscopic motion converters have been widely used, it remains a challenge to convert motion at the nanoscale. Here we propose a nanoscale linear-to-linear motion converter, made of a flake–substrate system of graphene, which can convert the out-of-plane motion of the substrate into the in-plane motion of the flake. The curvature gradient induced van der Waals potential gradient between the flake and the substrate provides the driving force to achieve motion conversion. The proposed motion converter may have general implications for the design of nanomachinery and nanosensors.

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The article was received on 24 Feb 2016, accepted on 08 Jun 2016 and first published on 08 Jun 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR01565D
Citation: Nanoscale, 2016,8, 14406-14410

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    A nanoscale linear-to-linear motion converter of graphene

    C. Dai, Z. Guo, H. Zhang and T. Chang, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 14406
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR01565D

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