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Fullerene growth from encapsulated graphene flakes

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The direct in situ observation of fullerene formation encapsulated within a graphene ridge has been made possible using an aberration corrected transmission electron microscope (AC-TEM). An atom-by-atom mechanism was proposed based on in situ AC-TEM observations. First principle calculations found a continuous energy decrease upon the addition of carbon atoms to the edge of the graphene flakes, which mimics the fullerene growth steps and supports the atom-by-atom mechanism. The ridged graphene structure worked as a container for pinning small graphene flakes and capturing carbon atoms, which increased the growth probability of the fullerene structure within the small encapsulated space.

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The article was received on 02 Jul 2014, accepted on 22 Jul 2014 and first published on 15 Aug 2014

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4NR03680H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 11213-11218

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    Fullerene growth from encapsulated graphene flakes

    W. Neng, L. Shuang-ying, X. Jun, M. Matteo, Z. Yi-long, W. Shu, S. Li-tao and H. Qing-an, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 11213
    DOI: 10.1039/C4NR03680H

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