Atomic-scale insights into 1D and 2D nano-materials

U. Bangert, W. Pierce, C. B. Boothroyd, M. Migliorato, C. T. Pan, A. J. Harvey, D. M. Kepatsoglou, Q. M. Ramasse

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Atomic resolution imaging and narrow-energy spread spectroscopy in aberration corrected (scanning) transmission electron microscopes, in combination with DFT modelling has made it possible to uncover atomic-scale morphology, defect constellations, lattice impurities and ad-atoms in nano-materials, as well as revealing their influence on the surrounding bandstructure. Using atomic-scale imaging, EEL spectroscopy and EFTEM, we address issues beyond the more common investigations of their atomic lattice structure. We focus on the demonstration of (i) ripples in graphene and on effects of (ii) metal ad-atoms as well as of (iii) controllably introduced impurities -via low energy ion implantation- in both, graphene and carbon nanotubes, on the electronic band structure. We demonstrate the creation of a new feature with collective charge carrier behaviour (plasmon) in the UV/vis range in graphene and carbon nanotubes via EEL spectrum imaging and EFTEM, and support this with dielectric theory modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012021
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2015
EventElectron Microscopy and Analysis Group Conference, EMAG 2015 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015


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