Impermeable atomic membranes from graphene sheets

J. Scott Bunch, Scott S. Verbridge, Jonathan S. Alden, Arend M. Van Der Zande, Jeevak M. Parpia, Harold G. Craighead, Paul L. McEuen

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Abstract

We demonstrate that a monolayer graphene membrane is impermeable to standard gases including helium. By applying a pressure difference across the membrane, we measure both the elastic constants and the mass of a single layer of graphene. This pressurized graphene membrane is the world's thinnest balloon and provides a unique separation barrier between 2 distinct regions that is only one atom thick.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2458-2462
Number of pages5
JournalNano letters
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bioengineering
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  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Bunch, J. S., Verbridge, S. S., Alden, J. S., Van Der Zande, A. M., Parpia, J. M., Craighead, H. G., & McEuen, P. L. (2008). Impermeable atomic membranes from graphene sheets. Nano letters, 8(8), 2458-2462. https://doi.org/10.1021/nl801457b

Impermeable atomic membranes from graphene sheets. / Bunch, J. Scott; Verbridge, Scott S.; Alden, Jonathan S.; Van Der Zande, Arend M.; Parpia, Jeevak M.; Craighead, Harold G.; McEuen, Paul L.

In: Nano letters, Vol. 8, No. 8, 01.08.2008, p. 2458-2462.

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Bunch, JS, Verbridge, SS, Alden, JS, Van Der Zande, AM, Parpia, JM, Craighead, HG & McEuen, PL 2008, 'Impermeable atomic membranes from graphene sheets', Nano letters, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 2458-2462. https://doi.org/10.1021/nl801457b
Bunch JS, Verbridge SS, Alden JS, Van Der Zande AM, Parpia JM, Craighead HG et al. Impermeable atomic membranes from graphene sheets. Nano letters. 2008 Aug 1;8(8):2458-2462. https://doi.org/10.1021/nl801457b
Bunch, J. Scott ; Verbridge, Scott S. ; Alden, Jonathan S. ; Van Der Zande, Arend M. ; Parpia, Jeevak M. ; Craighead, Harold G. ; McEuen, Paul L. / Impermeable atomic membranes from graphene sheets. In: Nano letters. 2008 ; Vol. 8, No. 8. pp. 2458-2462.
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