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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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
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • 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.