Nano Research

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 233–239

Inorganic nanoribbons with unpassivated zigzag edges: Half metallicity and edge reconstruction


  • Menghao Wu
    • Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Xiaojun Wu
    • Department of Materials of Science and Engineering, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Materials at MicroscaleUniversity of Science and Technology of China
  • Yong Pei
    • Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Chemistry and Application of Ministry of EducationXiangtan University
    • Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Open AccessResearch Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12274-010-0074-9

Cite this article as:
Wu, M., Wu, X., Pei, Y. et al. Nano Res. (2011) 4: 233. doi:10.1007/s12274-010-0074-9


We have investigated the electronic and structural properties of inorganic nanoribbons (BN, AlN, GaN, SiC, and ZnO) with unpassivated zigzag edges using density functional theory calculations. We find that, in general, the unpassivated zigzag edges can lead to spin-splitting of energy bands. More interestingly, the inorganic nanoribbons AlN and SiC with either one or two edges unpassivated are predicted to be half metallic. Possible structural reconstruction at the unpassivated edges and its effect on the electronic properties are investigated. The unpassivated N edge in the BN nanoribbon and P edge in the AlP nanoribbon are energetically less stable than the corresponding reconstructed edge. Hence, edge reconstruction at the two edges may occur at high temperatures. Other unpassivated edges of the inorganic nanoribbons considered in this study are all robust against edge reconstruction.


AlN and SiC nanoribbonshalf metallicityunpassivated zigzag edgeedge reconstructiondensity functional theory
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