Nano Research

, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp 545–556

Strain effects in graphene and graphene nanoribbons: The underlying mechanism

Open Access
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12274-010-0015-7

Cite this article as:
Li, Y., Jiang, X., Liu, Z. et al. Nano Res. (2010) 3: 545. doi:10.1007/s12274-010-0015-7


A tight-binding analytic framework is combined with first-principles calculations to reveal the mechanism underlying the strain effects on electronic structures of graphene and graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). It provides a unified and precise formulation of the strain effects under various circumstances-including the shift of the Fermi (Dirac) points, the change in band gap of armchair GNRs with uniaxial strain in a zigzag pattern and its insensitivity to shear strain, and the variation of the k-range of edge states in zigzag GNRs under uniaxial and shear strains which determine the gap behavior via the spin polarization interaction.


Graphene graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) band gap strain first-principles calculations tight-binding model 

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© Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiaowei Jiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhongfan Liu
    • 1
  • Zhirong Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of Unstable and Stable Species, and Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular SciencesPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of PhysicsPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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