Understanding how to mitigate aggregation in graphene nanoribbons makes the cover of J. Phys. Chem.
An article that uncovers the complex interactions between graphene nanoribbons (GNR), the side-chains attached to the GNRs, and the solvent will be the cover article in the March 27th issues of J. Phys. Chem.B. The authors of the paper are PhD candidate, Jonathan Saathoff, and his PhD advisor, Paulette Clancy, at Cornell. Their paper teases apart the factors that lead to side-chain/solvent choices that ameliorate the aggregational tendencies of "sticky" nanoribbons. This work is part of a broader project that involves GNR synthesis (Dichtel, Cornell), computation (Clancy, Cornell), and device fabrication (Loo, Princeton), funded by NSF's Nanoelectronics Beyond 2020 program and the NRI industrial consortium to create novel approaches to next-generation devices. First author, Jonathan Saathoff, recently won two awards for this research: ‘Best Research Presentation’ at the 2014 CBE research symposium and ‘Best Poster’ award at the 2014 New York Complex Matter Workshop.