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Edge State Engineering of Graphene Nanoribbons

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posted on 15.08.2018, 00:00 authored by Xuelei Su, Zhijie Xue, Gang Li, Ping Yu
Zigzag edges of graphene nanoribbons, which are predicted to host spin-polarized electronic states, hold great promise for future spintronic device applications. The ability to precisely engineer the zigzag edge state is of crucial importance for realizing its full potential functionalities in nanotechnology. By combining scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy, we demonstrate the zigzag edge states have energy splitting upon fusing manganese the phthalocyanine molecule with the short armchair graphene nanoribbon termini. Moreover, the edge state splitting can be reversibly switched by adsorption and desorption of a hydrogen atom on the magnetic core of manganese phthalocyanine. These observations can be explained by tuning the zigzag edge local doping through the charge transfer process, which provides a new route to functionalize graphene-based molecular devices.