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Crystals 2017, 7(9), 269; doi:10.3390/cryst7090269

Graphene Coated Nanoprobes: A Review

Institute of Functional Nano& Soft Materials, Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
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Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 24 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 8 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integration of 2D Materials for Electronics Applications)
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Nanoprobes are one of the most important components in several fields of nanoscience to study materials, molecules and particles. In scanning probe microscopes, the nanoprobes consist on silicon tips coated with thin metallic films to provide additional properties, such as conductivity. However, if the experiments involve high currents or lateral frictions, the initial properties of the tips can wear out very fast. One possible solution is the use of hard coatings, such as diamond, or making the entire tip out of a precious material (platinum or diamond). However, this strategy is more expensive and the diamond coatings can damage the samples. In this context, the use of graphene as a protective coating for nanoprobes has attracted considerable interest. Here we review the main literature in this field, and discuss the fabrication, performance and scalability of nanoprobes. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphene; nanoprobes; coatings; atomic force microscopy; wear graphene; nanoprobes; coatings; atomic force microscopy; wear
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Hui, F.; Chen, S.; Liang, X.; Yuan, B.; Jing, X.; Shi, Y.; Lanza, M. Graphene Coated Nanoprobes: A Review. Crystals 2017, 7, 269.

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