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Crystals 2016, 6(8), 100;

Graphene-Like ZnO: A Mini Review

College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy & Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006, China
Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Curie-Sklodowskiej 34, Zabrze 41-819, Poland
Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden), P.O. Box 270116, Dresden D-01171, Germany
Department of Energy Science, Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea
Center for Nanochemistry, Beijing Science and Engineering Centre for Nanocarbons, Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Academic Editors: Cristina E. Giusca and Spyros Yannopoulos
Received: 2 August 2016 / Revised: 18 August 2016 / Accepted: 18 August 2016 / Published: 22 August 2016
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The isolation of a single layer of graphite, known today as graphene, not only demonstrated amazing new properties but also paved the way for a new class of materials often referred to as two-dimensional (2D) materials. Beyond graphene, other 2D materials include h-BN, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), silicene, and germanene, to name a few. All tend to have exciting physical and chemical properties which appear due to dimensionality effects and modulation of their band structure. A more recent member of the 2D family is graphene-like zinc oxide (g-ZnO) which also holds great promise as a future functional material. This review examines current progress in the synthesis and characterization of g-ZnO. In addition, an overview of works dealing with the properties of g-ZnO both in its pristine form and modified forms (e.g., nano-ribbon, doped material, etc.) is presented. Finally, discussions/studies on the potential applications of g-ZnO are reviewed and discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: ZnO; graphene-like ZnO; in situ TEM; growth; properties; applications ZnO; graphene-like ZnO; in situ TEM; growth; properties; applications

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Ta, H.Q.; Zhao, L.; Pohl, D.; Pang, J.; Trzebicka, B.; Rellinghaus, B.; Pribat, D.; Gemming, T.; Liu, Z.; Bachmatiuk, A.; Rümmeli, M.H. Graphene-Like ZnO: A Mini Review. Crystals 2016, 6, 100.

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