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Inorganic nanowire follows the crystal structure of its graphene template

Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, has many properties making it uniquely suited for nanodevices. For one, even though it is comprised of a network of carbon atoms, it displays extraordinary conductivity through its π-electron network. Additionally, graphene is an inexpensive, flexible substrate, making it a practical option for device construction. Many groups are interested in ways to align nanomaterials on graphene surfaces rather than functionalizing graphene, which changes some of graphene's desirable properties.

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