Mechanical Control of Graphene on Engineered Pyramidal Strain Arrays

ST Gill and JH Hinnefeld and SZ Zhu and WJ Swanson and T Li and N Mason, ACS NANO, 9, 5799-5806 (2015).

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00335

Strain can tune desirable electronic behavior in graphene, but there has been limited progress in controlling strain in graphene devices. In this paper, we study the mechanical response of graphene on substrates patterned with arrays of mesoscale pyramids. Using atomic force microscopy, we demonstrate that the morphology of graphene can be controlled from conformal to suspended depending on the arrangement of pyramids and the aspect ratio of the array. Nonuniform strains in graphene suspended across pyramids are revealed by Raman spectroscopy and supported by atomistic modeling, which also indicates strong pseudomagnetic fields in the graphene. Our results suggest that incorporating mesoscale pyramids in graphene devices is a viable route to achieving strain-engineering of graphene.

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