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"Large-area synthesis of high-quality and uniform graphene films on copper foils," by Xuesong Li and 12 others, Science, 324(5932): 1312-4, 5 June 2009.

[Authors' affiliations: University of Texas, Austin; Texas Instruments, Dallas]

Abstract: "Graphene has been attracting great interest because of its distinctive band structure and physical properties. Today, graphene is limited to small sizes because it is produced mostly by exfoliating graphite. We grew large-area graphene films of the order of centimeters on copper substrates by chemical vapor deposition using methane. The films are predominantly single-layer graphene, with a small percentage (less than 5%) of the area having few layers, and are continuous across copper surface steps and grain boundaries. The low solubility of carbon in copper appears to help make this growth process self-limiting. We also developed graphene film transfer processes to arbitrary substrates, and dual-gated field-effect transistors fabricated on silicon/silicon dioxide substrates showed electron mobilities as high as 4050 square centimeters per volt per second at room temperature."

This 2009 report from Science was cited 37 times in current journal articles indexed by Clarivate Analytics during March-April 2010. Only two other chemistry papers published in the last two years, aside from reviews, garnered higher citation totals during that two-month period. Prior to the most recent bimonthly tally, citations to the paper have accrued as follows:
January-February 2010: 19 citations
November-December 2009: 9
September-October 2009: 7
July-August 2009: 2

Total citations to date: 74

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