Graphene nanoribbons (GNR) have been fabricated by a microexplosion method without severe oxidation - filling multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with potassium and then reacting with water vigorously. Transmission electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy have verified the synthesis mechanism: when MWCNTs are effectively filled with potassium, the microexplosion generated by reaction between water and potassium can split the MWCNTs to form GNRs. Most of the obtained GNRs have smooth edges and the maximum wall thickness of MWCNTs that can be split by this method is around 10 nm.
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