JST Press Release

June 26, 2019

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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This press release was retracted on November 26, 2020 due to article retraction.

Living annulative π-extension polymerization for graphene nanoribbon synthesis

Profs. Kenichiro Itami (Research Director, JST-ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project; Director / Professor of Institute of Transformative Biomolecular Research (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University) and Hideto Ito (Sub Group Leader, Chemical Synthesis Group, Itami project; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University), and Mr. Yuuta Yano (Graduate School of Science, PhD candidate, Nagoya University) succeeded in the precise synthesis of graphene nanoribbons by developing a revolutionary polymerization reaction named "living APEX polymerization."
This research result is expected to be a ground-breaking achievement that opens a new path in the field of materials science as the world's first precision graphene nanoribbon synthesis.

Program Information

JST ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon project
Research Area “Molecular Nanocarbon”

Journal Information

Yuuta Yano, Nobuhiko Mitoma, Kaho Matsushima, Feijiu Wang, Keisuke Matsui, Akira Takakura, Yuhei Miyauchi, Hideto Ito and Kenichiro Itami. “Living annulative π-extension polymerization for graphene nanoribbon synthesis”, Nature, Published online June 26, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1331-z