Tunable band gaps in bilayer graphene-BN heterostructures

Ashwin Ramasubramaniam, Doron Naveh, Elias Towe

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We investigate band gap tuning of bilayer graphene between hexagonal boron nitride sheets, by external electric fields. Using density functional theory, we show that the gap is continuously tunable from 0 to 0.2 eV and is robust to stacking disorder. Moreover, boron nitride sheets do not alter the fundamental response from that of free-standing bilayer graphene, apart from additional screening. The calculations suggest that graphene-boron nitride heterostructures could provide a viable route to graphene-based electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070-1075
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 9 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Graphene
  • band-gap engineering
  • electronic structure
  • hexagonal boron nitride


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