Faculty - Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii, Assistant Professor

Alexander Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii
Assistant Professor

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
525A Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0304
Office: 402-472-3543

Research Interests

My group is working on the chemical design of novel functional materials for applications in electronics, photonics, sensors and energy storage. Such materials include graphene, carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanowires, colloidal particles, macroporous oxides and some others (Figure 1). Our strategy is to control the structure and composition of these materials at nanoscale to define their properties.

  • Materials science
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials
  • Self-assembly techniques
  • Nanoscale device fabrication

A graduate or postdoctoral student in my group can expect to receive training in inorganic chemistry and materials science with significant exposure to one or more of the following specialties: low-dimensional nanomaterials, carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and graphene), self-assembly techniques, chemical vapor deposition, and materials characterization techniques, such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, nanoscale device fabrication and electrical measurements.


  • E. Pembroke, G. Ruan, A. Sinitskii, D. A. Corley, Z. Yan, Z. Sun, J. M. Tour. Effect of anchor and functional groups in functionalized graphene devices. Nano Research 6 (2013) 138-148.
  • S.S. Rao, A. Stesmans, J. van Tol, D. V. Kosynkin, A. Higginbotham-Duque, W. Lu, A. Sinitskii, J. M. Tour. Spin Dynamics and Relaxation in Graphene Nanoribbons: Electron Spin Resonance Probing. ACS Nano 6 (2012) 7615-7623.
  • A. Sinitskii, J.M. Tour. Patterning Graphene Nanoribbons Using Copper Oxide Nanowires. Applied Physics Letters100 (2012) 103106.
  • A. Dimiev, D. V. Kosynkin, A. Sinitskii, A. Slesarev, Z. Sun, J. M. Tour.  Layer-by-Layer Removal of Graphene for Device Patterning. Science 331 (2011) 1168-1172.
  • K. J. Erickson, A. L. Gibb, A. Sinitskii, M. Rousseas, N. Alem, J. M. Tour, A. K. Zettl. Longitudinal Splitting of Boron Nitride Nanotubes for the Facile Synthesis of High Quality Boron Nitride Nanoribbons. Nano Letters 11 (2011) 3221-3226.
  • N. L. Rangel, A. Gimenez, A. Sinitskii, J. M. Seminario. Graphene Signal Mixer for Sensing Applications. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 115 (2011) 12128-12134.
  • D. V. Kosynkin, W. Lu, A. Sinitskii, G. Pera, Z. Sun, J. M. Tour. Highly Conductive Graphene Nanoribbons by Longitudinal Splitting of Carbon Nanotubes Using Potassium Vapor. ACS Nano 5 (2011) 968-974.
  • A. Sinitskii, J.M. Tour. Patterning graphene through the self-assembled templates: Toward periodic two-dimensional graphene nanostructures with semiconductor properties. Journal of the American Chemical Society 132 (2010) 14730-14732.
  • A. Sinitskii, J.M. Tour. Graphene electronics, unzipped. IEEE Spectrum 47 (2010) 28-33.
  • A. Sinitskii, A. Dimiev, D.V. Kosynkin, J.M. Tour. Graphene nanoribbon devices produced by oxidative unzipping of carbon nanotubes. ACS Nano 4 (2010) 5405-5413.
  • D.C. Marcano, D.V. Kosynkin, J.M. Berlin, A. Sinitskii, Z. Sun, A. Slesarev, L.B. Alemany, W. Lu, J.M. Tour. Improved synthesis of graphene oxide. ACS Nano 4 (2010) 4806-4814.
  • A. Sinitskii, D.V. Kosynkin, A. Dimiev, J.M. Tour. Corrugation of chemically converted graphene monolayers on SiO2. ACS Nano 4 (2010) 3095-3102.
  • N. Behabtu, J.R. Lomeda, M.J. Green, A.L. Higginbotham, A. Sinitskii, D.V. Kosynkin, D. Tsentalovich, A.N.G. Parra-Vasquez, J. Schmidt, E. Kesselman, Y. Cohen, Y. Talmon, J.M. Tour, M. Pasquali. Graphene dispersion at high concentrations and formation of liquid crystals in chlorosulfonic acid. Nature Nanotechnology 5 (2010) 406-411.
  • A. Sinitskii, A. Dimiev, D.A. Corley, A.A. Fursina, D.V. Kosynkin, J.M. Tour. Kinetics of diazonium functionalization of chemically converted graphene nanoribbons. ACS Nano 4 (2010) 1949-1954.
  • A.L. Higginbotham, D.V. Kosynkin, A. Sinitskii, Z. Sun, J.M. Tour. Lower-defect graphene oxide nanoribbons from multiwalled carbon nanotubes. ACS Nano 4 (2010) 2059-2069.
  • A. Sinitskii, V. Abramova, N. Grigorieva, S. Grigoriev, A. Snigirev, D. V. Byelov, A. V. Petukhov. Revealing stacking sequences in inverse opals by microradian X-ray diffraction. Europhysics Letters 89 (2010) 14002.