Faculty - Sinitskii

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii, Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
525A Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0304
Office: 402-472-3543
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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.

A. Sinitskii, J.M. Tour. Lithographic graphitic memories. ACS Nano 3 (2009) 2760-2766.

D.V. Kosynkin, A.L. Higginbotham, A. Sinitskii, J.R. Lomeda, A. Dimiev, B.K. Price, J.M. Tour. Longitudinal unzipping of carbon nanotubes to form graphene nanoribbons. Nature 458 (2009) 872-876.

A. Sinitskii, A.A. Fursina, D.V. Kosynkin, A.L. Higginbotham, D. Natelson, J.M. Tour. Electronic transport in monolayer graphene nanoribbons produced by chemical unzipping of carbon nanotubes. Applied Physics Letters 95 (2009) 253108.

V. Abramova, A. Sinitskii. Large-scale ZnO inverse opal films fabricated by a sol-gel technique. Superlattices and Microstructures 45 (2009) 624-629.

J. Hilhorst, V.V. Abramova, A. Sinitskii, N.A. Sapoletova, K.S. Napolskii, A.A. Eliseev, D.V. Byelov, N.A. Grigoryeva, A.V. Vasilieva, W.G. Bouwman, K. Kvashnina, A. Snigirev, S.V. Grigoriev, A.V. Petukhov. Double stacking faults in convectively assembled crystals of colloidal spheres. Langmuir 25 (2009) 10408-10412.

S.V. Grigoriev, K.S. Napolskii, N.A. Grigoryeva, A.V. Vasilieva, A.A. Mistonov, D.Yu. Chernyshov, A.V. Petukhov, D.V. Belov, A.A. Eliseev, A.V. Lukashin, Yu.D. Tretyakov, A. Sinitskii, H. Eckerlebe. Structural and magnetic properties of inverse opal photonic crystals studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and small-angle neutron scattering. Physical Review B 79 (2009) 045123.

E.P. Bellido, A.D. Bobadilla, N.L. Rangel, H. Zhong, M.L. Norton, A. Sinitskii, J.M. Seminario. Current–voltage–temperature characteristics of DNA origami. Nanotechnology 20 (2009) 175102.

A.D. Bobadilla, E.P. Bellido, N.L. Rangel, H. Zhong, M.L. Norton, A. Sinitskii, J.M. Seminario. DNA origami impedance measurement at room temperature. Journal of Chemical Physics 130 (2009) 171101.

J. Lumeau, A. Sinitskii, L. Glebova, L.B. Glebov, E.D. Zanotto. Method to assess the homogeneity of partially crystallized glasses: Application to a photo-thermo-refractive glass. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 355 (2009) 1760-1768.

Y. Li*, A. Sinitskii*, J.M. Tour. Electronic two-terminal bistable graphitic memories. Nature Materials 7 (2008) 966-971. *These authors contributed equally to this work

A. Sinitskii, V. Abramova, T. Laptinskaya, Yu. Tretyakov. Angle-dependent laser diffraction in inverse opal photonic crystals. Superlattices and Microstructures 44 (2008) 626-632.

S. Hong, L.A. Jauregui, N.L. Rangel, H. Cao, B.S. Day, M.L. Norton, A. Sinitskii, J.M. Seminario. Impedance measurements on a DNA junction. Journal of Chemical Physics 128 (2008) 201103.

A. Sinitskii, S. Neumeier, J. Nelles, M. Fischler, U. Simon. Ordered arrays of silicon pillars with controlled height and aspect ratio, Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 305307.

A. Sinitskii, V. Abramova, T. Laptinskaya, Yu. Tretyakov. Domain mapping of inverse photonic crystals by laser diffraction. Physics Letters A 366 (2007) 516-522.

K.Napolskii, A. Sinitskii, S.Grigoriev, N.Grigorieva, H.Eckerlebe, A.Eliseev, A.Lukashin, Yu.Tretyakov. Topology constrained magnetic structure of Ni photonic crystals. Physica B 397 (2007) 23-26.

M. Li, P. Zhang, J. Li, J. Zhou, A. Sinitskii, V. Abramova, S.O. Klimonsky and Y.D. Tretyakov.  Directional emission from rare earth ions in inverse photonic crystals. Applied Physics B 89 (2007) 251-255.

X.S. Xie, M. Li, J. Guo, B. Liang, Z.X. Wang, A. Sinitskii, Y. Xiang, and J.Y. Zhou. Phase manipulated multi-beam holographic lithography for tunable optical lattices. Optics Express 15 (2007) 7032-7037.

J. Lumeau, A. Sinitskii, L. Glebova, L.B. Glebov, E.D. Zanotto. Spontaneous and photo-induced crystallization of photo-thermo-refractive glass. Physics and Chemistry of Glasses: European Journal of Glass Science and Technology B 48 (2007) 281-284.

D.M. Itkis, E.A. Goodilin, A.M. Balagurov, I.A. Bobrikov, A. Sinitskii, Y.D. Tretyakov Preparation-dependent properties of Ca(Cu,Mn)7O12 CMR materials. Solid State Communications 139 (2006) 380-385.