We perform both molecular dynamics simulations and theoretical analysis to study the sensitivity of the graphene nanomechanical resonator based mass sensors, which are actuated following the global extended mode or the localized edge mode. We find that the mass detection sensitivity corresponding to the edge mode is about three times higher than that corresponding to the extended mode. Our analytic derivations reveal that the enhancement of the sensitivity originates in the reduction of the effective mass for the edge mode due to its localizing feature.

Published in: "arXiv Material Science".