Volume 90 Issue 41 | pp. 44-47
Issue Date: October 8, 2012

More Materials Go 2-D

Graphene is joined by a growing collection of ultrathin crystals with new properties and applications
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: 2-D material, graphene, atomic layers, ultrathin, MAX phases

With its atomic thinness and outstanding electronic and mechanical properties, graphene stormed the materials research world about five years ago, repeatedly grabbing headlines in the mainstream and scientific press alike. Large numbers of scientists set about probing this one- or few-atoms-thick form of carbon and devoted themselves to developing its applications. Clearly, this nearly two-dimensional (2-D) material is fascinating. But when it comes to atomically thin or nearly atomically thin materials, graphene isn’t the only . . .

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