Volume 93 Issue 6 | p. 3 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 9, 2015 | Web Date: February 5, 2015

Two-Dimensional Silicon Makes Its Device Debut

Materials: Silicene monolayers could help pave the way to faster, smaller electronics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: silicon, silicene, transistor, graphene, 2-D

Researchers report that they’ve fabricated transistors made of a single layer of silicon atoms connected to three electrodes. These are the first functional devices to use two-dimensional silicon (Nat. Nanotechnol. 2015, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.325).

Much like its all-carbon cousin, graphene, silicene promises an exciting array of electronic properties, according to theorists. Scientists believe both 2-D materials could form the basis of smaller, faster transistors—and, in turn, smaller, faster . . .

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