Volume 90 Issue 18 | p. 35 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 30, 2012

More Atomically Thin Materials

Studies probe structure and electronic properties of two-dimensional forms of silicon and boron?
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: silicene, graphene, 2D materials, silicon, boron

By conducting a combined microscopy, spectroscopy, and computational study of one-atom-thick films of silicon, European researchers have gathered what they describe as “compelling experimental evidence” that they have succeeded in preparing the Si analog of graphene (Phys. Rev. Lett., DOI: 10.1103/PhysRev​Lett.108.155501). Dubbed silicene because of its predicted graphenelike structural and electronic properties, the ultrathin 2-D form of silicon is expected to be inherently more compatible with . . .

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