Volume 92 Issue 30 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 28, 2014

2-D Polymer Crystals Confirmed At Last

Organic Chemistry: Synthetic analogs of graphene could have separations and optics applications
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: 2-D polymers, graphene, separations, polymerization


Two teams have combined organic monomer crystals to form large two-dimensional polymer single crystals and have determined their structures for the first time. Scientists see the work as a landmark development in research on synthetic 2-D polymer crystals, which might one day be used in separations and nonlinear optics, applications that could complement those of graphene.

A naturally derived 2-D network of carbon atoms, graphene has attracted considerable attention as a potential molecular electronics material. . . .

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