New material for flat semiconductors (usable bandgap)
Scientists have long worked to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. However, graphene lacks a single critical characteristic that would make it even more useful: a property known as a bandgap, which is essential for designing devices like computer chips and solar cells.
As such, researchers at MIT and Harvard University are currently experimenting with a two-dimensional material whose properties are very similar to graphene, albeit with certain distinct advantages – including the fact that this material naturally boasts a usable bandgap.
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The research, just published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, was conducted by MIT assistant professor of chemistry Mircea Dincă and 7 co-authors.
The new material, essentially a combination of nickel and an organic compound known as HITP, also has the advantage of self-assembly. Indeed, its constituents naturally assemble themselves, a “bottom-up” approach that could lend itself to easier…
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