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A fast light detector made of two-dimensional materials

5 days ago

Two research groups at ETH Zurich have joined forces to develop a novel light detector. It consists of…
A better building block for creating new materials

January 29, 2020

When chemists or engineers want to make a new type of material, they head to the laboratory and…
Creating and observing current vortices in 2D materials

January 23, 2020

Surprise result brings us one step closer to designing more flexible technologies. Researchers at the University of Chicago…
A close look at thin ice

January 2, 2020

On frigid days, water vapor in the air can transform directly into solid ice, depositing a thin layer…
On edges: Team captures growth of Nebraska Ice

January 2, 2020

Scott Frost treaded the sideline as the Huskers faced Colorado in Boulder, watching the Blackshirts try to stomp…
Ammonia synthesis made easy with 2D catalyst

November 26, 2019

Rice University researchers have developed an inorganic method to synthesize ammonia that is both environmentally friendly and can produce…
Borophene on silver grows freely into an atomic ‘skin’

October 1, 2019

Borophene has a nearly perfect partner in a form of silver that could help the trendy two-dimensional material grow to unheard-of…
‘Valley states’ in this super-thin material could potentially be used for quantum computing

September 24, 2019

New research on two-dimensional tungsten disulfide (WS2) could open the door to advances in quantum computing. In a paper…
Graphene. Image credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain
Atomically thin minerals show promise as proton conducting membranes for green technologies

September 3, 2019

Researchers at The University of Manchester discovered that atomically- thin micas – the name given to a type of common…
Next generation synthetic covalent 2D materials unveiled

August 26, 2019

A team of researchers at the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester have developed a new method to synthesize 2D…
Materials for a more sustainable future

August 13, 2019

On the second floor of the Chemistry 1958 building, just above the general chemistry labs, the Mallouk research…
Sharp meets flat in tunable 2D material

August 13, 2019

A Rice University lab wants its products to look sharp, even at the nanoscale. Its latest creation is…
Rice scientists have made it much simpler to add carbon chains to hexagonal-boron nitride, a 2D material much stiffer than steel and an excellent conductor of heat. Click on the image for a larger version. Illustration by Angel Martí Group
You’re not so tough, h-BN

August 13, 2019

Hexagonal-boron nitride is tough, but Rice University scientists are making it easier to get along with. Two-dimensional h-BN, an…
First-ever visualisations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices (Update)

July 18, 2019

Scientists have visualised the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for…
First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices

July 18, 2019

Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for…
Artist’s rendering of a 2D material undergoing phase change using a transistor-scale platform developed in the lab of Stephen Wu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics. (University of Rochester illustration / Michael Osadciw)
Researchers ‘stretch’ the ability of 2D materials to change technology

June 12, 2019

Two-dimensional (2D) materials—as thin as a single layer of atoms—have intrigued scientists with their flexibility, elasticity, and unique…
Microscopic ‘donuts’ a treat for quantum tech

June 4, 2019

Dedicating dollars to “donuts,” scientists at Rice University are helping a national laboratory bring about a revolution in…
Growing stable, ultrathin magnets

May 27, 2019

Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of a unique, nearly two-dimensional form of iron oxide with strong…
Researchers Discover Dream Nanotechnology in the Form of 2D Semiconductors

May 16, 2019

As technology continues to advance at alarming rates, particularly modern computing, it calls for the use of more…
Penn Engineers: New Machine Learning Approach Predicts Which 2D Materials Can Be Synthesized

April 30, 2019

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are being applied to an increasing number of tasks, from recognizing faces in…
Building a Printing Press for New Quantum Materials

April 24, 2019

Scientists at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials are developing an automated system to synthesize entirely new materials…
Wonder material: individual 2D phosphorene nanoribbons made for the first time

April 16, 2019

Tiny, individual, flexible ribbons of crystalline phosphorus have been made and measured an international collaboration, in a world…
‘Deep learning’ casts wide net for novel 2D materials

April 15, 2019

Scientists are discovering new two-dimensional materials at a rapid pace, but they don’t always immediately know what those…
2D borophene gets a closer look

April 15, 2019

Graphene can come from graphite. But borophene? There’s no such thing as borite. Unlike its carbon cousin, two-dimensional borophene can’t…
Gold soaks up boron, spits out borophene

March 27, 2019

In the heat of a furnace, boron atoms happily dive into a bath of gold. And when things…
Step right up for bigger 2D sheets

March 6, 2019

Very small steps make a big difference to researchers who want to create large wafers of two-dimensional material.…
Ultracold atoms could provide 2D window to exotic 1D physics

March 6, 2019

Rice University physicists Matthew Foster and Seth Davis want to view a vexing quantum puzzle from an entirely new perspective.…
It’s all in the twist: Physicists stack 2D materials at angles to trap particles on the nanoscale

February 26, 2019

Future technologies based on the principles of quantum mechanics could revolutionize information technology. But to realize the devices…
Breakthrough in the search for graphene-based electronics

February 22, 2019

A team of researchers from Denmark has solved one of the biggest challenges in making effective nanoelectronics based…
Maximizing the potential of MXenes

February 14, 2019

Amidst a surge of research over the last two decades focusing on the special properties of structures that…
Breakthrough reported in fabricating nanochips

February 4, 2019

An international team of researchers has reported a breakthrough in fabricating atom-thin processors — a discovery that could…
Researchers catalog defects that give 2-D materials amazing properties

January 15, 2019

Amid the frenzy of worldwide research on atomically thin materials like graphene, there is one area that has…
The nanotopography of an atomic world

January 7, 2019

Nanoscale materials are at the forefront of solving some of the world’s biggest engineering challenges. With everything from…
2D materials more than graphene

December 27, 2018

Graphene took the world by storm in the 00s. But the world is full of alternative 2D materials,…
Researchers use jiggly Jell-O to make powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

December 17, 2018

A cheap and effective new catalyst developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, can generate hydrogen…
Rice University engineers have developed a method to transfer complete, flexible, two-dimensional circuits from their fabrication platforms to curved and other smooth surfaces. Such circuits are able to couple with near-field electromagnetic waves and offer next-generation sensing for optical fibers and other applications. (Credit: Zehua Jin/Rice University)
Form-fitting, nanoscale sensors now make sense

December 7, 2018

What if a sensor sensing a thing could be part of the thing itself? Rice University engineers believe…
Chromium triiodide produced in a high-temperature furnace at Rice University. In neutron-scattering experiments, the material behaved like a magnetic topological insulator. Illustration by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
‘Magnetic topological insulator’ makes its own magnetic field

November 20, 2018

A team of U.S. and Korean physicists has found the first evidence of a two-dimensional material that can…
Synergy in two-dimensional materials, membranes research clear in professor’s new work

October 18, 2018

Where researchers who worked with two-dimensional materials and those who worked with membranes were once separate, synergistic opportunities…
Fluorine flows in, makes material metal

October 17, 2018

By getting in the way, fluorine atoms help a two-dimensional material transform from a semiconductor to a metal…
Researchers quickly harvest 2-D materials, bringing them closer to commercialization

October 12, 2018

Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in…
Study sheds light on – and through – 2D materials

September 26, 2018

High-performance computing helps to survey optical qualities of atom-thick materials for optoelectronics The ability of metallic or semiconducting…
On-demand room-temperature single photon array: a quantum communication breakthrough

September 25, 2018

Physicists at The City College of New York have used atomically thin two-dimensional materials to realize an array…
Nanotubes change the shape of water

August 29, 2018

Here’s one way to fit a square peg into a round hole. First, according to Rice University engineers,…
A new generation of artificial retinas based on 2D materials

August 28, 2018

Scientists report they have successfully developed and tested the world’s first ultrathin artificial retina that could vastly improve…
The 2-D form of tungsten ditelluride is full of surprises

August 27, 2018

The general public might think of the 21st century as an era of revolutionary technological platforms, such as…
A physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern

July 23, 2018

“The beauty of topology is that one can apply symmetry principles to find and categorize materials,” said B. Andrei…
Hematene joins parade of new 2D materials

May 10, 2018

In the wake of its recent discovery of a flat form of gallium, an international team led by scientists…
This 2-D nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster

April 21, 2018

Grow Monsters. Expandable water toys. Whatever you call them, they’re plastic-like figurines that swell when placed in water.…
Salt boosts creation of 2-D materials

April 21, 2018

A dash of salt can simplify the creation of two-dimensional materials, and thanks to Rice University scientists, the…
UCLA researchers develop a new class of two-dimensional materials

March 8, 2018

A research team led by UCLA scientists and engineers has developed a method to make new kinds of…
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