Not one to let graphene hog the spotlight, a team of scientists in Europe have successfully synthesized germanene. It is being called the 2D cousin of graphene, and is made up of a single layer of germanium atoms.
What’s the big deal? The material is expected to have great electrical and optical properties. If so, it will be integrated into the electronics industry of the future. No, it won’t make the iPhone 6 Plus fit in your pocket, but there are some great applications for the future.