Researchers synthesize germanene, a ‘cousin’ to graphene

September 10, 2014 4:36 PM

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Researchers synthesize germanene, a ‘cousin’ to graphene

According to a statement from the Institute of Physics, a team of European researchers has become one of the first groups to synthesize the two-dimensional (2D) material germanene. Also known as a “cousin of graphene,” the material, which is made up of just a single layer of germanium atoms, is expected to demonstrate impressive electrical and optical properties. This new material could be broadly integrated across the electronics industry in the future.

The complete results of the investigation appears today in the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society’s New Journal of Physics in an article titled “Germanene: a novel two-dimensional germanium allotrope akin to graphene and silicene.”

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