Two-dimensional materials

Two-dimensional materials are substances with a thickness of a few nanometres or less. Electrons in these materials are free to move in the two-dimensional plane, but their restricted motion in the third direction is governed by quantum mechanics. Prominent examples include quantum wells and graphene.


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    Impulsive Raman spectroscopy reveals how atoms are pushed into action by light absorption. The surprising sensitivity of this behaviour to the polaronic character of 2D perovskites opens up new avenues for tailored light–matter interactions.

    • Christoph Schnedermann
    • , Akshay Rao
    •  & Philipp Kukura
    Nature Materials 18, 307-308
  • News and Views |

    A nanolithography technique that uses a heated scanning probe tip can precisely pattern metal electrodes on two-dimensional semiconductors, creating field-effect transistors with exceptional performance.

    • Qiyuan He
    •  & Hua Zhang
  • News and Views |

    Despite an enormous number of nanopores that could, in principle, be formed in atomically thin materials, advanced modelling reveals that in typical experiments rather limited ensembles of most likely nanopores should be observed.

    • Petr Král
    Nature Materials 18, 99-101
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    Structural transitions departing from the known phases of MoTe2 are induced by applying a vertical electric field to multilayers of this material. These distorted structures show distinct conducting states that can be used for resistive memories.

    • Daniel A. Rehn
    •  & Evan J. Reed