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Meet the crystal growers who sparked a revolution in graphene electronics

Takashi Taniguchi prepares the 30,000 ton press to make a new batch of hexagonal boron nitride crystals.

Takashi Taniguchi with his crystal-making hydraulic press at the National Institute of Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan. Credit: Mark Zastrow

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Nature 572, 429-432 (2019)


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