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Making 2D topological polymers a reality

First-principles calculations predicted electronic topological properties for 2D honeycomb–kagome polymers, which have been now confirmed experimentally thanks to improvements in on-surface synthesis.

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Fig. 1: Structure–electronic topology relation of honeycomb–kagome 2D polymer P2TANG.


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Jing, Y., Heine, T. Making 2D topological polymers a reality. Nat. Mater. 19, 823–824 (2020).

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