Can the adsorption of transition metals functionalize the novel 2D material borophene for nanoelectronic applications? In a recent Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter paper, Alvarez-Quiceno et al. perform a systematic first-principles investigation aimed at answering this question. They discuss their findings… Read More ›
Image of the Week: Charge Density in Black Phosphorous Quantum Dot
This week’s Image of the Week is taken from M A Lino et al 2017 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50 305103. In this paper the authors investigate the feasibility of producing Single Electron Transistors from Black Phosphorus Quantum Dots. The… Read More ›
Charge transport anomaly in layered reduced graphene oxide under applied strain
It is a common observation that the resistance of a conducting film on a flexible substrate increases when subjected to strain, albeit with a few exceptions (such as a variant of conducting polymer PEDOT: PSS, where the reverse is observed)…. Read More ›
2D ternary oxides – a new platform for substrate bound 2D materials
How to fabricate atomically-thin 2D ternary oxide crystals via bottom-up synthesis
Image of the week: Phase behavior of ternary oxide layers
This weeks image come from a Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter Special Issue on oxide interfaces
Introducing graphene and other 2D materials in magnetic tunnel junctions, a review
Could 2D materials open new avenues for magnetic tunnel junctions and spin electronics?
How stable are topological properties in bismuth?
In a recent Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter paper, Maciej Bieniek, Tomasz Woźniak and Paweł Potasz investigate atomically thin bismuth nanostructures in the context of stability of their topological properties.
A method for predicting the structural deformations of 2D materials under strain
Zacharias Fthenakis and Nektarios Lathiotakis propose a fast and accurate description of the mechanical response of any 2D structure under any strain conditions.
Emergent elemental two-dimensional materials: an interview with leading scientist Guy Le Lay
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics recently published a fascinating Topical Review by leading 2D materials scientist, Guy Le Lay (Aix-Marseille Université). Guy and his co-authors focus on new elemental 2D materials such as silicene, phosphorene, germanene and stanene, discussing… Read More ›
Pushing forward 2D/3D contacts simulations
A new approach enables fully ab initio simulations of the contacts between 3D and 2D materials.
Spectacularly long range energy transfer to graphene
Can graphene be used as a nanoscopic ruler over a wide range of distances?
A new two-dimensional material
Combining silica (SiO2) with silicon-carbide (Si2C3) to produce a new porous film – Silicatene
Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: An Introduction
What are TMDs? And why is it important to develop new techniques to make them? Elisha Mercado has spent her time at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology finding out.
Transition metal dichalcogenides: the next-generation 2D semiconductors
A new special issue available from JPCM highlights the novel phenomena of these materials and their potential in electronic devices as a possible replacement for silicon.
The Institute of Physics: for physics, for physicists, for you
Paul Hardaker, CEO: “We know well that science benefits the economy and creates jobs. If we are to see these benefits continue to grow we need to remain competitive in funding, and both the UK and Ireland need to be the places where physicists can do world-class science.”
Graphene nanoribbons: opening the gap
The demand for smaller and smaller electronic devices has led to great strides towards the use of novel materials like graphene. One of the obstacles to the use of graphene is its lack of band gap, meaning it is difficult… Read More ›
What is Condensed Matter Physics?
And why it not only matters to the staff and students of the CDT but everyone.