A team of researchers at the Royal Melbourne University of Technology (RMIT, Australia) led by Professor Kurosh Kalantar-Zade and Dr. Torben Denecke have made a discovery that could fundamentally change our understanding of chemistry. They created a two-dimensional material several atoms thick that has no natural counterparts.
To create it, scientists dissolved several natural metals in other liquid metals, resulting in thin oxide layers that easily separate from each other. Dr. Denecke compared this process to frothing milk when making a cappuccino.
According to scientists, the new material has a great future, primarily in the field of high-speed electronics - when creating new generation data storage systems.
The cleaned oxide layers can be used as fast transistors with minimal power consumption. Touch screens with unique sensitivities can be created from such oxide layers.
"We predict that the developed technology will affect about a third of the periodic table, " says Professor Kalantar-Zade. "Many of the atomically thin oxides are semiconductor or dielectric materials that are the basis of modern electronic and optical devices."
Drops of liquid metal used in the study