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A method that uses light to manufacture 2D polymers that have the thickness of a single molecule could create a path for the development of ultrathin, functional 2D materials with highly defined and regular crystalline structures.
The new method was developed by an international team of researchers from Linköping University, the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Deutsches Museum, and other institutions. Using an on-surface photopolymerization process, the team developed and tested a way to manufacture a 0.5-nm-thick, 2D polymer consisting of several hundred thousand molecules identically linked — in other words, a 2D material with nearly perfect order, right down to the atomic level.
The two-step method takes…READ MORE