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Research Highlight | Center for Nanoscale Materials

Borophane: hydrogenation of atomic-thick layers of boron

In a study published in Science, researchers demonstrate that the 2D material borophane is much more stable than borophene.

Scientific Achievement

Hydrogenation of borophene resulted in synthesis of stable borophane” polymorphs, which possess modified local work functions and improved chemical passivation characteristics in ambient conditions.

Significance and Impact

These findings showed borophane to be much more stable than borophene and, therefore, attractive for nanoelectronic and quantum information science applications. In addition, the analysis technique developed to unravel the complex structure of borophane is applicable to other complex nanostructures.

Research Details

  • Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM): Developed software tool Ingrained to use density functional theory calculations and computer vision to simulate and match scanning tunneling microscopy images.

Work was performed in part at CNM.


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