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Research Highlight | Center for Nanoscale Materials

Islands of borophene precipitate from a sea of gold

In a recent study published in ACS Nano, researchers found that spectroscopic measurements reveal that borophene grown on Au(111) possesses a metallic electronic structure.

Scientific Achievement

Borophene, a 2D allotrope of boron recently discovered at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM), was synthesized for the first time on a Au(111) surface and characterized using ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

Significance and Impact

Expanding the synthesis of boron to other substrates increases the versatility of borophene and furthers understanding of growth dynamics that impacts the field of 2D materials. Borophene exhibits the same two predominate growth modes as its more popular cousin, graphene. 

Research Details

  • Boron dissolves into the Au(111) substrate at high temperatures and then segregates into borophene sheets at the surface during cooling. UHV STM was performed at CNM.

Work was performed in part at the Center for Nanoscale Materials.

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b09339

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