Synthesis of borophenes: Anisotropic, two-dimensional boron polymorphsAndrew J. Mannix, Xiang-Feng Zhou, Brian Kiraly, Joshua D. Wood, Diego Alducin, Benjamin D. Myers, Xiaolong Liu, Brandon L. Fisher, Ulises Santiago, Jeffrey R. Guest, Miguel Jose Yacaman, Arturo Ponce, Artem R. Oganov, Mark C. Hersam, Nathan P. Guisinger
Borophene: Boron in two dimensions
Although bulk allotropes of carbon and boron differ greatly, small clusters of these elements show remarkable similarities. Boron analogs of two-dimensional carbon allotropes such as graphene have been predicted. Now Mannix et al. report the formation of two-dimensional boron by depositing the elemental boron onto a silver surface under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions (see the Perspective by Sachdev). The graphene-like structure was buckled, weakly bonded to the substrate, and metallic.
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