The new compound Ni3(HITP)2 under a scanning electron microscope shows that the layers are collections of two-dimensional flakes (Image: Courtesy of the researchers)
Scientists have found an alternative to graphene, that has the added bonus of self-assembly and a necessary bandgap (Image: Courtesy of researchers)
Graphene may be talked about as the future wonder material (and for that matter, the present one), but it has one critical deficiency. It lacks a natural bandgap, the physical trait that puts the “semi” in “semiconductor," so it has to be doped to become effective. Enter Ni3(2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaiminotriphenylene)2 ... well, you can refer to it as a metal-organic graphene analogue for now. In addition to having a natural band gap, it’s able to self-assemble and represents a whole family of compounds that’s exciting to researchers for its novel properties.
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