The world of 2D material science is an exciting one where new advances continue to open up new possibilities, most notably through adaptations of the wonder material graphene. Scientists have introduced a new player to this game in the form of an ultra-thin, ultra-strong material they’ve dubbed borophane, which they see one day finding use in advanced forms of electronics.
The scientists list a number of areas where borophane could have an impact, including solar cells, batteries, and electronic devices. Its properties could lend themselves particularly well to electronics that rely on light for superior performance, a field known as optoelectronics that encompasses everything from more efficient computer chips to advanced LED displays.
What is really encouraging from their results is that they found a borophane nanosheet on a silver substrate to be quite stable, unlike borophene. This means it should be easily integrated with other materials in the construction of new devices for optoelectronics, devices combining light with electronics.