MolES Researchers Craft Thinnest Possible Semiconductor

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Photoluminescene intensity map of a typical piece of the lateral heterostructures.

Faculty and student researchers at the UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute are emerging as leaders in the fast-growing field of 2D materials. Physics professors David Cobden and Xiadong Xu study the characteristics of single sheets of atomically thin material.

These single-layer materials, also known as monolayers, are flexible, and act as semiconductors with extraordinary electronic properties. Semiconductors are an essential component in all modern solar cells and electronics. Their research could be the basis for next-generation flexible and transparent computing, better light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, and solar technologies.

Read more:

Lateral heterojunctions within monolayer MoSe2WSe2 semiconductors, Nature Materials

Scientists craft a semiconductor junction only three atoms thick, UW Today