Forget graphene, what you want is SILICENE (well, maybe..)

A front cover from Applied Physics Letters, in which some of the previous silicene claims were published.

You’ve heard of graphene? Well,  now its silicon equivalent – silicene – is here to mix up the two-dimensional atomic sheet party.

Researchers have been claiming to have made the material for several years, but no one has  provided really conclusive evidence that it can even exist in a stable state – until now.

No one knows if silicene would have properties which are as amazing as graphene, but if they were, it would be much easier to integrate a silicon sheet with the sorts of electronics we already use (which are almost unanimously made of silicon).

Chemistry World were kind enough to assign me this story, and you can read my report in full here.

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