Graphene’s Cousin Just Might Revolutionize What We Can Do with Electricity

8. 4. 15 by Andrew Tieu
  • Named after tin’s Latin name, stannum, stanene is similar in structure to graphene. The tin forms a one atom thick mesh, effectively making it a 2D material.
  • Although other materials are great conductors of electricity, stanene is extremely special because at room temperature, the film’s electrons will (theoretically) travel along the mesh without any collision, conducting electricity with record efficiency without losing any energy as heat.
  • While stanene optimists find the material to be a revolution in 2D material science, others are not completely sure that the researchers have even made stanene. Scientists will next make the material in larger quantity for clearer study, and see how it lives up to its expectations.

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