2 dimensional matter made by stacking crystal layers only several atoms thick.
The ability to move, manipulate, and store electrons is key to the vast majority of modern technology, whether we’re trying to harvest energy from the sun or play Plants vs. Zombies on our phone. In a paper published in Nanoscale, the researchers described a way to make electrons do something entirely new: Distribute themselves evenly into a stationary, crystalline pattern.
“I’m tempted to say it’s almost like a new phase of matter,” Kar says. “Because it’s just purely electronic.”