Breakthroughs in the very tricky field of 2-D printing could also lead to breakthroughs in 3D printing electronics and solar cells. The research hinges on “two dimensional materials” that are a mere few atoms in thickness. These materials could allow 3D Printers to add transparant, high-performance, and flexible electronics to surfaces.
“Two-dimensional materials”—materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick—are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous…..
In the latest issue of Nature Materials, the King Abdullah, Cornell, and MIT researchers team with colleagues at Academia Sinica, the Taiwanese national research academy, and Texas Tech University to describe both the material deposition method and the mechanism underlying the formation of the MoS2 nanowires, which the MIT researchers were able to model computationally.
“The manufacturing of new 2-D materials still remains a challenge,” Buehler says. “The discovery of mechanisms by which certain desired material structures can be created is key to moving these materials toward applications. In this process, the joint work of simulation and experiment is critical to make progress, especially using molecular-level models of materials that enable new design directions.”
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