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Researchers utilized an MRI-like technique to track the movement of individual atoms in real-time as they group together to form two-dimensional materials with a thickness of a single atomic layer.

Study findings (Following atoms in real-time could lead to better materials design) can be used in crafting new types of materials and quantum technology devices. University of Cambridge researchers tracked the atoms' movement at speeds too fast for conventional microscopes to capture.

Two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, could enhance the performance of currently used and newly introduced devices due to their distinct properties, such as exceptional conductivity and strength. These materials have an extensive range of potential applications, from drug delivery and bio-sensing to quantum computing and quantum information. To reach their full potential, however, the two-dimensional materials need to be fine-tuned using a controlled growth process.

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