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Scientists from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford Univ. and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the first time. They discovered it’s a natural fit for making thin, flexible light-based electronics.

In a Nature Nanotechnology study, the researchers give a recipe for making the thinnest possible sheets of the material, called molybdenum diselenide or MoSe2, in a precisely controlled way, using a technique that’s common in electronics manufacturing.

“We found the right recipe, and we provide it in the paper so people can develop it more for industrial purposes,” said Sung-Kwan Mo, a beam scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), where the material was made.

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