Diagram shows the flat-sheet structure of the material used by the MIT team, molybdenum disulfide. Molybdenum atoms are shown in teal, and sulfur atoms in yellow.
Image courtesy of Wang et al.
The discovery of graphene, a material just one atom thick and possessing exceptional strength and other novel properties, started an avalanche of research around its use for everything from electronics to optics to structural materials. But new research suggests that was just the beginning: A whole family of two-dimensional materials may open up even broader possibilities for applications that could change many aspects of modern life. Read More