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Nature. 2011 Aug 31;477(7362):45-53. doi: 10.1038/nature10381.

Synthesis, assembly and applications of semiconductor nanomembranes.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.


Research in electronic nanomaterials, historically dominated by studies of nanocrystals/fullerenes and nanowires/nanotubes, now incorporates a growing focus on sheets with nanoscale thicknesses, referred to as nanomembranes. Such materials have practical appeal because their two-dimensional geometries facilitate integration into devices, with realistic pathways to manufacturing. Recent advances in synthesis provide access to nanomembranes with extraordinary properties in a variety of configurations, some of which exploit quantum and other size-dependent effects. This progress, together with emerging methods for deterministic assembly, leads to compelling opportunities for research, from basic studies of two-dimensional physics to the development of applications of heterogeneous electronics.


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