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Nano Lett. 2013 Jun 12;13(6):2842-5. doi: 10.1021/nl401147u. Epub 2013 May 17.

Prediction of a two-dimensional organic topological insulator.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112, USA.


Topological insulators (TI) are a class of materials exhibiting unique quantum transport properties with potential applications in spintronics and quantum computing. To date, all of the experimentally confirmed TIs are inorganic materials. Recent theories predicted the possible existence of organic TIs (OTI) in two-dimensional (2D) organometallic frameworks. However, those theoretically proposed structures do not naturally exist and remain to be made in experiments. Here, we identify a recently experimentally made 2D organometallic framework, consisting of π-conjugated nickel-bis-dithiolene with a chemical formula Ni3C12S12, which exhibits nontrivial topological states in both a Dirac band and a flat band, therefore confirming the existence of OTI.


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