A new twist on layered 2D nanomaterials could foster exotic properties
The wonderful world of 2D nanomaterials, perhaps best known to the public thanks to graphene, offers tremendous possibilities for novel quantum effects and devices. Novel assemblies constructed layer by layer from isolated atomic planes of 2D crystalline nanomaterials have opened the door to an entire field of research exploring these so-called Van der Waals heterostructures. The EU-funded QTWIST project is putting a new twist on the design paradigm for these artificial solids by employing a rotation between adjacent crystalline planes to control their properties on the nanometre length scale. These "twisted" nanomaterials are expected to lead to novel superconducting and magnetic properties resulting from the exotic nanotexturing.
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