Scientists at the Australian National University have used sticky tape to create phosphorene, or single-atom thick layers of phosphorous, which could be used as a semiconducting material in solar cells and other electrical devices.
The process involves repeatedly applying the sticky tape to black crystalline form of phosphorous to obtain thinner and thinner layers, until a flexible single atom-thick, layer of phosphorene is created. The team discovered that more layers can be added to create differently coloured LED lights.
Perhaps more importantly, the discovery suggests that phosphorene may be superior to silicon in thin layer form, which could mean that better, thinner lighter and more flexible solar cells could be created in the future.
[img source] Australian National University (CCA2.0)
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