A new discovery in the field of material science has the potential of revolutionizing the field of chemistry and data storage in electronics devices. The use of liquid metal to create 2D materials, which are not thicker than the combined thickness of a few atoms, has been discovered by researchers at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. The material has never been seen before in nature.
The incredible discovery, considered to be a once-in-a-decade breakthrough, was recently published in the journal Science. The researchers used dissolved metals for the creation of extremely thing oxide layers, which were not possible as layered structures and were capable of being easily peeled off. Oxide layers made from liquid metals can find use in a variety of applications in the field of modern electronics, in transistor components, for instance.
The thinner the oxide layers are, the faster operation of the electronics is. Reduction of thickness of the oxide layer also results in a decline in the amount of power consumer by an electronic product. As such, the discovery, allowing the creation of oxide layers of thinness that were not early possible, could be a breakthrough and has the potential of significantly impacting the field of electronics, making them more powerful and energy efficient.
Oxide layers also find significant usage in the manufacture of touch screens used in smart phones so the discovery could also have a potential impact on the overall development of smartphones in the near future. The study was led by Dr. Torben Daeneke and Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh of the RMIT School of Engineering and was undergoing for the past 18 months.