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Layer ­pon Layer

By MIT News Office

June 30, 2011

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Graphene, a form of pure carbon arranged in a lattice just one atom thick, has interested countless researchers with its unique strength and its electrical and thermal conductivity. But one key property it lacks—which would make it suitable for a plethora of new uses—is the ability to form a band gap, needed for devices such as transistors, computer chips, and solar cells.

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