May 4, 2015

From brittle to plastic in one breath

Rice University theorists show environments can alter 2-D materials’ basic properties

(May 4, 2015)  What if peanut brittle, under certain conditions, behaved like taffy? Something like that happens to a two-dimensional dichalcogenide analyzed by scientists at Rice University.

Rice researchers calculated that atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide can take on the qualities of plastic through exposure to a sulfur-infused gas at the right temperature and pressure.

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