Scientists discover bulk material that exhibits monolayer behavior

(Phys.org) —Most materials behave very differently in bulk (3D) form than they do in monolayer (2D) form. The difference occurs because of weak forces holding the multiple layers of a bulk material together, which results in electronic and vibrational coupling that alters the material’s properties. Now in a new study, researchers have discovered a new material, rhenium disulfide (ReS2), that behaves like a single monolayer of ReS2 when in bulk form. Because preparing large sheets of monolayer material is often challenging, the bulk material could provide a simple way to harness the attractive properties normally found only in monolayers. As such, the material may be ideal for flexible solar cells and super-lubricant materials.

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