Mechanical properties of atomically thin boron nitride and the role of interlayer interactions

Journal: Nature Communications

Published: 2017-06-22

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15815

Affiliations: 10

Authors: 14

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Two-dimensional boron nitride (BN) nanosheets are as strong as diamond, but are lighter, have greater flexibility, and could be used to create flexible and highly resistant smart technologies, according to a study published in Nature Communications.

Atomically thin layers of BN nanosheets have unique physical and electrical properties that could be used in a range of applications, such as nanoelectromechanical systems and sensing technologies. While scientists have a good grasp of the electrical properties of BN, a complete understanding of its mechanical properties is still lacking.

By examining the mechanical properties of single- and few-layer BN nanosheets, an international team of scientists, including researchers from Deakin University, have discovered that they are one of the strongest insulating materials available. Moreover, their strong interlayer interactions and thermal stability make them ideal for mechanical reinforcement applications.

These properties indicate BN nanosheets could be used to create almost unbreakable smart technologies.

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  1. Nature Communications 8, 15815 (2017). doi: 10.1038/ncomms15815
Institutions FC
Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), Deakin University, Australia 0.36
Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, WZU, China 0.14
Research Center for Functional Materials (RCFM), NIMS, Japan 0.14
School of Mathematics and Physics, QUB, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11
Department of Mechanical Engineering, UT Dallas, United States of America (USA) 0.11
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, QUB, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04
School of Astronautics, NPU, China 0.04
Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), IBS, South Korea 0.02
Department of Chemistry, UNIST, South Korea 0.02
School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), UNIST, South Korea 0.02

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