Chemists have proved that three carbon structures recently created are in fact the long-sought schwarzites, which researchers predict will have unique electrical and storage properties like those now being discovered in fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene.
Tuning materials for optimal optical and electrical properties is becoming commonplace. Now, researchers and manufacturers may be able to tune materials for thermal conductivity by using a squid-inspired protein made of multiple DNA repeats.
For scientists, the 2-D form of one metallic compound - tungsten ditelluride - is a bevy of quantum revelations. The latest discovery about tungsten ditelluride is that its 2-D form can undergo ferroelectric switching.