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Is super-thin borophene the future of wearables?

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Graphene has been touted as a possible next generation material for wearables, smartphones, and other electronic devices, but scientists at Rice University suspect borophene, an atom-thick substance, could provide even better results.

One of the main differences between graphene and borophene is the undulating structure it takes when moved from its typical state, metallic, to silver substrate.

Its structure remains intact during this process, meaning it can retain its flexibility.

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Borophene is metallic in its typical state, with strong electron-phonon coupling to support possible superconductivity, and a rich band structure that contains Dirac cones, as in graphene, said Rice physicist Boris Yakobson.

Superconductive material is highly valuable in the wearables industry, where signals and circuitry must flow without any issues.

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