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Plenty of motion at the bottom: atomically thin liquid gold membrane

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Abstract

The discovery of graphene some ten years ago was the first proof of a free-standing two-dimensional (2D) solid phase. Here, using quantum molecular dynamics simulations of nanoscale gold patches suspended in graphene pores, we predict the existence of an atomically thin, free-standing 2D liquid phase. The liquid phase, enabled by the exceptional planar stability of gold due to relativistic effects, demonstrates extreme fluxionality of metal nanostructures and opens possibilities for a variety of nanoscale phenomena.

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The article was received on 23 Mar 2015, accepted on 29 Apr 2015 and first published on 04 May 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01849H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2015,7, 10140-10145
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    Plenty of motion at the bottom: atomically thin liquid gold membrane

    P. Koskinen and T. Korhonen, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 10140
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR01849H

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