Nickel-based Material has Properties Superior to Graphene

Here’s a mention of the creation of a material which shows an interesting new use nickel. An article in the Times of India mentions researchers at MIT and Harvard have developed a 2-D material made from nickel and an organic compound called HITP that could be superior to graphene because it contains a bandgap property not found in graphene that makes it more suitable for use in computer chips and solar cells.

Another property of this material — which has apparently not yet been named — is that it apparently self-assembles naturally, making for easier manufacturing.

From the article:

The new compound shares graphene’s perfectly hexagonal honeycomb structure. The multiple layers of the material naturally form perfectly aligned stacks, with the openings at the centres of the hexagons all of precisely the same size, about 2 nanometres (billionths of a metre) across.

In initial experiments, the researchers studied the material in bulk form, rather than as flat sheets.

MIT assistant professor of chemistry Mircea Dinca said that makes the current results – including excellent electrical conductivity – even more impressive, since these properties should be better yet in a 2-D version of the material.

It seems we are in the very beginning stages of a revolution in materials science where we are able to manipulate matter in previously inconceivable ways to create custom materials that will possess properties suited for specific purposes.

  • Mr. Moho

    I think the most interesting property is that it self-assemblies in structures with 2 nanometers wide pores, and that this size is tunable. This could be interesting for LENR experiments, besides graphene replacement applications.

  • AstralProjectee

    I wouldn’t have said “Nickel-based Material has Properties Superior to Graphene” Because in all likelihood it’s missing some of the properties of Carbon based Graphene. Like flexibility or some other properties. It’s probably more correct to say “Nickel-based Material has Properties Superior to Graphene for electrical conductivity.” Or something like that. I am sure each material is unique, and one can’t say this material is better in every way than this other one. It’s likely to be only better than any other material in certain ways with certain other different kinds of properties, not in every way better. To each kind of material it’s own. It’s almost like comparing apples and oranges. I know Frank was probably just copying what the researchers were saying.

    • Billy Jackson

      Nickel-based Material has Properties Superior to Graphene

      i think your reading it wrong. cause it does say has properties, not beats in all aspects. still clarification is always good :)

      To me the properties i am interested at the moment are the electrical and thermal (doesn’t heat up like normal electronics)

  • LENR4you

    Click here for the original:
    High Electrical Conductivity in Ni3(2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaiminotriphenylene)2, a Semiconducting Metal–Organic Graphene Analogue
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja502765n

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  • Gerard McEk

    Maybe this new crystalline form of nickel is even more suitable for LENR, especially the high conductivity is promising, let’s try!

    • Ophelia Rump

      It might be extremely useful in manufacturing a casing which converts the heat directly into electricity. Presuming the benefits of the organics are not destroyed by the heat.

    • Andreas Moraitis

      200/4000 Siemens per meter are not that much. The electrical conductivity of many metals reaches tens of millions S/m. However, the material is interesting because of its ‘natural’ band gap and its ability for self-organization, which could facilitate the production.

  • Charles

    Stick with using Nickel in LENR.