The nanowire and nanosheets are actually a single, three-dimensional structure consisting of a single, seamless series of germanium sulfide (GeS) crystals. This creates a material with a large surface area and — because GeS is a semiconductor — the ability to transfer electric charges efficiently. Credit: Linyou Cao, North Carolina State University

Researchers create semiconductor ‘nano-shish-kebabs’ with potential for 3-D technologies

February 19, 2013

(Phys.org)—Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new type of nanoscale structure that resembles a “nano-shish-kebab,” consisting of multiple two-dimensional nanosheets that appear to be impaled upon a one-dimensional nanowire. But looks can be deceiving, as the nanowire and nanosheets are actually a single, three-dimensional structure consisting of a single, seamless series of germanium sulfide (GeS) crystals. The structure holds promise for use in the creation of new, three-dimensional (3-D) technologies.

The researchers believe this is the first engineered nanomaterial to combine one-dimensional and two-dimensional structures in which all of the components have a shared crystalline structure.

Read more: Researchers create semiconductor 'nano-shish-kebabs' with potential for 3-D technologies — phys.org.

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