Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding the structure of a boron-based material known as boron monoxide, which has remained a mystery since its discovery in the 1940s. The material, which could potentially lead to the synthesis of other useful boron-based 2D materials, was characterized using advanced techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. The study found that the material consists of stacked nanosheets arranged in a turbostratic arrangement, similar to a stack of paper on a desk. This discovery opens up new possibilities for the development of novel materials with various applications.
Date: Jul 19, 2023