Using chaos as a tool, scientists discover new method of making 3D-heterostructured materials

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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and their collaborators from Iowa State University have developed a new approach for generating layered, difficult-to-combine, heterostructured solids. Heterostructured materials, composed of layers of dissimilar building blocks display unique electronic transport and magnetic properties that are governed by quantum interactions between their structurally different building blocks, and open new avenues for electronic and energy applications.

Associated journal article: Dolotko, et al (2020). “Unprecedented generation of 3D heterostructures by mechanochemical disassembly and re-ordering of incommensurate metal chalcogenides.” Nature Communications 11, 3005. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16672-0

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