Characterization of Novel 2D Materials

The Rice group has synthesized the first elemental 2D material consisting of a group-IV element, telluride. The USC group used quantum molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations to identify the structure of the experimentally synthesized “tellurene”.

Different atomic configurations of the suspended buckled monolayer of Tellurium, explained by the α-Tellurene crystal structure identified by computational simulations

Observed atomic arrangements on a buckled suspended tellurene monolayer crystal


  1. Polymorphism in 2D Tellurium and experimental realization of stable monolayer tellurene films. A. Apte, V. Kochat, A. Krishnamoorthy, Y. Yao, S. Yazdi, E. Bianco, E. Ringe, C. S. Tiwary, A. Nakano, R. Kalia, P. Vashishta, P. Ajayan. In preparation.

PIs involved in the research

  • Aiichiro Nakano, Priya Vashishta, Rajiv Kalia (USC)
  • Pulickel Ajayan (Rice)

Published on May 30th, 2017

Last updated on January 27th, 2020