There are many ways atoms can arrange microscopically to form crystalline materials. Interestingly, materials created from different arrangements of the same atoms may exhibit completely different physical and chemical properties. A method called thin film epitaxy allows scientists not only to fine-tune the properties of known materials, but also to generate completely new materials with structures and properties not found in nature.
xiaoshanxu2016-02-25T13:57:41-06:00The Shape of the Futurexiaoshanxu2016-02-25T13:57:41-06:00
Cubic or hexagonal?
by Xiaoshan Xu