Engineers from Kansas State University have used gold atoms to enhance the transistor properties of a nanomaterial only several atoms in thickness in a development which could have radical implications for ultrathin electrical and thermal devices.

A research team led by Vikas Berry, KSU’s William H. Honstead professor of chemical engineering, has found that the introduction and manipulation of gold atoms can be employed to greatly enhance the electrical properties of molybdenum disulfide – a three-atom thick nanomaterial. Berry’s laboratory focuses on the development of next-generation…