Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create a new type of technology, which could be used to make super-fast electronic components and speed up the development of drugs.
Physicists at The University of Manchester and The Max-Planck Institute in Germany have created a new kind of a membrane that is only one atom thick.
It's believed this super-small structure can be used to sieve gases, make ultra-fast electronic switches and image individual molecules with unprecedented accuracy.
The findings of the research team is published today (Thursday 1 March 2007) in the journal Nature.
Two years ago, scientists discovered a new class of materials that can be viewed as individual atomic planes pulled out of bulk crystals.
These one-atom-thick materials and in