Beryllene, the lightest Xene

Sumit Chahal, Arkamita Bandyopadhyay, Chan Shan Yang*, Prashant Kumar*

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After the discovery of sp2-hybridized graphene and even lighter borophene, the scientific quest for the thinnest metallic sheets prompts the discovery of beryllene. As beryllium lacks p-electrons, the hybridization and structural evolution of beryllene in determining electronic/excitonic behaviors are scientifically interesting. Herein, we report the experimental realization of freestanding flat beryllene sheets with a lateral dimension of ~0.2–4 μm via sonochemical exfoliation. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy establishes the existence of hexagonal, square and stripe crystallographic phases. While characteristic Raman fingerprints ~451 and ~614 cm−1, and experimentally observed electrically metallic nature of beryllene (vindicated by density-functional-theory band structure calculations) establish beryllene synthesis. Room temperature magnetism in Be-G and Be-CNT hybrids (established by Raman mapping and magnetic force microscopic imaging) is an interesting finding. Beryllene was explored as a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) anchor in molecular sensing, oxidation-resistant, and fire-resistant laminates. It is believed that the discovery of beryllene will lead to novel functionalities and emerging applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number55
Journalnpj 2D Materials and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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