Synthesis of One Atom Thin, Two-Dimensional Gold Films and Their Novel Properties

Sudhir Kumar Sharma, Renu Pasricha, James Weston, Florian Stumpf, Thomas Blanton, Ramesh Jagannathan

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Though significant advances have been made in the field of metal nanostructures, researchers are yet to synthesize one atom thin two-dimensional (2D) gold nanostructures. We report, for the first time, a technique to synthesize one atom thin gold films and membrane-like porous films on silicon and sapphire. These films were essentially liquid at room temperature. Current-Voltage (IV) spectroscopy using atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed a typical Schottky behavior with a very high turn on (knee) voltage at +4.15V indicating that these 2D gold structures are semi-conductors. Nanorings comprising self-assembled one atom thin gold structures on sapphire were also observed. Subjecting one nanoring in a group of several nanorings to a point force of 2.25 µN for 120 seconds resulted in the creation of a mirror structure, accompanied by every nanoring in the group to simultaneously create its individual mirror structure(s). These mirror structures had an apparent spatial and temporal correlation to each other. They had a finite life time of a few hours and the process was repeatable to a great degree of precision.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jul 30 2020

Publication series



  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Atomically thin gold films
  • Ferromagnetism
  • Gold nanostructures
  • Magnetic Materials
  • One atom thin gold film
  • Semiconductor
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Two-dimensional materials


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