Liquid crystalline 2D borophene oxide for inorganic optical devices
Tetsuya Kambe, Shotaro Imaoka, Misa Shimizu, Reina Hosono, Dongwan Yan, Hinayo Taya, Masahiro Katakura, Hirona Nakamura, Shoichi Kubo, Atsushi Shishido & Kimihisa Yamamoto
Borophene has been recently proposed as a next-generation two-dimensional material with promising electronic and optical properties. However, its instability has thus far limited its large-scale applications. Here, we investigate a liquid-state borophene analogue with an ordered layer structure derived from two-dimensional borophene oxide. The material structure, phase transition features and basic properties are revealed by using X-ray analysis, optical and electron microscopy, and thermal characterization. The obtained liquid crystal exhibits high thermal stability at temperatures up to 350 °C and an optical switching behaviour driven by a low voltage of 1 V.
Borophene, material structure, thermal stability