While the possibility to create a single-atom-thick two-dimensional layer from any material remains, only a few such structures have been obtained other than graphene and a monolayer of boron nitride. Here, based upon ab initio theoretical simulations, we propose a new stable graphenelike single-atomic-layer Si2 BN structure that has all of its atoms with sp2 bonding with no out-of-plane buckling. The structure is found to be metallic with a finite density of states at the Fermi level. This structure can be rolled into nanotubes in a manner similar to graphene. Combining first- and second-row elements in the Periodic Table to form a one-atom-thick material that is also flat opens up the possibility for studying new physics beyond graphene. The presence of Si will make the surface more reactive and therefore a promising candidate for hydrogen storage.
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Andriotis, Antonis N.; Richter, Ernst; and Menon, Madhu, "Prediction of a New Graphenelike Si2 BN Solid" (2016). Center for Computational Sciences Faculty Publications. 3.