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novel types of semiconducting materials

Condensed matter physics is a fascinating branch of physical sciences that allows us to study and understand the matter that surrounds us. One particular category of matter, namely semiconductors, have revolutionised our life as their integration into electronic and optoelectronic devices facilitated the development of numerous technological advances. The vast majority of these devices are based on crystalline, highly ordered systems such as Si and GaAs, the physics of which is well understood after extensive research over the last seven decades. Additionally, these devices begin to reach the limits of their potential performance as exemplified by Moore’s law and the Shockley–Queisser limit. Future generations of electronic and optoelectronic devices will depend on our ability to design novel types of semiconducting materials with new properties, physics and applications.

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