Cubine, a Two-Dimensional Copper–Bismuth NanosheetPublic Deposited
Using ab initio calculations, we discovered a quasi two-dimensional copper–bismuth nano sheet, which we call cubine. According to our predictions, single layers of cubine can be isolated from the recently reported high-pressure CuBi bulk material at an extremely low energetic cost, comparable to values to separate single layers of graphene from graphite. Our calculations suggest that cubine has remarkable electronic and electrochemical properties: It is a superconductor with a moderate electron–phonon coupling λ = 0.5, leading to Tc ≈ 1 K, and can be readily intercalated with lithium with a high diffusibility, rendering it a promising candidate material to boost the rate capacity of current electrodes in lithium-ion batteries.
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