Linyou Cao, North Carolina State University
Bruce Claflin, Air Force Research Laboratory
Thomas Mueller, Vienna University of Technology
Hua Zhang, Nanyang Technological University
Aldrich Materials Science
2D Materials and Materials Research Express | IOP Publishing
NT4.1: Excitonic Properties of 2D Materials and Heterostructures
Tuesday PM, March 29, 2016
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 129 B
1:30 PM - *NT4.1.01
The Valley Hall Effect in MoS2 Transistors
Paul McEuen 1,Kin Fai Mak 2,Kathryn McGill 1,Jiwoong Park 1
1 Cornell Univ Ithaca United States,2 Physics Penn State State College United StatesShow Abstract
Electrons in two-dimensional crystals with a honeycomb lattice structure possess a valley degree of freedom (DOF) in addition to charge and spin. These systems are predicted to exhibit an anomalous Hall effect whose sign depends on the valley index. Here, we report the observation of this so-called valley Hall effect (VHE). Monolayer MoS2 transistors are illuminated with circularly polarized light, which preferentially excites electrons into a specific valley, causing a finite anomalous Hall voltage whose sign is controlled by the helicity of the light. No anomalous Hall effect is observed in bilayer devices, which have crystal inversion symmetry. Our observation of the VHE opens up new possibilities for using the valley DOF as an information carrier in next-generation electronics and optoelectronics. Time permitting, I will also discuss the properties of other novel 2D materials under study in our laboratory.
2:00 PM - NT4.1.02
Engineering Substrate Interactions for High Luminescence Efficiency of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers
Yifei Yu 1,Yiling Yu 1,Linyou Cao 1
1 North Carolina State Univ Raleigh United States,Show Abstract
Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) such as monolayer MoS2 and WS2 are promising for developing truly atomic-scale light emission devices. Despite perfect surface passivation and strong exciton binding energy, the luminescence efficiencies of substrate-supported monolayers, however, are grossly poor compared to their suspended counterparts. Here we demonstrate that the luminescence efficiency of these monolayers is strongly dependent on the type of substrates and can be improved by orders of magnitude through substrate engineering. The origins for the substrate effects mainly lie in doping the monolayers as well as affecting their exciton dynamics, including facilitating the non-radiative recombination and slowing down the radiative decay. Using proper substrates like mica and Teflon can minimize the adverse effect of doping, and their luminescence efficiency can be largely tuned at room temperatures. These results provide useful guidance for the rational design of high-performance 2D TMDC light emission devices.
2:15 PM - *NT4.1.03
Exciton Decay Dynamics in Monolayer Semiconductors and their Heterostructures
Goki Eda 1
1 National Univ of Singapore Singapore Singapore,Show Abstract
Energy transfer between excitonic systems separated by a small barrier layer plays an important role in determining the exciton decay dynamics in such systems. The ability to manage the direction of energy transfer in an intelligently engineered structure is of fundamental interest in semiconductor optoelectrnic devices. A vertical stack of semiconducting 2D crystals is effectively a coupled quantum well system that should allow exciton energy transfer across a sub-nanometer van der Waals gap via near field interaction. Previous studies on hetero-bilayers of group 6 transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) suggest that the interlayer charge transfer processes dominate exciton decay dynamics over energy transfer. In this talk, I will discuss our experimental observation of fast interlayer energy transfer in MoSe2/WS2 hetero-bilayer using photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopy. We find that the energy transfer is Förster-type involving excitons in the WS2 layer resonantly exciting free electron-hole pairs in the MoSe2 layer. Our results indicate that energy transfer competes with interlayer charge transfer with efficiencies exceeding 80% despite the type-II band alignment.
2:45 PM - NT4.1.04
Probing Bandgap Renormalization, Excitonic Effects, and Interlayer Coupling in 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Semiconductors
Miguel Ugeda 5,Aaron Bradley 1,Sufei Shi 1,Felipe da Jornada 1,Yi Zhang 3,Diana Qiu 1,Wei Ruan 1,Sung-Kwan Mo 2,Zahid Hussain 2,Zhi-Xun Shen 4,Feng Wang 5,Steven Louie 5,Michael Crommie 5
1 Physics Department University of California at Berkeley Berkeley United States,5 Materials Science Division Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United States,1 Physics Department University of California at Berkeley Berkeley United States2 Advanced Light Source Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United States,3 Stanford Institute for Materials SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park United States2 Advanced Light Source Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United States3 Stanford Institute for Materials SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park United States,4 Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials Stanford University Stanford United StatesShow Abstract
Atomically-thin transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) semiconductors have generated great interest recently due to their remarkable physical properties. In particular, reduced screening in 2D has been predicted to result in dramatically enhanced Coulomb interactions that should cause giant bandgap renormalization and excitonic effects in single-layer TMD semiconductors. Here we present direct experimental observation of extraordinarily high exciton binding energy and band structure renormalization in a single-layer of semiconducting TMD . We have determined the binding energy of correlated electron-hole excitations in monolayer MoSe2 grown via molecular beam epitaxy  on bilayer graphene (BLG) by using a combination of high-resolution scanning tunneling spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. We have measured both the quasiparticle electronic bandgap and the optical transition energy of monolayer MoSe2/BLG, thus enabling us to obtain an exciton binding energy of 0.55 eV for this system, a value that is orders of magnitude larger than what is seen in conventional 3D semiconductors. In a more highly screened environment (on top of graphite), we find that single layers of MoSe2 show a strong 51% reduction in the exciton binding energy and an 11% reduction in the quasiparticle electronic gap, without significantly changing the optical gap. We have corroborated these experimental findings through ab-initio GW and Bethe-Salpeter equation calculations, which show that the large exciton binding energy arises from enhanced Coulomb interactions that lead to blue-shifting of the quasiparticle bandgap. We have also studied the role of interlayer coupling and layer-dependent carrier screening on the electronic structure  of few layer MoSe2. We find that the electronic quasiparticle bandgap decreases by nearly 1 eV when going from one layer to three. Our findings paint a clear picture of the evolution of the electronic wave function hybridization in the valleys of both the valence and conduction bands as the number of layers is changed. These results are of fundamental importance for the design and evaluation of room-temperature electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices involving single layers of semiconducting TMDs as well as more complex layered heterostructures.
 M. M. Ugeda, A. J. Bradley, et al., Nature Materials 13, 1091 (2014).
 Y. Zhang, M. M. Ugeda, et al., Submitted (2015).
 A. J. Bradley, M. M. Ugeda, et al., Nano Letters 15, 2594 (2015).
3:30 PM - *NT4.1.05
Probing Intrinsic and Extrinsic Light Emission in Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides
Ting Yu 3
1 Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Nanyang Technological University Nanyang Singapore,2 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore,3 Graphene Research Centre National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore,Show Abstract
Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, such as transitional-metal-dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers, have aroused great attention because of the underlying quasiparticle physics and the promising optoelectronic applications such as atomically-thin light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. Even though considerable progress has been achieved recently, intrinsic and extrinsic excitonic states of TMD monolayers are still under discussion and require direct experimental exploration. Here, we report observations of unconventional excitonic emission states of monolayer WS2 and MoS2 under electrical doping and photoexcitation at low temperature. Through electrical and optical injection of charge carriers, tunable excitonic emission has been realized due to interplay of various excitonic states, and the crucial binding energies of trions, biexcitons and bound excitons have been obtained. Particularly, the superlinear emission and the unusual linear polarization behaviour of its photon energy opposite to that of exciton emission have been clearly observed, which is assigned to the presence of biexciton states, evidencing the strong Coulomb interactions in such 2D semiconductors. Extrinsic emission bands in monolayer WS2 and MoS2 have also been revealed and attributed to specific localized states resulting from impurities and structural defects, where the exact origin of such states has been discussed according to our experimental observations and theoretical calculations. In view of applications, we have developed a highly practical strategy to electrically manipulate the diverse excitonic emission in atomically thin semiconductors, which opens up many possibilities for design and improvement of 2D TMD-based optoelectronic devices.
4:00 PM - NT4.1.06
Resonant Dipole-Dipole Energy Transfer in van der Waals Heterostructures
Daichi Kozawa 2,Alexandra Carvalho 3,Ivan Verzhbitskiy 3,Francesco Giustiniano 3,Yuhei Miyauchi 4,Shinichiro Mouri 1,Antonio Castro Neto 3,Kazunari Matsuda 1,Goki Eda 3
1 Kyoto University Kyoto Japan,2 Waseda University Tokyo Japan,3 National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore1 Kyoto University Kyoto Japan,4 PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency Saitama Japan1 Kyoto University Kyoto JapanShow Abstract
Energy transfer is a well-known phenomenon commonly observed in molecular complexes, biological systems, and semiconductor heterostructures. In van der Waals heterostructures of 2D semiconductors, Förster-type energy transfer (ET) is expected to be efficient due to the parallel orientation and sub-nanometer separation of excitons in the neighboring layers. Here, we report an experimental observation of fast interlayer ET in MoSe2/WS2 heterostructures using photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy. We find that the ET is Förster-type involving excitons in the WS2 layer resonantly exciting higher-order excitons in the MoSe2 layer. Our results indicate that ET competes with interlayer charge transfer with efficiency exceeding 60% despite the type-II band alignment. Efficient ET in these systems offers prospects for optical amplification and energy harvesting through intelligent layer engineering. We anticipate that the ability to manage energy via ET at the sub-nanometer length scales in carefully designed heterostructures will allow realization of novel optical and optoelectronic device concepts.
4:15 PM - NT4.1.07
Modulating Optoelectronic Properties of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Semiconductors by Photoinduced Charge Transfer
Jong Hyun Choi 1,Jungwook Choi 1
1 Purdue Univ West Lafayette United States,Show Abstract
Atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have attracted great interests as a new class of two-dimensional (2D) direct bandgap semiconducting materials. The controllable modulation of optical and electrical properties of TMDCs is of fundamental importance to enable a wide range of future optoelectronic devices. Here we investigate the modulation of optoelectronic properties of 2D TMDCs, including MoS2, MoSe2, and WSe2, by interfacing them with two metal-centered phthalocyanine (MPc) molecules, nickel Pc (NiPc) and magnesium Pc (MgPc). Through energetically favorable electron transfer from the photo-excited TMDCs to the MPc, the photoluminescence (PL) emission characteristics can be selectively and reversibly engineered. NiPc molecules, whose reduction potential is positioned below the conduction band minimum (CBM) of MoSe2 and WSe2 monolayers, but higher than that of MoS2, quench the PL signatures of MoSe2 and WSe2, but not MoS2. Similarly, MgPc quenches only WSe2 as its reduction potential is situated below the CBM of WSe2, but above that of MoS2 and MoSe2. The quenched PL emission can be fully recovered when MPc molecules are removed from the TMDC surfaces. We also find that photocurrents from TMDCs, probed by photoconductive atomic force microscopy (PC-AFM), are promoted when MPcs quench the PL, further supporting the photoinduced charge transfer mechanism. Our results will benefit design strategies for 2D inorganic-organic optoelectronic devices and systems with tunable properties and improved performances.
4:30 PM - *NT4.1.08
Beyond Ground State Excitonics: Anomalous High Energy Excitation, Quasiparticle Bandgap Determination, and Robust Thermalization of Excitons in Monolayer MoS2
P. James Schuck 1
1 Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Berkeley United States,Show Abstract
Two dimensional (2D) monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide (ML-TMDC) semiconductors are ideal building blocks for atomically thin, flexible optoelectronic and catalytic devices. Although the tightly bound exciton states lie at the heart of the optoelectronic properties of ML-TMDCs, surprising voids in the understanding of the manifold of these states persists. Here, we move beyond ground state excitonics, unifying somewhat contradictory observations by combining PLE spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, and DFT calculations of ML-MoS2, revealing anomalous optoelectronic behavior. Signatures of the 1S and 2S states of the A and B excitons are resolved and a reduction in PL quantum yield with increasing excitation energy is observed, confirming previous PLE studies. In contrast to the previous works however, we also observe subtle features in the PLE spectrum that are assigned to the quasiparticle bandgap and resulting onset of interband transitions, which is supported by complimentary density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Additionally, an “anomalous” increase in the experimental PLE spectrum at energies >2.6 eV diverges from previous results and expectations for a 2D quantum well with substantial many-body effects. This feature corresponds nicely to the step-like feature observed in the previous PCE measurements and likely arises from efficient coupling of excitations created in the band-nesting region of the Brillouin zone to the photoemissive direct gap excitons at the K-point. We find that these high-energy excitations can enhance emission from lower-energy states, such as trions or biexcitons. From hyperspectral PLE imaging of the single flakes of ML-MoS2, we find that the Stokes shift between excitation and emission resonances, a common metric for disorder in conventional 2D quantum wells, is significantly more uniform than the exciton energies, implying internal relaxation processes remain substantially more ordered than the exciton energy. Finally, the spatially resolved PLE spectroscopy reveals that spatial dispersion of the anomalous excitation resonances is correlated to the A and B exciton states, suggesting that these high-energy states are similarly excitonic in nature.
NT4.2: Poster Session I
Tuesday PM, March 29, 2016
Sheraton, Third Level, Phoenix Ballroom
8:00 PM - NT4.2.01
Preparation of Layer-Controlled Two-Dimensional Black Phosphorus with Environmental Stability
Jingyuan Jia 1,Su Min Jeon 1,Jaeho Jeon 1,Sungjoo Lee 1
1 Sungkyunkwan Univ Suwon Korea (the Republic of),Show Abstract
Black phosphorous (BP) is known as a most stable allotrope of phosphorous with its unique orthorhombic structure. Recent studies have shown that BP is an elemental layered material with strong in-plane bonds and a weak van der Waals interlayer interaction that make it possible to obtain layered structures through mechanical cleavage. The energy band gap of BP is reported to be 0.33 eV in the bulk and around 1.8 eV for a monolayer, and unlike transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) such as MoS2 and WSe2, the energy band gap of BP retains its direct band gap character when the layer thickness varies. Moreover, the carrier mobility of BP can theoretically be as high as 20000 cm2/Vs. These fascinating properties mean that layer-structured BP is a promising semiconducting channel material for future nanoscale electronic devices. However, there are several technological obstacles that must be overcome to enable the actual implementation and integration of BP devices. The mechanical cleavage with tape of BP from the bulk is not as easily realized as for graphene and TMD materials making it difficult to control the layer thickness of the exfoliated film. Furthermore BP exfoliated from the bulk is not environmentally stable because it reacts with oxygen and water molecules and forms a rough surface containing impurities which act as charge trapping centers and carrier mobility scattering centers. As a result, considerable degradation of transistor performances, including decreases in mobility and threshold voltage shifts have been observed.
In an attempt to resolve these two issues, we tested in this study a plasma etching process in which the thickness of the layered BP film can be controlled by modulating the plasma etching time at the thinning rate of 2 layers /min. Not only does the plasma treatment control the thickness of the BP film, it also removes the chemical degradation of the exposed oxidized BP surface and that the remaining few-layer BP films exhibit excellent morphology and crystalline structure, which results in enhanced field-effect transistor (FET) performance. Our fabricated BP FETs were passivated with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) immediately after the plasma etching process to protect the prepared BP films from water and oxygen molecules in air. With these techniques, a high field-effect mobility was achieved, 1150 cm2/Vs, with an Ion/Ioff ratio of ~105 at room temperature. Furthermore, a fabricated FET with plasma-treated few-layer BP that was passivated with PMMA was found to retain its I-V characteristics and thus to exhibit excellent environmental stability over several weeks.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.02
Studying the Exciton Complexes in 2-Dimensional Gallium Chalcogenides
Hui Cai 1,Robert Kudrawiec 2,Can Ataca 3,Jeffrey Grossman 3,Sefaattin Tongay 1
1 School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy Arizona State University Tempe United States,2 Institute of Physics Wroclaw University of Technology Wroclaw Poland3 Department of Materials Science and Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge United StatesShow Abstract
Gallium chalcogenides are new class of 2D materials with the chemical formula GaX where X are chalcogen atoms. In the bulk form, GaSe and GaTe are direct bandgap semiconductors displaying strong photoluminescence (PL) but become indirect gap semiconductors in the monolayer form. The direct to indirect transition happens because the valence band renormalizes itself to a “W” shape around the Γ point so that the valence band maximum (VBM) shifts from the Γ point. However, our recent experiments show that for few-layered GaX, the PL comes back at low temperatures and increases by many orders of magnitude as down to 4 K. This finding indicates the 2D GaX can still behave like a direct bandgap semiconductor at low temperatures due to dramatically weakened exciton-phonon interactions. To further study the exciton complexes in these materials, power dependent PL is measured at 5 K. The result shows that PL intensity is well fitted according to I=APα, where α varies in terms of different excitonic processes. Interestingly, in 2D GaX α is found to be different from its bulk form as well as 2D MoS2, indicating a novel exciton recombination process. Based on the abnormal thermal quenching and power dependence of the PL, a three particle recombination process involving one electron and two holes is proposed for 2D GaX.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.03
Current Crowding and Specific Contact Resistance in Two-Dimensional Black Phosphorus Field-Effect Transistors
Qiaoming Wang 1,Yi Gu 1
1 Washington State University Pullman United States,Show Abstract
By combining electrical measurements, scanning Kelvin probe microscopy, and numerical electrical simulations, we find significant current crowding effect on two dimensional black phosphorus field-effect transistors. This current crowding can lead to localized Joule heating close to the metal contacts, and it is consistent with the features of the device failure observed in this study. Importantly, we find that the commonly used transmission-line model, in general, significantly underestimates the extent of the current crowding by 1 – 2 orders of magnitude, compared to our results. In addition, our approach allows us to determine the black phosphorus layer resistance and the specific contact resistance, an important parameter for evaluating electrical contacts, whereas the simple relation for calculating the specific contact resistance is invalid due to the current crowding. We find that the layer resistance increases significantly when the layer thickness decreases towards about 5 – 6 nm and remains relatively constant for thicker layers. It turns out that the specific contact resistance of Titanium contacts on black phosphorus field-effect transistors is about 0.3 Ωcm2 in average when the layer thickness is larger than 7 nm, and significantly increases when the layer thickness is below 7 nm. The specific contact resistance also increases when the back gate voltage sweeps from -9 V to 9 V. These findings, which are likely to be relevant in other 2D materials, suggest the need to take into account the current crowding effect in designing novel 2D devices.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.04
Dynamic Structural Response and Deformations of Monolayer MoS2 Visualized by Femtosecond Electron Diffraction
Ehren Mannebach 1,Renaki Li 2,Karel-Alexander Duerloo 1,Clara Nyby 1,Peter Zalden 3,Theodore Vecchione 2,Friederike Ernst 4,Alexander Reid 3,Tyler Chase 3,Xiaozhe Shen 2,Stephen Weathersby 2,Carsten Hast 2,Robert Hettel 2,Ryan Coffee 2,Nick Hartmann 2,Alan Fry 2,Yifei Yu 5,Linyou Cao 5,Tony Heinz 4,Evan Reed 1,Hermann Durr 3,Xijie Wang 2,Aaron Lindenberg 4
1 Stanford Univ Stanford United States,2 SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park United States3 Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences Menlo Park United States1 Stanford Univ Stanford United States,3 Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences Menlo Park United States,4 PULSE Institute Menlo Park United States1 Stanford Univ Stanford United States,3 Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences Menlo Park United States5 North Carolina State University Raleigh United StatesShow Abstract
Two-dimensional materials are subject to intrinsic and dynamic rippling that modulates their optoelectronic and electromechanical properties. Here, we directly visualize the dynamics of these processes within monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide MoS2 using femtosecond electron scattering techniques as a real-time probe with atomic-scale resolution. We show that optical excitation induces large-amplitude in-plane displacements and ultrafast wrinkling of the monolayer on nanometer length-scales, developing on picosecond time-scales. These deformations are associated with several percent peak strains that are fully reversible over tens of millions of cycles. Direct measurements of electron-phonon coupling times and the subsequent interfacial thermal heat flow between the monolayer and substrate are also obtained. These measurements, coupled with first principles modeling, provide a new understanding of the dynamic structural processes that underlie the functionality of two-dimensional materials and open up new opportunities for ultrafast strain engineering using all-optical methods. The pump-probe techniques described here also allow for studies of small, thermally-induced structural changes under quasi-equilibrium conditions, difficult to resolve with static heating approaches, including direct measurements of thermal boundary resistances across buried interfaces.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.05
Scalable Monolayer MoS2 Bio and Vapor Sensor
Carl Naylor 1,Nicholas Kybert 1,A.T. Johnson 1
1 Univ of Pennsylvania Philadelphia United States,Show Abstract
Atom-thick 2D materials such as Graphene and monolayer Molybdenum Disulphide (MoS2) make very sensitive biosensors and detectors of gaseous organic analytes. Every atom on the surface is exposed, which maximizes the material’s sensitivity to molecules in the external environment. Through an efficient reproducible growth process that yields a high density of monolayer single crystal MoS2 flakes, we are able to manufacture thousands of FET devices with a yield of 95% and average mobility of 36cm2V-1s-1 at room temperature in vacuum. With this method we were able to successfully perform bio and vapor sensing on our samples.
For biosensing, atomic length nickel-mediated linker chemistry is used to enable target binding events close to the MoS2 surface to maximize sensitivity. A computationally redesigned μ-opioid receptor (MOR) is linked to the surface of the MoS2, from which we were able to read out the concentrations of a synthetic opioid peptide with high MOR specificity. The data indicates binding affinities that match the values determined using traditional techniques.
For vapor sensing, we exposed an array of MoS2 FETs to various analytes. Huge responses, up to 94% increase in the electrical conductivity, were observed upon exposure to 33vol% saturated dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP) vapor. These large responses were caused by the analyte molecules interacting with either the MoS2 flake or the contacts between gold electrodes and the MoS2 flake. Using Transmission Line Measurements (TLM), we studied the resistance of the MoS2 flake and the resistance of the gold-MoS2 contact as we exposed the sample to different vapor concentrations. This study strives to determine whether the responses to the analytes are driven by the MoS2 flake or gold-MoS2 contacts.
The combination of scalable array fabrication and rapid, precise readout enabled by the MoS2 transistor offers the prospect of a solid-state drug testing platform for rapid readout of the interactions between novel drugs and their intended protein targets. Additionally, the large responses exhibited by MoS2 devices upon exposure to various vapor analytes indicate a highly sensitive surface, which could potentially enable detection of small traces of dangerous compounds in the environment.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.06
Biofunctionalization and Reaction Kinetics for Direct Covalent Modification of Pristine MoS2
Ximo Chu 1,Ahmed Yousaf 1,Duo Li 1,Anli Tang 1,Abhishek Debnath 1,Duo Ma 1,Alexander Green 1,Qing Hua Wang 1
1 Arizona State Univ Tempe United States,Show Abstract
Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have generated significant research excitement due to their unique thickness-dependent electronic and optical properties, particularly their semiconducting direct bandgap that leads to photoluminescence, making them attractive for applications in next-generation electronics, optics, and chemical and biological sensing. Chemical functionalization is crucial for altering and tuning the properties of nanostructured materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes in these types of applications, but is in its relative infancy for the TMDCs. In this work, we demonstrate robust biofunctionalization of pristine MoS2 monolayers and bilayers with the fluorescent proteins GFP and mCherry. The fluorescent properties of both proteins are maintained and are simultaneously localized to the MoS2 surface as shown by confocal fluorescence microscopy. Atomic force microscopy shows a uniform coverage of protein molecules, and Raman and PL mapping show that MoS2 also retains its optical properties. The biofunctionalization process here relies on Ni-NTA tethering of polyhistidine-tagged proteins, as well as direct covalent functionalization of the pristine MoS2 basal plane via aryl diazonium salts, which we also show for the first time. Previous methods of covalent modification of MoS2 require harsh treatments such as lithium intercalation, defect engineering, or phase engineering, which disrupt many of the useful semiconducting and photoluminescent properties of the TMDCs. Instead, we demonstrate that diazonium functionalization of the pristine MoS2 surface maintains and even enhances the MoS2 photoluminescence (PL) two-fold. We confirm C–S bond formation by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and we conduct detailed spatial mapping of the optical emission and surface coverage of reacted sites of the MoS2 at time points ranging from 2 s to 6 h to derive a kinetic model of the covalent functionalization, which we find can be modeled by surface-limited second order reaction kinetics.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.07
Modulation of Photoluminescence of Tungsten Disulfide via Electrical and Optical Method
Zhengyu He 1,Jamie Warner 1
1 Department of Materials University of Oxford Oxford United Kingdom,Show Abstract
Atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are two-dimension (2D) materials. Their unique electrical and optical properties make them an ideal platform for both fundamental studies as well as practical applications. In many cases, the ability to manipulate the optical properties of TMDCs via external modulation is highly desirable.
We have studied the photoluminescence (PL) response of both monolayer and bilayer tungsten disulfide (WS2) under lateral electric field.1 We demonstrate that monolayer and bilayer WS2 responded oppositely towards the lateral electric field. PL of monolayer WS2 can be substantially quenched under lateral electric fields while the emission of bilayer WS2 was enhanced. In both cases, the spectral shifts were negligible. Temperature dependent measurements showed distinctly different behavior from that of the electric field, indicating that joule heating was not the dominant mechanism. Direct ionization and impact ionization were ruled out by comparing the theoretical threshold electric field strength with the experimental value. Considering the multi-valley band structure of tungsten disulfide, we attribute the field induced PL variations to photo-excited electron transfer from one conduction band extremum to another, resulting in the modification of recombination pathways. Such a physical process can only be observed in 2D TMDCs due to their exceptionally large exciton binding energy and the small energy difference between two conduction band extrema.
Laser treatment can also tune the emission spectrum of monolayer tungsten disulfide. We show that strong laser irradiation (>30 kW/cm2) can introduce additional luminescent features at 77 K. Before laser irradiation, the PL spectrum of monolayer WS2 under low excitation power (~3 W/cm2)was dominated by exciton, trion and localized states (LS). However, after laser treatment, the emission intensity of LS was quenched substantially while a new PL peak with emission energy between LS and trion emerged under low excitation power (~3 W/cm2). However, this behavior can only be observed in monolayer WS2 aged in ambient conditions, and thus is associated with defects. We found that the resultant PL shape evolved with laser irradiation time. It was a reversible process where PL spectrum can reverse back to original shape if thermal cycle was applied.
 Z. He, Y. Sheng, Y. Rong, G. Lee, J. Li, J. Warner. ACS Nano 2015, 9, 2740-2748.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.08
Mixed Multilayered Vertical Heterostructures Utilizing Strained Monolayer WS2
Yuewen Sheng 1,Jamie Warner 1
1 University of Oxford Oxford United Kingdom,Show Abstract
Monolayer WS2 is a direct band gap semiconductor in the visible spectral region and as part of the monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) family it is opening up new avenues for electronic and optoelectronic devices. Creating alternating layers of two-dimensional (2D) materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and optoelectronic properties that could revolutionize future ultrathin devices. These 2D heterostructures can be realized by either transfer or direct growth.
One important aspect for atomically thin TMDs is its flexibility, which is better suited for strain engineering compared with other bulk semiconductors. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) can have inbuilt strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. It has been predicted that tunable photonic devices and solar cells with better energy band matching can be realized by building multilayer 2D heterostructures based on stained TMDs. However, building layer-by-layer vertical heterostructures containing a strained TMD layer has been challenging due to the standard aqueous based transfer processes washing off the TMDs from the growth substrate. It is important to develop a non-aqueous transfer approach that allows other 2D crystals to be assembled on top of the strained TMDs to build multi-layered vertical heterostructures.
We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by CVD directly on Si substrates with SiO2 surface are easily washed off by water and this makes aqueous based transfer methods challenging for creating vertical stacks on the growth substrate. 2D hexagonal Boron Nitride films are used to provide an insulating layer that limits interactions with a top graphene layer and preserve the strong photoluminescence from the WS2. We show that stronger interactions between graphene and monolayer WS2 occur when using non-aqueous based transfer, associated with sharper atomic interfaces from less contamination. This transfer method is suitable for layer-by layer control of 2D material vertical stacks and is shown to be possible for all CVD grown samples, which opens up pathways for the rapid large scale fabrication of vertical heterostructure systems with atomic thickness depth control and large area coverage.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.09
Chemical Vapor Deposition of Single-Crystal, Few-Layered Hexagonal Boron Nitride
Hongseok Oh 1,Joon Young Park 1,Youngbin Tchoe 1,Janghyun Jo 1,Sung-Soo Kim 1,Yong-jin Kim 2,Miyoung Kim 1,Byeong-Hyeok Sohn 1,Gyu-Chul Yi 1
1 Seoul National Univ Seoul Korea (the Republic of),2 University of Manchester Manchester United KingdomShow Abstract
Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) is a dielectric insulator with a two-dimensional layered structure, having a wide band gap energy of 5.6–6.0 eV. Due to its novel properties, which include a high mechanical strength, electric resistivity, thermal conductivity, and chemical inertness, as well as flexibility and transparency, hBN can provide many advantages to next-generation electronics and optoelectronics such as flexible and transparent transistors or transferrable light-emitting devices. While hBN layers can be prepared by mechanical cleavage methods from bulk crystals, their limited sizes and random thicknesses and orientations may not be suitable for many device applications. On the other hand, large-area hBN layers can be prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD); however, they usually exhibit polycrystalline structures with a typical average grain size of several microns. Grain boundaries or dislocations in hBN can affect its electronic or mechanical properties; several theoretical calculations have discussed the lower band gap energy and poorer mechanical strength of polycrystalline hBN. Accordingly, large-area single-crystal hBN layers are required to fully realize the potential merits of hBN. Here, we report the synthesis of single-crystal hBN (SC-hBN) layers by CVD.
The SC-hBN was grown on a 20 × 20 mm2 Ni (111) substrate from a single ammonia-borane precursor by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). A grown layer was transferred to arbitrary substrates by an electrochemical delamination technique, and the remaining Ni (111) substrate was repeatedly re-used. Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis-IR spectroscopy confirmed that the grown films exhibited the characteristics of hexagonal boron nitride layers. Microstructural analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that the grown layers were single-crystalline over their entire areas, presumably due to heteroepitaxial growth on the Ni (111) substrate. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) studies on the Ni (111) substrate proved that there was no degradation after repeated growth and transfer cycles. The effect of growth parameters on the crystal structure of the grown hBN layers were investigated using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED).
8:00 PM - NT4.2.10
Flexible Transparent MoS2 Field-Effect Transistors for Gate-Tunable Piezoresistive Strain Sensors
Meng-Yen Tsai 1,Alexey Tarasov 1,Zohreh Hesabi 1,Hossein Taghinejad 1,Philip Campbell 1,Corey Joiner 1,Ali Adibi 1,Eric Vogel 1
1 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta United States,Show Abstract
The emerging two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are promising candidates for high-performance and energy efficient, flexible transparent electronics. Graphene is widely studied for transistors, sensors, and optoelectronic applications but is limited because of its lack of band gap. Beyond graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) such as MoS2 and WSe2 are attractive because alloying, thickness, or strain engineering can be used to tune their band gap. Here, piezoresistive strain sensing with transparent and flexible atomically thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) field effect transistors (FETs) made from highly uniform large-area synthesized films is demonstrated. The change in the MoS2 current-voltage characteristics with mechanical strain is observed to be consistent with a change in band gap as measured using optical reflection spectroscopy. The magnitude of the band gap change agrees with previous theoretical and spectroscopic studies. In addition, the gauge factor or the sensitivity of the MoS2 strain sensor is found to be adjustable via gate biasing, which changes the Fermi level of the MoS2. The gate-tunable piezoresistivity is useful to adjust the sensitivity in practical sensing applications. The results show that MoS2 can lead to a new generation of transparent and flexible strain and force sensors.
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Effect of Al2O3 Passivation Layers on Multilayer MoSe2 Field-Effect Transistors
Hyun Ah Lee 1,Seonyoung Park 1,Woong Choi 1
1 School of Advanced Materials Engineering Kookmin University Seoul Korea (the Republic of),Show Abstract
Transition metal dichalcogenides such as MoSe2 have attracted great attention due to their desirable properties for electronic and optoelectronic applications. MoSe2 field-effect transistors (FETs) showed promising device characteristics such as high on/off ratio (106) and field-effect mobility (50-200 cm2/Vs). However, strategies to optimize device performance have not been established yet. In this presentation, we explore the possibility of improving MoSe2 FET performance using atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 passivation layers on MoSe2 channels. By comparing the effect of Al2O3 layers on the device characteristics of bottom-gate multilayer MoSe2 FETs, we observe the consistent enhancement of field-effect mobility and current-voltage hysteresis. These results suggest that the deposition of Al2O3 passivation layers on top of MoSe2 channel can be an efficient method of optimizing the device performance of MoSe2 FETs.
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Functionalization of TMDs for Deposition of NanoScale ALD Dielectrics for FETs with Low SubThreshold Swing
Iljo Kwak 1,Jun Park 1,Hao Lu 2,Kasra Sardashti 1,Christopher Ahles 1,Suresh Vishwanath 3,Huili Xing 3,Alan Seabaugh 2,Susan Fullerton 4,Andrew Kummel 1
1 Univ of California-San Diego La Jolla United States,2 Electrical Engineering Department University of Notre Dame South Bend United States3 School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University Ithaca United States4 Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh United StatesShow Abstract
The fabrication of a top-gated transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) FET requires a uniform and pinhole free gate dielectric. However the direct deposition of gate dielectrics on TMD materials is challenging due to the absence of surface dangling bonds. To deposit dielectrics with low leakage and low equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) on WSe2, a flat-lying titanyl phthalocyanine (TiOPc) monolayer, deposited via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), was used as a seed layer for atomic layer deposition (ALD) on the WSe2 surface. ALD pulses of trimethyl aluminum (TMA) and H2O resulted in the uniform deposition of Al2O3 on the TiOPc/WSe2, confirmed by AFM and cross-sectional TEM. After depositing 50 cycles of Al2O3 onto the TiOPc/multilayer WSe2, a top-gated FET was fabricated. The top gate leakage current was measured as 0.046 pA/µm2 at 1 V gate bias with 2.2 nm EOT, which is lower leakage current than all previous results on TMD with similar EOT. A subthreshold swing of 80 mV/dec was measured. While the TiOPc/WSe2 was deposited by MBE, other phthalocyanines can be readily deposited from solution, making the functionalization technique more accessible. For example, to make a Cobalt Crown ether Phthalocyanine (CoCrPc) monolayer on WSe2, 3 uM of CoCrPc/benzene-ethanol (9:1 v/v) solution was prepared. Two droplets of the solution were deposited onto a freshly cleaved, bulk WSe2 substrate. After the solvent was completely evaporated, the sample was annealed at 200 C for 30 min in a N2 filled glove box. An Al2O3 layer was deposited by 50 cycles of ALD using TMA and water at 120 C. The surface of the Al2O3 film was analyzed with ambient Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), showing that the film is dense and uniform and has no pinholes detectable by AFM.
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Black Phosphorus Field-Effect Transistors with High On/Off Ratio via Thickness Control
Suhyun Kim 1,Younghun Jung 1,Jihyun Kim 1
1 Korea University Seoul Korea (the Republic of),Show Abstract
Two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted a great attention since the rise of graphene. Recently, black phosphorus (BP), its monolayer known as phosphorene, has been highlighted as a promising 2D material that has properties comparable to that of graphene and other 2D materials. Beside its excellent electronic properties, BP has an advantage over graphene in the presence of direct bandgap. As each layer of phosphorene is held to each other by van der Waals interaction, BP flakes of high crystallinity can be easily transferred using mechanical exfoliation method. However, preparing BP film with desired thickness by mechanical exfoliation is still an issue. Fine control of BP thickness is essential for the fabrication of BP-based electronic devices because the characteristics of BP, such as bandgap, is highly sensitive to its thickness. In our experiments, we employed UV-ozone treatment on exfoliated BP flake to control its thickness by etching each BP layer. BP flakes were prepared on SiO2/Si substrates using mechanical exfoliation method. The in situ optical characteristics of BP flakes were observed with Raman spectroscopy as UV-illumination time increased. Likewise, the thickness-dependent electrical properties of BP-based field-effect transistors were studied in situ. We investigated the changes in various electrical properties, including mobility and on/off ratio, as the BP thickness varied. The obtained results would be reproducible and controllable using our suggested method. Further results and discussion will be presented in detail.
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Characterization of 2D MoS2 and WS2 Dispersed in Organic Solvents for Composite Applications
Alberto Delgado 1,Anupama Kaul 2,Hisato Yamaguchi 3,Aditya Mohite 3
1 Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso United States,1 Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso United States,2 Electrical and Computer Engineering The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso United States3 MPA-11 Materials Synthesis amp; Integrated Devices, Materials Physics and Applications Division Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos United StatesShow Abstract
Composites offer a facile means to tailor the properties of hybrid, dissimilar material systems for applications ranging from optoelectronics to strain sensors. Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials have attracted significant interest in recent years with the isolation of graphene through the mechanical exfoliation of graphite more than a decade ago. The 2D materials family is also rich with diverse compositions that offer semiconducting characteristics. In this work, we have explored the prospects of MoS2 and WS2, both of which are semiconducting 2D materials, for potential composite applications. In order to form 2D materials composites we have to first disperse them chemically in solution. MoS2 and WS2 powders were oversaturated in N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) solution at 37.5 mg/mL and sonicated at room temperature (RT) for sonication times ranging from 30 minutes to close to 24 hours. After solution processing, the samples with the 2D flakes were transferred to an Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) bath for particle size distribution analysis.
We have observed significant changes in particle size distribution spanning two orders of magnitude as a function of the sonication conditions. Specifically, the observed changes in particle size distribution for MoS2 and WS2 powders ranged from 44 microns down to 0.409 microns, and 148 microns down to 0.409, respectively, as compared to the untreated materials. Structural analysis was conducted using the SEM and X-Ray diffraction. The structural analysis using the SEM revealed morphological signatures between the two materials, where the MoS2 flakes had a randomly oriented distribution with occasional triangular flakes. In the case of the WS2, regardless of the sonication conditions, the flakes seemed to have a characteristic 120° angular distribution at the vertices, representing a rhombus with concave edges. The XRD analysis showed a minute shift in the characteristic peaks that maybe due to strain-induced effects as a result of the solution processing. Optical characterization of the materials was also conducted using Raman Spectroscopy to validate the average layer number resulting from the solution dispersions and the spatial and compositional uniformity of the two material samples. After the material characterization studies on the parent MoS2 and WS2 were conducted, we integrated these materials with a polymer matrix to form a hybrid composite system. The optical, mechanical and electrical properties of the 2D-polymer composites were investigated for their potential utility in optoelectronic and strain sensing devices.
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Atomic Migration and Reactivity on WSe2 and Graphene
Baoming Wang 1,Aman Haque 1,Alexander Mag-isa 2,Jae-Hyun Kim 2,Hak Joo Lee 2,Sarah Eichfield 1,Joshua Robinson 1
1 Pennsylvania State Univ University Park United States,2 Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials Daejeon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Surface migration of foreign atoms is expected to be promoted for 2D materials, which are virtually all-surface materials. An accompanying issue is chemical reactivity of these migrating atoms, which can dramatically alter the atomic structure and properties of 2D materials. Unfortunately, very little is known about these phenomena and the role of temperature and current density. In this study, we examine freestanding WSe2-graphene heterostructure as well as multi-layer graphene for the effect of heat and charge flow by performing insitu experiments inside the transmission electron microscope. We observe selenium decompose and then silicon atoms migrate from the silicon micromachined test structure to the freestanding specimen. At high temperatures, this initiate rapid degradation through the formation of tungsten disilicide and silicon carbide formation. The role of current flow is to enhance the migration of silicon from the sample holder and to knock-out the selenium atoms. Experimental results show that purely thermal loading requires about 150 C higher temperature than that under combined electrical and thermal loading. We also present evidence of moderate current density, when accompanied with high temperature, promoting migration of foreign atoms on the surface of multi-layer graphene. Our in situ transmission electron microscope experiments show migration of silicon atoms at temperatures above 800 C and current density around 4.2x107 A/cm2. The silicon atoms are observed to react with the carbon atoms in the multi-layer graphene to produce silicon carbide at 900-1000 C temperature. In absence of electrical current, there is no migration of silicon and only pyrolysis
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Observation of the Effect of Exposure to Ambient Air on MBE Grown WSe2
Christopher Ahles 1,Jun Park 1,Suresh Vishwanath 2,Xinyu Liu 4,Randall Feenstra 3,Jacek Furdyna 4,Debdeep Jena 2,Huili Xing 2,Andrew Kummel 1
1 University of California, San Diego La Jolla United States,2 Cornell University Ithaca United States4 Notre Dame University Notre Dame United States3 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh United StatesShow Abstract
In order to realize the potential applications of layered TMDs, TMD materials have to be exposed to ambient air for device fabrication and characterization. Therefore, it is critical to understand the effect of air exposure on layered TMD materials. The effect of air exposure on MBE 2H-WSe2/HOPG was elucidated on the atomic scale via scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The 2H-WSe2 was grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on HOPG. The WSe2 nucleation is initiated at both the step edges and the terraces of HOPG, consistent with mixing of step flow growth mode and Volmer-Weber growth mode. High resolution STM images revealed nearly zero vacancy defects or dislocations in WSe2 and the band gap of a WSe2 monolayer was determined to be 2.18 ± 0.03 eV by STS. After exposure of air to WSe2/HOPG, only the edges of the WSe2 layer were oxidized, while the terraces of the WSe2 layer were nearly intact. ; Iin the air exposed WSe2 terraces, zero air induced defects were observed and the band gap was nearly identical to that of as-decapped WSe2 ML (2.07 ± 0.05 eV by STS). Conversely, exposure of air to WSe2/HOPG induced topological transitions from smooth edges of WSe2 to bright protrusions along the edges of WSe2 and a significant decrease in tunneling current at the edges of WSe2 ML compared to the edge of as-decapped WSe2 ML. It is hypothesized that the oxidation of the WSe2 edges originates from the dangling bonds on the atoms at the WSe2 edges. ; Iin high resolution STM images of as-decapped WSe2, a bright brim was observed along the WSe2 edge, originating from excess charge states of dangling bonds at the WSe2 edge. In the STS of the as-decapped WSe2 edge, a very narrow band gap was observed, as well as a shifted Fermi level towards the valence bands. However, this electronic edge state is passivated by the oxidation of edges in ambient air. The data is consistent with oxidation passivating defect states at the edges of WSe2 which will be beneficial for device fabricating.Consequently, the present study can serve as a milestone to develop processes for device fabrication based on TMD materials, and elucidate the effects of the presence of electronic edges states on device performance.
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Halide-Assisted Atmospheric Pressure Growth of Large WSe2 and WS2 Monolayer Crystals
Shisheng Li 1,Shunfeng Wang 1,Dai-Ming Tang 2,Weijie Zhao 1,Huilong Xu 1,Leiqiang Chu 1,Yoshio Bando 2,Dmitri Golberg 2,Goki Eda 1
1 National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore,2 National Institute for Materials Science Tsukuba JapanShow Abstract
One of the key challenges in the controlled chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of two-dimensional (2D) tungsten dichalcogenide crystals is achieving a steady flow of tungsten source in the vapor phase. Due to the high sublimation point of tungsten oxide precursors, CVD of tungsten dichalcogenides can be achieved only at high temperatures (>1000 oC) or at low pressures. We demonstrate atmospheric pressure CVD of WSe2 and WS2 monolayers at moderate temperatures (700 ~ 850 oC) using alkali metal halides (MX where M= Na or K and X=Cl, Br or I) as the growth promoters. Chemical analysis of the precursor after a growth run reveals that alkali metal halides react with tungsten oxide at elevated temperatures to form volatile tungsten oxyhalide species during growth, which leads to efficient delivery of the precursor to the growth substrates. The monolayer crystals obtained in this method were found to be highly symmetric, large in size (up to 200 μm), and free of unintentional doping due to alkali metal and halogen atoms. The monolayer crystals also exhibited excellent field-effect transistor (FET) performances with tunable polarity, large current on/off ratios (~107), and high field-effect mobilities (electron and hole mobilities of 102 and 26 cm2 V-1 s-1 for WSe2 and electron mobility of ~14 cm2 V-1 s-1 for WS2 devices), further indicating their high quality.
Reference：Li, S. et al., Applied Materials Today 1 (2015) 60–66
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Ultra-Fast Carrier Dynamics in Large Area, CVD Deposited, Monolayer MoS2
Paul Cunningham 1,Kathleen McCreary 1,Aubrey Hanbicki 1,Marc Currie 1,Berend Jonker 1,L. Michael Hayden 2
1 US Naval Research Laboratory Washington United States,2 University of Maryland Baltimore County Baltimore United StatesShow Abstract
Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) have recently been under intense investigation due to their direct bandgaps and potential uses in high speed electronic devices. Despite being the most thoroughly studied TMDC, the mechanisms dominating the carrier dynamics in monolayer MoS2 remain poorly understood. Much work to date has been performed on multilayer films, which have an indirect bandgap and reduced Coulombic interactions as compared to monolayer MoS2. Other studies have focused on monolayer exfoliated flakes, which are not scalable for industrial applications.
In this work, we present transient optical absorption and time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy (TRTS) measurements of large area (~ 1 cm2) monolayer films of MoS2 deposited on dielectric substrates via chemical vapor deposition. We report excited state dynamics that are surprisingly similar to those previously reported for multilayer MoS2 in that they can be described by two decay components: one operative on sub-picosecond times scales and the other in 10's of picoseconds. Combining these two techniques allow for the contributions to the two-component excited state dynamics to be identified.
Terahertz conductivity measurements reveal that charge carriers, and not excitons, are responsible for the sub-picosecond dynamics. The frequency-dependent dielectric function is characteristic of localized charges in a polycrystalline material with sub-micron grains. Sub-picosecond lifetime photo-induced conductivity suggests that charges are rapidly trapped. This process complicates the excited state spectrum, which shows changes in line-width and spectral shifts associated with bandgap renormalization in addition to simple state-filling effects. We also report conductivity originating from sub-optical gap excitation, which reveals the existence of mid-gap trap states that may originate from surface defects or grain boundaries. These dynamics are largely insensitive to excitation density, wavelength, temperature and choice of substrate. We assign the slow excited state dynamics to the interband exciton lifetime, which lengthens from 50ps in monolayer films to 150ps in multilayer films due to the transition from direct to indirect bandgap. We see no signature from trions, suggesting that surface adsorbates neutralize the intrinsic n-type behavior.
Our results help add clarity to several conflicting reports of the optoelectronic properties of MoS2, providing explanations for the sub-picosecond excited state dynamics as well as the absence of trions. Our findings suggest that trapping dominates the transient optical properties of monolayer MoS2. They also suggest that CVD grown films hold potential for high-speed optoelectronic applications.
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Black Phosphorus Films of Stacked Flakes for Stable and Selective Humidity Detection
Poya Yasaei 1,Amirhossein Behranginia 1,Tara Foroozan 1,Mohammad Asadi 1,Kibum Kim 1,Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi 1,Amin Salehi-Khojin 1
1 Univ of Illinois-Chicago Chicago United States,Show Abstract
Black phosphorus (BP) is the most thermodynamically stable allotrope of phosphorus with several unique properties that has recently been exfoliated to atomically thin flakes. On the downside, BP atomic layers are observed to irreversibly degrade into phosphorus oxoacids upon exposure to humid air. However, in more robust configurations such as films, composites, and embedded structures, BP can potentially be utilized in many applications. In this study, we fabricated films of stacked black phosphorus nanoflakes made by liquid exfoliation and explored their chemical sensing characteristics upon exposure to different families of chemicals such as ketons, benzenes, alcohols, and water vapor. Interestingly, an ultra-sensitive and selective response was observed toward water vapor which provided for a trace-level moisture detection capability. The drain current of the sensors is observed to modulate by nearly 4 orders of magnitude when the humidity level changes from 10% to 85%. Evidenced by our spectroscopic and control experiments, we propose that the operation principle of the BP film sensors is based on a change in the leakage ionic current caused by auto-ionization of water molecules and ionic solvation of the phosphorus oxoacids produced on moist BP surfaces. Concurrently, our stability tests reveal that the response of the BP film sensors remain quite stable after prolonged exposures to ambient conditions (tested up to 3 months). This study opens up the route for utilizing films of BP stacked flakes in many potential sensing applications as well as energy conversion devices.
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Heterojunction of Black Phosphorous on Single Layer Graphene
Vijayarangamuthu Kalimuthu 1,Seungbae Ahn 1,Cheol-Min Park 2,Ki-Joon Jeon 1
1 Department of Environmental Engineering Inha University Incheon Korea (the Republic of),2 School of Materials Science and Engineering Kumoh National Institute of Technology Gyeongbuk Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
After discovery of graphene, there have been increasing interest in other two-dimensional (2D) materials that possess unique electrical and optical properties. The characteristics of 2D materials include both layered structures and heterostructures of transition metal dichalcogenides, silicone, germanene, and black phosphorous (BP). Among them BP is considered to be an interesting material due to its intrinsic band gap nature, strong in-plane anisotropy, and high electron mobility. These properties make BP as a promising material for applications in electronics, optoelectronics and clean energy. However, there are two main issue with BP, i.e., method of synthesis and degradation under moisture. In the present study, we report the facile synthesis method of few layer BP flakes by treating red phosphorous and further utilized BP flakes to make hetero-structure on single layer graphene. The structural and chemical properties of BP-graphene hetero-structure were evaluated using Raman spectroscopy. The electrical performance of heterojunctions will be discussed.
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A Density Functional Theory Study of Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Rare Earth Doped Monolayer Molybdinum Disulphide
Abdul Majid 2,Anum Imtiaz 1,Masato Yoshiya 2
1 Physics University of Gujrat Gujrat Pakistan,2 Department of Adaptive Machine Systems Osaka University Osaka Japan,1 Physics University of Gujrat Gujrat Pakistan2 Department of Adaptive Machine Systems Osaka University Osaka JapanShow Abstract
The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of MoS2 single layer doped with 4f rare earth metal (RE) atoms Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Dy in the form of Mo11S24RE supercells were investigated using Density Functional Theory implemented within ADF-BAND. Our results with Pedrew Burke Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange correlational functional used within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) showed that variation of bond length is maximum around impurity atom in 2D Eu:MoS2 and they are minimum near Sm impurity. The results indicated the appearance of impurity levels in the band gap of MoS2 that lead to band gap narrowing. Analyzing the difference of spin charge densities, the magnetic moment of 3.3 µB, 8.1 µB, 8.5 µB, 6.8 µB and 6.4 µB was seen for Sm-, Eu-, Gd-, Tb- and Dy-doped structures, respectively. The findings of the work point out that the band gap and magnetic properties of 2D MoS2 structures can be tuned by RE 4f doping to make it p-type degenerate semiconductor for device grade applications.
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Modeling of the Transfer Characteristics in Graphene/MoS2 Heterostructures
Khoe Nguyen 1,Shih-Yen Lin 4,Yia-Chung Chang 5
2 Molecular Science and Technology Program, Taiwan International Graduate Program, Academia Sinica Taipei 115 Taiwan,3 Department of Physics National Central University Jhongli Taiwan,1 Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica Taipei Taiwan,1 Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica Taipei Taiwan,4 Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering National Taiwan University Taipei Taiwan1 Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica Taipei Taiwan,5 Department of Physics National Cheng-Kung University Tainan TaiwanShow Abstract
Graphene being a zero band-gap semimetal  intrinsically possesses very high mobility [1,2] but with very low on/off ratio , whereas two-dimensional MoS2 being a direct band-gap semiconductor of around 1.9 eV  has low mobility [4,5], but can reach much higher on/off ratio . Therefore, they are expected to complement each other in graphene/MoS2 heterostructures with high enough mobility and reasonable on/off ratio . Here we present a simple device model based on the Dirac equation for carriers in graphene and effective-mass model for carriers in MoS2 to explain the experimental results for IV curves of graphene/MoS2 heterostructures theoretically. The carrier transfer from graphene to MoS2 is described by the relaxation process involving electron-phonon scattering. The IV curves are simulated according to the transport equations in semiconductors with the use of quasi-equilibrium distribution of carriers in leads. The dependence of transport characteristics on temperature, bias, and gate-voltage with and without optical pumping is simulated. The theoretical results are compared with available experimental data and good agreement is obtained with the use of a few physical parameters, which all fall into reasonable range.
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Nonlinear Piezoelectric Coefficients of TMX2 (TM=Mo,W, X=S,Se,Te) Monolayers Studied by First-Principles Calculation
Yousong Gu 1,Yue Zhang 1
1 University of Science and Technology Beijing Beijing China,Show Abstract
Piezoelectric properties of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers are important properties for the application of this kind of 2D material in various fields and nonlinear piezoelectric coefficients are vital since large strains are often observed for 2D materials. In this works, first principle’s calculation in the frameworks of density functional theory were performed to investigate the piezoelectric properties of TMX2 (TM=Mo,W, X=S,Se,Te) monolayers. Polarization of the 1H phases of TMX2 were obtained for a series of strains from -5% to 5% and a nonlinear relationship was found. Piezoelectric coefficients were obtained by fitting the simulated data and nonlinear terms of piezoelectric coefficients must be included to fit the simulated polarization results. The piezoelectric coefficients e11 are 370.5, 410.8 and 537.0 pC/m for MoS2, MoSe2 and MoTe2, and 267.7, 309.7 and 407.9 pC/m for WS2, WSe2 and WTe2, respectively. The nonlinear terms e111 and e122 are -817 and -509 pC/m for MoS2, -813 and -367 pC/m for MoSe2, -1206 and -540 pC/m for MoTe2, respectively. The coefficient e11 and e12 have almost the same value but opposite sign, but e111 and e122 are independent.
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Transport Properties across Misoriented Bilayer MoS2 Using ab initio Calculations and Non-Equilibrium Greens Function
Kuan Zhou 1,Darshana Wickramaratne 2,Supeng Ge 1,Roger Lake 1
1 UC Riverside Riverside United States,1 UC Riverside Riverside United States,2 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara United StatesShow Abstract
Fabrication of electrical and opto-electronic devices with vertically stacked transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), leads to interfaces that are misoriented. Prior experimental and theoretical studies of misorientation in graphene bilayers demonstrated that a few degrees of misorientation is sufficient to decouple the low energy states of the individual layers. Experimental and ab-initio calculations have shown the bandgap of misoriented bilayer MoS2 remains indirect. Some specific trends of the interlayer distance and band gaps have also been researched. However, the transport properties across the misoriented interface of the bilayer TMDCs are currently unknown. The coherent interlayer transmission across two stacks of MoS2 are calculated for unrotated and rotated MoS2 bilayers using ab-initio calculations and non-equilibrium Greens functions. The energy dependence of the interlayer transmission is analyzed. The effect of rotation angle on the electron and hole interlayer resistance is determined.
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Two-Dimensional GaSe/MoSe2 Misfit Bilayer Heterojunctions by vdW Epitaxy
Xufan Li 2,Ming-Wei Lin 2,Junhao Lin 1,Bing Huang 4,Alexander Puretzky 2,Cheng Ma 2,Kai Wang 2,Wu Zhou 1,Sokrates Pantelides 3,Miaofang Chi 2,Ivan Kravchenko 2,Jason Fowlkes 2,Chris Rouleau 2,David Geohegan 2,Kai Xiao 2
2 Center for Nanophase Materials Science Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States,3 Department of Physics and Astronomy Vanderbilt University Nashville United States,1 Materials Science and Technology Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States4 Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Utah Salt Lake City United States1 Materials Science and Technology Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States3 Department of Physics and Astronomy Vanderbilt University Nashville United StatesShow Abstract
Two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures hold the promise for future atomically-thin electronics and optoelectronics due to their diverse functionalities. While heterostructures consisting of different transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers with well-matched lattices and novel physical properties have been successfully fabricated via van der Waals (vdW) or edge epitaxy, constructing heterostructures from monolayers of layered semiconductors with large lattice misfits still remains challenging. Here we report a two-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) synthesis to grow vertically stacked GaSe/MoSe2 misfit bilayer heterostructures with well-aligned lattice orientation in an incommensurate superlattice exhibiting Moiré patterns in atomically-resolved scanning transmission electron microscopy images. In addition, we show that the growth of lateral heterostructures results in interesting laterally-striped, vertically-stacked bilayer heterojunctions where GaSe and MoSe2 domains meet. We report that these misfit GaSe/MoSe2 heterobilayers form p−n junctions which exhibit effective transport and separation of photo-generated charge carriers between layers, resulting in a gate-tunable photovoltaic response. These new 2D misfit layered heterostructures, characterized by their Moiré superlattices, open the door to new two-dimensional “building blocks” for not only optoelectronic applications, but a wide range of other physical phenomena ranging from interfacial magnetism, superconductivity, and Hofstadter’s butterfly effect.
Synthesis science sponsored by the Materials Science and Engineering Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy. Materials characterization conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is sponsored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy. X.L. and M.L. acknowledge support from ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development. J.L. and S.T.P. were supported by Department of Energy grant DE-FG02-09ER46554. W.Z. was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Science, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.
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MXene Synthesis In Silico
Michael Ashton 1,Kiran Mathew 3,Nicole Trometer 1,Richard Hennig 1,Susan Sinnott 2
1 University of Florida Gainesville United States,3 Materials Science and Engineering Cornell University Ithaca United States2 Materials Science and Engineering Pennsylvania State University State College United StatesShow Abstract
The M2AX phases, a family of layered ceramic compounds, have recently been chemically exfoliated to form two-dimensional transition metal carbides, known simply as M2Xenes. In this work, 10,530 bulk compounds belonging to this large class of layered ceramics are screened for their thermodynamic stability using a high throughput first-principles scheme. The objective is to determine which of these bulk compounds are theoretically available as precursors for the formation of new M2Xenes. For the 48 experimentally synthesized M2AX phases we predict energetic stability or small positive (< 30 meV/atom) energetic metastability against energy competing phases. In addition to benchmarking the bulk formation energy of the 48 existing M2AX phases, we predict 267 new bulk compounds with exothermic stability in excess of 100 meV/atom with respect to their most stable competing phases. These stable M2AX precursors can then be chemically exfoliated by aqueous HF to form two-dimensional M2XO2 (M2Xene) nanosheets. We generate and overlay Pourbaix diagrams for the bulk MAX phase precursors and the 2D M2Xenes to determine overlapping solution conditions which will simultaneously result in etching of the M2AX phase and passivation of the M2Xene. These Pourbaix diagrams affirm the solution conditions already used to produce all 5 existing M2Xene nanosheets, and predict that only Al-based M2AX phases can be etched with HF to form M2Xenes. Our predictions offer insight into the experimental conditions that are most likely to result in successful synthesis of both new and existing compounds; for example, the application of a suitable negative electrochemical potential during synthesis appears to be one way to stabilize most M2Xenes against dissolution. These results are expected to serve as a map for experimentalists aiming to design new MXene compositions from scratch.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.27
Local Band Structure of Topological Surface States in Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3
Wonhee Ko 1,Joonbum Park 2,Insu Jeon 1,Hyo Won Kim 1,Hyeokshin Kwon 1,Youngtek Oh 1,Jun Sung Kim 2,Hwansoo Suh 1,Sungwoo Hwang 1
1 Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology Suwon Korea (the Republic of),2 Pohang University of Science of Technology Pohang Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
We report the observation of the local band structure of topological surface states in Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.7Se1.3 using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS). The energy-momentum dispersion relation is locally deduced by extracting the Landau level (LL) energies, which are formed in a high magnetic field, from the STS data. Spatial variation of LLs revealed a shift of the Dirac point energy and a change in Fermi velocity at the nanometer scale. The structure of the potential fluctuation was not correlated with the topography, which indicated the Te/Se substitution did not induce the potential shift because of their same valence. The results show that composition control in Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey is an efficient method for doping topological surface states without the creation of additional charge states from the substitution.
8:00 PM - NT4.2.28
Fabrication of Devices from Black Phosphorus and 2D SnS Nanosheets Using Inkjet Printing
Pei He 1,Keshav Sharma 1,Jack Brent 1,David Lewis 1,Paul O'Brien 1,Brian Derby 1
1 Univ of Manchester Manchester United Kingdom,Show Abstract
Black phosphorus (BP) and the analagous isoelectronic IV-VI semiconductors that form the layered herzenbergite crystal structure (e.g. SnS, SnSe, GeS, GeSe) are a relatively unexplored family of 2D materials for device fabrication. These layered materials have been found to display band gaps that are sensitive to the number of atom layers (e.g. 0.3 - 1.0 eV for black phosphorus and 1.1 - 2.0 eV for SnS). They have been identified as candidate materials for a range of applications in electronic devices, sensors and photovoltaics. Both black phosphorus and SnS can be readily exfoliated in NMP and related solvents to form nanosheets with 2 - 5 atomic layers and flake diameters in the range 100 - 1000 nm. If these nanosheets remain stable in dispersion they are potential 2D inks for device fabrication by inkjet printing.
Here we present two studies exploring the use of inkjet printing in fabricating all printed devices from 2D BP (phosphorene) and 2D SnS nanosheets. In order to facilitate drying after printing without the need for heat treatment, we have formulated inks using acetonitrile (CNCH3), which has a boiling point of 82 °C, allowing facile solvent removal after printing at low temperatures. NMP, by comparison, has a boiling point of 202 °C, which requires a high drying temperature (>150 °C) or high vacuum to successfully remove the solvent completely. Inks, which are stable against sedimentation for several days, have been prepared with solid loadings around 1 mgml-1 and with appropriate rheology and surface tension to be deposited by inkjet printing.
All devices were fabricated using an in-house designed and built laboratory scale inkjet printing platform (MPP 1000) equipped with a piezoelectric actuated inkjet print head of internal diameter 60 μm (MJ-ATP-01-60-8MX, Microfab Technologies Inc., Plano, TX, USA). All samples were printed on a silver interdigitated electrode pattern also previously deposited by inkjet printing. After printing the devices are dried in dry N2 at 80 °C. Device performance was characterised electrically using a probe station and its chemical composition and structure studied using Raman spectroscopy and FTIR to determine the integrity of the nanosheets after deposition. The BP device showed extreme sensitivity to moisture and can be used as a highly sensitive humidity detector. Under high humidity conditions the BP shows permanent change in its properties but this can be recovered by a subsequent heat treatment in dry nitrogen. The SnS device shows promising results as a photodetector. These experiments demonstrate the utility of inkjet printing as a technique for the fabrication of electronic devices from a range of 2D materials.