A universal approach for the synthesis of two-dimensional binary compounds

Abhay Shivayogimath, Joachim Dahl Thomsen, David M. A. Mackenzie, Mathias Geisler, Raluca-Maria Stan, Ann Julie Holt, Marco Bianchi, Andrea Crovetto, Patrick R. Whelan, Alexandra Carvalho, Antonio H. Castro Neto, Philip Hofmann, Nicolas Stenger, Peter Bøggild, Timothy J. Booth*

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Only a few of the vast range of potential two-dimensional materials (2D) have been isolated or synthesised to date. Typically, 2D materials are discovered by mechanically exfoliating naturally occurring bulk crystals to produce atomically thin layers, after which a material-specific vapour synthesis method must be developed to grow interesting candidates in a scalable manner. Here we show a general approach for synthesising thin layers of two-dimensional binary compounds. We apply the method to obtain high quality, epitaxial MoS2 films, and extend the principle to the synthesis of a wide range of other materials-both well-known and never-before isolated-including transition metal sulphides, selenides, tellurides, and nitrides. This approach greatly simplifies the synthesis of currently known materials, and provides a general framework for synthesising both predicted and unexpected new 2D compounds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2957
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Shivayogimath, A., Thomsen, J. D., Mackenzie, D. M. A., Geisler, M., Stan, R-M., Holt, A. J., Bianchi, M., Crovetto, A., Whelan, P. R., Carvalho, A., Neto, A. H. C., Hofmann, P., Stenger, N., Bøggild, P., & Booth, T. J. (2019). A universal approach for the synthesis of two-dimensional binary compounds. Nature Communications, 10(1), [2957]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11075-2