Apart from conventional materials, the study of two-dimensional (2D) materials has emerged as a significant field of study for a variety of applications. Graphene-like 2D materials are important elements of potential optoelectronics applications due to their exceptional electronic and optical properties. The processing of these materials towards the realization of devices has been one of the main motivations for the recent development of photonics and optoelectronics. The recent progress in photonic devices based on graphene-like 2D materials, especially topological insulators (TIs) and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with the methodology level discussions from the viewpoint of state-of-the-art designs in device geometry and materials are detailed in this review. We have started the article with an overview of the electronic properties and continued by highlighting their linear and nonlinear optical properties. The production of TIs and TMDs by different methods is detailed. The following main applications focused towards device fabrication are elaborated: (1) photodetectors, (2) photovoltaic devices, (3) light-emitting devices, (4) flexible devices and (5) laser applications. The possibility of employing these 2D materials in different fields is also suggested based on their properties in the prospective part. This review will not only greatly complement the detailed knowledge of the device physics of these materials, but also provide contemporary perception for the researchers who wish to consider these materials for various applications by following the path of graphene.
Although two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted considerable research interest for use in the development of innovative wearable optoelectronic systems, the integrated optoelectronic performance of 2D materials photodetectors, including flexibility, transparency, broadband response and stability in air, remains quite low to date. Here, we demonstrate a flexible, transparent, high-stability and ultra-broadband photodetector made using large-area and highly-crystalline WSe2 films that were prepared by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). Benefiting from the 2D physics of WSe2 films, this device exhibits excellent average transparency of 72% in the visible range and superior photoresponse characteristics, including an ultra-broadband detection spectral range from 370 to 1064 nm, reversible photoresponsivity approaching 0.92 AW(-1), external quantum efficiency of up to 180% and a relatively fast response time of 0.9 s. The fabricated photodetector also demonstrates outstanding mechanical flexibility and durability in air. Also, because of the wide compatibility of the PLD-grown WSe2 film, we can fabricate various photodetectors on multiple flexible or rigid substrates, and all these devices will exhibit distinctive switching behavior and superior responsivity. These indicate a possible new strategy for the design and integration of flexible, transparent and broadband photodetectors based on large-area WSe2 films, with great potential for practical applications in the wearable optoelectronic devices.
Graphene has emerged as a material with a vast variety of applications. The electronic, optical and mechanical properties of graphene are strongly influenced by the number of layers present in a sample. As a result, the dimensional characterization of graphene films is crucial, especially with the continued development of new synthesis methods and applications. A number of techniques exist to determine the thickness of graphene films including optical contrast, Raman scattering and scanning probe microscopy techniques. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), in particular, is used extensively since it provides three-dimensional images that enable the measurement of the lateral dimensions of graphene films as well as the thickness, and by extension the number of layers present. However, in the literature AFM has proven to be inaccurate with a wide range of measured values for single layer graphene thickness reported (between 0.4 and 1.7 nm). This discrepancy has been attributed to tip-surface interactions, image feedback settings and surface chemistry. In this work, we use standard and carbon nanotube modified AFM probes and a relatively new AFM imaging mode known as PeakForce tapping mode to establish a protocol that will allow users to accurately determine the thickness of graphene films. In particular, the error in measuring the first layer is reduced from 0.1-1.3 nm to 0.1-0.3 nm. Furthermore, in the process we establish that the graphene-substrate adsorbate layer and imaging force, in particular the pressure the tip exerts on the surface, are crucial components in the accurate measurement of graphene using AFM. These findings can be applied to other 2D materials.
Optical chiral metamaterials have recently attracted considerable attention because they offer new and exciting opportunities for fundamental research and practical applications. Through pragmatic designs, the chiroptical response of chiral metamaterials can be several orders of magnitude higher than that of natural chiral materials. Meanwhile, the local chiral fields can be enhanced by plasmonic resonances to drive a wide range of physical and chemical processes in both linear and nonlinear regimes. In this review, we will discuss the fundamental principles of chiral metamaterials, various optical chiral metamaterials realized by different nanofabrication approaches, and the applications and future prospects of this emerging field.
Phosphorene, a novel 2D material isolated from bulk black phosphorus (BP), is an intrinsic p-type material with a variable bandgap for a variety of applications. However, these applications are limited by the inability to isolate large films of phosphorene. Here we present an in situ chemical vapor deposition type approach that demonstrates progress towards growth of large area 2D BP with average areas >3 mu m(2) and thicknesses representing samples around four layers and thicker samples with average areas > 100 mu m(2). Transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy have confirmed successful growth of 2D BP from red phosphorus.
Tuning microwave absorption to meet the harsh requirement of thermal environments is a great challenge. Three kinds of nanowires, including multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) coated with CdS nanocrystals (CdS-MWCNTs), and MWCNTs coated with different-thickness CdS sheaths, have been synthesized through mild solution-process synthesis. The influence of CdS amount, external temperature, loading concentration and sample thickness on the absorption performance were studied. The composite loading with 6 vol.% CdS-MWCNTs shows the best absorption of -47 dB at 473 K with a thickness of 2.6 mm in the temperature range of 323-573 K and X band. The effective bandwidth covers the full X band in 323-473 K for RL <= -20 dB and reaches 2.0 GHz at 473 K for RL <= -20 dB. The enhanced absorption ability of CdS-MWCNTs arises from the effective impedance matching, benefiting from abundant interfacial polarization from the added CdS nanocrystals and the changeable dielectric property at elevated temperature. The results indicate that the CdS-MWCNT is a promising functional material for high temperature microwave absorption.
Magnetic skyrmions are promising candidates for next-generation information carriers, owing to their small size, topological stability, and ultralow depinning current density. A wide variety of skyrmionic device concepts and prototypes have recently been proposed, highlighting their potential applications. Furthermore, the intrinsic properties of skyrmions enable new functionalities that may be inaccessible to conventional electronic devices. Here, we report on a skyrmion-based artificial synapse device for neuromorphic systems. The synaptic weight of the proposed device can be strengthened/weakened by positive/negative stimuli, mimicking the potentiation/depression process of a biological synapse. Both short-term plasticity and long-term potentiation functionalities have been demonstrated with micromagnetic simulations. This proposal suggests new possibilities for synaptic devices in neuromorphic systems with adaptive learning function.
In this letter, we report on hydrothermal growth of nickel diselenide nanowall film on carbon cloth (NiSe2 NW/CC) through topotactic transformation from a Ni(OH)(2) precursor based on anion exchange reactions. When tested as an integrated 3D hydrogen-evolving cathode in strongly acidic media, NiSe2 NW/CC exhibits outstanding catalytic activity superior to its powder counterpart and strong long-term durability. It displays 10 and 100 mA cm(-2) at overpotentials of 145 and 183 mV, respectively, with its catalytic activity being retained for 40 h.
Phosphorene, a new elemental two-dimensional material, has attracted increasing attention owing to its intriguing electronic properties. In particular, pristine phospohorene, due to its ultrahigh surface-volume ratio and high chemical activity, has been shown to be promising for gas sensing (Abbas et al 2015 ACS Nano 9 5618). To further enhance its sensing ability, we perform first-principles calculations based on density functional theory to study substitutionally doped phosphorene with 17 different atoms, focusing on structures, energetics, electronic properties and gas sensing. Our calculations reveal that anionic X (X = O, C and S) dopants have a large binding energy and highly dispersive electronic states, signifying the formation of covalent X-P bonds and thus strong structural stability. Alkali atom (Li and Na) doping is found to donate most of the electrons in the outer s-orbital by forming ionic bonds with P, and the band gap decreases by pushing down the conduction band, suggesting that the optical and electronic properties of the doped phosphorene can be tailored. For doping with VIIIB-group (Fe, Co and Ni) elements, a strong affinity is predicted and the binding energy and charge transfer are correlated strongly with their electronegativity. By examining NO molecule adsorption, we find that these metal doped phosphorenes (MDPs) in general exhibit a significantly enhanced chemical activity compared with pristine phosphorene. Our study suggests that substitutionally doped phosphorene shows many intriguing electronic and optic properties different from pristine phosphorene and MDPs are promising in chemical applications involving molecular adsorption and desorption processes, such as materials growth, catalysis, gas sensing and storage.
Black phosphorus (BP), the bulk counterpart of monolayer phosphorene, is a relatively stable phosphorus allotrope at room temperature. However, monolayer phosphorene and ultra-thin BP layers degrade in ambient atmosphere. In this paper, we report the investigation of BP oxidation and discuss the reaction mechanism based on the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data. The kinetics of BP oxidation was examined under various well-controlled conditions, namely in 5% O-2/Ar, 2.3% H2O/Ar, and 5% O-2 and 2.3% H2O/Ar. At room temperature, the BP surface is demonstrated not to be oxidized at a high oxidation rate in 5% O2/Ar nor in 2.3% H2O/Ar, according to XPS, with the thickness of the oxidized phosphorus layer <5 angstrom for 5 h. On the other hand, in the O-2/H2O mixture, a 30 angstrom thickness oxide layer was detected already after 2 h of the treatment. This result points to a synergetic effect of water and oxygen in the BP oxidation. The oxidation effect was also studied in applications to the electrical measurements of BP field-effect transistors (FETs) with or without passivation. The electrical performance of BP FETs with atomic layer deposition (ALD) dielectric passivation or h-BN passivation formed in a glove-box environment are also presented.
The synthesis of catalysis-relevant nanoparticles such as platinum and gold is demonstrated with productivities of 4 g h(-1) for pulsed laser ablation in liquids (PLAL). The major drawback of low productivity of PLAL is overcome by utilizing a novel ultrafast high-repetition rate laser system combined with a polygon scanner that reaches scanning speeds up to 500 m s(-1). This high scanning speed is exploited to spatially bypass the laser-induced cavitation bubbles at MHz-repetition rates resulting in an increase of the applicable, ablation-effective, repetition rate for PLAL by two orders of magnitude. The particle size, morphology and oxidation state of fully automated synthesized colloids are analyzed while the ablation mechanisms are studied for different laser fluences, repetition rates, interpulse distances, ablation times, volumetric flow rates and focus positions. It is found that at high scanning speeds and high repetition rate PLAL the ablation process is stable in crystallite size and decoupled from shielding and liquid effects that conventionally occur during low-speed PLAL.
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is currently under intensive study because of its exceptional optical and electrical properties in few-layer form. However, how charge transport mechanisms vary with the number of layers in MoS2 flakes remains unclear. Here, exfoliated flakes of MoS2 with various thicknesses were successfully fabricated into field-effect transistors (FETs) to measure the thickness and temperature dependences of electrical mobility. For these MoS2 FETs, measurements at both 295 K and 77 K revealed the maximum mobility for layer thicknesses between 5 layers (similar to 3.6 nm) and 10 layers (similar to 7 nm), with similar to 70 cm(2) V-1 s(-1) measured for 5 layer devices at 295 K. Temperature-dependent mobility measurements revealed that the mobility rises with increasing temperature to a maximum. This maximum occurs at increasing temperature with increasing layer thickness, possibly due to strong Coulomb scattering from charge impurities or weakened electron-phonon interactions for thicker devices. Temperature-dependent conductivity measurements for different gate voltages revealed a metal-to-insulator transition for devices thinner than 10 layers, which may enable new memory and switching applications. This study advances the understanding of fundamental charge transport mechanisms in few-layer MoS2, and indicates the promise of few-layer transition metal dichalcogenides as candidates for potential optoelectronic applications.
Since transparent conducting films based on silver nanowires (AgNWs) have shown higher transmittance and electrical conductivity compared to those of indium tin oxide (ITO) films, the electronics industry has recognized them as promising substitutes. However, due to the higher haze value of AgNW transparent conducting films compared to ITO films, the clarity is decreased when AgNW films are applied to optoelectronic devices. In this study, we develop a highly transparent, low-haze, very long AgNW percolation network. Moreover, we confirm that analyzed chemical roles can easily be applied to different AgNW synthesis methods, and that they have a direct impact on the nanowire shape. Consequently, the lengths of the wires are increased up to 200 mu m and the diameters of the wires are decreased up to 45 nm. Using these results, we fabricate highly transparent (96%) conductors (100 Omega/sq) with low-haze (2%) without any annealing process. This electrode shows enhanced clarity compared to previous results due to the decreased diffusive transmittance and scattering. In addition, a flexible touchscreen using a AgNW network is demonstrated to show the performance of modified AgNWs.
High-quality elliptical polycrystalline Fe3O4 nanorings (NRs) with continuously tunable size have been synthesized in large amounts via a rapid microwave-assisted hydrothermal approach. The surface-protected glucose reducing/etching/Ostwald ripening mechanism is responsible for the formation of NRs. Ring size can be modulated by selecting iron glycolate nanosheets with various sizes as precursors. The size-dependent magnetic behavior of the NRs was observed. Our research gives insights into the understanding of the microwave absorption mechanism of elliptical Fe3O4 NRs. Owing to their large specific surface area, shape anisotropy, and closed ring-like configuration, elliptical polycrystalline Fe3O4 NRs exhibited significantly enhanced microwave absorption performance compared with Fe3O4 circular NRs, nanosheets, microspheres, nanospindles, and nanotubes. An optimal reflection loss value of -41.59 dB is achieved at 5.84 GHz and R-L values (<=-20 dB) are observed at 3.2-10.4 GHz. Some new mechanisms including multiple scattering, oscillation resonance absorption, microantenna radiation, and interference are also crucial to the enhanced absorption properties of NRs. These findings indicate that ring-like nanostructures are a promising structure for devising new and effective microwave absorbers.
Two-dimensional materials are promising candidates for electronic and optoelectronic applications. MoTe2 has an appropriate bandgap for both visible and infrared light photodetection. Here we fabricate a high-performance photodetector based on few-layer MoTe2. Raman spectral properties have been studied for different thicknesses of MoTe2. The photodetector based on few-layer MoTe2 exhibits broad spectral range photodetection (0.6-1.55 mu m) and a stable and fast photoresponse. The detectivity is calculated to be 3.1 x 10(9) cm Hz(1/2) W-1 for 637 nm light and 1.3 x 10(9) cm Hz(1/2)W(-1) for 1060 nm light at a backgate voltage of 10 V. The mechanisms of photocurrent generation have been analyzed in detail, and it is considered that a photogating effect plays an important role in photodetection. The appreciable performance and detection over a broad spectral range make it a promising material for high-performance photodetectors.
Graphite-like hexagonal AlN (h-AlN) multilayers have been experimentally manifested and theoretically modeled. The development of any functional electronics applications of h-AlN would most certainly require its integration with other layered materials, particularly graphene. Here, by employing vdW-corrected density functional theory calculations, we investigate structure, interaction energy, and electronic properties of van der Waals stacking sequences of few-layer h-AlN with graphene. We find that the presence of a template such as graphene induces enough interlayer charge separation in h-AlN, favoring a graphite-like stacking formation. We also find that the interface dipole, calculated per unit cell of the stacks, tends to increase with the number of stacked layers of h-AlN and graphene.
Energy conversion and storage devices play an important role in industry and society with the rapid growth of energy consumption. Supercapacitors are very attractive due to their superior power density, fast charge/discharge rates and long cycle lifetime. Graphene fiber (GF), a fascinating material, has drawn considerable attention and shown great potential as an active material in the field of supercapacitors owing to its unique and tunable nanostructure, high electrical conductivity, excellent mechanical flexibility, light weight, and ease of functionalization. This review focuses on the recent significant advances in the fabrication and application of graphene-based fiber as electrode material in supercapacitors. The synthetic strategies and application in the supercapacitor are presented, accompanied with the summary and outlook for the future development of GFs.
Si nanocrystals (Si-NCs) with extremely heavily B-and P-doped shells are developed and their structural and optical properties are studied. Unlike conventional Si-NCs without doping, B and P co-doped Si-NCs are dispersible in alcohol and water perfectly without any surface functionalization processes. The colloidal solution of co-doped Si-NCs is very stable and no precipitates are observed for more than 5 years. The co-doped colloidal Si-NCs exhibit size-controllable photoluminescence (PL) in a very wide energy range covering 0.85 to 1.85 eV. In this paper, we summarize the structural and optical properties of co-doped Si-NCs and demonstrate that they are a new type of environmentally-friendly nano-light emitter working in aqueous environments in the visible and near infrared (NIR) ranges.
A high-performance ITO-free transparent conductive film (TCF) has been made by combining high resolution Ag grids with a carbon nanotube (CNT) coating. Ag grids printed with flexography have a 20 mu m line width at a grid interval of 400 mu m. The Ag grid/CNT hybrid film exhibits excellent overall performance, with a typical sheet resistance of 14.8 Omega/square and 82.6% light transmittance at room temperature. This means a 23.98% reduction in sheet resistance and only 2.52% loss in transmittance compared to a pure Ag grid film. Analysis indicates that filling areas between the Ag grids and interconnecting the silver nanoparticles with the CNT coating are the primary reasons for the significantly improved conductivity of the hybrid film that also exhibits excellent flexibility and mechanical strength compared to an ITO film. The hybrid film may fully satisfy the requirements of different applications, e.g. use as the anode of polymer solar cells (PSCs). The J-V curve shows that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the PSCs using the Ag grid/CNT hybrid anode is 0.61%, which is 24.5% higher than that of the pure Ag grids with a PCE of 0.49%. Further investigations to improve the performance of the solar cells based on the printed hybrid TCFs are ongoing.
WS2 nanosheets have been synthesized by ultrasonication in a binary mixture of acetone and 2-propanol, with a volume ratio of 80:20. Hansen solubility parameters were taken into consideration as part of the process. These nanosheets have been characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction, along with spectroscopy such as ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The nanosheets were further used as a sensing material to fabricate a humidity sensor on interdigitated aluminum electrodes, realized over Si/SiO2 substrate using a conventional photolithography technique. The response for our sensor varied from 11.9 for 40% RH to as high as 37.5 for 80% RH. Response and recovery time were found to be 13 +/- 2s and 17 +/- 2s respectively. The suspended nanosheets were also treated with UV light in a nitrogen environment. The response for UV treated nanosheets shows better linearity, however its response decreases in the presence of humidity. This is due to a decrease in oxygen content of the UV treated sample. Furthermore, the effect of sonication time has been investigated, and it was found that samples with 10 h sonication are better than others due to their high surface-to-volume ratio. The repeatability and stability of the sensor have been investigated and found to be excellent. The hysteresis in the sensors was also explored. The mechanism of humidity sensing has been discussed in detail.