Self-Limiting Layer Synthesis of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

Youngjun Kim, Jeong Gyu Song, Yong Ju Park, Gyeong Hee Ryu, Su Jeong Lee, Jin Sung Kim, Pyo Jin Jeon, Chang Wan Lee, Whang Je Woo, Taejin Choi, Hanearl Jung, Han Bo Ram Lee, Jae Min Myoung, Seongil Im, Zonghoon Lee, Jong Hyun Ahn, Jusang Park, Hyungjun Kim

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This work reports the self-limiting synthesis of an atomically thin, two dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D TMDCs) in the form of MoS 2. The layer controllability and large area uniformity essential for electronic and optical device applications is achieved through atomic layer deposition in what is named self-limiting layer synthesis (SLS); a process in which the number of layers is determined by temperature rather than process cycles due to the chemically inactive nature of 2D MoS 2. Through spectroscopic and microscopic investigation it is demonstrated that SLS is capable of producing MoS 2 with a wafer-scale (∼10 cm) layer-number uniformity of more than 90%, which when used as the active layer in a top-gated field-effect transistor, produces an on/off ratio as high as 10 8. This process is also shown to be applicable to WSe 2, with a PN diode fabricated from a MoS 2 /WSe 2 heterostructure exhibiting gate-tunable rectifying characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18754
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 4

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This work was supported by the Center for Integrated Smart Sensors funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning as Global Frontier Project (CISS-2011-0031848); This work was supported by Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) (Project No. 10050296, Large scale (Over 8‘‘) synthesis and evaluation technology of 2-dimensional chalcogenides for next generation electronic devices); This work was supported by Samsung Display Co., Ltd.; and a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. NRF-2014R1A2A1A11052588).

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