Atomic Insights into Phase Evolution in Ternary Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Nanostructures

Yi Chao Zou, Zhi Gang Chen, Shijian Liu, Kohei Aso, Chenxi Zhang, Fantai Kong, Min Hong, Syo Matsumura, Kyeongjae Cho, Jin Zou

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Phase engineering through chemical modification can significantly alter the properties of transition-metal dichalcogenides, and allow the design of many novel electronic, photonic, and optoelectronics devices. The atomic-scale mechanism underlying such phase engineering is still intensively investigated but elusive. Here, advanced electron microscopy, combined with density functional theory calculations, is used to understand the phase evolution (hexagonal 2H→monoclinic T′→orthorhombic Td) in chemical vapor deposition grown Mo1− x W x Te2 nanostructures. Atomic-resolution imaging and electron diffraction indicate that Mo1− x W x Te2 nanostructures have two phases: the pure monoclinic phase in low W-concentrated (0 < x ≤ 10 at.%) samples, and the dual phase of the monoclinic and orthorhombic in high W-concentrated (10 < x < 90 at.%) samples. Such phase coexistence exists with coherent interfaces, mediated by a newly uncovered orthorhombic phase Td′. Td′, preserves the centrosymmetry of T′ and provides the possible phase transition path for T′→Td with low energy state. This work enriches the atomic-scale understanding of phase evolution and coexistence in multinary compounds, and paves the way for device applications of new transition-metal dichalcogenides phases and heterostructures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800780
JournalSmall
Volume14
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 29 2018

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Nanostructures
Transition metals
Metals
Chemical Engineering
Optics and Photonics
Equipment and Supplies
Photonic devices
Phase Transition
Chemical modification
Electron diffraction
Optoelectronic devices
Electron energy levels
Electron microscopy
Density functional theory
Heterojunctions
Chemical vapor deposition
Electron Microscopy
Phase transitions
Electrons
Imaging techniques

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  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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Zou, Y. C., Chen, Z. G., Liu, S., Aso, K., Zhang, C., Kong, F., ... Zou, J. (2018). Atomic Insights into Phase Evolution in Ternary Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Nanostructures. Small, 14(22), [1800780]. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201800780

Atomic Insights into Phase Evolution in Ternary Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Nanostructures. / Zou, Yi Chao; Chen, Zhi Gang; Liu, Shijian; Aso, Kohei; Zhang, Chenxi; Kong, Fantai; Hong, Min; Matsumura, Syo; Cho, Kyeongjae; Zou, Jin.

In: Small, Vol. 14, No. 22, 1800780, 29.05.2018.

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Zou, YC, Chen, ZG, Liu, S, Aso, K, Zhang, C, Kong, F, Hong, M, Matsumura, S, Cho, K & Zou, J 2018, 'Atomic Insights into Phase Evolution in Ternary Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Nanostructures', Small, vol. 14, no. 22, 1800780. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201800780
Zou, Yi Chao ; Chen, Zhi Gang ; Liu, Shijian ; Aso, Kohei ; Zhang, Chenxi ; Kong, Fantai ; Hong, Min ; Matsumura, Syo ; Cho, Kyeongjae ; Zou, Jin. / Atomic Insights into Phase Evolution in Ternary Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides Nanostructures. In: Small. 2018 ; Vol. 14, No. 22.
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