Emerging Group-VI Elemental 2D Materials: Preparations, Properties, and Device Applications

Ziyuan Lin, Cong Wang, Yang Chai

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Due to the ultrathin thickness and dangling-bond-free surface, 2D materials have been regarded as promising candidates for future nanoelectronics. In recent years, group-VI elemental 2D materials have been rediscovered and found superior in electrical properties (e.g., high carrier mobility, high photoconductivity, and thermoelectric response). The outstanding semiconducting properties of group-VI elemental 2D materials enable device applications including high-performance field-effect transistors and optoelectronic devices. The excellent environmental stability also facilitates fundamental studies and practical applications of group-VI elemental 2D materials. This Review first focuses on the crystal structures of group-VI elemental 2D materials. Afterward, preparation methods for nanostructures of group-VI materials are introduced with comprehensive studies. A brief Review of the electronic structures is then presented with an understanding of the electrical properties. This Review also contains the device applications of group-VI elemental 2D materials, emphasizing transistors, photodetectors, and other appealing applications. Finally, this Review provides an outlook for the development of group-VI elemental 2D materials, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in fundamental studies and technological applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2003319
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2020


  • crystal structures
  • electrical properties
  • group-VI 2D materials
  • nanoelectronics
  • preparations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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