Selectable Synthesis of 2-D MoS2and Its Electronic Devices: From Isolated Triangular Islands to Large-Area Continuous Thin Film

Wai Ching Cho, Kam Lam Wu, Pak San Yip, Xinsheng Wang, Yang Chai, Kei May Lau

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We report on the controllable and selectable synthesis of two-dimensional (2-D) molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) by molybdenum trioxide sulfurization with chemical vapor deposition. By controlling the sulfurization timing and substrates positions, the selectable growth of MoS2isolated triangular islands and continuous thin film was successfully performed independently with the same home-built furnace setup. Also, we found that the hydrofluoric acid substrate treatment took effects on MoS2nucleation seed densities and modulated the sizes of the triangular islands. Atomic force microscopy and Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize and compare the properties of MoS2triangular islands and continuous thin film. The MoS2triangular islands were monolayers and highly crystalline in nature; where the continuous thin film was formed by small grain size MoS2nanosheets with smooth surface morphology and a large covered area of up to centimeters. Back-gated field effect transistors (FETs) of as-grown MoS2triangular islands and continuous thin film were fabricated to analyze their electrical properties. The electron mobilities were measured to be 11.42 and 4.04 cm2/V·s respectively, and with an excellent on/off current ratio up to over 108, which demonstrated the good quality of the as-grown MoS2samples. Furthermore, both the MoS2triangular islands and continuous thin film FETs exhibited a near ideal current saturation characteristic, which shows the real potential of future applications for 2-D electronic devices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7398078
Pages (from-to)310-317
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • 2D materials
  • chemical vapor deposition
  • Field effect transistor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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