Tantalum disulfide quantum dots: preparation, structure, and properties

Liangliang Zhou, Chuli Sun, Xueming Li, Libin Tang, Wei Guo, Lin Luo, Meng Zhang, Kar Seng Teng, Fuli Qian, Chaoyu Lu, Jing Liang, Yugui Yao, Shu Ping Lau

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Abstract: Tantalum disulfide (TaS2) two-dimensional film material has attracted wide attention due to its unique optical and electrical properties. In this work, we report the preparation of 1 T-TaS2 quantum dots (1 T-TaS2 QDs) by top-down method. Herein, we prepared the TaS2 QDs having a monodisperse grain size of around 3 nm by an effective ultrasonic liquid phase exfoliation method. Optical studies using UV-Vis, PL, and PLE techniques on the as-prepared TaS2 QDs exhibited ultraviolet absorption at 283 nm. Furthermore, we found that dimension reduction of TaS2 has led to a modification of the band gap, namely a transition from indirect to direct band gap, which is explained using first-principle calculations. By using quinine as reference, the fluorescence quantum yield is 45.6%. Therefore, our results suggest TaS2 QDs have unique and extraordinary optical properties. Moreover, the low-cost, facile method of producing high quality TaS2 QDs in this work is ideal for mass production to ensure commercial viability of devices based on this material. Graphical abstract: TaS2 quantum dots having a monodisperse grain size of around 3 nm have been prepared by an ultrasonic liquid phase exfoliation method, it has been found that the dimension reduction of TaS2 has led to a transition from indirect to direct band gap that results in the unique and extraordinary optical properties (PL QY: 45.6%).[Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
JournalNanoscale Research Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • First-principle
  • Modulating bandgap
  • Quantum dots
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Ultrasonic method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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