Ultrahigh mechanical flexibility induced superior piezoelectricity of InSeBr-type 2D Janus materials

Xiaobo Shi, Shujuan Jiang, Xianwei Han, Min Wei, Bing Wang, Gaofeng Zhao, Guang Ping Zheng, Huabing Yin

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InSeBr-Type monolayers, ternary In(Se,S)(Br,Cl) compounds, are typical two-dimensional (2D) Janus materials and can be exfoliated from their bulk crystals. The structural stability, electronic properties, mechanical flexibility, and intrinsic piezoelectricity of these InSeBr-type 2D Janus monolayers are comprehensively investigated by first-principles calculations. Our calculations show that the stable InSeBr-type monolayers exhibit ultrahigh mechanical flexibility with low Young's moduli. Due to the amazing flexibility of the InSeBr monolayer with an ultra-low Young's modulus of 0.81 N m−1, the piezoelectric strain coefficient d11 can reach 103 pm V−1 orders of magnitude (around 2361-3224 pm V−1), which is larger than those of reported 2D materials and even superior to those of conventional perovskite bulk materials. Such a superior piezoelectric response of InSeBr-type monolayers could facilitate their practical applications in sensors and energy harvesters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8371-8377
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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