Investigating the Growth of Highly Ordered Thin Films of Two-Dimensional Materials on Metallic Films Supported by Mica Substrates

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In recent years, novel two-dimensional (2D) materials have drawn tremendous interests because of their exotic structural and electronic properties. Although researchers have demonstrated successfully to construct nanodevices based on 2D materials, it remains great challenges to obtain large-area high-quality thin films of 2D materials routinely for mass production. In this proposal, we plan to use a two-step method to grow metallic single crystalline films on cleaved mica surfaces that can substitute expensive metallic single crystal substrates, and then grow high-quality overlayers of 2D materials on these metallic single crystalline films. If executed successfully, in addition to the cheap alternatives to metallic single crystals, this proposal will provide the key knowledge to grow large-area overlayers of 2D materials with much less defects and domain boundaries on insulating substrates. The results from this proposal will contribute significantly in the development of the 2D-material-based nanoelectronics.
Effective start/end date1/08/1831/10/19


  • metallic single crystalline films
  • mica
  • 2D materials


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