Electromechanical Modulations in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets: Implications for Environmental Sensors

Mauricio V. Bessa, Wellington D. Freitas, Natália Paz Neme, Luiz G. P. Martins, Ana P. M. Barboza, Matheus J. S. Matos, Mario S. C. Mazzoni, Bernardo R. A. Neves*

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Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are key players in the two-dimensional materials nanoarena due to their exquisite optoelectronic properties under a standard environment (room temperature and atmospheric pressure). Nevertheless, as reported in the literature, they may also portray interesting physical properties under different environments. Here, we show two distinct and significant electromechanical modulations in TMD nanosheets which are tuned by the environmental conditions (applied pressure and adsorbents). Using scanning probe microscopy techniques, we modify the environmental conditions and observe steplike rises in the electrical response of all studied TMDs (MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, and WSe2—monolayers and few layers). Ab initio calculations enable full understanding of specific mechanisms behind these electromechanical modulations, which may find important applications in the design of TMD-based environmental sensors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11305-11311
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Issue number10
Early online date6-Oct-2021
Publication statusPublished - 22-Oct-2021

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