Influence of graphene thickness and grain boundaries on MoS2 wrinkle nanostructures

Seon Joon Kim, Ohmin Kwon, Dae Woo Kim, Jihan Kim, Hee Tae Jung

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Controlling wrinkle nanostructures of two-dimensional materials is critical for optimizing the material properties and device performance. In this study, we demonstrated the in situ synthesis of large-area MoS2 wrinkles on graphene by chemical-vapor-deposition-assisted sulfurization, and investigated the influence of graphene thickness and grain structures on the feature dimensions of MoS2 wrinkle nanostructures. The height, width, and overall surface roughness of the MoS2 wrinkles diminish as the number of graphene layers increases, which was further verified by determining the binding energy of graphene layers by density functional theory calculations. Furthermore, the feature dimensions of MoS2 wrinkle nanostructures were also influenced by graphene domain boundaries because of the difference in graphene nucleation density. This may be attributed to the influence of the mechanical properties of graphene substrates on the overall feature dimensions of MoS2 wrinkles, which are directly correlated with the interfacial adhesion energy. We believe that our findings may contribute toward the controllable synthesis of MoS2 wrinkle nanostructures and other two-dimensional materials used for high-performance devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17000-17008
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, Korea (MSIP, Grant No. 2015R1A2A1A05001844), Global Frontier Research Center for Advanced Soft Electronics (No. 2014M3A6A5060937, MSIP), and the Climate Change Research Hub of KAIST (No. N1117056). This research used resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a DOE Office of Science User Facility supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The authors thank the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) for the help in GIXRD measurements.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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