Rewritable ghost floating gates by tunnelling triboelectrification for two-dimensional electronics

Seongsu Kim, Tae Yun Kim, Kang Hyuck Lee, Tae Ho Kim, Francesco Arturo Cimini, Sung Kyun Kim, Ronan Hinchet, Sang Woo Kim, Christian Falconi

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Gates can electrostatically control charges inside two-dimensional materials. However, integrating independent gates typically requires depositing and patterning suitable insulators and conductors. Moreover, after manufacturing, gates are unchangeable. Here we introduce tunnelling triboelectrification for localizing electric charges in very close proximity of two-dimensional materials. As representative materials, we use chemical vapour deposition graphene deposited on a SiO2/Si substrate. The triboelectric charges, generated by friction with a Pt-coated atomic force microscope tip and injected through defects, are trapped at the air-SiO2 interface underneath graphene and act as ghost floating gates. Tunnelling triboelectrification uniquely permits to create, modify and destroy p and n regions at will with the spatial resolution of atomic force microscopes. As a proof of concept, we draw rewritable p/n+ and p/p+ junctions with resolutions as small as 200 nm. Our results open the way to time-variant two-dimensional electronics where conductors, p and n regions can be defined on demand.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15891
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 26

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was financially supported by the Basic Science Research Program (2015R1A2A1A05001851) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea Grant funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning.

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© The Author(s) 2017.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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