Universal Oriented van der Waals Epitaxy of 1D Cyanide Chains on Hexagonal 2D Crystals

Yangjin Lee, Jahyun Koo, Sol Lee, Jun Yeong Yoon, Kangwon Kim, Myeongjin Jang, Jeongsu Jang, Jeongheon Choe, Bao Wen Li, Chinh Tam Le, Farman Ullah, Yong Soo Kim, Jun Yeon Hwang, Won Chul Lee, Rodney S. Ruoff, Hyeonsik Cheong, Jinwoo Cheon, Hoonkyung Lee, Kwanpyo Kim

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The atomic or molecular assembly on 2D materials through the relatively weak van der Waals interaction is quite different from the conventional heteroepitaxy and may result in unique growth behaviors. Here, it is shown that straight 1D cyanide chains display universal epitaxy on hexagonal 2D materials. A universal oriented assembly of cyanide crystals (AgCN, AuCN, and Cu0.5Au0.5CN) is observed, where the chains are aligned along the three zigzag lattice directions of various 2D hexagonal crystals (graphene, h-BN, WS2, MoS2, WSe2, MoSe2, and MoTe2). The potential energy landscape of the hexagonal lattice induces this preferred alignment of 1D chains along the zigzag lattice directions, regardless of the lattice parameter and surface elements as demonstrated by first-principles calculations and parameterized surface potential calculations. Furthermore, the oriented microwires can serve as crystal orientation markers, and stacking-angle-controlled vertical 2D heterostructures are successfully fabricated by using them as markers. The oriented van der Waals epitaxy can be generalized to any hexagonal 2D crystals and will serve as a unique growth process to form crystals with orientations along the zigzag directions by epitaxy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900757
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 1

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Funding Information:
This work was mainly supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017R1A5A1014862 and NRF-2019R1C1C1003643), the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R026-D1), and Yonsei University Future-leading Research Initiative of 2019 (2019-22-0027). B.-W.L and R.S.R. acknowledge support from the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R019-D1). C.T.L., F.U., and Y.S.K. acknowledge support by the Priority Research Centers Program (2019R1A6A1A11053838).

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© 2019 The Authors. Published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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