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2019, 12(4): 947–954


Direct observation of epitaxial alignment of Au on MoS2 at atomic resolution

Yinghui Sun1, Haofei Zhao1, Dan Zhou2, Yuchen Zhu1, Huanyu Ye1, Yan Aung Moe1, and Rongming Wang1 (*)

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1 Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Materials Genome Engineering, Beijing Key Laboratory for Magneto-Photoelectrical Composite and Interface Science, School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
2 Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart 70569, Germany

Keywords: atom migration, MoS2, in situ TEM, metal-semiconductor interface, Moiré patterns
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The morphology and structural stability of metal/2D semiconductor interfaces strongly affect the performance of 2D electronic devices and synergistic catalysis. However, the structural evolution at the interfaces has not been well explored particularly at atomic resolution. In this work, we study the structural evolution of Au nanoparticles (NPs) on few-layer MoS2 by high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) and quantitative high-angle annular dark field scanning TEM. It is found that in the transition of Au from nanoparticles to dendrites, a dynamically epitaxial alignment between Au and MoS2 lattices is formed, and Moiré patterns can be directly observed in HRTEM images due to the mismatch between Au and MoS2 lattices. This epitaxial alignment can occur in ambient conditions, and can also be accelerated by the irradiation of high-energy electron beam. In situ observation clearly reveals the rotation of Au NPs, the atom migration inside Au NPs, and the transfer of Au atoms between neighboring Au NPs, finally leading to the formation of epitaxially aligned Au dendrites on MoS2. The structural evolution of metal/2D semiconductor interfaces at atomic scale can provide valuable information for the design and fabrication of the metal/2D semiconductor nano-devices with desired physical and chemical performances.
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Direct observation of epitaxial alignment of Au on MoS2 at atomic resolution. Nano Res. 2019, 12(4): 947–954

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