Random anion distribution in MSxSe2-x (M = Mo, W) crystals and nanosheets

Minh An T. Nguyen, Arnab Sen Gupta, Jacob Shevrin, Hirofumi Akamatsu, Pengtao Xu, Zhong Lin, Ke Wang, Jun Zhu, Venkatraman Gopalan, Mauricio Terrones, Thomas E. Mallouk

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The group VIb dichalcogenides (MX2, M = Mo, W; X= S, Se) have a layered molybdenite structure in which M atoms are coordinated by a trigonal prism of X atoms. Ternary solid solutions of MSxSe2-x were synthesized, microcrystals were grown by chemical vapor transport, and their morphologies and structures were characterized by using synchrotron X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement, DIFFaX simulation of structural disorder, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Double aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy was used to determine the anion distributions in single-layer nanosheets exfoliated from the microcrystals. These experiments indicate that the size difference between S and Se atoms does not result in phase separation, consistent with earlier studies of MX2 monolayer sheets grown by chemical vapor deposition. However, stacking faults occur in microcrystals along the layering axis, particularly in sulfur-rich compositions of MSxSe2-x solid solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9871-9878
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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