Journal article

Liquid metal-based synthesis of high performance monolayer SnS piezoelectric nanogenerators.

Hareem Khan, Nasir Mahmood, Ali Zavabeti, Aaron Elbourne, Md Ataur Rahman, Bao Yue Zhang, Vaishnavi Krishnamurthi, Paul Atkin, Mohammad B Ghasemian, Jiong Yang, Guolin Zheng, Anil R Ravindran, Sumeet Walia, Lan Wang, Salvy P Russo, Torben Daeneke, Yongxiang Li, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh

Nature Communications | Nature Research | Published : 2020


The predicted strong piezoelectricity for monolayers of group IV monochalcogenides, together with their inherent flexibility, makes them likely candidates for developing flexible nanogenerators. Within this group, SnS is a potential choice for such nanogenerators due to its favourable semiconducting properties. To date, access to large-area and highly crystalline monolayer SnS has been challenging due to the presence of strong inter-layer interactions by the lone-pair electrons of S. Here we report single crystal across-the-plane and large-area monolayer SnS synthesis using a liquid metal-based technique. The characterisations confirm the formation of atomically thin SnS with a remarkable ca..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the facilities as well as scientific and technical assistance from the staff of the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (RMMF) and the Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) at RMIT University. This project was facilitated by funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project for the study of 2D Piezoelectric materials (DP180102752). N. M. acknowledges ARC for funding received under the ARC Discovery Project scheme (DP170102138) and Vice-Chancellor fellowship scheme at RMIT University. K.K-Z. and T.D. acknowledge the ARC Centre of Excellence FLEET (CE170100039). T.D acknowledges the funding received via the ARC DECRA scheme (DE190100100). S.P.R. acknowledges the support of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (CE170100026) and ARC Centre of Excellence FLEET (CE170100039). K.K-Z. also thanks support from ARC Laureate Fellowship (FL180100053). We also acknowledge the CSIRO (Dr Anthony Chesman) for facilitation of the PESA measurements.