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Recently, two-dimensional layers of transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, and WSe2, have attracted much attention for their potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. The selenide analogues of MoS2 and WS2 have smaller band gaps and higher electron mobilities, making them more appropriate for practical devices.(More)
  • Yongji Gong, Junhao Lin, +15 authors Pulickel M Ajayan
  • 2014
Layer-by-layer stacking or lateral interfacing of atomic monolayers has opened up unprecedented opportunities to engineer two-dimensional heteromaterials. Fabrication of such artificial heterostructures with atomically clean and sharp interfaces, however, is challenging. Here, we report a one-step growth strategy for the creation of high-quality vertically(More)
The scarcity and high cost of platinum-based electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) has limited the commercial and scalable use of fuel cells. Heteroatom-doped nanocarbon materials have been demonstrated to be efficient alternative catalysts for ORR. Here, graphene quantum dots, synthesized from inexpensive and earth-abundant anthracite(More)
Reduction of water to hydrogen through electrocatalysis holds great promise for clean energy, but its large-scale application relies on the development of inexpensive and efficient catalysts to replace precious platinum catalysts. Here we report an electrocatalyst for hydrogen generation based on very small amounts of cobalt dispersed as individual atoms on(More)
MoS2 is a promising and low-cost material for electrochemical hydrogen production due to its high activity and stability during the reaction. However, the efficiency of hydrogen production is limited by the amount of active sites, for example, edges, in MoS2. Here, we demonstrate that oxygen plasma exposure and hydrogen treatment on pristine monolayer MoS2(More)
Two dimensional (2D) materials have attracted great attention due to their unique properties and atomic thickness. Although various 2D materials have been successfully synthesized with different optical and electrical properties, a strategy for fabricating 2D heterostructures must be developed in order to construct more complicated devices for practical(More)
Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a scalable method able to synthesize MoS2 and WS2 monolayers. In this work, we reduced the synthesis temperature by 200 °C only by introducing tellurium (Te) into the CVD process. The as-synthesized MoS2 and WS2 monolayers show high phase purity and crystallinity. The optical and electrical performance of these materials(More)
A self-assembled CoMoO4 nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide (CoMoO4NP/rGO), was prepared by a hydrothermal method to grow 3-5 nm sized CoMoO4 particles on reduced graphene oxide sheets and used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The specific capacity of CoMoO4NP/rGO anode can reach up to 920 mAh g(-1) at a current rate of 74 mA g(-1) in the(More)
Oxygen reduction and evolution reactions are essential for broad range of renewable energy technologies such as fuel cells, metal-air batteries and hydrogen production through water splitting, therefore, tremendous effort has been taken to develop excellent catalysts for these reactions. However, the development of cost-effective and efficient bifunctional(More)
The direct synthesis of monolayer and multilayer ReS2 by chemical vapor deposition at a low temperature of 450 °C is reported. Detailed characterization of this material is performed using various spectroscopy and microscopy methods. Furthermore initial field-effect transistor characteristics are evaluated, which highlight the potential in being used as an(More)