Metallic Contact between MoS2 and Ni via Au Nanoglue

Xinying Shi, Sergei Posysaev, Marko Huttula, Vladimir Pankratov, Joanna Hoszowska, Jean Claude Dousse, Faisal Zeeshan, Yuran Niu, Alexei Zakharov, Taohai Li, Olga Miroshnichenko, Meng Zhang, Xiao Wang, Zhongjia Huang, Sami Saukko, Diego López González, Sebastiaan van Dijken, Matti Alatalo, Wei Cao*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A critical factor for electronics based on inorganic layered crystals stems from the electrical contact mode between the semiconducting crystals and the metal counterparts in the electric circuit. Here, a materials tailoring strategy via nanocomposite decoration is carried out to reach metallic contact between MoS2 matrix and transition metal nanoparticles. Nickel nanoparticles (NiNPs) are successfully joined to the sides of a layered MoS2 crystal through gold nanobuffers, forming semiconducting and magnetic NiNPs@MoS2 complexes. The intrinsic semiconducting property of MoS2 remains unchanged, and it can be lowered to only few layers. Chemical bonding of the Ni to the MoS2 host is verified by synchrotron radiation based photoemission electron microscopy, and further proved by first-principles calculations. Following the system's band alignment, new electron migration channels between metal and the semiconducting side contribute to the metallic contact mechanism, while semiconductor-metal heterojunctions enhance the photocatalytic ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1704526
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • First-principles calculations
  • Inorganic layered crystals
  • Metal-semiconductor contact
  • Synchrotron radiation

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