Layer-Dependent and In-Plane Anisotropic Properties of Low-Temperature Synthesized Few-Layer PdSe2 Single Crystals

Li-Syuan Lu, Guan-Hao Chen, Hui-Yu Cheng, Chih-Piao Chuu, Kuan-Cheng Lu, Chia-Hao Chen, Ming-Yen Lu, Tzu-Hung Chuang, Der-Hsin Wei, Wei-Chen Chueh, Wen-Bin Jian, Ming-Yang Li, Yu Ming Chang, Lain-Jong Li*, Wen-Hao Chang*

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Palladium diselenide (PdSe2), a peculiar noble metal dichalcogenide, has emerged as a new two-dimensional material with high predicted carrier mobility and a widely tunable band gap for device applications. The inherent in-plane anisotropy endowed by the pentagonal structure further renders PdSe2 promising for novel electronic, photonic, and thermoelectric applications. However, the direct synthesis of few-layer PdSe2 is still challenging and rarely reported. Here, we demonstrate that few-layer, single-crystal PdSe2 flakes can be synthesized at a relatively low growth temperature (300 degrees C) on sapphire substrates using low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The well-defined rectangular domain shape and precisely determined layer number of the CVD-grown PdSe2 enable us to investigate their layer-dependent and in-plane anisotropic properties. The experimentally determined layer-dependent band gap shrinkage combined with first-principle calculations suggest that the interlayer interaction is weaker in few-layer PdSe2 in comparison with that in bulk crystals. Field-effect transistors based on the CVD-grown PdSe2 also show performances comparable to those based on exfoliated samples. The low-temperature synthesis method reported here provides a feasible approach to fabricate high-quality few-layer PdSe2 for device applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4963-4972
Number of pages10
JournalACS Nano
Issue number4
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2020


  • two-dimensional materials
  • transition metal dichalcogenides
  • palladium diselenide
  • PdSe2
  • chemical vapor deposition
  • CVD

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