Atomically Thin Metal Sulfides

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We developed a method to colloidally synthesize atomically thin metal sulfides (ATMS). Unlike conventional 2D systems such as MoS2 and graphene, none of the systems developed here are inherently layered compounds nor have known layered polymorphs in their bulk forms. The synthesis proceeds via a cation-exchange reaction starting from single- and multi-layer Ag2S and going to various metal sulfides. The synthesized ATMS retain their size and shape during the cation-exchange reaction and are either single-layer or a few-layer, depending on the starting Ag2S samples. They have lateral dimensions on the order of 5-10 nm and are colloidally stabilized by Z- and L-type ligands. Here, we demonstrate the synthesis of single-layer and a few-layer ZnS, CdS, CoS2, and PbS. We find that the optical properties of these ATMS are quite distinct from the platelet or quantum-dot versions of the same metal sulfides.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)12121-12127
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number30
StatePublished - 31 Jul 2019

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-73650


  • cation-exchange reactions
  • nanostructures
  • solar-photochemistry
  • two-dimensional materials


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