Vertically stacked multi-heterostructures of layered materials for logic transistors and complementary inverters

Nat Mater. 2013 Mar;12(3):246-52. doi: 10.1038/nmat3518. Epub 2012 Dec 16.


Graphene has attracted considerable interest for future electronics, but the absence of a bandgap limits its direct applicability in transistors and logic devices. Recently, other layered materials such as molybdenum disulphide (MoS(2)) have been investigated to address this challenge. Here, we report the vertical integration of multi-heterostructures of layered materials for the fabrication of a new generation of vertical field-effect transistors (VFETs) with a room temperature on-off ratio > 10(3) and a high current density of up to 5,000 A cm(-2). An n-channel VFET is created by sandwiching few-layer MoS(2) as the semiconducting channel between a monolayer graphene sheet and a metal thin film. This approach offers a general strategy for the vertical integration of p- and n-channel transistors for high-performance logic applications. As an example, we demonstrate a complementary inverter with a larger-than-unity voltage gain by vertically stacking graphene, Bi(2)Sr(2)Co(2)O(8) (p-channel), graphene, MoS(2) (n-channel) and a metal thin film in sequence. The ability to simultaneously achieve a high on-off ratio, a high current density and a logic function in such vertically stacked multi-heterostructures can open up possibilities for three-dimensional integration in future electronics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Disulfides / chemistry
  • Electrodes
  • Electronics / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Graphite / chemistry
  • Logic
  • Molybdenum / chemistry
  • Transistors, Electronic*


  • Disulfides
  • Graphite
  • Molybdenum
  • molybdenum disulfide