Valley and band structure engineering of folded MoS(2) bilayers

Nat Nanotechnol. 2014 Oct;9(10):825-9. doi: 10.1038/nnano.2014.176. Epub 2014 Aug 31.


Artificial structures made of stacked two-dimensional crystals have recently been the focus of intense research activity. As in twisted or stacked graphene layers, these structures can show unusual behaviours and new phenomena. Among the various layered compounds that can be exfoliated, transition-metal dichalcogenides exhibit interesting properties governed by their structural symmetry and interlayer coupling, which are highly susceptible to stacking. Here, we obtain-by folding exfoliated MoS2 monolayers-MoS2 bilayers with different stacking orders, as monitored by second harmonic generation and photoluminescence. Appropriate folding can break the inversion symmetry and suppress interlayer hopping, evoking strong valley and spin polarizations that are not achieved in natural MoS2 bilayers of Bernal stacking. It can also enlarge the indirect bandgap by more than 100 meV through a decrease in the interlayer coupling. Our work provides an effective and versatile means to engineer transition-metal dichalcogenide materials with desirable electronic and optical properties.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't