Controllable synthesis of molybdenum tungsten disulfide alloy for vertically composition-controlled multilayer

Nat Commun. 2015 Jul 23;6:7817. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8817.


The effective synthesis of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides alloy is essential for successful application in electronic and optical devices based on a tunable band gap. Here we show a synthesis process for Mo1-xWxS2 alloy using sulfurization of super-cycle atomic layer deposition Mo1-xWxOy. Various spectroscopic and microscopic results indicate that the synthesized Mo1-xWxS2 alloys have complete mixing of Mo and W atoms and tunable band gap by systematically controlled composition and layer number. Based on this, we synthesize a vertically composition-controlled (VCC) Mo1-xWxS2 multilayer using five continuous super-cycles with different cycle ratios for each super-cycle. Angle-resolved X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, Raman and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer results reveal that a VCC Mo1-xWxS2 multilayer has different vertical composition and broadband light absorption with strong interlayer coupling within a VCC Mo1-xWxS2 multilayer. Further, we demonstrate that a VCC Mo1-xWxS2 multilayer photodetector generates three to four times greater photocurrent than MoS2- and WS2-based devices, owing to the broadband light absorption.