Etchant-free transfer of 2D nanostructures

Fu Zhang, Chad Erb, Lauren Runkle, Xiaotian Zhang, Nasim Alem

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The effective use of the van der Waals 2D materials relies on their successful transfer from the growth substrate onto other target substrates in the form of large films or flakes. In particular, it is important to transfer such atomically thin samples to various substrates with minimal sample damage and exposure to etchants and chemicals to realize their applications. Here we develop a universal transfer method that not only is free of reactive etchants, but also can maintain the film morphology intact with no tears and cracks. We show a variety of different 2D crystals and thin films with various sizes and thicknesses transferred from different substrates, i.e. metal-organic chemical vapor deposition-grown WSe2 coalesced thin films on sapphire and mechanically exfoliated 2D crystalline flakes on titanium nitride. Further examination by transmission electron microscopy indicates successful transfer of all the samples. This study presents a universal and etchant-free transfer method that can be used to transfer a variety of 2D crystals and other nanostructures from/to various substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025602
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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