Mechanical response of all-MoS2 single-layer heterostructures: A ReaxFF investigation

Bohayra Mortazavi, Alireza Ostadhossein, Timon Rabczuk, Adri C.T. Van Duin

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Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a highly attractive 2D material due to its interesting electronic properties. Recent experimental advances confirm the possibility of further tuning the electronic properties of MoS2 through the fabrication of single-layer heterostructures consisting of semiconducting (2H) and metallic (1T) MoS2 phases. Nonetheless, despite significant technological and scientific interest, there is currently limited information concerning the mechanical properties of these heterostructure systems. This investigation aims at extending our understanding of the mechanical properties of all-MoS2 single-layer structures at room temperature. This goal was achieved by performing extensive classical molecular dynamics simulations using a recently developed ReaxFF force field. We first studied the direction dependent mechanical properties of defect-free 2H and 1T phases. Our modelling results for pristine 2H MoS2 were found to be in good agreement with the experimental tests and first-principles theoretical predictions. We also discuss the mechanical response of 2H/1T single layer heterostructures. Our reactive molecular dynamics results suggest all-MoS2 heterostructures as suitable candidates for providing a strong and flexible material with tuneable electronic properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23695-23701
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number34
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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