29 Sep

New prices for our single crystal MoS2. Buy now!

Looking to buy MoS2? As of 29th September 2015, we are excited to offer new pricing for our MoS2 single crystals, which are up to 50% off.  Our new pricing is as follows:

  1. Lifetime supply: From USD$999, now USD$499 (50% off). A bundle of more than 10 crystals with at least 3  Large.
  2. Large bundle: From USD$249, now USD$199 (25% off). Minimum dimensions 20mm by 15mm. Includes a smaller crystal with minimum dimensions 8mm x 8mm.
  3. Medium: From USD$189, now USD$149 (22% off):  Minimum dimensions 15mm by 10mm.

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29 Sep

Single layer WSe2 actually has indirect band gap

Writing in Nano Letters a team  led by Professor Chih-Kang Shih from the University of Texas at Austin studied the electronic structures of single layer transition metal dichalcogenides WSe2 and WS2, by scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

It is generally well understood within academia that monolayer semiconductor transition metals dichalcogenides, such as WS2, WSe2, MoS2 and others, have an indirect-to-direct band gap transition as they make the transition from bulk to single layer. This is typically manifested as a strong photoluminescence in monolayer flakes.  Although this is true for MoSe2, the team found that the band gap minimum for WS2 is in fact located at the Q-point of the Brillouin zone, instead of the K, although the two states are nearly degenerate.

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Further reading: “Probing critical point energies of transition metal dichalcogenides:
surprising indirect gap of single layer WSe2

21 Sep

Superconductivity in graphene intercalated with Ca and hBN

In a paper published on arXiv teams from the University of Manchester and University College London, report superconductivity in graphene when intercalated with calcium.

In this work our hexagonal boron nitride crystals were also used, as a physical spacer for monolayer graphene flakes. The high purity of our crystals and large domain sizes were of imperative importance for this work.

Further reading Superconductivity in Ca-doped graphene

01 Sep

WSe2 Raman spectoscopy

Tungsten diselenide is another layered transition metal dichalcogenide. Like more of the other TMDCs, it is a semiconductor with a band gap in the infrared region. In this article we review the Raman of WSe2 monolayer.

Like MoS2 and WS2, the lattice structure of WSe2 is also trigonal prismatic, while the lattice constant is 3.28 Å. The band gap of WSe2 is around 1eV.

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Further information

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  2. Recent papers on WSe2


20 Aug

Raman spectroscopy of monolayer and few-layer WTe2

Tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) is yet another member of the transition metal dichalcogenide family. Unlike other dichalcogenides, tungsten telluride is a semi-metal. In 2015, a Nature [1]  paper reported a non-saturating magnetoresistance in this compound which makes it an exciting systems for fundamental transport studies. As with other layered systems, Raman spectroscopy is a fast and non-destructive way to characterize this two-dimensional system. Don’t forget that we offer WTe2 is in our 2D crystal shop. In this article we examine WTe2 Raman spectrum.

The Raman spectrum of bulk WTeshows four main peaks in the region 100cm-1 – 300 cm-1, Figure 1. These are are approximately located at 118, 134, 164 and 212 cm-1. and are noted as the A13, A14, A17 and A19 respectively [2].

These peaks evolve with layer thickness:

  1. The A13  and A14 modes becomes completely extinct in monolayer WTe2
  2. The A14 mode modes completely extinct in bilayer WTe2
  3. The A17 mode does not shift with with layer thickness and finally
  4. The A19 mode blueshifts (shifts to higher wavenumber) for thinner layers.

In conclusion, the most reliable way to identify monolayer  WTe2  is the existence of only two Raman peaks in the region 100cm-1 – 300 cm-1.

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Figure 1. Raman spectrum of monolayer and few-layer Tungsten Ditelluride (WTe2).

Figure 1. Raman spectrum of monolayer and few-layer Tungsten Ditelluride (WTe2). The blue dash lines indicate the changes in the Raman spectrum with layer thickness.


[1] Large non-saturating magnetoresistance in WTe2. Ali et al Nature 2014

[2] Anomalous Lattice Dynamics of Mono-, Bi-, and Tri-layer WTe2. Kim et al arXiv 2015


14 Aug

WS2 Raman spectroscopy

In this article we review the WS2 Raman spectrum. Its Raman spectrum is quite similar to it’s dichalcogenide neighbour material, molybdenum.

The Raman spectrum of bulk WS2 has two prominent peaks: an in-plane (E2g) mode located around 350cm-1 and an out-of-plane (A1g) mode which is located at 420cm-1. The in-plane mode corresponds to the sulphur atoms vibrating in one direction and the tungsten atom in the other, while the out-of-plane mode is a mode of just the sulphur atoms vibrating out-of-plane.

As WSbecomes single-layer these two modes evolve with thickness. The in-plane Raman mode upshifts, although very slowly (less than 1 cm-1), and the out-of-plane mode downshifts to 417cm-1. This means that monolayer WS2 can be reliably identified by the shift of the A1g mode.

Perhaps a more direct way of monitoring the transition to monolayer, in the case of WS2, is the observation of its photoluminescence. While bulk does not show any photoluminescence, as a result of its indirect band gap nature, monolayer shows strong and sharp photoluminesence which is a signature of a transition to monolayer state.

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[2]  Identification of individual and few layers of WS2 using Raman Spectroscopy Berkdemir et al. Scientific Reports, 2013

[3] Electrical and optical characterization of atomically thin WS2 Georgiou et al. Dalton Transaction, 2014


08 Aug

MoS2 Raman spectroscopy

In this blog post, we briefly describe the molybdenum disulfide’s, MoS2, Raman spectrum.

Like graphene, single-Raman spectroscopy of MoS2layer and few-layer molybdenum disulphide (moly) has distinctive signatures in its Raman spectrum. first, let’s discuss the Raman spectrum of bulk MoS2.

The Raman spectrum of bulk MoS2 has two prominent peaks: an in-plane (E2g) mode located around 383cm-1 and an out-of-plane (A1g) mode which is located at 407cm-1. The in-plane mode corresponds to the sulphur atoms vibrating in one direction and the Molybdenum atom in the other, while the out-of-plane mode is a mode of just the sulphur atoms vibrating out-of-plane.

As the layer thickness becomes single-layer these two modes evolve with thickness, a clear evolution in MoS2 Raman spectrum. The in-plane mode upshifts to 386cm-1 and the out-of-plane downshifts to 404cm-1The difference of these two modes (~18cm-1) can be used as a reliable identification for monolayer MoS2

Additionally, the photoluminescence of MoS2 changes with the number of layers. This means that while bulk MoS2 is an indirect semiconductor (1.3eV), monolayer MoS2 is a direct gap (~1.8eV). [4]

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  1. Anomalous lattice vibrations of single- and few-layer MoS2Lee et al, ACS Nano, 2011.Thickness-dependent Raman spectroscopy of MoS2 flakes
  2. Phonons in single-layer MoS2 and WS2Molina-Sanchez et al, Physical Review B, 2011.Theoretical paper discussing evolution of phonon dispersions, focus on the out-of-plane and in-plane mode. It discusses in detail the mechanisms of shifting of the two peaks.
  3. From bulk to Monolayer MoS2: Evolution of Raman scatteringLi et al, Advanced
    Functional Materials, 2012
    .Multi-wavelength thickness-dependent Raman characterization of MoS2.
  4. Emerging photoluminescence in monolayer MoS2Splendiani et al, Nano letters 2010Layer-dependence of photoluminescence from atomically thin MoS2.