Formation and interlayer decoupling of colloidal MoSe2 nanoflowers

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We report the colloidal synthesis of substrate-free MoSe2 nanostructures with a uniform flower-like morphology and tunable average diameters that range from approximately 50-250 nm. The MoSe2 nanoflowers contain a large population of highly crystalline few-layer nanosheets that protrude from a central core. Aliquot studies and control experiments indicate that the nanoflowers are generated through a two-step process that involves the formation of a core in the early stages of the reaction followed by outward nanosheet growth that can be controlled based on the concentrations of reagents. The effects of laser-induced local heating, bulk-scale heating using a temperature stage, and nanostructuring on the ability to trigger and tune interlayer decoupling were also investigated. Notably, laser-induced local heating results in dynamic and reversible interlayer decoupling. Such capabilities provide a pathway for achieving quasi-two-dimensional behavior in three-dimensionally structured and colloidally synthesized transition metal dichalcogenide nanostructures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3167-3175
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 28 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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