Chemical Vapour Deposition of Rhenium Disulfide and Rhenium-Doped Molybdenum Disulfide Thin Films Using Single-Source Precursors

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  • Authors:
  • Naktal Al-Dulaimi
  • D. J. Lewis
  • Xiang Li Zhong
  • Mehwish Malik
  • Paul O'Brien


Polycrystalline thin films of rhenium disulfide (ReS2) and the alloys Mo1−xRexS2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.06) have been deposited by aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AA-CVD) using [Re(μ-SiPr)3(SiPr)6] (1) and [Mo(S2CNEt2)4] (2) in different molar ratios at 475 °C. The deposited films were characterised by p-XRD, SEM, and ICP-OE, Raman, and EDX spectroscopies. The p-XRD patterns of the films deposited from (1) correspond to ReS2 (x = 1) and those deposited from (2) matched to MoS2 (x = 0). Re-doping of up to 6% was achieved in MoS2 thin films by using different concentrations of precursor (1), the morphology of the doped films changed from lamellar for pure MoS2 to clusters at 6 mol% alloying with rhenium. The films are promising candidates as models for the incorporation of technetium into transition metal dichalcogenides as a means of immobilisation in nuclear waste processing. Exfoliation of these films is also a potential route towards modification of the optoelectronic properties of 2D molybdenit

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2312-2318
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
StatePublished - Feb 2016