Is Charge-Transfer Doping Possible at the Interfaces of Monolayer VSe<sub>2</sub> with MoO<sub>3</sub> and K?

Published on 2019-11-08T19:47:26Z (GMT) by
Being a metallic transition-metal dichalcogenide, monolayer vanadium diselenide (VSe<sub>2</sub>) exhibits many novel properties, such as charge density waves and magnetism. Its interfaces with other materials can potentially be used in device applications as well as for manipulating its intrinsic properties. Here, we present a scanning tunneling microscopy and synchrotron-based X-ray photoemission spectroscopy study of the surface charge-transfer doping using efficient electron-withdrawing and electron-donating materials, that is, molybdenum trioxide (MoO<sub>3</sub>) and potassium (K), on the molecular beam epitaxy-grown monolayer VSe<sub>2</sub> on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). We demonstrate that monolayer VSe<sub>2</sub> is immune to MoO<sub>3</sub>- and K-doping effects. However, at the monolayer edges where the local chemical reactivity is higher because of Se deficiency, MoO<sub>3</sub> is seen to react with VSe<sub>2</sub> to form molybdenum dioxide (MoO<sub>2</sub>) and vanadium dioxide (VO<sub>2</sub>). Compared to the obvious charge-transfer doping effects of MoO<sub>3</sub> and K on HOPG, the electronic structure of monolayer VSe<sub>2</sub> is barely perturbed. This is attributed to the large density of states at the Fermi level of monolayer VSe<sub>2</sub> carrying the metallic character. This work provides new insights into the chemical and electronic properties of monolayer VSe<sub>2</sub>, important for future VSe<sub>2</sub>-based electronic device design.

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Zhang, Lei; He, Xiaoyue; Xing, Kaijian; Zhang, Wen; Tadich, Anton; Wong, Ping Kwan Johnny; et al. (2019): Is

Charge-Transfer Doping Possible at the Interfaces

of Monolayer VSe2 with MoO3 and K?. ACS Publications. Collection. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b16822