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Electronic and photocatalytic properties of transition metal decorated molybdenum disulfide

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Author: Shi, Xinying1,2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu Graduate School
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Science, Physics
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : University of Oulu, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-08-30
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic Dissertation to be presented with the assent of the Faculty of Science, University of Oulu for public discussion in the Auditorium Saalastinsali, on September 12th, 2018, at 12 o’clock noon.
Tutor: Doctor Wei Cao
Professor Marko Huttula
Reviewer: Professor Toomas Plank
Professor Jian Wang
Opponent: Professor Peter Liljeroth
Kustos: Doctor Wei Cao


This thesis is dedicated to realizations and physical understanding of electronic and photocatalytic properties after decorating transition metals to the semiconducting molybdenum disulfide. Synthesized via facile wet chemical methods, the MoS₂-Au, MoS₂-Au-Ni and MoS₂-Ag-Ni composites were formed as binary or ternary compounds. The Au nanoparticles are stably joined to the MoS₂ matrix without deteriorating layered structures of the host. After introducing the Au nanoglue as a common buffer, a metallic contact is reached between Ni and MoS₂, and attributed to new electron migration channel via MoS₂ edge contact. Adapting the Ag as the buffer element can attach the Ni to the basal plane of the MoS₂ beside edge contact. The Ni-Ag-MoS₂ composite effectively splits water under visible light irradiation and produce hydrogen. The excellent photocatalytic activity is attributed to effective charge migration through dangling bonds at the MoS2-Ag-Ni alloy interface and the activation of MoS₂ basal planes.

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Osajulkaisut / Original papers

Osajulkaisut eivät sisälly väitöskirjan elektroniseen versioon / Original papers are not included in the electronic version of the dissertation.

  1. Cao, W., Pankratov, V., Huttula, M., Shi, X., Saukko, S., Huang, Z., & Zhang, M. (2015). Gold nanoparticles on MoS₂ layered crystal flakes. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 158, 89–95.

  2. Shi, X., Posysaev, S., Huttula, M., Pankratov, V., Hoszowska, J., Dousse, J.-C., … Cao, W. (2018). Metallic Contact between MoS₂ and Ni via Au Nanoglue. Small, 14(22), 1704526.

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  3. Shi, X., Huttula, M., Pankratov, V., Hoszowska, J., Dousse, J.-C., Zeeshan, F., … Cao, W. (2018). Quantification of bonded Ni atoms for Ni-MoS₂ metallic contact through X-ray photoemission electron microscopy. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 24(S2), 458−459.

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  4. X. Shi, M. Zhang, W. Cao, X. Wang, M. Huttula. (2018). Efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution via activated multilayer MoS₂. Manuscript in preparation.

  5. Shi, X., Huang, Z., Huttula, M., Li, T., Li, S., Wang, X., … Cao, W. (2018). Introducing Magnetism into 2D Nonmagnetic Inorganic Layered Crystals: A Brief Review from First-Principles Aspects. Crystals, 8(1), 24.

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Series: Report series in physical sciences
ISSN: 1239-4327
ISSN-L: 1239-4327
ISBN: 978-952-62-2008-6
ISBN Print: 978-952-62-2007-9
Issue: 120
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