Observation of nanoscopic charge-transfer region at metal/MoS2 interface

Ryota Suto, Gunasekaran Venugopal, Keiichiro Tashima, Naoka Nagamura, Koji Horiba, Maki Suemitsu, Masaharu Oshima, Hirokazu Fukidome

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2D materials are promising for next-generation device applications, such as flexible transistors. However, the devices using 2D materials as active layers cannot exhibit good performance. One of the causes is that electronic properties are influential to the interface with, for instance, metal contact due to an ultra-thinness of the 2D materials. We have, therefore, performed core-level photoelectron microscopy measurements to investigate the local electronic states at interfaces in a MoS2 field-effect transistor (FET).We detect a charge-transfer region (CTR) at the MoS2/metal-electrode interface, which expands over∼500 nmwith the electrostatic potential (energy shift) variation of∼70 meV, which causes band bending in the MoS2 electronic structure with a Fermi level shift. The observed potential variation of the CTR is well reproduced by a simple calculation using Poisson's approximation. Our results point to a potential way of understanding the interfacial effect of the MOS2/metal electrode on the device characteristics and performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075004
JournalMaterials Research Express
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul


  • Band bending
  • Charge-transfer region
  • Metal/MoS interface
  • MoS transistor
  • Photoelectron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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