What is it about?

Centimeter‐size single‐crystalline Nb3I8, a new family of two‐dimensional materials, is first synthesized by a vapor transport reaction of niobium and iodine. Through the mechanical exfoliation method, the bulk Nb3I8 crystal is cleaved to monolayer and multi‐layered flakes.

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Why is it important?

It is confirmed to consist of numerous monolayers of Nb3I8 bonded by weak van der Waals interaction. By utilizing atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning Kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM), the information on structure and electrical properties is obtained at the same time.


The analysis results show that the surface potential difference and the work function tend to increase as the Nb3I8 becomes thicker due to the interlayer screening effect. The results for the work function variation dependence on thickness are useful for selecting a suitable metal electrode for future Nb3I8‐based nano‐devices which can have a significant impact on performance.

Dr. Sitansu Sekhar Nanda
Myongji University

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This page is a summary of: Structural and Electrical Properties of Nb3 I8 Layered Crystal, physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters, November 2018, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/pssr.201800448.
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