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Prof. Zonghoon Lee’s Atomic-Scale Electron Microscopy Lab

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Publications in Nature | Science | their sister journals


Nature, 596, 519-524, 2021 Nature, 582, 511-514, 2020 / Nature Nanotechnology, 15, 289-295, 2020 / Nature Nanotechnology, 15, 59-66, 2020 / Science Advances, 6 (10), eaay4958, 2020 / Nature Electronics, 3, 207-215, 2020 / Nature Communications, 11 (1437), 2020 / Nature Energy, 3, 773-782, 2018 / Nature Communications, 8:1549, 2017 / Nature Communications, 6:8294, 2015 / Nature Communications, 6:7817, 2015 / Nature Communications, 5:3383, 2014




Abstract


 Graphene-based two-dimensional heterostructures are of substantial interest both for fundamental studies and their various potential applications. Particularly interesting are atomically thin semiconducting oxides on graphene, which uniquely combine a wide band gap and optical transparency. Here, we report the atomic-scale investigation of a novel self-formation of a ZnO monolayer from the Zn metal on a graphene oxide substrate. The spontaneous oxidation of the ultrathin Zn metal occurs by a reaction with oxygen supplied from the graphene oxide substrate, and graphene oxide is deoxygenated by a transfer of oxygen from O-containing functional groups to the zinc metal. The ZnO monolayer formed by this spontaneous redox reaction shows a graphene-like structure and a band gap of about 4 eV. This study demonstrates a unique and straightforward synthetic route to atomically thin two-dimensional heterostructures made from a two-dimensional metal oxide and graphene, formed by the spontaneous redox reaction of a very thin metal layer directly deposited on graphene oxide.

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Prior to Joining UNIST, 2011

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