Research project

Electrodeposited 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides on graphene: a novel route towards scalable flexible electronics

Project overview

Like graphene, a layer of a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC), ME2 (where M = transition metal and E = sulfur, selenium or tellurium), consists of a single- or few-atom-thick, covalently bonded lattice. These atomic sheets exhibit extraordinary electronic and optical properties, as they do not suffer from dangling bonds and trap states at the surface. The van der Waals interactions between the layers allows the integration of very different materials without the constraints of crystal lattice matching. Moreover, those few layers can withstand mechanical strains of 10%, which makes these materials particularly suitable for flexible electronic devices, a market expected to be worth more than £10B in the next five years. Heterostructures of 2D materials and graphene have great potential for various electronic, opto-electronic, energy, and sensor applications but are held back by technological limitations. It is the intention of this proposal to take advantage of our recent breakthroughs in electrodeposition of few layer 2D chalcogenides, such as MoS2 and WS2, on metal as well graphene electrodes. We will demonstrate these advantages through a variety of devices which combine state-of-the-art performance together with scalable, industrially acceptable processing on flexible substrates. Working with our project partners we will aim to maximise the potential societal and economic impacts that emerge from this work.


Lead researcher

Professor Kees De Groot


Research interests

  • Radio-Frequency and Microwave Devices
  • 2 dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides  Transistors
  • Smart Radiative Cooling and RF control of smart glass using metal oxides such as Al-doped ZnO and W-doped VO2
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Other researchers

Professor Gill Reid


Research interests

  • Synthetic inorganic chemistry
  • Design and synthesis of new macrocyclic and multidentate ligands involving donor atoms from Groups 15 (P, As, Sb, Bi) and 16 (S, Se, Te)
  • Coordination chemistry with s-, p-, d- and f-block metal ions
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Professor Philip Bartlett

Professor of Chemistry

Research interests

  • Electrochemistry
  • Bioelectrochemistry
  • Templated electrodeposition of nanomaterials
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups