Substrate induced modulation of electronic, magnetic and chemical properties of MoSe2 monolayer

Abstract

Monolayer of MoSe2, having a typical direct band gap of ∼1.5 eV, is a promising material for optoelectronic and solar cell applications. When this 2D semiconductor is supported on transition metal substrates, such as Ni(111) and Cu(111), its electronic structure gets modulated. First principles density functional investigation shows the appearance of de-localized mid-gap states in the density of states. The work function of the semiconductor overlayer gets modified considerably, indicating n-type doping caused by the metal contacts. The charge transfer across the metal-semiconductor junction also significantly enhances the chemical reactivity of the MoSe2 overlayer, as observed by Hydrogen absorption. Furthermore, for Ni contact, there is a signature of induced magnetism in MoSe2 monolayer

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