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First-principles Study of 2D Van der Waals Heterojunctions

By Jinlong Yang
Hefei National Laboratory of Physical Science at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China

Research on graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as silicene, germanene, phosphorene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), graphitic zinc oxide (g-ZnO) and molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), has recently received considerable interest owing to their outstanding properties and wide applications. Looking beyond this field, combining the electronic structures of 2D materials in ultrathin van der Waals heterojunctions has also emerged to widely study theoretically and experimentally to explore some new properties and potential applications beyond their single components. In this talk, I will review our recent theoretical studies on the structural, electronic, electrical and optical properties of 2D van der Waals heterojunctions using density functional theory calculations, including the Graphene/Silicene, Graphene/Phosphorene, Graphene/g-ZnO, Graphene/MoS2 and g-C3N4/MoS2 heterojunctions. Our theoretical simulations, designs and calculations show that novel 2D van der Waals heterojunctions provide a promising future for electronic, electrochemical, photovoltaic, photoresponsive and memory devices in the experiments.