The unique carrier mobility of monolayer Janus MoSSe nanoribbons: a first-principles study.

Yin, Wen-Jin, Liu, Yu, Wen, Bo, Li, Xi-Bo, Chai, Yi-Feng, Wei, Xiao-Lin, Ma, Shangyi and Teobaldi, Gilberto ORCID: 0000-0001-6068-6786
(2021) The unique carrier mobility of monolayer Janus MoSSe nanoribbons: a first-principles study. Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003).

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Charge-carrier mobility is a determining factor of the transport properties of semiconductor materials and is strongly related to the optoelectronic performance of nanoscale devices. Here, we investigate the electronic properties and charge carrier mobility of monolayer Janus MoSSe nanoribbons by means of first-principles simulations coupled with deformation potential theory. These simulations indicate that zigzag nanoribbons are metallic. Conversely, armchair nanoribbons are semiconducting and show oscillations in the calculated band gap as a function of edge-width according to the 3p < 3p + 1 < 3p + 2 rule, with p being the integer number of repeat units along the non-periodic direction of the nanoribbon. Although the charge-carrier mobility of armchair nanoribbons oscillates with the edge-width, its magnitude is comparable to its two-dimensional sheet counterpart. A robust room-temperature carrier mobility is calculated for 3.5 nm armchair nanoribbons with values ranging from 50 cm2 V-1 s-1 to 250 cm2 V-1 s-1 for electrons (e) and holes (h), respectively. A comparison of these values with the results for periodic flat sheet (e: 73.8 cm2 V-1 s-1; h: 157.2 cm2 V-1 s-1) reveals enhanced (suppressed) hole (electron) mobility in the Janus MoSSe nanoribbons. This is in contrast to what was previously found for MoS2 nanoribbons, namely larger mobility for electrons in comparison with holes. These differences are rationalized on the basis of the different structures, edge electronic states and deformation potentials present in the MoSSe nanoribbons. The present results provide the guidelines for the structural and electronic engineering of MoSSe nanoribbon edges towards tailored electron transport properties.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2021 10:19
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 00:48
DOI: 10.1039/d1dt01121a