Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure

Abstract : Stacking various two-dimensional atomic crystals is a feasible approach to creating unique multilayered van der Waals heterostructures with tailored properties. Herein for the first time, we present a controlled preparation of large-area h-BN/graphene heterostructures via a simple chemical deposition of h-BN layers on epitaxial graphene/SiC(0001). Van der Waals forces, which are responsible for the cohesion of the multilayer system, give rise to an abrupt interface without interdiffusion between graphene and h-BN, as shown by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and direct observation using scanning and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM/HRTEM). The electronic properties of graphene, such as the Dirac cone, remain intact and no significant charge transfer i.e. doping, is observed. These results are supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. We demonstrate that the h-BN capped graphene allows the fabrication of vdW heterostructures without altering the electronic properties of graphene.
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Haikel Sediri, Debora Pierucci, Mahdi Hajlaoui, Hugo Henck, Gilles Patriarche, et al.. Atomically Sharp Interface in an h-BN-epitaxial graphene van der Waals Heterostructure. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2015, 5 (1), pp.16465. ⟨10.1038/srep16465⟩. ⟨hal-01257768v2⟩

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