Local Enhancement of Exciton Emission of Monolayer MoS2 by Copper Phthalocyanine Nanoparticles

Ganesh Ghimire, Subash Adhikari, Seong Gi Jo, Hyun Kim, Jinbao Jiang, Jinsoo Joo, Jeongyong Kim

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Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (1L-TMDs) provide ideal platforms to study light emission using two-dimensionally confined excitons. Recent studies have shown that the exciton emissions of 1L-TMDs can be conveniently modulated by developing heterostructures with zero-dimensional nanoparticles (NPs) or quantum dots. In this study, we synthesized organic semiconducting copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) NPs with sizes in the range of 30-70 nm by a re-precipitation method and decorated the chemical vapor deposition-grown 1L-MoS2 with these NPs. This hybrid system exhibited a 6 times larger local photoluminescence (PL) at the positions of the CuPc NPs compared with the pristine 1L-MoS2 sample. The PL enhancement and spectral modification of the 1L-MoS2 decorated with CuPc NPs were attributed to the p-doping effect of the CuPc NPs, confirmed by spectral analysis and field-effect transistor measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6794-6800
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 29

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the IBS-R011-D1 project. J.J. acknowledges the support from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (no. 2015R1A2A2A01003805), grant funded by the Korean government.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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