2D Materials: Properties and Devices

By Cambridge University Press & Materials Research Society

Available on Amazon

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Propelled by the discovery of new fundamental science, and its immense potential for technological applications, the research on graphene has garnered significant attention from both academia and industry, and across diverse disciplines such as physics, chemistry, engineering and biology. While new physical phenomena and interesting technological advances are still continually being made, research in this field has arguably reached a juncture where opportunities for real applications are seriously being considered and weighed against today's state-of-the-art solutions. In addition, graphene has also inspired the rediscovery of many other layered materials, leading to the emergence of a new class of atomically thin 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides, boron nitride, silicene, germanene, phosphorene and many more. Most notably, the transition metal dichalcogenides has already demonstrated similar potentials for new science and novel properties. Recent exploration into artificial man-made vertical heterostructures by layering different 2D materials further sparks limitless opportunities for innovation, not forgetting that semiconductor heterojunction physics ushered in the heyday of semiconductor devices.

Entering the 10th year since the discovery of graphene, and possibly also a critical juncture in 2D materials research, we propose the following course entitled “2D materials: properties and devices”, with an overarching goal of arming graduate students and researchers with the essential basics, breadth and depth on 2D materials properties and their electronic and optoelectronic devices. Three specific agenda come to mind. First, we hope to lay out in this book the basic optical and electronic properties of 2D materials, in particular graphene, aimed at a general multi-disciplinary audience with only basic quantum mechanics and solid state physics background. Second, we want to develop conceptual framework for understanding the essential physics and working principles of their electronic, optoelectronic, photonic and plasmonic devices. Device physics should be heavily intertwined with experiments, and considered in light of intended applications. Third, we hope to provide a brief coverage of current research trends, introducing other two dimensional (2D) materials.

“This book, written by scientists who are the leaders in their fields, is the most comprehensive and up-to-date attempt to review this fast-developing subject. Starting with an in-depth summary on graphene, it moves to other 2D crystals, such as transition metal dichalcogenides, black phosphorous and others, providing probably the most complete reference on the topic at the moment.” 

Kostya Novoselov, University of Manchester.

“The authors have compiled comprehensive and contemporary reviews on various topics ranging from fundamental science to engineering applications, providing an excellent textbook for students as well as references for experts in the research field.” 

Philip Kim, Harvard University.

“While emphasis is placed on the rigorous scientific representation of knowledge acquired to date, the contributors also offer a refreshing insight into potential applications of this new class of materials.” 

David Tomanek, Michigan State University.