Direct Synthesis of Large-Scale WTe2 Thin Films with Low Thermal Conductivity

Yu Zhou, Hyejin Jang, John M. Woods, Yujun Xie, Piranavan Kumaravadivel, Grace A. Pan, Jingbei Liu, Yanhui Liu, David G. Cahill, Judy J. Cha

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Large-scale, polycrystalline WTe2 thin films are synthesized by atmospheric chemical vapor reaction of W metal films with Te vapor catalyzed by H2Te intermediates, paving a way to understanding the synthesis mechanism for low bonding energy tellurides and toward synthesis of single-crystalline telluride nanoflakes. Through-plane and in-plane thermal conductivities of single-crystal WTe2 flakes and polycrystalline WTe2 thin films are measured for the first time. Nanoscale grains and disorder in WTe2 thin films suppress the in-plane thermal conductivity of WTe2 greatly, which is at least 7.5 times lower than that of the single-crystalline flakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1605928
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 23 2017


  • WTe
  • chemical vapor deposition
  • intermediate HTe
  • nanostructure engineering
  • thermal conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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