Synthesis and Thermal Properties of Solid-State Structural Isomers: Ordered Intergrowths of SnSe and MoSe2

Noel S. Gunning, Joseph Feser, Matt Beekman, David G. Cahill, David C. Johnson

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A family of structural isomers [(SnSe)1.05]m(MoSe2)n were prepared using the modulated elemental reactant method by varying the layer sequence and layer thicknesses in the precursor. By varying the sequence of Sn-Se and Mo-Se layer pairs deposited and annealing the precursors to self-assemble the targeted compound, all six possible isomers [(SnSe)1.05]4(MoSe2)4, [(SnSe)1.05]3(MoSe2)3[(SnSe)1.05]1(MoSe2)1, [(SnSe)1.05]3(MoSe2)2[(SnSe)1.05]1(MoSe2)2, [(SnSe)1.05]2(MoSe2)3[(SnSe)1.05]2(MoSe2)1, [(SnSe)1.05]2(MoSe2)1[(SnSe)1.05]1(MoSe2)2[(SnSe)1.05]1(MoSe2)1, and [(SnSe)1.05]2(MoSe2)2[(SnSe)1.05]1(MoSe2)1[(SnSe)1.05]1(MoSe2)1 were prepared. The structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy which showed that all of the compounds have very similar c-axis lattice parameters and in-plane constituent lattice parameters yet distinct isomeric structures. These studies confirm that the structure, order, and thickness of the constituent layers match that of the precursors. The cross-plane thermal conductivity is found to be very low (∼0.08 Wm-1 K-1) and independent of the number of SnSe-MoSe2 interfaces within uncertainty. The poor thermal transport in these layered isomers is attributed to a large cross-plane thermal resistance created by SnSe-MoSe2 and MoSe2-MoSe2 turbostratically disordered van der Waals interfaces, the density of which has less variation among the different compounds than the SnSe-MoSe2 interface density alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8803-8809
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number27
StatePublished - Jul 15 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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