The desirable properties of atomically thin materials (ATMs) have encouraged development of preparation methods. However, many multi-element layered and non-layered ATMs are still difficult to be fabricated in a controlled manner. Here we design a flux-assisted growth approach to overcome these limitations that can reproducibly prepare high-quality ATMs, such as metal chalcogenides, oxides, oxyhalides and phosphorous trichalcogenides, and is tolerant to growth parameters such as temperature and flow rate. In this approach, target materials nucleate and crystallize following a flux-crystallization mechanism, enabling precise control of their stoichiometry. ATMs are guaranteed by the confined synthetic space and kinetically driven growth. Eighty atomically thin composite flakes, including 48 ternary or quaternary compounds and 23 non-layered materials, have been successfully prepared by this approach. Furthermore, large single crystals or continuous films of ATMs can be prepared by the same method. This proposed flux-crystallization mechanism offers great possibilities to fabricate ATMs with good stoichiometry control and non-layered structures that possess interesting physical and chemical properties.
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This work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (grant number 2018YFA0306900), the Natural Science Foundation of China (22171016, 51872012, 21821004, 21932001) and the Beijing Outstanding Young Scientist Program (BJJWZYJH01201914430039). Part of calculations were supported by the high-performance computing (HPC) resources at Beihang University.
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Zhang, P., Wang, X., Jiang, H. et al. Flux-assisted growth of atomically thin materials. Nat. Synth 1, 864–872 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s44160-022-00165-7
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