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Pt Nanoclusters Sandwiched between Hexagonal Boron Nitride and Nanographene as van der Waals Heterostructures for Optoelectronics

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posted on 2019-11-07, 22:30 authored by Fabian Düll, Eva Marie Freiberger, Philipp Bachmann, Johann Steinhauer, Christian Papp
We report on the formation of nanoscopic heterostructures composed of the semimetal graphene, the metal Pt, and the insulator hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). Both graphene and h-BN are chemically inert two-dimensional materials with similar geometric but different electronic properties. Between these materials, a Pt nanoparticle array was encapsulated. Thereby, the h-BN/Rh(111) nanomesh served as a template for a well-ordered array of Pt nanoclusters, which were overgrown with graphene, forming single-crystal nanoheterostructures. We investigated this process in situ by high-resolution, synchrotron-radiation-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure. The nanographene layers proved tight against CO under the tested conditions. These nanoheterostructures could find possible application in optoelectronics or as a data storage material. At the same time, our approach represents a new route for the synthesis of nanographene.