Applied Physics Letters

Comparative study of chemically synthesized and exfoliated multilayer MoS2 field-effect transistors

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We report the realization of field-effect transistors (FETs) made with chemically synthesized multilayer 2D crystal semiconductor MoS2. Electrical properties such as the FET mobility, subthreshold swing, on/off ratio, and contact resistance of chemically synthesized (s-) MoS2 are indistinguishable from that of mechanically exfoliated (x-) MoS2, however, flat-band voltages are different, possibly due to polar chemical residues originating in the transfer process. Electron diffraction studies and Raman spectroscopy show the structural similarity of s-MoS2 to x-MoS2. This initial report on the behavior and properties of s-MoS2 illustrates the feasibility of electronic devices using synthetic layered 2D crystal semiconductors. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.