Tellurene: its physical properties, scalable nanomanufacturing, and device applications

Wenzhuo Wu, Gang Qiu, Yixiu Wang, Ruoxing Wang, Peide Ye

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Tellurium (Te) has a trigonal crystal lattice with inherent structural anisotropy. Te is multifunctional, e.g., semiconducting, photoconductive, thermoelectric, piezoelectric, etc., for applications in electronics, sensors, optoelectronics, and energy devices. Due to the inherent structural anisotropy, previously reported synthetic methods predominantly yield one-dimensional (1D) Te nanostructures. Much less is known about 2D Te nanostructures, their processing schemes, and their material properties. This review focuses on the synthesis and morphology control of emerging 2D tellurene and summarizes the latest developments in understanding the fundamental properties of monolayer and few-layer tellurene, as well as the recent advances in demonstrating prototypical tellurene devices. Finally, the prospects for future research and application opportunities as well as the accompanying challenges of 2D tellurene are summarized and highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7203-7212
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 7 2018
Externally publishedYes

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