Two-dimensional materials in functional three-dimensional architectures with applications in photodetection and imaging.

Research paper by Wonho W Lee, Yuan Y Liu, Yongjun Y Lee, Bhupendra K BK Sharma, Sachin M SM Shinde, Seong Dae SD Kim, Kewang K Nan, Zheng Z Yan, Mengdi M Han, Yonggang Y Huang, Yihui Y Zhang, Jong-Hyun JH Ahn, John A JA Rogers

Indexed on: 14 Apr '18Published on: 14 Apr '18Published in: Nature communications


Efficient and highly functional three-dimensional systems that are ubiquitous in biology suggest that similar design architectures could be useful in electronic and optoelectronic technologies, extending their levels of functionality beyond those achievable with traditional, planar two-dimensional platforms. Complex three-dimensional structures inspired by origami, kirigami have promise as routes for two-dimensional to three-dimensional transformation, but current examples lack the necessary combination of functional materials, mechanics designs, system-level architectures, and integration capabilities for practical devices with unique operational features. Here, we show that two-dimensional semiconductor/semi-metal materials can play critical roles in this context, through demonstrations of complex, mechanically assembled three-dimensional systems for light-imaging capabilities that can encompass measurements of the direction, intensity and angular divergence properties of incident light. Specifically, the mechanics of graphene and MoS, together with strategically configured supporting polymer films, can yield arrays of photodetectors in distinct, engineered three-dimensional geometries, including octagonal prisms, octagonal prismoids, and hemispherical domes.