|Type of Publication:||Article|
|Journal:||Chemistry of Materials||Volume:||22|
|Month:||OCT 12 2010|
PT: J; TC: 22; UT: WOS:000282471000032
Atomically thin WO3 is fabricated using a three-step process, involving wet-chemical synthesis of hydrated-WO3, mechanical exfoliation of fundamental layers and dehydration by annealing at 300 degrees C. Atomic force microscopy reveals that the minimum resolvable thickness of the hydrated flakes to be similar to 1.4 nm, which corresponds to the unit-cell height. The subsequent annealing temperature determines the degree of dehydration and thereby the crystallographic structure of the resultant WO3. The hydrated and dehydrated flakes are characterized by Raman spectroscopy to reveal spectroscopic fingerprints of flake thickness. Thin flakes arc also shown to have higher propensity for lithium intercalation, which is also evidenced in Raman planar peak intensity.
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