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Title: 2D molybdenum and vanadium nitrides synthesized by ammoniation of 2D transition metal carbides (MXenes)

MXenes are a rapidly growing class of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides, finding applications in fields ranging from energy storage to electromagnetic interference shielding and transparent conductive coatings. However, while more than 20 carbide MXenes have already been synthesized, Ti 4N 3 and Ti 2N are the only nitride MXenes reported so far. Here by ammoniation of Mo 2CT x and V 2CT x MXenes at 600 °C, we report on their transformation to 2D metal nitrides. Carbon atoms in the precursor MXenes are replaced with N atoms, resulting from the decomposition of ammonia molecules. The crystal structures of the resulting Mo 2N and V 2N were determined with transmission electron microscopy and X-ray pair distribution function analysis. Our results indicate that Mo 2N retains the MXene structure and V 2C transforms to a mixed layered structure of trigonal V 2N and cubic VN. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements of the nitrides reveal that they exhibit metallic conductivity, as opposed to semiconductor-like behavior of their parent carbides. As important, room-temperature electrical conductivity values of Mo2N and V2N are three and one order of magnitude larger than those of the Mo 2CT x and V 2CT x precursors, respectively. In conclusion, thismore » study shows how gas treatment synthesis such as ammoniation can transform carbide MXenes into 2D nitrides with higher electrical conductivities and metallic behavior, opening a new avenue in 2D materials synthesis.« less
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  1. Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States). A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Inst., and Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
  2. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
  4. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics; Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Dept.
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Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364; NANOHL
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; DMR-1310245; DMR-1420634
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Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 45; Journal ID: ISSN 2040-3364
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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