Thrust III - Experiment
The focus of Thrust III revolves around scientific growth and characterization. To do so, research delves into the fabrication of promising candidate layered materials including 2D MoS2 by chemical vapor deposition. Also, it observes atomic and electronic structure, local density of quasiparticles states, transport, and field effect measured in these materials. Finally, ultrafast carrier dynamics of 2D materials probed by using ultra-short laser pulses and STM measurements performed on newly designed 2D layered materials are researched. Thrust III also works with catalysis and water splitting in layered materials. In this area, many components are studied such as growth and characterization of layered materials and the experimental investigation of designed layered materials as a function of material composition, foreign atom incorporation, and layer thickness to facilitate both water splitting and conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol (a fuel). Reactions of the surface of layered materials studied by photoelectron spectroscopy, ion scattering, and thermal desorption techniques, the investigation of 2D heterostructures as potential photocatalysts for water splitting, as well as the possibilities in the unusual chemistry of manganese will be explored are also researched.