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Recently, germanium selenide (GeSe) has emerged as a promising van der Waals semiconductor for photovoltaics, solar light harvesting, and water photoelectrolysis cells. Contrary to previous reports claiming perfect ambient stability based on experiments with techniques without surface sensitivity, here, by means of surface‐science investigations and density functional theory, it is demonstrated that actually both: i) the surface of bulk crystals; and ii) atomically thin flakes of GeSe are prone to oxidation, with the formation of self‐assembled germanium‐oxide skin with sub‐nanometric thickness. Surface oxidation leads to the decrease of the bandgap of stoichiometric GeSe and GeSe1−x, while bandgap energy increases upon surface oxidation of Ge1−xSe. Remarkably, the formation of a surface oxide skin on GeSe crystals plays a key role in the physicochemical mechanisms ruling photoelectrocatalysis: the …
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2021

Danil W Boukhvalov, Silvia Nappini, Mykhailo Vorokhta, Tevfik Onur Menteş, Lesia Piliai, Mohammad Panahi, Francesca Genuzio, Jessica De Santis, Chia‐Nung Kuo, Chin Shan Lue, Valentina Paolucci, Andrea Locatelli, Federica Bondino, Antonio Politano

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Pages: 2106228
Advanced Functional Materials