Molybdenum diselenide

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Molybdenum diselenide
Molybdenum diselenide
MoSe2 STEM.jpg
Top-view atomic images of MoSe2 before and after (right) ion irradiation[1]
IUPAC name
Other names
molybdenum diselenide, molybdenumdiselenide, molybdenum selenide, diselanylidenemolybdenum, molybdenum(IV) selenide
3D model (JSmol)
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Molar mass 253.86 g/mol[2]
Appearance crystalline solid
Density 6.90 g/cm3[2]
Melting point >1200 °C[2]
Band gap ~0.85 eV (indirect, bulk)
~1.5 eV (direct, monolayer)[3][4]
hP6, space group P6
/mmc, No 194[5]
a = 0.3283 nm, c = 1.2918 nm
Trigonal prismatic (MoIV)
Pyramidal (Se2−)
Related compounds
Other anions
Molybdenum dioxide
Molybdenum disulfide
Molybdenum ditelluride
Other cations
Tungsten diselenide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Molybdenum diselenide (MoSe
) is an inorganic compound of molybdenum and selenium. Its structure is similar to that of MoS
.[6] Compounds of this category are known as transition metal dichalcogenides, abbreviated TMDCs. These compounds, as the name suggests, are made up of a transition metals and elements of group 16 on the periodic table of the elements. Compared to MoS
, MoSe
exhibits higher electrical conductivity.[7]


Like many TMDCs, MoSe
is a layered material with strong in-plane bonding and weak out-of-plane interactions. These interactions lead to exfoliation into two-dimensional layers of single unit cell thickness.[8]

The most common form of these TMDCs have trilayers of molybdenum sandwiched between selenium ions causing a trigonal prismatic metal bonding coordination, but it is octahedral when the compound is exfoliated. The metal ion in these compounds is surrounded by six Se2−
ions. The coordination geometry of the Mo is sometimes found as octahedral and trigonal prismatic.[9]


Synthesis of MoSe
involves direct reaction of molybdenum and selenium in a sealed tube at high temperature. Chemical vapor transport with a halogen (usually bromine or iodine) is used to purify the compound at very low pressure (less than 10-6 torr) and very high temperature (600–700 °C). It has to be heated very gradually to prevent explosion due to its strong exothermic reaction. Stoichiometric layers crystallize in a hexagonal structure as the sample cools.[9] Excess selenium can be removed by sublimation under vacuum.[10] The synthesis reaction of MoSe

Mo + 2 Se → MoSe


Single-crystal-thick layers of MoSe
are produced by scotch tape exfoliation from bulk crystals or by chemical vapor deposition (CVD).[11][12]

The electron mobility of 2D-MoSe
is significantly higher than that of 2D-MoS
. 2D MoSe
adopts structures reminiscent of graphene, although the latter's electron mobility is thousands of times greater still. In contrast to graphene, 2D-MoSe
has a direct band gap, suggesting applications in transistors and photodetectors.[11]

Natural occurrence[edit]

Molybdenum(IV) selenide occurs in the nature as the extremely rare mineral drysdallite.[13]


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