Tungsten diselenide

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Tungsten diselenide
STM of WSe2 on HOPG.jpg
WSe2 monolayer on graphine (yellow) and its atomic image (inset)[1]
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.031.877
EC Number 235-078-7
Molar mass 341.76 g/mol
Appearance grey to black solid
Odor odorless
Density 9.32 g/cm3[2]
Melting point > 1200 °C
Band gap ~1 eV (indirect, bulk)[3]
~1.7 eV (direct, monolayer)[4]
hP6, space group P6
/mmc, No 194[2]
a = 0.3297 nm, c = 1.2982 nm
Trigonal prismatic (WIV)
Pyramidal (Se2−)
Main hazards External MSDS
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Tungsten diselenide is an inorganic compound with the formula WSe2.[5] The compound adopts a hexagonal crystalline structure similar to molybdenum disulfide. Every tungsten atom is covalently bonded to six selenium ligands in a trigonal prismatic coordination sphere while each selenium is bonded to three tungsten atoms in a pyramidal geometry. The tungsten–selenium bond has a length of 0.2526 nm, and the distance between selenium atoms is 0.334 nm.[6] Layers stack together via van der Waals interactions. WSe2 is a very stable semiconductor in the group-VI transition metal dichalcogenides.


Heating thin films of tungsten under pressure from gaseous selenium and high temperatures (>800 K) using the sputter deposition technique leads to the films crystallizing in hexagonal structures with the correct stoichiometric ratio.[7]

W + 2 Se → WSe2

Potential applications[edit]

Atomic image of a WSe2 monolayer showing hexagonal symmetry and three-fold defects. Scale bar: 2 nm (0.5 nm in the inset).[8]

Transition metal dichalcogenides are semiconductors with potential applications in solar cells. Bulk WSe
has an optical band-gap of ~1.35 eV with a temperature dependence of −4.6×104 eV/K.[9] WSe
photoelectrodes are stable in both acidic and basic conditions, making them potentially useful in electrochemical solar cells.[10][11][12]

The properties of WSe
monolayers differ from those of the bulk state, as is typical for semiconductors. Mechanically exfoliated monolayers of WSe
are transparent photovoltaic materials with LED properties.[13] The resulting solar cells pass 95 percent of the incident light, with one tenth of the remaining five percent converted into electrical power.[14][15] The material can be changed from p-type to n-type by changing the voltage of an adjacent metal electrode from positive to negative, allowing devices made from it to have tunable bandgaps. As a result, it may enable LEDs of any color to be made from a single material.[16]


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