Extraction of Two-Dimensional Aluminum Alloys from Decagonal Quasicrystals

TP Yadav and CF Woellner and T Sharifi and SK Sinha and LL Qu and A Apte and NK Mukhopadhyay and ON Srivastava and R Vajtai and DS Galvao and CS Tiwary and PM Ajayan, ACS NANO, 14, 7435-7443 (2020).

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c03081

Atomically thin metallic alloys are receiving increased attention due to their prospective applications as interconnects/contacts in two- dimensional (2D) circuits, sensors, and catalysts, among others. In this work, we demonstrate an easily scalable technique for the synthesis of 2D metallic alloys from their 3D quasicrystalline precursors. We have used aluminum (Al)-based single-phase decagonal quasicrystal Al66Co17Cu17 alloy to extract the corresponding 2D alloy structure. The 2D layered Al alloy possesses 2-fold decagonal quasicrystalline symmetry and consists of two- or three-layer-thick sheets with a lateral dimension of microns. These 2D metallic layers were combined with the atomic layers of tungsten disulfide to form the stacked heterostructures, which is demonstrated to be a stable and efficient catalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction.

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